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For 9/8-9/07 editions

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News

THIS WEEK IN WEIRD – Our popular compilation of weird news stories from GateHouse papers.

CHICAGO WEEKENDER: ILLINOIS FILM. CHICAGO – Batman, with a modest assist from Larry the Cable the Guy, may have helped propel Illinois to new financial heights in movie-making. When the final tally is done, Moskal said, it’s probable that filmmakers will have plunked down more than $100 million in the state. It’s even possible that 2007 could surpass the record $124 million that film and TV productions spent here in 1999, he said. RAMSEY/CHICAGO/Category: Illinois and Illinois News

ART: PHOTOS

INCLUDES: Four-year comparison of film expenditures and jobs created.

PHIL HARE: Says he's prepared to ask for federal assistance for laid-off miners and county government if Crown II mine closing is permanent. CAPITOL BUREAU/Illinois News

MAAS ARRESTED. Former NFL player Bill Maas was arrested again this week, this time in Kansas City. He reportedly tried to board a plane with a gun. He still hasn't been charged in connection with his July arrest in Pekin for reportedly having drugs and a gun. We will see what is the delay in him being charged. KOCH/PEORIA/Illinois and Illinois Sports

WATCH DOG FOUND WITH CHILD PORN, ZOOM ‘PHOTOS’: Police had found Brookline town meeting member unconscious amid mountains of trash, rotting food and debris – and a cleaning company unearthed child porn and illegal guns. Also found: hundreds of photos sent to PBS show ZOOM. Brookline TAB, Scarpati, 22 inches, on wire now

URINE TROUBLE - After Holliston HS girls soccer team members posted photos on the Web supposedly showing them urinating on Medway's synthetic turf field, there's a bit of an uproar. MetroWest Daily News, 8 inches, 6 p.m.

SKINHEAD MURDER - An inside look at the two men - self-professed "thugs" and "Killas" - accused of killing two homeless men in Hingham, per their extensive criminal history. Patriot Ledger, Goulart, 18 inches, 7 p.m.

With file photos

Sports

CARDINALS NOTEBOOK: When it comes to starting pitcher Kip Wells, the patience of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa seems to have worn tissue-paper thin. After getting knocked around by Pittsburgh on Monday, giving up 10 hits and six earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of an 11-0 loss, Wells saw his league-worst record drop to 6-16 and his earned run average balloon to 5.75 — highest among all regular Cardinals starters. La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan have been bugged by, among other things, Wells’ painfully slow pitching tempo, so they have been trying to speed up the veteran pitcher’s time between deliveries. HAL PILGER/SPRINGFIELD/posted/Illinois Sports and Pro Baseball

BMW CHAMPIONSHIP: Pro golf in Chicago suburbs.

ART: pics of Tiger, etc.

FANTASY FOOTBALL COLUMN:  Rockford

ERIC AVIDON: FOOTBALL NATION COLLEGE COLUMN: It's not just that the Mountaineers can play with the Wolverines. What the upset showed for all to see is that top I-AA squads are good football teams, capable of beating I-A teams when the circumstances are right. MetroWest Daily News, Avidon 35 inches, on wire now

ART: column mug

BELICHICK vs. MANGINI – No mention of the feud as Patriots open against the Jets.

Patriot Ledger, Hobson, 22 inches, on wire now

INSIDE THE LINES: A light look at pro football predictions. PEORIA / in / sports

FOR SATURDAY:

NO CONTROVSERSY: Sophomore quarterback Juice Williams is the solid No. 1 quarterback when Illinois meets Western Illinois Saturday. There is no quarterback battle, or quarterback controversy, coach Ron Zook said, even though Illini fans were debating whether a change should be made. SUPINIE. With art.

FOR SUNDAY:

COVERAGE: Game story, report card, notebook from Illinois-Western Illinois football game. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

AROUND THE NFL: Weekly wrap-up of issues, trends, gossip as teams kick off the season. CANTON / In / Sports

ART: column mug

AROUND THE MLB: Weekly wrap-up of issues, trends, gossip in baseball. CANTON / In / Sports

ART: column mug

FOR MONDAY:

LOOK BACK, AHEAD: Follow story on Illinois-Western Illinois game and look ahead to Illinois-Syracuse game.

MIKE NADEL: As was on my weekly schedule, Sunday for Monday is my Bears at Chargers column from San Diego. NADEL/SAN DIEGO/Categories: Illinois Sports and Mike Nadel

Opinions

GRANLUND CARTOON – Pavarotti cartoon “A perfect ending”. In / Cartoons

BRITT CARTOON – On Osama leaving Bush a message in time for 9-11 anniversary. In / Cartoons

ALSO, look for a package of 9-11 cartoons and illustrations by Dave Granlund

PHILIP MADDOCKS COLUMN -- Sen. Larry Craig is reconsidering his decision to resign after he discovered that his phone number had appeared in the "'D.C. Madam’s" phone list, his spokesman said Tuesday evening. Natick, Mass./ in / opinions

Lifestyles (Monday is Biz)

WORKWISE COLUMN: Meeting company requirements for skilled work. MILDRED CULP / in / business

KOSHER GIFT PACKS: Rachel Perdue has been on flights like this — she requests a kosher meal well in advance, and while her seatmates nosh on steamy plates of lasagna, a stewardess dumps a dry piece of matzo on her tray. “Nobody cares,” she sighed. “If you eat kosher, you have to eat kosher, so why should they care about packaging?” But as someone with a rich creative and spiritual background, Perdue cared — enough to start a company, Wild Pomegranate, designing and selling high-end kosher gift packages. BROOKLINE, Mass.

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PERSONAL BRANDING: When Dan Schawbel graduated magna cum laude from Bentley College with a bachelor's degree in marketing last year, his resume listed eight internships with high-profile companies and the seven leadership positions he held with various organizations.??But Schawbel soon learned it takes more than a piece of paper to get yourself noticed in today's business world. WALTHAM, Mass. / in / business

ART: pic

YOU’RE BUMPED: Anyone who has flown on a commercial airline this year knows that it's getting awfully crowded up there. Major carriers are reducing flights and flying with smaller planes while increasing the number of passengers they can squeeze onto each flight. Patriot Ledger / In / business