After 1 year on the job, Chicago Bears President Kevin Warren has made an impression with his energy. Will it produce results on and off the field?
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by Colleen Kane
3m ago
Kevin Warren had just arrived in Orlando, Fla., for the NFL owners meetings last month, so his attire was more casual than the suit and tie he usually wears to such events. His morning travel didn’t afford time for lunch, so tucked in the back room of a restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton, he took bites of blackened shrimp salad amid monologues about the state of the Chicago Bears. If the Bears president and CEO was harried by thoughts of diving into three days of meetings with NFL leaders, he didn’t show it as he waded through multiple topics facing the organization, including its Chicago stadium ..read more
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Chicago Bears Q&A: What are the probabilities of trading the No. 9 pick vs. staying put? Which players could be on the roster bubble?
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by Brad Biggs
3m ago
The Chicago Bears have entered the stretch run to the 2024 NFL draft. In eight days, we’ll learn whether Caleb Williams indeed is their choice at No. 1 and what general manager Ryan Poles decided to do with the No. 9 pick. As he does every Wednesday, Brad Biggs reaches into the mailbag to answer readers’ questions. Biggsy, could you assign your subjective probabilities to the following options at No. 9? a. Bears trade up b. Bears trade down c. Bears stay at 9 — @danno561 That’s the million-dollar question we’ve been wondering about for a couple of months and have another week to kick around ..read more
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Percival Everett’s new book ‘James’ revisits ‘Huckleberry Finn.’ He won’t tell you how to read it.
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by Christopher Borrelli
3m ago
I’ve had difficult interviews before. I’ve interviewed Lou Reed, who may be the most notoriously difficult interview subject of the past half century. (It went badly.) I once walked out of an interview with John Cusack because he seemed pointlessly combative and I was poorly prepared. I’ve had pleasant conversationalists who call minutes before deadline to claim everything just said is off the record. (“Off the record” does not work like that.) David Mamet once answered my questions with shrugs and mumbles, and when I said the story would appear in the newspaper soon, he responded, his voice a ..read more
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‘Franklin’ review: Michael Douglas plays Ben Franklin in France, looking to fund the Revolution
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by Nina Metz
3m ago
Throughout history, world powers have funded wars in which they have no direct involvement. (Stares in our current moment.) In 1776, Benjamin Franklin hoped to convince France to do just that when the British colonies in America declared their independence from England and were in need of a serious infusion of money, men and supplies. France was no friend of Britain’s and vice versa, so why not try to leverage that to America’s advantage? “Franklin,” on Apple TV+ starring Michael Douglas in the title role, depicts that delicate and complicated years-long process. It was no doubt a fascinating ..read more
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Times change, but City News Cafe stays the course as the place with thousands of magazines
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by Rick Kogan
3m ago
Things change. And you might find no greater example of that than the Six Corners neighborhood on the Northwest Side of the city, around the intersection of Milwaukee, Irving Park and Cicero Avenues that give the area its name. The massive Sears that once dominated is gone, replaced by a large Target that opened in March. There’s a new Aldi nearby and apartments of 6 Corners Lofts and other apartment complexes and many storefronts beckoning new tenants. Unlike some other areas of town, dotted with shuttered businesses and shadowed in uncertainty, this slice of the city has a palpable vitality ..read more
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Editorial: It’s 76 shots that are hard for today’s Chicago to talk about, but that kill a kid just the same
Chicago Tribune
by The Editorial Board
1h ago
Chicago police recovered 76 casings after the Saturday night massacre in the 2000 block of West 52nd Street in Chicago. They did not recover the life of Ariana Molina, 9. Nor did they prevent the sprayed bullets from an automatic weapon from wounding two young boys, ages 8 and 9. Nor could they prevent the shooting of a 1-year-old baby, who may need surgery, nor the several adults wounded. And they couldn’t stop the many other adults and young people present from witnessing the kind of event that can and does scar people for life. In essence, a gunman, as yet unknown (naturally), opened fire o ..read more
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Clarence Page: Loss of support from Republican evangelicals suits MAGA crowd just fine
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by Clarence Page
1h ago
Black voters have traditionally been pivotal to the fortunes of the Democratic Party, but some recent polls have suggested that they are proving less bankable for President Joe Biden than in the past. Whether or not as many as 20% of Black voters have in fact deserted the Democrats, as some recent polls suggest, is a contested matter. But it’s probably fair to say that Democrats currently are in more of a defensive than a growth mode with that portion of the electorate. But what of Donald Trump and evangelicals? Does the same apply? Historically, what we used to know as the evangelical bloc ha ..read more
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As the Kentucky Derby turns 150, Black heritage in racing is in the Louisville spotlight
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by Tracey Teo
1h ago
Ten thousand cheering horse racing fans at Kentucky’s Louisville Jockey Club, now called Churchill Downs, marveled as African American jockey Oliver Lewis brought his chestnut colt Aristides neck-and-neck with Volcano on the homestretch, and the pair surged ahead of the pack of lightning-fast thoroughbreds racing on May 17, 1875. They thundered in tandem at such breakneck speed it seemed as if they could take flight, and in the last few seconds Aristides broke away and bolted to victory in the inaugural Kentucky Derby. That was the first of many history-making moments that have transpired in t ..read more
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Sheldon H. Jacobson: Why are some banknotes hot commodities for collectors?
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by Sheldon H. Jacobson
1h ago
Tax Day has now passed, and people have money on their minds. You may have read news reports that people should not spend certain banknotes because they may be worth thousands of dollars, far more than their face value. Before anyone opens their wallet to use their newfound wealth to book a luxury cruise or make a down payment on a new SUV, I will examine this issue and determine whether such claims are true. For simplicity, my analysis focuses entirely on $1 banknotes, though a similar analysis could be taken for other denominations. Banknotes are printed in two locations — Washington an ..read more
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Earth Day is only once a year, these Chicago chefs upcycle ingredients every day
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by Lisa Shames
1h ago
Waste. Can’t live with it, can’t live without it. And therein lies the rub. Perhaps it was during the pandemic making all those home-cooked meals that you became painfully aware of how much of it you produce. Maybe you put scallions in a jar of water and watched them miraculously regrow. Or, you finally got serious about saving your vegetable scraps and chicken bones to make stock. But when it comes to utilizing ingredients to their fullest, chefs are the ultimate experts. These days, with their bottom lines more razor-thin than ever, they are MacGyvering plenty of solutions to do more with le ..read more
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