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    The warm tones in the foliage of geranium Vancouver blend beautifully with fall annuals.

    Summer annuals offer fall color, too

    Back to school signals the time to pluck the summer annuals from our pots to make room for mums, pansies, ornamental cabbage and kale. But wait. Some of those annuals that bloomed all summer will continue well into fall.

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    This image released by Lionsgate shows Samuel L. Jackson, left, and Ryan Reynolds in "The Hitman's Bodyguard." (Jack English/Lionsgate via AP)

    A slow Labor Day caps a down summer at the box office

    With no new wide releases, Hollywood took the Labor Day weekend off and officially put an end to a down summer movie going season

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    Taylor Swift releases new song '...Ready For It?'

    Taylor Swift wants to know if we're "...Ready For It?" in new song.

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    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children be immunized against influenza by the end of October, if possible.

    Why your child needs a flu shot

    Pediatricians recommend all children ages 6 months and older get an annual flu shot, according to updated influenza prevention recommendations issued Monday, Sept. 4, by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Also, since the nasal flu vaccine has not worked as well as the flu shot in recent flu seasons, both the AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do not recommend it this year.

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    Let the doctor know when you want more information and take notes. Ask your doctor to recommend credible sources or websites where you can learn more about your condition or medication.

    How to get more from your doctor appointments

    The majority of doctors report spending 15 minutes or less per patient. With that in mind, here are 10 patient do’s and don’ts for squeezing the most value from those precious minutes with your doctor.

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    Prostate cancer: Advances in screening and treatment

    Genetic testing is leading to more advances in prostate cancer research, says Dr. Brian Helfand, director of the Prostate Cancer Program at the John and Carol Walter Center for Urological Health. Helfand shares information you should know about prostate cancer.

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    Belinda Carlisle of The Go Go’s performs on the same bill with Smash Mouth at Festival Park near the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin on Sunday, Sept. 3.

    Sunday picks: Belinda Carlisle, Smash Mouth head to Elgin

    The Grand Victoria Casino’s outdoor summer concert season concludes with Belinda Carlisle, Smash Mouth, The Motels with Martha Davis and Bow Wow. More on this and other fun weekend events.

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    Fenton Glass Co. was founded in 1905.

    Carnival glass inspired by Tiffany
    Q. This is a photo of a berry bowl set. It was a gift from a dear elderly lady to my pastor father-in-law about 45 years ago. It is purple and includes a large berry bowl and four individual ones. What can you tell us about the maker, age and value of our set?

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    Liam Cunningham is Ser Davos Seaworth in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

    Liam Cunningham on ‘Game of Thrones’ and fast travel

    On “Game of Thrones,” Ser Davos Seaworth has turned into a beloved character. Following the Season 7 finale, the actor who brings Davos to life, the very lively Liam Cunningham, talked about this season’s big shockers.

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    What’s old is new again for fall TV, including the return of NBC’s “Will & Grace,” premiering Sept. 28 and starring Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.

    TV networks fall back on tried and true for new shows

    The return of “Will & Grace,” a new “Dynasty” and a “Big Bang Theory” spinoff underscore fall TV’s emphasis on comfort over creativity.

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    Visitors navigate the Richardson Farm corn maze in Spring Grove.

    Corn mazes part of fall festival fun

    Autumn brings a bounty of activities and attractions throughout the suburbs. But for the adventurous (and those with a good sense of direction), corn mazes offer a special type of fun.

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    Despite wet soil, these blueberries grow well because they are planted on raised mounds from which water drains well.

    Wet weather brings garden problems

    season of rain is as trying as a season of drought. Excess rain creates gooey soil, which is no fun for planting if you are a human and no fun for growing if you are a plant.

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    There are circus tents, play tunnels and themed tents available on the market that can make your nursery a fun play room, as well.

    Allow your nursery to transition into a play room

    Life changes in dozens of ways once the first baby joins a family. You don’t have to allocate a huge amount of space for an infant, but it must be quiet and, most importantly, safe.

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    A pair of lamb’s quarters plants, taller than the author, claimed victory in one of her dahlia beds before they were cut down.

    What to do when your weeds get wild

    Somewhere between spring fever and bringing in the last of the sheaves is a season I call “runaway train.” While we’re at the barbecue, the softball game and the beach, weeds continue their silent march through the garden, rising above the crops that should be shading them out by now.

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    Courtesy of Industrial Home, Ballard Designs SPLURGE: Bandera woven dining chair (industrialhome.com), left. SAVE: Bailey woven chair (ballarddesigns.com).

    A new look for a new school year

    With the end of summer fast approaching, Dallas-based designer Jean Liu decided to give her child’s bedroom a makeover for the new school year.

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    Sealy and Serta Simmons mattresses are displayed for sale at a Conn’s HomePlus store in Knoxville, Tennessee.

    Rest easy with these tips for mattress shopping

    The only thing more exhausting than sleeping on a bad mattress is shopping for a new one. First, you have to withstand mattress salespeople — almost as much pressure as shopping for a car. Then, you can’t really compare choices among stores because manufacturers make proprietary mattress models for each.

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    Keeping a few treasures to pass down sparks a special kind of joy

    Clients will often seek my approval before making a final decision to throw something away, donate it or sell it. And if they definitely no longer want or need the item, I usually reassure them that they are making the right decision, especially if someone else could use it.

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    A style expert’s advice on color, trim and painting trends

    Style expert and Washington Post design columnist Elizabeth Mayhew joined staff writer Jura Koncius recently on The Washington Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

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    Homeowner seeks a longer lasting roofing material

    Q. Our old, dark, shingle roof is leaking again. I prefer to install a longer-lasting roof this time even if it costs a little more. Other than metal, what durable roofing is available and which is environment friendly?

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    Solving mysterious black specks

    Q. My mom lives in Houston and the faucet in her kitchen sink has a problem with the cold water that comes out during the summertime. There are very small black specks in the water. When she runs the hot water, the specks are not there.

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    The LGM Tavolo, designed and made in Italy by Clei, is a desk, queen size bed and shelving unit all in one. The shelving rotates to expose a queen size wall bed and side tables.

    Sleek furniture fits in smaller living spaces

    Chain stores across the country cater to a growing demand for furnishings that are both hip and versatile. Outdoors stores like REI have also gotten into the act. At REI’s store in SoHo, for example, sleek and versatile couches, dining chairs and rocking chairs are sold alongside the expected array of tents and other camping gear.

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    Is needy girlfriend worth the price?
    Q. My girlfriend and I have had an up-and-down relationship for four years. We keep getting drawn back to each other — there are qualities we see in each other that we simply don’t in other people. But she is very demanding emotionally, and her demands push me to the limit. I know I can’t change her, but are there things I could do to foster a less high-maintenance style?

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    The Washington hawthorn, crataegus phaenopyrum, is susceptible to cedar apple rust, which causes leaves to yellow and fall prematurely.

    Cedar apple rust infects hawthorns

    Hawthorns with a severe case of cedar apple rust may have foliage that turns bright yellow and drops prematurely. Small yellow spots will appear on leaves after infection in spring.

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    Interior designer Heidi Pribell removes a 1805 marble mantelpiece from the wall of a home in Boston. Pribell sold the mantelpiece to the Museum of Fine Arts later. When Pribell first spotted this dust-covered mantelpiece, it was in the basement of a client’s newly purchased home.

    Mantel masterpiece moves from rubbish pile to museum exhibit

    When interior designer Heidi Pribell spotted a dust-covered mantelpiece in the basement of a client’s newly purchased home, it was the start of a long relationship. The ornate white marble mantelpiece, with two caryatids flanking each side, was sitting amid rubble and construction debris.

Discuss

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    Dragons don’t just sprout up in the desert
    Columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr.: Now that President Trump has pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona’s Maricopa County, many Latinos are feeling enraged. And a lot of white liberals — in the media, academia and politics — are, as usual, acting morally superior.

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    Sidewalk to Nowhere
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Bridge to nowhere? We have one here in Illinois too. Ours is a cheap one because it is only a Sidewalk to Nowhere.

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    How did writer know?
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: The letter on Aug. 27 ascribing motive to a White Sox player’s gesture following a home run, a rarity, leaves me wondering how the writer knows the player’s motivation.

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    Change in perspective?
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: I read the letter from a Mr. Larry O’Neill chastising the Daily Herald for pushing a gay agenda by citing two articles relating to gay people.

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    Watching out for aesthetics of Lilacia Park
    A Lombard letter to the editor: In November 2016 the residents voted for a tax increase for the Lombard library. Nowhere on the ballot did it mention a building or a location.

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    How did writer know athlete’s motivation?
    A Sleepy Hollow letter to the editor: The letter on Aug. 27 ascribing motive to a White Sox player’s gesture following a home run, a rarity, leaves me wondering how the writer knows the player’s motivation.

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    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
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