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It was infuriating to learn about an American dentist illicitly baiting and luring a beloved lion out from a protected area in Zimbabwe to viciously kill the majestic creature to collect a trophy. Wealthy Americans and other Westerners who spend an enormous...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: contributors | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Follow @sneedlings The police blotter . . . Police Supt. Garry McCarthy just got a ribbing. Well, sort of. Sneed is told McCarthy, who returned to full-time patrol duty during the July 4 weekend after a full recovery from a heart attack last June, was...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Michael Sneed | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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BOSTON — The White Sox hit ‘em early and often — once again — in a 9-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox Wednesday at Fenway Park that ran their winning streak to a season-best seven games. Adam Eaton went deep against Rick Porcello to lead off...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Daryl Van Schouwen | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Medicare turns fifty on Thursday. It was signed into law July 30, 1965 — the crowning achievement of Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society. It’s more popular than ever. Yet Medicare continues to be blamed for America’s present and future budget problems....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: contributors | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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A former Chicago hospital boss was set to be sentenced Wednesday in a scheme to bribe doctors to send patients to his sub-standard and maggot-infested hospital. Ed Novak, the 60-year-old CEO of the West Side’s now-shuttered Sacred Heart Hospital, was...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Jon Seidel | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Three men and a teenage boy who led police on an eight-mile chase late Monday and eventually crashed their vehicle in Chicago Lawn are facing a slew of charges for attempted robbery and carjacking. Officers responding to a call of shots fired near Kedzie...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Luke Wilusz | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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A 16-year-old boy was injured in a Fernwood neighborhood drive-by shooting Wednesday night on the Far South Side. About 8:40 p.m., the teenager was standing outside in the 10300 block of South union when a silver vehicle drove past and someone inside...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Ashlee Rezin | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady posted a statement to his Facebook wall early Wednesday morning in response to the commissioner’s upholding of a four-game suspension. Brady expresses disappointment and continues to deny having “written,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: David Just | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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The White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez back-handed the ball and threw a dart across the diamond.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Blair Sheade | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Two prominent Chicago businessmen – including a major donor to President Barack Obama – could be called to testify in an income tax evasion case involving former Congressman Mel Reynolds. Real estate developer Elzie Higginbottom and onetime-mayoral...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Natasha Korecki | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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WASHINGTON — The University of Phoenix, which runs an online college popular among military veterans, is under federal investigation for possible deceptive or unfair business practices, its parent company the Apollo Education Group told shareholders...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Senate President John Cullerton will support a bill to halt legislative pay raises during the Senate session next week, despite calling the measure “blatantly unconstitutional.” Cullerton also plans to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of a bill...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Tina Sfondeles | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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BOSTON — With each passing victory that nudges the White Sox closer to the .500 mark, Jeff Samardzija’s chances of staying with them draws nearer, too. That would be okay with the Sox right-hander, who checked off his 10th consecutive start of seven...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Daryl Van Schouwen | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel got more bad news about the city’s $30 billion pension crisis on Wednesday, just as he was intensifying his efforts to get aldermen on board the train to raise revenues and cut costs. The same Cook County judge who overturned Emanuel’s...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Fran Spielman | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Follow @MaryMitchellCST Protesters held up a sign on the Michigan Avenue Bridge on Tuesday night with the slogan: “Say Her Name” to bring attention to the tragic death of Sandra Bland. Bland died in Texas while in police custody. The Naperville woman’s...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Mary Mitchell | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Police have released a photo of a man they say scammed three west suburban businesses out of money by using a fake story about a personal emergency. The man so far has taken money from three establishments, including two restaurants and a gas station,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: LeeAnn Shelton | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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The Citizens Utility Board on Wednesday issued a consumer alert warning Chicagoans to avoid bad electric deals when the city’s energy aggregation deal ends in July. More than 600,000 households will be automatically returned to ComEd in August after...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Tina Sfondeles | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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BOSTON — The White Sox placed infielder Emilio Bonifacio on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain and recalled infielder Leury Garcia from AAA Charlotte. Bonifacio, who is hitting .169 in 45 games after signing as a free agent on January...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Daryl Van Schouwen | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Chicago consumers of soda pop, energy drinks and other sugary beverages would be taxed — at a rate of a penny-per-ounce — to curb soaring obesity rates, bankroll school physical fitness programs and chip away at the $30 billion pension crisis at...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Fran Spielman | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Public Policy Polling’s latest Illinois poll reveals some interesting numbers about baseball fans in the Land of Lincoln. Not surprisingly, 40 percent of Illinois residents identified as Cubs fans, which far exceeded any other baseball team. What was...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: David Just | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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WHEATON — Wheaton College in suburban Chicago says it will stop offering health insurance plans to students to avoid providing birth control coverage mandated by the Affordable Care Act. The Christian liberal arts college announced the decision July...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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DEARBORN, Michigan — Ford Motor Co.’s net income jumped 44 percent to $1.9 billion in the second quarter as global sales rose and customers paid more for new trucks and SUVs with premium features. Ford pulled off a record quarterly profit of $2.6...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Geovany Soto hit his home run so far it shattered a windshield in the parking lot on the other side of the left field wall at Fenway Park.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Blair Sheade | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Boston outfielder Mookie Betts fell on his head trying to catch a Jose Abreu home run.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Blair Sheade | Wednesday, July 29, 2015
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Having decided that Donald Trump is unworthy of his popularity, the grandees of journalism are hard-pressed to explain why he is so popular. “It came slightly ahead of schedule,” The Wall Street Journal gleefully wrote last week, “but Donald Trump’s...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Roger Simon | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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PARIS — Two students have found a human tooth from about 560,000 years ago in a famous prehistoric cave in southwestern France, a discovery praised by archaeologists as the oldest human body part ever discovered in the country and being rare from that...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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I’m pretty sure Stephen A. Smith is a better speaker than listener. Still, the ESPN “First Take” host hears a lot of things. Smith’s latest “hearings” have the NFL upholding Tom Brady’s four-game suspension for deflating footballs. Ironically,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Dan Cahill | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Bob Abt’s father, David Abt, was a showman who wasn’t above a little razzle-dazzle to grow his business. He “would do handstands on the washer, dance around the [sales] floor with women” customers, said his grandson, Michael Abt. In Abt Electronics’...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Maureen O'Donnell | Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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Mitchell Aliotta, the bassist for the 1970s Chicago rock group that had a hit with the anthem “Lake Shore Drive,” has died. Mr. Aliotta’s death means only one of the three original members of Aliotta, Haynes and Jeremiah is still living: Skip Haynes....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Maureen O'Donnell | Monday, July 27, 2015
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Former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds couldn’t tell a federal magistrate judge Thursday where he planned to live as he awaits trial on misdemeanor charges of failing to file tax returns for four consecutive years. That’s because of lifetime restrictions...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Jon Seidel | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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A motorcyclist was found dead after a passersby discovered a crash early Thursday in the northwest suburbs. The male was driving a 2015 Harley Davidson eastbound on Route 176 in unincorporated Fremont Township and failed to negotiate a curve as he approached...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Jordan Owen | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Despite all the news coverage about the state budget impasse, few commentators have told the truth about the fight between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan. So here it is: Rauner is pursuing an end-result that will improve lives,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: contributors | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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SAN FRANCISCO — A great white shark thwarted a Northern California man’s quest to become the first person to swim from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Farallon Islands. The Marin Independent Journal reports Thursday that Corte Madera marathon swimmer...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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A PetSmart store in the South Loop has confirmed a case of dog flu at its pet hotel. The pet store at 1101 S. Canal has seen multiple cases of respiratory illness in dogs, but only has one confirmed case of canine influenza, according to a statement...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Jordan Owen | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Michael Sweetney hasn’t played an NBA game since April 15, 2007, when he scored four points for the Bulls in a 33-point win over the Wizards. On Saturday, Sweetney will be on ESPN at 1 p.m. vying for $1 million in the semifinals of The Basketball Tournament...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Dan Cahill | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Police are searching for a 30-year-old woman who left her home in the Northwest Side Belmont Cragin neighborhood Saturday and did not return. Leslie Sanjurjo left her home upset with her cell phone in the 4800 block of West Wrightwood about 7:25 p.m....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Jordan Owen | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Having been one of the best basketball players to ever live, Michael Jordan's name is often invoked by rappers when they are trying to express greatness.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Matthew Schwerha | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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Chicago’s love affair with outdoor dining has already prompted restaurants to apply for more than 1,100 sidewalk café permits. But, what about restaurants located in areas with sidewalks too narrow to accommodate both tables and pedestrians? Ald....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Fran Spielman | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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In January, Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was arrested in Gwinnett County, Ga., on charges of DUI, speeding and reckless driving. Jennings was pulled over at 11:44 a.m. for driving 99 mph in a 65-mph zone. Jennings told police he was on his way to a...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Dan Cahill | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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A $1 million winning ticket was sold at a Southwest Side gas station for Wednesday night’s Powerball drawing. The winning Quick Pick ticket was bought at Midway Mobil, 8145 S. Pulaski, and matched the first five numbers — 04, 22, 27, 28, 52, (35),...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Sun-Times Wire | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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At least one person is hurt after a motorcycle and a truck collided Thursday morning in west suburban Aurora. The crash happened sometime before 8 a.m. on Butterfield Road, Aurora police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said. Butterfield remains closed between...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: LeeAnn Shelton | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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For all his greatness, Michael Jordan has never really had an eye for talent. From Rodney McCray to Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison to Noah Vonleh, Jordan’s ability to evaluate has been, well, an air ball. In a wonderful piece for Grantland, Zach Lowe...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Dan Cahill | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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SPRINGFIELD — Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock and his attorneys have reached a temporary resolution with federal prosecutors on civil contempt accusations he faced for failing to produce campaign and congressional records. The Peoria Republican appeared...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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A Naperville woman with Alzheimer’s went missing Wednesday, possibly while walking her dogs in the western suburb, police said. Laurie A. Jost, 62, was last seen at her home about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 700 block of Violet Circle, according to...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: LeeAnn Shelton | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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The 1984 Summer Olympic Torch that then Bruce Jenner carried through Lake Tahoe, Nevada, goes on the auction block Thursday. It’s among the highlights of a Heritage Auctions sports memorabilia sale in Chicago. The torch is the first major piece of...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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CINCINNATI — A University of Cincinnati police officer who shot a motorist after stopping him over a missing front license plate has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and involuntary manslaughter. Twenty-five-year-old Ray Tensing wore a striped...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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DEERFIELD — Mondelez International Inc. (MDLZ) on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $406 million. The Deerfield, Illinois-based company said it had profit of 25 cents per share. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs and restructuring...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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ATLANTA — Federal authorities and police are investigating after Confederate battle flags were found around the Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta. The Rev. Shannon Jones of Ebenezer...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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CHICAGO — The rapper Chief Keef isn’t giving up on his quest to perform via hologram. Keef is a 19-year-old rapper with a huge fan base and long history of trouble with the law that is keeping him out of Chicago. He is now preparing to hold a show...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Sun-Times Staff | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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AUSTIN, Texas — The arrest and death of Sandra Bland is bringing top state officials to the Texas Capitol to testify about jail standards and police officer protocols. The hearing Thursday in Austin is the first time lawmakers are meeting to discuss...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Thursday, July 30, 2015
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