Daily Archive : Saturday September 9, 2017

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    In this Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, photo, Bryan Harvey of Harvey's Towing in Rosenberg, Texas, tows a flooded car in the nearby town of Katy. Following the record flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey, tow companies have hauled hundreds of thousands of water-logged vehicles. The storm inflicted an automotive catastrophe on a car-centric city whose dependence on vehicles is likely to slow its recovery. (AP Photo/Scott Mayerowitz)

    Car-centric Houston struggles after loss of countless autos

    Long dependent on cars, Houston struggles to recover from loss of hundreds of thousands of vehicles

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    A proposal to refresh the look of this retro McDonald’s at 1330 N. Milwaukee Ave. in Libertyville is drawing bad reviews from local leaders.

    Libertyville fighting McDonald’s efforts to modernize retro building

    McDonald’s would keep the golden arches in a modernization of its retro restaurant in Libertyville, but village leaders are fighting any changes.

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    FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 file photo, large storage tanks situated in retention ponds are surrounded by rainwater left behind by Tropical Storm Harvey at ExxonMobil's refinery in Baytown, Texas. Companies have reported that roughly two dozen storage tanks holding crude oil, gasoline and other fuels collapsed or otherwise failed during Harvey, spilling a combined 140,000 gallons of fuel, according to an Associated Press analysis of state and federal accident databases. Federal rules require companies to be prepared for spills, but don't require them to take any specific measures to secure the massive fuel storage tanks at refineries and oil production sites that are prone to float and break during floods. (Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News via AP, file)

    Tank failures in Harvey reveal vulnerabilities in storm

    More than two dozen storage tanks holding crude oil, gasoline, other contaminants failed when Harvey slammed into the Texas coast

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    The revamped zero-emissions Nissan Leaf electric vehicle promises a travel range of about 150 miles before needing another charge.

    Nissan Leaf revamped with self-parking, longer battery range

    Nissan, the maker of the Leaf electric vehicle, is aiming to more than double annual deliveries after the revamped model hits showrooms next month with features like autonomous-parking capability and increased driving range.

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    Remember Pokémon Go? It’s a perfect example of what augmented reality: By looking through the phone’s camera, players are able to see the cartoon-like monsters in a real-world setting.

    Apple is betting that augmented reality is much bigger than Pokemon Go

    Apple chief executive Tim Cook has said he thinks of augmented reality as a “a big idea like the smartphone,” which should give you a sense of how important the iPhone maker thinks AR really is. So it’s no surprise that analysts are expecting to hear big things about Apple’s plans for AR this week as it looks to the future — and a new generation of the iPhone.

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    The LCD screens currently on Apple’s phones have a backlight that’s always shining behind the screen.

    How a new screen could change the next Apple iPhone

    Apple is poised to release a new generation of iPhones, but the highest expectations are for the 10th-anniversary edition of the iconic smartphone. And, for that phone — which is believed to have a nearly all-screen front — Apple is expected to change the type of screen the iPhone uses.

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    One of the major new features expected in the next iPhone is a new way to unlock the smartphone: with your face.

    Could your face become your iPhone password?

    One of the major new features expected in the next iPhone is a new way to unlock the smartphone: with your face.

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    While most of the focus on Apple leading up to its Sept. 12 product launch is on the iPhone, analysts also expect a nice surprise for television lovers: a 4K-compatible version of the Apple TV set-top box.

    4K, the Apple TV and what it all means for you

    While most of the focus on Apple leading up to its Sept. 12 product launch is on the iPhone, analysts also expect a nice surprise for television lovers: a 4K-compatible version of the Apple TV set-top box.

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    Thousands of self-driving cars are now that much closer to hitting the streets as House lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday to expand companies’ ability to test the next-generation technology. It’s a major step forward for tech companies,

    Congress paves the way for more self-driving cars

    Thousands of self-driving cars are now that much closer to hitting the streets as House lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday to expand companies’ ability to test the next-generation technology. It’s a major step forward for tech companies,

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    The CIA currently has 137 different artificial intelligence pilot projects underway, according to a senior agency official.

    Eventually robots will run the CIA, too

    The CIA and other intelligence agencies have been investing in artificial intelligence for decades, and the technology is already prevalent in certain security applications including facial and voice recognition. But there are a growing number of more ambitious practical applications, including in detecting malicious hacking online and helping pilot drones and other autonomous vehicles.

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    Dancing Line has a pretty simple premise. There’s a line. It is always moving forward. And you are in charge of making sure it doesn’t run into walls.

    App Reviews: Dancing Line, Swipe Casters

    App Reviews: Dancing Line has a pretty simple premise. There’s a line. It is always moving forward. And you are in charge of making sure it doesn’t run into walls. Take command of magic to defeat monsters in Swipe Casters, a smartphone game that tests your speed and pattern recognition.

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    We touch our smartphones — tap, click, swipe — more than 2,500 times a day.

    Essay: I’m beating my smartphone addiction

    At 45, I’m a recovering addict. It’s been four months since I uninstalled social networking apps, three months since I last posted on Facebook, and two months since I turned off all notifications on my smartphone.

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    Insurance claims seen on Carfax report
    Insurance claims seen on Carfax report

Life & Entertainment

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    Artist Nick Cave presents a new work that incorporates art, design and performance during EXPO Chicago Sept. 13-17.

    Midwest travel: Expand your art appreciation at EXPO Chicago

    Experience spectacular art installations when 135 galleries from 25 countries exhibit global contemporary art during EXPO Chicago Sept. 13-17 at Navy Pier. Squash rules during the upcoming Pumpkin Festival in Morton, Illinois.

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    Make sure your salad includes vegetables, protein and healthy fats.

    How to build a better salad

    Build a healthy salad by including all three macronutrients — carbohydrates, protein, and fat.

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    A yoga class that focuses on breathing and gentle stretching rather than intense poses is best for those with back issues.

    Gentle exercise can help with recovery from back pain

    Q: I have just been diagnosed with a herniated disc and pressure on the sciatic nerve in my lower spine. Currently, I participate in yoga, weights and machines at the gym, and I walk for most of my errands. Am I helping or hurting my recovery with these activities?

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    As “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” marks its 35th anniversary with a return to theaters for special screenings next week, William Shatner is celebrating more than his long history as Captain Kirk. At 86, the stalwart entertainer is busier than ever.

    William Shatner talks ‘Wrath of Khan,’ new creative projects

    As “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” marks its 35th anniversary with a return to theaters for a special screenings Sunday and Wednesday, star William Shatner is celebrating more than his long history as Captain Kirk.

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    Get a look at the pop culture-inspired work of a rising Chicago artist in the exhibit “Hebru Brantley: Forced Field,” starting Saturday at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

    Weekend picks: Artist Hebru Brantley highlighted in Elmhurst

    Get a look at the pop culture-inspired work of rising Chicago artist Hebru Brantley at the Elmhurst Art Museum. More on this and other fun upcoming events.

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    Joyce Maynard discusses her book “The Best of Us: A Memoir” Monday, Sept. 11, at The Book Stall in Winnetka.

    Author events: Joyce Maynard, R.L. Stine appear in the suburbs this week

    Joyce Maynard discusses “The Best of Us: A Memoir” Monday, Sept. 11, at The Book Stall in Winnetka. Children’s author R.L. Stine and children’s book author and illustrator Marc Brown present their new picture book, “Mary McScary,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Community Christian Church in Naperville.

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    The rise of postpartum doulas

    Postpartum doulas are different from birth doulas, who support a mother during labor and delivery, and have different training than night nurses, who typically watch and feed a baby while parents sleep.

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    These three pillows were created using different techniques. Creating a watercolor effect on fabric is easy, and depending on the method used, inexpensive. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)

    Watercolor effects add color to pillows

    With bright splotches or pale washes of color, watercolor paintings certainly can brighten up walls. But why stop there? Applying a watercolor effect to fabric and covering pillows with it lets you display abstract artwork on your sofa or bed as well.

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    Designer Annie Selke’s wire basket sets at Pine Cone Hill, which bring several trends into a room, including brass accents, minimalism and geo patterning. While they make handy trash bins, they can also be used as decorative storage.

    Stylish and savvy wastebaskets

    When decorating a room, we don’t tend to give much thought to the waste receptacle. But the decorative details can be important.

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    Only an owner can serve on a condominium board

    Q. The board of our condominium association was under the mistaken belief that one of the candidates for election to the board was an owner. That person was elected to the board. It now turns out that the spouse of the person elected to the board is the actual unit owner.

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    McHenry County farm stroll set for Sept. 24
    Come out for a day in the country! McHenry County will host its third annual Farm Stroll, a self-guided tour of the county’s diversified family farms from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24.

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    Minor matters when buying a home aren’t worth a court fight

    Q. Months after purchase, I finally got around to figuring out why the light over the sink would not operate, even with a new bulb. I unscrewed the fixture from the ceiling only to find out it was simply a fixture screwed into the ceiling. There were no wires to be connected. The previous owner probably just put it there probably to make it look as if there were a light.

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    Be cautious with mortgage contributions from private investors

    A firm named Unison offers to contribute toward a borrower’s down payment on a home for a cut of the future profits from a sale. Before accepting such a deal, look closely at the numbers. Let’s see whether a borrower doing the deal will be wealthier or poorer five, 10 or 20 years in the future when he sells the house.

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