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  • The Zen of Bill: A Q&A with Bill Murray Oct 13, 2014 5:30 AM
    Sitting through the premiere of his latest film, “St. Vincent,” Bill Murray was unexpectedly moved. “I thought, ‘Well, I better not be crying when the lights come up,”’ Murray recalled in an interview shortly after the film’s Toronto Film Festival debut. “That would be bad for my image.”

  • Interest surges in family history, genealogy travel Oct 13, 2014 6:01 AM
    "Genealogy became a way for people to feel connected to their ancestors. It became a treasure hunt for many people since there is not one absolute way of doing it. Every search is different,” said Anne Shaughnessy, local history and genealogy librarian at the Mount Prospect Public Library.

  • Apptitude: “Zombies, Run!” for your health Oct 13, 2014 5:45 AM
    If the zombie apocalypse descended tomorrow and your life suddenly depended on fleeing, would you be able to outrun the undead? The app “Zombies, Run!” promises to motivate your jogging and make you a fit, zombie-dodging hero through a range of high-adrenaline downloadable missions.

  • Your health: Spooky contacts may have scary consequences Oct 13, 2014 5:45 AM
    With Halloween approaching, people are going to be looking for fun ways to dress up.And if you are trying to look scary by wearing contact lenses, the potential effects of wearing nonprescription lenses are even scarier

  • How you treat people on your bad side tells a lot about your character Oct 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. My girlfriend's dad keeps reaching out to her, inviting us to dinner, forgiving her loans, etc.She stays in sporadic contact, but is cold and distant. Is this a character flaw that after 10-plus years she still can’t forgive him? What if I get on her bad side?

  • Hearing does not always mean understanding Oct 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    When we talk to the people in our life, we may think we're being perfectly clear. But our Ken Potts says the words we say may have one meaning to us yet come across very differently to our listener. The good news, Potts says, is that communication is a skill that we can master.

  • Oil-based driveway sealer exists, but its use is uncommon Oct 12, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My sister-in-law just had her driveway newly asphalted, after which the contractor immediately applied a sealer. You can imagine how alarmed we were when we read your reply to my previous email advising that it not be sealed for two years. So I called the contractor and requested his side of the story.

  • Hoffman Estates hosts Pumpkin Fest Oct. 18 Oct 12, 2014 4:21 PM
    The Village of Hoffman Estates Historical Sites Commission invites residents to paint a pumpkin at its 18th annual Pumpkin Fest from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Sunderlage Farmhouse at 1775 Vista Lane, on the corner of Vista Lane and Volid Drive. A nominal fee includes a pumpkin, acrylic paint for decorating, and refreshments. And don’t forget the camera!

  • Family reports actress Misty Upham missing Oct 12, 2014 6:07 PM
    Police in Washington state say an actress known for her roles in “August: Osage County,” “Frozen River” and “Django Unchained” is missing.

  • Bikers (and Santa) rally in Elburn for charity Oct 12, 2014 4:30 PM
    Dressed as Santa Claus among a sea of black leather and denim, David Wyman was an obvious target Sunday. “I can’t tell you how many photos I’ve been in today,” the Katy, Texas man said as he posed with another group of bikers. “But I don’t pass up an opportunity when I can do something for the kids.”

  • Constable: Mt. Prospect family’s history of hardship starts in Siberia Oct 11, 2014 11:58 PM
    The Schacht family of Mount Prospect handles the obstacles facing their disabled son with the same strength and determination their ancestors used to survive Stalin and escape to the United States. “All you have to do is turn around and look, and somebody’s got it worse,” Val Schacht says.

  • Millburn Kids Resale Oct 12, 2014 4:26 PM
    The Millburn Middle School gymnasium in Lindenhurst will be the site of the Millburn Kids Resale school fundraiser on Friday, Oct. 17, and Saturday, Oct. 18.

  • ‘Veterans in Recovery’ Oct 12, 2014 4:23 PM
    The public is invited to a Wednesday, Oct. 29, free presentation to hear the stories of military veterans who faced drug and alcohol problems and found a different way to live their lives. “Veterans in Recovery,” is 6 to 8 p.m. at the Warren-Newport Public Library, 224 N. O’Plaine Road, Gurnee.

  • Leases, loans make it possible for you to go solar Oct 12, 2014 7:11 AM
    A new financing offering could make home solar cheaper and more attractive to homeowners, and keep the adoption of home solar growing. The offer, announced by SolarCity this week, is a loan that allows homeowners to install their own solar system on their roof for little or no money down, and pay less for electricity. Previous plans, while popular, turned off some because the solar company owned the system.

  • ‘Gone Girl’ still here at No. 1 Oct 12, 2014 6:04 PM
    Four new films couldn’t catch “Gone Girl” at theaters this weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Fox thriller is set to top the box office for a second week with $26.8 million in ticket sales.

  • Tennis bats about a classic pop sound Oct 12, 2014 6:30 AM
    Besides terminal unhipness, the band Tennis has a practical reason to regret taking its name from an inside joke between founding couple Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. “It’s hard to have a name that no one can Google,” said Riley. The couple, who met at the University of Colorado, began a musical career after essentially giving up on one.

  • James Franco on work relationship with Scott Haze Oct 12, 2014 5:30 AM
    As James Franco gets set to open his latest film, “The Sound and the Fury,” the actor-director likes to think of star Scott Haze as the Robert De Niro or Leonardo DiCaprio to his Martin Scorsese. “Scott is one of my favorite actors. I would call him my De Niro. Umm, I would call him my Leo. He’s more my Leo,” Franco joked.

  • Planting perennials, mulching among things you can do this fall Oct 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    Shawna Coronado, author of the new “Illinois Getting Started Garden Guide,” of Warrenville, known for her garden blogs and speeches here and abroad, tells us what to do in the garden before the snow flies.

  • 'Numbers in Nature' at MSI proves math can be fun Oct 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    Patterns are all around us, from the petals of a flower to the cracks in parched soil, and these natural patterns inspire human art, music and architecture. “Numbers in Nature: A Mirror Maze,” the Museum of Science and Industry's newest permanent exhibit, uses those easily observable patterns to get visitors thinking about the mathematical rules that drive them. “We wanted to get a math exhibit into our offerings,” said John Beckman, the museum's director of design and development. “We liked the mathematic patterns in nature since it's an easy entry point for people."

  • Should schools provide trainers? Oct 12, 2014 7:00 AM
    In some places, state, school and sports officials are recognizing that the zeal of coaches, players and parents must be subordinated to safety. Increasingly, they are adopting measures to protect student-athletes from serious, even catastrophic injuries or illnesses that can result from a blinkered focus on competitiveness.But no state has enacted the provision that many sports medicine experts argue is key: a requirement that every high school employ at least one full-time athletic trainer.

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