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  • Unclog stubborn shower drains Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    A clogged shower drain is one way to cut down on water usage. But there are better ways to remedy this problem. Here are some super tips for clearing a clogged drain in the shower, tub or sink.

     
  • Finger-pointing leads to a credit score logjam Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Are mortgage lenders finally loosening up a little on their credit score requirements — opening the door to larger numbers of home purchasers this summer and fall?

     
  • Why sellers shouldn’t attend their own open house Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Nearly every agent agrees that it’s a bad idea for sellers to hang around when their home is shown to prospective buyers.

     
  • Badgered by belligerent bureaucrats Aug 1, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I have owned my home for nearly two years and recently applied for a permit to build a swimming pool. That opened a can of worms with the building department. They discovered my septic system was installed 28 years ago without a permit.

     
  • Biotech industry can lead way to economic recovery Aug 1, 2014 5:01 AM
    Guest columnist David Miller and Mark Denzler: The Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s five-year economic development plan recently identified the biomedical/biotechnical industry as a high-potential industry cluster with projected job growth of 157,000 by the year 2025. These firms are a cornerstone of the economy. And the fight to grow them should start by supporting public insurance programs that keep drugs affordable for low-income Illinois patients and ensure drug innovators are properly compensated.

     
  • Is it too early for Cutler MVP talk? Aug 1, 2014 5:18 AM
    Mike North sees the Chicago Bears poised for a good year and if quarterback Jay Cutler can stay healthy for a full season, he could even be MVP..

     
  • NFL's shameful Ray Rice charade continues Aug 1, 2014 6:35 AM
    What Ray Rice says or doesn't say is missing the point, according to a Maryland law professor specializing in domestic violence. “The culture of violence in the NFL led him to believe this wouldn't be a big deal, and the disproportionate punishment is disturbing,” Leigh Goodmark says,

     
  • The GOP as the party of reform Jul 31, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: The Democratic cast of mind — in the midst of multiple failures — manages to be complacent, culturally polarizing and bereft of policy innovation. For all its disadvantages, the GOP is suddenly the party of reform — and our politics are richer for it.

     
  • Darth and taxes: Assumptions can be misleading Jul 31, 2014 9:25 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: Sometimes, assumptions are so embedded in our consciousness that not only do we take for granted their universal acceptance but we forget there could even be an alternative view.

     
  • Work needs to be positive part of who we are Jul 31, 2014 11:05 AM
    Our Ken Potts says finding balance in life is a key to happiness. And having a job that we enjoy is a key part of finding that balance.

     
  • Industrious anglers will find fly rod rewards Jul 31, 2014 12:26 PM
    Using a fly rod to pursue bluegills in retention ponds can be a delightful angle on suburban fishing, as Mike Jackson explains in his weekly outdoors column.

     
  • Among trade deadline days, MLB is king Jul 31, 2014 11:51 PM
    What a week it’s been for baseball, huh? The weekend in Cooperstown, the heartwarming response to the announcement in L.A. that the incomparable Vin Scully would return for another year, and then gets capped off with a great day of deadline deals. Better soak it in though, because football is right around the corner.

     
  • Reel life: Did 'Hercules' surpass studio's expectations? Aug 1, 2014 5:24 AM
    Did the studio screw up by burying the "Hercules" screenings until it was too late for positive reviews? Dann offers up his assessment. He also reveals the five hackneyed lines of dialogue he would like to never hear for the next five years.

     
  • Moxie Jean leaves incubator, continues to grow by selling used kids clothes Aug 1, 2014 8:40 AM
    Arlington Heights-based Moxie Jean, an online resale shop, helps busy parents buy or sell used children's clothing. Business has been so brisk that the company plans to double its staff by the end of the year.

     
  • Me Inc. would bring plenty of dividends Jul 30, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Cathering Rampell: If companies are claiming the rights and privileges of people, maybe people should start claiming the rights and privileges of corporations. Rights harmonization, in other words, should flow in both directions, since we’re now all indistinguishable, equally protected “persons” — in the court’s eyes, anyway.

     
  • Comic-book movies aren’t all capes and aliens Jul 30, 2014 5:45 AM
    The Marvel Studios juggernaut is taking a bit of a risk with Friday’s release of "Guardians of the Galaxy,” an astronomically budgeted adaptation of a comic book most of us had never heard of. Not all offbeat, lesser-known comics and graphic novels make for great or successful movies. Most of us would like to forget duds like “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Jonah Hex” or “Barb Wire.” But sometimes risks pay off.

     
  • Soupalooza: Zucchini soup so good you'll look forward to more zucchini Jul 30, 2014 5:32 PM
    Just when you think you can't handle any more zucchini comes a recipe that will have you roaming the neighborhood looking for squash ready for harvest. M. Eileen Brown's chowdery Mexican Zucchini Soup is that recipe.

     
  • Mayfly madness on the upper Mississippi Jul 31, 2014 12:26 PM
    Midsummer mayfly emergences caused their usual mayhem along many areas in the upper and lower Midwest, and particularly along the upper Mississippi River drainage recently. Mike Jackson has more in this week's outdoors notes, which includes a local fishing update.

     
  • Good wine: Dry Rosť, sweet whites friends with flame-cooked summer fare Jul 30, 2014 9:07 AM
    Summer is time for finger-lickin’ good grilling and barbecues with wines that require minimum effort to enjoy. In general, avoid cellar-worthy reds with firm tannin that tastes hard and bitter against the smoke, sugar and spice flavors of summer. Turn instead to fruit-forward reds, including domestic Zinfandel and Petite Sirah grapes, and regions including southern France, southern Italy and the Iberian Peninsula.

     
  • Sky’s Delle Donne could be back Thursday night Jul 30, 2014 10:09 PM
    Sky star forward Elena Delle Donne could make a return to the WNBA on Thursday in a home game against the New York Liberty. Delle Donne, who has missed 17 of 26 games while battling a flare-up of her Lyme disease, has been practicing for the last week and will be a game-time decision.

     
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