Daily Archive : Sunday September 17, 2017

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    Auto mechanics union touts victory with 4-year deal

    Union mechanics announced a new four-year deal Sunday that has ended a nearly seven-week strike against roughly 130 Chicago-area dealerships.The announcement follows recent predictions that the strike was nearing an end. The union had seen an influx of dealers looking to negotiate on their own. Sam Cicinelli, directing business representative for Automobile Mechanics Local 701, said late last week that half of the dealerships making up the New Car Dealer Committee had already signed interim deals.On Sunday, Cicinelli told the union’s members the NCDC had tried — and failed — to break the union, according to a press release. Now nearly 2,000 mechanics who’ve been walking the picket line since early August are headed back to work today.NCDC spokesman Mark Bilek confirmed the deal but declined to comment on the union’s rhetoric. • Produced in partnership with the Chicago Sun-Times. See the full story at chicago.suntimes.com.

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    A house rests on the beach after collapsing off a cliff from Hurricane Irma in Vilano Beach, Fla., Friday, Sept. 15, 2017. Florida’s economy has long thrived on one major import: people. Irma raised concerns about just how sustainable the allure of Florida’s year-round warmth and lifestyle are. The wind, rain and flooding inflicted an estimated $50 billion in damage. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Irma's damage a reminder of Florida economy's vulnerability

    Irma a reminder of vulnerabilities for people moving to Florida and economy they've sustained

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    FILE - In this Saturday, July 15, 2017, file photo, Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, addresses a plenary session on the third day of the National Governors Association's meeting in Providence, R.I. Ballmer says he started his new venture, USAFacts, as a way to “suck out all the data” collected by government agencies and shoot it back out to the public in a digestible form. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

    Insider Q&A: Steve Ballmer on data for the people

    Insider Q&A: Steve Ballmer on data for the people

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    Identity theft is a nightmare Americans go through every year. There's another you out there, living it up while you wander among the financial and bureaucratic wreckage they've left in their wake. More people are likely to be victimized after the massive hack of 143 million Americans that Equifax announced last week.

    Essay: My three years in identity theft hell

    Identity theft is a nightmare Americans go through every year. There's another you out there, living it up while you wander among the financial and bureaucratic wreckage they've left in their wake. More people are likely to be victimized after the massive hack of 143 million Americans that Equifax announced last week.

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    Verified high-limit credit cards are selling on the dark web for the bitcoin equivalent of about $10 to $20, according to an annual report on cybercrime by Secureworks, a unit of Dell Inc. For scammers on a budget, there’s unverified stolen credit card data, which comes out to pennies a card when bought in bulk.

    What’s your stolen identity selling for on the dark web? Not much

    How much is your personal data worth to you? A lot. (Thanks, Equifax.) And how much is it worth to an identity thief? You may be surprised, or insulted, or enraged, to find out.

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    Median household income by state, 2016

    What’s America’s highest-earning state?

    Pop quiz: Which U.S. state had the highest median income in 2016? New York or California, perhaps, home to some of the nation’s wealthiest cities? Alaska, home of the famous oil revenue checks for every man, woman and child? All of those guesses are wrong,

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    Rural America, we’ve been told, is falling behind: on everything from Internet access to health care to business to youth. But recent Census Bureau data suggests that some of these concerns, at least, may be overstated — particularly when it comes to paychecks.

    Think rural America is falling behind? Think again.

    Rural America, we’ve been told, is falling behind: on everything from Internet access to health care to business to youth. But recent Census Bureau data suggests that some of these concerns, at least, may be overstated — particularly when it comes to paychecks.

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    Median household income in America was $59,039 last year, surpassing the previous high of $58,655 set in 1999.

    Middle class saw record high earnings in 2016

    America’s middle class had its highest-earning year ever in 2016, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Median household income in America was $59,039 last year, surpassing the previous high of $58,655 set in 1999, the Census Bureau said.

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    The new job vs. the counter-offer

    Q: A few hours after I gave my two-week notice, my current employer made me an incredible counter-offer to work in a new position. Should I stay or go?

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    A patient is evacuated by boat from the St. Vincent’s Medical Center after floodwaters from Hurricane Irma covered the first floor of the hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.

    Yes, you can be fired for missing work during a natural disaster

    In the United States, there is no such thing as disaster leave. Union contracts protect some workers, and mandatory evacuation orders make it illegal for people to stay directly in a hurricane’s path, once that warning has been given. But terminating a city employee who shirked hurricane duties is legal in Florida, as it would be in other states.

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    Compared with 1980, the typical American spent about 42 more hours commuting in 2016.

    The average American spent 9 full days commuting last year

    In 2016, the average American commute was longer than ever before.

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    A little good news sneaks in for employers
    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at how a little good news sneaks in for employers.

Life & Entertainment

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    Yara Shahidi arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

    Metallics and feathers galore on Emmys red carpet

    Metallics and feathers were plentiful on the Emmys red carpet, led by Tessa Thompson and Tracee Ellis Ross.

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    Sleeping with your running shoes on isn’t necessary to be ready for early morning exercise, but there are some tips that can help you add morning workouts to your day.

    How to make a morning workout routine a reality

    You’d probably love to be one of those people who consistently exercise after work. But life gets in the way — kids, work, social commitments — and your daily fitness routine goes out the window. A morning workout routine seem like an obvious answer, but how do you actually, you know, do it?

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    Rooms painted in reds and yellows tones feel warmer, and are best used in rooms that do not get a lot of light.

    Paint is the best decorating tool for the home

    Have you ever come up with a decorating idea for your home and then been able to see it through completion? If you have, certainly you are have experienced that sensation of satisfaction, the sheer pleasure derived from the process of change.

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    Bill Skarsgard is Pennywise in "It."

    'It' stomps 'Mother' with $60M in its second week

    The Stephen King adaption "It" continues to scare up record ticket sales, taking in an estimated $60 million in its second week and leaving a paltry $7.5 million for Darren Aronofsky's audacious genre-bending psychological thriller "mother!"

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    Elisabeth Moss, center, accepts the award for outstanding lead actress in a drama series for “The Handmaid’s Tale” while Tatiana Maslany, left, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan look on at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

    ‘Veep’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ win top Emmy Award prizes

    The dystopian vision of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the deeply cynical Washington comedy “Veep” and the ever-topical “Saturday Night Live” won top series honors Sunday in an Emmy Awards ceremony that took almost nonstop aim at President Donald Trump in awards and speeches.

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    An undated photo provided by KRQE TV shows longtime reporter-videographer Bob Martin. Martin died Saturday night, Sept. 16, 2017, after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed in central New Mexico, authorities said Sunday. He was pronounced dead at the crash scene Saturday night, according to New Mexico State Police. (KRQE TV via AP)

    Veteran Albuquerque TV reporter killed in helicopter crash

    A longtime reporter at an Albuquerque TV station has died after the news helicopter he was piloting crashed in central New Mexico

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    FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo, comedian Kevin Hart and his wife Eniko Parrish pose at Kevin Hart's "Laugh Out Loud" new streaming video network launch event at the Goldstein Residence on in Beverly Hills, Calif. Responding to a video of him looking cozy with a brunette in the back of a car, Hart has publicly apologized in a video on Instagram on Saturday, Sept. 16, to his pregnant wife and his kids for what he described as a "bad error in judgement." (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP, File)

    Kevin Hart apologizes to wife, kids for 'mistakes'

    In an Instagram post, Kevin Hart apologizes to pregnant wife, kids, for 'bad error in judgment'

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    A pedestrian demonstrates a fidget spinner at a street vendor stand in New York. The fidget spinner is a toy that sits like a propeller on a person’s finger, with blades that spin around a bearing.

    To fidget spin or not to fidget spin?

    Some light up. Some play music. All spin in a mesmerizing way. But do fidget spinners — the kid craze of 2017 — have health benefits, or are they a health hazard?

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    Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence in the bonkers climax of “mother!”

    The absolutely insane last 30 minutes of ‘mother!’

    Have you seen “mother!” yet? If yes, you may have seen the ending coming, and not just because writer-director Darren Aronofsky loves to make audiences squirm.

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    Tower Hill Stables in Hampshire offers guided trail rides that meander through fields, woods and scenic rolling hills just 10 minutes from I-90 and Route 47.

    5 places to get a horse in suburbs and hit the trails

    Fall colors don’t necessarily have to be seen on foot or while on a bicycle in the woods. Horseback riding in the suburbs is another option for those looking for an escape or for those who want to bond with nature.

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    The Chicago Pet Show returns to the Libertyville Sports Complex Sunday, Sept. 17.

    Sunday picks: Walk with the animals at pet show in Libertyville

    Learn about animal adoptions and more at the Chicago Pet Show at the Libertyville Sports and Fitness Complex. More on this, Matchbox Twenty with Counting Crows and other fun things to do.

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    Former Naperville resident Bob Odenkirk is up for an Emmy once again for “Better Call Saul.” At least one critic believes it’s his year.

    Who will take home Emmys this year? Here are some predictions

    Will Naperville’s Bob Odenkirk take home an Emmy? Will Julia Louis-Dreyfus claim her sixth trophy in a row? Check out a few predictions for TV’s big night Sunday.

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    Peas. along with beans, lettuce, peppers and tomatoes, are among the best self-pollinated plants to use for seed saving.

    Saving seeds saves money and plant history

    Seed saving is precisely that. Gathering seed saves money for the next planting season and also saves genetic strains that may have originated generations ago in family gardens.

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    Encouraging college-dropout son to find his purpose

    Q. My son flunked out of college his first year at 18. He has a good work ethic. He has held a restaurant job for over two years. He is now almost 21 and I am worried what will happen to him when I’m gone. I don’t know if I should just let him figure it out or keep pushing him. I feel like I’m not being a good mom if I do the former.

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    “For the upcoming Fall, we’re experimenting with dynamic motion, layering, and sculptural elements to animate our textiles,” says Modra Studios’ Tamalyn Shea. This is the company’s Amazon pattern on a pillow.

    Minimalism of past seasons gives ground to a new ‘maximalist’ style

    The minimalism of past seasons has given some ground to this new “maximalist” style characterized by layers of pattern, color and texture.

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    The shield mark, once mistaken for a beehive, was first used in the mid-1700s.

    Beehive mark has collectors buzzing

    Q. Enclosed you will find a photo of a pair of porcelain vases that belonged to my grandmother. Both the handle and rim are trimmed in gold. Marked on the bottom is the word “Austria” and a beehive. I would like to know any information you can provide about their history.

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    This pairing of bar stools works because the legs are similar, even though the seats are opposite.

    Not everything must match, but they must be cohesive

    By Christine Brun


    There is no design police force that makes never-to-be-broken rules and regulations about your home. That is the good news! The bad news is if you want a singular style, it takes skill and a sharpened sense to construct a unique and offbeat look.

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    A bedroom decorated around a theme or favorite color can help make a child’s room feel personalized.

    Children’s bedrooms should reflect their personalities

    Parents, do you want your kids’ bedrooms to be relaxing oases where they can decompress and escape the academic and social pressures of school? Don’t assume that means muted colors and quiet sanctuary.

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    An easy fix for efflorescence on bricks

    Q. In a recent column, someone had bird droppings problems and wanted to know if the cleaning technique (12 percent hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup of ammonia) could clean a natural bluestone patio. Your answer said it works on bricks and you saw no reason why it would not work on bluestones.

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    Loss of shade tree opens up gardening opportunities
    Q. A huge ash tree from my neighbor’s yard to the south of my hoouse was removed and now my shade garden is out in the open sun. What can I do to keep my garden looking good?

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    Deer can damage smooth-barked trees by rubbing their antlers on the trunks.

    Time to protect your trees from deer

    Autumn is the time to protect the trunks of smooth-barked trees such as young maples from deer. Deer rub their antlers on trees and typically use the trunks of smooth-barked trees.

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    Million bells are available in beautiful autumnal shades.

    Update container gardens for fall color

    With Labor Day weekend behind us, there is no denying it — summer is giving way to fall. It’s time to swap bathing suits for backpacks, burgers on the grill for pots of chili, and summer-worn annuals for fresh fall flowers in containers.

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    Black Flame is a statement-making color, infused with an undertone of the deepest navy, which evokes the privacy, hope and classic modernism that many consumers crave today.

    This fall, decor’s deep, rich hues are bolder

    Deeper, richer hues are often part of decor’s autumnal palette, but this year they’re bigger and bolder than usual.

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