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How 6 People Were Rescued From An Elevator In A Chicago Skyscraper
CHICAGO - Firefighters had a pretty good idea how they would rescue the six people trapped in an elevator at the former John Hancock Center early Friday. But they had to find the elevator first. The express elevator was stuck somewhere between the 95
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Khalil Mack Upbeat And Focused Ahead Of Bears' Sunday Night Showdown Against Vikings
Talking is not what Khalil Mack is about. That's what makes the wait for Sunday night so painstaking. After the Bears completed their third and final practice of the week Friday afternoon, meeting with reporters about the NFC North showdown against t
Chicago Tribune4 min read
Friends, Family Remember Jemel Roberson, Security Guard Fatally Shot By Cop
CHICAGO - Jemel Roberson was a surprise baby, born to Beatrice and John Roberson when his mother was in her mid-40s. And perhaps no one was more excited about his arrival than his half sister Deanna "Scharron" Green, who was 17 at the time and was al
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Teddy Greenstein's Big Ten football picks
Let's talk about road favorites. And let's talk about the first bad bet I ever made. I was 13. My beloved New York Jets were 10-1. They were set to travel to Miami for a Monday night extravaganza. This was going to be huge. Validate us, Frank and Al!
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Motormouth: 'Lamebrain Questions' And Monthly Car Maintenance
Q: I am amazed at some of the lamebrain questions you get, and then you proceed to answer them. That says nothing about you but the ignorant state of the motoring public. Auto companies have designed it so we don't want to open the hood and when we d
Chicago Tribune3 min read
Heidi Stevens: Sex Has Never Been Easier To Find. Why Aren't Young People Having It?
The good news is young people are having sex later and less frequently than previous generations. The bad news is young people are having sex later and less frequently than previous generations. A fascinating new Atlantic article takes a deep dive in
Chicago Tribune2 min readPolitics
Editorial: Trump's Attack On The First Amendment
When the Founding Fathers established freedom of the press as a constitutional right, they didn't hedge their support with the phrase as long as they're nice about it. A free press by design is a check on power and often a robust critic of government
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Editorial: The Bishops Duck And Cover
There was a single big item on the agenda when U.S. bishops convened in Baltimore this week: how to confront the child sex abuse scandals that perennially soil the church. The bishops were prepared to debate whether to create a lay commission to inve
Chicago Tribune3 min read
6 Tourists Rescued After Hours Trapped In Hancock Tower Elevator In Chicago: 'It Was A Pretty Precarious Situation'
CHICAGO - It had been about an hour since the elevator suddenly stopped at the former John Hancock Center, two of its cables broken and six people trapped inside. All they knew was they were somewhere between the 95th floor and the lobby of Chicago's
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The Beatles 'White Album' At 50: A Classic Or An Overindulgence?
When it comes to Beatles nostalgia, the band's self-titled 1968 "White Album" has a king-size reputation - the biggest album (30 songs!) by the biggest band in the world at the time. But, to paraphrase a Beatles song, it was all too much, and its pro
Chicago Tribune5 min readSociety
Convicted Sex Offender Who Worked At Hancock Observatory Charged With Child Pornography
CHICAGO - Convicted sex offender Christopher Colon was working as a tour manager at the former John Hancock Center's observatory four months ago when the Chicago Tribune revealed he was under federal investigation for disturbing new allegations invol
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Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane Pick Predators' Bridgestone Arena As NHL's Toughest To Play In
The United Center is one of the toughest buildings for opposing teams to play in, according to an NHL.com poll of 61 players. But it's not the toughest. That distinction goes to the Predators' Bridgestone Arena, which received 15 votes, far surpassin
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Sears Gets Court OK To Pursue Sale Of Its Best Stores
Sears Holdings Corp. can begin trying to sell its best-performing stores after receiving court approval Thursday for its plans to auction off assets. When the Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based parent company of Sears and Kmart filed for Chapter 11 bankrupt
Chicago Tribune4 min read
William Goldman: The Wit And Wisdom ('Follow The Money') Of A Legendary Chicago-born Screenwriter
In his adventures in the screen trade, which inspired his zingy 1983 Hollywood memoir of the same name, Chicago-born, Highland Park-raised William Goldman won two screenwriting Academy Awards and the hearts of millions who liked the way his wiseacres
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Chicago Sports Team Owners Donate $1 Million To Combat Gun Violence: 'We Want To Be Invested In It'
CHICAGO - The Chicago Sports Alliance, a collective formed by the Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears, White Sox and Cubs, announced that it will donate $1 million in grants to support an anti-violence initiative. "These kids don't know when they go to school,
Chicago Tribune3 min readPolitics
Editorial: Thanks, Judge Kelly, For Protecting The Press From Trump
When the Founding Fathers established freedom of the press as a constitutional right, they didn't hedge their support with the phrase as long as they're nice about it. A free press by design is a check on power and often a robust critic of government
Chicago Tribune3 min read
Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich wins NL MVP Award; Cubs' Javier Baez a distant 2nd
A finishing kick for the ages turned a tight National League Most Valuable Player duel with Javier Baez into a rout for Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich. Baez entered September as the player to beat, but Yelich outperformed his rival when it matte
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Bulls Offense Continues To Sputter In Blowout Loss To Celtics
BOSTON - Let's get the obvious out of the way first: Lauri Markkanen, Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis and Denzel Valentine are injured, critical pieces for a team projected to win 30-something games at full strength. In Cameron Payne, Cristiano Felicio, Shaq
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Blackhawks Snap 8-game Losing Streak With Corey Crawford's 1-0 Shutout Of Blues
CHICAGO - Rivalries can be fun for fans, exhilarating for players, and they can not matter much to a rookie coach trying to snap his team out of an eight-game losing streak. There will be time for Jeremy Colliton to care who the opponent is when his
Chicago Tribune6 min read
Dogs, Puppies And More Dogs Everywhere On Your Screen In New Netflix Doc
I've always been curious why cable channels like Animal Planet or Nat Geo Wild have yet to fully exploit a certain niche. I'm talking about programming that entirely centers the relationship between humans and their pets. You can find plenty of good
Chicago Tribune3 min readPolitics
Commentary: We Won! So, What's Next For House Democrats?
Voters across the United States made a collective decision last Tuesday to put Democrats in charge of the U.S. House of Representatives. This is the first time since 2010 that Democrats have been entrusted with a House majority. The question now is w
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Commentary: I Was Fired For Doing My Job. Congress Should Make Sure Mueller Isn't Dumped For The Same Reason.
With Attorney General Jeff Sessions' departure from the Department of Justice and President Donald Trump's appointment of a political loyalist, Matthew Whitaker, as acting attorney general, it is time for the nation to recommit to the idea that the l
Chicago Tribune4 min read
Commentary: The Same Code Of Silence Haunts Law Enforcement And Medicine
I once ran out into the alley in the back of my house to help a neighbor who had been shot in the belly by another neighbor. There had been some drinking involved, maybe a heated exchange, maybe some long-held resentments coming to the surface. No fi
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Commentary: Fashion And Politics: In Defense Of The 'I Voted' Sticker
As a recent transplant to Chicago, I was eager to cast my ballot on Election Day. And I'm not ashamed to admit that I was equally excited to get an iconic "I Voted" sticker to patriotically don on my lapel for the rest of the day and, perhaps more im
Chicago Tribune5 min read
Balancing Act: We Flocked To The United Center, Hungry For Direction And Joy. Michelle Obama Fed Us
CHICAGO - Like a weary, battered flock, we sought refuge in the United Center, hungry for stories of success, joy, inclusion, triumph over long odds, the higher road. American stories. And Michelle Obama fed us. She fed us with her humor and her hone
Chicago Tribune2 min read
Phil Rosenthal: Bears Censor TV Helicopter Coverage Of Cody Parkey Practicing At Soldier Field
CHICAGO - The Bears apparently want the media to watch Cody Parkey attempt kicks the way Bears fans do - with hands over their eyes. In this case, it's the Bears' hands. The team squelched coverage by WLS-Ch. 7 and WGN-Ch. 9 after the TV stations dis
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Year After Jury's Record Award In Off-duty Shooting, Victim Awaits Payout While Chicago Cop Collects A Paycheck
CHICAGO - Michael LaPorta's wheelchair is falling apart. The specially equipped van he uses to get around his South Side neighborhood needs serious repair. The lift he uses to get in and out his front door occasionally goes on the fritz, too. A year
Chicago Tribune1 min read
Jabari Parker On The Bucks' Strong Start: 'I'm Happy For Them'
CHICAGO - Last July, the Bucks rescinded their $4.3 million qualifying offer to Jabari Parker, a move that allowed their former No. 2 pick to become an unrestricted free agent. Without that gesture, Parker wouldn't have been able to sign a two-year,
Chicago Tribune3 min read
Notre Dame's Passing Game Should Get Boost Against Syracuse With Return Of Ian Book
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Notre Dame has scored at least 31 points in five of Ian Book's six starts at quarterback this season. Syracuse can also put up points. The Orange are seventh nationally in scoring offense, averaging 44.4 points. Quarterback Eric Du
Chicago Tribune6 min read
Witness To Shooting Of Security Guard Jemel Roberson: Officer Opened Fire 'Not Even 5 Seconds' After Warning
CHICAGO - Jemel Roberson was wearing a cap and sweatshirt that had the word "Security" on them when he was fatally shot by a Midlothian police officer while an armed Roberson was trying to subdue a suspect early Sunday at a Robbins bar, a co-worker o
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