Daily Archive : Saturday September 2, 2017

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    Ball State defensive back Josh Miller (3) breaks up a pass intended for Illinois wide receiver Malik Turner (11) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb)

    Milan blocks FG as time expires, Illinois beats Ball St.

    Jamal Milan blocked Morgan Hagee's 54-yard field goal attempt as time expired, and Illinois opened its second season under coach Lovie Smith with a 24-21 victory over Ball State on Saturday

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    Jordy Bloodsworth, a member of the volunteer group known as the “Cajun Navy,” raced to Texas from Louisiana to help flood victims.

    How the walkie-talkie app Zello helped rescuers find Harvey survivors

    The free internet walkie-talkie app Zello became the preferred mode of communication this week for organizations such as the Cajun Navy, an informal group of Louisiana boat owners who participated in post-Harvey search-and-rescue missions in Texas.

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    The Samsung Galaxy S8, left, a Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, center, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, right. The Note 8, Samsung’s latest premium smartphone, starts at $940.

    Here comes the $1,000 smartphone

    As we gear up for another smartphone battle between Samsung and Apple this fall, there is a new wrinkle for the average smartphone customer to consider: prices that edge toward $1,000 for a new phone. What’s behind the price increases?

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    This photo provided by Wayfair shows screenshots demonstrating WayfairView for Tango-enabled Android phones, allowing a user to superimpose virtual images over real-life settings. The app allows shoppers to see how furniture will look in their living room or other space before buying it.

    Are consumers ready to give augmented reality a try?

    Upcoming augmented reality apps will use superimpose virtual images over real-life settings to see how furniture will look in your real living room before you buy it, for instance. But are consumers ready to give AR a try?

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    The Workhorse W-15 electric pickup truck will go into production in late 2018, initially selling to fleet operators with a consumer version to launch shortly after.

    Electric cars are taking off. Why not electric pickup trucks?

    Americans no longer face a lack of choice when choosing an electric car — unless, that is, they want a pickup truck.

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    The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has a dedicated button for the Bixby voice assistant. But whatever happened to Samsung’s Viv?

    Samsung has a smarter digital assistant than Bixby; so where is it?

    Samsung made more announcements about its voice assistant Bixby last week. But whatever happened to its much talked-about Viv, which was pitched as a revolutionary “global brain” when Samsung bought it in 2016?

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    Apple is expected to announce at a Sept. 12 event that Apple TV is getting support for 4K — an ultra high-definition format — which would see it catch up to competitors that already do.

    Can Apple get its millions of iPhone users to watch its shows?

    When looking at Apple and its prospects for elbowing past its competitors in the streaming content space, one thing stands out: It has devices in millions of people’s pockets and living rooms. Which raises the question: Can Apple take advantage of this fact when eyeing a move into streaming video?

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    Apple CEO Tim Cook. Apple has broken its silence on net neutrality with a filing at the Federal Communications Commission, urging regulators to avoid repealing large swaths of the regulations that are aimed at constraining Internet providers.

    Apple breaks its silence on net neutrality

    Apple has broken its silence on net neutrality with a filing at the Federal Communications Commission, urging regulators to avoid repealing large swaths of the regulations that are aimed at constraining Internet providers.

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    “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” is an odd mash-up but a lot of fun.

    Review: ‘Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle’ a fun mash-up

    “Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle” has lots of charmingly frivolous things to think about and it’s easy to collapse into its world of tactical antics because its gameplay is so absorbing.

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    Sea Hero Quest VR is being released for Samsung’s Gear VR headset. Neuroscientists and cognitive psychologists will analyze data from the game to learn more about how humans develop spatial awareness and navigate new environments. Researchers believe subtle degradation in these skills may be an early warning sign of dementia and that information from the game could eventually lead to new tests to detect cognitive impairment earlier.

    Virtual reality game gathers data for dementia researchers

    There’s a serious purpose behind the new game Sea Hero Quest VR: helping neuroscientists design a new test for dementia.

Life & Entertainment

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    Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire announces ‘Ragtime,’ ‘Holiday Inn’ for new season

    The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire has announced its 2018 season of musicals: “Ragtime,” “Oklahoma!”, “Murder for Two,” “Sweet Charity” and “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn.”

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    FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2016 file photo, Madonna poses for photographers upon arrival at the World premiere of the film "The Beatles, Eight Days a Week" in London. Madonna is heading overseas to a new home in Portugal. The Michigan native had been living in New York. She said on Instagram Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 that she finds the energy of Portugal inspiring, and it makes her feel creative and alive. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)

    Madonna's headed overseas _ to a new home in Portugal

    Singer Madonna has announced on her Instagram page that she is moving to Portugal.

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    Tracy Custer and her dog Chill, of St. Louis, MO, competed in a previous year of the Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbee World Championships.

    Weekend picks: Catch, canines, catch! K-9 Frisbee champs hit Naperville

    See which canines will be the top dogs this weekend at the Ashley Whippet K-9 Frisbee World Championships in Naperville. More on this and other fun weekend events.

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    They offered to pay people to go to the gym. Guess what happened?

    Paying people to go to the gym did not significantly affect their attendance, a recent study found.

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    Less invasive procedures exist for enlarged prostate symptoms

    Q: Is there any treatment besides surgery that can reliably help an older man urinate when he is experiencing difficulty due to prostate enlargement?

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    Explore “You! the Experience” for free during select free days in September at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

    Midwest travel: Explore Chicago’s MSI during free days in September

    Brush up on your science smarts for free during the Museum of Science and Industry’s upcoming free days in September. Chicago’s premier wine event, Windy City Wine Festival, returns to Buckingham Fountain for its 13th consecutive year featuring more than 300 wines from around the globe, local cuisine, live music and more.

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    Annie Hartnett discusses her new book, “Rabbit Cake,” on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Lake Forest Book Store.

    Author events: Annie Hartnett talks ‘Rabbit Cake’ in Lake Forest

    Annie Hartnett discusses her new book, “Rabbit Cake,” on Friday, Sept. 8, at the Lake Forest Book Store. New York Times best-selling author Leigh Bardugo discusses and signs copies of “Wonder Woman: Warbringer” Tuesday, Sept. 5, at Community Christian Church in Naperville.

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    Nancy Meyer, a former construction worker and advocate for women in blue-collar industries, now runs Community Forklift, a nonprofit reuse center just outside of Washington, D.C.

    A life of odds, ends and new beginnings

    Community Forklift’s 34,000-square-foot store looks like the treasure chamber of an Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb, if that pharaoh had a penchant for midcentury modern furniture and home repair supplies. Giant slabs of milled wood, stacked cans of recycled paint, and doors and windows of all shapes and sizes form a maze of intersecting rows.

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    A large, well-defined fairy ring sprouts mushrooms near the Tidal Basin in Washington, D.C., on July 29. If you believe the legend, stand inside a fairy ring during the next solar eclipse and you’ll be transported to another world.

    Do you know what fairy rings are?

    Have you heard of “fairy rings?” Some people respond, “Who hasn’t?” while others look at you funny and wonder if it’s a trick question or a joke. Cloudy skies and frequent rain have helped those bizarre rings of fungi grow in parks, in yards and in the woods.

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    Backyard theaters are among the outdoor amenities growing in popularity.

    Desire for outdoor amenities grows among homeowners

    Home is no longer just about personal retreat and comfort — more and more, we are seeing people place a high value on how well it can serve and entertain family and friends. According to real estate agents across the mid-Atlantic, outdoor living and entertainment spaces are gaining momentum as the next big trend and must-have amenity for homes.

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    Court case supports collection of unpaid fees

    My Aug. 26 column “teased” that I would address in a future column the circumstances under which the purchaser of a foreclosure condominium at a judicial sale may be responsible for all unpaid sums due from the prior, foreclosed owner.The Illinois appellate court has issued another opinion on this issue, and I’ll address it here. In Country Club Estates Condominium Association v. Bayview Loan Services LLC, decided by the appellate court on Aug. 8, an association filed a forcible entry and detainer (eviction) lawsuit against the entity that purchased a condominium unit through a foreclosure sale.Seven months after the foreclosure sale, the purchaser still failed to pay any assessments to the association; either past or present. That led to the filing of the eviction lawsuit by the association. Two months after the lawsuit was filed, and seven months after the purchase of the unit at the foreclosure sale, the purchaser tendered a payment to the association. The payment represented only the assessments that accrued after the foreclosure sale.The purchaser then sought summary judgment at the trial court in the eviction case stating that under Section 9(g)(3) of the Condominium Property Act, its tender of assessments accruing after the foreclosure sale extinguished the association’s lien for assessments that accrued before the foreclosure sale. The trial court agreed with this argument and granted partial summary judgment to the purchaser as to the amount of the pre-foreclosure sale assessments due and owed by the prior owner whose interest was foreclosed.To the delight of condominium associations, the appellate court reversed the trial court decision. The appellate court held that: “in order to extinguish presale assessments under Section 9(g)(3) of the Condominium Property Act, the buyer in a foreclosure must make prompt payment of assessments after acquiring the property.” The appellate court went on to further state that “the question of whether a particular payment is ‘prompt’ is fact-based, and takes the particular circumstances and equities of the situation into account.”The appellate court said that “(I) n the absence of any extenuating circumstances, we would expect assessments to be tendered in the month after purchase.”The extenuating circumstances that come immediately to my mind would be if the foreclosure sale is not confirmed within that next month, or if for some reason the purchaser was unable to make contact with the association to obtain the assessment amount. But who knows what else a purchaser might contend to avoid the impact of failing to pay assessments that accrue from and after the first day of the month after the foreclosure sale.The bottom line here is that in order to extinguish a condominium association’s lien for pre-foreclosure sale assessments under Section 9(g)(3) of the Condominium Property Act, a buyer of a unit at the judicial sale in a foreclosure must make “prompt” payment of post-sale assessments.This holding sends a strong message that a condominium can expect assessments that accrue from and after the first day of the month after the foreclosure sale to be tendered by the purchaser in the month after the judicial sale. If payment is not made within that time, the association can contend that the lien for pre-foreclosure sale assessments has not been extinguished, and proceed with an eviction against the person or entity that purchased the unit at the foreclosure sale. This could lead to further litigation, and another opinion from the appellate court.

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    Bose’s SoundTouch 30 in white with remote control ($499.95, bose.com).

    To adapt to a streaming world, home speakers get sleeker, smarter

    The latest home speakers — by brands such as Sony, Bose, Master & Dynamic, Samsung, Bang & Olufsen, and Libratone — have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities built in, plus smartphone apps that control your music from anywhere in the house.

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    Public policy should encourage the building of home equity

    Policies directed toward encouraging homeownership by increasing the affordability of mortgages usually reduce the rate at which borrowers build equity in their homes.

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