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    This undated photo provided by Euler Hermes shows Dan North, the chief economist for Euler Hermes North America. North says sluggish pay raises have been an Achilles’ heel for American workers since the Great Recession ended more than eight years ago, and a major headwind for faster economic growth. (Courtesy of Euler Hermes via AP)

    Insider Q&A: Higher pay needed to support stronger growth

    Low pay has been an Achilles' heel for growth, economist says.

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    Budgeting apps such as Mint connect to your financial accounts and help organize your spending.

    The most important part of tracking your spending? The follow-though

    Two-thirds of U.S. adults don’t keep a detailed budget that tracks income and expenses, a 2013 Gallup survey found. But a deep dive into your cash flow can be the first step toward finally feeling like you’re on course financially.

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    Too many Americans have bad credit because of unpaid medical bills. That’s not likely to change any time soon, despite two reforms in how those bills will be reported to the credit bureaus.

    New reforms change how medical debt gets reported to credit bureaus

    Too many Americans have bad credit because of unpaid medical bills. That’s not likely to change any time soon, despite two reforms in how those bills will be reported to the credit bureaus.

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    Protecting an employer against loss is a serious responsibility for those working behind the cash register.

    How to help a daughter move beyond being fired

    Q: My 20-something daughter worked for several years at a local retail chain. She was fired after knowingly and repeatedly letting a customer take advantage of her at the cash register. What can my daughter do to overcome this mistake so it does not follow her the rest of her life?

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    For its latest airline card, American Express is looking for people who don’t travel. Yet. The Blue Delta SkyMiles credit card will be one of the few airline co-brand cards that don’t come with an annual fee, a decision AmEx and Delta made to appeal to millennial travelers.

    American Express luring millennials with no-fee Delta card

    For its latest airline card, American Express is looking for people who don’t travel. Yet. The Blue Delta SkyMiles credit card will be one of the few airline co-brand cards that don’t come with an annual fee, a decision AmEx and Delta made to appeal to millennial travelers.

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    Alexis Ohanian, Reddit’s executive chairman and fiance of tennis champion Serena Williams, is taking full advantage of his company’s new parental leave policy after welcoming a baby girl.

    Reddit co-founder the latest tech exec to take advantage of parental leave

    Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian — fiance of tennis champion Serena Williams — joins Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg as a prominent male tech executive taking parental leave. The move illustrates how tech firms are working to change their tune on work-life balance as they — and their founders — age.

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    After a disaster, an insurer doesn’t cut a check for the amount of coverage on a homeowners, renters or flood insurance policy. You have to describe on the claim the items damaged or destroyed.

    Why your disaster kit needs a home inventory

    Imagine losing everything in a disaster like Hurricane Harvey or Irma, then having to list all of your possessions to file an insurance claim — every plate, holiday decoration and piece of clothing for starters. Without a home inventory, this would be the toughest memory test you’d ever face, and forgotten items could cost you in the form of a lower insurance payout.

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    Planning: What gets scheduled gets done
    Planning: What gets scheduled gets done, says Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall.

Life & Entertainment

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    Bill Skarsgard stars in "It."

    'It' floats away with record-breaking $117.2 million weekend

    "It" is a hit as it took home a record-breaking $117.2 million weekend. Not only is "It" now the largest ever opening for a horror movie and the largest September opening of all time, the film more than doubled the earnings of the previous record holders.

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    FILE - In this March 24, 2016 file photo, American actor and musician Yasiin Bey, also known as Mos Def, leaves the Bellville Magistrates' Court in Bellville, South Africa. Bey took the stage at the ONE Musicfest, a one-day music festival held in Atlanta, for what appeared to be the last performance of his career. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

    Mos Def on retirement: "I'm always going to be creating"

    Hip-hop star Yasiin Bey took the stage at the ONE Musicfest for what appeared to be the last performance of his career, but the rapper also known as Mos Def said he'll continue creating and will return to the spotlight in the future.

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    Understanding how a child’s brain works at different ages can help parents cope

    We know brain development continues from infancy to adulthood, but many parents underestimate how much a child’s brain changes from year to year and how those changes can influence behavior.

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    Alison Luff and Paul Alexander Nolan star in “Escape to Margaritaville,” the new Broadway-bound musical by singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett.

    Local fall theater forecast: sunny with a good chance of social commentary

    Expect Jimmy Buffett’s parrotheads to come out in force for the pre-Broadway run of the singer/songwriter’s new musical, “Escape to Margaritaville,” one of several shows that promise to heat up the Chicago area theater scene this fall.

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    Stevie Nicks plays Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Sunday, Sept. 10.

    Sunday picks: Spend the night with Stevie Nicks at Ravinia

    Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac makes her Ravinia Festival debut this weekend. More on this and other fun Sunday events.

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    Prenatal care is important to monitor fetal growth and maternal weight gain.

    Do fat babies become fat kids?

    Large-for-gestational-age newborns born to mothers with diabetes are likely to be significantly overweight later in childhood and adulthood,

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    Bill Skarsgard menaces in “It.”

    Right now is a particularly bad time to be afraid of clowns

    If the mere sight of a clown sends a chill up your spine, pop culture is going to make life a little harder for you over the next few weeks. We’ve compiled a list of the TV and film efforts that you’ll want to avoid.

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    Insane Ian — Des Plaines resident Ian Bonds — brings his comedy act to the fifth annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival.

    Des Plaines’ Insane Ian embraces ‘nerd culture’ for Chicago comedy fest

    Ian Bonds couldn’t be happier to call himself a nerd. As “Insane Ian,” the Des Plaines resident will perform comedy songs and parodies at the fifth annual Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival.

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    Is it time to give your room a little lift?
    It’s funny how you never seem to notice the imperfections in your home — until you do. And then you can’t stop seeing them. That’s where the Daily Herald’s fifth Room for Living Contest comes in. We are offering at least two packages this year: One for the living room and another for the bath.

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    The more organized your rooms, the better your interior design will appear.

    A clutter-free home makes your interior design shine

    Well-decorated rooms depend on a sharp sense of order, but living in a clutter-free environment requires a mastery of organization. Stylish staging can combat the “Ooh, I’ve got too much stuff!” shriek.

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    “Nippon” is the Japanese word for Japan.

    Hot chocolate set is a sweet heirloom

    Q. Enclosed is a photo of a porcelain hot chocolate set that belonged to my grandmother. Marked in blue on the bottom of the pot, cups and saucers is the word “Nippon” and an image of the rising sun. What can you tell me about my hot chocolate set?

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    SPLURGE: Borough leather chair, left. SAVE: Ekero armchair in Kimstad Laglig black.

    Add flair with an armchair

    Whether it’s a cozy reading nook or a lullaby chair in a nursery, armchairs are an easy way to add style, color and a new silhouette to any space.

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    Peel-and-stick decals can be used to complement colors of the bedding, window treatments and decorative items.

    Empty-nesters repurposing kids’ rooms

    There is sorrow in the home when one of your chicks goes away to college. Most experts advise keeping your child’s room exactly as he or she left if for a while. However, for those who live with the reality of a small home, that “a while” might be condensed.

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    Designers Sarah Roussos-Karakaian and Nick Karakaian strategically placed this mirror in their basement Airbnb to not only provide an opportunity for guests to check their appearance before heading out for the day but also to reflect light from the only window in the space.

    Brighten up your basement digs

    It’s no easy feat to find an affordable apartment in many cities. Renters will scour the city streets for a decent deal, searching uptown, downtown and increasingly, underground. But basement dwellings often have low ceilings, cramped rooms and little natural light, making them challenging to decorate.

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    Solving an attic mold problem with proper venting

    Q. I had an attic fan replaced a couple of weeks ago and while the installer was working I climbed the ladder to check the attic and saw a lot of black patches on the sheathing of the roof and around the nails; also on both sides of the wall of the attic. I had a mold remedial person come out and give me a quote.

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    ARCHES NATIONAL PARK: The 2008 desert estate in Moab, Utah, is listed at $1.55 million.

    12 homes with a national park in the backyard

    Many of us have visited national parks while on vacation, awed by their grandeur and natural beauty. But have you ever wondered what it would be like to wake up to such a breathtaking landscape every day?

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    A Des Plaines couple, Shirley and Larry Allison, recently won a Weber on Wheels catered party valued at $2,500.

    Two suburban couples win outdoor makeovers

    Two Daily Herald readers have recently been enjoying new outdoor living spaces, thanks to the Daily Herald’s annual Get Your Summer On outdoor makeover package. While winning major prize packages added a special luster to the summers of these two couples, 13 other readers received smaller packages of gift cards, and in some cases, mosquito treatments from Mosquito Hunters.

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    How to handle dead grass along a driveway’s edge
    Q. I have trouble growing grass on the border beside my driveway and someone said I should use ground cover there. The area gets some sun and is well drained. Do you have some suggestions?

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    Warm-season crops like peppers and tomatoes should be picked as soon as possible.

    Harvest time is one of the most enjoyable parts of gardening

    Continue to harvest vegetables as they ripen. Warm-season crops like peppers and tomatoes should be picked as soon as possible. Collards, kale and brussels sprouts will have improved taste if they are allowed to be hit with frost before harvesting.

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    Competing with in-laws for a Thanksgiving visit

    Q. My daughter has been married to “Peter” for eight years and they have two awesome girls. They live near his parents. My wife and I organize a family reunion every Thanksgiving. My daughter and her family are not coming this year because Peter says they must go to his parents’ house for Thanksgiving. Is this fair? His parents can enjoy the kids whenever they wish, while all we are asking is a day for a family reunion.

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    Bobo hydrangeas can be planted in place of day lilies, which require constant deadheading.

    Reduce garden maintenance with shrubs

    Many of us are looking for ways to reduce the time spent maintaining of our landscapes. One of the easiest ways is to replace labor-intensive perennials — those requiring additional fertilizer or continual deadheading and drought-sensitive or disease-prone varieties — with small shrubs.

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