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Daily Archive : Friday August 29, 2014

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    Jack Guyett, 6, right, and his brother, Tommy Guyett, 10, of St. Charles get a close-up look at the belly gun of a B-17 bomber Monday at the Aurora Airport. The EAA Warbird Squadron brought the World War II plane to the airport for the weekend and took it up for 30-minute flights.

    Historic B-17 Flying Fortress takes to the skies in Sugar Grove

    Visitors to the Aurora Airport in Sugar Grove were treated to a rare sight during the Labor Day weekend — one of the few remaining airworthy B-17 Flying Fortress planes took to the skies for 30-minute tours.

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    The bridge expansion section over the I-290/Elgin-O’Hare Expressway interchange is in full swing with the another section being added in October. The project is expected to be complete in 2017.

    How do you build I-290 bridge with 80,000 cars a day?

    By Matt Arado


    Building a bridge is a serious undertaking, especially when it’s going up in an area that sees more than 80,000 vehicles drive through each day. Yes, the work is creating some traffic headaches, but even tired commuters are likely to wonder a bit when they drive by — how do they do that?

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    Hayden Senese and Evan Olson of Sugar Grove check out a souped-up 1965 Chevy Nova at Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez’s Eighth Annual Car and Motorcycle Show at the Martin family farm in Elburn.

    Sheriff’s car show in Elburn raises thousands for Make-A-Wish Foundation

    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez is not running in the upcoming election so Saturday’s Eighth Annual Car and Motorcycle Show in Elburn will be the last he organizes as sheriff. “It is a good way for the sheriff’s office to work hand-in-hand with the community to help people less fortunate,” he said Saturday.

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    Michael R. Vucic

    Warrant issued for Gavin South teacher charged with sex crimes

    An arrest warrant has been issued for a Gavin South Middle School teacher accused of sexually assaulting a student. Michael R. Vucic, 41, of the 100 block of East Laurel Avenue in Lake Forest, is charged in the warrant with five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault and five counts of criminal sexual assault.

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    Elgin resident arrested after apartment fire

    An Elgin resident was arrested Friday night for starting a fire in his apartment at 85 S. Crystal Ave., according to a fire department news release. The fire, which started in a bedroom, was out within minutes. Fire investigators determined the tenant had started the blaze, according to the news release, and the tenant was arrested.

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    Tony Valente

    Why Kaneland’s interim superintendent quit after 1 day

    Ken Sorrick made it clear why he quit as Kaneland’s interim school superitendent the day after he was named: He can’t stomach outspoken school board member Tony Valente. “My skills are not designed for dealing with a certain personality on the board. It is not a good match. I would not be able to accomplish what your district needs,” Sorrick wrote in his resignation letter.

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    Randy Recklaus, selected to be the next Arlington Heights village manager, is coming from the same job in Clarendon Hills and also worked for the cities of Batavia and St. Charles.

    Arlington Hts. names new village manager

    Randy Recklaus, the manager of Southwest suburban Clarendon Hills, will be the next village manager of Arlington Heights, village officials have announced.Recklaus, 39, begins in early November and will be paid a starting salary of $180,000. The board will vote to approve his contract at its Sept. 15 meeting.

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    Stormy weather washed out many of the suburban football openers Friday night. Several games were called or postponed until Saturday due to lightning in the area including the St Viator-Rolling Meadows game.

    Bad weather postpones several high school football games
    Stormy weather washed out many of the suburban football openers Friday night. Several games were called or postponed until Saturday due to lightning in the area.

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    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comJack Maloney, 4, of Naperville enjoys his carnival ride during the opening day of the Last Fling celebration in Naperville.

    Naperville’s Fling fun fills last days of summer

    It’s still summer for a few more days, and the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling festival offers one way to take advantage of it.

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    Michelle Mussman

    56th District hopefuls disagree on finality of pension reform

    Is Illinois pension reform a done deal or a necessary task that still lies ahead? Their opinions on this question form one of the clear-cut differences between Democratic state Rep. Michelle Mussman, 42, of Schaumburg and her crosstown Republican challenger Jim Moynihan, 61, as they vie for election in the 56th District this fall.

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    None of the 16 crash victims suffered life-threatening injuries, according to authorities.

    Two firefighters help rescue driver, 15 passengers in O’Hare bus crash

    Two Chicago firefighters headed to work Friday morning helped rescue a shuttle bus driver and 15 passengers after the bus struck a concrete barrier near the terminal at O’Hare International Airport. “It was kind of surreal,” said Robert Gembala, one of the firefighters. “The bus was just going straight into the barrier and you saw steam and smoke come out of the front...

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    Walter J. Depner

    Man gets 6 years for DUI on same road as ’99 crash that killed 4

    A Mount Prospect man who served 12 years in prison for killing four people in a 1999 drunken driving crash was sentenced Friday to six years behind bars for a DUI he was given last year on the same road. Walter J. Depner, 62, caused the Aug. 21, 1999, crash on Route 120 near Lakemoor that killed Eva Burleson of Crystal Lake and her three children. Her husband, Tom Burleson, said Friday he hopes...

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    Mitchell Barnes

    Verdict split in Schaumburg home invasion trial

    Cook County jurors found Mitchell Barnes not guilty of attempted murder Friday. But the 11-woman, 1-man jury convicted the former Barrington-area man of home invasion and robbery, making the 22-year-old eligible for a prison term of up to 30 years when he is sentenced.

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    Liberian soldiers patrol the seaside of West Point Wednesday by boat, an area that has been hit hard by the Ebola virus, with local residents not allowed to leave the West Point area, as government forces clamp down on movement to prevent the spread of Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia.

    Ebola spreads to 5th nation

    An experimental Ebola drug healed all 18 monkeys infected with the deadly virus in a study, boosting hopes that the treatment might help fight the outbreak raging through West Africa — once more of it can be made.The monkeys were given the drug, ZMapp, three to five days after they were infected with the virus and when most were showing symptoms. That is several days later than any other...

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    Terrance Scott

    Jury convicts Michigan man in slaying of 42-year-old Zion man after night of playing cards

    A Lake County jury found a 25-year-old Michigan man guilty of killing a Zion man after a night of drinking and playing cards, authorities said. Terrance Scott, of Ypsilanti, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Prentiss Carter, 42, officials said.

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    Modesto Alarcon

    Kane prosecutors want money seized in heroin bust forfeited

    Kane County prosecutors want some $270,000 seized in an April heroin bust in Aurora to be permanently forfeited to the state. Three people were arrested in the $1.35 million heroin bust and face various charges of drug possession and money laundering.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Lloyd Atkins Jr., 46, of Schaumburg, was charged Wednesday with possession of cannabis and possession of a controlled substance, according to an Elgin police report. Police were called by Grand Victoria Casino staff members who found a clear small bag containing white rocks and determined it fell out of Atkins’ pocket after reviewing security video.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    David C. Lister, 29, of Round Lake Beach, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after a deputy found him sleeping in his car at 8:32 p.m. Sunday on the 45W700 block of Seavey Road near Elburn, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Transformation coaches Erin Jackle, left, and Angie Gallegos take a ‘selfie’ Friday with Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent Jose Torres at his farewell reception at the Elgin High School library.

    U-46 says goodbye to Torres

    It was the official send off Friday for Superintendent Jose Torres, who is leaving Elgin Area School District U-46 to take over at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora. Members of the school community waited in line to talk to Torres and send him off with their best.

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    The former Dominick’s grocery store near Naper Boulevard and 75th Street in Naperville will become a Mariano’s.

    Report: Mariano’s coming to Naperville

    A Mariano’s will open in the vacant Dominick’s store in Naperville’s Fox Run Square shopping center near Naper Boulevard and 75th Street, according to a published report.

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    Carly Bryeans, 17, of Conant High School is crowned Schaumburg’s Miss Septemberfest 2014 by last year’s Miss Septemberfest, Laura Sue Jensen, 19, of North Central College in Naperville. Runner-up Carolyn Byrne is on the right.

    Schaumburg selectes Miss Septemberfest, court

    Carly Bryeans, 17, of Conant High School in Hoffman Estates was crowned Schaumburg’s Miss Septemberfest 2014 at an annual luncheon of the Schaumburg/Hoffman Rotary Club Friday afternoon. Bryeans was selected from among the five finalists to represent the village during its 44th annual Septemberfest celebration throughout the three-day Labor Day weekend.

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    Ashlee Steele, left, and her sister, Kacee Tollefsbol, both were found dead of gunshot wounds Aug. 22, 2014 at Steele’s home in Fitchburg, Wis. Authorities said Tuesday, Aug. 26, that Tollefsbol, called 911 before she died and identified Andy Steele, her brother-in-law, as the man who shot her.

    Former deputy charged in double homicide

    Prosecutors have charged a former Wisconsin sheriff’s deputy with killing his wife and sister-in-law last week.

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    About 400 Streamwood High School students and teachers, including Mike Earone, center with megaphone, are doused by Streamwood firefighters Friday as they accept an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued by Principal Terri Lozier.

    Mass dousing at Streamwood High School

    About 400 Streamwood High School students and teachers were doused by Streamwood firefighters in ladder trucks Friday as they accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued to them by Principal Terri Lozier.

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    Anti-drug event planned

    Stand Strong, a community coalition dedicated to keeping Stevenson High School students drug- and alcohol-free, is sponsoring a panel discussion entitled “Not My Kid?!” from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the school, Two Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire.

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    Aurora police investigting abduction attempt

    Aurora police are investigating an alleged abduction attempt Friday morning involving a Jefferson Middle School student. Police said a 12-year-old girl told them she was approached by two men who tried to lure her into their older model red four-door car about 8 a.m. near the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Gladstone Street.

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    Donny and Marie Osmond perform four shows Saturday and Sunday at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.

    Five things to do this weekend in the suburbs

    You've got an extra day to enjoy this weekend — all the better to unofficially usher out summer. Here are five great ways to stay entertained during the Labor Day weekend ahead.

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    A car left the road Friday morning on the 400 block of Colford Avenue in West Chicago and struck a house and then plowed through a garage. The driver was taken by helicopter to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

    Driver hurt after car crashes through West Chicago garage

    A man was flown to an area hospital Friday morning after the car he was driving left a West Chicago roadway, struck the side of a house and then continued into and through a garage, authorities said. Nearby resident Brad Janssen said he heard a “big bang” when the crash occurred. “Came outside, heard a bunch of sirens. Had to come over and take a look. Went behind the house, saw...

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    A tattoo studio planned for the space that formerly housed a tanning salon faces opposition from other tenants in this strip center on Randall Road.

    Geneva considering request for tattoo studio

    The Geneva City Council will decide Tuesday whether to let a tattoo studio open in a strip shopping center on Randall Road, over objections of some of the owners of the building. Ramiro Guillen wants to open A Artistic Theories Tattoo and Gallery at 1871 S. Randall Road. A coumcil committee voted 5-4 to deny the plan.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves stole the catalytic converter between 7:50 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. Aug. 26 from a 1999 Oldsmobile Alero in the Arlington Park Metra depot lot, 2121 W. Northwest Hwy. Value was estimated at $525.

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    Mayors endorse Curran

    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran announced he has picked up election endorsements from 29 mayors in Lake County.

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    Caretaker Joelle Palmer, foreground and intern Ally Levy, background, feed the manatees at the Miami Seaquarium in Key Biscayne, Fla.

    Manatees may soon lose endangered species status

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing whether the manatee should be reclassified as a “threatened” species, which would allow some flexibility for federal officials as the species recovers while maintaining most of the protections afforded to animals listed as endangered.

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    Retired teachers luncheon, meeting:

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Lambs Farm restaurant at Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway near Libertyville.

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    New Island Lake trustee:

    As expected, Island Lake resident John Burke was appointed to the village board Thursday night. Burke replaced Trustee Shannon Fox, who recently resigned.

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    Talk features danagers to dogs:

    Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue is presenting Common Toxicities, Dangers, Diagnosis and Treatment Options from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3 at 1840 Industrial Drive, Suite 330, Libertyville.

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    Street dance in Wauconda:

    Wauconda’s 15th annual street dance will is set for Saturday. Presented by the Wauconda Area Chamber of Commerce and hosted by the village, the event will run from 3 to 11 p.m. on Main Street in downtown Wauconda.

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    Last month, students at the University of Illinois protested the chancellor’s decision to rescind a job offer to Steven Salaita. The professor had used Twitter to angrily and sometimes profanely denounce Israel during its conflict with the Palestinians.

    U of I under scrutiny over rescinding job offer

    The University of Illinois is facing scrutiny from some of its faculty, other academics and students over its decision to rescind a job offer to a professor after his prolific, sometimes profane use of Twitter to voice anger at Israel.

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    Governor grants 38 clemency requests

    Gov. Pat Quinn has taken action on 124 clemency petitions, granting 38 and denying 86. His office says those who were granted clemency have recently undergone criminal background checks. Clemencies that the governor granted were for crimes such as forgery, drug convictions and burglary.

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    Highway interchange named for former Chicago mayor

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced the new name Friday afternoon for what’s known as the Circle Interchange. Its new name is the Jane Byrne Interchange.

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    Tilted Kilt raises money for soldiers’ families

    The Tilted Kilt in Schaumburg will host a formal check presentation on Wednesday, Sept. 3 after becoming the sports bar chain’s single largest contributor to its fourth annual “Here’s to Heroes” national fundraiser. The Schaumburg location itself raised $20,320 of the $115,424 raised nationwide for the Folds of Honor Foundation.

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    Bethany McKee

    20-year-old woman guilty in Joliet double murder

    A 20-year-old woman faces a mandatory life sentence after a judge found her guilty Friday of taking part in a grisly double murder in Joliet last year. The motive, prosecutors said, was robbery to get cash for alcohol and cigarettes.

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    Monument dedicated at Burr Oak Cemetery

    A monument has been dedicated at a South suburban cemetery that was the site of grave desecration scandal uncovered in 2009. Gov. Pat Quinn and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart were among those in attendance Friday at an unveiling at Alsip’s Burr Oak Cemetery.

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    Michael Chacón

    Naperville man charged with bringing heroin into DuPage jail

    A Naperville man is behind bars charged with several heroin-related crimes, including bringing the drug into a penal institution by hiding it in his rectum. Michael Chacón, 25, of the 1200 block of Suffolk Street, recently was arrested at his home and charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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    Johnathan Hacker

    Round Lake Park man accused in burglaries in Third Lake, Wildwood

    Lake County sheriff's police say they have captured a man accused of committing burglaries in Third Lake and unincorporated Wildwood.

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    Program will be fully funded until RTA study ready

    Seniors and the disabled in Elgin can use the Ride in Kane program for social activities for the rest of the year and likely until mid-2015, until an RTA study about its rising costs is ready.

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    The U.S.S. Constitution, or “Old Ironsides,” the U.S. Navy’s oldest commissioned ship that is still afloat, is towed Friday through Boston Harbor past the financial district skyline with its topsails unfurled.

    Constitution sets sail for last time for 3 years

    The world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat has set its sails for the last time before it heads to dry dock for a three-year repair project.

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    The crocodile named Pancho, suspected of biting two swimmers in a Coral Gables, Fla., canal.

    Crocodile that bit swimmers dies during capture

    Florida Fish and Wildlife spokesman Jorge Pino told the Miami Herald the 12-foot, 300-pound crocodile died on shore after being retained.

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    John A. Walker Jr. is escorted by a federal marshal as he leaves the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md. enroute to a federal court in Baltimore.

    Ex-sailor who spied for Soviets dies in prison

    Retired Navy Warrant Officer John A. Walker Jr. died Thursday at the Federal Medical Center in Butner, Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said. The cause of death was not immediately released. He was 77.

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    Search continues for man involved in shooting inside Beach Park house

    Lake County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who was involved in a shooting that resulted in the lockdown of all Beach Park schools early Friday morning, officials said. No one was injured when an unidentified man walked into a house near Green Bay and Wadsworth roads at 6:15 a.m. and opened fire, officials said.

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    Elk Grove Village is planning to stockpile 6,260 tons of salt in anticipation of winter, officials said.

    Elk Grove stockpiling 6,250 tons of salt for winter

    Elk Grove Village is planning to stockpile 6,260 tons of salt in anticipation of winter, officials said.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Schiller Park man was arrested iin a parking lot at Walmart in Mount Prospect Plaza and charged with three counts of felony retail theft in connection with the theft of computers from the store on three separate occasions, police reports said.

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    At least 24 trapped in mine landslide in Nicaragua

    Authorities didn’t receive word until late Thursday after the mine lost contact with the workers, who are believed to be about 165 feet below the surface.

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    Chelsea Clinton, from the Clinton Foundation, speaks during an interview at the Women Deliver conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    Chelsea Clinton quits as NBC News reporter

    “Chelsea’s storytelling inspired people across the country and showcased the real power we have as individuals to make a difference in our communities,” said Alex Wallace, senior vice president at NBC News. Her exit removes some potential awkwardness for the network if her mother runs for president in 2016.

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    People chant anti-terrorism slogans during a gathering Thursday to protest the Islamic State group’s blockade on Amirli, at Tahrir Square in Baghdad, Iraq.

    Pentagon: Iraq operations cost at $560 million

    Rear Adm. John Kirby said the costs are being paid from the Pentagon’s 2014 overseas contingency fund. Top Pentagon officials have said they have adequate funds for the operation through September.

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    Chicago man delivers his baby girl oon Edens expressway
    Lincolnwood officials say an off-duty paramedic delivered his baby girl after making an emergecy stop on the Edens Expressway near Touhy Ave. Daniel Lynch of the Evanston Fire Department and his wife, Elizabeth, were on their way to a local hospital early Friday morning when they pulled over to deliver the baby.

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    Plethora of questions on Lake County ballots in November

    Residents in Antioch, Antioch Township,the Grayslake area, Lake Zurich, the Round Lake area and Wauconda will face local tax-related questions on ballots when they vote Nov. 4.

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    Families can find plenty to do in Family Fun Land at the Naper Settlement during the Last Fling festival in Naperville.

    Six tips for family fun at Naperville’s Last Fling

    For three days each year during the Last Fling, the 12-acre grounds at Naper Settlement become Family Fun Land. With Disney star meet-and-greets, kid-themed business booths and bounce houses galore, the area works hard to live up to the “fun” in its name, said Mary Cooke-Hall, Family Fun Land chairwoman.

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    Marco A. Aguilar-Herrera

    Two Naperville-area men charged with selling ecstasy, cocaine

    Two Naperville-area men were being held Friday in DuPage County jail charged with multiple counts of selling the party drug ecstasy and cocaine to undercover police officers.

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    John Durning carefully pulls a pizza from the wood-fired oven during a tasting for his new restaurant Pizzeria DeVille in Libertyville.

    Meet Libertyville man who gave up banking to make pizza

    John Durning is passionate — passionate about pizza. So passionate, he left his banking job of 12 years to follow his dream -- opening a pizza joint called Pizzeria Deville. “I said I wouldn’t do it unless I found the perfect place,” he said of his new pizzeria in downtown Libertyville.

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    Britain raises terror threat level to severe

    Britain raised the country’s terror threat level from substantial to severe Friday, meaning that a terrorist attack is considered highly likely. Home Secretary Theresa Mays said the decision to raise the threat level was related to developments in Iraq and Syria, but that there was no information to suggest an attack was imminent.

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    Campus security staff member Robert Kempf, left, shows Patrick Crost, a new substitute for the security station, how to use the computer system at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights, where the security camera shown at top is mounted in a vestibule ceiling.

    Tighter school security part of District 214 project proposal

    Four schools in Northwest Suburban High School District 214 would get upgraded security systems over the next few years as part of the $45 million capital project program the school board is mulling. Officials say the vestibules will put another barrier between a possible intruder and students.

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    Illinois halts roadwork to speed Labor Day traffic

    The Illinois Department of Transportation says it will suspend non-emergency roadwork over the Labor Day weekend to help reduce congestion and speed traffic. Thousands of motorists are expected to hit the roads in Illinois during the three-day holiday.

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    Col. James Keefe, commander of the 104th Fighter Wing of the Massachusetts Air National guard announces Thursday evening Aug. 28, 2014 the missing F-15C pilot remains have been found in the plane wreckage.

    Military: Pilot was killed in Virginia F-15 crash

    The pilot of an F-15 jet that crashed earlier this week in remote Virginia mountains was killed, military officials now say, bringing a sad end to an exhaustive two-day search involving more than 100 local, state and federal officials as well as volunteers.

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    Music therapist Katie Fitch laughs with Ava Taylor, 5, during a session using drums to challenge Taylor’s information processing at First Christian Church of Peoria.

    Music therapist helps stroke victim

    Of all the careers Katie Fitch could have chosen, the 24-year-old Peorian was drawn to music therapy. Fitch used her voice, her guitar, some space and some serious education to start introducing music therapy to the Peoria area. Using an empty office in her mother’s church — First Christian Church of Peoria — as a base of operations, Fitch has given musical therapy sessions to...

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    Illinois Tollway lowers cost of I-PASS temporarily

    The upfront cost of an I-PASS account for the Illinois Tollway system is getting cheaper. Tollway officials announced Thursday a new I-PASS account will temporarily cost $30. That includes a $10 deposit and $20 in prepaid tolls.

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    Illinois woman charged in infant daughter’s death
    Associated PressNAUVOO — Police say a western Illinois woman has been charged in connection to the death of her 19-month-old daughter.The Quincy Herald-Whig reports 33-year-old Jody Price was charged Thursday in Hancock County court with endangering the life or health of a child.

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    Wisconsin mother charged with homicide in child’s death

    A mother has been charged with homicide in Dane County after her 1-year-old daughter was struck and killed by a van while riding in a wheelchair.

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    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict.

    Obama cautions against using force to solve crises

    Faced with deepening crises in the Middle East and Ukraine, President Barack Obama is putting the brakes on the notion that American military power can solve either conflict. While that stance is in keeping with Obama’s long-standing aversion to military entanglements, it comes at a time when the effectiveness of his preferred options is being challenged and there are indications that some...

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    Federal police and immigration vehicles patrol near the railroad tracks as a northbound freight train departs from Arriaga, Mexico. A Mexican crackdown seems to be keeping women and children off the deadly train, known as “The Beast,” that has traditionally helped thousands of migrants head north.

    Mexico operations thwart child, family migrants

    Mexico’s largest crackdown in decades on illegal migration has decreased the flow of Central Americans trying to reach the United States, and has dramatically cut the number of child migrants and families, according to officials and eyewitness accounts along the perilous route. Convoys of Mexican federal police and immigration service employees in southern Mexico have begun hauling...

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    A captured Ukrainian border guard sits in a garage at the Novoazovsk border crossing point, in eastern Ukraine, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. In Novoazovsk, pro Russian rebel fighters looked to be in firm control, well-equipped and relaxed.

    Russia’s Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

    Russia’s President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine. Putin’s statement came several hours after Ukraine accused Russia of entering its territory with tanks, artillery and troops, and Western powers accused Moscow of lying about its role and dangerously escalating the...

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    Two UN peacekeepers sit on top of an armored vehicles from the U.N. peacekeepers of the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force, also known as UNDOF, as they wait to cross from the Israeli controlled Golan Heights to Syria, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014.

    UN says Syria refugees top 3 million mark

    The civil war in Syria has forced 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year, creating a crisis that the U.N. refugee agency said requires the biggest operation in its 64-year history. The tragic milestone means that about one of every eight Syrians has fled across the border.

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    Dr. Robert Palinkas, director of the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, said the roughly 30 Nigerian students expected at the University of Illinois will be pulled aside for a temperature check and private Ebola discussion when they arrive at the health center for mandatory immunization paperwork and tuberculosis screening.

    U of I among colleges screening some students for Ebola

    The roughly 30 Nigerian students expected at the University of Illinois will be pulled aside for a temperature check and private Ebola discussion when they arrive at the health center for mandatory immunization paperwork and tuberculosis screening, said Dr. Robert Palinkas, the center’s director. “Parents are comforted to know that there is a screening process, that we are alert for...

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    Red Cross workers walk through a section of West Point, an area that has been hit hard by the Ebola virus, with residents not allowed to leave as government forces clamp down on movement to prevent the spread of Ebola, in Monrovia, Liberia.

    Senegal confirms its first case of Ebola

    Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said Friday. The infected person is a young man from Guinea, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters.

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    Dawn Patrol: Family wants answers on traffic stop death; Buffalo Grove Days

    Family of Carpentersville man who died after traffic stop wants answers. Buffalo Grove Days opens. Prosecutor testifies about Schaumburg hotel attack. Cyclist hit by car in Arlington Heights. Prep football begins tonight.

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    Ray McGury, Naperville Park District executive director, explains an option to expand a multipurpose room, indoor playground and cafe at the future indoor activity center to park board commissioners Thursday night.

    Playground, cafe, more space now part of Naperville Park District plan

    Naperville Park District officials who are inching closer to finalizing designs for an indoor activity center expanded a few elements of the plan Thursday to offer a larger multipurpose room, indoor playground and cafe.“We believe that’s the best design to go with for the money,” Executive Director Ray McGury told the park board. “You’re really going to see some...

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    Parents of students at Warren Township High School's O'Plaine Road campus in Gurnee are taking to heart officials' urging they avoid driving their kids to class this year because of nearby construction-related traffic jams. Bus use is up since the start of the school year, officials said.

    Advice taken: More Warren High students taking bus to O'Plaine campus in Gurnee

    With significant road construction causing traffic jams near Warren Township High School's freshmen-sophomore campus in Gurnee, officials this summer urged parents not to drive their children to classes at the start of the school year. After two weeks of school, Gurnee-based Warren District 121's numbers for student bus use show parents took the advice.

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    Cathy Dremel

    Batavia school board questions need to extend TIF district life

    Batavia school officials are questioning why city officials want to extend the life of a downtown tax-increment financing district, which offers incentives for repair and development of properties. Especially since the district doesn't expire until 2027. “I did find the letter from the mayor to be a bit vague,” school board member Melanie Impastato said. “Why does it need to be...

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    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson says his town is already bike-friendly — as evidenced by the annual “Bike with the Mayor” event he rode in last month — but it's always looking for ways to improve.

    Elk Grove Village wants input on future bicycle plan

    Elk Grove Village officials and local cycling enthusiasts are looking for the public's input on how their town can become more bicycle friendly. The suggestions they get — whether it be adding routes, signage or bike racks — could be incorporated into a village bicycle plan.

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    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, is running for re-election against Repubican Bruce Rauner — and the campaigning will just continue during the “official” start of fall campaigning, Labor Day.

    Riopell: Candidates working Labor Day angles

    Labor Day's the traditional kickoff to Illinois' election season, but this year our candidates for governor have been kicking each other for months already. The holiday, though, is a reminder of the key role unions could have in the race, Mike Riopell writes.

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    I took this photo on a recent trip to Door County, Wisconsin. My wife and I watched storm clouds roll across Lake Michigan as boats took shelter in Ephraim’s Eagle Harbor.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of August 25.

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    Portion of Algonquin Road closed in Des Plaines

    A portion of Algonquin Road on the east side of Des Plaines is closed through Sept. 22 due to bridge painting under the Tri-State Tollway.

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    Asian Kitchen restaurant opens in Schaumburg

    Asian Kitchen, a new fast-casual Indo-Chinese restaurant, opened late last week in Schaumburg’s Shoppes in the Prime Village shopping center at the northeast corner of Algonquin and Meacham roads. Owners Niral and Pinki Patel said nothing is pre-made and orders can be customized to add patrons’ favorite vegetables and spices. The restaurant is aimed at the lunch and dinner crowds,...

Sports

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    Benet starts a new streak

    After losing four straight games to end last season, no football team anticipated the start of a new campaign more than Benet. The Redwings showed it Friday night. Overcoming a fierce Downers Grove South comeback — not to mention a lengthy first-half lightning delay — Benet held on for a 26-16 opening victory at Lisle's Benedictine University.

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    Brown, DeKalb rush past Vernon Hills

    Lightning delayed the start of the season opener in DeKalb County until 10 p.m. Friday. Then visiting Vernon Hills surrendered 27 points in the opening quarter in a 33-14 loss to DeKalb.

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    Grayslake North’s Merrick Gentile, returning a kick, slips past Lakes defender Cameron Ruiz at Grayslake North on Friday in season-opening action.

    Mercure helps Lakes heat up

    Lakes started hot and stayed hot — even after a 1-hour, 15-minute lightnight delay in its football season opener Saturday night. Lakes junior quarterback Jordan Mercure had a lot to with the outcome, as he finished 16-for-20 passing for 195 yards. He threw for 3 TDs and ran for another as the Eagles prevailed 37-14 at Grayslake North.

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    Marmion humbles Plainfield Central in 2nd half

    The opening second-half drive for the Marmion football team resembled the golden opportunities surrendered in the first half.But the Cadets were only shaking off the opening-game rust.

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    West Chicago opens with a victory

    Fans of West Chicago football will be on the edge of their seats all season long if the first game is any indication of things to come.

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    Stevenson looks like the real deal against Indian Trail

    On opening night of football at Stevenson, the home team took apart the visitors from Kenosha Indian Trail. After scoring three touchdowns in the first quarter, the Patriots were in complete control at 35-0 early in the second quarter. And then fans and players were chased away by lightning and no rain. And instead of postponing the game until today, the two teams agreed that the Pats deserved a win. And so Stevenson avenged a loss to this club a year ago. And the Pats had to play only the first quarter and a quarter of the second quarter.

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    Storms postpone season openers

    Who says lightning doesn’t strike twice?For the second straight year, opening night of the high school football season was complicated by the arrival of stormy weather Friday night.Most sites saw games at least delayed by rough weather, and several were postponed to Saturday.Rolling Meadows and St. Viator got their game started in Arlington Heights, but the contest was quickly postponed with Meadows leading 7-0 in the first quarter. That game resumes at 5 p.m. Saturday.Conant at Lake Park was also postponed, and will be played Saturday evening, while Elk Grove and host St. Charles North will give it another try starting at 1 p.m. Saturday.Libertyville at Palatine was also postponed and will be completed starting at 11 a.m. Saturday. In that game, Libertyville led 27-17 when play was stopped in the third quarter.

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    New Trier spoils it for Schaumburg

    Schaumburg’s home opener did not play out as the Saxons had hoped it might. In a game that stretched deep into the night, Schaumburg came up short 34-14 against New Trier (1-0) at Gary Scholz Stadium.

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    Maine South comeback stuns Montini

    Maine South scored three times in the final 3:04 of the game to pull off an incredible 36-35 victory against Montini on Friday in Park Ridge.

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    Long night, happy ending for Hoffman Estates

    Friday night might just turn out to be the longest night of the 2014 season for the Hoffman Estates football team. But the three-and-a-half hour marathon, including a 30-minute lightning delay, may very well be the most satisfying. The Hawks kicked off the 2014 campaign with a hard-fought 42-25 victory over Streamwood behind three rushing touchdowns from senior running back Connor McCreary, including two in the first quarter that spotted the Hawks to a 21-0 lead.

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    Happy ‘homecoming’ for BG

    Buffalo Grove coach Mike DiMatteo had a succesful return to his old stomping grounds. His players, especially on defense, saw to that. The BG defenders stopped Leyden on fourth down five times deep in Bison territory, and John Maddox had two scoring runs as the visitors defeated the host Eagles 20-7 in Northlake.

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    Hersey blanks Glenbrook North

    Hersey’s new head coach used his previous experience to in picking up his first career win on Friday night in a nonconference football season opener against Glenbrook North. Joe Pardun was the defensive coordinator for the Huskies prior to becoming the head coach this season, and his defense held the visiting Spartans scoreless for a 16-0 win.

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    Big finish lifts Glenbrook South at Prospect

    Prospect’s football team left the field of its George Gattas Stadium with a 13-0 lead at halftime on Friday night.The Knights’ marching band never got on the field at intermission due to the threat of rain. Then Glenbrook South really asserted itself on the field in the second half. The Titans rallied for 27 unanswered points to capture a 27-13 triumph in the nonconference season opener on a humid night in Mt. Prospect.

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    Favela, big plays lead St. Edward to win

    No matter what, St. Edward was bound and determined to win its opening game of the season here on Friday night. Despite a struggling offense that turned the ball over 3 times and generated just 7 first downs the Green Wave managed to pull out a 24-20 nonconference victory over Genoa-Kingston in large part because of big plays from the defense and special teams and one big run by junior Danny Favela.

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    Kubin, LZ make their point against Fremd

    Jake Kubin’s game-winning field goal topped his varsity football debut for Lake Zurich two years ago. From a stress standpoint, however, Friday night’s winner, which lifted the host Bears to a 10-7 win over Fremd in the teams’ season opener, was a lot less taxing.

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    Waubonsie Valley’s Zach Bennema and Kurtis Chione lead the Warriors into Friday night football action.

    Images: Naperville Central at Waubonsie Valley football
    [No Paragraph Style]NewsNaperville Central took on Waubonsie Valley Friday night at Waubonsie Valley in week one of high school football action. The game was postponed due to weather and was schduled to resume on Saturday.

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    Dennis, Wheeling stop Mundelein

    Wheeling senior quarterback Amani Dennis picked up where he left off last year. Dennis and the Wildcats got their revenge from a loss to Mundelein to open last season, galloping past the visiting Mustangs 34-20 on Friday evening.

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    Bray tosses 6 TD passes in Aurora Christian’s win

    Aurora Christian quarterback Austin Bray threw for 6 touchdown passes to help David Beebe earn his first victory as a head coach in a 42-6 nonconference win over Senn in Aurora.

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    Beneventi, Fenwick make it tough on Carmel

    Quarterback Jack Beneventi made his Fenwick debut a success, throwing for 162 yards in a 31-20 victory at Carmel on Friday. A highlight for the Corsairs was 114 yards rushing by sophomore Rondel Jamison.

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    Crump, Warren impress

    If Warren junior running back Darrius Crump was a secret to the rest of the football teams in the state of Illinois, he’s hardly one any longer. On just the fifth play from scrimmage in the season opener for the Blue Devils against visiting Lyons Township on Friday, Crump, who transferred to Warren from Carmel, spun through the Lions defense and ran away for a 60-yard score. That effort was just a small portion of a sensational and career-best 243-yard rushing performance on 27 carries as the host Blue Devils gave new head coach Bryan McNulty his first win, 17-14 over Lyons.

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    Sox starting pitcher Scott Carroll wipes his face during the fourth inning Friday. Carroll (5-9) took the loss but didn’t get much support in the field. The White Sox made four errors, contributing to four unearned runs.

    White Sox’ slide continues with loss to Tigers

    As they head into the final month of another disappointing season, one thing is clear - the White Sox have plenty of room for improvement before the 2015 season begins.

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    Naperville North sets the record straight

    Naperville North coach Sean Drendel said his players felt a little disrespected by many of the preseason prognosticators, most of whom didn’t set the bar too high for a team coming off a 5-5 campaign.

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    Jorge Soler hit two homers and fellow rookie Javier Baez had a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning off All-Star reliever Pat Neshek as the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 7-2 on Friday night

    Soler blasts Cubs past Cards 7-2

    The Cubs' kids roughed up an All-Star reliever who has been close to untouchable. Rookies Javier Baez and Jorge Soler had two RBIs apiece against Pat Neshek in a go-ahead eighth inning, leading the last-place Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. "That's baseball," Neshek said. "This game's not for the weak. You can't beat yourself up too much."

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    St. Charles North takes lead against Elk Grove

    Nathan Didier struck big with an 85-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff of St. Charles North’s season opener against Elk Grove Friday.

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    Elgin High School fans exit the stadium after a lightning delay is issued in the game vs. Dundee-Crown on Friday. The game was postponed and will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday.

    Elgin, Dundee-Crown postponed again

    If Malik Dunner’s manager at White Castle is reading this and has not received a call yet from the Dundee-Crown safety, there’s a slider coming your way that’s not on the menu. “I can’t work (today), so I can’t make money,” Dunner said lightheartedly in reference to Saturday’s rescheduled game against Elgin at Memorial Field. “I guess our team will make that money on the field.” Dunner will miss his day shift at the fast food burger hub due to Friday evening’s lightning show in the greater-Elgin area forced the teams to reschedule their Week 1 showdown for 5 p.m. Saturday in Elgin. For the second-straight year the schools have postponed football due to weather.

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    Boomers roar to ninth straight win

    Coverage of the Schaumburg Boomers:The Schaumburg Boomers set a franchise record with their ninth straight win, rolling past the Windy City ThunderBolts 18-2 in Crestwood on Friday night.

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    Davidson, Barrington jolt Jacobs

    Johnny Davidson made his first start at quarterback a memorable one for himself, and for Barrington. The junior threw a 65-yard touchdown pass on his first varsity attempt. He went on to finish 12-of-15 for 247 yards and 3 touchdowns while rushing for another score as Barrington cruised past Jacobs 37-0 Friday night in season-opening play at Barrington.

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    McPherson, Fenton in fine form at Grayslake Central

    There was not much happening for the better part of the first half for the Fenton offense Friday night as the Bison met host Grayslake Central in season-opening high school football. But Kyle McPherson's big rushing effort eventually helped the Bison power to a 27-9 victory.

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    Cary-Grove takes lead on Wheaton North

    Cary-Grove senior Matt Sutherland gave his already charged-up home fans a huge jolt of excitement when he raced 58 untouched yards to the end zone on the third play of Friday night’s nonconference football game with Wheaton North. Sutherland would find the end zone again before the end of the first quarter at Al Bohrer Field but Wheaton North responded with a touchdown run by Steele Graham on the first play of the second quarter. But after three more plays, the start of an electric light show in the skies stopped play and the stadium was cleared. After waiting for nearly an hour, with lightning still visible in the area, the game was suspended and will tentatively resume at 6 p.m. Saturday with C-G leading 14-7 with 10:23 to play in the first half.

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    Weather again creates havoc on opening night

    Well, the good news for Batavia is that the last time the Bulldogs had their season opener delayed a day by bad weather, they went on to win the state championship. Of course that happened last season, and one year later nearly the identical thing happened on opening night of the high school football season.

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    Wheaton Academy makes triumphant return

    Wheaton Academy didn’t let anyone ruin its first on-campus football game in 25 years, and that included Walther Christian.

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    Lightning postpones several Fox Valley area games

    For the second year in a row Mother Nature came out the big winner on Opening Night. Lightning postponed several Fox Valley area football openers Friday night, meaning that Opening Night now becomes Opening Day.

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    Cougars notch record 90th victory

    Coverage of Kane County Cougars baseball:The Kane County Cougars became the first team in franchise history to record 90 victories, reaching the milestone with a 6-1 rain-shortened win over Cedar Rapids on Friday night.

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    Grant, CL Central postponed

    Mother Nature’s lightning display Friday night in Crystal Lake suspended the season opener between Grant and Crystal Lake Central. The contest is scheduled to resume Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at Owen Metcalf Field.

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    Grayslake North players take the field to play Lakes at Grayslake North on Friday.

    Images: Grayslake North vs. Lakes football
    The Grayslake North Knights hosted the Lakes Eagles for football action on Friday, Aug. 29 in Grayslake. There were delays due to lightning in the area.

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    Verlander, Tigers shut down White Sox

    The White Sox jumped on Justin Verlander early before the Tigers starting pitcher took control of the game and sparked Detroit to a 7-1 win Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

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    The coin is tossed before the game.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. St. Viator, football
    The St. Viator High School football team hosted Rolling Meadows High School Friday, August 29 in Arlington Heights. The game was postponed due to weather and was scheduled to be resumed on Saturday.

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    Batavia wide receiver Canaan Coffey (3) celebrates after the Bulldog’s first touchdown of the season .

    Images: Batavia vs. Oswego, football
    The Batavia High School football team hosted Oswego High School Friday, August 29 in Batavia. The game was postponed due to lightning in the area and scheduled to resume on Saturday.

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    Fire’s Yallop moves on after loss of Jones

    Little has gone his way this season, so Chicago Fire coach and director of soccer Frank Yallop knew how to react when he heard the team wouldn’t get U.S. midfielder Jermaine Jones.

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    Ken Harrelson doesn’t sound like he’s ready to retire anytime soon, but maybe he won’t go on the road so much.

    Is Hawk Harrelson going to cut back schedule in 2015?

    Approaching his 73rd birthday, longtime White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson said he might cut back his road schedule in 2015 in order to spend more time with his grandchildren.

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    Sky veteran Sylvia Fowles (34) makes her first appearance in the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday against the Indiana Fever at Indianapolis.

    Fowles: Playoff series win well worth the wait

    After a long road and a long wait, Chicago Sky veteran center Sylvia Fowles is finally making a playoff run.The Sky opens the Eastern Conference Finals tonight in Indianapolis against the Fever, led by veteran Tamika Catchings.

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    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will once again turn to quarterback Everett Golson to lead his offense on Saturday. Golson, who was suspended last season, faces Rice in the home opener in South Bend.

    Revamped Irish take on improved Rice

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame opens the season short-handed for the second straight season because of academic troubles.A year after starting quarterback Everett Golson missed the season because of academic impropriety, five players are being held out indefinitely while the university investigates whether they received improper help on homework and papers. That includes three starters, two on defense.That may hamper the Irish again, especially the young and inexperienced defense.The Irish will be without starting cornerback KeiVarae Russell, starting defensive end Ishaq Williams, two defensive reserves as well as leading receiver DaVaris Daniels, a former star player at Vernon Hills High School. Coach Brian Kelly said it’s important for the Irish to get off to a strong start against Rice, particularly on defense.“There’s going to be some times during the season where we’re going to have to slow down and have some conversations with some guys and make sure that we don’t lose them,” Kelly said. “Because the only way you can continue to move this group ahead is if they don’t lose their confidence.” Rice is coming off a 10-4 season in which the Owls won their first outright conference title in 57 years and are expected to challenge in Conference USA again. Rice quarterback Driphus Jackson said the team is more confident heading into Notre Dame Stadium than they were heading into last year’s opener at Texas A&M.“I feel like a lot of the guys are not looking at it as this huge team we’re going against. I think we understand that we can compete with just about anybody in the nation. We’re looking forward to going out there and making a statement,” he said.Here are some things to watch Saturday when Rice faces Notre Dame (2:30 p.m., NBC): Golson returns: Golson said he has a greater appreciation for football after spending a season watching the Irish games on television.“I’ve had time to evaluate. I’ve had time to see different things being away from the game, so it means a lot more now,” Golson said. “I’m just so grateful just for the opportunity to be back here because it could have been another way.” Rice defensive tackle Christian Covington said the Owls are taking a similar approach to preparing for Golson as they did last season for Johnny Manziel, “because he’s that caliber of a player.”“He’s a great quarterback. You have to consider to be a threat in every position that he can be in when he plays the ball. He’s a very fast runner. He’s a read-option threat. He also can throw the ball pretty well,” Covington said.More pressure: The Owls are looking to put more pressure on opposing quarterbacks after managing just 20 sacks last season, ranking 104th out of 123 teams last season.Watching film: Rice coach David Bailiff said his staff has had to watch more film than usual to get ready for Notre Dame because the Irish are expected to look a lot different on offense with the return of a mobile quarterback and a new style under defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.“You look at Golson’s year and then you look at last year for some personnel groupings. So you had to watch a lot more video than normally you would just to get a little bearing of what they’re going to do the first game,” Bailiff said. “Same thing with the defensive coordinator. You can’t look at last year’s video, so you just try to look at some of his stops and what he likes to do.”New surface:The game will mark the debut of Notre Dame’s new FieldTurf, a change that upset some alumni who preferred grass.

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    Northwestern and head coach Pat Fitzgerald finished 5-7 last season and hope to get off to a good start at home Saturday against California.

    Can Northwestern tame Cal Bears again?

    The Northwestern Wildcats and head coach Pat Fitzgerald enter the college football season hoping to capture attention for their play rather than their role in the college unionization debate, and it starts with Saturday's opener at home against California.

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    Illinois head coach Tim Beckman is back for a third season in Champaign and is looking for improvement after a 4-8 record last season.

    Illini, Lunt look for a fast start vs. Penguins

    CHAMPAIGN — If Illinois is stressing anything before Saturday’s opener against Youngstown State, it is the need to start fast.Quarterback Wes Lunt said the Illini can’t go in or out of the locker room without getting the message.“There’s videos (playing) right outside the locker room of a drag strip,” he said.A fast start would suit Lunt. The redshirt sophomore will start his first game at Illinois on Saturday (11 a.m. BTN), and it comes with great expectations. He’s a better passer than Illinois has had in a while.The fast start is important for the Illini, who are coming off a 4-8 season.“We didn’t do that last year, we did not start fast,” coach Tim Beckman said. Here are some things to watch as Youngstown State (8-4 in 2013) visits Illinois on Saturday:Lunt’s education: For all his talent, Lunt is being asked to do more now as a quarterback than he ever has, Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit said. And he hasn’t played a game in more than a season. So fans should have some patience, Cubit suggested.“Really, Wes, if you ask him, at Oklahoma State he wasn’t asked to do too much,” Cubit said. “This offense, there’s so much to go on. ... It’s the run checks, its protections, there’s matchups.”Lunt, he said, is going to make mistakes. The upside?“He doesn’t make the same mistake twice.”Homecoming: Lunt grew up in Rochester, just outside Springfield, but hasn’t played football in Illinois since 2011. He chose Oklahoma State out of high school and, as anxious Illini fans know all too well, earned the starting spot there as a true freshman before losing it to injury. His last game in Illinois? The 2011 state high school title game on campus at Memorial Stadium, where he set an Illinois record with 590 passing yards and four touchdowns on the way to a win. The low-key Lunt hasn’t counted heads yet, but he expects to see a fair number of familiar faces Saturday.“I know a lot of my family is going to be here,” he said. “Yeah, pretty good crowd, I would assume.”Homecoming II:Youngstown State coach Erick Wolford was the offensive line coach at Illinois in 2007-08. He sounded a little sad when he noted that, after Saturday, the Penguins won’t be coming back to Illinois in the foreseeable future.“It’s probably going to be the last opportunity we have to play a Big Ten team,” he said.Big Ten teams won’t schedule any more FCS schools under a plan announced this year to strengthen their schedules. Youngstown State has played Big Ten teams in three of its last five seasons, losing twice to Michigan State and once to Penn State. But the Penguins have upset one FBS team in that stretch, a 31-17 win at Pitt in 2012.Running Penguins:With sophomore tailback Martin Ruiz back, new starting quarterback Dante Nania won’t be asked to perform any miracles, Wolford said.“Just manage the game, take care of the football and do the things we ask you to do,” Wolford said.That might be because Ruiz averaged 5.7 yards a carry as a freshman. He rushed for 1,094 yards and 15 touchdowns. It also might be because Illinois’ run defense was the Big Ten’s worst in 2013, giving up 5.6 yards a carry.“I anticipate them to try and pound the rock, run the ball,” Illinois linebacker Mason Monheim said. The hot seat: Beckman enters the season under pressure to improve. All the talk of need to start fast in the opening game could apply to the season’s first few weeks, too. After Youngstown, Western Kentucky, Washington and Texas State, the schedule gets much harder.

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    If the Bears are worried that another team would try to sign reserve quarterback David Fales, they may opt to keep him on their 53-man roster.

    Breaking down the Bears’ roster options

    Bears final cuts are due by 3 p.m. Saturday, so we take a look at what the 53-man roster might look like, position by position.

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    Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues. A statement Frida from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies.

    49ers linebacker Aldon Smith suspended by NFL for 9 games

    San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith has been suspended for nine games by the NFL after a series of off-field legal issues.A statement Friday from the league said Smith had violated the NFL’s substance abuse and personal conduct policies. Smith won’t be eligible to return until Nov. 10, the day after the 49ers’ game against the New Orleans Saints.

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    NASCAR auto racing driver Tony Stewart reads a statement during a news conference at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., on Friday. Stewart says the death of Kevin Ward Jr. will “affect my life forever” as he returned to the track for the first time since his car struck and killed the fellow driver during a sprint-car race in New York. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Tony Stewart back at the track, looking to heal

    Ready or not, Tony Stewart is back on the track.Heartbroken but eager to heal, Stewart rejoined the race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup championship surrounded by those he considers a second family — his team, his crew, his rivals. He missed the last three races, going into seclusion after the sprint car he was driving struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr., who had stepped on the track to confront him during a race.

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    Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the U.S. Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory. “I think I will remember forever that moment,” Errani said. Two points from defeat, the diminutive Italian rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Williams in a match that was both lopsided and tight.

    Sara Errani outlasts Venus Williams at U.S. Open

    Sara Errani wagged her finger and cupped her hand to her ear for the U.S. Open fans who tried to will Venus Williams to victory.“I think I will remember forever that moment,” Errani said.Two points from defeat, the diminutive Italian rallied to force a third-set tiebreaker and outlasted Williams in a match that was both lopsided and tight.

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    After appearing briefly in two preseason games, former NIU star Jordan Lynch will be waived by the Chicago Bears.

    Bears trim roster and waive NIU’s Lynch

    Jordan Lynch, who converted from record-setting quarterback at NIU to running back in the hopes of making the Bears' 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent, was waived Friday. Lynch is eligible to return to the Bears as a practice squad player. The Bears can begin to form their 10-man practice squad at noon, Sunday.

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    Fire signs 17-year-old midfielder Fernandez

    Collin Fernandez decided the time is right to become a professional soccer player. The Chicago Fire agreed.

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    Live game action: Naperville North vs. Neuqua Valley
    Live game action: Naperville North vs. Neuqua Valley

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    Live game action: West Chicago vs. East Aurora
    Live game action: West Chicago vs. East Aurora

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    Live game action: Rolling Meadows vs. St. Viator
    Live game action: Rolling Meadows vs. St. Viator

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    Live game action: Wheaton North vs. Cary-Grove
    Live game action: Wheaton North vs. Cary-Grove

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    Live game action: Naperville Central vs. Waubonsie Valley
    Live game action: Naperville Central vs. Waubonsie Valley

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    Live game action: Marmion vs. Plainfield Central
    Live game action: Marmion vs. Plainfield Central

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    Live game action: Warren vs. Lyons Township
    Live game action: Warren vs. Lyons Township

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    Live game action: Hinsdale Central vs. Bolingbrook
    Live game action: Hinsdale Central vs. Bolingbrook

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    Live game action: Montini vs. Maine South
    Live game action: Montini vs. Maine South

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    Live game action: Geneva vs. West Aurora
    Live game action: Geneva vs. West Aurora

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    Live game action: Elk Grove vs. St. Charles North
    Live game action: Elk Grove vs. St. Charles North

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    Live game action: Buffalo Grove vs. Leyden
    Live game action: Buffalo Grove vs. Leyden

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    Live game action: Benet vs. Downers Grove South
    Live game action: Benet vs. Downers Grove South

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    Live game action: Barrington vs. Jacobs
    Live game action: Barrington vs. Jacobs

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    Live game action: Prospect vs. Glenbrook South
    Live game action: Prospect vs. Glenbrook South

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    Kristufek’s Arlington selections for Aug. 29

    Joe Kristufek's selections for racing at Arlington International.

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    Shelly Sterling, wife of former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, offered details of how she negotiated one of the richest deals in sports after her husband’s racist rant to a girlfriend became public, prompting the NBA to ban him for life and decree he give up the team. At that point, Shelly Sterling stepped in. “I was given the task and I did it,” she said Thursday. “I just did what I had to do.”

    Shelly Sterling talks about husband, Clippers sale

    When Shelly Sterling was approached by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about buying the Los Angeles Clippers, the wife of disgraced team owner Donald Sterling did not know who Ballmer was. But in short order she convinced him that the team was worth an unprecedented $2 billion. In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Shelly Sterling offered details of how she negotiated one of the richest deals in sports after her husband’s racist rant to a girlfriend became public, prompting the NBA to ban him for life and decree he give up the team.

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    Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman congratulates quarterback David Fales (12) after a 32-yard touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns in the second quarter of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

    Mercifully, NFL preseason comes to an end

    Even though it was a meaningless preseason game, we still have to talk about it - right? I guess, but we'll keep it short and sweet.

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    Kevin Love, now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has never taken a team to the NBA playoffs.

    Cleveland’s Big Three not quite like Miami’s

    Just because the Cleveland Cavaliers have added Kevin Love to their roster doesn’t mean a championship will happen this year, but LeBron James will have to a lot of the blame if they don’t, says Mike North.

Business

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    Associated Press Support team members work at their stations at Hudl, in Lincoln, Neb. Hudl is a software company that has developed a way to immediately get game film to coaches after games and break down and separate different plays by type.

    Pregame film study shifts to phones, tablets

    Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez had just found out the Sooners would be facing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Shortly thereafter, his game prep began. On his cell phone. Hours of digital video of his opponent was instantly available to be seen with the swipe of a screen while he walked across campus, lounged at home or chatted with teammates.

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    A protester attends a rally after a House committee hearing on “fracking” legislation at the state Capitol in Springfield. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources released a long-awaited plan to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois.

    Illinois agency issues long-awaited fracking rules

    The new rules would require companies awarded drilling permits to submit lists, some of them redacted, of the chemicals used in fracking. The redacted list would be made available to the public by department and be submitted to the public health department. The industry says releasing the full list would expose trade secrets.

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    A Tim Hortons restaurant on W. 26th Street in Millcreek Township, Pa. Burger King struck an $11 billion deal to buy Tim Hortons that would create the world’s third largest fast-food company and could make the Canadian coffee-and-doughnut chain more of a household name around the world.

    Buffett’s Burger King financing includes warrant for 1.75% stake

    Buffett’s company received the warrant to buy common shares and agreed to purchase 30,000 preferred shares as part of the deal, Miami-based Burger King said today in a regulatory filing. The perpetual preferred securities pay a 9 percent coupon. Burger King didn’t specify how many common shares Berkshire has the right to purchase.

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    A Malaysia Airlines Boeing 737-800 plane sits on tarmac at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.

    Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul

    Khazanah Nasional, the state investment company that owns 69 percent of the airline, said the overhaul includes the establishment of a new company that will take over the existing Malaysia Airlines business and its reduced staff.

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    Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

    NCH to open rehab unit in 2015

    Early next year Northwest Community Hospital will open a 17-bed inpatient physical rehabilitation unit at its main Arlington Heights location, officials said. NCH got approval from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Wednesday.

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    Wall Street in New York.

    Stocks end higher following strong run in August

    “We’re seeing a listless, pre-holiday market,” said Drew Wilson, an investment analyst at Fenimore Asset Management. The S&P 500 index finished up 6.63 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,003.37.

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    Des Plaines tax increment financing plans move forward

    Plans to restructure an existing tax increment financing district in Des Plaines are moving ahead.

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    Chief in $800 million fraud gets 20-year sentence

    “My understanding is that most of the time, on the major decisions, it was you making the decisions,” Judge Robert Scola said. “It’s clear that you were the mastermind of the criminal enterprise.”

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    Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 jobs to return to profit
    Malaysian Airline System Bhd., which lost two jetliners in air disasters this year, will eliminate 6,000 jobs as the national carrier restructures.

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    Associated Press People walk past the oldest of Moscow's McDonald's outlets which was opened on Jan. 31, 1990, and closed on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

    McDonald's says Russian regulator is inspecting 100 restaurants

    McDonald's Corp. said Russia's consumer-safety regulator is inspecting more than 100 of its restaurants after the world's largest fast-food chain by revenue was forced to close 12 locations in the country. McDonald's temporarily closed four restaurants in Krasnodar, in southern Russia, on an order from Rospotrebnadzor, as the agency is known,

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    Associated Press Consumer spending in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in July for the first time in six months, a sign households are lagging behind as wages fail to accelerate.

    Consumer spending falls for 1st time in 6 months

    Consumer spending in the U.S. unexpectedly dropped in July for the first time in six months, a sign households are lagging behind as wages fail to ccelerate. Household purchases decreased 0.1 percent after increasing 0.4 percent in June, Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. None of the 79 economists in a Bloomberg survey projected a decrease. Incomes climbed 0.2 percent, the smallest monthly advance this year.

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    Hackers burrowed into the databanks of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and deftly dodged one of the world’s largest arrays of sophisticated detection systems for months.

    JPMorgan hack said to start months ago

    Hackers burrowed into the databanks of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and deftly dodged one of the world’s largest arrays of sophisticated detection systems for months. The attack, an outline of which was provided by two people familiar with the firm’s investigation, started in June at the digital equivalent of JPMorgan’s front door, an overlooked flaw in one of the bank’s websites.

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    mashable.com Denny’s is popping the cork on its first Manhattan location. The Daily News reports the diner chain’s Financial District debut is serving up a special combo putting a pricy bottle of Dom Perignon alongside its down home Grand Slam breakfast.

    Denny’s pops the cork on its first Manhattan diner

    NEW YORK — Denny’s is popping the cork on its first Manhattan location.The Daily News reports the diner chain’s Financial District debut is serving up a special combo putting a pricy bottle of Dom Perignon alongside its down home Grand Slam breakfast.The newspaper reports the $300 souped-up Slam is one of several unique touches on the menu at the Big Apple Denny’s opening Friday.There are also $11 cocktails alongside hash browns, bacon and pancakes.Denny’s takes Manhattan after years of planning and a legal fight.Residents of the 24-floor Nassau Street building where the diner has set up shop sued last year to block the move.A judge rejected their claims that the 1,700-location chain is a haven for violence, disorder and “alcohol-drenched patrons.”Bottoms, and biscuits, up.—

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    People walk with shopping bags in Hamburg, Germany. Inflation has fallen to an annual 0.3 percent in August for the 18 countries that use the euro, underlining the shakiness of the continent’s economic recovery.

    Worrying eurozone inflation sags again to 0.3 pct

    Inflation has fallen to an annual 0.3 percent in August for the 18 countries that use the euro, underlining the shakiness of the continent’s economic recovery. The figure is down from 0.4 percent in July, as expected by market analysts. Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy, sent a modestly brighter signal as it rose to 0.9 percent from 0.8 percent.

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    Jet fuel crunch strikes new york airports before holiday

    The lowest seasonal supply of jet fuel on record is pushing prices higher and leading to voluntary restrictions in the New York region as the nation’s busiest air hub prepares for a holiday rush.Spot jet fuel in New York Harbor, the trading center for the U.S. East Coast, jumped to 22 cents a gallon above diesel futures this week, the biggest premium in three years. Stockpiles in the region fell to 8.83 million barrels last week, the lowest for this time of year since at least 1990, government data show. Airlines received an industrywide request yesterday to limit the fuel they take from John F. Kennedy International airport.Airport deliveries were delayed after Buckeye Partners LP unexpectedly shut lines for inspections. The tight supplies underscore the New York region’s dependence on a pipeline system delivering fuel to New York’s JFK and LaGuardia, and Newark, New Jersey’s Liberty International airports from the Gulf Coast. The surge in prices hit just before the Sept. 1 Labor Day holiday, when 14 million U.S. travelers are expected to take to the skies.“Demand is strong and that’s the bottom line,” Mike Wittner, Societe Generale SA’s head of oil market research, said by phone from New York yesterday. “Did we expect it to be this strong? Did we expect prices to be this high? Probably not. It lines up with the bigger picture of strength in the world economy.”Travel RisingThe number of people flying on U.S. airlines in the seven days surrounding the Sept. 1 holiday will rise 2 percent from 13.8 million a year earlier, Washington trade group Airlines for America said.Carriers put more seats on sale to accommodate the increased demand, the group, which represents companies including American Airlines Group Inc., Delta Air Lines Inc., Southwest Airlines Co. and United Airlines Inc., a unit of United Continental Holdings Inc., said in an Aug. 21 statement.American Airlines and United said they’ll have enough fuel to keep aloft and aren’t expecting flight disruptions.Jet fuel in New York reached the most expensive in almost six months this week at $3.0705 a gallon, contrasting with nationwide gasoline pump prices that data from AAA, the nation’s largest motoring group, show were the lowest since February.Rising SalesSales in the U.S. have surged to the highest level seasonally since 2004, aided by a post-recession recovery in air travel and favorable weather, John Heimlich, chief economist for the trade group, said by telephone Aug. 27.New York’s three main airports together handled more passengers last year than Atlanta’s Hartsfield, the busiest single U.S. facility, data compiled by Airports Council International-North America show.The airlines rely on the Colonial Pipeline Co. system that carries fuel from the Gulf Coast to Linden, New Jersey, and a Buckeye network that delivers supplies to the airports from Linden. Buckeye’s lines provide JFK, LaGuardia and Newark airports with “substantially all” of their jet fuel needs, the Houston-based company said in a 10-K filing Feb. 26.Dependence on a single pipeline network and limited storage at New York’s airports have rendered the region’s jet fuel market sensitive to disruptions such as a 12-hour shutdown of Buckeye’s Linden pump station on Aug. 26 and an 8-hour outage on a part of Colonial’s system Aug. 21, Heimlich said.Refinery PowerPBF Energy Inc.’s Delaware City refinery also had a power failure last week that cut fuel production, Genscape Inc., an energy data company based in Louisville, Kentucky, said. And a tanker was chartered to export jet fuel from the New York area for delivery to Canada, further shrinking supplies, ship-fixture data compiled by Bloomberg show.Airlines had about two days of fuel in storage at JFK on Aug. 27, Heimlich said.

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    JPMorgan sees ‘Lehman moment’ if Ukraine situation deteriorates
    Russia’s equity markets may face a “Lehman moment” if the Ukraine conflict deteriorates further, according to Alexander Kantarovich, head of research for JPMorgan Chase & Co. in Moscow.

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    Jessica Pimentel, of Hollywood, Fla., fills out a job application during a job fair in Sunrise. Fla. The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong.

    Applications for U.S. unemployment aid slip to 298,000

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits slipped 1,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 298,000, a low level that signals employers are cutting few jobs and hiring is likely to remain strong. The Labor Department says the four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 299,750. That’s just 6,000 higher than four weeks ago, when the average fell to the lowest level in more than eight years.

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    Dairy cows ride a rotating milking machine at Fair Oaks Farms, in Fair Oaks, Ind.

    USDA launches new dairy insurance program

    Dairy farmers squeezed in recent years by low milk prices and high feed costs can begin signing up next week for a new program replacing old subsidies that didn’t factor in the price of corn. Signups for the new program will run Sept. 2 to Nov. 28, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday.

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    Manhattan condo resale prices reach record high

    Prices for previously owned Manhattan condominiums rose to a record last month even as an increase in the supply of units eased competition among buyers.An index of resale prices climbed 1.1 percent from June to reach the highest level in data going back to 1995, StreetEasy.com, a New York real estate website, said in a repor.

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    Reynolds-Lorillard deal to undergo additional antitrust scrutiny

    Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc., the U.S. tobacco companies that agreed to a $25 billion merger last month, received requests for additional information on the deal from antitrust regulators.

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    What happened in July stayed in July for bonds

    One month after talk that the 30- year bull market in bonds was ending, it’s business as usual. From the U.S. to Asia and Europe, fixed-income securities of all types have gained 1.23 percent in August, the most since January as measured by Bank of America Merrill Lynch index data.

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    Chef Oh Keum-il of Daegyo, the dog meat restaurant, shows how to cook for dog meat at her restaurant in Seoul, South Korea. Daegyo will serve its last bowl of boshintang, or dog stew, on Friday.

    A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea

    For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. But the 58-year-old’s lifelong experience with a food eaten for centuries in Korea is about to become history. Daegyo, the famous dog meat restaurant she opened in a Seoul alley in 1981, will serve its last bowl of boshintang, or dog stew, on Friday.

Life & Entertainment

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    Miley Cyrus hugs Jesse Helt, right, at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday. The young homeless man who accompanied Cyrus to the awards show gained worldwide attention when Cyrus let him accept her award for video of the year.

    Miley Cyrus’ date turns self in, posts bail

    The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards and who had been sought on an Oregon arrest warrant has turned himself in and posted bail, an Oregon official said Thursday night.

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    Bartender Patrick McLaughlin pours a beer at Mickey Finn's in Libertyville.

    Libertyville's Mickey Finn's pairs lively atmosphere with home brews

    Mickey Finn's in downtown Liberytyville is a comfortable, if sometimes boisterous, gathering place to go with family or friends for an artisanal beer or two. But the convivial spot has more to offer than that homemade brew. Its still-evolving menu includes above-average pub grub and, depending when you visit, lively music.

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    “Boxtrolls”

    Autumn movies get serious and scary with dramas and more

    Will “Annabelle” be as scary as “The Conjuring”? Will Christopher Nolan regain his mojo with “Interstellar”? Can Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels still be dumberer? Will Katniss convince us to see “Mockingjay, Part 2” in 2015? With the Daily Herald's Fall Film Guide as your road map, you'll be able to answer all those questions and more.

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    Shakira announced that she is pregnant on her Facebook and Twitter pages on Thursday.

    Shakira is pregnant with baby No. 2

    Shakira is pregnant with baby No. 2. The Colombian singer made the announcement on her Facebook and Twitter pages on Thursday. Her representative confirmed that the accounts were real.

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    Cee Lo Green leaves Los Angeles Superior Court after a hearing Friday. Green pleaded no contest to giving a woman ecstasy during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles. He was sentenced to three years of probation and 360 hours of community service.

    Cee Lo Green enters no contest plea in drug case

    Cee Lo Green pleaded no contest Friday to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles and was sentenced to serve probation and community service. The Grammy-winning singer also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case and that prevents his no contest plea from being used against him in civil court. The drug case could be used against Green in criminal court if he faces another drug offense.

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    Theater events: Drury Lane stages comedy whodunit ‘Game’s Afoot’
    Drury Lane Theatre presents the Chicago-area premiere of the comedy whodunit "The Game's Afoot" and Writers stages the Midwest premiere of Lucas Hnath's "Isaac's Eye" about a young Isaac Newton this week in suburban Chicago theater.

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    For breakfast, diners can have a plate of pizzella and a half-baguette at the Necci bar, a bohemian outpost in Rome’s edgy Pigneto neighborhood. Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws.

    Go for the food: Yes, you can do brunch in Rome

    Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws. But for non-locals, the first meal of the day can be a bit of a letdown. Breakfast in Italy is a stand-up affair: You crowd at the bar, scarf down a stale pastry and a shot of espresso, and in five minutes flat, the day has begun. But escaping from the hurried morning routine may be why weekends at Necci, a bohemian outpost in Rome’s edgy Pigneto neighborhood, have become something of an institution to the artists and creative types who live nearby.

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    Al Vernacchio, author of “For Goodness Sex,” has been in the sex education field for more than 20 years, currently teaching 9th- and 12-graders in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood.

    Sex educator’s tips for parents on having The Talk

    One of the first things Al Vernacchio does in his high school Sexuality and Society class is stand at a podium in a sweater vest and tie surrounded by a wall packed with slogans: RESIST HOMOPHOBIA. FIGHT SEXISM. ENJOY LIFE. Vernacchio has been in the sex education field for more than 20 years. He’s seen the rise of the abstinence movement, the digital revolution and the impact on teens of parents who don’t know how to get the sex conversation started.

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    In the romantic suspense novel “Mean Streak” by Sandra Brown, Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, finds herself trapped in an isolated cabin with a man hiding from the world.

    ‘Mean Streak’ is filled with surprises

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, finds herself trapped in an isolated cabin with a man hiding from the world in “Mean Streak,” Sandra Brown’s latest dive into romantic suspense. Full of surprises and terrific characters, this is one of Brown’s best novels.

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    Asters bloom in shades of pink white blue and purple.

    Asters make an ideal choice for the fall landscape

    Asters are the perfect solution for a color-challenged fall garden. They fill the gap created by the decline of summer-blooming annuals and perennials. They are also suitable companions to other fabulous fall-blooming annuals and perennials like goldenrod, pansies, mums, ornamental cabbage, and sedum.

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    Martin Freeman, top, is Lester Nygaard and Adam Goldberg plays Mr. Numbers in “Fargo,” now streaming on Hulu, Amazon, FX online and FX on demand. It was filmed in Minnesota and Calgary, Alberta.

    Cool shows for the waning days of summer

    For most of the summer, the shifting polar vortex slid down on the U.S. like an oversized beret. This made for some unusually pleasant summer evenings. But now the heat is back somewhat. So for those days when the air conditioner struggles, here are some entertainment options that may aid in the cooling-off process, such as "Fargo," "Life Below Zero" and even "Frozen."

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    the American River Parkway in Sacramento, Calif., is great for cyclists, runners and hikers, with countless dirt trails along the river for horseback riding and mountain biking. It’s one of many free things to see and do in Sacramento.

    Sacramento: 5 free things for visitors to do

    Located near the center of California, Sacramento is an ideal launching point to visit some of the state’s most popular destinations. Drive two hours to the west, there are beaches, the Bay Area and the Napa wine country. Head east, Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada and numerous ski resorts are within a short drive. But Sacramento also has plenty to offer for those who want to stick around in the valley. The city even placed No. 14 on a Forbes list of America’s coolest cities. Here are five free things to do in the Californian capitol.

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    A container pond can be put together on a patio using a planter, floating aquatic plants and a mix of goldfish. The pond contains a bubbler, a filter, and an Asian ceramic ball as a decorative element.

    Even a small patio can have a fish pond

    When Ann and Glen Gage downsized from their expansive home and garden in Switzerland to a San Francisco town house, one of the things they missed most was the koi pond they’d built and tended for years. It was brimming with elegant plants, fish and its own ecosystem. So they built not one but two new ponds, this time city-style: one for their balcony overlooking San Francisco and the other for their leafy entryway.

Discuss

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    E-cigarettes may have some potential to help people quite smoking, but they pose many dangers of their own, too.

    Editorial: We must study, regulate e-cigarettes carefully
    A Daily Herald editorial emphasizes that remarks about e-cigarettes by the American Heart Association are by no means approval of the product.

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    Suburbs could be pivotal if Senate race catches fire

    Guest columnist Paul Green: To be blunt, neither candidate for U.S. Senate has lit the campaign trail on fire. If Oberweis can win downstate, the contest may come down to the voters in suburban Cook County.

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    Let’s see the payoff from health care law
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In 2011, USA Today reported that hospitals were losing $49 billion a year because of “uninsureds.” Well, now that we have the Affordable Care Act in place that figure should be going down drastically. With less “uninsureds,” hospitals should be making way more money

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    Schakowsky shows little concern for veterans
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has suggested eliminating so-called signature strikes of drone aircraft from military and intelligence operations because many such strikes have killed innocent civilians. What would she recommend? Bombs? Human snipers?

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    Make new vaccination easier to obtain
    A Park Ridge letter to the editor: As one of millions of moms in the middle of the back-to-school rush, I have a request for legislators: Please make it easier for us to get our kids vaccinated! Earlier this year, Illinois added a new vaccine requirement — the meningococcal vaccine — for all students entering sixth and 12th grades. While I am glad to see legislators making our kids’ health a top concern, they need to go a step further to be sure everyone who needs the vaccine has convenient access.

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    Choose only one to blame
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Ronald Bearwald’s Aug. 26 letter (HYPERLINK "http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140826/discuss/140829277/"“When will president work for us?” ) does pose some interesting points. Everyone in U.S. government does ultimately “work for the president” one way or the other. Please read the Constitution. Failing that, watch TV or read the newspaper.

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    Dist. 214 giving a big gift to itself
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Whoopee, the District 214 board overtaxed us by $45 million and now they can’t wait to spend all the money. Does anyone think this wasn’t planned, or did the money just materialize out of thin air?

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    No action on misuse of handicapped parking
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Misuse of handicapped parking placards is both rampant and well-known. Inconsiderate physically-fit 20-, 30- and 40-somethings illegally use these placards to save a few steps at the expense of those of us who really need to save those steps.

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    Getting the runaround on help for veterans
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: I have an idea to help our disabled vets find affordable housing in the Northwest suburbs: new homes. I know it’s an ambitious plan and would require help from government agencies. I started by contacting state Rep. Fred Crespo’s office and sat down with his aides to explain my idea and even brought location suggestions and sample architectural plans. Essentially I was told by the office worker, “Not our job. It’s a federal responsibility.” The office worker said he would pass my information to Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth’s office.

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    Article’s claims about VA don’t add up
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: The Aug. 27 newspaper had an article by Associated Press journalist Stephen Ohlemacher about the “shoddy care” by the VA.” The article covered various aspects of the inspection of the VA and pointed out the alleged 40 deaths due to delays by the VA were unfounded. However, at the end of the article it stated that of 28 patients who experienced “significant delays in care,” six died. Also, of 17 patients “whose care deviated from the expected standard,” 14 died.

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    Question about young immigrants
    A Big Rock letter to the editor: A question for Martha Tuohy who thinks it’s hogwash for others to point their fingers at the current president for causing the problem of thousands of children illegally pouring across our border with Mexico.

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    Good time to review the Constitution
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The Constitution has guided our country well, safeguarding our freedom and rights. But “eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” and “we the people” must know our Constitution and then use our voices and votes to hold accountable the officials we elect (and those they appoint).

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    Peabody energy deal needs to be probed
    A Batavia letter to the editor: As a Batavia resident, I’m extremely concerned about our contract with Prairie State Coal Plant via the Northern Illinois Municipal Power Agency.

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    Women’s vote needed to get pay equity
    A Lake Forest letter to the editor: More than 85 years after gaining the right to vote, women still face staggering wage discrimination in the workplace, making 77 cents to every dollar a man makes for the same work.

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