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Her son’s wheelchair got stuck in the playground. She raised $600,000 to build one for all kids.

Before the start of first grade four years ago, Owen Chaidez excitedly waited on the playground at Hillcrest Elementary School in Downers Grove. But when the bell rang and his friends ran inside, the boy, who uses a wheelchair, became stuck in the wood chips covering the playground’s surface. His mother found him moments later, crying and alone. Peg Chaidez made a promise to him that day, and last month, “Owen’s Playground” opened. It’s fully accessible by all students, including those with physical and cognitive disabilities.

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Game tips: 5 important tips to know when playing 'ReCore'

"ReCore" is part action adventure, part shooter, part loot collector, and part platformer. But, if you're enjoying the latest creation to come out of Inafune's new studio, Comcept, we want to make sure you're ready to stay at the top of your game, and help Joule out the best you can. To help you in your endeavors to safe New Eden, we've put together five tips that you might not have thought about that will change how you play this game.

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Game review: 'Pac-Man Championship Edition 2,' powering up

You'd think with all the different ways Bandai Namco has improved and adulterated "Pac-Man" over the years, there just wouldn't be anything left to tackle. But as it turns out there was, and it existed in the form of "Pac-Man Championship Edition," one of the most engaging and exciting ways anyone could ever possibly conceive of to play "Pac-Man" while feeling like it's a completely new experience. "Pac-Man Championship Edition 2" comes out of the gate running with bigger and better improvements on the previous release, with alterations and augments that make it as exciting as ever, even if you've played "Pac-Man" more times than you listened to "Pac-Man Fever," and you know you've listened to "Pac-Man Fever."

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'Storks' delivers laughs, some tears

We recently had the opportunity to preview the new animated movie "Storks," in Manhattan. The movie is about a company that used to deliver babies. Instead of delivering babies, the company switched to delivering packages because it was easier.

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Spoon University food site helps high schoolers eat well

As if Lauren Peller doesn't have enough on her plate this fall - college applications are due, and she's editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills - she's taken on the role of editorial director of the newly launched high school chapter of the nationwide Spoon University foodie website.

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Parents @ Play: Food and chocolate

We all know how crazy things can get when you're trying to get your kids and yourself out the door in time for school and work. If you're looking for some food ideas to shake things up a little, we've got you covered.

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Ask Mr. Dad: Lightening the load of kids' backpacks

Dear Mr. Dad: My 13-year-old son's backpack weighs a ton (actually, 25 pounds, but it feels like a ton), and I'm afraid he's going to hurt himself hauling it around. You've talked about the dangers of overloaded packs before, but as far as I can tell, backpacks don't seem to be getting any smaller. I suggested that he get a wheelie backpack, but he just rolled his eyes and says it's not cool. I want to talk to the school administrators about this problem, but need some facts to back me up. Please help.

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Ex-etiquette: Relationships are a two-way street

Q: My son and his wife of 10 years divorced two years ago. His ex-wife had three sons from a previous relationship, now well into adulthood and going to college. When they were married we considered her sons to be our grandsons. We celebrated Christmas and birthdays together and have always offered them the same presents as our biological grandchildren. On a regular basis, I send them presents, even checks for tuition, but I haven't heard from any of them in over a year. They cash the checks, but no thank you, no phone calls, nothing. It's hurtful because we were quite sincere in our affection for them. Do we continue to treat them as grandchildren? What's good ex-etiquette?

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