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Weekend in Review: 24-mile dive; debates

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  • Felix Baumgartner, of Austria, pumps his fist to the crowd after successfully jumping from a space capsule lifted by a helium balloon at a height of just over 128,000 feet above the Earth's surface.

      Felix Baumgartner, of Austria, pumps his fist to the crowd after successfully jumping from a space capsule lifted by a helium balloon at a height of just over 128,000 feet above the Earth's surface.
    Associated Press

  • Aneta M. Marsek and her two small children, Chevelle, 2, and Macenzie, 4 months old, who had not been seen or heard from since Oct. 6, were found unharmed Sunday in Wisconsin.

      Aneta M. Marsek and her two small children, Chevelle, 2, and Macenzie, 4 months old, who had not been seen or heard from since Oct. 6, were found unharmed Sunday in Wisconsin.
    Courtesy of Lake County Sheriff's Office

 
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Vigil for missing Volo woman, two children

The Lake County sheriff's office said Sunday evening that a missing Volo woman and her two young daughters were found safe and vacationing near the Wisconsin Dells. Aneta Marsek and her daughters, Chevelle, 2, and Macenzie, 4 months went missing Oct. 6 after leaving her parents' Wauconda home. Full story.

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Friends of Aneta Marsek had held a vigil Saturday night at her Volo home. Full story.

Congressional candidates meet face to face

Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Bob Dold and Democratic challenger Brad Schneider, candidates for the 10th Congressional District in Cook and Lake counties, met for a debate Saturday. So did Republican U.S. Rep. Judy Biggert and Democratic challenger Bill Foster, opponents in the 11th Congressional District in southern DuPage, southeastern Kane and central Will counties. Tax cuts, Medicare and negative campaigning were among the topics. Full story on Biggert, Foster. Full story on Dold, Schneider.

Fall's not over yet

In fact, another wave of fall color is expected to peak this week as oaks and maples get their turns on center stage, experts say. And if you want to plan ahead for fall color next year, it's not too late to plant trees now. Full story.

Sonya Blade on the Kane County ballot

Kerri Branson may be running for office in Kane County's 18th District, but she isn't hiding from her past. More than 20 years ago, the North Aurora Democrat, now 42, enjoyed a brief career as a nude, lingerie, swimsuit and video game model. Among her roles: Sonya Blade, a fighter who appeared in all of the Mortal Kombat games starting with the third incarnation. Full story.

Lake in the Hills man killed near U of I

A Lake in the Hills man attending the University of Illinois died Saturday morning after police say he was struck by a hit-and-run driver. Anthony G. Pauls, 20, was hit by a vehicle around 11:50 p.m. Friday on the 200 block of West University Avenue near an intersection, according to a news release from the Urbana Police Department. The driver fled the scene but later was arrested. Full story.

The naked truth about how Walter Jacobson got his start

As a young legman for legendary columnist Jack Mabley, Walter Jacobson earned his first byline fulfilling Jack's assignment to visit a nudist colony. The next 50 years proved equally as interesting. Full story.

Strategies behind local debate prep

Before their first debate, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney hunkered down for last-minute preparations, with stand-ins for their opponents. On a local level, there's less glitz and less opportunity to practice for debates for congressional and state offices. Still, candidates and their staffs have some strategies up their sleeves. Full story. Fire leaves Palatine home uninhabitable

Fire in Palatine

Palatine firefighters extinguished a fire early Saturday that left a townhouse near Dundee and Hicks roads uninhabitable, department officials reported. When firefighters arrived at the seven-unit townhouse building in the 1400 block of North Waterbury Circle, they saw flames on the balcony of the second-floor home. Full story.

Police: Burglars targeted homes left empty during funerals

A Johnsburg husband and wife already being held in Cook County on burglary charges found themselves in even more hot water, after McHenry County police say they connected them to five burglaries that occurred while the homeowners were attending wakes or funerals. Jason Werner, 26, and his wife, Jacquelyn Buchholz, 24, of the 100 block of Pleasant View Drive, were each charged with five counts of residential burglary and five counts of theft. Full story.

Four injured in St. Charles crash

Alcohol and faulty equipment are suspected of playing a part in a head-on crash in St. Charles Sunday morning that sent four people to the hospital, police said. Police and firefighters responded just before 11 a.m. to the two-vehicle crash on Route 31, just north of Wildrose Springs Drive. Full story.

World & Nation

Skydiver manages 24-mile supersonic leap from above Earth's surface. Full story.

Lybian ambassador's death not a political football, father says. Full story.

Debate prep trumps campaigning. Full story.

Specter dies as Congress at its most polarized. Full story.

Thousands rally for Pakistani girl shot by Taliban. Full story.

Questions and answers on state pension referendum. Full story.

Expect small 2013 Social Security benefits. Full story.

'Taken 2' edges out 'Argo' for top slot. Full story.

Sports

Cards making it harder for Cubs fans. Full story.

Bears look better than last season. Full story.

Bulls' B-Team gets a closer look. Full story.

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