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  • Go for the food: Yes, you can do brunch in Rome Aug 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    Rome is a sightseer’s dream, and for many visitors, indulging in authentic Italian cuisine is one of the biggest draws. But for non-locals, the first meal of the day can be a bit of a letdown. Breakfast in Italy is a stand-up affair: You crowd at the bar, scarf down a stale pastry and a shot of espresso, and in five minutes flat, the day has begun. But escaping from the hurried morning routine may be why weekends at Necci, a bohemian outpost in Rome’s edgy Pigneto neighborhood, have become something of an institution to the artists and creative types who live nearby.

  • Sex educator’s tips for parents on having The Talk Aug 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    One of the first things Al Vernacchio does in his high school Sexuality and Society class is stand at a podium in a sweater vest and tie surrounded by a wall packed with slogans: RESIST HOMOPHOBIA. FIGHT SEXISM. ENJOY LIFE. Vernacchio has been in the sex education field for more than 20 years. He’s seen the rise of the abstinence movement, the digital revolution and the impact on teens of parents who don’t know how to get the sex conversation started.

  • Asters make an ideal choice for the fall landscape Aug 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    Asters are the perfect solution for a color-challenged fall garden. They fill the gap created by the decline of summer-blooming annuals and perennials. They are also suitable companions to other fabulous fall-blooming annuals and perennials like goldenrod, pansies, mums, ornamental cabbage, and sedum.

  • Even a small patio can have a fish pond Aug 29, 2014 5:30 AM
    When Ann and Glen Gage downsized from their expansive home and garden in Switzerland to a San Francisco town house, one of the things they missed most was the koi pond they’d built and tended for years. It was brimming with elegant plants, fish and its own ecosystem. So they built not one but two new ponds, this time city-style: one for their balcony overlooking San Francisco and the other for their leafy entryway.

  • Sacramento: 5 free things for visitors to do Aug 29, 2014 5:45 AM
    Located near the center of California, Sacramento is an ideal launching point to visit some of the state’s most popular destinations. Drive two hours to the west, there are beaches, the Bay Area and the Napa wine country. Head east, Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada and numerous ski resorts are within a short drive. But Sacramento also has plenty to offer for those who want to stick around in the valley. The city even placed No. 14 on a Forbes list of America’s coolest cities. Here are five free things to do in the Californian capitol.

  • Senegal confirms its first case of Ebola Aug 29, 2014 8:39 AM
    Senegal has recorded its first case of Ebola in an outbreak that is ravaging its West African neighbors, the Ministry of Health said Friday. The infected person is a young man from Guinea, Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck told reporters.

  • U of I among colleges screening some students for Ebola Aug 29, 2014 8:39 AM
    The roughly 30 Nigerian students expected at the University of Illinois will be pulled aside for a temperature check and private Ebola discussion when they arrive at the health center for mandatory immunization paperwork and tuberculosis screening, said Dr. Robert Palinkas, the center’s director. “Parents are comforted to know that there is a screening process, that we are alert for it, that we are prepared for it,” Palinkas said.

  • A flavor out of favor: Dog meat fades in S. Korea Aug 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat. But the 58-year-old’s lifelong experience with a food eaten for centuries in Korea is about to become history. Daegyo, the famous dog meat restaurant she opened in a Seoul alley in 1981, will serve its last bowl of boshintang, or dog stew, on Friday.

  • Orange-Vanilla Ice Cream Pie With Orange Whipped Cream Aug 28, 2014 5:45 AM
    Orange Ice Cream pie captures classic frozen pop from childhood

  • Tips for how to prevent your feline from getting outdoors Aug 28, 2014 8:04 AM
    If you are careful opening and closing the door of your home, be aware that others that visit may not be as careful. Take precautions so your feline does not escape.

  • Wheaton to light the way for nighttime run Aug 28, 2014 12:10 PM
    Wheaton runners will have a chance to help change lives, both locally and nationally, by participating in the community’s inaugural FT Cares Light the Torch Night Run. The run will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, and will be designed for both experienced and novice runners and walkers who will help illuminate their community during the nighttime race.

  • Bring a Coat, Buy a Coat Fashion Night Out at Norton’s U.S.A. Sept. 4 Aug 28, 2014 12:32 PM
    Norton's U.S.A. will be collecting gently used coats and jackets to donate to WINGS and introducing new Fall and Winter Fashions at Fashion Night Out Sept. 4!

  • Chickens 101: Students aren’t the only ones back to school at Saint Alphonsus Ligouri Aug 28, 2014 12:34 PM
    The fifth grade class at Saint Alphonsus School welcomed back a hen raised last year as part of a hatching project.

  • Des Plaines Camera Club (DPCC) begins its 2014 season Aug 28, 2014 12:35 PM
    Des Plaines Camera Club (DPCC) begins its 2014 season packed with a variety of programs including photographic presentations such as specializing in B & W, urban photography, education covering camera technique and process technique, competition in both print and digital formats as well as community activities.

  • Bands come together to Jam for Autism Sept. 6-7 in Round Lake Beach Aug 28, 2014 1:57 PM
    Live Chicago Music is bringing top Chicago bands together on Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, Sept. 7, for the Jam for Autism at the Round Lake Beach Cultural and Civic Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way.

  • U.S. to begin safety testing Ebola vaccine next week Aug 28, 2014 1:52 PM
    Federal researchers next week will start testing humans with an experimental vaccine to prevent the deadly Ebola virus. The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline.

  • Schaumburg Township to host Community Wellness Day Aug 28, 2014 2:25 PM
    Schaumburg Township will host its fourth annual Community Wellness Day from 2 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 1 Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. Residents have the opportunity for free screenings in cholesterol, glucose, hearing, otoscopic, varicose veins, peripheral arterial disease, body mass index, spinal stress scan, and blood pressure.

  • Pet parade in Wauconda: Aug 28, 2014 2:27 PM
    Wauconda’s fourth annual Back to Drool Pet Parade will be held Thursday at the farmers market on Main Street.

  • First Congregational Church asks “How do I believe?” Aug 28, 2014 5:17 PM
    In today's changing religious climate, First Congregational Church of Elgin tries to deal with questions people are really asking.

  • CLC Foundation scholarships provide students with funds and motivation Aug 28, 2014 4:12 PM
    For 385 College of Lake County students, earning a CLC Foundation scholarship last year provided funds needed to go to college. One major source of funding for Foundation scholarships is the annual scholarship gala, the Black and White Ball: Toast of the Town, on Sept. 27 at the Palmer House in downtown Chicago.

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