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  • New China exhibit to open at Field Museum Aug 26, 2014 4:48 PM
    The Field Museum is announcing plans to open a new permanent exhibition on China. Museum officials say the Cyrus Tang Hall of China exhibition will cover thousands of years of China’s history, from the Paleolithic era to the present.

  • Is Cutler less effective than his backups? Aug 26, 2014 5:18 AM
    Mike North says it seems to him that the Chicago Bears backup quarterbacks do as well as the expensive starter, Jay Cutler. North is wondering just how well Cutler will do this year.

  • Notre Dame will count on freshmen on defense Aug 26, 2014 7:32 PM
    Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly expects some teeth-gnashing while watching the Fighting Irish defense this fall. The 17th-ranked Irish already were expected to be young on defense in the season opener against Rice on Saturday. That’s before learning they’d be without four players, three of them on defense, who are under investigation by the university to determine whether they received improper assistance from others on papers and homework.

  • Quinn signs pregnancy anti-discrimination measure Aug 26, 2014 5:00 PM
    New guidelines aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against pregnant women were signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn this week, a move backers say extends protections already in place for other workers.

  • Jackie Robinson West game draws ratings record Aug 26, 2014 4:54 PM
    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West All Stars broke a television rating record on Sunday for Little League World Series games viewed in the Chicago market.

  • Music notes: Barrington's Wild Belle to play North Coast Music Fest Aug 26, 2014 6:12 AM
    Wild Belle, an indie-pop band with roots in Barrington, will perform this weekend as part of the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago. Next week, country-music superstar Garth Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, launch a massive new tour with a series of shows at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

  • 5 Seconds of Summer, One Direction to rock Soldier Field Aug. 29-30 Aug 26, 2014 2:19 PM
    5 Seconds of Summer fit the boy band mold: a quartet of young men with a feverish female fan base. But the Australian pop-rock group identifies more with Pete Wentz than Harry Styles. Currently they're touring with megastars One Direction. The tour stops at Chicago's Soldier Field Friday and Saturday, Aug. 29-30.

  • Whoa! Sky upset No. 1 seed Dream with 20-point rally Aug 26, 2014 11:51 PM
    Despite trailing by 17 early in the fourth quarter, the Chicago Sky weren't ready to give up on their season. Instead, they kept their focus and pulled off the biggest fourth-quarter comeback in WNBA playoff history. Elena Delle Donne scored 17 of her 34 points in the final period, including the winning jumper with 8.4 seconds left, as the Sky rallied from 20 points down to beat the Atlanta Dream 81-80 on Tuesday night and advance to the Eastern Conference finals. "I just know that when we were in huddles and I was talking to the team, everyone had that look in their eye like we were not done yet — we were not ready to go home," Delle Donne said.

  • Chicago Jackie Robinson West T-Shirts selling well Aug 26, 2014 8:18 AM
    Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West All Stars are not only good at baseball, but also in the T-shirt market. Crain’s Chicago Business reports ( more than 4,500 yellow Jackie Robinson West “Great Lakes Champions” T-shirts have been sold since Aug. 10. The Dick’s Sporting Goods location in Chicago’s South Loop is the only retailer selling the item. Money from T-shirt sales will go to the Jackie Robinson West program. The shirt sells for $20 each. Dick’s officials say the store started with 300 shirts after the team qualified for the World Series tournament. Those sold out in a matter of days. The next shipment of 500 shirts left the shelves in two hours. Dick’s says a shipment of 7,000 Jackie Robinson West All Stars “National Champions” T-shirts will be available Tuesday.

  • Cubs' Wood gets first win since June Aug 26, 2014 11:53 PM
    Travis Wood pitched six innings of two-hit ball against his former team for his first win in two months, leading the Cubs to a 3-0 victory over Johnny Cueto and the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night. Arismendy Alcantara hit a two-run shot and Anthony Rizzo connected for his 30th homer for the Cubs, who have won four in a row for the first time since June 30-July 4.

  • Bears’ coaches have tough call to make on Conte Aug 26, 2014 8:41 PM
    Safety Chris Conte is expected to miss the preseason finale Thursday night because of a concussion, so coaches will have just a handful of snaps from one game to evaluate the fourth-year veteran, who is coming back from off-season shoulder surgery. Final cuts are due at 3 p.m. Saturday.

  • Bears' Lynch out to make most of final opportunity Aug 27, 2014 5:33 AM
    On Thursday night in Cleveland against the Browns, former NIU quarterback and Hesiman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch gets his final preseason opportunity to prove to Bears coaches that he belongs on the 53-man roster -- which will be decided by Saturday afternoon -- or at least on the practice squad.

  • Weekend picks: Mark Normand brings comedy to Zanies Aug 28, 2014 2:39 PM
    Comedian Mark Normand takes a break from his TV stints on NBC's “Last Comic Standing” or Comedy Central's “@Midnight” to bring his standup to Zanies in Rosemont. If you grew up adoring Donny & Marie Osmond, now's your chance to fulfill a lifelong fantasy, catching a series of performances at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. The Chicago Jazz Festival is jumping at the Chicago Cultural Center through Sunday. And Naperville's Last Fling says goodbye to summer, while Union Park's North Coast Music Festival keeps the music scene hot for one more weekend.

  • Chicago police shoot, kill 2 Sunday night Aug 25, 2014 12:53 PM
    Chicago police officers shot and killed two armed men in separate incidents on Sunday night on the city’s South Side, the department said.

  • 3 charged in shooting death outside Chicago club Aug 25, 2014 5:06 PM
    Chicago police announced Monday that 19-year-old Deandre Hughes and 23-year-old Bianca Young face first-degree murder charges in the Aug. 3 death of 31-year-old Martrell Ross. An unidentified juvenile has been charged with murder as well.

  • Biden stumps for Quinn, higher wages Aug 25, 2014 5:26 PM
    Vice President Joe Biden is in Chicago to make a push for the minimum wage and fundraise for Gov. Pat Quinn. Biden participated Monday in a discussion with business owners, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Quinn about raising wages.

  • Biden, Christie campaign in Illinois governor’s race Aug 25, 2014 6:54 PM
    The closely watched race for Illinois governor got a high-profile boost Monday with Vice President Joe Biden fundraising for Gov. Pat Quinn and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stumping for the Chicago Democrat’s challenger, Republican Bruce Rauner.

  • Former Marine aims to make suburbs safe for all sexual orientations Aug 25, 2014 11:01 AM
    College of DuPage student Brad Setter, a Marine who came out at the end of the don't ask, don't tell era, next month will run in the AIDS Run and Walk Chicago, something he does ever year. Participating has "given me the chance to give back to the community," Setter said. "It provides crucial health and wellness services to thousands of men, women and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, the vast majority of whom live at or below the federal poverty line."

  • Chocolate drink turns into a sweet racing business for Buffalo Grove company Aug 25, 2014 5:09 AM
    Kukec's People features Steve Ginsburg of Deerfield, who owns and operates Buffalo Grove-based RAM Racing and founded the Hot Chocolate Race.

  • Mike North video: Little League World Series Aug 25, 2014 10:52 AM
    Mike North is wondering with all the money made by the Little League World Series, why couldn’t they have paid for all the parents of South Korea and Jackie Robinson West of Chicago to attend.

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