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    Carpentersville cops not charged in death after arrest

    Carpentersville cops not charged in death after arrest
    Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon will not pursue any charges against the Carpentersville officers who arrested Joshua Paul hours before he died of internal bleeding at an Elgin hospital. Carpentersville Director of Public Safety Al Popp said video of the arrest exonerates the two officers, both of whom are 10-year veterans of the department and have been on active duty since Paul's death.

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    Boys basketball: Wedneday's results
    Results of area high school boys basketball games for Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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    Bears fed Wheaton's Grange in first Thanksgiving game

    Bears fed Wheaton's Grange in first Thanksgiving game
    After a 15-year absence, the Bears are playing a Thanksgiving game this season against the Lions in Detroit. It's been a long break, but the Bears have a rich Turkey Day history highlighted by legendary players like Red Grange, Johnny Lujack, Johnny Morris and Walter Payton.

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    Wisconsin man charged in fatal crash

    Wisconsin man charged in fatal crash
    A Wisconsin man was held in Lake County jail Wednesday in connection with a fatal crash Tuesday morning on Route 120 near Lakemoor. Kenneth F. Szczesny Jr., of Kenosha was charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing death, reckless homicide and improper lane usage.

  • 5
    Woman: Des Plaines cops stun-gunned me 12 times

    Woman: Des Plaines cops stun-gunned me 12 times
    A Des Plaines woman has filed a federal lawsuit alleging that police used a stun gun on her 12 times and unlawfully arrested her in a McDonald's drive-through in 2012. She claims three officers tried to drag her out of the car, then began to use the stun gun on her and "taunted her to keep a hold on the steering wheel during the ongoing Tasing," the suit states.

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    Cannella, St. Viator corral Conant

    Cannella, St. Viator corral Conant
    Conant has a lot of height, but it was St. Viator standing tall after their Wednesday night matchup in the Joe Majkowski Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament. St. Viator's experience, tenacious defense, quickness and ball movement all paid off as the Lions rallied for a 53-42 win.

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    Naperville restaurant offers free Thanksgiving meal to those in need

    Naperville restaurant offers free Thanksgiving meal to those in need
    Hossein Jamali has always liked to help people, to extend a little charity to those in need. It's a lesson he learned from his father, who struggled to make ends meet but still managed to "give a little bit" to those who were facing even greater hardships or challenges. Jamali will follow in those footsteps once again this week, when his Naperville restaurant, Meson Sabika, provides a free sit-down Thanksgiving meal to many in need.

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    Fremd turns back Meadows' tough newcomers
    Even though the Rolling Meadows girls basketball team graduated its top eight players from back-to-back Class 4A state runner-up teams, the Mustangs still played state power Fremd to an exciting game in Wednesday's championship of the Turkey Thriller. "Maybe it just doesn't matter," said Fremd coach Dave Yates, after watching his team go all out to finally put away the Mustangs 53-44 at Lake Zurich High School.

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    Girls basketball scoreboard: Wednesday's results
    Results for area girls high school basketball games for Wednesday, Nov. 26.

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    Kane plans 'No Refusal' DUI patrol on Black Wednesday

    Kane plans 'No Refusal' DUI patrol on Black Wednesday
    The Kane County state's attorney's office, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies across the county, will hold a "No Refusal" DUI patrol event the day before Thanksgiving. This will mark the third year in a row Joe McMahon's office has targeted Black Wednesday.

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    Lindenhurst man killed in crash
    Authorities are investigating a fatal crash on Route 120 near Lakemoor. A Lindenhurst man was killed in the crash that occurred at 9:30 a.m. on Route 120 near Fisher Road.

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    Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, Nov. 26
    Boys basketball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, Nov. 26

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    Tickets for Bush visit sold out in Naperville

    Tickets for Bush visit sold out in Naperville
    Former President George W. Bush apparently knows how to sell books. The announcement Tuesday that the 43rd president will appear Dec. 1 at Anderson's Bookshop in downtown Naperville sparked a run on his new work, "41: A Portrait of My Father," Anderson's spokeswoman Candace Purdom said. All tickets that guarantee a chance to meet the former president were sold out in a single day, she said, and the store remained busy Wednesday selling copies of "41" for customers to join a waiting list to meet the author if time allows.

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    Wrestling scoreboard: Wednesday's results
    Results of area high school wrestling meets for Wednsday, Nov. 26.

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    Bone marrow registry drive for Buffalo Grove 4-year-old

    Bone marrow registry drive for Buffalo Grove 4-year-old
    As Bennett Vulykh awaits a bone-marrow transplant, the resolve of this Buffalo Grove 4-year-old has prompted his family and friends to celebrate his courage with a blood drive and bone marrow registry drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Northbrook Fire Department, 740 Dundee Road, Northbrook.

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    Obama plan won't help all suburban immigrants

    Obama plan won't help all suburban immigrants
    Maria, a 25-year-old single mother and undocumented immigrant from Crystal Lake, says President Barack Obama's sweeping and controversial changes to immigration policy ease her fears of being separated by deportation from her children, ages 3 and 5 and both American citizens. But others like Jorge, 39, who is undocumented and lives in Elgin, had their hopes dashed by the president's announcement last week.

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    Pressure's on when it comes to picking state champs
    Picking the football state champions is no easy thing, but if Marty Maciaszek is correct, teams from the North Suburban Conference and Fox Valley Conference will be celebrating state titles on Saturday.

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    Burlington Central upends Dundee-Crown
    Their 2-0 start will likely come to mind when the Burlington Central boys basketball players reflect on what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving. The Rockets followed up Tuesday's 34-point victory over Newark by shooting 60 percent from the field against Dundee-Crown in a 44-32 victory at the Leland Strombom Tournament in Sycamore on Wednesday.

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    Metea Valley overcomes slow start, St. Charles North
    Metea Valley couldn't have gotten off to a worse start in its second-round tilt with St. Charles North Wednesday at the Ron Johnson Thanksgiving Tournament at St. Charles East.

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    Cary-Grove's defense confuses, frustrates its opponents

    Cary-Grove's defense confuses, frustrates its opponents
    When filling out the required IHSA information sheet for Saturday's Class 7A state championship game, Cary-Grove football coach Brad Seaburg paused at the section that asked him to list defensive players by position. The straightforward question isn't designed to stump a coach, but positions in Cary-Grove's 3-3-5 hybrid defense are not easily defined. "I mean, what do you call a team that plays with three defensive linemen, two kind-of linebackers and six defensive backs, essentially?" Seaburg said on Monday.

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    St. Charles East improves in win over Schaumburg
    A strong start was just enough for St. Charles East's basketball team Wednesday night. Building an 18-5 lead over Schaumburg (0-2) after the first quarter, the Saints (2-0) were still holding on to a double-digit lead with less than 2 minutes remaining when things began to get interesting.

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    George W. Bush coming to Naperville for book signing

    George W. Bush coming to Naperville for book signing
    Former President George W. Bush is scheduled to make two appearances next week in DuPage County, including one in Naperville to promote his new book, "41: A Portrait of My Father." Bush's Naperville appearance will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the downtown Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Also on Monday, Bush is expected to attend a private charity event hosted by Daniel L. Goodwin, chairman and CEO for the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, according to sources close to Goodwin.

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    Bartlett man gets 4 years for Lisle road-rage shooting

    Bartlett man gets 4 years for Lisle road-rage shooting
    Vaughn Atkins of Bartlett insists he was protecting his family when he fired a handgun at another vehicle following a traffic altercation earlier this year in Lisle. A DuPage County judge, however, decided Atkins caused a much greater public safety hazard and sentenced him to four years in prison.

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    Things Constables (with 3 teen boys!) are grateful for

    Things Constables (with 3 teen boys!) are grateful for
    The Constable family has plenty of thanks to give every day, but this is the day some of those thanks go into a column, such as for "the maturity with which Ross explained that his CalArts dorm's swimming pool (yes, swimming pool) is clothing optional (yes, clothing optional)."

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    Batavia blows out Kaneland

    Batavia blows out Kaneland
    It appeared as though Kaneland had righted the ship after a disastrous opening against its former longtime conference rival. But Batavia was even stingier after the intermission. Wednesday evening at the Ken Peddy Windmill City Classic, the Bulldogs' boys basketball team rendered Kaneland completely ineffective on the offensive end.

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    Palatine powers past Richards
    Palatine improved to 2-0 by handling Richards 73-32 on Wednesday in the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic hosted by the Pirates. R.J. Smith (12 points) and Mikey Williams (10 points) led a balanced effort for Palatine, which took control with a 23-point second quarter and led 40-16 by the half.

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    Neuqua Valley advances past Benet to final

    Neuqua Valley advances past Benet to final
    As expected, Wednesday's Hoops for Healing Showdown between Benet and Neuqua Valley featured plenty of long-range shooting and was a back-and-forth, down-to-the-wire thriller.

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    Bailey's big efforts add up in a Carmel victory
    Carmel Catholic boys basketball fans didn't see a lot of Shareif Bailey the last two winters, even though the guard was on the varsity roster. We were really good last year (school-record 25 wins), we were big and had a lot of good guards," Bailey said. "I was just standing back and watching Billy (Kirby, Cardinal Stritch) do well and learning from him." Zack Ryan is seeing lots and lots of Bailey this year, since the Corsairs' first-year coach also has the junior in math class. "He's like, 'Coach, it's cool. I got you in class,' " Ryan said. "I said, (jokingly) 'Well, it could be cool, depending on how you do.' " Through two games, it's been wonderfully cool. Bailey racked up 27 points, 9 steals and 6 assists Wednesday morning, as Carmel improved to 2-0 in the eighth annual Crystal Lake Central Thanksgiving tournament with an 82-46 win over Belvidere North.

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    Obama gets the bill for White House Thanksgiving

    Obama gets the bill for White House Thanksgiving
    There's no free lunch -- or breakfast or dinner -- for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter. It's a longstanding practice that a president pays for meals for himself, his family and personal guests.

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    Geneva holds off Glenbard South for Bach title
    For all the conference championships, sectional titles and state appearances the Geneva girls basketball program has accomplished lately at the end of the season, there's been something missing at the start of it. That is until Wednesday night. Behind 15 points from Grace Loberg, 14 by Janie McCloughan and after surviving some anxious moments late, the Vikings held off Glenbard South 44-41 to win the 19th annual Rachel Bach Tournament at Glenbard East.

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    Stevenson High football rally planned

    Stevenson High football rally planned
    Stevenson High School Patriots fans will gather Saturday to cheer the football team before it heads to Champaign for the state championship game against Homewood-Flossmoor.

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    Step in the right direction for Vernon Hills

    Step in the right direction for Vernon Hills
    Host Vernon Hills wanted to get the wrestling season started off on the right foot Wednesday night against Wauconda. And after building a commanding 35-7 lead after nine matches, the Cougars did just that as they held off a determined Bulldogs team for an exciting 41-31 North Suburban Conference victory in this Prairie Division battle.

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    Cuban couple opens ballet school in Wheaton

    Cuban couple opens ballet school in Wheaton
    Young suburban dancers who are serious about learning classical ballet -- or who just want to try their hand at the fine art -- need look no further than Wheaton, where a new classical ballet studio has opened. Owners Guillermo Leyva and Vilma Machin are encouraging students to stop in at their business, Alma Dance School, which opened earlier this fall at 246 E. Geneva Road. "There are many (dance) schools (in the area), but no one really focuses on training serious ballet," Machin said. "We thought it was a good opportunity for us to have a school here and bring our Cuban heritage here and our strong training."

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    Will helps Prospect repeat at York
    Taylor Will went out in style after competing at the York girls basketball tournament for the past four years. The Prospect senior helped lead the Knights to their second straight tourney championship as they wrapped up 4-0 showing with Wednesday's 70-45 victory over Wheaton North in Elmhurst. Will's game-high 29 points moved her into second place (1,323 points) on Prospect's all-time scoring list behind Colleen Grant (1,352).

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    Recipe for success: Young D-men must gobble up Lions

    Recipe for success: Young D-men must gobble up Lions
    Some of the Bears' youngest and most little-known defensive players have been making big contributions lately, and they'll need to continue that on Thanksgiving Day to pull off an upset of the Lions in Detroit. Bob LeGere has more on the impact and growth of the young Bears.

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    Blackhawks stop Avalanche with late goal in 3-2 win

    Blackhawks stop Avalanche with late goal in 3-2 win
    the Hawks, thanks to a third-period goal by Bryan Bickell at 14:43, defeated Colorado 3-2. Patrick Kane, who assisted on all 3 Hawks goals, now has a team-high 21 points on the season. Corey Crawford made 27 saves as the Hawks improved to 3-1 on the road trip and 13-8-1 overall.

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    IHSA moving to next step with football proposal
    The Illinois High School Association's Legislative Commission voted Monday to refer six proposals to amend the IHSA constitution and bylaws to a vote of the general membership, including. the proposal that would require the IHSA to schedule regular-season games for all football-playing schools after placing them into regions based on enrollment.

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    Great tech gifts for less than $100

    Great tech gifts for less than $100
    If you're looking for great technology gifts that are less than $100, you've got options this year. Some potential buys include the Amazon Fire TV Stick, the RAVPower RP-PB19 external battery/portable charger and the ThinkGeek: The Bag of Holding messenger bag.

  • 39

    Barrington adjusts, then stops Lakes
    Even though Barrington held a comfortable 8-point advantage at halftime of its contest with Lakes at the Mundelein Thanksgiving Tournament on Wednesday, Broncos coach Bryan Tucker still had a message for his team at the break. "We were back on our heels at times and we felt like Lakes was outplaying us," Tucker said. "We needed better effort, and that was really the whole message of halftime." Tucker got it accoss to the Broncos, in particular senior Chris Lester and junior Rapolas Ivanauskas. Those two combined for 25 points in the second half to lift Barrington to a 68-53 win over Lakes.

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    Travlos' triumph helps Lake Zurich roll on
    It was a routine jumpshot that Mike Travlos has made hundreds of times before. Right around the free throw line. Only this time, it went down in the record books with a bit more significance. It counted for his 1,000th career point, and it helped pave the way for Lake Zurich's breezy 64-31 victory over Grant at the Grant Thanksgiving tournament.

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    Gang members plead not guilty in Lake County RICO case
    Several members of the notorious 4 Corner Hustlers pleaded not guilty in Lake County court Wednesday to various charges of racketeering and conspiracy on claims they were part of a street gang that conspired to carry out multiple murders, violent crimes and drug sales in Lake County.

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    Flu season starts early in Kane County
    This year's flu season started early, and cases are increasing faster than usual, health officials in Kane County are reporting. Kathy Aureden, infection prevention coordinator at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, said people should get flu shots, typically something many don't do this early on.

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    Guards deliver for Fremd against Lake Park
    Fremd's guard play was the difference in the Vikings' 53-43 win over Lake Park in the third round of the 29th annual Chuck Mitchell Tournament at Fenton on Wednesday. Guards Zach Schoffstall, Xavier Williams, Payton Kim and Kyle Sliwa combined for 26 points. Schoffstall led the way with 16 points and 4 assists to help Fremd improve to 3-0. The win puts the Vikings in the championship game Friday at 1:30 against Elk Grove (3-0), a 65-44 winner over Holy Trinity.

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    Boys basketball scoreboard: Tuesday's results
    Results of area high school boys basketball games for Tuesday, Nov. 25.

  • 45

    Pensions make up most of Elgin's new day-to-day expenses
    The majority of the $9.5 million increase projected for the city of Elgin's general fund budget stems from pensions, along with salaries for new employees, increases in benefits and other miscellaneous expenses. Elgin's fiscal year starts Jan. 1; the city council is expected to approve the overall $290.5 million budget at its Dec. 17 meeting.

  • 46
    The new Black Friday: Shopping kickoff has expanded

    The new Black Friday: Shopping kickoff has expanded
    Black Friday sales have been going on for weeks, and more suburban stores than ever will be open today, on Thanksgiving Day. So is Black Friday even a big deal anymore? It definitely is, both for those seeking great deals and those who just enjoy the romance of the holiday-shopping kickoff.

  • 47

    South Elgin builder sentenced in tax case
    A judge in Chicago has sentenced a South Elgin home builder to 2 1/2 years in prison for failing to pay nearly $1.3 million in federal taxes and for concealing business interests in his personal bankruptcy case.

  • 48

    Huntley loses lead, game to Hononegah
    In a blink of an eye, Huntley's 5-point fourth quarter lead turned into a 9-point deficit. The Red Raiders could never recover. A 14-0 run by Hononegah propelled the Indians to a 64-53 win over host Huntley in final round action of the Dundee-Crown girls basketball Thanksgiving tournament Wednesday night.

  • 49

    Imrem: Best football is closer than you think
    The best televised football game over the weekend wasn't in the NFL or NCAA. It was played by high-school teams in the state semifinals.

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    Football Focus State Finals Preview
    See the Football Focus preview of state title games in Classes 5A, 7A, and 8A. Host Joe Aguilar breaks down the match-ups.

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    Kane plans 'No Refusal' DUI patrol on Black Wednesday

    Kane plans 'No Refusal' DUI patrol on Black Wednesday
    The Kane County state's attorney's office, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies across the county, will hold a "No Refusal" DUI patrol event the day before Thanksgiving. This will mark the third year in a row Joe McMahon's office has targeted Black Wednesday.

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    Rozner: Bears' treatment of Lynch makes more sense now

    Rozner: Bears' treatment of Lynch makes more sense now
    Phil Emery and Marc Trestman rarely deal in reality. This would have been valuable information had Jordan Lynch possessed it back in May when the Bears sold him on the idea of signing with his hometown team.

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    Naperville restaurant offers free Thanksgiving meal to those in need

    Naperville restaurant offers free Thanksgiving meal to those in need
    Hossein Jamali has always liked to help people, to extend a little charity to those in need. It's a lesson he learned from his father, who struggled to make ends meet but still managed to "give a little bit" to those who were facing even greater hardships or challenges. Jamali will follow in those footsteps once again this week, when his Naperville restaurant, Meson Sabika, provides a free sit-down Thanksgiving meal to many in need.

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    Carpentersville cops not charged in death after arrest

    Carpentersville cops not charged in death after arrest
    Kane County State's Attorney Joseph McMahon will not pursue any charges against the Carpentersville officers who arrested Joshua Paul hours before he died of internal bleeding at an Elgin hospital. Carpentersville Director of Public Safety Al Popp said video of the arrest exonerates the two officers, both of whom are 10-year veterans of the department and have been on active duty since Paul's death.

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    Wisconsin man charged in fatal crash

    Wisconsin man charged in fatal crash
    A Wisconsin man was held in Lake County jail Wednesday in connection with a fatal crash Tuesday morning on Route 120 near Lakemoor. Kenneth F. Szczesny Jr., of Kenosha was charged with aggravated driving under the influence causing death, reckless homicide and improper lane usage.

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    House intelligence panel debunks many Benghazi theories

    House intelligence panel debunks many Benghazi theories
    In the aftermath of the attacks, Republicans criticized the Obama administration and its then-secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is expected to run for president in 2016. People in and out of government have alleged that a CIA response team was ordered to "stand down" after the State Department compound came under attack, that a military rescue was nixed, that officials intentionally downplayed the role of al-Qaida figures in the attack, and that Stevens and the CIA were involved in a secret operation to spirit weapons out of Libya and into the hands of Syrian rebels. None of that is true, according to the House Intelligence Committee report.

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    I stopped eating food that comes in a package and I've never felt better.

    I stopped eating food that comes in a package and I've never felt better.
    What happens when the author tries Whole30, a 30-day "food cleanse" in which you eat nothing but unprocessed, unrefined, sugar-free food, while also cutting out entire food groups such as dairy and grains (and booze).

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    George W. Bush coming to Naperville for book signing

    George W. Bush coming to Naperville for book signing
    Former President George W. Bush is scheduled to make two appearances next week in DuPage County, including one in Naperville to promote his new book, "41: A Portrait of My Father." Bush's Naperville appearance will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the downtown Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Also on Monday, Bush is expected to attend a private charity event hosted by Daniel L. Goodwin, chairman and CEO for the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, according to sources close to Goodwin.

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    Things Constables (with 3 teen boys!) are grateful for

    Things Constables (with 3 teen boys!) are grateful for
    The Constable family has plenty of thanks to give every day, but this is the day some of those thanks go into a column, such as for "the maturity with which Ross explained that his CalArts dorm's swimming pool (yes, swimming pool) is clothing optional (yes, clothing optional)."

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    Bartlett man gets 4 years for Lisle road-rage shooting

    Bartlett man gets 4 years for Lisle road-rage shooting
    Vaughn Atkins of Bartlett insists he was protecting his family when he fired a handgun at another vehicle following a traffic altercation earlier this year in Lisle. A DuPage County judge, however, decided Atkins caused a much greater public safety hazard and sentenced him to four years in prison.

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