Daily Archive : Sunday October 22, 2017

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    Jim Kendall

    What to ask before buying a business
    Thinking about buying a business? Whether you’re just exploring the idea or are seriously down the path, Linda Purcell and Tom Gosche say there are questions you should be asking.

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    This photo provided by Ameriprise Financial shows Anthony Saglimbene, a global market strategist at Ameriprise Financial. With stock price indexes setting record highs, many investors have been keeping a wary eye on the markets. Saglimbene says he isn’t unduly worried, noting that numerous factors underpin the stock market’s current levels. (Courtesy of Ameriprise Financial via AP)

    Insider Q&A: Taking the measure of record-high stock prices

    Insider Q&A: Taking the measure of record-high stock prices

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    The view from the 29th floor at Amazon headquarters in Seattle.

    What would happen if Amazon brought 50,000 workers to your city? Ask Seattle.

    When Amazon made a surprise announcement last month that it planned to open a second headquarters with even more jobs, it set off an unprecedented race among cities to lure the tech giant their way. But as Seattleites will say, keeping up with the Internet juggernaut has not always been easy, providing a word of caution for other cities.

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    Luke Buckingham, on a break from class, takes a drag of a cigarette. He hadn’t planned on being an ironworker, but the union’s structure and brotherhood appeals to him.

    For some ironworkers, wind energy brings renewed chance at American Dream

    Modern apprentice ironworkers are dogged by questions their elders never had to face. Would there be enough work to make their four years of training worth it? Was there still room in the United States for a blue-collar worker to make a good life?

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    JPMorgan Chase is running a small pilot program with a community college in Houston and plans to hire 40 people in tech-related jobs before deciding whether to expand.

    Apprenticeships are coming to white-collar office work

    A small but growing number of companies — including Accenture, Aon, JPMorgan Chase and Amazon — are launching apprenticeship programs that combine instruction time with paid on-the-job experience for workers who aren’t quite yet qualified for the job.

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    Restoring default student loans to good standing won’t be a gentle, painless process. But there are options to get your loans and credit score back on track, and there are people out there who will help.

    Behind on student loans? How to get back on track

    Restoring default student loans to good standing won’t be a gentle, painless process. But there are options to get your loans and credit score back on track, and there are people out there who will help.

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    A new survey ranks the income differences among U.S. retirees as among the most extreme in the 35 country comparison.

    For many older Americans, the rat race is over — but income inequality isn’t

    Income inequality in the United States spills over from the job into the last decades of life, according to a new survey that ranks the differences among U.S. retirees as among the most extreme in the 35 country comparison.

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    Employment data show men continue to dominate the top ranks of virtually every field, including politics. Men hold about four-fifths of seats in the House of Representatives and make up about 80 percent of the Senate. And four in five voting members of the House and Senate are white, according to the Pew Research Center.

    Survey: White men rule the business world but still feel left out at work

    More than a third of Americans in a new national survey said they think the heightened focus on diversity at work has overlooked white men. Employment data, however, show men continue to dominate the top ranks of virtually every field, including business, politics and academia.

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    Government unemployment benefits are taxable income. You’ll get a Form 1099-G from the payer that shows how much you received. A copy goes to the IRS, too.

    Surprise! 4 things you didn’t know were taxable

    Here are four kinds of income that people routinely think they don’t have to report, plus tips on how to avoid the related sticker shock when they file returns.

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    Having decades of experience in sales — or any field — is a different beast from knowing how to sell yourself to employers.

    This sales pro needs to perfect personal pitch

    Having decades of experience in sales — or any field — is a different beast from knowing how to sell yourself to employers.

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    Auto repair labor rates are competitive with other trades
    Recently I read a statistic stating 86 percent of auto repair customers think repair prices are either too high or outrageous. I have been pondering why this is the perception of our industry. If this is true, and I believe it probably is, it most likely comes down to poor communication and explanation.

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    A Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle sits parked at a charging station at the General Motors China headquarters in Shanghai, China.

    How electric cars can create the biggest disruption since iPhone

    It’s 10 years since Apple unleashed a surge of innovation that upended the mobile phone industry. Electric cars, with a little help from ride-hailing and self-driving technology, could be about to pull the same trick on Big Oil.

Life & Entertainment

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    An Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound is a supplemental test that can help detect breast cancer in women with high-density breast tissue.

    Ultrasounds provide additional screening for those with dense breast tissue

    Patti Beyer of Glenview had a mammogram that showed no signs of cancer. But, at the urging of her sister, who has dense breast tissue like Beyer, she also had a breast ultrasound. The 3-D image scanning discovered a cancerous lesion.

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    Alan Jackson speaks during his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday, Oct. 22, in Nashville, Tenn.

    Loretta Lynn returns after stroke to honor Alan Jackson

    Country icon Loretta Lynn returned to Country Music Hall of Fame after a stroke suffered in May to induct Alan Jackson.

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    Adding an area rug, even over carpeting, is another way to brighten up a room.

    Mood alterations: How to freshen up your rooms and furnishings

    Psychologists will tell you that we all respond much more powerfully to our environment than we realize. That is why changing the color of your walls, adding happy paintings and photos, redecorating a room, or even rearranging the existing furniture can give a needed boost to the psyche.

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    Tyler Perry as Madea in "Tyler Perry's Boo! 2 A Madea Halloween."

    A scary box office weekend for everyone but Tyler Perry

    It was a spooky weekend at the box office for nearly everyone but Tyler Perry. His comedy sequel "Boo 2! A Madea Halloween" scared up a healthy $21.7 million in its first weekend in theaters, but the waters were rough for other new films including "Geostorm," "Only the Brave" and "The Snowman."

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    “The Ghost in the Corner and Other Stories”

    Boo! The best ghost stories you probably haven't heard yet

    As the March sisters of “Little Women” might have said, “It wouldn't be Halloween without any ghost stories.” Here are six recent books to help you get in the Halloween spirit.

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    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Know the facts about breast cancer

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is always a good time to make sure you are up to speed on the important facts, figures and tips as it relates to breast cancer.

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    David Letterman is the 2017 recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

    He was the king of late night, but David Letterman doesn’t miss it ‘for a second’

    Sometimes, OK, all the time, David Letterman, who used to host his very own television program, is asked whether he still wishes he were on TV. He must miss it terribly. “Not for a second,” Letterman says.

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    See Tinker Bell and Mickey Mouse in “Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic” this weekend at the Rosemont Theatre.

    Sunday picks: Disney’s ‘Doorway to Magic’ plays Rosemont Theatre

    Cartoon characters come to life in the family touring show “Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic,” playing at the Rosemont Theatre. This and other upcoming events and concert highlights.

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    Former President Richard Graves (Nick Nolte) continues his spiritual quest when “Graves” returns to EPIX.

    Nick Nolte plays a man haunted by his past in second season of 'Graves'

    A former president (played by Nick Nolte ) tries to rediscover the man he once was while his wife (Sela Ward) runs for office amid massive family dysfunction as season 2 of “Graves” returns to EPIX.

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    Small bulbs such as crocus should be planted in large groups of at least 30 to 50.

    Select the proper bulbs for fall planting

    Most bulbs should be planted after a hard frost starting mid-to late October and before the ground freezes.

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    Autumn decorations can be elegant

    Decorating for the fall holidays doesn’t necessarily mean running for the pumpkin patch and the nearest crafts store for a glue gun. Fall decorations can exude elegance, humor and warmth.

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    Lady head vases were popular in the mid-20th century.

    Lamp table lights up family

    Q. I inherited a table from my grandparents, who built a home in 1922. I love the hardware, the detail work on the wood and especially the glass ball feet. Marked underneath the top are the words “Louis F. Enonnast 500 — Chicago — Ill.” Thank you for any information you can give me on my family treasure.

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    Northern sea oats prefers to grow in part shade.

    A tall grass for shade gardens

    Chasmanthium latifolium, commonly called northern sea oats, comes to the rescue of ornamental grass-starved shade gardeners.

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    Laurie Salvano of Arlington Heights says her bathroom is original to the 48-year-old home and the bathroom is in need of an upgrade.

    Old tile and grout need attention

    Laurie Salvano of Arlington Heights says her bathroom is original to the 48-year-old home and the bathroom is in need of an upgrade.

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    The tile grout in Iris Gertz’ bathroom is impossible to clean.

    Brighten up a dingy bath

    The tile grout in Iris Gertz’ bathroom is impossible to clean.

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    Time to get your yard, garden ready for the cold
    Q. What are some tasks I should consider to get my yard and garden ready for winter?

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    Mother-in-law exacts emotional toll for childcare
    Q. My retired mother-in-law graciously provides day care for my two daughters while my wife and I work. But she exacts a toll for her efforts. Mainly in the form of constantly haranguing and lecturing my wife on her deficiencies as a mother. Mainly we put up with it quietly, but the latest rant really bothers me.

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    Jenna Kilday of Geneva says her upstairs hallway is unbelievably dark and outdated with a series of flat-panel doors.

    New doors would give bedrooms a lift

    The Kilday home has old, drab flat-panel doors that make the upstairs hallway very dark and outdated. They have a baby on the way and could use a bright, fresh start for their growing family.

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    Are cement block cracks serious?

    Q. We have a 1950s-built home on a sandy lot where most of the homes have cement block basement walls and many have had to be reinforced. Our walls have some cracks, mostly along a horizontal seam.

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