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  • Baseball officials got it right by upholding Giants’ protest Aug 22, 2014 6:14 AM
    Mike North believes major league baseball made the right decision when officials declared the San Francisco Giants games with the Chicago Cubs needed to be completed after the officiating crew had called the game after a lengthy rain delay.

     
  • Tackling cleanup after a storm Aug 22, 2014 12:01 AM
    Most of us do-it-yourselfers will tackle their own, or a neighbor’s, cleanup after a storm. It’s easy to go around picking up debris, tree limbs and other stuff, but if a tree is lying on your car or roof or across your driveway, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it. Here are our best tips.

     
  • Don’t get frazzled when lightning strikes Aug 22, 2014 12:01 AM
    Most homeowners insurance policies will cover damage caused by lightning, but there are exceptions to the rule.

     
  • No rush by lenders to use new credit score Aug 22, 2014 12:01 AM
    You may have noticed the big media splash recently when Fair Isaac, developer of the iconic FICO credit score, announced the debut of a new score version that no longer would penalize consumers who have medical debt-collection issues in their credit files.

     
  • Home inspector overlooked faulty roofing Aug 22, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My house and all the others on the block have flat roofs, but mine is the only one with shingles. During the last storms, my roof leaked badly, causing interior damage, and the insurance company denied my claim because of shingles on a flat roof. This defect was not disclosed by my home inspector when I purchased the property. I was told that he is liable for this omission. Is that true?

     
  • Radtke: High school sports do matter Aug 25, 2014 2:32 PM
    A Facebook post I saw a couple of weeks ago made me laugh. The author questioned why so many people “go gaga” over high school sports. “Kids should be focusing on getting good grades and becoming productive members of society who can help stop all the violence and madness in the world. How does playing sports do that?” the post said. Did you just chuckle a little? I sure did when I saw it.

     
  • Scandals hiding in plain sight Aug 21, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Catherine Rampell: A rash of relatively convoluted, thoroughly unsexy political scandals involving governors is moving through the country. So many of them involve Republican presidential hopefuls that conspiracy theorists could argue they must be manufactured, or at least overhyped, by wily Democratic strategists. At least one Democratic governor has also been implicated, though.

     
  • Gire: Congratulations to teen film fest winners Aug 21, 2014 8:54 AM
    Dann congratulates the student filmmakers who took home the prizes at the Eighth Annual Teen Film Festival sponsored by the Arlington Heights Memorial Library last weekend. Plus, he supplies his weekly list of movie events for the Northwest suburbs.

     
  • After Jewel, UPS, how do consumers stay safe from data hacks? Aug 23, 2014 12:58 PM
    What's next to protect you from data breaches that seem to crop up almost daily? Kukec's eBuzz column tells how new technology can help.

     
  • Sky could be dangerous in playoffs Aug 21, 2014 10:11 PM
    Chicago Sky playoff primer: In a season that was the exact opposite of last year, Sky is hoping for opposite results in playoffs.

     
  • Kougias eager to start living the dream at Grayslake Central Aug 21, 2014 8:45 PM
    New Grayslake Central boys basketball coach Kosta Kougias joked about how he probably would have dealt with Kosta Kougias as a high school player. “If I had me today in practice, I probably would have thrown me out more than once,” Kougias said with a laugh. In all seriousness, Kougias’ background as a high school student at Prospect and his unique trek into high school teaching and coaching will give him an interesting perspective for the new job that officially became his last week.

     
  • The summer of 1914: Top news stories in Elgin Aug 21, 2014 4:10 PM
    What do gumball machines, saloons, race cars and doctors have in common? They were all among the top news stories in Elgin 100 years ago. Here's a look at the top headlines in the summer of 1914.

     
  • Constable: National Guard recruiting, roles evolving Aug 20, 2014 4:42 PM
    Surburban students heading off to college get a pitch from the National Guard, telling teens how they can "graduate from college with a degree, not debt." With the Guard having served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and now trying to keep the peace in Missouri, how is recruiting going?

     
  • Stratton Lock and Dam gets overhaul Aug 20, 2014 8:56 PM
    Construction will begin soon on a $16.7 million improvement project at the Stratton Lock and Dam on the Fox River in McHenry County. Illinois DNR officials claim the Stratton Lock and Dam Life Extension Project will improve three components of the lock and dam facility.

     
  • Hats off to heavy-fighting Cats Aug 20, 2014 8:57 PM
    Catfish aren't universally loved by anglers, but there's no denying the thrill of battling these big fish in moving waters.

     
  • From the Food Editor: College cuisine from food service and beyond Aug 20, 2014 11:13 AM
    Food editor Deborah Pankey didn't think the dorm food at University of Illinois was half bad, but granted that was a few decades ago before she developed a food critic's palette. Still, she was surprised that her alma mater didn't land on The Daily Meal's list of the 75 Best Colleges for Food in America for 2014. Only two Big 10 schools made the list — Northwestern and Purdue. University of Chicago and Wheaton College also got a nod.

     
  • Culinary adventures: Eating, preserving, sharing vegetables from the garden Aug 20, 2014 8:00 AM
    Penny Kazmier's desire to consume and preserve her precious summer produce has driven her to pickle cucumbers, jalapenos and even green tomatoes. Cucumber, tomato and onion salad has been on her dinner table almost every night; and she has zucchini shredded, measured and frozen for future zucchini bread recipes. Her favorite was to use up her garden's bounty has been Lynda’s Garden Vegetable Casserole. The hearty casserole won “two-thumbs up” from even the veggie-adverse around the table.

     
  • The paradox of American diversity Aug 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    Columnist Michael Gerson: Events in Ferguson demonstrate the paradox of American diversity: An increasingly multicultural nation remains deeply divided by race and class.

     
  • The unattainable standard that dogs Israel Aug 20, 2014 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Reagan’s wholly unrealistic idea of Israeli capabilities still haunts the Jewish state. It helps account for why the bombings of schools, hospitals and homes in Gaza are almost instantaneously denounced as war crimes — a purposeful atrocity and not, as sometimes happens in war, a mistake. Israel, some feel, is too good to be so bad.

     
  • Imrem: This is no time to sour on Da Coach Aug 20, 2014 6:46 PM
    Remember this whenever Mike Ditka goes on a rambling rant that you might disagree with: Even if he's a crank, he's our crank.

     
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