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Friday, Nov 30

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Ald. Ed Burke and the feds

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Anywhere else, sheets of brown paper taped to a window would signal a remodeling project. Construction underway. Pardon our dust. But the postal paper taped to the window of Ald. Ed Burke's City Hall office early Thursday set off a storm…

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Cubs trade pinch hitter Tommy La Stella to the Angels

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With shortstop Addison Russell ineligible to return until May 3, there's a premium on versatility for the Cubs. That apparently played a strong role in their decision Thursday to trade pinch-hitting specialist Tommy La Stella to the Angels…

Thursday, Nov 29

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CNN fires contributor Marc Lamont Hill over Israel remarks

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CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill on Thursday after the longtime contributor made comments about Israel during a United Nations speech. Hill, a media studies professor at Temple University, had drawn scrutiny for calling for a "free Palestine…

Snow shoveling scofflaws should be fined

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Since our mayor uses almost any excuse to raise money for the city, why aren't his agents ticketing those who don't shovel their sidewalks? OK, so maybe a few such tickets have been written downtown, but for sure not many in the…

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Husband sentenced to 50 years in prison — again — for killing man who paid to have sex with his wife

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Timothy Smith was granted a do-over after he was initially found guilty of killing a man who'd paid to have sex with Smith's wife. But Smith's second trial in McHenry County concluded Thursday the same way his first one did: with a first…

Who is Ed Burke? Alderman. Former cop. Ex-Trump attorney.

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As an alderman for nearly 50 years, Ed Burke not only has claimed the record as the longest-serving City Council member in the history of Chicago, but he also has become one of the most powerful. As the longtime chairman of the council's…

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Federal agents raid powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke's City Hall and ward offices

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Federal agents swarmed Ald. Ed Burke's City Hall and ward offices Thursday morning, kicking out employees and hours later hauling boxes of records and computers from rooms that for decades have been at the center of Chicago's longest…

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Younger school entry could set stage for ADHD diagnosis

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The youngest children in kindergarten are more likely to be diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in early grades, a study shows, an intriguing finding for parents on the fence about when to start their child in school.…

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Northwestern hangs on to beat Georgia Tech 67-61 after leading by 28

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It was the blowout that wasn't. Northwestern led Georgia Tech 40-20 at halftime and stretched that advantage to 28 after a 3-pointer by Ryan Taylor. And then something happened. “All of a sudden you're like: What's going on here?” coach…

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Iowa suspends basketball broadcaster for criticizing player on hot mic

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Learfield Sports has suspended Iowa play-by-play broadcaster Gary Dolphin for two games for negative comments directed at Hawkeyes guard Maishe Dailey that inadvertently made it to the air during a commercial break on Tuesday. Iowa…

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Black box data show pilots struggled to control Boeing 737 MAX before Indonesia crash

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Black box data collected from their crashed Boeing 737 MAX 8 show Lion Air pilots struggled to maintain control as the aircraft's automatic safety system repeatedly pushed the plane's nose down, according to a preliminary investigation…

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson retiring after 11 seasons

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Paul Johnson, the longest-serving Georgia Tech coach in a half-century and architect of a triple-option offense that was an anomaly among Power Five schools, announced his retirement Wednesday after 11 seasons with the Yellow Jackets . The…

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Look, maybe White House Christmas decor just isn't Melania Trump's thing, but that's fine

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Every time Melania Trump makes another odd gaffe, I can't help but see it as a useful thing for gender equality. It forces a conversation about how to measure the first lady's performance, or whether we even should. It highlights the…

Hundreds of sexual violence complaints pour into new CPS Title IX office

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A new Chicago Public Schools office created to investigate cases of student-on-student sexual violence has fielded more than 600 allegations so far this school year, district officials testified Wednesday to the City Council's education…

Look up: First falling ice signs of season out earlier this week in Loop

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Signs warning downtown Chicago pedestrians of falling ice started to sprout this week after the first major winter storm of the season. Those signs have been part of winter in Chicago dating back to 1994, when Donald Booth, 48, of…

Wednesday, Nov 28

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Ask Tom: Has anyone tracked which part of Chicago historically receives the most snow?

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Has anyone tracked what part of Chicago historically receives the most snow: North Side, downtown or South Side? Dawn Lenza, Homer Glen. Dear Dawn,. A study by the Illinois State Water Survey indicates that the most snow in the Chicago…

'He lost his mind': Slain missionary John Allen Chau planned for years to convert remote tribe in India

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On Instagram, John Chau came off like a carefree young adventurer - climbing mountain peaks and exploring jungles. But in reality, the missionary harbored a deadly obsession with an isolated tribe in India he'd first read about as a teen.…

Redskins ignore Colin Kaepernick, sign Reuben Foster and remind us of who they are

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The circumstances surrounding Reuben Foster and Colin Kaepernick have basically zero similarities, except that one is employed and the other is not, and the franchise that decided to immediately snap up an accused domestic abuser before…

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Markets rebound from November losses after Fed chairman's comments on interest rates

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Federal Reserve Board Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday suggested the central bank could be close to slowing down the pace of its recent interest rate increases, saying rates are now just slightly below what he considers a "neutral" level.…

Cubs get infielder Ronald Torreyes from Yankees, adding intrigue to looming deadline

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In a move that creates intrigue leading to Friday's 7 p.m. deadline for tendering contracts to unsigned players, the Cubs acquired infielder Ronald Torreyes from the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Torreyes,…

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Jon Stewart asks Stephen Colbert how he found his 'Late Show' voice. The answer? Joe Biden

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Stephen Colbert has been having a great year on "The Late Show," but his ratings success didn't come easily. The host discussed his struggle to find the show's voice in its early days in a prerecorded interview with Jon Stewart that aired…

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Democratic lawmaker apologizes for saying she wanted to pump a bacteria broth into Republican family's water

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A Democratic state lawmaker on Wednesday apologized for saying on the Illinois House floor that she wanted to pump a lethal “broth of Legionella” bacteria into the water system of a Republican colleague's family. A day before, Democratic…

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Mechanical problem on Metra causes morning commuter delays

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Commuters from the Northwest Side and northwest suburbs were off to a slow start Wednesday morning after a mechanical problem on a Metra train created delays on the Milwaukee West Line, officials said. One of the trains that had been…

Huge steer breaks the internet, survives the slaughterhouse

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Knickers the steer is huge on the internet — for being huge. The black-and-white Holstein Friesian won social media fame and many proclamations of "Holy Cow!" after photos surfaced of the 6-foot-4-inch steer standing head and shoulders…

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Commissioner says MLB will vet campaign contributions more carefully

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Major League Baseball will put in place new procedures for vetting political contributions after giving $5,000 to Cindy Hyde-Smith, a Republican senator from Mississippi, and then asking for the money back following her controversial…

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Snowstorm takes down trees, leaves two Park Ridge area streets closed for multiple days

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Two Park Ridge area roads remained closed to traffic Tuesday after a snowstorm knocked down power lines two nights earlier. A fallen power line kept Prospect Avenue blocked between Cuttriss Street and Michael John Drive in Park Ridge,…

Allegations against ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort throw new uncertainty into Russia probe

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The breakdown of a plea deal with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and an explosive British news report about alleged contacts he may have had with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange threw a new element of uncertainty into the ...

Illinois Democrat says she wanted to pump a 'broth of Legionella' bacteria into Republican colleague's water supply

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A Democratic state lawmaker said she wanted to pump a lethal “broth of Legionella” bacteria into the water system of a Republican colleague's family, during heated remarks on the Illinois House floor over a bill aimed at helping families…

Tuesday, Nov 27

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Romaine returns to grocery stores with new labels, but McDonald's still isn't serving salads

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Romaine is making its way back to Chicago grocery stores, armed with extra labeling to assure shoppers it didn't come from a contaminated batch that so far has sickened 43 people. But restaurants are slower to welcome back the lettuce…

What's good for GM, and its employees, is making steady profits

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If you've ever driven to the East Coast on I-80, you've gone right past the General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio. Wave goodbye on your next trip. GM plans to close the facility next year, part of another big downsizing in which the…