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Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Family from Chicago listed among the missing after volcano erupts on New Zealand island
A mother and two sons from Chicago, along with the boys' Australian-born father, are among those unaccounted for after the eruption of a volcano on New Zealand's White Island this week, authorities said.

Matthew Hollander, 13, Berend Hollander, 16, and their parents Martin Hollander, 48, and Barbara...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

David Ross will stress communication and team bonding — 'you complain together' — in his 1st year as Cubs manager
David Ross attended Kyle Schwarber's wedding Saturday, mingling with some of the Cubs players he will be managing. They mostly avoided talking about the upcoming season, and Ross said Tuesday at the winter meetings that he's "not going to be a micromanager."







But he does intend to "speak real...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Bears Q&A: What's the future for Taylor Gabriel? What might an extension for Allen Robinson look like? Will Danny Trevathan's injury make it easier to re-sign him?
The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

Do you see Taylor Gabriel's role being reduced in the future? It seems like Anthony Miller is coming into his own, and Javon Wims is no slouch. — @eyetestmarkp

It will be interesting to see what the Bears do with Gabriel this offseason....



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Daywatch: CPD halts controversial merit promotions, Shedd scientists in Bahamas work to save world's coral reefs and how to buy legal weed in Illinois
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Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

The world's coral reefs are dying. Shedd scientists in the Bahamas are searching for a chance for their survival.
Wetsuit still zipped up to his neck from an earlier dive, Ross Cunning stands amid dozens of chunks of coral in the saltwater live well on board the Coral Reef II, the research vessel owned by his employer, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium.

He's a research scientist by trade, but his tools at the moment...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Chicago-area Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2nd only to Mexico City, grows as faithful aim to honor Mary for what they see as answered prayers
Braving the December cold in Chicago every year, thousands of people walk miles in a pilgrimage to pay homage to Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Mexican icon of Catholicism who is celebrated on Dec. 12 at a shrine in Des Plaines.

Some walk barefoot, and others carry heavy statues of La Morenita, as they...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Life aboard the Shedd's Coral Reef II: Come for the science but don't miss a meal
When I suggested, after being aboard the Shedd Aquarium's Coral Reef II, that there were aspects of life on that boat that resembled summer camp, it did not go over too well.

Because, yes, there is cramped bunking and less-than-regular showering on the institution's live-aboard research vessel...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Best in architecture in 2019: Notre Dame saved, Wright honored, Old Post Office revived
It was a year of stark contrasts in architecture: The burning and near-destruction of Notre Dame Cathedral versus the revival of once-decrepit buildings like Chicago's Old Post Office. A group of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings finally achieved global recognition yet the world lost several noted design...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Three arrested after shooting at police in the South Shore neighborhood
Chicago Police officers were shot at while trying to assist with a traffic stop in the South Shore neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to Chicago Police.

Officers requested assistance to make a traffic stop just after midnight Wednesday in the 6900 block of South Merrill Avenue, police...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

The Bears' slim playoff hopes are still alive, despite not getting a helpful upset Sunday
The NFC playoff picture is beginning to take shape after the 49ers defeated the Saints 48-46 on Sunday afternoon at the Superdome, a game that could wind up deciding the No. 1 seed.

It was a thrilling game, one of the best of the regular season, with the Saints going ahead on Drew Brees' 18-yard...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Two guards with rapper Juice Wrld arrested on gun charges after he suffered cardiac arrest at Midway
Two guards who were with rapper Juice Wrld when he suffered cardiac arrest at Midway Airport over the weekend were arrested after three guns were found, along with a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets, according to Chicago police.

Both were charged with misdemeanors after the Cook...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

White Sox acquire Nomar Mazara from the Rangers for minor-league outfielder Steele Walker
The White Sox desperately needed more offensive production from their right fielders.

The team went the trade route Tuesday night to try to find some.

The Sox landed outfielder Nomar Mazara in a trade with the Rangers. The Sox will send minor-league outfielder Steele Walker to the Rangers.

"At...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Zach LaVine and other Bulls are becoming more vocal: ‘They're constructively criticizing each other'
When Bulls players selected Otto Porter Jr. and Thaddeus Young as their team captains in October, the omissions of Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen were noticeable.

LaVine and Markkanen were the unquestioned stars who bore the weight of management's mandate to lift the team into playoff contention.

...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Ask Amy: Drunken assault severs longtime friendship
Dear Amy: Recently, after dinner and a fair amount of drinking, my close friend's husband came up behind me and grabbed my crotch.

I was shocked, but decided to blow it off.

We were staying at their vacation condo at the time.

I thought that he would apologize, so we could get past this incident,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Budget Shangri-La: How discount chain Aldi is giving those fancy grocery stores a run for their money


For years, Amber Walker held a dim view of Aldi, the discount grocer whose U.S. headquarters sit just a mile from her Batavia home.

She associated it with dented 10-cent cans and no-name brands. She did not understand why, of all things, it also sold hammocks.

But Walker's negative perception...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

#MeToo: A timeline of events
From Harvey Weinstein and beyond, a chronological list of moments related to the #MeToo movement.

Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Liz Farmer: Little-noticed home buying risk ? your city's financial problems
Imagine if, months after settling in to your dream house, your local government began threatening to lay off police officers, close some schools and cut transit service? And on top of those reduced services, property taxes and other levies and fees began rising steeply? It could happen if your...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Murder suspect grew frustrated when UIC student didn't react to his catcalls, prosecutors allege
A parolee charged with killing a University of Illinois at Chicago honor student spotted her as she walked alone past a CTA Blue Line stop on campus early Saturday morning and grew angered when she ignored his repeated attempts to talk, Cook County prosecutors alleged Tuesday.

As Ruth George reached...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Friends rescue Chicago couple facing tragic end-of-life decision while living abroad
Megan Quinn and Andrew Marciniak met on the side of a mountain in Montana, where she washed dishes and he waited tables at a ski resort. When she served in the Peace Corps in Grenada, he followed her there. Intensely in love, friends said, they married at a chapel on a lake in Ireland.

They settled...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Woman, 27, dies in South Side apartment fire; 2 others injured
Chicago firefighters found a 27-year-old woman dead in an apartment Tuesday after responding to a fire in the Brainerd neighborhood on the South Side.

The fire occurred at 10:21 p.m. in the third story of a U-shaped apartment building in the 8900 block of South Justine Street, where the woman was...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

White Sox trade for Nomar Mazara from the Rangers for minor-league outfielder Steele Walker
The White Sox desperately needed more offensive production from their right fielders.

The team went the trade route Tuesday night to try to find some.

The Sox landed outfielder Nomar Mazara in a trade with the Rangers. The Sox will send minor-league outfielder Steele Walker to the Rangers.

"At...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

Blackhawks get pummeled 5-1 by Golden Knights after Calvin de Haan's shoulder injury leaves them down to 5 defensemen
What started out looking like it might be a track meet ended with the Blackhawks simply run out of the building.

The Golden Knights re-established their dominance over the Hawks with a 5-1 victory Tuesday night at T-Mobile Arena, asserting themselves with a commanding second period after Hawks...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 11, 2019

White Sox trade for Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara: report
The White Sox desperately needed more offensive production from their right fielders.

The team reportedly went the trade route Tuesday night to try to find some.

The Sox landed outfielder Nomar Mazara in a trade with the Rangers, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. MLB.com reports...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Cubs are still exploring contract extensions with some of their arbitration-eligible players, but they're not saying who
General manager Jed Hoyer paused Tuesday night before admitting the chances of the Cubs making a move by the end of the winter meetings Thursday are unlikely.

"It's still early in the week," Hoyer said. "It's halftime.

"I would say right now we don't have anything that's in the red zone."

But not...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Chicago police to suspend controversial merit promotion selection process
Chicago police interim Superintendent Charlie Beck said Tuesday he was suspending the department's practice of promoting officers to the ranks of detective, sergeant and lieutenant regardless of their exam scores, halting a promotional process long criticized by many rank-and-file cops and decried...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Column: David Ross is preparing for ‘some real conversations' with his former Cubs teammates. Across town, Rick Renteria is ready to win.
We all know by now the Cubs will have a different look next year.

But what will they look like on the plane?

Sport jackets or casual? Inquiring players want to know.

"I haven't reached out to everybody yet, but the guys I would normally talk to have reached out, asking me about dress code and stuff,"...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Katie Kadan is close to becoming the first Chicagoan to win ‘The Voice'
Chicago singer Katie Kadan is heading to next week's Season 17 finale of "The Voice." She was the first of four finalists revealed Tuesday.

Kadan quickly became this season's front-runner, thanks to her powerful voice and funky outfits. The Summit native, who lives in the Jefferson Park neighborhood,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Position by position, here's how the Bears' offensive uptick goes well beyond Mitch Trubisky's improved play
The Bears offense has experienced an uptick that could improve the lasting impression of this season if it continues for the final three games.

It's no coincidence that quarterback Mitch Trubisky has played better during a stretch of four wins in five games. But just as the Bears said their pronounced...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Cause of death of Chicago rapper Juice Wrld remains under investigation while family mourns ‘good kid' who found creative light
The circumstances surrounding the death of a young and gifted Chicago musician remained under investigation Tuesday by the Chicago Police Department, two days after he collapsed at Midway Airport.

The death of rapper Jarad A. Higgins, who performed as Juice Wrld, was still pending the completion...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

‘I'm just trying to figure out how I can make these guys better': New White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal is excited to help the pitching staff
Yasmani Grandal is feeling a little greedy.

A reporter asked the recently acquired catcher about possibly of the White Sox adding a free-agent pitcher such as Madison Bumgarner, Dallas Keuchel or Hyun-Jin Ryu.

"I really don't want to face any one of them," Grandal said with a smile on Tuesday....



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Column: Nike's swoosh placement on the front of MLB uniforms is garish but unavoidable
Swoosh, there it is.

The Nike logo is getting slapped on the front of all Major League Baseball jerseys next season, whether fans like it or not.

It's a fashion statement, to be sure, and the loudest response to that statement is an exasperated "Ugh."

Majestic, which previously had the MLB uniform...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Red, Yellow and Purple Line trains delayed during evening rush hour
Red, Yellow and Purple Line service came to a halt in the midst of Tuesday evening rush hour, causing major delays, according to the Chicago Transit Authority.

Northbound trains on all three lines were stopped for 25 minutes around 6 p.m.

The issue was caused at the Howard station, CTA spokesman...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Marc Denis was one of the NHL's greatest shootout goalies. Could what worked for him work for the Blackhawks' Robin Lehner?
It's not possible to sugarcoat Robin Lehner's difficulties in shootouts.

The Blackhawks goaltender has been terrible in them. He knows it, the fans know it, opponents know it. Even the Zamboni driver probably covers his eyes when Lehner takes his spot in the crease before a shootout.

How bad has...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Free hepatitis C screenings at 10 Louisiana Walmart stores
As Louisiana broadens its efforts to combat hepatitis C in hopes of largely eliminating the deadly viral infection, the health department announced Tuesday that 10 Walmart locations around the state will offer free screenings for the infectious, liver-damaging disease. Walmart will offer the no-cost...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Goodbye, food desert. Hello, Local Market. South Shore finally gets grocery store six years after Dominick's closed.
Six years after Dominick's shuttered its South Shore supermarket, leaving a swath of the neighborhood in a food desert, a new grocery store is finally opening in its place.

Local Market, a new concept from the owners of independent supermarket chain Shop & Save, is set to open Wednesday in the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

The family of a firefighter who died of colon cancer and Buffalo Grove are at odds over his pension benefits. An appellate court will now decide.
The financial future of the family of a 51-year-old Buffalo Grove firefighter who died of colon cancer will soon be decided by a trio of appellate court judges who on Tuesday began considering a decision to award his widow and their four children her late husband's full pension benefits.

The case...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Kris Bryant's agent, Scott Boras, says ‘our ears are open' to a long-term extension with the Cubs
Agent Scott Boras said he's unsure whether Kris Bryant will be on the Cubs' opening-day roster.

So Boras is preparing his client for an array of scenarios — including a possible trade as speculation spreads like brush fire at the winter meetings.

"We talk to Kris all the time," Boras told reporters...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Kris Bryant's agent, Scott Boras, says ‘our ears are open' to a long-term extension with the Cubs, but they're also preparing for other scenarios
Agent Scott Boras said he's unsure whether Kris Bryant will be on the Cubs' opening-day roster.

So Boras is preparing his client for an array of scenarios — including a possible trade as speculation spreads like brush fire at the winter meetings.

"We talk to Kris all the time," Boras told reporters...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Facebook ads mislead patients at risk of HIV who should be taking the drug Truvada PrEP and are doing harm in the fight against the disease, advocates say
HIV prevention advocates say widespread social media advertisements that misrepresent side effects of a preventative drug could do serious harm in the fight to eliminate the disease, especially among those most at risk who also might not trust the medical community.

"It's causing undue duress and...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Whooping cough strikes nine: two more cases in Oak Park schools, first case reported in River Forest District 90
Two students in Oak Park and another in River Forest are confirmed to have contracted pertussis, or whooping cough, which bring the area's total to nine reported cases within the last month.

In a letter sent to families Dec. 9, Oak Park District 97 officials confirmed a student at Lincoln Elementary...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Uber, Lyft promise more safety features to prevent sexual assault, but Chicago will have to wait on Uber ‘verify your ride' innovation
Uber and Lyft are promising more safety initiatives, but Chicago is going to have to wait for Uber's "verify your ride" feature that started in seven cities Tuesday.





The feature, which involves riders receiving a unique four-digit PIN to provide to drivers, is starting in Atlanta, Nashville,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

‘How lucky am I?': For Matt Nagy, a fateful — and Chicago — connection to Coach K has proved energizing


A day after the Bears defeated the Packers last December, clinching the NFC North championship in exhilarating fashion, a lifelong fan in North Carolina reached out to Halas Hall with a request to speak with Matt Nagy. Chicago native Mike Krzyzewski wanted first to offer his congratulations on...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Franz Schulze, art critic, educator and biographer of Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, dies at 92
Franz Schulze, a prolific Chicago art critic and educator who chronicled the lives and work of two of the 20th century's most consequential architects, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson, died Monday at the Radford Green assisted living facility in north suburban Lincolnshire.

Schulze,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

New Missouri football coach Eli Drinkwitz predicts success
Eli Drinkwitz was saying all the right things after being introduced as the new football coach at Missouri, laying out his vision for the once-proud program with unwavering confidence and bold proclamations.

Then the former Appalachian State coach made a minor slip-up.

"Our purpose is to win, make...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

‘Someone who really understands Chicago.' South Siders offer advice on a new police superintendent
They came from all over the South Side and they brought their honest opinions with them.

Longtime homeowners. Retired teachers and law enforcement veterans. Church leaders, activists and concerned residents. They all brought their wish lists for a new police superintendent to Trinity United Church...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Commentary: Do Clint Eastwood and ‘Richard Jewell' paint their Atlanta reporter character honestly? Hell, no.
Movies make stuff up all the time. You have a problem with that? I don't. But I do have trouble with movies handing us the same lazy, loaded, misogynist line over and over, in stories depicting craven female journalists who aren't quite human, let alone ethical.

Audiences shouldn't expect a documentary...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Commentary: Does Clint Eastwood and ‘Richard Jewell' paint Atlanta reporter fairly? Hell, no.
Movies make stuff up all the time. You have a problem with that? I don't. But I have a problem with movies handing us the same lazy, loaded, misogynist line over and over, in stories depicting craven female journalists who aren't quite human, let alone ethical.

Audiences shouldn't expect a documentary...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Trading sex for scoops is just another day at the newspaper office, according to Clint Eastwood and ‘Richard Jewell.' It's the oldest movie trick in the book.
Movies make stuff up all the time. You have a problem with that? I don't. But I have a problem with movies handing us the same lazy, loaded, misogynist line over and over, in stories depicting craven female journalists who aren't quite human, let alone ethical.

Audiences shouldn't expect a documentary...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Chris Cornell widow sues Soundgarden members over solo recordings
The widow of the late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell is suing the remaining band members and business associates over royalties from some of his solo records.

The lawsuit filed Monday in Miami federal court by Vicky Cornell claims the band wants to use the seven recordings themselves and withhold...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Nancy Pelosi, White House announce agreement on NAFTA rewrite, delivering a campaign promise for President Trump
House Democrats and the White House announced a deal on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win Tuesday on the same day that impeachment charges were announced against him. Both sides hailed the deal as a win for American workers.

They said...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Nancy Pelosi, White House announces agreement on NAFTA rewrite, delivering a campaign promise for President Trump
House Democrats and the White House announced a deal on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the very same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him. Both sides hailed the deal as a win for American workers.

They...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

How Sam Mendes and Roger Deakins pulled off the one-shot war epic ‘1917'
When cinematographer Roger Deakins opened the script for "1917," he was greeted with the news that the entire, two-hour World War I epic would unfold as one continuous shot.

"I thought, 'Oh my God,'" Deakins remembers. "This is a gimmick."

Gimmick or not, it's certainly the aspect of "1917" that's...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

The Chicago Fire sign Nicholas Slonina of Addison to a homegrown contract. But they're still in search of a sporting director, a head coach — and a full roster.
The Chicago Fire are a month away from the start of preseason camp and still find themselves needing to fill key positions on both the roster and coaching staff.

But the club on Tuesday made one addition with the signing of defender Nicholas Slonina from the team's academy. Slonina, 18, is signed...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

University of Phoenix to pay $50M, cancel $141M in student debt to settle false-advertising claims
The University of Phoenix and its parent company have agreed to pay $50 million in cash and cancel $141 million in student debt to settle allegations of deceptive advertisement brought by the Federal Trade Commission.

The deal, announced Tuesday, settles a dispute over an ad campaign the for-profit...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Marist grad Matt Battaglia named Fenwick football coach, replaces Gene Nudo
Matt Battaglia has completed a journey that began during his senior year at Marist.

Eleven years ago, Battaglia was a starting offensive lineman and team captain for a RedHawks squad that reached the Class 8A quarterfinals.

"I knew in my senior year that I definitely wanted to go down this path...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Le'Veon Bell won't be disciplined for bowling trip, but he could be headed for a divorce from Adam Gase and the Jets
Le'Veon Bell won't be disciplined for his Saturday night bowling excursion even though it was a bad optic. Adam Gase admitted Tuesday that he would have preferred that the veteran running back stay at home to fully recover from the flu, but the coach didn't seem overly concerned by the situation.

...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Chicago city sticker debt relief program lasts through Dec. 16
Chicago residents seeking to clear old tickets before the start of the new year can take advantage of the city sticker debt relief plan set to wrap up Dec. 16.

The city sticker debt forgiveness program, which began Nov. 15, allows eligible motorists to have at least three of their oldest city sticker...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

‘Jumanji: The Next Level' review: It's one joke, but that joke still works, for now
In 2017, director Jake Kasdan rebooted the ‘90s family adventure film "Jumanji" by plunking John Hughes-style teen characters into a wilderness-set video game. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" was a critical and commercial success, anchored by the charms of megastars Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Data-driven Cubs add Kyle Evans to their crowded coaching staff with an eye on gaining a ‘competitive advantage'
Manager David Ross' coaching staff is loaded in numbers, but the dugout won't be congested.

Cubs President Theo Epstein said Monday night that Kyle Evans, who was named senior director of major-league data and development, will be in uniform "at times."

Evans, 41, spent last season as the senior...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

'United Tacos of America' stops by Chicago Tuesday night for carnitas
Chicago taco fans take note. The latest episode of "United Tacos of America" airs tonight, and it's focusing solely on our city. Much of the show will be dedicated to places serving carnitas, which is fortunate, because we have a number of great spots serving the dish.

We know for certain that...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Chicago restaurateur Chris Bukowski, Katie Morton split after getting engaged on ‘Bachelor in Paradise'
Chicago restaurateur Chris Bukowski came out of reality TV retirement this year to find love on "Bachelor in Paradise" Season 6. He got engaged to California medical sales representative Katie Morton over the summer, but the two announced Tuesday they have split.

"We've reached a point in our story...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Dallas Stars fire coach Jim Montgomery, citing ‘unprofessional conduct'
The Dallas Stars Tuesday fired second-year head coach Jim Montgomery for what the team called "unprofessional conduct."

Rick Bowness, who came on an assistant coach with Montgomery, was named interim head coach.

"The Dallas Stars expect all of our employees to act with integrity and exhibit professional...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Joyce Foundation, SAIC program want to guide new faces to careers in the art world
Art on gallery walls doesn't just materialize — the effort of displaying works is done through preparators.

And a collaboration with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Joyce Foundation is making sure that artistic avenue is populated with people from diverse walks of life. "Re-Tool...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Women will direct four major superhero movies in 2020, and Hollywood may never be the same
In late 2016, in anticipation of the debut of "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy spoke with Variety about the company's efforts to diversify its director ranks in the same way the franchise had cast women as the leads on screen.

"We want to make sure that when we bring...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

3 takeaways from the Bulls' 93-92 loss to the Raptors, including another blown lead and the season's smallest crowd
Among the positives the Bulls could draw from a 93-92 loss to the Raptors on Monday night at the United Center were that they had a season-high 30 assists, and Denzel Valentine gave them a spark in the fourth quarter.

But the bottom line: They lost by a point after holding an eight-point lead with...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Police raised questions about a suburban woman's death in a 2011 car crash. Now her husband, who was driving, has been charged with murdering his girlfriend in Schaumburg.










When Anthony Prate arrived home and heard his wife talking to another man inside, he suspected the two were having an affair and plotting to kill him.

That's what the suburban eye doctor told police when he called 911 and demanded that both his wife of nearly 20 years and the man be arrested....



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Nancy Pelosi announces agreement on NAFTA re-write, delivering a campaign promise for President Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the very same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.

Pelosi said it was a "victory for America's workers."

Just...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Nancy Pelosi announces agreement on NAFTA rewrite, delivering a campaign promise for President Trump
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced agreement on a modified North American trade pact, handing President Donald Trump a major Capitol Hill win on the very same day that Democrats announced their impeachment charges against him.

The California Democrat said the revamped U.S.-Mexico-Canada...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

My worst moment: Cary Elwes and the accident on the set of ‘The Princess Bride'
Among the new characters joining Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" in its third season are Cary Elwes as a "British-trained theater actor who is very full of himself, so it's a real stretch for me," Elwes deadpanned. "He's sort of from the era of Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton."

Elwes can...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Theo Epstein knows some moves he makes this Cubs offseason won't be popular


On July 31, 2004, Theo Epstein traded Red Sox All-Star Nomar Garciaparra to the Cubs.

On July 31, 2008, he traded Red Sox legend Manny Ramirez to the Dodgers.

And this year he fired Joe Maddon three years after managing the Cubs to their first World Series title in more than a century.

So the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Metra train hits pedestrian near Arlington Park station
A Chicago-bound Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line train hit a pedestrian near the Arlington Park station Tuesday morning, according to the agency.

A pedestrian was struck near Arlington Park about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, said Tom Miller, a spokesman with Metra. Train movement was halted in both directions...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Review: Andrew Bird is here for his annual, deep dive into the holiday season that isn't a ‘Nutcracker'-like chestnut but is just as traditional
The closest Andrew Bird came to mentioning Christmas Monday at the opening of a sold-out five-night stand at Fourth Presbyterian Church happened in passing during two unrelated cover songs that used the day as a reference point. Indeed, the vocalist/multi-instrumentalist stated that he abides by...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Madison Bumgarner? Dallas Keuchel? Hyun-Jin Ryu? 3 free-agent starting pitching options for the White Sox.
Starting pitching took center stage on the first day of the winter meetings.

Monday began with the Phillies officially announcing their five-year deal with pitcher Zack Wheeler. Another National League East team provided the biggest news of the day as Stephen Strasburg signed a seven-year deal...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Column: Limiting the Hall of Fame's Frick Award to 1 broadcast winner — possibly Pat Hughes or Hawk Harrelson this year — makes no sense
Barring an unexpected spasm of common sense, one name — and one name only — will be announced Wednesday as winner of the Baseball Hall of Fame's 2020 Ford C. Frick Award.

This is just one of the nagging idiosyncracies of the sport's highest honor for a broadcaster.

There are several complaints...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

NFL power rankings for Week 15: Ravens and 49ers take top 2 spots while the Bears inch up to No. 14
Last week's ranking in parentheses.

1. Ravens 11-2 (1) The Ravens pushed their winning streak to nine games by holding off the Bills 24-17 on Sunday. They've allowed more than 17 points only once in their last eight games, and that suffocating defense complements a Lamar Jackson-led offense that...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Best in Chicago dance in 2019: Stunning performances in a year of transition
For dance, 2019 was a year of transition. New leaders were installed at Chicago Dancers United, Links Hall and the Auditorium Theatre. The Joffrey Ballet kicked off its final season at the Auditorium, its performance home for decades, and is preparing to move to the Lyric Opera House next fall....



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

They went to an emergency room for help after a sexual assault. Instead, they were arrested.
One woman was pinned to the emergency room floor by officers after her rape kit was done. Another woman was handcuffed to her hospital bed before the exam could begin. Both were sexual assault survivors who went to an Illinois emergency room seeking help. Both were arrested instead.

Police officers...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Daywatch: Temps drop drastically, top Lightfoot adviser to resign and more details emerge about the death of Juice Wrld
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Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Robberies reported near UIC, U. of C. campuses, police say
Two separate robberies unfolded Monday near university campuses in the city, one next to the University of Illinois at Chicago and one at the University of Chicago, authorities said.

In the first incident, a 22-year-old woman was hospitalized after a robber tried to pull her into an alley near...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Patriots caught videotaping Bengals in Spygate sequel
The Patriots acknowledged on Monday night that a video crew working for the team filmed the Bengals sideline during Sunday's game, a violation of league rules that echoed the team's 2007 Spygate scandal.

In a statement posted on Twitter and the team website, the Patriots said that a three-person...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Ask Amy: Newlywed won't 'meet the parents' in footie PJs
Dear Amy: I am a newlywed. The holiday season is upon us, and I'm trying to coordinate between families, and also get myself into the spirit.

However, there is one tradition my husband's family has that I don't understand. I'm not sure how I can fit into this tradition.

Ever since they were children,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 10, 2019

Zach LaVine and the Bulls come up just short again in a 93-92 loss to the Raptors


After a two-point loss to the Warriors on Friday and Sunday's overtime loss against the Heat, the Bulls suffered another loss in a winnable game Monday night.

Zach LaVine missed a driving shot over Marc Gasol in the final seconds of the Bulls' 93-92 loss to the Raptors at the United Center. The...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

White Sox have already had several ‘productive conversations' at the winter meetings, says GM Rick Hahn
The White Sox already have been involved in several "productive conversations" since the start of the winter meetings, according to general manager Rick Hahn.

Whether those talks result in a move or two this week remains to be seen.

"We've been known to get stuff done at the winter meetings; we've...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Cubs confident they'll win Kris Bryant's grievance case, but major moves might be difficult until they know for sure
An arbitrator is holding the keys to the Cubs' offseason longer than anyone anticipated, but team President Theo Epstein remains encouraged a decision on Kris Bryant's grievance against the Cubs eventually will favor the team.

Such a verdict would allow them to address several needs.

"I think we're...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Cubs are confident they'll win Kris Bryant's grievance case, but major moves might be difficult until they know for sure
An arbitrator is holding the keys to the Cubs' offseason longer than anyone anticipated, but team President Theo Epstein remains encouraged a decision on Kris Bryant's grievance against the Cubs eventually will favor the team.

Such a verdict would allow them to address several needs.

"I think we're...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

'He's ready for it': Bulls rookie Coby White will shift to point guard with the second unit
Coby White's game against the Heat was the preview. Monday was the real deal.

White has played floor general for isolated stretches during his rookie season, but Bulls coach Jim Boylen made it official: With Kris Dunn pressed into starting at small forward while Otto Porter Jr. and Chandler Hutchison...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Coby White moves into backup point guard role: ‘He's ready for it'
Coby White's game against the Heat was the preview. Monday was the real deal.

White has played floor general for isolated stretches /during his rookie season,/ before but Bulls coach Jim Boylen wanted to make made it official: With Kris Dunn pressed into starting at small forward while Otto Porter...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Column: Jerry Reinsdorf's and Tom Ricketts' spending patterns are on different paths as White Sox are ready to strike and Cubs have an eye to the future
Jerry Reinsdorf and Tom Ricketts could be the George Steinbrenners of modern baseball if they wanted.

The respective billionaire chairmen of the White Sox and Cubs certainly have enough money to spend wildly — as Steinbrenner was prone to do with the Yankees every offseason — exceeding the luxury...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Column: The Cubs and White Sox once again find themselves at a spending crossroads. Is the future now — or can it wait a bit?
Jerry Reinsdorf and Tom Ricketts could be the George Steinbrenners of modern baseball if they wanted.

The respective billionaire chairmen of the White Sox and Cubs certainly have enough money to spend wildly — as Steinbrenner was prone to do with the Yankees every offseason — exceeding the luxury...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Madison Bumgarner? Dallas Keuchel? Hyun-Jin Ryu? Breaking down the free-agent starting pitching options for the White Sox.
Starting pitching took center stage on the first day of the winter meetings.

Monday began with the Phillies officially announcing their five-year deal with pitcher Zack Wheeler. Another National League East team provided the biggest news of the day as Stephen Strasburg signed a seven-year deal...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Gym coach charged with sex crimes in Will County facing loss of citizenship for withholding earlier allegations of abuse from immigration officials
The U.S. Department of Justice is suing a former Channahon gymnastics coach and Olympian accused of years of abuse of his students and is asking a federal judge to revoke his citizenship.

Jose Vilchis, 69, who became a naturalized citizen in 1997, is in the Will County Adult Detention Facility...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Chicago Public Schools proposal to close 2 charter schools slammed as ‘racist and irresponsible' by teachers union




From the beginning, the Chicago Teachers Union was critical of the Chicago Public Schools initiative through which Chicago Virtual Charter School and Frazier Preparatory Academy opened more than a decade ago.

Now the union is calling CPS' plan to close the two charter schools "an admission of...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Ex-escort gets more than 4 years in prison for nearly $6 million fraud
A former escort was sentenced to more than four years in prison Monday, convicted of racking up millions of dollars in charges — including trips, jewelry and even breast implants — after her onetime boyfriend gave her access to his corporate credit card.

Crystal Lundberg, wearing a black-and-white...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Oak Park planners, residents share concerns for proposed seven-story senior housing facility
After residents raised concerns about a proposed seven-story, 174-unit senior living facility, developers are expected to rethink the design of the building slated for 711 and 725 Madison Street, Oak Park.

At a Dec. 5 Oak Park plan commission meeting, commission members and residents living south...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Former Outcome Health executive enters first guilty plea in alleged years-long, $1 billion fraud scheme. ‘There were practices going on there that were wrong.'
Former Outcome Health executive Ashik Desai entered the first guilty plea Monday in an alleged $1 billion fraud scheme at the once high-flying Chicago-based company.

A federal prosecutor said Desai is cooperating with the government's investigation.

Hours later, Brad Purdy, another former executive,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

4 things we learned at Blackhawks practice Monday, including Adam Boqvist getting called up and Andrew Shaw going on long-term injured reserve
The Blackhawks held a low-key optional skate Monday before taking off for a three-game trip to face the Golden Knights, Coyotes and Blues.

Here are four things that came out of practice at Fifth Third Arena.

1. Dennis Gilbert defended his decision to go after Jason Demers. Chasing down the Coyotes'...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Park Ridge church's Bethlehem Walk takes more than 1,000 visitors back to the birth of Jesus
The age-old story of the birth of Jesus came to life for another year as more than 100 volunteers recreated the first Christmas at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Park Ridge.

The church's 18th annual Bethlehem Walk took place Dec. 7 and Dec. 8, drawing just over 1,000 visitors, said organizer Susan...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Federal Judge John Grady, who oversaw landmark AT&T antitrust and Marquette 10 police corruption trials, dies at 90
Senior U.S. District Judge John Grady was on the federal bench for 39 years and earned a reputation for fairness and innovation while overseeing landmark corruption and antitrust cases.

"He had a great reputation for integrity and courage," said former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb, who tried the Marquette...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Chicago lost ground as top tech jobs concentrated in just 5 metro areas, study says
The explosion of top-tier tech jobs has clustered in a handful of coastal hubs, expanding the wealth and innovation differential that's draining talent from the rest of the nation, new research shows.

Just five metro areas — Boston; San Diego; San Francisco; San Jose, California; and Seattle —...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2019

Khalil Mack pays off the holiday tab for more than 300 Walmart shoppers in his Florida hometown
We already know Khalil Mack is fond of shopping at Target and HomeGoods. Is it time to add Walmart to the list?

The Walmart in Fort Pierce, Fla., revealed Friday on Facebook that the Bears edge rusher paid off all active holiday layaway accounts at the chain retailer. The payment was made through...



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