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  • ComEd: On track to restore power by Sunday night Sep 6, 2014 10:10 PM
    While around 31,500, most in the Northwest and North suburbs, remained without electrical power Saturday night in the wake of Friday’s violent storms, ComEd officials said repair crews were making progress and that almost all service is expected to be restored by Sunday night.

  • First Rotary Tour d’Arlington held Saturday Sep 6, 2014 6:49 PM
    on Crawford, heading up this year’s first Rotary Tour d’Arlington, said he was a “little disapointed with the turnout” of less than 50 people. Their mission statement for the day was to End Polio Now, a longtime Rotary crusade that is nearing success. Taking the blame was Mother Nature, with Friday night’s storm and downed trees putting a damper on the event.

  • Netflix unveils new way to share recommendations Sep 6, 2014 7:38 AM
    Until now, Netflix subscribers linking the service to their Facebook accounts automatically disclosed everything they were watching with a potentially wide-reaching range of people. The company believes the open-ended approach discouraged most Netflix subscribers from connecting their accounts with their Facebook profiles. The automatic disclosures will end Tuesday as Netflix Inc. embraces a new system that empowers subscribers to select which friends will receive their video recommendations.

  • How to protect your data in the cloud Sep 6, 2014 7:33 AM
    The theft of nude photographs from celebrities’ online accounts has thrown a spotlight on the security of cloud computing, a system used by a growing number of Americans to store personal information over the Internet. If celebrities’ photos aren’t safe, then whose are? Here are some key questions and answers about files that are stored remotely.

  • Sweden’s Andersson wins Golden Lion at Venice fest Sep 6, 2014 2:08 PM
    The festival’s Silver Lion for best director went to Russia’s Andrei Konchalovksy for near-silent drama “The Postman’s White Nights.”

  • Peter Som makes olive green fun for spring Sep 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    Peter Som, a favorite of first lady Michelle Obama, ramped up the fun Friday, with olive green in broad stripes and bold florals on his New York Fashion Week runway. Som transitioned from easy living dresses, flouncy short skirts and sturdy jackets and coats for day to a series of gold lame looks for evening, offering a youthful flourish with flowery appliques on numerous outfits.

  • Jones takes timeout from track, bobsled to tango Sep 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    Lolo Jones wrapped up her track season a little early so she could tango and two-step. She’s also putting her bobsled career on hold for a winter in order to jitterbug and jive. The Olympian is simply hearing the call of the music, even if she readily admits she has two left feet on the dance floor. Jones will join NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip, UFC legend Randy Couture and other famous personalities on the new season of “Dancing With the Stars,” which premieres Sept. 15 on ABC.

  • Loosening up a Tin Man’s golf swing Sep 6, 2014 7:00 AM
    I aspire to become that near-mythical creature known as a “good golfer.” The main thing holding me back seems to be my own body. A good swing requires a fairly broad range of motion, and as it turns out, I don’t have that. I'm hoping to change that.

  • How to improve your diet while traveling Sep 6, 2014 7:00 AM
    Q. I’m trying to eat right and lose weight but I travel almost every week. Sometimes I’m in the car for several hours and other times I’m getting on a plane and flying across the country. How can I improve my diet when I’m away from home?

  • On the road: Berghoff rolls out the barrel for Oktoberfest Sep 6, 2014 8:16 AM
    Berghoff rolls out their own private label beer and root beer in the heart of Chicago’s Loop during for the 29th annual Oktoberfest. The Intuit: Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art has a new collection of work, much from private collections. And multiday cruises are available on tall ships at Traverse City, Michigan.

  • No man cave for Mr. My Way Sep 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. OK, maybe I should hire a professional (as my friends keep telling me), but I know the look I want for my own digs: sharp, clean, sophisticated — the way I think I dress — and fit for a 27-year-old guy. What I do need is some ideas about color and lamps, and things like that.

  • Jack Reacher returns in Lee Child’s ‘Personal’ Sep 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    Jack Reacher reads an ad in a newspaper left on a bus and knows it was meant for him in “Personal,” Lee Child’s latest thriller to feature his larger-than-life hero. The ad specifies that he call a particular individual. Less than an hour after he contacts military man Rick Shoemaker, Reacher is on a flight to an unknown destination. Child is the best thriller writer in the business, and “Personal” is sure to be on the best-seller lists.

  • DVD previews: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Sep 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    One of the great strengths of the “Avengers” mega-franchise has been its canny casting, and “The Winter Soldier” is no exception: Chris Evans once again brings a clean-cut, straight-shooting air of simplicity to Steve Rogers’ principled parago. Happily, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have decided to make this “Captain America” installment something of a two-hander between Steve and Natasha, who as portrayed by Scarlett Johansson continually threatens to steal the entire movie with her slinky martial arts moves and sultry, smoky-voiced one-liners. The film comes to DVD Sept. 9.

  • Weekend picks: Laugh along with Margaret Cho at North Shore Center Sep 6, 2014 6:00 AM
    Comedian and actress Margaret Cho returns to her standup roots this Saturday at the North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie. Grammy Award-winning country mega star Garth Brooks is back in a big way with his World Tour with Trisha Yearwood at the Allstate Arena. Chicago native and comedian Denise Ramsden plays a series of standup performances at Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

  • New rec center takes West Chicago to ‘new level’ Sep 6, 2014 7:18 PM
    West Chicago Park District held a grand opening ceremony Saturday for its first indoor recreation center. Called the ARC Center (for Athletics, Recreation and Community), city leaders said the 70,000-square-foot, $15.5 million facility in Reed-Keppler Park is the big step for the city. "The ARC center today is a big part of the next step and next level for West Chicago and the park district," said Mayor Ruben Pineda.

  • Home Town fest returns to Round Lake Sep 6, 2014 5:22 PM
    A car show, beer tent and food vendors, a craft show and bingo were all part of the village of Round Lake’s annual Home Town Festival on Saturday.

  • Rolling Meadows Rotary Carnival continues through Sunday Sep 6, 2014 5:21 PM
    The Rolling Meadows Rotary Carnival continued Saturday at the Meadow Marketplace Shopping Center, 2801-2915 Kirchoff Road. The carnival also will operate 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday.

  • These tips for ceramic tile really make the cut Sep 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Ceramic tile is a wonderful material for covering floors, walls, tables and lots of other surfaces. It’s not as hard to work with as you might think. The most challenging part of the job probably will be cutting the tiles to fit into specific spots. Here are our best tips for tackling this part of the project.

  • A policy switch at FHA will end unfair fee Sep 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Hundreds of thousands of home sellers have had their pockets picked at closings during the last decade; they’ve been charged interest on their mortgages after their principal debts had been fully paid off.

  • Tenant worried about water heater safety Sep 5, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We rent a one-story house with a basement and are worried about the safety of the water heater. Iit’s located high above the basement stairs, and you need to stand on an 8-foot ladder just to see the bottom of it. Should we be worried about this?

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