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Suburban Cook County early voting off to strong start — About 8,300 suburban Cook County voters cast ballots Monday, the first day of early voting, which Cook County Clerk David Orr called a "strong start." "Monday's impressive turnout demonstrated just how popular early voting has become," Orr said. Interested in reusing this article?

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies — In a charmed life of newspapering, Ben Bradlee seemed always to be in just the right place. The raspy-voiced, hard-charging editor who invigorated The Washington Post got an early break as a journalist thanks to his friendship with one president, John F. Kennedy, and became famous for his role in toppling another, Richard Nixon, in the Watergate scandal.

Sun-Times' suburban papers to be sold to Tribune — Published reports Tuesday said Wrapports LLC, owner of the Chicago Sun-Times and several suburban newspapers, plans to sell its suburban daily and weekly newspapers to Tribune Publishing. The reports say that once the sale is completed, Wrapports would continue to publish only the Sun-Times daily tabloid and the Reader free weekly.

Peaceful grotto damaged by vandals in Geneva — With a pail of paint, a vandal has marred a relic of Kane County history where people pause in quiet contemplation. Sometime between Oct. 11 and 18, someone poured white paint on the floor, steps, altar and walls of a Christian grotto on the grounds of the Kane County Government Center, 719 s.

St. Charles on verge of e-cigarette ban — St. Charles inched closer Monday to banning the use of e-cigarettes in all the same public venues that ban regular cigarettes. A proposal envisions fines of up to $500 for anyone caught smoking or vaping in a banned area or selling tobacco or e-cigarette products to anyone younger than 18.

Rozner: Bears sadly lacking identity, leadership — Just who are the Chicago Bears? Seven games into the season, we have no idea what to make of a team that has won three times on the road while losing all three at home. Worst yet, the Bears have no idea what to make of themselves.

Oscar Pistorius starts serving 5-year prison term — Oscar Pistorius was taken away in a police van with barred windows Tuesday to start serving a five-year prison sentence for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, who had cried and wretched during his trial, was unemotional as he stood to hear his sentence.

If no checks, more Ebola cases might leave Africa — LONDON -- A new study underscores the potential danger of airplane passengers infected with Ebola leaving West Africa: If there were no exit screening in place, researchers estimate that three people with the disease might fly out of the region each month.

More time needed in latest Lake County DNA case — Attorneys continue to wait on DNA test results to determine if a Chicago man was wronglyfully convicted in the grisly January 2000 attack on a North Chicago man. During a brief status hearing Tuesday, Lake County Judge George Bridges granted more time for testing after attorneys said lab technicians need another month to complete their work on items found in the North Chicago home where Delwin Foxworth was beaten.

Imrem: It's a good thing Marshall spoke out — So, Brandon Marshall's hot button was pushed after the Bears' loss to the Dolphins. One of the primary debates Monday was whether this was a good thing, a bad thing or nothing at all. It was a good thing. Somebody on this football team had to demonstrate a pulse and start throwing insults around, if not furniture.

Rose's night big 'positive' for Bulls — The Bulls lost to Cleveland 107-98 on Monday in Columbus, Ohio, in a preseason matchup of expected Eastern Conference contenders. But this game was a sight for sore eyes, as far as the Bulls were concerned, because Derrick Rose was brilliant, scoring 30 points in just 24 minutes.

Strays Halfway House shutting down — An innovative and influential network of foster homes for stray cats and dogs in the Northwest suburbs is shutting down after 33 years, but its last president has started a new organization built along the same lines.

Wheaton moves ahead with 7-Eleven liquor license — Wheaton City Council members did not change their opinions regarding the issuance of a liquor license to a downtown 7-Eleven Monday, despite outcry from about a dozen residents. In August, the council approved, with a 5-2 vote, an amendment to the liquor ordinance to allow for the sale of alcohol in the 7-Eleven at 326 W.