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2-year-old girl shot in Little Village

The girl was shot Friday in the 2800 block of West 26th Street.

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The Chicago Police Department deserves a pat on the back, no mistake about that

Some of us don’t give the police the credit they deserve. So I apologize for this lapse and say: ‘Thank you, Chicago police officers, for doing your job under extraordinary circumstances,’

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Donald Trump may have met his match in Liz Cheney

Wyoming Republican is a reminder of Sarah Palin, another conservative woman who stood her ground

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Tattered folders full of words to be treasured for a lifetime

The process of selecting which tangible paper record of memories and life to place in safe keeping cuts to the heart and soul.

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In Pilsen, Giant Penny Whistle tavern’s opening a sign of alderman’s rift with Lightfoot

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration OK’d the project despite a liquor license moratorium and opposition from neighborhood residents and Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez.

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Apologies, accusations and heartache mark legislative hearings on COVID-19 deaths at state veterans’ home

Testifying before a House panel on Thursday, Deputy Gov. Sol Flores stuck to the administration’s contention that the state’s former veterans affairs chief was to blame, even as Flores apologized on behalf of the administration, saying "every single person involved could have done more to save your loved ones."

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Amid full frenzy as he begins Bears career, QB Justin Fields says, ‘I’m made for this’

As he prepares to compete against two veterans with a decade in the league, the Bears’ prized rookie is ready to take his shot.

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Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Devo among Riot Fest headliners for 2021 festival

In an unprecedented move, festival organizers also announced a ticket on-sale for the 2022 edition of the music fest.

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Horoscope for Saturday, May 15, 2021

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1 killed, 1 critically hurt in West Garfield Park fire

A fire broke out at a house Friday in the 4400 block of West Jackson Boulevard.

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Motorcyclist fatally hit by vehicle in West Town

The man was hit by a Jeep Friday in the 900 block of West Grand Avenue.

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Police seek trio after car dealerships are burglarized in Northwest Side

Two car dealerships were broken into Friday in West Town and Logan Square.

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3 hurt in Lawndale drive-by shooting

The men were shot Friday in the 3900 block of West Fillmore Street.

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Jake Arrieta shines in return to mound as Cubs top Tigers

Arrieta allowed two runs and four hits over six innings in the Cubs’ 4-2 win in Detroit.

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Michael Kopech, Andrew Vaughn help White Sox gain doubleheader split

Kopech pitched four innings of one-run ball, and Vaughn homered for the second time in three days in the Sox’ 3-1 victory.

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Lauri Markkanen’s time with Bulls might be ending now that team has been eliminated

The Wizards ended any play-in dreams the Bulls were clinging to Friday by beating the Cavaliers. Now the questions about the roster will begin, and that starts with Markkanen’s future.

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Apologies, accusations and heartache mark legislative hearings on COVID-19 deaths at state veterans’ home

Testifying before a House panel on Thursday, Deputy Gov. Sol Flores stuck to the administration’s contention that the state’s former veterans affairs chief was to blame, even as Flores apologized on behalf of the administration, saying "every single person involved could have done more to save your loved ones."

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With a nudge from the feds, Lightfoot takes a new look at General Iron and environmental justice

The mayor could have led on this issue from the start. It’s not too late.

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First things first for rookie OT Teven Jenkins

The second-round pick from Oklahoma State is expected to replace veteran Charles Leno at left tackle as a rookie, but he wants to get his feet on the NFL ground before claiming the spot is his.

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Matt Nagy: No ‘idea either way’ how many Bears vets will attend OTAs

In April, the NFLPA posted a letter attributed to Bears players saying the majority of the locker room was skipping voluntary workouts to stay safe from the coronavirus.

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How a quarantined Matt Nagy still watched Justin Fields’ first practice

Forced to quarantine after being ruled a close contact with a coronavirus-infected family member, Nagy became a face on an iPad screen carried around the field by his assistant, Kyle Childress.

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His family told him goodbye last fall; now COVID-19 patient gets second chance at life: a double lung transplant

The Glendale Heights man is among the first-known "COVID to COVID" double-lung transplants in the nation.

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Jake Arrieta, Nico Hoerner and Dan Winkler return from IL for Cubs

Outfielder Nick Martini, right-hander Jason Adam and left-hander Brad Wieck were optioned to Class AAA Iowa in corresponding moves.

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Marjorie Taylor Greene’s combative behavior could spark ethics review

The incidents with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez add to a portrait of the activist-turned-lawmaker who has shown little interest in governing, but has instead used her platform to float conspiracy theories, push Donald Trump’s false claims about a stolen 2020 election and further her own notoriety.

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Pritzker to lawmakers: Fix your bills so they work in the real world, or get vetoed

"Every other day we’re going through bill review [and saying] ‘That doesn’t even make sense. We can’t do that,’ said one exasperated high-level administration official.

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Red Stars look to set the tone for 2021 NWSL season with a win on the road against Thorns

Sunday, on the road against the Portland Thorns at 6 p.m. the Red Stars begin their pursuit of the NWSL Shield and a league title.

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Oklahoma bucks red-state trend, extends early voting

Gov. Kevin Stitt, a Republican, signed legislation this week that adds a day to in-person early voting in the state and an extra hour to Saturday early voting, and it also makes changes to ensure mail-in ballots are received in time to be counted.

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Oklahoma governor booted from Tulsa Race Massacre commission

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt was booted from his seat on the panel a week after he signed a bill outlawing the teaching of some race and racism concepts in public schools.

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Israeli military accused of using media to trick Hamas

Militaries around the world have long used deception and trickery against their enemies.

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Rod Blagojevich seeking early end to supervised release, left intact by Trump

Prosecutors do not oppose the move, which remains as a formality to bring an end to the corruption case that roiled Illinois more than a decade ago.

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First Black woman nominated as city’s fire commissioner

If Annette Nance-Holt’s nomination by Mayor Lori Lightfoot is approved by the City Council, she will be the first woman to serve as fire commissioner in the department’s 162-year history.

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Chicago unveils new search warrant policy in attempt to fix issues that led to wrongful raid of Anjanette Young’s home

The new policy aims to fix supervision issues that led to the humiliating raid of Anjanette Young, who was forced to stand naked as a male team of cops searched the wrong home in 2019.

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Tattered folders full of words to be treasured for a lifetime

The process of selecting which tangible paper record of memories and life to place in safe keeping cuts to the heart and soul.

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Man fatally shot in Gresham

He was walking about 2:17 p.m. in the 7900 block of South Paulina Street when someone drove up in a vehicle and opened fire, striking him in the back, Chicago police said.

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Medina Spirit cleared for Preakness after passing drug tests

Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit tested positive for the steroid betamethasone in post-Derby testing.

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Retired Black players say NFL brain-injury payouts show bias

Former Washington running back Ken Jenkins, 60, and his wife Amy Lewis on Friday delivered 50,000 petitions demanding equal treatment for Black players to Senior U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia, who is overseeing the massive settlement.

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WATCH: Cat survives leap from burning building in Chicago

Smoke can be seen billowing from several windows in the building in video of the fire posted to Twitter by fire officials.

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I never stepped foot in Mr. Kelly’s, but here’s the thing: I would have been welcomed

Dick Gregory cracked the place up. Richard Pryor brought the house down. Ella Fitzgerald’s scats hit the ceiling. Sarah Vaughan’s succulent notes made you swoon.

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Jose Abreu hurt in White Sox’ loss to Royals

The White Sox first baseman collided with Hunter Dozier near the first-base line on a pop-up.

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Afternoon Edition: May 14, 2021

Today’s update is a 5-minute read that will brief you on the day’s biggest stories.