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  Teens are following the example of television shows such as "Gossip Girl" - in which actress Blake Lively prances to class in couture - as they head to stores to stock up for the new school year. Retailers, stung by slowing sales growth and record...

'Gossip Girl' back-to-school couture is boon for retailers

Updated: 8/4/2011 09:22 PM

  For most of us, the kitchen is the heart of the home, and some of our best memories are made when it's filled with family and friends. If you have an island in your kitchen, chances are this is the hub around which all the love and laughter is...

Give your kitchen island a makeover

Updated: 8/5/2011 09:03 PM

  While past generations of Americans sometimes encouraged children to abandon mother tongues to assimilate faster, today's parents see the benefits of being fluent in more than one language, and they look for ways to encourage it.

Parents look for best ways to raise bilingual kids

Updated: 8/4/2011 09:22 PM

  Every store comes up with cool dorm finds this time of year. But if you're going to be a freshman and it's your first time living away from home — and maybe your first time sharing a room — how do you know what you really need?

What will come in handy in the dorm room

Updated: 8/8/2011 12:44 PM

  The American Idol summer tour rolled into the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Saturday. Wheeling native Haley Reinhart, along with 10 other Idol finalists including season 10 winner Scotty McCreery, performed for thousands of Idol fans.

Images: Haley Reinhart and the American Idol tour

Updated: 8/8/2011 02:18 PM

  This year, for the first time, the Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove features a three-day, three-stage professional women's race that has drawn the largest number of elite women cyclists the race has ever seen, officials said.

Pro women cyclists grab attention at Tour

Updated: 8/6/2011 08:15 PM

  The man who saved a 12-year-old who slipped into the Fox River in Geneva should be remembered as a hero, those who know Randy Suchy say. “Everyone I've talked to said it would be just like Randy to give his life for someone else's," said Bill...

Naperville man ‘didn't hesitate' to save Bolingbrook boy on Fox River

Updated: 8/8/2011 05:59 AM

  About 19,000 walkers passed through Mount Prospect on Saturday in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure to raise money for cancer research. And a group of cheerleaders singled out a St. Charles resident as their person to support in this...

Komen walkers draw cheers, support in Mt. Prospect

Updated: 8/7/2011 09:34 PM

  Ever wanted to take a ride in an airship? You can this weekend for a mere $375 on the Zeppelin airship at DuPage Airport this weekend. Just don't call it a blimp (you'll learn why on the flight).

Zeppelin airship lumbers across suburban skies

Updated: 8/8/2011 02:19 PM

  During his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech Saturday, Richard Dent said he “wanted to be someone special my mother and father and brothers could look up to.”

Richard Dent gives thanks for what he became

Updated: 8/8/2011 03:18 PM

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