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Looking Ahead To The 2019 Tony Awards: What Should Win
What makes an acting performance worthy of a Tony Award? It's always a fascinating question on Broadway: Must such a performance command a marquee, spare no prisoners and take change of any and all the proceedings, much as Bryan Cranston does in "Net
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Albert Almora's Grand Slam, Homers By Anthony Rizzo And Javier Baez Vault Cubs To 8-4 Win Over Phillies
CHICAGO - Javier Baez proved Wednesday night he can swing hard despite coping with a right heel bruise. Anthony Rizzo showed he can hit for power against left-handers. And Albert Almora Jr. displayed his ability to drive in runs from the bottom part
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'Aladdin' Review: A Whole New Same Old World … This Time With Will Smith
While quality cannot be measured by minutes, the new live-action version of Disney's "Aladdin" runs 37 minutes longer than the animated 1992 film famous for Robin Williams' inspired vocal riffs and the song "A Whole New World." And those 37 additiona
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She Was 1 Of 9 Black Students At An All-white School. At 76, Gloria Ray Karlmark Is Still Writing Her Own History
Gloria Ray Karlmark walked into the history books when she, along with eight other African American students, walked into Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., in September 1957. Since then, Karlmark has been a member of the Little Ro
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Mavis Staples Is History. Jamila Woods Is Making History. How New Music From Two Chicago Artists Remind Us That 'Progress Is A Process'
CHICAGO - "Bullets flying, mothers crying ... What good is freedom if we haven't learned to be free," Mavis Staples sings at the outset of her new album, "We Get By" (Anti). It's a tough-as-nails gospel-blues, written by producer Ben Harper, that voi
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When An Engine Ripped Off A DC-10 At O'Hare It Killed 273 People, And Changed Air Travel Forever
CHICAGO - As 258 passengers filed on to American Airlines Flight 191 at O'Hare International Airport the Friday before Memorial Day in 1979, nothing suggested that they would never reach Los Angeles. They would have listened to the flight attendant i
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Chicago's City Center Faces Huge Office Vacancies, Ownership Changes And New Competitors
CHICAGO - Corporate moves from the suburbs, record tourism and booming real estate development are fueling downtown Chicago's economy, but the good times have produced one big unexpected challenge. Office owners are staring down a wave of upcoming la
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Once The Boeing 737 Max Is Cleared To Fly Again, United CEO Oscar Munoz Vows To Be On His Airline's First Max Flight
CHICAGO - United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz, in an effort to assure passengers, vowed to be aboard the airline's first flight on a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft begin flying again. Regulators around the world grounded the 737
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'Non-Fiction' Review: Love, Sex, Publishing, Deception, Juliette Binoche. Ah, Paree!
Smoother than cafe au lait, the low-keyed French confection "Non-Fiction" has a few things to say about publishing in the digital age; the old bourgeois guard making way for an adept, hungry new generation unattached to non-digital media; and touchy
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Only 11 Americans Are Known To Have Received A 3rd Double-lung Transplant; This Woman Is Preparing For The Rare Surgery
After her second double-lung transplant in 2012, Cassie Stanley was able to travel to Miami, Mexico and Las Vegas, root for her beloved Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, work as a nanny and land a job as a paraprofessional at her local elementary school
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Javier Baez Delivers Pinch-hit, Walk-off Single To Lift Cubs Over Phillies, 3-2
CHICAGO - The lack of clutch hitting left the Cubs bullpen with no margin for error, and it looked ominous Tuesday after Andrew McCutchen's two-out single in the seventh inning scored the tying and go-ahead runs as the Phillies took a 2-1 lead headin
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'Booksmart' Review: Cutting Loose With The Smartest Kids In Class
"Booksmart" takes a familiar blueprint and uses it to build a movie we haven't seen often enough: an R-rated teen comedy (meaning, a comedy about teenagers) focusing on a great female friendship. The movie's not always as wonderful as that friendship
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Howard Stern Talks About Life, Death, Donald Trump — And Why He Can't Stand His Old Narcissism
Howard Stern speaks, which comes as no surprise to the millions of people who listen to him, and last weekend he was speaking to me, saying, "Twenty years ago I had so much more energy and my narcissism was so strong that I really enjoyed talking abo
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The Cubs Have 2 Wishes For June: Nicer Weather And A More Consistent Bullpen
CHICAGO - Cubs manager Joe Maddon took note of the unseasonably chilly weather Tuesday night to provide the following observation. "It's almost June," Maddon said, presumably hoping the climate would improve. June also marks the expected return of Pe
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Diving Into Saul Bellow's Archives We Found Correspondence From Every Administration From Kennedy To Clinton. And That Was Only 1 Box Out Of 250
CHICAGO - Soon after Saul Bellow returned to his hometown in 1962 and joined the faculty of the University of Chicago, he started donating his papers to the school library. One of the most celebrated novelists of the postwar years, credited with retu
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'There's A Huge Shortage Of Lab Space In Chicago': Sterling Bay To Back Life Sciences Startups, With Eye On Lincoln Yards
CHICAGO - Chicago real estate developer Sterling Bay aims to make Lincoln Park on the city's North Side a center for life sciences research, an industry that the firm hopes will fill a lot of space in its $6 billion Lincoln Yards megadevelopment. Ste
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Paul Sullivan: Baseball Needs A Good Beef. So Adam Eaton And Todd Frazier Are Just What The Doctor Ordered.
CHICAGO - In the long and often torturous history of White Sox baseball, 2016 will be remembered as a season that went completely off the rails, convincing team Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to sign off on a rebuilding plan currently in its third year. Th
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Former Judge Files New Motions Pushing For Special Prosecutor In Jussie Smollett Case
CHICAGO - A former appellate judge pushing for a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case on Tuesday filed a flurry of paperwork, including a bid to block Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx from using any of her office's attorneys to represe
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Cubs Blow 9th-inning Lead And Lose To Phillies In 10 Innings In Jake Arrieta's Wrigley Return
CHICAGO - Jake Arrieta received a standing ovation prior to his first at-bat Monday night, and his stinginess enabled the Phillies to rally for a 3-1 lead over the Cubs and Yu Darvish after seven innings. But things went haywire for both teams until
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Finding Refuge In Chicago Running Clubs: Former Prisoner, Mom Of 4 Share Their Stories
CHICAGO - After Michael Ray was released from prison in April 2018, he stopped by a shoe store to buy a new pair of sneakers. While there, a worker mentioned 3Run2, a local running club, and asked Ray if he'd ever thought about joining one. Ray didn'
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There's A New Era Of Sideline Scrutiny For College Basketball Coaches. So Where's The Line Between Motivation And Mistreatment?
The scene was played over and over. It became a trending topic on social media and a hot take on sports talk shows. During a first-round victory against Bradley in the NCAA Tournament, Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo marched onto the court d
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Editorial: Lightfoot's Tough Love: Will You Stick With Her, Chicago?
There was a moment during Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's inauguration speech at Wintrust Arena when she turned her back to the crowd and faced the risers of aldermen seated behind her. It was right after she said this about aldermanic corruption: "Th
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Editorial: This SAT 'Adversity Score' Merits A Failing Grade
Decisions about admission into college are based on a gamut of factors. Potentially among them: a student's understanding of parabolas, perihelions and the Reconstruction - that is, his or her academic preparation and performance. But should those de
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Cook County Sheriff's Office Wants Answers About Hospital's Handling Of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez Case
CHICAGO - Cook County authorities said Monday they will explore whether child welfare reporting laws were violated after the woman accused of killing Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and cutting her baby from her womb showed up at a hospital last month claiming th
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Illinois' Marijuana Market Could Rival Colorado's In The Coming Years, Report Finds
CHICAGO - The cannabis industry in the U.S. has long been centered around states like Colorado and Oregon, but now, marijuana sales in Illinois and its neighboring states east of the Mississippi River are poised to rival those out west. The U.S. cann
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Paul Sullivan: Monday's Scoreboard Malfunction At Wrigley Field Was A Reminder Of What We Love About The Park
CHICAGO - An untimely malfunction in the old center-field scoreboard wasn't a high priority during Monday's Yu Darvish-Jake Arrieta matchup at Wrigley Field. Fans sitting near me down the first-base line barely seemed to notice the board was out for
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McDonald's Rolls Out Training, Hotline As Sexual Harassment Complaints Mount
CHICAGO - McDonald's has responded to mounting complaints about sexual harassment with employee training programs and a new anonymous reporting hotline. The Chicago-based fast food chain sent a letter Monday to Illinois Democratic Sen. Tammy Duckwort
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State Health Department Investigating Hospital In Marlen Ochoa-Lopez Case
CHICAGO - The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating a suburban Chicago hospital that waited two weeks before alerting authorities about a newborn who arrived in the emergency room on life support and accompanied by a woman who falsely
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We Toured The Peninsula Chicago With An AAA Inspector. Here's Why Those Formal Rankings Still Matter — Even In The Yelp Era
Sitting on a couch in a nook of The Peninsula Chicago's lobby, the man in the brown sports coat could be anyone - local, tourist, salesman. It's a chameleonlike quality that comes in handy: He's Inspector 40, an inspector with AAA, and his job is to
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Balancing Act: A Gay Character On PBS Kids' Show 'Arthur' Barely Raised An Eyebrow This Week. A Few Years Ago Was A Very Different Story
Sometimes you can measure progress by what didn't happen. When Season 22 of the PBS cartoon "Arthur" kicked off with a same-sex wedding for Arthur's teacher, Mr. Ratburn, the secretary of education didn't send PBS a letter outlining her "strong and v
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