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Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Michigan woman seriously injured in Hammond tollbooth accident
The Indiana State Police are lauding one of their own for bringing back to life a Michigan woman woman who got pinned between her sport utility vehicle and a tollbooth Saturday night.

ISP spokeswoman Sgt. Ann Wojas said in a Sunday release that Trooper Alaa Hamed responded to an accident at the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

The worst defeats in Bulls franchise history
The Bulls on Saturday lost to the Celtics 133-77, setting a franchise record for the largest defeat.

Here's a look at the most lopsided losses in their 53-year history.

1. 56 points Celtics 133, Bulls 77 | Dec. 8, 2018 | United Center

In the worst loss in franchise history, the Bulls shot 31-for-81...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Heisman winner Kyler Murray apologizes for anti-gay tweets
Hours after winning the Heisman Trophy, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray apologized for anti-gay tweets he made as a teenager, saying they don't "reflect who I am or what I believe."

"I apologize for the tweets that have come to light tonight from when I was 14 and 15," he tweeted Sunday morning....



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

If the Rams were a blueprint for Bears this year, does their aggressive offseason give GM Ryan Pace more to consider?
If the Rams provided a blueprint — pair an energetic and brilliant young offensive coach with a young quarterback — for what the Bears were seeking when they began plotting a future beyond John Fox, is it possible they will again be an inspiration for general manager Ryan Pace?

While the Bears...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Paris cleans up after latest riot; pressure builds on Macron
Paris tourist sites reopened, workers cleaned up broken glass and shop owners tried to put the city on its feet again Sunday, a day after running battles between "yellow vest" protesters and police that left at least 71 injured in the French capital and caused widespread damage in cities around...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Jason Momoa revives his 'Game of Thrones' character on 'SNL' for 'Khal Drogo's Ghost Dojo'
Though "Saturday Night Live" has found tremendous success during the past few seasons as a vehicle of political satire, some of its best sketches take a step away from the goings-on of Washington, D.C.

That was particularly true of Saturday's episode featuring "Aquaman" actor Jason Momoa. Twitter...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Bears playoff picture: Week 14 scenarios and your guide to scoreboard watching (and rooting)
It has been a while, huh, Chicago?

Five years to be exact. Five years since the Bears have spent December in a playoff race instead of calculating draft-order permutations.

So let's keep the draft-order spreadsheet closed this month and instead dust off this playoff-picture page. Each week for...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Charter school network strike suspended as tentative agreement reached
A historic teachers' strike involving the Acero charter school network has been suspended after workers and school management reached a tentative agreement in predawn negotiations Sunday, according to both sides.

About 530 teachers and support staff are expected to return to class Monday after...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

5 questions for the White Sox at the winter meetings
After six consecutive fourth and fifth-place finishes, are the White Sox ready to stand up in the American League Central?

With a deep farm system and a low financial overhead, the Sox are in a position to accelerate their rebuilding — if they so desire.

The Sox will arrive in Las Vegas for the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Tentative agreement reached in charter school network strike
A historic teachers' strike involving the Acero charter school network is poised to end after the workers and school management reached a tentative agreement before sunrise Sunday, according to the Chicago Teachers Union.

The nation's first charter school strike has now been suspended, according...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

5 questions for the Cubs entering the winter meetings
The departure of three coaches, the uncertainty of manager Joe Maddon's future beyond 2019 and two months without significant roster changes have created consternation among Cubs fans.

The Cubs hope to ease those concerns soon. Team executives will travel to Las Vegas for the winter meetings, which...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Robert De Niro appears as Robert Mueller in 'Saturday Night Live' cold open
Robert De Niro made a surprise appearance as special counsel Robert Mueller in "Saturday Night Live's" cold open.

De Niro popped out of a closet in a sketch that skewered President Donald Trump and the mounting legal pressure Mueller's investigation has put on many of Trump's associates. Alex Moffatt...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

LINDA C. BLACK HOROSCOPES for 12/9/18
Today's Birthday (12/09/18). Craft plans this year for the next decade. Financial discipline can realize your dreams. Learn surprising new physical skills. Winter brings a financial bonus, before new educational directions entice. A bonus flows into family accounts next summer, before your own...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

No injuries as fire consumes mattress factory
Chicago firefighters were called to a report of a fire in a mattress factory in West Garfield Park Sunday morning, officials reported.

About 7:40 a.m. emergency responders first were called to 4444 West Ohio Street on the West Side for a report of a fire in a mattress factory. The building was...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

No injuries as fire consumes mattress factory in West Garfield Park
Chicago firefighters were called to a report of a fire in a mattress factory in West Garfield Park on Sunday morning, officials reported.

About 7:40 a.m. emergency responders first were called to 4444 West Ohio St. on the West Side for a report of a fire in a mattress factory. The building was...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Can gas pumps be rigged to dispense less fuel than is shown?
Q: I buy my gas at a Giant food store because I receive gas discount points. I suspect that Giant's gas pumps dispense less gas than is shown on the pump. When I pump, a noise sounds like air is getting into the gas. When I am near empty, I end up dispensing over 19 gallons at Giant but only 18...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Bear the golden retriever searches the halls of Indian Prairie high schools for drugs, weapons
The sight of a golden retriever in Indian Prairie District 204 high schools is becoming more of a regular occurrence.

While the canine may be wagging its tail as it walks through a school on a leash or sits in the cafeteria with its handler as students pass by, the dog named Bear from Interquest...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Winter (meetings) wonder: The Cubs are watching their wallets while the White Sox suddenly have money to burn
You might have thought Cubs President Theo Epstein and White Sox general manager Rick Hahn had swapped bodies the other day if you weren't paying closer attention.

While Hahn was fueling speculation the Sox would be in the mix to add a megabucks free agent to a 100-loss team that's nowhere close...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Crosby: New East Aurora superintendent talks data-driven leadership, push for reading and vision for a better district
Even new East Aurora Superintendent Jennifer Norrell admits there's a touch of irony in the fact she's hit some push-back over her request for a stronger reading curriculum in the high school.

For one thing, the 45-year-old educator, who took over as District 131 leader this summer, comes from...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Vic Fangio insists, after a big Bears win, his prevailing emotion is relief. And occasionally satisfaction — if he allows it.
The question came in early October during Vic Fangio's weekly waltz with the media. A surprising Bears season had come alive with Fangio's defense propelling a 3-1 start. In the previous game — a 48-10 drumming of the Buccaneers — the Bears had recorded four sacks, three interceptions and a forced...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Cardi B brought the jams and the magic to the B96 Jingle Bash
Fresh off being nominated for five Grammys, including Album of the Year for her No. 1-charting debut LP "Invasion of Privacy," Cardi B was riding high as the headliner for B96 Jingle Bash at the sold-out Allstate Arena on Saturday. The lineup was bookended by Camila Cabello, with Bash alumni Shawn...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Courant exclusive: More than 1,000 pages of documents reveal Sandy Hook shooter Adam Lanza's dark descent into depravity
The extent of Adam Lanza's abject loneliness, the intensity of his scorn for the world, his interest in pedophilia, his astounding list of daily grievances, the reach of his obsession with mass murder — some of the granular details of the Sandy Hook shooter's last years have been elusive.

Until...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Ask Amy: Depressed couple at relationship impasse
Dear Amy: A month ago, my wife of five years told me she was going through a depression and was questioning our relationship. To be fair, I was as well.

We haven't made love in six months. I tell her all the time how beautiful she is. I try to initiate sex, and I get nothing. She finds ways to...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Notre Dame falls at UCLA on last-second 3-pointer by Kris Wilkes
Kris Wilkes hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 0.1 seconds remaining, lifting UCLA to a 65-62 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night after the Bruins blew a 14-point lead.

UCLA's Jalen Hill blocked a layup by Prentiss Hubb, Prince Ali grabbed the defensive rebound and fed Wilkes, who staggered backward...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

After defeat in Iraq, Islamic State fights on in last enclave in Syria
A year after it was routed from Iraq in a devastating war that left entire neighborhoods and towns in ruins, the Islamic State group is fighting to hang on to its last enclave in eastern Syria, engaging in deadly battles with U.S.-backed forces.

Cornered in the desert near the Iraqi border with...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 09, 2018

Chicagoland boys basketball notebook for Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018
The bracket for the 58th annual Proviso West Holiday Tournament was released today.

The 16-team event starts on Dec. 26 and runs for four days with the title game set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 29.

Young is the clear favorite, and with the exception of Hillcrest, the balance of power tilts heavily toward...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

White House chief of staff John Kelly to leave at the end of the year
President Donald Trump said Saturday that chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job by year's end amid an expected West Wing reshuffling reflecting a focus on the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats reclaiming control of the House.

Nick Ayers, Vice President...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Celtics 133, Bulls 77
Photos from the Bulls' record-setting loss to the Celtics on Saturday night, Dec. 8, 2018 at the United Center.



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Worst. Loss. Ever. Bulls fall to Celtics 133-77, setting franchise record with 56-point defeat
On Nov. 8, 2001, during what was then a franchise-record 53-point loss to the Timberwolves in Minnesota, coach Tim Floyd replaced starters Charles Oakley, Marcus Fizer, Brad Miller, Greg Anthony and Ron Mercer with the rarely seen five-man substitution of Fred Hoiberg, Kevin Ollie, Tyson Chandler,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

'Crying Nazi' vows 'destruction' of the left after Charlottesville killer's murder conviction
When Chris Cantwell learned that fellow neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. had been convicted of murder, he promised violent retribution — "complete and total destruction" by "an army of fanatics" ready to die for their cause.

But, as with everything Cantwell has done since August 2017, his vow was at least...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

There's now a bacon vending machine at Ohio State University
Many Ohio State University students are taking a break from studying for final exams by making a bacon run.

Senior Sarah Page, who studies meat science, says the bacon vending machine at the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences has turned out to be even more popular than expected....



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wins the Heisman Trophy: 'This is an honor'
Kyler Murray replaced a Heisman Trophy winner by becoming a Heisman Trophy winner.

The Oklahoma quarterback won college football's most prestigious individual award Saturday night, edging Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa and setting up a College Football Playoff matchup of Heisman winner versus runner-up.

...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

A suburban Chicago couple's love story is the inspiration for Hallmark movie 'Once Upon A Christmas Miracle'
Their lifesaving love story was one in a million - a fairy tale of sorts.

Now, it's been made into a movie, aptly named, "Once Upon A Christmas Miracle."

This movie, which is part of Hallmark's "Movies and Mysteries" holiday series, is based on the true story of a south suburban couple - Heather...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Jim Boylen calls replacing close friend Fred Hoiberg 'raw' even as he uses a different approach: 'I don't believe he lost the locker room'
After his firing Monday, Fred Hoiberg texted Jim Boylen his support and told his former lead assistant coach that he'd do great at his chance.

So it's only natural that Boylen defended Hoiberg, who had everything from his leadership style to his hold on the locker room questioned by critics when...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Lake County's last Pearl Harbor survivor commemorated at Great Lakes ceremony
More than 100 people came to Ross Theater at Naval Station Great Lakes in North Chicago Friday morning to commemorate the 77th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

The ceremony was the first to take place since Lake County's last Pearl Harbor survivor, Joseph John Triolo, died on...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Andrean to build new school, bishop says
Andrean High School's future will now be in a new building, according to a letter from Bishop Donald Hying on Friday.

The hope rests that others, including alumni will be generous in opening their checkbooks to help fund it, the letter says.

"I am offering the Andrean Administration and the Andrean...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

The Tribune's Heisman Trophy voters share who topped their ballots — and why
How Chicago Tribune staff members voted for the 2018 Heisman Trophy:

Teddy Greenstein

College football reporter

I went into championship weekend with this thought: May the best quarterback win.

Like everyone with a Heisman Trophy vote and working set of eyes, I was wowed in September and October...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Comey: Russia investigation initially looked at 4 Americans
The FBI's counterintelligence investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia initially focused on four Americans and whether they were connected to Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, former FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers during hours...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Who made the ballots of the Tribune's Heisman Trophy voters?
How Chicago Tribune staff members voted for the 2018 Heisman Trophy:

Teddy Greenstein

College football reporter

I went into championship weekend with this thought: May the best quarterback win.

Like everyone with a Heisman Trophy vote and working set of eyes, I was wowed in September and October...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Moran: Grand Avenue's 'ongoing nightmare' locks into winter configuration at Route 41 in Gurnee
There was a festive holiday-season celebration in this space last weekend after the Illinois Department of Transportation let the word go forth to friend and foe alike that major construction on Route 120 bridge decks between Gurnee and Waukegan would largely be wrapped up by Christmas week.

This...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Facing a long wait at the border, many members of the migrant caravan look for work
Before dawn each morning, migrants slip away from a Tijuana shelter within sight of the U.S. border to head to jobs across this sprawling city. Moving solo or in pairs, they are easily recognized by their determined strides as people with someplace to be.

By sunrise, another crowd has gathered...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

North Central gets $3.2 million to train education leaders, funding is largest private grant in college's history
North Central College was awarded a $3.2 million grant, the largest private grant in the institution's 157-year history.

The funding from the Wisconsin-based Kern Family Foundation is aimed at developing principals and teachers who foster cultures of character in their schools and address the shortage...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Hammond, 21st Century disciplined by IHSAA after flare-up in girls basketball game
21st Century athletic director Ricky Haskins decided to accept sanctions from the IHSAA rather rather than contest them after an incident Wednesday in a girls basketball game against Hammond.

"We just decided to move on," he said.

Haskins called the game with 2:54 left in the third quarter after...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Endangered Hawaiian monk seals keep getting eels stuck up their noses and scientists want them to stop
A relaxed-looking juvenile Hawaiian monk seal lounges near a sandy white beach on some green foliage. Its eyes are half-closed and it has a serene expression on its face. But the seal's calm demeanor is surprising.

Why? Well, there's a long, black-and-white eel dangling from its right nostril.

...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

'I don't want to see people struggling': How students of color work (and cook) to overcome health hurdles
Editor's Note: A new school year brings new hopes. Hope that mental and emotional growth are exponential. That test scores soar. That everything just clicks. Students of color might consider themselves lucky if just one of those items can be checked off the list. In this four-part series, we'll...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

55 officers, 130 kids get in the holiday spirit at Elgin-area Shop with a Cop event
Sleepy Hollow police Officer John McDonnell has eight nieces, so he knew exactly which aisle 4-year-old Ashley Vasquez would want to browse Saturday during the annual Shop with a Cop outing.

McDonnell guided the little girl through the crowd in Walmart's toy section and pointed to a sign.

"Barbie...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

'You're coming with me': Boy fights off kidnapper in West Chatham
Police are warning West Chatham neighborhood residents after a man tried to kidnap a boy Thursday morning.

The boy was picking up a newspaper near the front door of a home in the 8700 block of South Princeton Avenue about 7 a.m. when a man put a hand over his mouth and said: "You're coming with...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Illinois has adopted the nation's toughest test for snitch testimony
Illinois lawmakers have created the nation's toughest test for allowing testimony from jailhouse snitches at criminal trials.

Inspired by reform of the state's notorious and now-discarded system of capital punishment, it requires judges to make pretrial inquiries into the veracity of testimony by...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Illinois holds off UNLV for a 77-74 victory, snapping its 3-game losing streak
Andres Feliz scored 19 points and Kipper Nichols added 12, and Illinois held on for a 77-74 victory over UNLV on Saturday to end its three-game losing streak.

Playing at the State Farm Center for the first time since Nov. 25, the Illini (3-7) extended a six-point halftime lead to 14 with 8 minutes,...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Eyes on the prize: Josh Ramos wins all three of his matches to power Providence at OPRF quadrangular
Providence senior Josh Ramos is a two-time state qualifier but has yet to earn a state medal. In his final chance to make a run for the podium, Ramos is hoping to break a pattern.

"In the past, I've seemed to always start the season really fast and then kind of faded toward the end," he said. "This...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Warren Buffett's son is staying in Illinois, as his improbable stint as local sheriff comes to an end
Howard Buffett, the son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, said he will continue investing in his central Illinois community after his improbable term as the local sheriff.

The younger Buffett was a longtime volunteer with the Macon County Sheriff's Office before he was appointed in late 2017...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

El Nino: Whiting's Nino Barbosa is the 2018 Post-Tribune Football Defensive Player of the Year
On his first day of freshman football practice, Whiting's Nino Barbosa weighed 110 pounds. He was 5-foot-1.

Now a senior, Barbosa recalled looking at some of the players who were giants to him and said, "Wow, maybe this isn't for me."

Later in that same practice, Barbosa did what he does best and...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

No storms this weekend, calm weather persists
The first weekend of December brought soaking rain and thunderstorms to the area, with a record tornado outbreak downstate. In contrast, this weekend has featured sprawling, polar-origin high pressure across the Midwest, keeping inclement weather well to our south. Abundant sunshine, though weak...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Rescue pets came to Batavia on Saturday in a truck from Kentucky. Soon it will return south with food for those in need.
More than eight dozen puppies and kittens along with adult dogs and cats, arrived in Batavia Saturday morning from Harlan and Hazard counties in Kentucky, where they had been in what organizers called "high kill shelters"

And the volunteers with the Plainfield-based Starfish Animal Rescue who were...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Transformation: Andrean's Zack Merrill is the Post-Tribune's Football Offensive Player of the Year
Along with quarterback coach Tommy Finn, Andrean coach Chris Skinner mapped out some goals for Zack Merrill last year during weekly lunch sessions.

One of them was to be named the 2018 Post-Tribune Football Offensive Player of the Year.

Merrill, a 6-foot-1 senior quarterback, got that done in one...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Our reviews of Golden Globe nominated films
The Golden Globes nominations were announced this week. Here are our reviews for the nominated films.



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Rioting engulfs Paris as anger grows over high taxes
The rumble of armored police trucks and the hiss of tear gas filled central Paris on Saturday, as French riot police fought to contain thousands of yellow-vested protesters venting their anger against the government in a movement that has grown more violent by the week.

A ring of steel surrounded...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Tight losses are starting to weigh on Corey Crawford: 'It's definitely frustrating'
Some things are very clear to Corey Crawford.

For one thing, he's sure the NHL blew it Thursday when it wouldn't overturn the call on the ice that Max Pacioretty didn't interfere with him on the Golden Knights' winning goal in their 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks.

On the play, Hawks defenseman...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Riots in Paris
Some things are very clear to Corey Crawford.

For one thing, he's sure the NHL blew it Thursday when it wouldn't overturn the call on the ice that Max Pacioretty didn't interfere with him on the Golden Knights' winning goal in their 4-3 victory over the Blackhawks.

On the play, Hawks defenseman...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Police blotter: Oak Brook police respond to call of shots fired on Spring Road
The following items were taken from area police department reports and releases. An arrest does not constitute a finding of guilt.

Oak Brook Drugs

Richard Cofield, 56, of the 4400 block of South Union Avenue, Chicago, was charged with possession of marijuana at 4:17 a.m. Dec. 6 at Roosevelt Road...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Announcing the 2018 Post-Tribune Football All-Area Team
First Team Offense Jarred Craft School: Valparaiso.

Year: Senior.

Position: Offensive line.

Highlights: Named all-conference.

Nick Flesher School: Andrean.

Year: Sophomore.

Position: Wide receiver.

Highlights: Caught 79 passes.

Jesse Harper School: Valparaiso.

Year: Senior.

Position: Athlete.

Highlights:...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

For the first time, prosecutors have tied President Trump to a federal crime. But can a sitting president be indicted?
For the first time, prosecutors have tied President Donald Trump to a federal crime, accusing him of directing illegal hush-money payments to women during his presidential campaign in 2016.

The Justice Department stopped short of accusing Trump of directly committing a crime. Instead, they said...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Down 15 in the 2nd half, Northwestern storms back with a 25-0 run for a 75-68 victory over DePaul
A.J. Turner had made only 5 of 29 3-pointers — a measly 17.2 percent — entering Northwestern's game against DePaul on Saturday. This after shooting 37 percent from long range two seasons ago for Boston College.

The junior transfer said he kept "high spirits." NU coach Chris Collins recently had...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Police investigating shooting that killed Gary man Friday night
Authorities said a Gary man was shot and killed in the city Friday night.

The Lake County Coroner's Office declared Brian K. Martin, 32, of Rutledge Street, dead at 11:45 p.m., according to a release. The release said the office was dispatched to 19th Avenue and Harrison Street regarding the incident.

...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Dog that survived California wildfire guarded home for weeks until owner returned
A dog that survived the catastrophic wildfire in Northern California apparently guarded his home for nearly a month until his owner returned.

Madison was there waiting when Andrea Gaylord, who fled on Nov. 8, was allowed back onto her burned property in Paradise this week.

An animal rescuer who...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Far South Side standoff ends peacefully, woman taken to hospital
A woman who police said was armed and had barricaded herself inside a home on the Far South Side has been taken to a hospital after the Saturday afternoon incident.

The standoff, in the 13100 block of South Rhodes Avenue, had ended as of about 3 p.m., according to Officer Christine Calace, a spokeswoman...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Woman in custody following Far South Side standoff
A woman who police said was armed and had barricaded herself inside a home on the Far South Side has been taken into custody Saturday afternoon.

The standoff, in the 13100 block of South Rhodes Avenue, had ended as of about 3 p.m., according to Officer Christine Calace, a spokeswoman for Chicago...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Northwestern uses 25-0 run for 75-68 comeback victory against DePaul
Northwestern looked buried.

The Wildcats trailed city rival DePaul by 15 points in the second half. Their shots weren't falling and the Blue Demons were making nearly every shot in the paint.

And then everything changed.

Northwestern used a 25-0 run to assert its dominance and overtake DePaul en...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Aurora presents draft of Route 59 corridor plan to create Main Street feel
A vastly different future for the Route 59 corridor — important to two cities — is coming into focus.

That was obvious to the steady stream of residents and officials who came through the recent three-hour open house and coming out party for the draft of Aurora's Route 59 plan.

With written descriptions...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Trump says chief of staff John Kelly to leave at year's end
President Donald Trump says chief of staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year.

Trump isn't saying immediately who will replace Kelly, a retired Marine general who has served as chief of staff since July 2017. But the president says an announcement about a replacement will be coming...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

No injuries reported during Far South Side standoff
Emergency crews have responded to the scene where an armed woman has barricaded herself inside a home on the Far South Side on Saturday afternoon.

One ambulance was on standby in the 13100 block of South Rhodes Avenue, in the city's Golden Gate neighborhood, said a Chicago Fire Department spokesman.

...

Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Wayside Center to close Elgin homeless day shelter by Dec. 24; officials seeking new location
Wayside Center homeless day shelter must leave its west Elgin location by the end of the year, and no new location has yet been found, officials said.

The agency was unable to negotiate a new sublease with PADS of Elgin for its location at 1732 Berkley St., Wayside Cross Ministries Executive Director...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Trump directed illegal payments to buy silence of two women during campaign, prosecutors say
The Justice Department says that President Donald Trump directed illegal payments to buy the silence of two women whose claims of extramarital affairs threatened his presidential campaign, the first time prosecutors have connected Trump to a federal crime.

In a court filing , prosecutors said former...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Army Navy Game 2018
The Army Navy Game is being played today at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA. This is the 119th meeting, established in 1890. Navy leads the series at 60-51-7 with Army having won the last 2 contests.



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Geneva teachers, school district remain at impasse; federal mediator to join Sunday negotiating session
A federal mediator will be brought in Sunday after bargaining teams for Geneva District 304 and the Geneva Education Association negotiated for nearly six hours Friday without success in breaking the impasse on a new contract.

It was the second time the two sides came together following the Tuesday...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Senate passes bill to honor Indians, White Sox pioneer Larry Doby
The U.S. Senate passed legislation to honor former Indians center-fielder Larry Doby, the American League's first black ballplayer, with the Congressional Gold Medal.

Doby also played for the White Sox and became the second black manager in the major leagues when he took over the Sox in 1978.

Ohio...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

‘A Star Is Born': Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson take a deep dive on ‘Shallow'
Lady Gaga knew the song "Shallow" was something special the first time she played the melody for collaborators Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando and Andrew Wyatt two years ago at a recording studio in Malibu. But when "Shallow" became woven into the story of Bradley Cooper's remake of "A Star Is...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

No winter tires? Fine, here's what you can do to get a grip
Many drivers know winter tires are their best option for grip and slip in wintry conditions. Yet most drivers don't care.

A recent study by Michelin found that 72 percent of people who live in the Midwest agree that tires should be changed in winter, yet 80 percent of those people don't bother...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Teachers, D304 remain at impasse, federal mediator to join Sunday negotiating session
A federal mediator will be brought in Sunday after bargaining teams for Geneva District 304 and the Geneva Education Association negotiated for nearly six hours Friday without success in breaking the impasse on a new contract.

It was the second time the two sides came together following the Tuesday...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Army-Navy Game: A look inside the matchup
NAVY KEY: EXECUTE OFFENSIVELY FOR 60 MINUTES

That has been easier said than done this season as Navy has rarely put together two halves of good offensive football. By far the most complete performance came during a 37-29 defeat of Tulsa when quarterback Zach Abey directed an offense that amassed...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

As protests rage in France, President Macron remains invisible
As anti-government protests rage through France and Paris locks down, fearing new riots, the man whose presidency has unleashed the anger is nowhere to be seen.

French President Emmanuel Macron has stayed out of the public eye all week, leaving his unpopular government to try to calm the nation....



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Police repel Paris protesters attempting to converge on France's presidential palace
French riot police fired tear gas and water cannon in Paris on Saturday, trying to stop thousands of yellow-vested protesters from converging on the presidential palace to express their anger at high taxes and French President Emmanuel Macron.

Security officials imposed a lockdown on parts of central...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

5 reasons the Blackhawks have been worse since hiring Jeremy Colliton as coach
When the Blackhawks fired Joel Quenneville 15 games into the season, they were 6-6-3 and a few games removed from being one of the NHL's most pleasant surprises.

While the firing was a surprise, the Hawks were on a five-game losing streak and brought in Jeremy Colliton to right the ship. Have things...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Craving: Cheese — our monthlong quest for Chicago's best cheese dishes, pairings, plates and more
Cheese is a near-universal unifier — sorry, vegans — so this month, we're seeking out Chicagoland's best cheesy dishes. Whether literally bringing people together over pots of gooey fondue, sussing out the city's superlative grilled cheese or tracking down the perfect version of a quesadilla, we're...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Grossman Ensemble review: New sounds, historic occasion
It's just possible that someday people will look back at what happened Friday night at the University of Chicago's Logan Center and say: I was there.

Surely a sense of history hovered about the occasion, as the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition - based at the university - launched its...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

So long, farewell: A look back at some of the memorable exits from Bulls head coaches
Phil Jackson rode off on a motorcycle. Tim Floyd grew introspective even as he released frustration. Bill Cartwright joked about a flight delay as he sat in his home. Scott Skiles looked inward. Vinny Del Negro took the high road on a brilliantly sunny day. Tom Thibodeau released a classy statement....



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Scouting report on Rams wide receiver Brandin Cooks: 'He can reach top speed extremely fast'
Information for this report was obtained from NFL scouts.

Brandin Cooks (5-foot-10, 183 pounds) is in his first season with the Rams after they traded a 2018 first-round draft pick to the Patriots for him. Cooks is second on the Rams with 63 receptions and leads them with 1,026 yards and has three...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Lauri Markkanen's drive gives Bulls 114-112 win over Thunder in coach Jim Boylen's home debut


Lauri Markkanen played less than three minutes in the third quarter Friday night against the Thunder, banging his right elbow while setting a screen and picking up his fourth foul.

Yes, it was the same elbow the Bulls forward had sprained in training camp, an injury that forced him to miss the...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Ask Amy: Hosts stunned by guest's dietary demands
Dear Amy: Every year my husband and I host a holiday get-together for several friends and neighbors. We provide the main dish, a couple of sides and drinks. We ask friends to fill in with other salads, sides and desserts.

This year, with little notice, my friend "Barb" texted me, "This year, I...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 08, 2018

Chicagoland boys basketball notebook for Friday, Dec. 7, 2018
Crossed another gym off my bucket list with tonight's visit to the Titan Dome at Glenbrook South.

One of the fun things about covering basketball is seeing the amazing variety of gyms around Chicagoland and beyond.

The twin scoreboards on opposite sides of center court are something I don't recall...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 07, 2018

Divided U.S. appeals court won't immediately allow Trump asylum ban
A divided U.S. appeals court late Friday refused to immediately allow the Trump administration to enforce a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border.

The ban is inconsistent with an existing U.S. law and an attempted end-run around Congress, a panel of the 9th...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 07, 2018

Lauri Markkanen's drive gives Bulls 114-12 win over Thunder in coach Jim Boylen's home debut
Jim Boylen paused and smiled, imagining what his home debut as Bulls coach would be like Friday night. He figured he would step onto the court and wave to his wife and two daughters in the first row of the United Center.

Mostly, he said, it would feel like a dream. His emotions had been swirling...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 07, 2018

Illegal hush-money over extramarital affair claims was paid at Trump's 'direction': prosecutors
The Justice Department said Friday that President Donald Trump directed illegal payments to buy the silence of two women whose claims of extramarital affairs threatened his presidential campaign, the first time prosecutors have connected Trump to a federal crime.

In a court filing, prosecutors...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 07, 2018

Woman escapes from Cook County courthouse after possibly slipping off handcuffs, officials say
A fugitive apprehension unit is on the lookout for a 19-year-old robbery suspect who sneaked out of a courtroom at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday morning by possibly slipping off handcuffs, officials said.

It happened about 10:45 a.m. when Alicia Gines, 19, was in a courtroom facing...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 07, 2018

Ex-security guard involved in 2017 death of shoplifting suspect in Chicago pleads to charge of impersonating a cop
A former security guard and south suburban police officer has been stripped of his law enforcement credentials in Illinois as part of a plea deal, according to the Cook County state's attorney's office.

Adrian Santos III, 35, pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor charge of attempting to impersonate...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 07, 2018

Doctors blame tap water in neti pot for brain-eating amoeba that killed Seattle woman
Doctors believe a woman who died from rare brain-eating amoebas used tap water to rinse her sinuses.

The 69-year-old Seattle resident died in February after undergoing brain surgery at Swedish Medical Center. Her doctor tells The Seattle Times there was "amoeba all over the place just eating brain...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 07, 2018

Charter school network asking labor board to put an end to teachers strike
The Acero charter school network is seeking a court order to end a teachers strike that kept about 7,500 students out of the classroom.

The network on Friday filed an unfair labor charge with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board, arguing the strike violates state law. Acero says teachers...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 07, 2018

Green Eggs and Kass: A crisis of confidence over the holiday ham
The last thing I needed after a week of stressful politics was more stress, like the big Christmas dinner ham drama, glazed with dysfunctional Kass family holiday "issues" of my own stupid making.

And I'm now in full ham panic, and it's all so embarrassing.

"Just tell your readers the truth," said...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 07, 2018

Not so fast: Kris Dunn and Bobby Portis remain sidelined against the Thunder
On Thursday, Bulls coach Jim Boylen said Kris Dunn was showing "flashes" of his potential and Bobby Portis also was nearing a return to the court.

But neither played Friday night against the Thunder.

Dunn sprained the MCL in his right knee Oct. 22, and Portis suffered the same injury two nights...



Chicago Tribune
Dec 07, 2018

New Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt isn't thinking ahead to free agency
Now that he is with the Cardinals, Paul Goldschmidt is not thinking beyond the 2019 season.

The six-time All-Star was acquired from the Diamondbacks on Wednesday and will earn $14.5 million in the final season of a seven-year contract, including a $1 million assignment bonus for the trade. If he...



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