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    The abusive bosses, uncivil co-workers and tyrannical teammates who populate office cube farms are not all the same — and require different responses.

    5 types of jerks at work and how to cope with them

    The abusive bosses, uncivil co-workers and tyrannical teammates who populate office cube farms are not all the same — and require different responses. Here’s a afield guide to help you identify the various breeds of difficult co-workers — and how to survive them.

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    Some male-dominated fields such as manufacturing have faced steep declines over the past two decades, taking away some of the best-paying opportunities for workers without college degrees. (AP File Photo/Paul Sancya, 2011)

    Analysis: The shrinking gender wage gap and what it means for men

    Women are closing the pay gap with men — the national disparity shrank by the largest amount since 2007.But it’s not just because women are landing more raises. Men, it seems, are hitting a wall.

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    What makes cage-free different from organic? What makes organic different from grass-fed? Free range different from pasture-raised? No one really knows for sure, and that’s the problem.

    Good luck finding a truly organic egg

    What makes cage-free different from organic? What makes organic different from grass-fed? Free range different from pasture-raised? No one really knows for sure, and that’s the problem.

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    Some argue that the Social Security number should be all but retired, yet coming up with a good alternative is not an easy task.

    A Social Security number may not be secure. But how do we replace it?

    They’re supposed to be the nine most closely guarded numbers in your life. But with an ever-growing number of companies asking for Social Security numbers — and then hit by cyber breaches exposing them — experts say the Social Security number is clearly a flawed way to accurately identify someone. Some argue that the IDs should be all but retired, yet coming up with a good alternative is not an easy task.

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    The Equifax scandal began with the company’s belated admission that cyberthieves may have made off with credit-scoring profiles of 143 million people, including their Social Security numbers.

    Analysis: The real, simple lesson we can take from the Equifax fiasco

    The Equifax scandal began with the company’s belated admission that cyberthieves may have made off with credit-scoring profiles of 143 million people, including their Social Security numbers. Let’s step back and look at the real — and real simple — lesson that we can take from the Equi-fiasco.

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    Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. The Fed announced Wednesday that it will begin selling its federal debt to the tune of $10 billion a month.

    Analysis: What regular investors should do about the Fed’s big move

    The days of so-called “easy money” will begin sliding away next month. The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will begin selling its federal debt to the tune of $10 billion a month. So how should a regular investor age 62 and looking toward retirement in the not-too-distant future respond? Thomas Heath found out.

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    When the 401(k) was first introduced, the accounts were supposed to supplement pension income. Instead, many employers tried to save money by freezing or eliminating pensions, making the 401(k) the main retirement plan.

    Why it’s so hard for Americans to save for retirement

    Today too many people are reaching retirement age with a paltry account balance that is unlikely to carry them through their later years. Illness, job loss and other emergencies can force people to tap their nest eggs sooner than expected. And millions of Americans, about one in two workers, still don’t have an easy way to save for retirement.

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    From now on, Apple says its stores are “town squares.” Here’s its new concept: Company stores that would double as public spaces, complete with outdoor plazas, indoor forums and designated boardrooms for local entrepreneurs.

    Goodbye Apple store, hello ‘town square’?

    From now on, Apple says its stores are “town squares.” Here’s its new concept: Company stores that would double as public spaces, complete with outdoor plazas, indoor forums and designated boardrooms for local entrepreneurs. Great idea? Or branding fantasy?

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    Going back to 1996, the relationship between real income growth and the unemployment rate is statistically significant for people in the bottom 95 percent.

    Analysis: The most important economic fight going on right now

    Matt O’Brien says there’s nothing more important for the economy than getting unemployment as low as we can for as long as we can — especially for people at the bottom of the income ladder.

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    Even if job-hopping is expected in an industry, being in high demand means you can be picky about opportunities. And if managers learn you’re being courted by competitors, they might be inclined to make your side of the fence a little greener.

    Wife wonders if spouse’s job-hopping is smart

    Wife wonders if spouse’s job-hopping is smart

Life & Entertainment

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    Lily leeks are an ornamental onion. They are grown from bulbs that are not disturbed by foraging animals.

    Plant bulbs that will be avoided by hungry critters

    Allium, or ornamental onions, are some of the best bulbs to plant for resistance to animal browsing. They come in many varieties.

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    Teatro Linea de Sombra's ensemble-created multimedia piece “Amarillo” plays The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater Oct. 17-29 as part of the Chicago International Latino Theater Festival.

    First Chicago International Latino Theater Fest highlights visiting, local companies

    The first Chicago International Latino Theater Festival features companies from Mexico, Puerto Rico and Cuba, while also shining a spotlight on Chicago-based Latino companies.

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    The Dimplex Redway has a 3-D effect that creates the illusion of fire and smoke with an easy-to-fill water tank.

    Time to think about a fireplace

    A slight hint of coolness was in the air in my area earlier this month, and it provided a promise of relief from a sizzling summer. While it’s far too early to be thinking of wearing a coat, it is the perfect time to turn to home improvement chores. So let’s talk fireplaces.

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    Elmleaf goldenrod, a species grown at the U.S. Botanic Garden’s Regional Garden in Washington.

    Late-summer sniffles? Goldenrod isn’t guilty

    Like a lot of people, I have an allergy to ragweed. My affliction isn’t as bad as the debilitating reaction I used to have to spring tree pollen before I built up some immunity to it, but it’s enough that I can call myself a ragweed sufferer.

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    Taron Egerton, left, Colin Firth, and Pedro Pascal star in "Kingsman: The Golden Circle."

    'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' dethrones 'It' with $39M debut

    The R-rated spy comedy "Kingsman: The Golden Circle" has taken over the top spot at the North American box office with an estimated $39 million debut.

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    In stem cell therapy, a doctor extracts stem cells and blood platelets, concentrates the cells, and then injects them into an injured area of the body.

    Stem cell therapy: What you need to know

    Local sports medicine doctor Trevor Bullock talks about how stem cell therapy is being used to help repair injured tissues, and reduce inflammation and pain.

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    Taron Egerton stars in “Kingsman: The Golden Circle.”

    Will 'Kingsman: The Golden Circle' harm the franchise?

    Everything about “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” which opened Friday, reeks of such overkill that even the film's reviewers keep resorting to the word “overkill.” Given such critical reactions, though, the central question becomes: Will audiences care?

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    Lynn Novick with Ken Burns, during the period when they were working together on “Baseball.” Novick first worked for Burns on “The Civil War,” where she cleared photo rights for the film. Afterward, he asked her to produce “Baseball” with him.

    Meet Lynn Novick, the most important documentarian you’ve never heard of

    There is a distinctive style to a Ken Burns documentary, but he couldn’t have made “The Vietnam War” without his longtime co-director, Lynn Novick. And Novick isn’t just Burns’ partner on “The Vietnam War.” She’s the person most responsible for making “The Vietnam War” the epic story of two nations, not just one.

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    The Chicago Toy Soldier Show returns to the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg.

    Sunday picks: Toy soldiers take over Schaumburg’s Hyatt Regency

    Meet other collectors of military figurines at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show at the Hyatt Regency. More on this and other fun things to do.

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    A recent study found that more than 80 percent of parents made a mistake when measuring doses of liquid medicine. Using a syringe instead of a cup helps parents give a more accurate dose.

    Most parents give kids the wrong dose of medicine

    With cold and flu season upon us, it’s important for parents and caregivers to know how to administer the correct dosage of medicine. A study last year found that parents are unintentionally making at least one dosing error when administering medicine to a child.

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    Unapproved stem cell treatments touted on federal database

    Stem cell clinics offering unapproved treatments for ailments from hip pains to autism to erectile dysfunction increasingly are using a federal clinical-trials database as a marketing tool. The ploy is giving a “veneer of scientific legitimacy” to such studies, critics say.

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    Billie Jean King, right, waves to spectators during the opening ceremony for the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York with actress Emma Stone, left, and USTA CEO Katrina Adams.

    In ‘Battle of the Sexes,’ King passes a baton to Emma Stone

    In making “Battle of the Sexes,” Emma Stone was often both awed and a little jealous of the stages on which Billie Jean King crusaded for sport and for women’s rights. (King helped win equal prize money for women at the U.S. Open that same year.)

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    Justin Timberlake performs at the Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Franklin, Tenn. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

    Justin Timberlake declares love for Tenn at home state set

    Memphis native Justin Timberlake returned to his home state for one of his few performances this year to declare his love for Tennessee

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    Side panels soften a window while showing off a bold color or a wildly patterned fabric.

    Dressing your windows like a pro

    There are many ways to dress a window. The most popular style is using side panels. Side panels frame the window opening regardless of size.

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    Early American Pattern Glass was introduced in the mid-1800s.

    Early American pattern glass was affordable

    Q. Enclosed you will find a photo of a clear glass compote bowl. It belonged to either my grandmother or my great-grandmother. The pattern around the outside of the bowl is decorated with fans above pentagons. Anything you can tell me about my bowl will be appreciated.

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    How to properly care for a porcelain sink

    Q. Recently we had a quartz countertop and new undermount porcelain sink installed in our bathroom. What suggestions can you provide to clean and maintain the quality of the porcelain finish?

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    Switch grass is a lovely background plant in the perennial border.

    Ornamental grasses sway in the fall breeze

    Close your eyes and picture a fall landscape. I’d bet the farm (if I had one) that the landscape in your imagination includes ornamental grasses. They are the backbone of the fall perennial border as they sway in autumn breezes.

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    Husband prioritizes texting over talking with wife
    Q. My husband has an annoying habit of picking up his phone the second he gets a text message, even mid-conversation, and then dropping everything else to respond right away. This irks me.

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    Poison ivy, with its telltale “leaves of three,” reveals beautiful colors in both early spring and fall.

    How to safely remove poison ivy vines
    Q. What can I do in September to control poison ivy? I am noticing it in a number of places in my backyard.

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    This Kayla Velvet Ottoman is an indication that velvet is back in style for the fall.

    Velvet finds its way back to the forefront

    Contrasting dramatically with the recent decorating trend of cool and sleek industrial designs, velvet is all warm and cozy with a plush texture and feel-good personality. It works in both traditional and contemporary interiors.

Discuss

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    Trump’s embrace of a post-American world

    Columnist Fareed Zakaria: President Trump’s speech to the United Nations was well delivered. But it was a strange mishmash of topics and tones,

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    Yes, abolish the electoral college
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Thank you, thank you, thank you for your editorial calling for an end to the electoral college.

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    Wheaton College should be ashamed
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: Our son always had a dream to play NCAA football and he did so at the Division III level. I had encouraged him to seriously consider Wheaton College because of their excellent academic and football reputation, but he chose to go elsewhere. He was a starter all four years, and all four years we lost to Wheaton, but he has no regrets.

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    Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
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