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Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Sears CEO Edward Lampert makes $400 million bid for Kenmore brand
The hedge fund run by Sears CEO Edward Lampert has sent the ailing retailer a proposal to buy its popular Kenmore appliance brand and a piece of its home services division.

Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. began formally exploring the sale of pieces of the business after Lampert's ESL...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Why kids should read beyond their years and grade level
I was lucky to grow up in a house full of books, and most of the books, as befits a house where the adults were in charge, were books for adults. There were books in every room, really, but a set of built-ins in the living room had the bulk of the titles. For years and years, I ignored them.

Until...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

American Airlines flight from Charlotte to Chicago returns to airport after takeoff due to engine problem
A plane leaving North Carolina had to make an emergency landing shortly after takeoff because of an apparent engine problem.

The American Airlines flight from Charlotte to Chicago took off around 8 a.m. Wednesday and returned to the airport shortly thereafter, according to the website FlightAware.

...

Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Stevie Wonder visits ailing Aretha Franklin
Stevie Wonder visited an ailing Aretha Franklin at her home in Detroit on Tuesday.

Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Franklin's ex-husband, actor Glynn Turman, also visited the Queen of Soul, who is seriously ill. Rev. Jesse Jackson was scheduled to...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Roquan Smith participating in the Bears' joint practice with the Broncos
Now the football truly begins for Roquan Smith.

The newly-signed rookie linebacker took the field Wednesday morning with the Bears for their practice against the Broncos at team headquarters in suburban Denver.

Smith ended his holdout Tuesday morning by signing his fully-guaranteed four-year contract...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

2 people shot to death outside store in Harvey
Two young men were shot dead Tuesday night outside of a store in Harvey, according to a spokesman for the city.

The shooting took place about 10:30 p.m. at a store at 146th and Halsted streets, according to spokesman Sean Howard.

Four males drove up in a black Jeep Cherokee. One got out and went...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Will the Jets' Sam Darnold be only member of prized class of rookie QBs to start opener?
When the quarterbacks came off the board so early and so often on NFL draft night in April, hope abounded and the countdown began: How long would it take for Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen to begin changing the on-field fortunes of their franchises?

Perhaps just a bit longer...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Chicago's Trump Tower sued for violating clean water laws; Trump Organization calls it politics
Trump International Hotel & Tower is endangering fish and other aquatic life in the Chicago River, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan alleges in a new lawsuit targeting the president's skyscraper for multiple violations of clean water laws.

The glass-and-steel tower, emblazoned with a sign...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Hadiya Pendleton trial updates: Testimony to resume after day of gripping accounts
Testimony is set to resume for a second day in the trial of two reputed gang members charged in the slaying of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.

The trial got off to a dramatic start Tuesday when a prosecutor, in her opening statement, described Klyn Jones, a classmate of Hadiya's, holding her friend's...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Javier Baez in leadoff spot today vs. Brewers, David Bote starts at third
In an effort to ignite a listless offense, Javier Baez will move to the leadoff spot Wednesday when the Cubs face the Brewers at Wrigley Field.

This marks the third time Baez has been in the top spot this season. The Cubs have scored 11 runs in their last five games, and Anthony Rizzo has had only...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Corona brewer Constellation Brands extends pot bet with $3.8 billion investment
Constellation Brands is spending C$5 billion ($3.8 billion) to boost its stake in Canadian cannabis grower Canopy Growth Corp., betting legalization of the drug will continue to gain traction in the U.S. and around the world.

Constellation, the brewer of Corona beer, will raise its stake in Canopy...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

A deranged gunman shot up a West Side school 30 years ago, killing a Chicago cop. Now officials want to name a city park for her.
It was decades ago but seems like a headline today: A gunman, with apparently no particular target in mind, enters a Near West Side school and fires a shot that kills a Chicago police officer, solidifying her legacy as an everyday hero.

Now, after years of mass school shootings and the unimaginable...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

'Not an easy time' for Chris Pratt after James Gunn firing from 'Galaxy'
Chris Pratt says "it's not an easy time" as he and the rest of the "Guardians of the Galaxy" cast look to the future of the hit superhero franchise after Disney fired writer-director James Gunn.

Pratt told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that he stands behind social media posts saying...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Ryan LaMarre's 1st MLB home run caught by his uncle: 'You couldn't dream it up'
Even Ryan LaMarre had trouble wrapping his head around how his first major-league home run played out Tuesday night against the Tigers at Comerica Park.

The White Sox outfielder, who grew up in Jackson, Mich., as a Tigers fan, hit a 387-foot homer to left field in his first at-bat of the night...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

2 women hit by bullets fired into homes in Chicago: One killed, the other seriously wounded
A woman still clutching balloons from her birthday party answered her phone outside the emergency room late Tuesday.

"She is really gone," she said, wiping away tears.

Her relative, Estell Roberson, 44, had been sitting on a couch in a home in the 6400 block of South Hermitage Avenue in West Englewood...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

It looks like the Bears chose money over Roquan Smith's immediate development
Roquan Smith's holdout seemed like a fight over nonsense, or at least it feels like a nonsensical hill for the once-proud franchise formerly known as the Bears to die on.

In a protracted negotiation over money and language and a bunch of what-ifs that always seemed unlikely to happen, it looks...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

'He's a priest. I trusted him': One of the 1,000 victims of alleged Pennsylvania clergy abuse tells his story
Jim VanSickle entered his junior year at Bradford Central Christian High School in the fall of 1979 to learn that he had a new English teacher: a young priest named David Poulson, who had recently been ordained in the Catholic Church.

It was a turbulent moment in the 16-year-old's life. His grandmother...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

The facts behind 'fat-burning' foods and other nutritional trickery
Would you like to kick-start your metabolism and strengthen your immunity to diseases? Just eat fat-burning foods with immune-boosting ingredients, and drink alkaline water.

Actually, that whole paragraph, and its very concept, is a lie. But it sounds promising -- and familiar -- doesn't it? It's...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Palka-dancing? Daniel Palka turns his base-running gaffe into a bonus for the White Sox
Daniel Palka must've been one heck of a dodgeball player growing up.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound rookie showed some smooth moves and escapability in the first inning of the White Sox's 6-3 win against the Tigers, when he stayed in a rundown between first and second base long enough for two runs to...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Chicago surgeon on face transplants: 'They are a very, very precious commodity'
Since the first successful face transplant was completed in 2010 in Spain, dozens of other patients have received face transplants.

Last year, Katie Stubblefield, at 21, became the youngest face transplant recipient in the U.S after attempting suicide with a rifle. She was featured this month in...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

5 impact transfers in college football for 2018 season
The rise in graduate transfers in recent years, combined with the NCAA seemingly relaxing the rigidity of its undergrad transfer policy, has given college football its own version of free agency every offseason.

Here are five prominent players in new places this season who should quickly make their...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Roquan Smith's holdout is over — was he just a pawn in all of it?
Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast with Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer. Listen below or subscribe and listen on iTunes | Stitcher | Google Play All Roquan Smith, all the time: Rich and Dan break down the end of the rookie's 29-day contract holdout (3:54 mark) and discuss what's next for...

Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Gov. Rauner buys 'Taco' for charity at state fair - that is, a steer named 'Taco'
Gov. Bruce Rauner is the proud owner, once again, of a prize-winning steer after offering the top bid for it Tuesday at Illinois State Fair.

Rauner ponied up $60,000 for "Taco," the grand champion steer, a fair spokeswoman said. It certainly wasn't the highest winning bid the wealthy governor has...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Gov. Rauner buys Taco for charity at state fair — that is, a steer named Taco
Gov. Bruce Rauner is the proud owner, once again, of a prize-winning steer after offering the top bid for it Tuesday at Illinois State Fair.

Rauner ponied up $60,000 for Taco, the grand champion steer, a fair spokeswoman said. It certainly wasn't the highest winning bid the wealthy governor has...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

David Bote a 'good person for baseball' who never stopped improving, recalls former Cubs scout
Rick Schroeder initially wondered what he got himself into when he consented to being transferred from Northern California to the north central region of the country as an amateur scout for the Cubs six seasons ago.

"The area was so lousy," Schroeder recalled. "But I wondered, ‘Who is this guy?'"

...

Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Bears Q&A: Will Roquan Smith start the opener? How about shifting some O-linemen? Which vets are on the bubble?
Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Does Roquan Smith start Week 1 against Green Bay? — @zr_1ls9

If that isn't the first question most people have about the Bears' first-round pick, it's the second. I don't expect the team to answer anytime soon. Barring something unexpected, Smith...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

44-year-old woman killed, 80-year-old wounded among 6 shot
A 44-year-old woman killed in her West Englewood home Tuesday night was a beloved grandmother and source of strength in her family, relatives said.

Bullets fired outside came through a front door and hit the woman on her couch just before 8:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 6400 block of South Hermitage Avenue,...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

A football player died, and all of the University of Maryland is diminished
The University of Maryland bills itself, in its own words, as "one of the nation's preeminent public research universities." It says it's a "global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation."

"The mission of the University of Maryland, College Park is to provide excellent teaching, research...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Randy 'Iron Stache' Bryce wins Democratic primary in Wisconsin race for Paul Ryan's seat
Randy Bryce, a union ironworker known by the nickname "Iron Stache," won Tuesday's Democratic primary in the race to replace Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin for a seat he's held 20 years.

Republicans, for their part, pinned their hopes on a former Ryan aide, picking Bryan Steil,...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Former Vice President Joe Biden cancels Illinois trip because of illness, won't attend Democrats' big state fair event
An attempt by Illinois Democrats to generate a blue wave for the November election hit its first rocky shore when party officials announced former Vice President Joe Biden won't attend the party's traditional day at the state fair Thursday because of an to illness.

Biden was supposed to keynote...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Death toll hits at least 39 people in Italy bridge collapse; blame begins
Italian emergency workers pulled two more bodies out of tons of broken concrete and twisted steel Wednesday after a highway bridge collapsed in Genoa, raising the death toll in the disaster to at least 39 people.

The collapse of the Morandi Bridge sent dozens of cars and three trucks plunging as...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Co-working firm Industrious buys Chicago's Assemble, adding 3 locations
Co-working company Industrious has bought local operator Assemble, adding three Chicago locations amid expected consolidation in the fast-changing industry.

Industrious doubles its number of Chicago-area locations to six with the deal, and the New York-based company said it plans to continue expanding...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Alderman wants to name Southwest Side park in honor of a female Chicago cop killed in 1988 school shooting
It was decades ago but seems like a headline today: A gunman, with apparently no particular target in mind, enters a Near West Side school and fires a shot that kills a Chicago police officer, solidifying her legacy as an everyday hero.

Now, after years of mass school shootings and the unimaginable...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Baby's uncertain parentage affects relationships
Dear Amy: My brother's girlfriend is pregnant. She told him that it might be his or one other man's baby. There's no way to tell who the father is until after the baby is born.

What do I tell my 9-year-old daughter? I don't want her to get excited about a new cousin and then have to let her down.

...

Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Modern Hinsdale home with lap pool, golf simulator: $3.99M
900 S. Elm St. in Hinsdale: $3,995,000

Listed on May 21, 2018

This home features solar panels, floor-to-ceiling glass walls and views of the southeast Hinsdale pond. The open concept floor plan is equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen, large wall spaces for artwork, a floating staircase and...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Morning Spin: Republicans to have their state fair rally as Rauner tries to unify party
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.

Topspin Gov. Bruce Rauner and his Republican Party on Wednesday get their day at the Illinois State Fair, an annual ritual that...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

The Wrath of the Omarosa
Omarosa Manigault Newman is as nationally famous today as that creepy porn lawyer what's-his-name was just a few days ago.

President Donald Trump's former reality TV show villainess is hotter than a glass blower's furnace, so hot it hurts your face just to watch her speak.

She burns so bright that...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

The amenities arms race: Do souped up apartment buildings attract - and keep - Chicago renters?


If you had the choice between renting a pricey apartment in a building decked out with a pool, event space, gym and a dog run, or saving hundreds per month by renting in a building sans amenities, which would you choose?



Developers today are betting big bucks that renters will shell out for fancy...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 8/15/18
Today's Birthday (08/15/18). Family growth delights this year. Prioritize physical well-being and health. Your career could take an unusual twist. Summer dreams and visions inspire new directions with a partner before you step into the spotlight. Your physical vitality surges this winter. Love...

Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Woman killed, man wounded in South side shootings
A 44-year-old woman killed in her West Englewood home Tuesday night was a beloved grandmother and source of strength in her family, relatives said. Bullets fired outside came through a front door and hit the woman on her couch just before 8:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 6400 block of South Hermitage Avenue,...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Craving: Foods of the Heartland — 31 days of the Midwest's best
When it comes to food, Chicago has many claims to fame, deep dish and hot dogs being the top contenders. But if you widen the lens to outside the city — to encompass the vast Midwest — what do you find? A garden of veritable down-to-earth delights: corndogs from southern Illinois, cheese curds...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 15, 2018

Primary night: Democrats go for diversity, Republicans for Trump choices
Democrats embraced diversity in a new night of firsts while Republicans rejected a face of the GOP's old guard on Tuesday as the turbulent 2018 primary season lurched toward its finale.

In Vermont, Democrats rallied behind the nation's first transgender nominee for governor. Minnesota Democrats...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Walker is Wisconsin GOP choice for governor as Midwest tests Trump appeal in latest primaries
A fiery Donald Trump loyalist and a one-time Trump skeptic seized Republican nominations for governor in two states Tuesday, while Vermont Democrats picked the nation's first transgender nominee for governor to represent them in November.

The results came as voters across four states cast ballots...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Courtney Vandersloot sets a WNBA assist record as Sky beat Lynx 91-88
Courtney Vandersloot hit two free throws with 2.2 seconds left and broke the WNBA's single-season assists record, helping the Sky beat the Minnesota Lynx 91-88 on Tuesday night.

Vandersloot set the record on a no-look, one-handed pass in the third quarter that gave her 237 assists, breaking Ticha...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Ryan LaMarre's first career home run lifts White Sox to 6-3 win over Tigers
Ryan LaMarre hit his first career home run and Lucas Giolito recovered from a three-run first inning to strike out seven and help the White Sox beat the Tigers 6-3 at Comerica Park on Tuesday.

Avisail Garcia ended a 0-for-20 slump with a single in the fifth.

Daniel Palka milked a rundown in the...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Toxic algae's deadly trail of marine animals triggers state of emergency in Florida
Florida's governor this week made official what residents of southwest Florida already knew: The bloom of toxic algae that has darkened gulf waters is an emergency. The red tide has made breathing difficult for locals, scared away tourists, and strewn popular beaches with the stinking carcasses...

Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Rauner again makes top bid for Grand Champion steer at state fair
In keeping with his tradition of the past few years, Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday placed the winning bid on a steer at Illinois State Fair.

Rauner bid $60,000 for Taco, the grand champion steer at the Springfield fair, a spokeswoman for the fair said.

It's not the highest bid for a steer the wealthy...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Illinois cornerbacks coach Donnie Abraham leaves staff for personal reasons
Less than three weeks before the season, Illinois cornerbacks coach Donnie Abraham has resigned from the staff, the program announced Tuesday night.

A statement by the athletic department said Abraham left for "personal reasons," and coach Lovie Smith indicated Abraham's position won't be filled...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

White House press secretary apologizes after false statement about black employment
President Donald Trump's economics team apologized on Tuesday after press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrongly stated that Trump has created three times as many jobs for black workers as President Barack Obama. At a news conference on Tuesday, Sanders said Obama created 195,000 jobs for African-Americans...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

White Sox pitching prospect Zack Burdi appears ahead of schedule after surgery
Downers Grove native Zack Burdi has shown remarkable progress making his way back from a torn ulnar collateral ligament that required Tommy John surgery last July.

In early January, the White Sox pitching prospect was throwing from 30 feet. On Monday, he struck out all three batters in an inning...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Mariners' Robinson Cano returns from drug suspension, now playing 1B
Robinson Cano is back in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners after serving an 80-game drug suspension.

The eight-time All-Star has a new position — first base, for the first time — and a new spot in the batting order, too.

"It feels great to be back, especially the way the team is playing,"...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

'He created Omarosa': How Trump's protegee turned his tactics against him
Omarosa Manigault Newman's new book comes with an explosive title. ("Unhinged.") It has a healthy frisson of tension followed by a climactic reveal. (She taped her colleagues! In the White House Situation Room!) And it has just enough cliffhangers to keep viewers coming back for more. (She may...

Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Justin McCray closing in on Packers' right guard job
Packers coach Mike McCarthy wouldn't declare Justin McCray the winner of the training camp competition at right guard, but he got pretty close.

What was supposed to be one of the bigger competitions of training camp never materialized.

While McCray's would-be challenger, Lucas Patrick, has spent...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

White Sox won't rush back Welington Castillo from PED suspension
Welington Castillo is eligible to return next week from his suspension for violating the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, but the White Sox likely won't bring him back right away.

The catcher, who was suspended 80 games on May 24, is eligible to rejoin the Sox on Aug. 23 in Detroit....



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Classmate recounts Hadiya's last moments as shots rang out in Harsh Park
It was the kind of moment teenagers crave: laughing and joking and relaxing with friends at the park, the stress of final exams fading away after an early afternoon release from school.

Hadiya Pendleton and classmates from King College Prep High School had descended on tiny Harsh Park to hang out...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Trump drives long-lasting impact on federal courts through conservative nominees
As the Senate moves toward confirming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are leading a lower-key yet deeply consequential charge to remake the entire federal judiciary. The Senate will return Wednesday from an abbreviated summer...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Burning body found in West Chicago; death investigation launched
West Chicago police have launched a death investigation after they said a burning body was discovered Tuesday.

Authorities said the remains were found in the 1300 block of Joliet Street, which is south of Roosevelt Road and west of Illinois Route 59.

Police did not provide other details except...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Controversial Palos Township trustee denounces support of Holocaust-denying congressional candidate
Palos Township Trustee Sharon Brannigan, whose controversial comments about Arab immigrants have made her the target of protests for more than a year, condemned the statements of a congressional candidate with a Nazi past as "repulsive blather" and offered her critics flowers.

Brannigan made the...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Bears look to break up ‘monotony' of preseason with joint practices with Broncos
Bears rookie linebacker Roquan Smith didn't make it to Bourbonnais for training camp, but he'll have several days on the road to become reacquainted with his team after signing his contract Tuesday morning.

The Bears traveled to Englewood, Colo., for joint practices with the Broncos on Wednesday...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Rams see silver linings as they wait for camp holdout Aaron Donald
While Aaron Donald's second consecutive contract holdout drags deep into training camp, Todd Gurley and the rest of the Los Angeles Rams' offense have identified a silver lining to the persistent absence of the NFL's defensive player of the year.

"We were talking about that last night," Gurley...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

NBA reporting wunderkind Shams Charania leaves Yahoo Sports for The Athletic and Stadium
Shams Charania, who got his start in high school as a 17-year-old Bulls blogger for the Chicago Tribune's ChicagoNow site and has at 24 become a leading national NBA reporter, is leaving Yahoo Sports to join subscription site The Athletic and Chicago-based multi-platform Stadium.

The Athletic on...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Jose Quintana rocked, Joe Maddon and Ben Zobrist tossed in Cubs' 7-0 loss to Brewers
Ben Zobrist just wanted to talk with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi.

After Cuzzi resisted, Zobrist responded with a pointed parting shot Tuesday afternoon that resulted in the first ejection of the Cubs second baseman's 13-year career.

"I just basically said, ‘That's why we want an electronic strike...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

'Superhero' lawyer who argued cases before Supreme Court slain in North Shore home; suspect in custody after standoff with SWAT team
Stephen Shapiro, known as "a superhero" among his fellow attorneys for his frequent appearances before the U.S. Supreme Court, was shot and killed in a domestic altercation Monday at his Northfield home, police said.

A suspect was taken into custody several hours later after a standoff with a SWAT...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Jordanian immigrant gets death for Houston 'honor killings'
A Jordanian immigrant was sentenced to death on Tuesday after being convicted in what Texas prosecutors described as the honor killings of his daughter's American husband and her friend who was an Iranian women's rights activist.

Ali Mahwood-Awad Irsan was found guilty of capital murder last month...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Hadiya Pendleton trial recap: First day of testimony marked by dramatic accounts
The trial of two reputed gang members on charges of slaying of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton got underway Tuesday in dramatic fashion.

Here are highlights from the first day of testimony:

"Oh, my God!" Klyn Jones, a classmate of Hadiya's, recounted from the witness stand her friend's last moments....

Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

White House insists Trump's no racist as he vilifies another minority
President Donald Trump unloaded on former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman Tuesday, calling her a "crazed, crying lowlife" and "that dog," as a clash rooted in the reality star's accusations of racism focused new attention on his frequent disparagement of prominent African-Americans.

The public conflict...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Elgin Math and Science Academy opens Wednesday: 5 things to know
After years of uncertainty, planning and organization, the new Elgin Math and Science Academy finally makes its debut Wednesday.

The school's 208 students will meet their new classmates, be introduced to their new teachers and learn their way around at the Neil Building, the onetime centerpiece...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Chicago, don't ape New York's ride-share restrictions
One reason Uber and Lyft are so popular is their ubiquity. You don't have to wait long after tapping on your app and agreeing on a price. What if, however, there was a limit to the number of Uber or Lyft cars that could ply Chicago streets? Fewer ride-share cars would mean longer wait times for...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Aurora looks at deal for clean-up of old Copley site
The city of Aurora has begun discussing a plan with private developers to clean up the former Copley Hospital site at 502 S. Lincoln Ave.

The development agreement with Fox Valley Developers, LLC would include the city contributing as much as $3 million toward the estimated overall cost of about...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Lawyer for man accused of killing wife says 'mutual combat' led to her death, seeks 2nd-degree murder verdict
A McHenry man who admitted to killing his wife and leaving her body in the basement for two days was a "freeloader" who didn't want to lose his "meal ticket," prosecutors said Tuesday in closing arguments at the trial of Anthony Harrison.

"It is hard to imagine anyone more guilty of first-degree...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

No must-win games in August, but Brewers' Ryan Braun once again thrives on Wrigley Field stage
The Brewers trounced the Cubs 7-0 on Tuesday in what Ryan Braun suggested was a must-win game, though no game in the middle of August can truly be defined as such.

The Brewers began the day three games behind the Cubs with more than six weeks remaining, and they have seven more games against the...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Pelosi takes on the roaring economy, and Trump
California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader of the U.S. House, was in Chicago on Tuesday and spent an hour in conversation with the Tribune Editorial Board. She hadn't missed some connection at O'Hare. The country is 12 weeks out from a midterm election that could flip control of the House...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Rauner hopes Madigan's a crook, but he still can't back up his accusations
Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner told reporters Monday he hopes Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan has "been doing something illegal" so that he can be prosecuted.

It was an odd wish, and one that marked a bit of a retreat from other recent remarks by the governor.

For years, Rauner raged that...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

The U.S. needs a Space Force — and a Cyber Force
Sadly, the proposal for a new U.S. Space Force has become a punchline on late-night TV. It is being battered as a needless new bureaucracy, a competitor for the private sector, and an idea that will lead to a vicious militarization of space. None of these arguments is correct.

Many of those denigrating...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Indians place Trevor Bauer on DL with stress fracture
The Indians lost one of their best pitchers Tuesday when they placed right-hander Trevor Bauer on the 10-day disabled list with a small stress fracture in his right leg.

Cleveland is in complete control in the AL Central, leading second-place Minnesota by 12 1/2 games coming into the day. But any...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

One group definitely faces prejudice in college admissions. It's not who you think it is.
Do Harvard and other elite universities illegally discriminate against Asian-American applicants?

I'm not sure. But there's another group of people who definitely face routine prejudice in college admissions. They're the quiet types who keep to themselves, often preferring a relaxed evening at...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

'They are a very, very precious commodity': Chicago surgeon shares experience with face transplant
Since the first successful face transplant was completed in 2010 in Spain, dozens of other patients have received face transplants.

Last year, Katie Stubblefield, at 21, became the youngest face transplant recipient in the U.S after attempting suicide with a rifle. She was featured this month in...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

They are a very, very precious commodity': Chicago surgeon shares experience with face transplant
Since the first successful face transplant was completed in 2010 in Spain, dozens of other patients have received face transplants.

Last year, Katie Stubblefield, at 21, became the youngest face transplant recipient in the U.S after attempting suicide with a rifle. She was featured this month in...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Zion woman killed in crash identified; her children still in critical condition
The 26-year-old Zion woman who died over the weekend from injuries sustained during a crash Friday night was identified Tuesday as Stephanie Rojas, according to Lake County Coroner Dr. Howard Cooper.

Authorities also confirmed the two young children in her vehicle, who were critically injured,...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

First day of testimony at Hadiya Pendleton trial marked by dramatic accounts
The trial of two reputed gang members on charges of slaying of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton got underway Tuesday in dramatic fashion.

UPDATES: Court adjourns for day | 'Memory problems' | A reluctant witness | Details from that day | Request to strike juror | Note from juror | People's Exhibit...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Sears CEO's fund submits proposal to buy Kenmore, home improvement division
The hedge fund run by Sears CEO Edward Lampert has sent the ailing retailer a proposal to buy its popular Kenmore appliance brand and a piece of its home services division.

Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. began formally exploring the sale of pieces of the business after Lampert's ESL...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Manafort chooses not to testify, defense rests its case
Paul Manafort's defense rested its case Tuesday without calling any witnesses in the former Trump campaign chairman's tax evasion and bank fraud trial. Manafort himself chose not to testify.

The decision not to call witnesses clears the way for the jury to hear closing arguments in the first trial...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Roquan Smith's holdout will be forgotten quickly — as long as he lives up to his billing on the field
As Bears Chairman George McCaskey rode a scooter to practice Tuesday outside Halas Hall, the familiar blue-collar rock of Bachman-Turner Overdrive blared through the speakers.

Takin' care of business, every day. Takin' care of business, every way.

No weekend deejay could have picked a more appropriate...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Slowik: Harvey's costly revival plans reduced to dust amid hotel demolition
Readers might hold different views about the ongoing demolition of the former Harvey Chicago Park Hotel northwest of the Halsted Street interchange with I-294 in Harvey.

Some may take a nostalgic look back as far as the 1960s, when the four-story hotel was built. Through the decades, couples dined...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Maryland parts ways with strength and conditioning coach Rick Court amid football scandal
Amid reports of a toxic coaching culture, the University of Maryland has parted ways with football strength and conditioning coach Rick Court, athletic director Damon Evans announced at a news conference Tuesday.

The dismissal comes less than a week after school sources told The Baltimore Sun that...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Arlington Heights man who died in Wilmette Harbor boat explosion remembered as dedicated father, business owner
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the state fire marshal's office are investigating the boat explosion at Wilmette Harbor that took the life of one man and left another with injuries.

The explosion that took place shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday killed 67-year-old Mitchell Z. Sroka,...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

What is Donald Trump hiding?
For anyone to still claim that the Russia investigation is a "witch hunt" is incomprehensible. Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has produced indictments or guilty pleas from 32 people and three Russian companies. Mueller and his legal team should abide by the same oath as federal...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Countdown to Football: Donte Barber ready to go as Lincoln-Way West ranked No. 9 in the preseason by the Daily Southtown
On his first carry of the 2017 season, Lincoln-Way West running back Donte Barber hit the hole at the line of scrimmage like a lightning bolt.

He darted right to avoid a defender and was on his way to a big gain, maybe even a touchdown.

Then he heard a pop from his right knee.

There was no contact...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Chicago-area manufacturer to lay off 150 people, move operations to Mexico, to avoid tariffs on Chinese metal
A manufacturer of storage safes is closing its two Chicago-area factories and moving operations to Mexico, in part because of the Trump administration's tariffs on metal from China.

Stack-On Products plans to lay off 128 people at its facility in north suburban Wauconda and 25 people at its McHenry...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

McDonald's to spend $317 million to upgrade 400 Illinois restaurants
Fresh beef isn't the only new thing on the menu at McDonald's.

Nearly two-thirds of McDonald's restaurants in Illinois are slated for remodeling by 2020 as part of a nationwide modernization effort announced Tuesday.

The Chicago-based burger chain and its franchisees are investing about $317 million...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Jose Quintana tagged for 3 HRs as Cubs fall to Brewers 7-0
Jose Quintana's past history against the Brewers is history.

Quintana, who entered Tuesday's game with a 4-1 record and 0.92 ERA in seven career starts against the Brewers, was tagged for three home runs — two by Ryan Braun — as the Cubs fell to the Brewers 7-0 at Wrigley Field.

Lorenzo Cain hit...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Retiring Evanston police officer reunited with girl he helped save: 'I was so focused on helping the baby'
In his 26 years on the Evanston police force, Officer Mark Buell has worked murder, robbery, burglary and home invasion cases and even helped track down $750,000 worth of stolen jewelry.

But on Friday, Buell said his most intense moment as an Evanston cop came earlier this year when he and two...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Jose Quintana tagged for 3 HRs; Joe Maddon, Ben Zobrist tossed as Cubs fall to Brewers 7-0
Jose Quintana's past history against the Milwaukee Brewers is history.

Quintana, who entered Tuesday's game with a 4-1 record and 0.92 ERA in seven career starts against the Brewers, was tagged for three home runs — two by Ryan Braun — as the Cubs fell to the Brewers 7-0 at Wrigley Field.

Lorenzo...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

East Dundee VB weighing options for old water treatment building now being used as housing for a vet and service dog
East Dundee officials are deliberating the future of a former Barrington Avenue water treatment plant currently being used as housing for a veteran and his service dog.

At issue are the numerous code violations that turned up during an inspection of the property, located at 408 Barrington Ave.,...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Park Ridge native designs new look for 90-year-old Pickwick Theatre marquee
The Pickwick Theatre marquee is taking on a new look these days.

But whether the Park Ridge icon will stay that way hasn't been decided, one of the theater's owners admits.

Park Ridge native Alec Schuetter was recently commissioned to repaint the historic theater's marquee, using old photographs...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Death toll in Italian bridge collapse rises to 26
A 51-year-old highway bridge in the Italian port city of Genoa collapsed in a driving rain Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring 16 others as it sent dozens of vehicles tumbling into a heap of concrete and twisted steel.

Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte called it "an immense tragedy ......



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Tiger Woods' late charge helps PGA championship to 73 percent ratings increase
There's nothing like a late charge from Tiger Woods to juice the ratings of a major golf tournament.

The Nielsen company said that CBS reached 8.5 million viewers Sunday for final-round competition at the PGA Championship from St. Louis. That's a whopping 73 percent increase from the 4.9 million...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Trump lashes out at Omarosa, calls her 'that dog'
President Donald Trump escalated his messy clash with former aide Omarosa Manigault Newman on Tuesday, referring to the longtime colleague, who had been the top African-American in his White House, as "that dog!"

The pressure on Manigault Newman increased, as the Trump presidential campaign filed...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Chicago cop files lawsuit over years on desk duty while under investigation
A Chicago police officer on desk duty for years in connection with one of the Police Department's worst scandals in its history has filed a federal lawsuit against the city that alleges that the department refused to hold a disciplinary hearing, violating his constitutional rights.

In a front-page...



Chicago Tribune
Aug 14, 2018

Comedian Kevin Hart to run in Chicago Marathon
When it comes to competitive running, comedian Kevin Hart is no ordinary joker.

Hart announced on Instagram that he plans to run in the Chicago Marathon on Oct. 7. Hart ran the New York City marathon in 2017, posting a time of 4:05:06.

In his post, Hart said his goal for the Chicago race is to...



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