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    Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon poses with Jennifer Hiser, owner of 4 Everly Adorned and the artist who painted the small table that sold at Maddon’s charity auction for about $700.

    Hoffman Estates entrepreneur hits home run with artistic furniture
    Jennifer Hiser, daughter of former Chicago Cubs outfielder Gene Hiser, launched a new buiness in Hoffman Estates called 4Everly Adorned, where she paints furniture. She just did a special nightstand painted with the Chicago Cubs logo and included autographs from some current Cubs. It sold during a charity auction last week for about $700 during Joe Maddon’s golf event. While this nightstand was done for charity, her other art work also has a charitable connection. She donates proceeds to help the rhinos in Africa.

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    FILE - In this March 6, 1998, file photo a pedestrian walks past Peepland on Broadway in New York's Times Square, after a judge concluded the city had the legal right to force most of the city's X-rated shops to relocate. New York City's two-decade legal war on storefront pornography businesses has reached a new tipping point. While many of the provocative attractions were swept out years ago - especially ones in the now neon-lit, retail-filled Times Square – the state's highest court recently issued a ruling that would force the surviving ones to clear out. (AP Photo/Michael Schmelling, File)

    NYC's long war on storefront porn reaches new tipping point

    New York's two-decade legal war on storefront pornography has reached a new tipping point and surviving X-rated stores may be out.

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    FILE - In this July 24, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during an event about healthcare in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington. Republicans have been unable to advance a health care bill in Congress, so what's next? President Donald Trump's administration now may find itself in an awkward role as caretaker of the Affordable Care Act, a law that he's still promising to repeal and replace. The Constitution says presidents "shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed." That doesn't seem to leave much choice for Trump, even if he considers the law to be "a disaster." Democrats say they fear "sabotage." (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    Undertaker or caretaker? Trump's shifting health law role

    The Trump administration may find itself in the awkward role of caretaker for the Obama-era health law

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    An ATT cell-on-wheels (COW) near Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

    Rural towns in the eclipse's path are bracing for a flood of smartphones

    The crush of people who've journeyed to Hopkinsville for the celestial occasion will need food. They'll need shelter. And, in an era of Instagram, Snapchat and live-streaming, they'll almost certainly need cellphone service. But the latter could be a problem: Cell service basically doesn't exist, at least not at eclipse viewing sites such as Orchardale Farm, barely a 15-minute drive from town.

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    Should an employee have to host a boss overnight?

    This worker likes his boss, but doesn’t want to have to clean or entertain.

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    Should an employee have to host a boss overnight?

    My friend lives close to the airport and his boss lives far away from it. So once or twice a month, when the boss needs to make an early flight for a business trip, he asks to stay at my friend’s apartment the night before to spare himself the expense of a hotel. How can he maintain good relations with his boss in a negative work environment, and yet not serve as a hotel once or twice a month?

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    In an era of smartphones, online banking, and Venmo transfers, the U.S. still can’t seem to wean itself off paper checks. In most countries, they’ve gone the way of the fax machine and the rotary telephone. But their demise isn’t coming to America any time soon.

    Why can’t Americans ditch checks?

    In an era of smartphones, online banking, and Venmo transfers, the U.S. still can’t seem to wean itself off paper checks. In most countries, they’ve gone the way of the fax machine and the rotary telephone. But their demise isn’t coming to America any time soon.

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    What our Google searches reveal about the drug epidemic

    While most of us are familiar, by now, with the annual drumbeat of official statistics from places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, online search data offers a window into facets of the drug epidemic that traditional numbers aren’t great at catching.

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    Credit Karma offered truly free credit scores when many sites were advertising such services but sneaking in fees. The company also built a service that helps members dispute and remove errors from their credit reports, and says it has made $8.4 billion in corrections so far.

    Why 75 million people have joined Credit Karma

    Today, a decade after its launch, Credit Karma claims 75 million members, including almost half of all U.S. millennials and a third of all Americans with credit reports. The private, San Francisco-based company, which says it has been profitable for the past two years, recently revealed that its revenue jumped 50 percent last year, to more than $500 million.

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    Business accelerators become hot ideas
    This is an interesting time to own a small business, especially a start-up.

Life & Entertainment

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    Kyra Sedgwick participates in the "Ten Days In The Valley" panel during the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

    Kyra Sedgwick's new TV role: a mom whose child goes missing

    TV producer Tassie Cameron had a recurring nightmare: While she was in her study working on a script, her sleeping children were taken from their beds. This nightmare inspired her to create ABC's "Ten Days in the Valley," a 10-part mystery.

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    Patricia Heaton, left, and Neil Flynn participate in the "The Middle" panel during the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

    ABC's 'The Middle' is ready for its 9th and final season

    The cast and producers of ABC's sitcom "The Middle" are ready to say goodbye _ or almost everyone is. Series co-star Atticus Shaffer said he's proud when viewers tell him that show is something the family can watch together

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    Kyra Sedgwick participates in the "Ten Days In The Valley" panel during the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

    Kyra Sedgwick stars as a mother whose daughter disappears

    ABC's "Ten Days in the Valley" is a 10-part mystery starring Kyra Sedgwick as an overworked TV producer and single mother whose young daughter goes missing. Everyone around Jane will be suspect

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    Freddie Highmore participates in the "The Good Doctor" panel during the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

    Actor makes shift from TV's Norman Bates to 'Good Doctor'

    Freddie Highmore sees his move to "The Good Doctor" from "Bates Motel" as a refreshing change

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    Jason Ritter speaks at the "Kevin (Probably) Saves The World" panel during the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

    New sitcom tells story about reluctant hero saving the world

    One person can't change the world

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    Brandon Micheal Hall participates in the "The Mayor" panel during the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

    A would-be rap star seizes office in ABC comedy 'The Mayor'

    In the new ABC comedy "The Mayor," an unlikely outsider wins political office: Sound familiar

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    This image released by Sony Pictures shows Idris Elba, left, and Matthew McConaughey in the Columbia Pictures film, "The Dark Tower." (Ilze Kitshoff/Columbia Pictures/Sony via AP)

    'Dark Tower' tops slow weekend, 'Detroit' disappoints

    After a decade of development and several postponements, the long-awaited Stephen King adaptation "The Dark Tower" debuted with an estimated $19.5 million in North American ticket sales, narrowly edging out the two-week leader "Dunkirk."

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    A healthy breakfast is a great way to start a school day.

    Learning well: Plan for a healthy start to the school year

    Making sure children have everything they need to stay healthy and safe is essential to a successful year of learning. Follow these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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    Amy Band, top, shows children items on a lightbox at the Verner Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Safe spaces, quiet times and breathing exercises for the preschoolers are designed to help kids cope with intense stress so they can learn.

    How severe, ongoing stress can affect a child’s brain

    Ongoing stress during early childhood — from grinding poverty, neglect, parents’ substance abuse and other adversity — can smolder beneath the skin, harming kids’ brains and other body systems, researchers say.

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    Step into a magical world at the 13th annual World of Faeries Festival in South Elgin.

    Sunday picks: South Elgin enchanted by Faery festival

    Games, music and magic highlight the 13th Annual World of Faeries Festival at Vasa Park. More on this and other fun events.

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    Is the “Emoji Movie” rollout a sign of things to come?

    Are movie reviews just more ‘fake news’? Some studios want you to think so

    Studios have been trying to outrun bad reviews since the inception of the medium, most recently by organizing their business model around “critic-proof” adaptations of comic books, toys, games and now iPhone apps, certain that the core audiences for those properties would turn out in droves, whether the movies were any good or not.

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    Idris Elba plays Roland Deschain in “The Dark Tower.”

    Hollywood keeps wasting Idris Elba’s talent, and it’s a huge loss

    As the troubled, long-awaited adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” rolls out to dismal reviews this week, it’s the latest frustrating example of how nothing ever seems to go quite right in the career of Idris Elba — and what a loss that is for the rest of us.

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    A young family could stow games, toys or books in a 3-foot-deep pullout drawer under a staircase.

    A solution to fill the space under the stairs

    Sometimes helpful solutions are hiding in plain sight. It is common to become so familiar with our surroundings that we no longer see them clearly.

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    Take note of interesting color combinations seen on anything from shop fronts, homes to local street furniture.

    Traveling is best source of design inspiration
    Traveling is the best source of inspiration for almost any design project. Great designers know how to “borrow” an idea from one place and transform it into something quite fresh and new.

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    ABC marks the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death with the two-part documentary “The Story of Diana.”

    ABC revisits ‘Story of Diana’ in two-part documentary

    With so many specials on the 20th anniversary of Princess Diana’s death, a same-themed four-hour program needs something different. ABC’s “The Story of Diana” has a U.S.-exclusive interview with her brother Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, as it airs Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 9-10.

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    One of the rooms in a Montauk, New York, beach house with interior design by Ghislaine Viñas. The bold, colorful statement lighting becomes not only illumination, but art in her design. Viñas used Alvaro Catalan de Ocon’s PET Lamp chandelier, placing the colorful fixture in an all white dining space. “It really pops and becomes a conversation piece,” she says.

    Lighting that makes a statement

    Creative new shapes and technology mean that home lighting fixtures often do far more than provide illumination. They can be exciting and sculptural works of art.

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    Lovatt Pottery was in business from 1865 to 1982.

    Daisy Ware pitcher was made circa 1903
    Q. Enclosed is a photo of a stoneware milk pitcher. There is a hole on one side and a hole with a slot on the other side. This was for a lid, which I do not have. Except for the missing lid, it is in very good condition. What can you tell me?

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    Solar cooker is a fun tool

    Q. I want a solar cooker to help keep my kitchen cooler and save energy. It would also help in case of a power outage or emergency. Can I make one that really works or should I buy one?

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    One small hole can allow water into a wall

    Q. In a recent column about mildew in a shower, you listed a number of possibilities in which water can get into the walls. A couple of your suggestions seem somewhat outlandish to me.

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    Weigela’s bright red flowers color the spring landscape.

    Gardeners go wild over weigela

    Hybridizers have worked diligently in the last decade to bring gardeners many new cultivars of weigela, improving on their flowers, foliage and habit. In the past, a glorious display of spring flowers was their contribution to the landscape. Now, their growth habit, leaf colors and even prolonged bloom increase their interest once the riot of spring flowers has faded.

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    Typically found on the underside of magnolia branches, the scale is responsible for creating an overall thin condition on the tree.

    Check magnolias for insects

    This is the time of year to check closely for magnolia scale, an insect about the size of a pencil eraser. Typically found on the underside of magnolia branches, the scale is responsible for creating an overall thin condition on the tree.

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    Steering clear of ever-changing parenting trends
    Q. It seems that parents are considered remiss if they don’t have their kids scheduled every minute of the day. Do you recommend free time so that kids can exercise their imaginations?

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