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    After trick-or-treating, have your children separate their candy into “like” and “dislike” piles. Then, give the “dislike” candy away.

    Tips on managing kids’ sugar at Halloween

    With Halloween approaching, many parents are concerned about how they can manage their child’s sugar intake. Lurie Children’s registered dietitians Katie Arduini and Robyn Blackford offer some tips.

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    Jessica Rothe stars in "Happy Death Day."

    'Happy Death Day' scares off 'Blade Runner' at box office

    The horror pic "Happy Death Day" is celebrating a first place spot at the box office this weekend while the "Blade Runner" sequel spirals downward.

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    FILE- In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2016, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revoked Weinstein's membership. The decision, reached Saturday in an emergency session, comes in the wake of recent reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker magazine that revealed sexual harassment and rape allegations against him going back decades.(Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision/AP, File)

    James Corden catches flak for joking about Harvey Weinstein

    Television talk show host James Corden is facing a backlash over jokes he made about Harvey Weinstein at a Hollywood charity event

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    Daily Herald night editor Neil Holdway of Schaumburg rides Arlington Heights Road north past the Jane Addams Tollway ramps in Arlington Heights — his chief obstacle on his bike commute to work.

    Bicycling to work in the suburbs requires risk, effort; why I do it anyway

    Night editor Neil Holdway of Schaumburg enjoys riding his bike to work at the Daily Herald, Here’s why it’s worth the time and effort to him.

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    The proportion of Americans who bike to work quadrupled from 2000 to 2015, according to census data.

    Cycling to work means better health and a longer life

    The health benefits of biking far outweigh the adverse affects of injuries and of breathing in tiny particulate matter (from car exhausts), a study found.

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    Chadwick Boseman, who plays Thurgood Marshall in the film “Marshall,” talks about what it means to play such an influential character.

    Boseman, Hudlin team up to portray a young Thurgood Marshall

    Chadwick Boseman knows a little about portraying icons: his acting resume includes Jackie Robinson, James Brown and comic book’s first black superhero, the Black Panther. But even Boseman was wary after director Reginald Hudlin approached him about portraying the younger days of the future Supreme Court justice in “Marshall.”

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    Ryan Gosling as K in “Blade Runner 2049.”

    How to compete with the original ‘Blade Runner’ score: Pay homage to it

    The first trailer for “Blade Runner 2049” was filled with familiar imagery from Ridley Scott’s original 1982 film — giant neon advertisements, a smoggy noirish future ... Harrison Ford. But it wouldn’t have been nearly as potent a nostalgia injection if it hadn’t been all bathed in the old film’s warm, buzzy, synthesizer hymn by Vangelis.

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    Contemporary Christian rockers MercyMe bring their “Lifer Tour” to the Rosemont Theatre Sunday, Oct. 15.

    Sunday picks: MercyMe brings Christian rock to Rosemont

    Grammy-nominated Contemporary Christian rock band MercyMe play the Rosemont Theatre with their “Lifer Tour.” More on this and other upcoming events and exhibits.

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    “Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking Dead”

    Book review: ‘Guts’ is the ultimate fan guide to ‘The Walking Dead’

    Guts: The Anatomy of The Walking DeadBy Paul VignaDey Street. 336 pp. $26.99---Zombie killers are just like us, except they smash the brains of the undead in the hopes of surviving one more day in an apocalyptic universe.What? That’s not your typical Friday night?In his new book, “Guts,” Paul Vigna, a reporter at The Wall Street Journal who also writes a column about “The Walking Dead,” argues that the zombie-killing cast members really are your average Joes. Vigna concedes that the blood and guts have their appeal, but he insists the show’s secret sauce is ordinary people doing extraordinary things. The heart of his book is a celebration of these characters pushed to extremes and how viewers relate to them.Based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, “The Walking Dead” was a monster hit right out of the gate for AMC. Seven seasons later (the eighth season premieres on Oct. 22), it’s still one of cable television’s most popular shows. Its millions of devoted fans — “walker stalkers” in “TWD” parlance — will lap up “Guts.”Vigna opens with a tour of zombie culture. He looks at Haiti, where “the modern concept of the zombie first emerges,” and he details how George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” (1968) changed the genre forever. Once he’s sure we know how those brain-suckers were birthed, he focuses on the back story of “TWD,” its journey to AMC and why it became a phenomenon.Most engaging is Vigna’s plunge into the psyches of the main characters and how they make the storyline so compelling. Writing for one of the most passionate fan bases in television can’t be easy, but Vigna’s vivid descriptions of life on set, made richer by interviews with cast and crew, should satisfy even ardent walker stalkers. Think those background zombies just slap on some ketchup and moan? Not so. The extras all attend zombie school where they work with a seasoned zombie choreographer.Vigna is definitely writing as a fan — he’s very short on criticism — but he does bring up the level of violence, especially in the season seven opener when Glenn is pummeled to death by Negan. That barbarity flooded the FCC with complaints and caused viewership to slump.When you’ve got ratings gold, there are going to be spin offs, and “Guts” looks at these, too, including Walker Stalker Con, “Fear the Walking Dead,” the after-show “Talking Dead” and even a noncredit course at the University of California aptly named “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead.’” Vigna notes that after exploring subjects like eating squirrels and sleeping with one eye open, 80 percent of students “felt the course improved their odds of surviving a zombie plague.”The same can be said about “Guts.” But even if the undead don’t rise up soon, Vigna’s book still serves as a smart and entertaining ode to the show that brought back “a schlocky genre” and turned it into a mainstream megahit.---7 ways to escape death by zombieYes, “The Walking Dead” has shown us many gruesome ways that zombies kill, but it’s also taught us how to survive. Memorize this list now so you’ll be ready when the undead apocalypse begins:1. Hide in a tank a la Rick Grimes in the show’s first episode. If a tank isn’t available, a mid-size SUV might work.2. Throw a tarp over your head and douse it with zombie guts to mask your appealing human scent.3. Don’t bother with a gun: Kill zombies with a katana sword the way Michonne does.

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    A new empty-nester, Michele Evans remodeled and redecorated a 19th-century Georgetown house for herself. The vintage French clock face on the ceiling is from Coastal Vintage Home and Garden in Nantucket, Massachusetts.

    A Georgetown jewel box for a new empty-nester

    Newly single and a recent empty-nester, Georgetown decorator Michele Evans was ready to create a new home for herself. She bought an 1830s former boardinghouse, turning it into a relaxed place filled with her favorite things and some cool new ones.

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    Plant designer Piet Oudolf at his newly installed meadow. Marker flags guided the complex planting schemes for which Oudolf is world famous. The creekside woodland is in the background.

    A young botanical garden snags a horticultural legend

    The Dutch garden designer Piet Oudolf is known the world over for his ability to weave dazzling tapestries of perennials and grasses. Last month, Oudolf found himself immersed in what may be his most unlikely public project to date, supervising the transformation of an old soybean field on the outskirts of the little Delaware town of Dagsboro.

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    Joseph Cullen Root founded Modern Woodmen of America Friendship in 1883.

    Pioneer woodsmen inspired fraternal organization
    Q. This is a photo of a brass belt buckle that I have been curious about for a long time. The belt is marked in relief with an ax and a mallet, along with the letters “M-W-A-F.” Anything you can tell me about this belt buckle would be appreciated.

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    Black+Decker Dustbuster compact lithium hand vacuum, model HNV220BCZ00 ($28.66, Walmart.com).

    The best handheld vacuums, according to experts

    For houses with kids or pets, a handheld vacuum is a near-necessity for crumbs or pet-hair pickup. “This is what you’re going to reach for when your kids spill cereal in the morning or you spill coffee grounds,” says Allison Bean, editorial director of the home website The Spruce.

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    How to remove pine pitch stains

    Q. I parked my car under a pine tree and found it covered with pine pitch. I have tried to remove this pitch with soap and water, but it didn’t touch it. Do you have any suggestions?

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    Berries are the quintessential summer fruit but, with choice of appropriate varieties, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries can go on to yield their delectable bounty into fall.

    Fall’s a season for planting and eating berries

    Growing your own blackberries, raspberries, currants and blueberries lets you choose the tastiest varieties. Autumn is an ideal time to plant any of these berries, especially currants and gooseberries, which leaf out very early in spring.

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    Build a compost bin or start a compost pile in an out of the way corner.

    Create compost for a healthier garden next spring

    Even though days are getting shorter and the mercury in the thermometer is heading south, there is still plenty to do in the vegetable garden.

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    Take car of lawn now for healthy spring grass
    Q. I would really like to have a nice lawn next year. What can I do now to prepare for next spring?

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    Broke boyfriend prioritizes drugs over job-hunting

    Q. I’ve been with my boyfriend for a little over a year and everything’s been great. But recently I have started noticing a growing resentment toward my boyfriend, because I’m always paying for most things. He doesn’t have a job, and when he looks for one he doesn’t try very hard, it seems. Instead of saving up his money, he spends it on weed. Am I shallow for this reserntment?

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    Susan Weekly of Palatine says her living room is too unorganized to be the first thing you see when walking through the front door.

    Home office makes cluttered first impresssion

    Susan Weekly of Palatine says her living room is too unorganized to be the first thing you see when walking in the front door.

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    The white brick fireplace wall in Kathleen Volkening’s living room is the focal point that should dictate the room’s style direction, designer Andrea Odishoo says.

    Blank slate perfect for rustic-chic look

    The dominant feature in this room — the white painted brick fireplace — definitely dictates the room’s style direction. A casual, rustic-chic style would be a perfect look for this room.

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    This small seating area in Theresa Pawlicki’s home gets lost. Placing a buffet or long console between it and the dining room will separate the spaces and make the room more cohesive.

    Open space needs to be more contained

    Theresa Pawlicki has lived in her home for 11 years but has always found it awkward to design her small seating area off the dining room.

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    New window shades can transform the look of a room.

    Freshen up doors and windows

    Subtle changes can often create amazing changes in a room or an entire home. Window treatments and doors are two of the best and easiest ways to change the look of a room.

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    The staff at Chicago Botanic Garden starts installing strings of lights in early October.

    Why wait until cold arrives to decorate?

    Warm fall days are great for installing Christmas lights, though most people do not think about installing them until after Thanksgiving. It is much easier to wrap branches with strings of lights on warm days in mid- to late October than on cold days in late November or early December.

Discuss

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    We need constitutional bargain on pensions
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: Many of us know that Illinois is facing a fiscal disaster due to giant pension liabilities. Pensions are generally funded at nearly 40 percent with estimated liabilities in the range of $130 billion to $250 billion.

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    This, we can afford?
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: As I understand it, HB40 allows for something on which I have not read any comment.

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    An act of shame
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Recently, four American Army Green Berets were killed in Niger.

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    Taking a stand by kneeling
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Contrary to the many who have opposed athletes for exercising their First Amendment right to free speech, I applaud those who took a “stand” by kneeling to protest the injustice of racism in our country.

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    Appalled by Ellis’ disrespect of flag
    An Elgin letter to the editor: As a citizen of this country and an Elgin resident, I am appalled and saddened that a U-46 board member would disrespect the flag of this great country.

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    Governor removed joy of motherhood
    A Clarendon Hills letter to the editor: As a Hispanic female, I voted for you, Governor Rauner, believing that you would be different from all other politicians.

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