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    The members-only Anvil Club is seeking $300,000 for renovations from an East Dundee TIF district, but the Fox Valley Libertarian Party calls that plan a “corporate bailout.”

    Anvil Club loan draws fire from Libertarians

    The Anvil Club is in line for a $300,000 loan though the village of East Dundee, and the Fox Valley Libertarian Party calls the plan a “corporate bailout.” But Tom Roeser, a prominent businessman and member of the club, views the potential subsidy as an investment in downtown East Dundee. “This is a business decision and it's a good business decision and in some ways, it's like...

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    Hoop-a-thon in Niles
    Hoop-a-thon in Niles

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    Kids don’t always understand what we mean

    Our Ken Potts says just because we talk to children doesn't necessarily mean they understand what we're saying.

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    School bus crashes into animal shelter

    Volunteers for a Niles animal shelter say they have no place to put dozens of animals after a school bus crashed into their building.

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    Military veterans join push for Ill. gay marriage

    Illinois military veterans are joining the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state. A group called “Veterans Unite for Marriage” is pressing the Illinois House to OK same-sex marriage during the legislative session that begins later this month.

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    Illinois appeals court says ComEd must refund $37 million

    An appeals court has ordered ComEd to refund almost $37 million to its northern Illinois customers following a six-year legal dispute.The utility still can appeal last week's ruling by the Illinois Appeals Court to the state Supreme Court, according to a report in Crain's Chicago Business.

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    World War II veterans from the Chicago area salute Wednesday as the colors are presented at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    Chicago-area WWII veterans get into memorial

    Chicago-area World War II veterans encountered no hurdles getting into the war's national memorial in Washington, D.C., today, even though the monument technically is closed as part of the partial government shutdown.

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    A girl escaped for the second time from the Illinois Youth Center in Warrenville last month.

    Girl escapes Warrenville youth center two times

    A girl escaped the Illinois Youth Center at Warrenville last month and was caught less than 24 hours later, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice said. Spokeswoman Jennifer Torrent said the escape happened Sept. 18, and she said the girl had escaped before.

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    South Shore trains moving again after package cleared

    A suspicious package at the Van Buren stop halted trains on the Metra Electric and South Shore Lines for just over an hour during Wednesday's morning commute . The Chicago Police Department's Bomb and Arson unit responded to the platform at Van Buren and Michigan around 7 a.m. after a suspicious package was found. By 8:30 a.m., trains were once again rolling.

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    Boston paying up after Stanley Cup loss to Chicago

    A video celebrating the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup championship will appear on the city of Boston’s official website. The video also highlights the city of Chicago and is a result of a friendly wager between Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boston Mayor Tom Menino.

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    3 teenagers shot, injured in Chicago park

    Chicago Police are investigating after three teenage boys were shot while playing basketball in a park on the city's South Side. Authorities say all three — a 15-year-old, 16-year-old and 17-year-old — were taken to hospitals and are in stable condition after Tuesday night's shootings in the city's South Deering neighborhood.

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    Daily Herald File Photo The city and suburbs have a smooth relationship at the Rosemont CTA station but transit funding issues are creating divisions within the region.

    Can task force solve feud between Metra, Pace, CTA?

    Members of a state task force got an earful from transit leaders about funding dysfunction and rivalries over a shrinking revenue pie Wednesday. Gov. Pat Quinn's panel is supposed to study how to eliminate waste, fraud and abuses and streamline any administrative redundancies at Metra, Pace, the CTA and Regional Transportation Authority.

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    Supporters of a proposed cigar shop wore T-shirts reading “We Support Havan Joe's” to the Mount Prospect village board meeting this week. Several other residents, however, appeared before the board to oppose the business.

    Neighbors object to plan for Mount Prospect cigar bar

    Mount Prospect trustees opened discussions this week on a proposal to allow a cigar shop in a former Pearle Vision office. The plan has drawn opposition from nearby homeowners who say the business would set a bad example for neighborhood children.

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    A sketch of a suspect in a child abduction in Mundelein on Monday, Sept. 30.

    Mundelein police release sketch of abduction suspect

    Mundelein police on Wednesday released a sketch of the man they say briefly abducted a 3-year-old girl this week. The drawing was based on information provided by the girl's 9-year-old sister and a witness, Police Chief Eric Guenther said. Anyone with information should call police at (847) 968-4600. Residents should call police if they see anyone suspicious in their neighborhood.

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    Charges upgraded BMW Championship gun case

    Charges have been upgraded for a former Indiana police officer who authorities say brought a concealed weapon into a professional golf tournament in Lake Forest last month. Mark Fedder, 48, who authorities initially said was from Westmont but was later determined to be from Osceola, IN., now faces a felony count of unlawful use of a weapon for trying to enter the BMW Championship at Conway Farms...

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    Two injured in I-90 motorcycle crash

    Two people were injured in a motorcycle crash Wednesday evening on westbound I-90, according to officials. Capt. Scott Peirson of the Des Plaines Fire Department said the crash occured around 7:30 p.m. between Lee Street and the Des Plaines Oasis. He said both of the motorcyclists were transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

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    Matthew Mathis

    Antioch police: Intoxicated man on road also had Ecstasy

    A man caught urinating on the road in Antioch was arrested by police after he was found in possession of Ecstasy. Matthew J. Mathis, 23, of the 24000 block of Nicklaus Way in unincorporated Antioch Township, faces up to 15 years in prison after he was charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance following his arrest on Sept. 28 at 2:45 a.m., Antioch Police Chief Craig Somerville...

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    House Speaker John Boehner speaks to members of the media after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Wednesday. Republicans insisted they wanted to shut down the nation’s 3-year-old health care overhaul, not the government. They got the opposite.

    White House meeting yields no progress on shutdown

    President Barack Obama brought congressional leaders to the White House on Wednesday for the first time since a partial government shutdown began, but there was no sign of progress toward ending an impasse that has idled 800,000 federal workers and curbed services around the country.

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    This 2013 photo provided by Christie’s Images Ltd. shows a model of Pablo Picasso’s famed Chicago sculpture named “Tete,” that will be auctioned next month. Christie’s estimates it will sell for between $25 million and $35 million.

    Model of Chicago’s Picasso statue to go to auction

    A model of Pablo Picasso’s famed Chicago sculpture will be auctioned next month, and Christie’s estimates it will sell for between $25 million and $35 million.

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    Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky should not get a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Wednesday.

    Pa. appeals court: No new trial for Jerry Sandusky

    Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky should not get a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge Superior Court panel came barely two weeks after they heard oral arguments by Sandusky’s lawyer and a state prosecutor.

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    A Los Angeles jury on Wednesday rejected the claim in Katherine Jackson’s long-running negligence case against AEG Live LLC that accused the concert promoter of being responsible for hiring the doctor convicted of killing her son in 2009.

    Jury rejects case linking company to Jackson death

    A jury cleared a concert promoter of negligence in a case that attempted to link the death of Michael Jackson to the company that promoted his ill-fated comeback shows. The panel rejected a lawsuit brought by Jackson’s mother claiming AEG Live was negligent in hiring the doctor who killed Jackson with an overdose of a hospital anesthetic that the singer used as a sleep aid.

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    Rosie, left, and June, both retired Percheron mares, could become the faces of the Danada Equestrian Center if they are approved as ambassadors.

    Retired draft horses may get to stay at Danada

    Once feared to be prime candidates to be sold for slaughter, retired Danada Equestrian Center draft horses Rosie and June may get to live out their days together at the Wheaton forest preserve after all. DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner Shannon Burns has proposed creating an ambassador program that would allow certain retired horses, particularly Rosie and June, to remain housed at...

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    Police: 3 admit involvement in Waukegan armed robberies

    A 19-year-old man and two juveniles are in custody after admitting to their involvement in four armed robberies in Waukegan last month, according to police. Melvin Taylor, of the 2600 block of Glen Flora Avenue, and two juveniles were caught committing a minor offense on Monday near the area of McAree Road and Ridgeland Avenue, which is in the vicinity of where multiple armed robberies occurred...

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    Myron Ester

    No bond for man charged in Glen Ellyn slaying

    A DuPage County judge denied bond Wednesday for a homeless man charged with repeatedly stabbing his girlfriend and burying her in a Glen Ellyn park. Myron Ester, 45, is accused of slaying 33-year-old Linda Valez last week after an argument over their relationship.

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    Addison gang prohibited from entering certain areas, meeting in public

    A circuit court judge issued a permanent injunction against an Addison gang Tuesday that prohibits members of the gang from going to certain areas of the village and from having an public contact with each other, among other restrictions, according to a news release. Members of the Latin Counts street gang, both named and unnamed, are prohibited from entering an area bounded to the west by West...

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    Debora Costa right, tries to sign up for insurance coverage for her two children, including 2-year-old Victoria, Wednesday with help from Champaign Urbana Public Health District employee Alice Cronenberg in Champaign, Ill. Costa, who recently moved to Illinois from Brazil with her graduate-student husband and children, found after about 10 minutes that she didn’t have all the information she would need to sign up.

    Computer glitches linger for Illinois health exchange
    Illinois officials thanked state residents for their patience Wednesday, the second day of a new online health insurance marketplace where consumers have run into frustrating glitches when they tried to sign up for coverage.

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    Marni Pyke/mpyke@dailyherald.com John Plante will join new Metra board directors John Zediker, far left, and Manuel Barbosa, far right.

    Former CTA lawyer from Wilmette heads to Metra board

    A retired Chicago Transit Authority attorney from Wilmette is the next new Metra board member. Cook County commissioners agreed Wednesday to send John Plante of Wilmette to Metra, subject to full board approval. Plante will represent the townships of Evanston, Leyden, New Trier, Niles, Norwood Park, Maine, Oak Park and Riverside.

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    This is an artist’s rendering of the north side of Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital after a modernization that would include making all patient rooms private and relocating them to the north side of the building.

    Advocate Good Shepherd breaks ground on campus modernization project

    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington broke ground on its long-awaited campus moderization project Wednesday, according to a news release. More than 100 attendees were present at the groundbreaking, including politicians, donors, administrators, physicians and associates.

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    Tom Clancy chillingly realistic novels such as “The Hunt for Red October” reflected his knowledge of the military and the changing nature of threats to the U.S. — while also providing Hollywood with fodder for blockbuster movies.

    ‘Red October’ novelist Tom Clancy dies at 66

    Tom Clancy, whose high-tech, Cold War thrillers such as “The Hunt for Red October” and “Patriot Games” made him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time, has died. He was 66.

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    Libertyville host open house on waste hauling plan for businesses

    Libertyville officials will host an open house Thursday to answer questions about a proposed agreement with Groot Industries Inc. to provide waste hauling and recycling services for businesses. A public hearing and vote on the proposal is scheduled for Tuesday.

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    A page asks visitors to stay on during the login process of the Health Care Marketplace website Wednesday.

    Health plan prices on Illinois marketplace emerge

    Information on the prices of the health insurance policies available on the new Illinois marketplace is emerging, but slowly.

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    Naperville council looks for more hiring oversight

    A move that could give Naperville City Council unprecedented approval over the hiring of retired Naperville public safety employees for civilian positions is coming under fire from the police union. Councilmen on Tuesday night took the first step toward granting themselves the power to approve all future hiring decisions in which a retired Naperville police officer or firefighter is being rehired...

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    U-46 seeks parent input with online survey

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsParents of children in Elgin Area School District U-46 can now take the district’s annual Family and Community Engagement Survey (FACE) online, Superintendent José M. Torres announced Wednesday. “The input of our U-46 community is the fuel to our drive for continuous improvement efforts,” Torres said. “We really want all of our parents to be actively engaged and give us...

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    Kane County’s budget for 2014 includes a deal to give the Kane County Forest Preserve District about $150,000 from riverboat gambling proceeds to keep the district from raising its property tax levy.

    Latest Kane budget plan bails out forest preserve

    Few obstacles remain to approval of Kane County's 2014 budget as finance staff seemed to convince board members Wednesday they will be in good position on pension payments despite a reduced tax levy. The regular pension payment will still be made.

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    Quinn files to appeal on lawmaker pay to state Supreme Court

    Gov. Pat Quinn has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to hear his appeal of a ruling that his veto of money for lawmaker salaries was unconstitutional.

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    Officials from Community Unit District 300 have ordered an independent review of its school bus system, which some parents say is rife with broken equipment on the buses and subject to regular breakdowns. The district contracts with Warrenville-based Durham School Services to transport 15,000 children to school daily.

    Dist. 300 investigating complaints about school buses

    Community Unit District 300 officials have ordered a comprehensive review of its transportation system on the heels of complaints from parents, who say the school buses frequently break down and are not maintained correctly. “The safety of our students has always been our highest priority,” district spokeswoman Allison Strupeck said. “We would never knowingly put our children at risk.”

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    Get Covered Illinois sees more than 231,000 visits

    Illinois officials say more than 231,000 people have visited the Get Covered Illinois website, many of them looking for information on new options for health insurance.

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    Marriage license denied because man can’t talk

    A Winnebago County judge has denied a marriage license to a northern Illinois because a brain injury prevents the man from saying `I do.’

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    Chicago to remove red-light cameras at 18 sites

    The city of Chicago is removing red-light cameras at 18 intersections after a significant reduction in crashes at the sites.

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    Joshua A. Jones

    Early-release parolee accused of murder wasn’t monitored

    An ex-convict accused of killing a man shortly after getting out of prison under Illinois’ revamped early-release program hadn’t been fitted with an electronic ankle monitor, as he should have been, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Associated Press.

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    Consultant dives into feasibility study for indoor pool in Glen Ellyn

    Glen Ellyn Park District, which long has been lukewarm to the idea of an indoor swimming pool, is dipping its toes in the water once again. Isaac Sports Group, a consulting firm based in Ann Arbor, Mich., is in town this week to launch a pool feasibility study funded by Glen Ellyn Aquatics Initiative, a grass-roots community group.

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    Brian Jones

    Carpentersville police: Man beaten, robbed of iPhone 5 at gunpoint

    A 26-year-old Elgin man is charged with beating and robbing a man in Carpentersville of his iPhone 5.

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    Charles Fleming

    Life sentence for ‘career’ Elgin criminal

    A 47-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday after being convicted of an October 2011 armed robbery of a Little Caesars Pizza on the city's near west side. For Charles Fleming, it was the third Class X felony conviction, which triggered a mandatory life term.

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    Danny Gonzalez

    Golf outing benefit to help late Lake Zurich firefighter’s family

    A suburban U.S. Marine Corps veterans organization is planning a golf outing to benefit the family of a Lake Zurich firefighter who recently died. The Marine Corps League’s Tri-County Leathernecks 1395 branch will host the outing in memory of Danny Gonzalez at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at Brae Loch Golf Club in Grayslake.

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    Public hearing on bees, hens rescheduled:

    The Lake County Zoning Board of Appeals’ public hearing on proposed regulations to allow beekeeping and hens in unincorporated areas has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Independence Grove Visitor Center, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    A dirt compactor and power washer, a total estimated value of $2,400, were stolen from the open bed of a pickup truck on the 47W100 block of Primrose Lane near Hampshire between 8 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Take a hike in Lake County:

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District will offer forest hikes every Saturday this month at a different preserve.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    David M. Kubiak, 26, of Sugar Grove, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after authorities found him sleeping at the wheel of his vehicle at 12:54 a.m. Monday at a gas station in the 200 block of Route 47 in Sugar Grove with the engine running and music blaring, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    CLC hosts mini job fairs:

    Jobseekers are invited to attend two mini job fairs in October, sponsored by College of Lake County Career and Placement Services.

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    Bonner Country Fair:

    The Bonner Country Fair will be held from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Bonner Heritage Farm. The old-fashioned country fair includes wagon rides, crafts, games, a petting zoo and more.

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    Pumpkin Weekends — at Blackberry Farm throughout October — are all about fall, with a pumpkin patch, train rides and many more festive activities to celebrate the season and the spirit of Halloween.

    Pumpkin Weekends: Festive fall in all its glory

    Sweet as it is, the fall season is just too short. Dazzling autumn leaves and all their brilliant colors burst onto the scene suddenly, only to be whisked away on the next windy day. Fortunately, the Fox Valley Park District makes this glorious season last a little longer with its annual Pumpkin Weekends at Blackberry Farm.

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    Prairie Children docents help gather apples during Durant Museum Heirloom Apple Fest in St. Charles.

    Historic harvests recreated in fall festivals

    The Fox Valley has a rich agricultural heritage. Several festivals this weekend allow visitors to experience a taste of what fall harvest time was like in days past.

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    Streamwood man dies in workplace accident in Union

    Authorities are investigating the death of a 59-year-old Streamwood man they said was struck and killed by a Bobcat tractor Tuesday while working at a McHenry County Conservation District site north of Huntley. Marco O. Aguilar died Tuesday morning at the Pleasant Valley Conservation Area maintenance building, McHenry County Coroner Dr. Anne Majewski said.

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    The first phase of Wauconda’s long-awaited Lake Michigan water project is expected to begin in spring 2014.

    Wauconda water-system work approved, even though town doesn’t yet have a link to Lake Michigan

    Even though they don't yet have a provider for Lake Michigan drinking water, Wauconda officials on Tuesday agreed to hire an engineer to do work on the project.

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    Deadline looming for service award nominations

    West Dundee, in conjunction with the Northern Kane County Chamber of Commerce, is trying to recognize volunteers by creating the West Dundee Community Service Award. You have until Friday, Oct. 4, to submit nomination forms. The program offers the village a chance to recognize those who make West Dundee a better place to live through their hard work.

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    New DuPage County Forest Preserve leader could be named by mid-month

    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials say they could choose their next executive director by Oct. 15. Commissioners have narrowed the field to three finalists and have scheduled an Oct. 15 meeting to make a final decision. The district has been without a permanent director for more than a year.

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    David Magana-Corza

    Littering leads to large drug bust in Round Lake Park

    A McHenry man who threw a pop bottle out of his car in Round Lake Park ended up with bigger problems soon after police stopped him for littering, authorities said Wednesday. A search of David Magana-Corza’s car by members of the Round Lake Park Gangster Squad Unit turned up more than 112 grams of cocaine and 13 grams of crystal meth and a loaded .38-caliber revolver, Police Chief George...

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    “Breaking Bad” star R.J. Mitte will appear Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Harper College in Palatine. Mitte will discuss overcoming adversity in his life and take questions from the audience.

    'Breaking Bad' star visiting Harper College Oct. 8

    R.J. Mitte, one of the stars of the hit AMC show “Breaking Bad,” will speak at Harper College next week. Mitte, who played Walter “Flynn” White Jr. during the show's acclaimed five-season run, will talk about overcoming adversity in his own life and take questions from the audience at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8 in the college's Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Road...

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    The Ferson-Satterlee home at 304 N. Second Ave. is a high-style Greek Revival home with very elegant interior, and a tiny surprise kitchen in the wing behind the porch.

    Tour landmark homes on Treasures of the Tri-Cities house walk

    You can get a look inside some of the houses throughout the Tri-Cities that you’ve marveled at from the outside at this weekend’s seventh annual Treasures of the Tri-Cities tour and showcase of historic homes.

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    In 2010 kids dig into the pumpkin pie-eating contest.

    Streamwood pumpkin festival Oct. 5

    Pumpkinfest returns to Streamwood from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at Hoosier Grove Park, 700 W. Irving Park Road. Join the Streamwood Park District for this annual fall festival.

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    Drug take back event planned in Arlington Heights

    The Arlington Heights Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in a program to remove potentially dangerous prescription drugs from homes. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative provides an opportunity for the public to surrender unwanted, expired and unused pharmaceuticals and unwanted over-the-counter medication to law enforcement...

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    The roiling debate over a government shutdown has extended to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, with tens of thousands of fed-up Americans registering their disgust with federal lawmakers for shutting down the government.

    Stop being so stupid, voters tweet to Congress

    The roiling debate over the U.S. government shutdown is extending to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as fed-up Americans turn to social media to register their disgust with federal lawmakers for shutting down the government. Those posting pulled no punches, calling members of Congress “immature,” `’stupid” and “idiots” who need to “grow up.”

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    It is important to use your time wisely

    The thing God values most is time. It is a priceless possession we should learn to cherish, says columnist Annettee Budzban

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    Students at Oakton Community College recently found a rare Mississippi Grass Shrimp in the Des Plaines River. An Oakton professor considers the find a good sign for the river’s health.

    Rare catch a good sign for Des Plaines River

    When a student an Oakton Community College student gathered a strange, nearly translucent creature from the Des Plaines River, even his professor wasn’t sure what it was. After doing a little research, they realized it was a Mississippi grass shrimp, a rare find for the Chicago area and the first in Cook County. Its very presence could spell good news for the Des Plaines River.

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    Clearbrook celebrates donors in efforts to serve those with disabilities

    Clearbrook recognizes it can’t cure the children and adults it serves who deal with intellectual and developmental disabilities. What it can do as the state’s largest provider of services, programs and support for such clients is to give them the best opportunity to live life to the fullest.

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    DuPage County Forest Preserve District’s six dog parks, including this one along Spring Avenue in Glen Ellyn, soon may include “natural and organic” memorials to pets that have died.

    DuPage County forest preserve dog parks to get pet memorials

    A $250,000 renovation of Oak Brook’s Mayslake Dog Park will include many upgrades but one DuPage Forest Preserve Commissioner said it will be lacking one important piece. In recent years, dog owners have taken to memorializing their furry friends by hanging their deceased pet’s name tags on a tree tucked away on the property. According to Commissioner Joe Cantore, the tree won’t be a part of the...

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    A Tuesday evening fire damaged a house in the 300 block of May Street in Elgin.

    Rolling van knocks gas meter off home, starting blaze

    An Elgin home was destroyed Tuesday during a fire in the 300 block of May Street, authorities said. Firefighters were called to the scene of the blaze at 5:44 p.m. for a report of a house fire and vehicle on fire.

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    This 2012 photo provided by the Johnson family shows Dawna Johnson, 45, third left, and Dwayne Johnson, 46, right, with their children, from left, Kiowa-Rain Johnson, 18, Gracie Johnson, 13, and Dakota Johnson, in front of Mount Princeton in Colorado. Dwayne, Dawna and Kiowa-Rain Johnson were killed in Monday’s Sept. 30, 2013, rockslide near Buena Vista, Colo. Gracie Johnson was rescued from the rubble and hospitalized in Denver. Also killed were Baigen Walker, 10, and Paris Walkup, 22, both of Birch Tree, Mo. They were nephews of Dwayne and Dawna Johnson.

    Dad who saved girl in deadly rock slide remembered

    Friends preparing to bury five relatives who died in a Colorado rock slide are remembering the father credited for saving his daughter’s life as a selfless volunteer who probably didn’t flinch to jump in front of cascading boulders to protect his daughter.

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    Alejandro Sanchez

    Second woman testifies against Palatine physician’s assistant

    The trial of physicians assistant Alejandro Sanchez on charges he sexually abused a female patient during an exam at a Palatine clinic three years ago, continues in Rolling Meadows.

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    Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake, near Byron Colby Barn, is a national Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence winner this year.

    Grayslake’s Prairie Crossing Charter School wins national Blue Ribbon Award

    Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake is celebrating its second consecutive national education award. This year, Prairie Crossing is one of 286 recipients of the national Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence. Prairie Crossing is among 21 schools to receive the honor in Illinois.

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    Weapons experts begin Syria mission amid clashes

    As deadly clashes raged on the edge of Damascus, international inspectors left their hotel on Wednesday to start work on the task of destroying Syria’s chemical arsenal under the tightest of deadlines in the midst of a civil war. The inspectors’ mission — endorsed by a U.N. Security Council resolution passed last week — is to scrap Syria’s capacity to manufacture chemical weapons by Nov. 1 and...

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    Iran’s new President Hassan Rouhani. A war-weary Congress generally backs President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran, but with tougher U.S. economic measures against Tehran on the way, the president’s diplomatic task could get harder if he doesn’t make quick progress.

    New sanctions likely despite thaw in US-Iran ties

    A war-weary Congress generally backs President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran, but with tougher U.S. economic measures against Tehran on the way, the president’s diplomatic task could get harder if he doesn’t make quick progress.

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    Men walk up the escalators from the ground floor in the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. A top Kenya government official says four armed assailants can be seen on closed circuit television footage during the terrorist attack on an upscale mall in which at least 67 people were killed, an indication that there may not have been as many attackers as initially believed.

    No. of attackers at Kenya mall may have been fewer

    A top Kenya government official says four armed assailants can be seen on closed circuit television footage during the terrorist attack on an upscale mall in which at least 67 people were killed, an indication that there may not have been as many attackers as initially believed.

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    Jacksonville International Airport police officer Tim Hodges walks around the terminal with a bomb dog at Jacksonville International Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Authorities said a man arrested at Jacksonville International Airport told security screeners he had a bomb in his backpack but they only found a luggage scale with a microchip inside, along with a remote-control device he called a “detonator.”

    Authorities: Man at Fla. airport said he had bomb

    Authorities said a man arrested at Jacksonville International Airport told security screeners he had a bomb in his backpack but they only found a luggage scale with a microchip inside, along with a remote control device he called a “detonator.”

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    Naperville backs off plan to ban MMA fights

    Naperville city councilmen who last month wanted to prevent mixed-martial arts events from taking place in their town on Tuesday stepped back from an outright ban in favor of regulations through liquor laws and special event licensing. “We can control the time, place and manner in which an event like this comes through our town,” Councilman David Wentz said.

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    The Republican Party’s two Kings in Congress both voted against GOP leaders’ latest effort to prevent President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul from becoming entrenched, but for opposite reasons. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., says it was a mistake to link curbing “Obamacare” with averting a government shutdown.

    House’s two Kings personify GOP split

    Two Republican Kings — who, for different reasons, voted against party leaders’ last failed attempt to prevent President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul from taking root — personify a growing split within the GOP over both ideology and strategy. “It’s a temporary alliance,” New York’s Peter King said upon finding himself teamed with 11 other House Republicans, including Iowa's Steve King.

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    Chicago to host summit for local filmmakers

    The city of Chicago plans its first Chicago Film Summit this fall. Chicago had its first music summit earlier this year. The film and media summit will be Oct. 20. Officials want to get members of Chicago’s film community together to come up with ways to promote the industry.

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    Dawn Patrol: Van starts Elgin house fire; stabbing victim remembered

    Suburban counselors get few inquiries on first day of health reform. Van rolls into Elgin home, starts fire. Wauconda trustees berate mayor. Stabbing victim’s mom remembers daughter. Man who held Glen Ellyn couple hostage gets 12 years. Darien man gets 5 years for stabbing mom with fork. Second woman testifies against Palatine physician's assistant. Tickets on sale for food fest. Blackhawks win...

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    Problems partly resolved with Bartlett Walgreens relocation

    In just two weeks, potential problems some residents felt would arise due to the relocation of a Bartlett Walgreens store have been partly resolved. Residents who live behind the Brewster Creek Shopping Centre at Route 59 and Stearns Road — where the Walgreens now exists — expressed multiple concerns at a Sept. 18 committee meeting. On Tuesday, the village board unanimously approved the store’s...

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    The Chicago Wheelchair Bulls will take on a team of Arlington Heights firefighters Saturday night during a fundraiser at St. Viator High School. The event raises money to support the Wheelchair Bulls and their efforts to make athletic opportunities available for kids with disabilities.

    Arlington Heights firefighters take on Chicago Wheelchair Bulls

    Arlington Heights firefighters will play basketball in wheelchairs this weekend as part of an annual fundraiser to help provide athletic opportunities to disabled citizens. The firefighters will take on the Chicago Wheelchair Bulls at the 5th annual basketball exhibition game and fundraiser.

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    Renee Urbanski, a bilingual teacher at Johnson Elementary School in Warrenville, was honored Tuesday with $1,000 in classroom supplies.

    Wheaton Warrenville teachers honored with classroom supplies

    Two teachers from Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 were honored with $1,000 worth of supplies for each of their classrooms. They are Julie Schubert, a first-grade teacher at Hawthorne Elementary in Wheaton and Renee Urbanski, an ELL/bilingual teacher at Johnson Elementary in Warrenville. “I’m overwhelmed and very humbled today. I just do what I need to do to make sure all my kids...

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    Riders participate in a Northeastern Illinois Association of Snowmobile Clubs safety event at the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.

    Snowmobile request for Lake Marie Forest Preserve denied

    Not much has happened since last fall when the Lake County Forest Preserve District bought the former campground on Lake Marie near Antioch, which had operated since the 1930s. And nothing will be in the near future as a forest district committee nixed a request from a snowmobile club to establish a connection to its traill network. “If we said no to the people who wanted to just park and...

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    Metra's board of directors should be at full strength by its Oct. 18 meeting.

    Metra board hopefuls put on show for commissioners

    Hopefuls for suburban Cook County positions on Metra testified about their qualifications before commissioners Tuesday. It's a change from the usual closed-door selection process. “This is obviously a very historic day,” Commissioner Peter Sylvestri said during the public hearing. Commissioners are expected to make their choices Wednesday.

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    The annual school board and administrators conference in Chicago next month is already costing Grayslake Elementary District 46 taxpayers $2,300 more than last year.

    School conference already costing some taxpayers more

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 taxpayers have already spent $2,300 more for the annual school board and administrators conference in downtown Chicago than they did last year. And that's just the registration costs and hotel deposits for the Nov. 22-24 conference. Eight suburban districts have already spent more on the conference than they did last year. So far, 62 suburban districts have...

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    Schools need solutions for heat
    A Kildeer letter to the editor: At the start of this school year, Lake Zurich faced record heat index values, which were considered “extremely dangerous” by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, yet Lake Zurich District 95 students attended school

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    Tickets on sale for Hoffman Estates’ International Food Tasting Fest

    Tickets are on sale for Hoffman Estates’ second International Food Tasting Festival on Oct. 29. 400 tickets will be sold to the event, which will highlight dessert chef Gale Gand, Hoffman Estates' French sister city and 20 restaurants offering a variety of ethnic foods.

Sports

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    The Tampa Bay Rays celebrate after defeating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 in the AL wild-card baseball game Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in Cleveland. The Rays move on to play the Boston Red Sox in the AL division series. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    Cobb, Rays roll 4-0 over Indians in AL wild card

    Alex Cobb dodged trouble for nearly seven innings and the Tampa Bay Rays pitched their way to another must-have win on the road, beating the Cleveland Indians 4-0 on Wednesday night in the AL wild-card game.Cobb, who missed a chunk of the regular season after he was hit in the head by a line drive, quieted a thundering Cleveland crowd and ended the Indians' unexpected season.

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    Cubs catcher Welington Castillo had a solid and productive season for the Cubs, who need more offensive spark from almost every position next season.

    It’s simple: Cubs need more offense next year

    If there's one thing the Cubs will need from their position players next year, it's more offense. That goes for "core" players such as Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo as well as Gold Glove candidate Darwin Barney.

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    Bears punter Adam Podlesh understands he can’t have another game like he did in Sunday’s loss at Detroit.

    Time is now for Bears’ Podlesh to reboot

    The Bears didn't sign any of the free-agent punters they brought in for tryouts Tuesday, which is good news for incumbent Adam Podlesh, but he knows he has to perform better than he did in Sunday's loss to the Lions to keep his job. “I don’t think Adam needs anybody to come in (for a tryout) to know that the next week he’s got to punt better,” coach Marc Trestman said. “We’ve all got to play better."

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    Wednesday’s girls volleyball scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls volleyball matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Wednesday’s girls tennis scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls tennis meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Wednesday’s girls golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's girls golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Wednesday’s boys soccer scoreboard
    High school varsity results of Wednesday's boys soccer matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Wednesday’s boys golf scoreboard
    High school varsity results from Wednesday's boys golf meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Power play key to Kane's scoring totals

    Coach Joel Quenneville thinks Patrick Kane has the ability to win a scoring title some day, especially if the Blackhawks can improve on the power play. “Perennially, he’s up there at the top of the league,” Quenneville said.

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    Lake Zurich handles Palatine

    Girls volleyballLake Zurich d. Palatine: Kiley McPeek pounded 7 kills and served 2 aces, as the Bears won 25-19, 25-11 to improve to 19-2.Allie McIlwain and Sydney Glover added 5 and 4 kills, respectively for Lake Zurich. Besides McPeek, Marta Tabaka, Ashley Dina, Kristen Walding and Glover each delivered 2 aces. Walding dished out 24 assists, while Sophie Mandal contributed a team-high 3 blocks and 2 kills. Dina posted 17 digs.

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    New Trier applies pressure, gets past Leyden

    Leyden ventured far away from the West Suburban Conference late Wednesday night, and its trip to the north shore proved to be a bit unfriendly. Perennial Central Suburban League power New Trier had too much firepower for the Eagles (7-8-1), scoring 3 second-half goals and sending Mark Valintis’ club home on the short end of a 3-0 result at the school’s west campus in Northfield.

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    Crystal Lake co-op runs away with FVC crown

    There was no drama involved in Lexi Harkins leading the Crystal Lake Central co-op girls golf team to a Fox Valley Conference title Wednesday afternoon. The North Carolina-bound Harkins shot a 2-over-par 74 as CLC had the top five finishers to shoot 326 and win by 83 shots at Crystal Woods Golf Club.

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    Jenny Turpel

    Jones out, Turpel in as Harper has a coaching change

    After two seasons, Nichole Jones has resigned as women’s basketball head coach at Harper College. “I think she gave it a good effort,” said Harper athletic director Doug Spiwak. Jones guided the Hawks to a 9-14 record in the team’s first full season under her leadership. Spiwak said progress was made under Jones in ways not measured as easily as wins and losses.

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    Burlington Central clinches conference title

    Burlington Central 3, Harvard 1: The Rockets clinched the Big Northern East title as Matt O’Connor scored twice and Sean Fitzgerald added a goal. Stefan Jochum and Jacob Schutta each had assists for BC, which won its 12th straight. Brett Rau was in goal for the Rockets (14-1, 9-0).

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    Geneva’s Courtney Caruso tries to block Kaneland’s Ellie Dunn.

    Geneva rallies to tip Kaneland in 3

    With so many of the Geneva and Kaneland volleyball players teammates during the club season, it always adds an interesting dynamic to their high school match. “A lot of pressure,” Vikings setter Courtney Caruso said. “You don’t want to lose to your best friends. It’s a crazy game every time just like when we play Batavia.” That pressure Caruso describes leads to both extremes of volleyball. There were probably a few more mistakes than usual Wednesday night but also plenty of highlight-reel plays in the Vikings’ come-from-behind 18-25, 25-22, 25-23 win in Maple Park.

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    Girls volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Francis d. St. Edward: Katie Swanson had 6 kills and 4 digs to lead St. Edward in a 25-16, 25-20 Suburban Christian loss. Allison Kruk had 8 digs and Mallory Gross added 7 assists and 4 digs for the Green Wave (11-8).U-High d. Elgin Academy: Kaitlyn Pearson had 8 kills and 6 digs for Elgin Academy in a 25-7, 25-16 Independent School League loss. Lizzie Clements added 3 kills, 8 digs and 5 aces and Sophie Borchard had 9 digs for the Hilltoppers.Westminster Christian d. Indian Creek: Savannah Dutcher had 15 kills, 2 blocks and 3 aces to lead the Warriors to a 25-18, 23-25, 25-23 nonconference win. Claire Speweik added 12 kills, 18 assists and an ace for Westminster (12-5-3) and Emma Kovachevich had 11 assists and 2 aces.

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    Adam O’Malley

    Football: Week 5 MVPs

    Elk Grove senior quarterback Adam O’Malley and Cary-Grove junior defensive back Larkin Hanselmann have earned Daily Herald MVP honors for their football performances in Week 5.

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    Carmel’s Christina Rao returns a shot against Barrington’s Michelle Linden in September.

    Carmel’s Rao wraps both arms around high school tennis

    Carmel junior Christina Rao’s determination to play her favorite sport could be viewed as a left-handed compliment. A bout with tennis elbow and an ulnar nerve issue in Rao’s right arm forced her off the court last fall. She couldn’t compete in USTA tournaments and started to contemplate some extreme measures in March to start playing again. “I realized it wasn’t OK if I wasn’t playing tennis,” Rao said while helping Carmel win the team title in Saturday’s Lakes Invitational. “I loved it so much I started playing left-handed. I wasn’t very good, but I decided I would still try out for the varsity and see how I could do.”

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    Sethna, Mundelein girls program soaking up success

    The timing could have been viewed as not being right for the swimmer who has experienced some of the best times in the history of the Mundelein girls program. But seven-time state medalist and junior Erin Falconer is happy to be working with head coach Rahul Sethna, who can’t be considered entirely new since he coached the Mundelein girls from 1997-2006 and is also in his second tour as the boys coach. “Already this year is a lot better than last year,” said Falconer, who won the 100- and 200-yard freestyles at Saturday’s Lake County meet at Lake Forest. “The team has gained a lot more confidence. We’re closer as a team and we’re working harder."

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    Kiya Barrett

    Noel heads sterling WW South Hall of Fame class

    Certain images get embedded into the brain. Like seeing Dana Noel muff a punt, pick the ball up and race 90 yards for a touchdown as a senior at Wheaton Central in 1976.

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    The St. Edward offensive line of Matthew Colasuono, from left, Collin Holte, Jack Tierney and Zach West lead senior running back DaVontae Elam (34) to the line of scrimmage against IC Catholic. St. Edward goes into Friday’s game against Chicago Christian at 3-2 for the season.

    St. Edward hopes there’s a playoff light at end of tunnel

    It was a sunny Saturday afternoon at Chicago’s Lane Stadium in October of 2010, and the St. Edward football team was well on its way to the first playoff win in school history. Led by quarterback Ben Lehman and receiver Sam Pozezinski, No. 9 seed St. Edward was blowing out No. 8 Chicago Uplift, 44-8. Coach Mike Rolando emptied his bench in the second half and everyone on the Green Wave roster played, including a handful of freshmen brought up to experience the playoff atmosphere. One such freshman was Mikey Castoro, a scrappy defensive back who then weighed all of 115 pounds, pads included. Castoro made a tackle late in that game, which remains the lone playoff win in St. Edward history. Other wide-eyed freshmen who got a chance to play that day included Collin Holte, Zach West and Tighe Koerhing.

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    Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler started to really make a name for himself during the playoffs last spring, when he averaged 13.3 points.

    Bulls’ Butler developing his own star power
    Between visits to Hollywood this summer, Bulls swingman Jimmy Butler found plenty of time to get in the gym and do what he does best. Coach Tom Thibodeau and backcourt partner Derrick Rose are both expecting another improved effort from Butler.

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    Northwestern might find the big time has its risks

    Nothing can dumb down a distinguished academic institution like big-time college football can, as Northwestern will find out again this weekend when both Ohio State and ESPN's "College GameDay" come to Evanston.

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    Brandon Saad celebrates with Michal Handzus after scoring the game-tying goal in the third period of the Hawks’ season-opening victory over the Capitals.

    Saad strong example of Blackhawks’ scoring depth

    The Blackhawks got goals from all four lines plus two of their six defensemen in Tuesday’s 6-4 season-opening victory over Washington. Brandon Saad led the way from the third line with a goal and 2 assists, while Patrick Kane (first line), Marian Hossa (second), Brandon Bollig (fourth), Brent Seabrook and Johnny Oduya also scored.

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    West Chicago’s Dino Parducci approaches the green during the Upstate Eight Conference boys golf tournament at St. Andrews Country Club in West Chicago.

    West Chicago, Geneva win UEC tournament titles

    On its fourth attempt for an Upstate Eight Conference River Division boys golf championship, Geneva unveiled the perfect ingredients. All four Geneva counting scorers were 79 or better as the Vikings completed a flawless season with their 312-319 victory over St. Charles North. In the Valley Division the unpredictable nature of the sport reached its zenith as West Chicago, making its league debut, stunned Waubonsie Valley 313-316 for top honors.

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    Football Focus: Week 6 Preview
    In this preview video for Week 6 of Football Focus, host Joe Aguilar highlights the Chargers of Dundee-Crown and the dramatic turnaround they are experiencing under coach Vito Andriola.

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    Naperville North football coach Sean Drendel.

    No doubt: Naperville North enjoys pressure

    No football team wants to be in a must-win situation, but Naperville North seems to thrive on the pressure.Faced with a 1-3 record for the second straight season, last week the Huskies came through with what may end up being a playoff preserving victory. They upset previously unbeaten Wheaton Warrenville South 21-14 to create a bunch of momentum heading into the stretch run of the regular season.

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    Bears tackle their problem

    Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker is doing everything he can to emphaszie better tackling this week after the Lions and Reggie Bush made the Bears miss too many tackles last week.

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    The Bulls’ Derrick Rose said, “I’m a guy where whoever’s on the court, I’m going to go at them. “If it’s my teammates ... it could be my mom on the court. She’s going to get killed. I’m just trying to build that mentality where I don’t care who’s out there. I’m going to play the same way.”

    Mrs. Rose would be in harm’s way on the court

    The latest revelation shared by Derrick Rose is that he would run over his own mother to get to the hoop. This came about when Rose was asked Wednesday if he’s anxious for Saturday’s preseason opener at Indiana

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    Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Brian Wilson watching batting practice before an August game against the Miami Marlins.

    Playoff beards back around baseball this October

    Across baseball, from the Bay Area to Boston and, this year, Southern California, those out-of-control playoff beards are back in a big way this October. Hands down, the bushiest, most gnarly of them all belongs to Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson. And he certainly can be considered among the trendsetters considering he grew his for the Giants’ run to the World Series title three years ago and has hardly touched it or tamed it since.

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    Prospect’s Ally Scaccia putts on No. 9 at Fox Run Golf Course during her winning effort in Tuesday’s Mid-Suburban League meet.

    Fore-ward thinking sparks Prospect’s Scaccia

    The Prospect freshman golfer who was shooting in the 50s for nine holes is a senior now. And one of the best in the state. Yes, Ally Scaccia could put on a clinic for the familiar ‘hard work pays off’ pattern. The native of Arlington Heights developed her game so well that she has earned herself a chance to play at the Division I level. Scaccia, who earlier this season fired a school-record 69 at the Prospect Invite, made a verbal commitment on Sept. 23 to play for Bradley University.

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    Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez fields a ball during a workout Wednesday in Busch Stadium in St. Louis. Game 1 of the National League Division Series baseball playoff between the between the Pirates and the Cardinals is scheduled for Thursday.

    Pirates prep for Wainwright, Cardinals in NLDS

    A few hours after defeating Cincinnati in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night, the Pirates touched down in St. Louis. They’re about to face another familiar foe in an unfamiliar month when they take on the NL Central champion Cardinals in a best-of-five division series.

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    Burlington Central 2nd at BNC tournament

    Senior Jenna Kurosky shot an 83 Wednesday to lead the Burlington Central girls golf team to a second-place finish at the Big Northern Conference tournament at Timber Pointe in Belvidere. The Rockets shot a 369 as a team to finish 8 strokes behind Richmond-Burton, the league champion. Byron was third with a 398.

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    Purdue quarterback Danny Etling scrambles with the ball against Northern Illinois during last Saturday’s game in West Lafayette, Ind.

    Etling named starting quarterback at Purdue

    Purdue coach Darrell Hazell chose freshman Danny Etling as the starting quarterback Wednesday and moved former starter Rob Henry to safety.

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    LeBron James’ No. 6 jersey is the most popular worldwide, according to rankings released by the NBA.

    LeBron’s jersey is NBA’s most popular

    The Miami Heat star and four-time league MVP tops the NBA’s global list of jersey sales for this past season, according to numbers released Tuesday. LeBron James — who also has the top-selling jersey in the United States — outsold Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Heat teammate Dwyane Wade for the No. 1 spot.

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    When it comes to fishing, ‘old’ often means ‘good’

    Rods, reels, lures and neighborhood bait shops shouldn't be passed over simply because they're old. Because in fishing, 'old' often means 'good.'

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    Wisconsin’s Gordon says he’s fine after knee scare

    The Big Ten’s leading rusher looked this week like he was over an apparent minor left knee injury that came from a hit in the Ohio State game, and that he’d be ready to play this weekend if Wisconsin had a game.

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    San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner, top, intercepts a pass as St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brian Quick watches before falling into the end zone for a touchback a Sept. 26 game.

    49ers safety Whitner changing name to Hitner

    Hard-hitting 49ers safety Donte Whitner has filed paperwork in Ohio through his lawyer to formally change his name by removing the `W’ — after receiving permission from his mother, Deborah, to do so.

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    Lake Zurich’s football players are, literally, heroes

    Lake Zurich football players are connecting to their youngest fans through books.

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    Indiana’s Stephen Houston runs during the Sept. 21 game against Missouri in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers average 7.2 yards per play.

    Penn State wary of Hoosiers’ high-octane offense

    Statistics show that Indiana could provide Penn State’s defense with its most difficult challenge of the season on Saturday. The Hoosiers (2-2) lead the Big Ten with 547 yards per game and sit just behind Ohio State in scoring with 44.5 points per game.

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    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, left, talks with Adrian Gonzalez during batting practice before a Sept. 28 game against the Colorado Rockies.

    Steady Mattingly steers Dodgers into playoffs

    Through the Los Angeles Dodgers’ early season slide into last place, the injuries to key players, and the reports that his job was in jeopardy, manager Don Mattingly kept his cool.

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    U.S. cyclist Lance Armstrong won the bronze medal in the men’s individual time trial at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

    IOC receives Armstrong’s Olympic medal

    The International Olympic Committee stripped Lance Armstrong of the bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Games in January after he admitted to doping. After months of delays, Armstrong finally handed back the medal to the U.S. Olympic Committee.

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    Miguel Cabrera stretches during baseball practice Tuesday in Detroit. The Tigers play the Oakland Athletics in the AL division series starting Friday.

    Cabrera’s health a concern for Tigers

    That sweet swing is still there. No matter how banged up Miguel Cabrera has been, he’s always a threat to hit the ball where nobody can catch it. It’s the rest of his duties that have looked more and more painful.

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    Aussie punter has found second home at Ohio State

    The Ohio State punter welcomes the fourth-ranked Buckeyes’ second consecutive prime-time game this week, this one at No. 16 Northwestern, because it makes it a whole lot easier on his parents back in Geelong, Australia.

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    Fox Valley plans Paws in the Park celebration

    Fox Valley Park District will sponsor a free “Paws in the Park” festival from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Lincoln Park in Aurora. Dog owners are welcome to bring their pets to the event, which is hosted in conjunction with the Fox Valley Animal Welfare League.

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    Mike North video: Jacksonville should take Manziel
    Since the Jacksonville Jaguars won't try out Tebow, they should take Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel as their pick in the draft. Mike North thinks they can't be considering Jadeveon Clowney from the University of South Carolina because they need a quarterback.

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    Tampa Bay pitcher David Price walks in from the outfield following an optional practice Tuesday in Cleveland. The Indians host the Rays in the AL wild-card game tonight, with the winner advancing to the divisional series against Boston.

    Well-traveled Rays in Cleveland to face Indians

    In the past week, Tampa Bay has gone from Tampa to New York to Toronto to Texas to Cleveland, a journey covering 3,627 miles. On Wednesday night, the Rays hope to book a trip to Boston.

Business

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    Laurence Msall

    Watchdog group: Illinois budget a 'lost opportunity'

    A watchdog group says Illinois' current state budget represents a “lost opportunity” because legislators didn't prepare for even more grim financial realities in the years ahead. The Chicago-based Civic Federation released its analysis Wednesday of the $35.4 billion budget that took effect July 1. It notes lawmakers didn't address Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension crisis.

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    Madigan warns about health insurance scams

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is warning people shopping for health insurance on a new online marketplace not to become the victim of scam artists. The new marketplace opened Tuesday in Illinois and other states across the country.

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    Federal shutdown furloughs thousands in Illinois

    The U.S. government's first shutdown in 17 years rippled across Illinois on Tuesday, forcing unpaid furloughs of thousands of civilian military workers and hundreds of others responsible for maintaining key stretches of the nation's inland shipping system. About 1,300 Illinois National Guard employees also are off the job, as are dozens of state employees.

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    This rendering depicts the proposed Centegra Hospital-Huntley that would house 128 beds, a women's center and an emergency department. The $233 million, 360,000-square-foot facility would go up on Haligus Road, between Algonquin and Reed roads.

    Huntley hospital construction won't start this month

    The much-anticipated construction of a new hospital in Huntley won't begin this month. A hearing date may be set Wednesday in the Advocate and Mercy health systems' joint lawsuit against the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and Centegra Health System over the proposed Huntley hospital. Centegra's attorneys will appear in Will County Circuit Court to request a ruling date, spokeswoman Kim Kubiak said.

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    A combination of high demand and technical glitches seemed to overwhelm nation’s new online health insurance system.

    Pressure mounts to fix health insurance exchanges

    The pressure is on for the federal government and states running their own health insurance exchanges to get the systems up and running after overloaded websites and jammed phone lines frustrated consumers for a second day as they tried to sign up for coverage using the new marketplaces.

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    U.S. stocks fell, after the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose the most in almost two weeks yesterday, as investors watched for progress on ending an impasse over federal spending that shut down the government a second day.

    Stocks fall as fears of protracted shutdown grow

    Fear of a protracted U.S. government shutdown is making global investors increasingly nervous. U.S. and European stock markets fell Wednesday as investors and world leaders worried about the threat to the global economy.

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    St. Charles East High School juniors, from left, Rameez Baig, David Hardy and Paul Belingon talk with Clint Borucki of Acme Design, Inc. as students tour the “Manufacture Your Future” exhibit on Wednesday at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

    Local students find out about manufacturing in Elgin

    From plastic juice caps to oversized hamburger props, local high school students said there were amazed to find out how many products are manufactured right here in the suburbs. “You see parts and you don’t even know who makes them,” said Alex Cecchi, a senior at St. Charles East High School. “They are making products and it’s going back to the community (through employment).” Students from school districts in northern Kane County met local manufacturing leaders at the “Manufacture Your Future” exhibit that runs through Sunday at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin. The students also got to tour local manufacturing facilities.

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    Beanie Babies creator cries, pleads guilty

    The Oak Brook billionaire who created Beanie Babies broke down crying in court Wednesday as he pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion for hiding $25 million in income in secret Swiss bank accounts.

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    Palatine learning center to hold grand reopening celebration

    Oxford Learning in Palatine will hold a grand reopening celebration from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, to recognize its new name, GradePower Learning. The center, which offers families and children help in grade remediation, enrichment, ACT prep and meta-cognitive testing, is located at 764 W. Euclid Ave. Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz will be on hand to cut the ribbon at 11:15 a.m.

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    Medical marijuana restrictions to get further review in Naperville

    Naperville has taken the first of several steps needed to place zoning restrictions on possible medical marijuana businesses in the city. The city council on Tuesday gave its preliminary approval to place limits on where growing and dispensing operations can open.

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    Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. is boosting its quarterly dividend by 5 percent to 52.5 cents per share from 50 cents.

    Kraft Foods raises quarterly dividend by 5 percent

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. is boosting its quarterly dividend by 5 percent to 52.5 cents per share from 50 cents. The food and beverage company, with brands including Jell-O, Oscar Mayer and Maxwell House, said late Tuesday that the dividend will be paid on Oct. 25 to shareholders of record on Oct. 11.

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    thinkstockphotos.com “They’re not getting a paycheck, they’re probably going to be cutting corners immediately in all areas, and dining out will probably be one of those,” said Don Davey, who owns 20 Firehouse Subs franchises in Florida and Wisconsin.

    U.S. businesses worry about a prolonged shutdown

    As the government’s partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy. Many of the 800,000 government workers without paychecks would no longer shop at malls, buy cars or splurge on dinner out.

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    Cummins tests low-emissions locomotive engine

    Engine maker Cummins Inc. is refurbishing a used locomotive that will be outfitted with a new 4,200-horsepower diesel engine and used to haul coal or mixed freight across the state. The low-emissions engine known as the Hedgehog is being built in Seymour and will be used to haul loads on track owned by the Indiana Rail Road Co.

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    New York’s attorney general says he’s suing Wells Fargo to force compliance with terms of last year’s national mortgage case settlement.

    N.Y. suing Wells Fargo in mortgage crisis settlement

    New York’s attorney general says he’s suing Wells Fargo to force compliance with terms of last year’s national mortgage case settlement. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also says he’s dropping a similar action against Bank of America, which has agreed to reform its lending system.

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    Kirk Blankenship, Electronic Resources Librarian for Seattle Public Libraries, in the DVD shelving area of the library as he holds a tablet with the website for streaming-media company Hoopla, which the library is using to offer patrons free access to streaming movies, music, and audiobooks.

    Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

    There’s a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it’s not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It’s something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Often thought of as stodgy brick-and-mortar havens for bibliophiles, libraries are trying out a new service that allows patrons to check out streaming movies, music, TV shows and audiobooks from anywhere they want.

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    Automakers expect little impact from the federal government shutdown, and they predict a fourth-quarter rebound after a rare sales decline in September.

    U.S. sales falter, but automakers see rebound

    Automakers expect little impact from the federal government shutdown, and they predict a fourth-quarter rebound after a rare sales decline in September. Auto sales dropped 4 percent from a year ago to just over 1.1 million, mainly due to a calendar quirk that pulled Labor Day weekend transactions into August’s numbers. The drop ended a 27-month streak of gains for the industry.

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    Newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises Inc. says it has cut its debt to $847.5 million, two years ahead of a schedule outlined in its reorganization plan.

    Lee cuts debt 2 years ahead of schedule

    Newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises Inc. says it has cut its debt to $847.5 million, two years ahead of a schedule outlined in its reorganization plan. The publisher of the St. Louis Post Dispatch and other newspapers says the company cut its debt by $98.5 million in the fiscal year through September 29.

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    Punch press operators work at the Sko-Die Inc. custom metal manufacturing facility in Morton Grove. U.S. factory activity expanded last month at the fastest pace in 2 ½ years, an encouraging sign that manufacturing could lift economic growth and hiring in the coming months.

    U.S. manufacturing expands at best pace in 2½ years

    U.S. factory activity expanded last month at the fastest pace in 2 ½ years, an encouraging sign that manufacturing could lift economic growth and hiring in the coming months. The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said Tuesday that its manufacturing index rose in September to 56.2, the highest since April 2011.

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    Evite is going the paper route. The website, which pioneered digital invitations 15 years ago, is launching paper invites for the first time.

    Evite now selling paper invitations for first time

    Evite is going the paper route. The website, which pioneered digital invitations 15 years ago, is launching paper invites for the first time. Customers can now create invitations online, have them printed by Evite and sent directly to party guests. The cards cost $2 each, plus any postage fees.

Life & Entertainment

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    Bigfoot Zipline takes participants over water.

    Wisconsin Dells: Beyond the waterparks

    Wisconsin Dells is so much more than a waterpark wonderland. Visitors who want to explore the great outdoors in addition to (or instead of) the great indoor waterparks will find exhilarating hikes, a pristine lake, horse-drawn carriage rides and more.

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    Tickets for singer Demi Lovato’s March 14 concert at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont go on sale to the public beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

    Demi Lovato tickets go on sale
    Tickets for Demi Lovato's Friday, March 14, concert at the Allstate Arena go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

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    This Sept. 8, 2013 photo shows a citrus spice almond butter torte in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

    French pound cake packed with the flavors of fall

    This cake is inspired by a classic recipe that originated in Brittany, France. Simply called gateau Breton — Brittany cake — it's like a super-ultra-rich version of pound cake. Quickly mixed together by hand in a single bowl, it makes the most dense, luxurious cake ever.

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    Citrus-Spice Almond Butter Torte
    Citrus Spice Almond Butter Torte

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    British rock group Def Leppard, from left, Rick Allen, Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell, is screening its live concert film,”Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert,” at theaters nationwide.

    Def Leppard not slowing down for cancer

    Rocking with Def Leppard between bouts of chemotherapy proved healing for guitarist Vivian Campbell. The 51-year-old musician relied on his bandmates and the thrill of performing to help him through a diagnosis of Hodgkins lymphoma. After more than 30 years together, Def Leppard isn’t slowing down for cancer — or anything else. Fans can get a front-row seat to see the band at local cineplexes on Wednesday and again next week in “Def Leppard Viva! Hysteria Concert.”

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    Haim, “Days Are Gone”

    Rock sister trio Haim shines on debut

    Siblings Este, Danielle and Alana Haim have been steadily gaining momentum with tour support slots for Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and Florence + the Machine. Their audience is mostly young girls who just want to rock out without giving up on their pop just yet.

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    More babies share parents’ beds despite SIDS risks

    The government’s latest infant bed-sharing numbers show a troubling trend: the percentage of U.S. babies sleeping with parents or another child more than doubled since the early 1990s, despite public health messages linking the practice with sudden infant death syndrome. Nearly 14 percent of adults, mostly mothers, surveyed in 2010 said their infants usually shared a bed, either with parents or another child, instead of sleeping alone in a crib.

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    TravelingMom.com released a free e-book, “101 Family Travel Tips.”

    7 uses for Ziplocs and 94 more tips to make traveling with kids easier

    Don’t forget the Ziploc bags when traveling kids. They can be used for packing everything a kid needs to get ready for the day—from socks and underwear to shorts, T-shirt and hair ties.

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    Now that the dust (and ricin) have settled from Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” finale, it’s worth considering what makes a drama series’ exit good or bad.

    ‘Breaking Bad’ finale vs. other finales

    Now that the dust (and ricin) have settled from Sunday’s “Breaking Bad” finale, it’s worth considering what makes a drama series’ exit good or bad. As much as fans may miss “Breaking Bad,” they were able to bid farewell satisfied that it met its obligations at the end no less than it did every week from the first episode. “Breaking Bad” left the air with a finale that stands alongside the best ever, inventively tying up five seasons of narrative loose ends. Now what about a bad finale? Easy: “Dexter,” which aired the week before.

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    Marc Jacobs to step down at Louis Vuitton

    French luxury conglomerate LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton says Marc Jacobs is stepping down as creative director of its flagship brand Louis Vuitton.

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    Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai’s martial-arts epic “The Grandmaster” received a leading 11 nominations for Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, including best picture.

    ‘Grandmaster’ leads Golden Horse film nominees

    Wong Kar-wai’s martial-arts epic “The Grandmaster” received a leading 11 nominations for Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, including best picture. Other contenders include Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin” and Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” each with six nominations.

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    NYC Opera to file for bankruptcy

    New York City Opera said Tuesday it is shutting down and filing for bankruptcy protection after seven decades as a fixture on the metropolitan cultural scene. The company announced Sept. 12 that it needed to raise $7 million by the end of that month. Spokeswoman Risa Heller said about $2 million had been raised, plus another $301,019 was pledged from 2,108 donors in an online campaign.

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    George Clooney knows the country is going through a tough time with the partial government shutdown. But the actor is optimistic that “cooler heads will prevail” and things will get back to normal.

    George Clooney hopes government shutdown ends soon

    George Clooney knows the country is going through a tough time with the partial government shutdown. But the actor is optimistic that “cooler heads will prevail” and things will get back to normal.

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    Angelina Jolie is in Sydney, Australia, to direct the film “Unbroken,” the true survival story of Lou Zamperini, a World War II hero and track star who ran in the 1936 Berlin games.

    Angelina Jolie to direct ‘Unbroken’ in Australia

    Universal Pictures has announced that Angelina Jolie is in Sydney, Australia, to direct the survival saga “Unbroken.” The film will tell the true story of Lou Zamperini, a World War II hero and track star who ran in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

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    Rafters hold out hope for launch on Colorado River

    Tuesday was rigging day. The day that two groups of people from across the country would be in Arizona inflating rafts to launch on the Colorado River. Instead, the groups of 16 people each camped out at a lodge unable to get into Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and close to the water. With the federal government shutdown, their Wednesday launch dates on one of the most coveted river trips in the country — through the Grand Canyon — appears unlikely.

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    How to communicate with your child’s new team

    Another school year is in full swing. There is a new teacher and maybe a change in your child’s special education team at school. How are you going to work with them to make this year a success for your student?

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    Judy Monaco's stuffed lamb loaf and red cabbage salad moved her into Round 2.

    Cook of the Week Challenge: 'Less is more' recipes get Monaco, Moytka into Round 2

    Second-time contestant Judy Monaco of Glendale Heights will be heading into Round 2 of the Cook of the Week Challenge along with Lori Motyka of West Chicago. Let's see why the judges thought their Round 1 recipes bested their competition.

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    Lori Motyka

    Cook of the Week Challenge Fan Favorites
    Karen Grobman's Asian-inspired lamb and Lori Motyka's oat-crust cod and caponata emerge as the Fan Favorites in Round 1, Week 4 online voting.

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    Sullivan’s, a family-owned seafood restaurant on Sullivans Island, S.C., is one of about a dozen on Sullivans Island just outside Charleston, S.C.

    Go for the food: S.C. island offers change of pace

    While nearby Charleston, S.C., is famous for dozens of fine restaurants, for a change of pace try the restaurant district on nearby Sullivans Island. The downtown of the quiet barrier island offers everything from an Irish pub to Mexican and barbecue. And then there’s the seafood. Sullivan’s seafood restaurant has been a tradition for island visitors and locals alike for a quarter century.

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    Maeve Mangine poses for a photo with a log full of shiitake mushrooms on her Shrewsbury, Vt. property. With a few logs from their forests and little work farmers are turning to a new crop — shiitake mushrooms that can bring in tens of thousands of dollars.

    Food and farms: Demand grows for shiitake mushrooms from Northeast

    A UVM-Cornell study conducted over the last three years under a USDA grant has found that growing mushrooms outdoors can be profitable to farmers with at least 500 logs, bringing in $11,190 in gross income at $16 a pound, and that demand is outstripping supply.

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    Garlic Crusted Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes comes together in 20 minutes.

    On the fridge: Garlic crusted shrimp comes together in 20 minutes

    You won’t have to summon anyone to the table for this dish; the aroma of garlic and warm tomatoes mingling with shrimp will do that. Toasted panko provides a subtle crunch. Serve over angel-hair pasta or with chunks of crusty bread.

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    Garlic Crusted Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes comes together in 20 minutes.

    Garlic Crusted Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes
    Garlic Crusted Shrimp With Cherry Tomatoes

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    Jeff Zilch

    Get to know our 8 Cook of the Week Challenge semifinalists
    Three men and five women have made it into Round 2 of the Daily Herald's Cook of the Week Challenge. Let's get to know them better.

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    White beans are a good source of fiber, which means this chili will fill you up and is a very good source of folate and manganese.

    White Chicken Chili with Lime
    White Chicken Chili with Lime

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    Light color, deep flavor with white chili

    Sara Moulton shares a lightened-up version of white chicken chili. It can be eaten straight up by the bowl, over rice (preferably brown), or spooned into a whole-wheat tortilla. To make this dish creamy without any cream, she thickened it by mashing up some of the white beans. Combined with a tiny bit of reduced-fat sour cream, the mashed beans provide this impeccably slimmed-down chili with an unexpectedly luxurious texture.

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    Chef Andrew Moltz, Quaker Oats

    Cook of the Week Challenge: Week 4 judges take on oat, honey recipes
    Meet the judges who rated this week's Cook of the Week Challenge recipes.

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    Samantha Isler plays Ellie and Sean Hayes is Sean in “Sean Saves The World,” premiering at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3.

    ‘Sean Saves the World’ a funny new sitcom

    Beloved for his supporting role on “Will & Grace,” Sean Hayes is back in an NBC sitcom, this time as the leading man whose name is in the title: “Sean Saves the World.” The new multicamera comedy, debuting at 8 p.m. Thursday, takes full advantage of Hayes’ manic style and skilled comic timing, qualities that set this show apart more than its basic premise: a divorced father of a teenage daughter with a pushy mother, hectic workplace in online retailing and peculiar boss.

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    "NO PIRATES ALLOWED! Said Library Lou” by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illustrated by Brian Ajhar (Sleeping Bear Press 2013), $15.95, 40 pages.

    Did someone say buried treasure? Aye aye matey!

    But would you believe that it’s just as hard to keep quiet when you’re a pirate? It is, and in the new book “NO PIRATES ALLOWED! Said Library Lou” by Rhonda Gowler Greene, illustrated by Brian Ajhar, you’ll see all the problems that can make.

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    Schools in the suburbs are combatting bullying by trying to change the school culture.

    Bullying: Schools get students involved in solution

    Students already have organized themselves into cliques. The lunchroom seating chart is in place. Vulnerable students have already been identified and intimidated. Bullying is a problem schools across the country are working to address. In the suburbs that means attempting to overhaul the school culture.

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    Music notes: The Supersuckers come to town
    The Supersuckers bring their raucous party rock to Lombard this weekend, and the spirit of the Blues Brothers lives on in Naperville.

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    Kaze Sashimi comes artfully arranged at Shakou Japanese restaurant in Libertyville.

    Libertyville's Shakou serves up Japanese fare with an urban vibe

    Lovers of Japanese cuisine, nightclubs and cool party scenes are not likely to be disappointed by Shakou, the latest venue to hit Libertyville's downtown restaurant row. The space and the menu are equally dramatic and well-executed. Many diners make meals from a series of small plates, which include appetizers, nigiri, sashimi and maki. And don't forget the artisan cocktails, too.

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    The young missionary Elder Price (Nic Rouleau) is eager to share his faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the opening number of “The Book of Mormon.” The Chicago run of this nine-time Tony Award-winning musical concludes Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Bank of America Theatre.

    Weekend picks: Last chance for ‘Book of Mormon’

    This is your last chance to see the Chicago run of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” which concludes its run on Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Bank of America Theatre. More than 75 craft beers from more than 20 microbreweries can be sampled at the 2nd Annual International Craft Beer Tasting in Itasca. Check out the new circus- and carnival-inspired Halloween attraction Carnevil this weekend at the Sears Centre.

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    Beau Bridges, left, Will Arnett and Margo Martindale star in the CBS comedy “The Millers,” which debuts Thursday. Arnett and Martindale play a son and mother who become unlikely roommates after marital breakups.

    Will Arnett helms new pedestrian comedy ‘The Millers’

    Calling “The Millers” a fully loaded vehicle isn’t a stretch. The CBS sitcom, debuting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, stars Will Arnett, who combines leading-man good looks with comic chops, Emmy Award-winner Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges, another veteran champ of big- and small-screen dramas and comedies. So why, oh why, does the first episode seem so mechanical and its humor so stale?

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    “Who Asked You” by Terry McMillan

    Terry McMillan does it again with new novel

    Terry McMillan treads familiar territory in her latest novel, “Who Asked You?” Four sisters and their families struggle through life, love and real-world crises. Once again the author of “Waiting to Exhale” creates a memorable and realistic, if not entirely likable, cast of characters — featuring strong women who also are wives and mothers. They face contemporary problems — drug addiction, incarceration, Alzheimer’s, homosexuality — in imperfect ways.

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    Andrew Grams conducts the Elgin Symphony Orchestra this weekend in his debut concerts as music director.

    New conductor hopes to lead ESO in new directions

    A new era for the Elgin Symphony Orchestra begins this weekend when Andrew Grams opens the ESO’s 64th season in his debut concerts as music director.

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    Editorial: Going online to combat bullying

    A Daily Herald editorial says schools should all provide online reporting forms as a means of helping identify and combat bullying.

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    For Cruz, medium is the message

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Of all the great television shows of last Sunday -- “Breaking Bad,” “Homeland” and “Masters of Sex” -- the very best was the one mounted by Ted Cruz. It was nominally called “Meet the Press,” but the only press met was the clearly critical and somewhat overmatched David Gregory. The junior senator from Texas gave the day’s most dazzling performance. As a demagogue, he gets an Emmy.

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    The GOP’s purity faction

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Like many ideological factions, Tea Party activists display a special intensity in fighting the “near enemy” -- other elements on the right that don’t share their tactics. President Obama may be their ultimate foe, but conservative pragmatists are their rivals. And rivals are the more immediate problem.

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    Time will prove Obamacare’s value
    A letter to the editor: Since Roosevelt, each president has wanted some form of a national health care system for those under 65. Medicare in its inception was called socialism and would never work; who wants to give up their Medicare now? For those who are so against Obamacare and on Medicare, stand up for those less fortunate to have some of the same benefits.

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    Common Core is tied to high-stakes tests
    A letter to the editor: And the Obama administration has increased the number of things that test results influence, from teacher evaluations to where teachers must move to school funding and governance. It’s hard to conclude from all this that Common Core is not tied to tests, and high stakes.

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    Recalling Freedom Rider days of ‘65
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I recently saw “The Butler” and I have to say that it was great. It was also very disturbing to me. You see, I was with what I think was the second wave of Freedom Riders with Martin Luther King in 1965. Several times I almost had to keep myself from leaving.

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    Thanks, Jewel, for caring for customers
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Congratulations Jewel-Osco for putting your customers first and training your employees to serve and assist. It is difficult for seniors and handicapped people to use self-service at times when they have small orders, have to weigh items, use coupons or even to purchase gift cards or stamps.

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    The right to know what’s in our food
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: In May, Sen. Dick Durbin voted against a proposed farm bill amendment, introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, which would have upheld states’ rights to pass genetically modified organisms (GMO) labeling laws.

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    Our lawmakers know wealth is power
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: Linda Dickey’s letter in the Daily Herald on Sept. 21 fails to identify the real reason for the voting by our legislators. They support such things as reductions in food stamps and subsidize large corporations because the corporations have untold wealth with which they buy the votes of the legislators.

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