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The alleged Chicago boss of an international credit card fraud racket has ties to organized crime in Bulgaria, kidnapped a man in Chicago and robbed him of $800,000, ordered a beating and warned a rival would be “cut into pieces,” feds say. And Gheorgui...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Monday, April 21, 2014
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While he was still in college, Edward Beaudion dressed up as a vampire to bring a little ghoulish cheer to kids at a local orphanage....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The stock market slipped Wednesday after rallying for six straight days as investors worked through another round of quarterly earnings reports from U.S. companies. Intuitive Surgical was among those reporting disappointed results....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Procter & Gamble Co.’s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 2 percent as it cut costs to offset sluggish sales in categories like beauty and family products....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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DAN MIHALOPOULOS: Google “Ari Emanuel” and “uber,” and you’ll find frequent references to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother as the “Hollywood uber-agent” for many of the world’s most popular entertainers. What’s far less known is Ari Emanuel’s...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Clearly perturbed by a round of Bruce Rauner robo-calls made to Chicago residents on Tuesday, Rahm Emanuel took out the political filet knife and stuck it right into the mayor’s old fishing buddy — using Rauner’s own words against him....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Toyota Motor Corp. kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen. Toyota said Wednesday it sold a record 2.583 million vehicles....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Five people were hurt after a vehicle hit a bus stop Tuesday night after a police chase in the Roseland neighborhood. About 8:40 p.m., a vehicle traveling north on Michigan Avenue near 103rd Street struck another vehicle, said Larry Langford, a Chicago...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Days after Nina Castro filed for divorce from her husband last fall, she returned to their home in Gary’s Ambridge-Mann area where Remanard Castro forced her to have sex with him while threatening her with a handgun and later a crowbar, according to...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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When I think of Wrigley Field being 100 years old, a few things jump to mind. First, bizarrely, there is Ronnie ‘‘Woo’’ Wickers. This must be because I was sitting in the left-field bleachers many years ago — like, 43 years ago — and there...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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As parties of the century go, Wednesday’s 100th ‘‘birthday’’ celebration for Wrigley Field falls woefully short compared to the classic centennials. The United States had victories over Britain, Mexico and the Confederacy before its 100th birthday....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The best team has lost in the first three games of the Blackhawks-Blues series — just one reason this is the most captivating playoff series in the NHL. Nobody knows what will happen next. This first-round series has offered a range of drama worthy...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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All the talk of do-or-die and statement games, that’s for “you guys,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau pointed out to the media on Tuesday. Never mind that it was one of his own players who called the Game 2 against the Washington Wizards a “must-win’’...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Ed Hartig doesn’t hesitate picking the event he would have loved to see most at Wrigley Field, and it has nothing to do with baseball. “I would have loved to have seen the ski jumping,’’ the Cubs historian said of the novel event held by the...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Time to start up the calls again for Mike Olt to be the Cubs’ everyday third baseman. Olt hit another opposite-field home run to put some distance on a close game as the Cubs went on to beat the reeling Arizona Diamondbacks 9-2 Tuesday night at Wrigley...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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WASHINGTON — Albert Pujols reached 500 homers in a hurry. The Los Angeles Angels’ first baseman hit a pair of shots off Washington Nationals right-hander Taylor Jordan on Tuesday night — a three-run homer in the first inning and two-run drive in...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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One day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel decried the rash of shootings over the Easter holiday weekend, eight people were shot across the city in less than seven hours. The ages of the victims — one teenager and seven men — ranged from 14 to 56....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Five people were hospitalized after a vehicle hit a bus stop Tuesday night in the Roseland neighborhood. About 8:40 p.m., a vehicle traveling north on Michigan Avenue near 103rd Street struck another vehicle, then hit the bus stop, authorities said....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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It appears likely that the Bears’ draft plans for rebuilding their defense will mimic construction-site signs: Safety first. If so, who’s second? As the Bears look to bolster their defensive-tackle positions, Arizona State’s Will Sutton, a two-time...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Leading up to the NFL draft, which begins May 8, the Sun-Times will take a position-by-position look at the Bears’ needs and which players might be available to fill them. Louisville’s Calvin Pryor is a thumper, and Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera had an RBI double in the first inning and a two-run homer in a five-run third against minor-league callup Charlie Leesman, and the Detroit Tigers held on for an 8-6 victory over the visiting White Sox Tuesday. Justin Verlander...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The Rev. Michael W. O’Connell, who became the subject of a second child abuse allegation on Monday, will remain in active ministry but will not be alone with children, the archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Follow along every playoff game with the Bulls’ beat writers for instant updates, plus join the discussion....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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DETROIT – Sale is relieved, and confident. Relieved that there is no damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, and confident he’ll miss two starts and be back pitching again in two weeks. “Without a doubt,’’ he said. “Any...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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A Lake County Jail inmate who hung himself on Friday had cuts, likely from a razor, all over his body — some as recent as one to three days before his death — according to autopsy results released this week, raising questions about why sheriff’s...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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The boy was standing on a porch in the 7300 block of South Maplewood Avenue about 6:40 p.m. when suspects ran out from across the street and started shooting, police said. He was shot in the shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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But his comments were called “disingenuous” Tuesday by Recovering Grace, a website that has received reports from dozens of women who’ve alleged they were sexually harassed by Gothard with unwanted touching, including bare foot games of footsie,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Whether Thibodeau did or didn’t, he seemingly had very little problem with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich finishing first with 59 first-place votes, edging out Jeff Hornacek, who had 37 first-place votes....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday. Stocks are rebounding from a slump earlier this month when investors dumped high-flying biotechnology and Internet stocks....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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An FBI informant was caught on surveillance video shooting a man he embraced just seconds before he opened fire in an East Garfield Park alley over the weekend, Cook County prosecutors said....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The stock market notched its sixth gain in a row Tueday as more U.S. companies report solid earnings. It’s the longest winning streak since September....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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DETROIT —Any time Chris Sale spends extended time in the trainer’s room, the White Sox hold their collective breath. The news they got Monday night wasn’t good, but it could have been worse. The Sox, who had said before the game that he would miss...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Whether Thibodeau did or didn’t, he seemingly had very little problem with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich finishing first with 59 first-place votes, edging out Jeff Hornacek, who had 37 first-place votes....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Patrick Kane peeled away from the play and started racing up the ice before Jonathan Toews even got the puck on a turnover deep in the defensive zone. Toews immediately fired an 80-foot pass that hit Kane’s tape in stride, and Kane scored on the breakaway....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Stocks rose Tuesday as more companies reported solid first-quarter earnings. The market also got a lift from deal news. Netflix rose after announcing a big jump in its earnings and Botox maker Allergan rose sharply on a takeover bid....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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A $2.2 million grant will be given to the city of Chicago to help get more people screened for heart disease, the mayor announced Tuesday.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Stocks edged higher Tuesday as more companies reported first quarter earnings. The stock market also got a lift from deal news. Netflix and Botox maker Allergan rose sharply....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45 billion....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Comcast Corp. said Tuesday its first-quarter net income rose by 30 percent as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Jimmy Fallon’s elevation as host of “The Tonight Show.”...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Harley-Davidson’s first-quarter earnings rose 18.7 percent as motorcycle sales grew worldwide and efficiency efforts took hold. The Milwaukee company says global sales of new motorcycles grew 5.8 percent in the quarter as buyers responded to its new...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Legislative efforts to dramatically shake up how the Chicago area’s transit agencies are organized probably won’t become a reality until next year, the chairman of the House Mass Transit Committee said Monday....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Five Chicago Public schools are adding International Baccalaureate programs for elementary and middle schoolers in the fall, joining several dozen other Chicago schools that already offer the internationally recognized model....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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John Berron applied for a concealed carry permit on Jan. 5. He got a letter on March 19 that said that the Illinois Concealed Carry Licensing Review Board received an objection to his application and found he was ineligible for a permit. The Illinois...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Justin Hamilton, 23, of Flossmoor, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing 16-year-old Jordan Means and 18-year-old Anthony Bankhead on Saturday morning in Chicago, according to a statement from Chicago Police....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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The boys, ages 14 and 16, were standing on the sidewalk in the 1600 block of East 69th Street about 9:35 p.m. Monday when they were shot, police said. The 14-year-old, who was shot in the back, was listed in critical condition, and the 16-year-old suffered...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Three regular-season weeks into the Cubs’ first managerial change under Theo Epstein, and the only thing that’s changed is some faces in the clubhouse and voices on the field staff. Same inability to score runs, same ninth-inning pitching woes, even...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Almost a month into the season, and Travis Wood figured out how to finally solve the Cubs’ years-long scoring malaise: He picked up his bat and did it himself. As impressive as the All-Star pitcher was on the mound for seven innings Monday night, he...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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Three regular-season weeks into the Cubs’ first managerial change under Theo Epstein, and the only thing that’s changed is some faces in the clubhouse and voices on the field staff. Same inability to score runs, same ninth-inning pitching woes, even...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Tuesday, April 22, 2014
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