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  • Timesha Wharton of Chicago, prays it's not over for the Jackie Robinson West team yesterday while watching the Little League World Series at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center in Chicago. The Jackis Robinson West team lost to South Korea 8-4.

      Timesha Wharton of Chicago, prays it's not over for the Jackie Robinson West team yesterday while watching the Little League World Series at the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center in Chicago. The Jackis Robinson West team lost to South Korea 8-4.
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Near-record heat and oppressive humidity expected Monday

Temperatures are expected to soar into the 90s today, approaching a record high and producing a heat index that could be one of the worst so far this summer, according to the National Weather Service. The weather service predicts a high of 91 degrees at O'Hare International Airport, just 4 degrees off the hottest Aug. 25 on record. Temperatures this morning should be in the upper 70s as you head out the door. Full story.

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Even in loss, Chicago celebrates Little Leaguers

Chicago cheered on the hottest sports team in town on yesterday: a group of 11- and 12-year-old boys from Chicago's South Side who took on South Korea in the Little League World Series championship game. And it didn't matter all that much to supporters that the Jackie Robinson West All Stars ended up losing 8-4. Full story.

Family, friends recall Carpentersville man as 'a vibrant person'

Joshua Paul of Carpentersville is being remembered this week for his warm smile and outgoing, caring personality. "He was always thinking about others, about the people around him," his brother, Christopher Paul, said yesterday. Paul, 31, died Aug. 18 at Sherman Hospital in Elgin, where he'd been taken after being involved in a traffic stop by Carpentersville police. The cause of death has not been revealed. Full story.

Aurora University student charged with sexual abuse

An Aurora University student from Chicago is facing a sex abuse charge after he was accused of accosting a fellow student in her dorm room, Aurora police announced yesterday. Authorities have charged Kelly Moore, 22, of the 8000 block of Artesian Avenue, with criminal sexual abuse and unlawful restraint, police said. Full story.

Lightning sparks Palatine fire, leaves home uninhabitable

Lightning was to blame for a fire that caused an estimated $80,000 damage to a Palatine home Saturday afternoon, leaving the residence uninhabitable, authorities said yesterday. No residents or firefighters were injured as a result of the blaze at a two-story home on the 900 block of West Wood Street. Full story.

Traffic

Construction continues on River Road between Kelsey Road and Roberts Road near Island Lake. People should seek alternate routes. Full traffic.

Jimmy Clausen beats Palmer for Bears' backup QB job

The Bears' most notable battle for a backup position ended last night when the team terminated the contract of quarterback Jordan Palmer, handing the top backup job to Jimmy Clausen. The two veterans had nearly identical preseason stats, but the 26-year-old Clausen is 4 years younger than Palmer, showed a stronger arm and more decisiveness during training-camp practices and is considered to have much greater upside. Full story.

Miles: Much different Cubs vibe in Epstein's 3rd year

Daily Herald Cubs Writer Bruce Miles writes that he is beginning to think that "the light at the end of the tunnel to which (Theo) Epstein referred isn't an oncoming freight train after all." "Having covered all three of these sometimes painful rebuilding years, I can tell you this one has a different look and feel from the previous two." Full column.

Sale squanders lead, White Sox lose to Yanks in 10

Pinch-hitter Brian McCann lined a 3-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, and the New York Yankees beat the Chicago White Sox 7-4 yesterday to complete a three-game sweep. The White Sox have now lost a season-high six in a row and 13 of 17 overall. Full story.

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