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CPD leaders say they’ve lost faith in Supt. Brown: ‘I can’t think of one member of the command staff that is willing to back him’

"The department has been in a constant state of reorganization since Brown arrived, which is evidence that he has no strategy and doesn’t know what he’s doing," one police supervisor said.

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Remembering Les Grobstein — and the Lee Elia rant

The radio icon’s death brings back memories of the former Cubs manager’s tirade in 1983 and a column-that-wasn’t two decades later.

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To save Chicago trees, get forestry advisory board in place

An effective advisory board could ensure all departments of the city use best practices to protect Chicago’s tree canopy. It also could give residents confidence the city will explore every alternative when considering whether a tree needs to come down.

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The growing crisis of antisemitism in America

The hostage crisis at a synagogue in Texas is a time to reflect. May we all come together to support one another, heal, and collectively commit ourselves to fighting antisemitism and all forms of hate.

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‘People are hungry for puppetry’

Canceled last year due to COVID-19, the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival is back.

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CPD leaders say they’ve lost faith in Supt. Brown: ‘I can’t think of one member of the command staff that is willing to back him’

"The department has been in a constant state of reorganization since Brown arrived, which is evidence that he has no strategy and doesn’t know what he’s doing," one police supervisor said.

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Catch ’22: Bears casting wide nets for big fish

Nine days after firing general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy, the Bears have 14 reported candidates for the GM job and 10 or more candidates for the head-coaching job.

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In Season Four, blood and betrayal run through the ‘Ozark’ mountains

The Byrdes’ risky adventures in money laundering continue to captivate as the Netflix show nears its end

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Jim Nantz will call CBS’ opening PGA Tour event from site of AFC title game

It can’t be easy for Jim Nantz to give up a visit to Torrey Pines. But when it conflicts with his biggest NFL broadcast of the season, he’ll do what he must.

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The dead-end doomsday cult of Donald J. Trump

At a recent rally, Trump bathed his supporters with the usual ill-fated promises and unhinged conspiracy theories. But there’s one crazy theory floating around — about JFK Jr. — that Trump has yet to publicly embrace.

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COVID-19 testing site to open at DePaul’s Loop campus

The site will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. inside the Barnes and Noble bookstore, 333 S. State St.

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If we don’t change campaign finance laws, the only candidates will be billionaires and people they support

It’s called an oligarchy, and is not in keeping with our democratic ideals. It also deprives the country of unbiased and talented leadership.

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As Colorado coal plant shuts down, a town dependent on coal for jobs grapples with a bleak-looking future

Craig, Colo., is losing its coal plant, and people who live in the town in northwest Colorado fear this is the beginning of the end for their community.

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Bears want to hear more from Matt Eberflus

After interviewing the Colts’ defensive coordinator for their head coaching vacancy on Monday, the Bears want to schedule another with him at some point next week, per NFL Network.

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Valerie Bertinelli writes of acceptance, empowerment in compelling ‘Enough Already’

Throughout the collection of essays, the actress and Food Network star gives insight into her self-doubt, relationship with rocker Eddie Van Halen and the troubles plaguing her second marriage.

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LISTEN: Mailbag, When Sides Collide preview | No Shot Clock, Episode 132

Joe Henricksen and Michael O’Brien break down the week in high school basketball.

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Before pullout from Afghanistan, U.S. watchdog warned Afghan air force would collapse

Months before President Joe Biden announced the end to America’s longest war, a classified, year-old watchdog report warned that the Afghan air force would collapse without U.S. aid, training and American maintenance.

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Michigan agrees to $490 million settlement over sexual abuse by university doctor

A number of football players and other athletes have come forward to accuse Dr. Robert Anderson, who died in 2008, of sexually abusing them.

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Basketball Hall of Famer Lusia Harris dies at 66

Harris helped Delta State University win three straight national titles in the 1970s and earned a silver medal for the United States at the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Harris was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992 as the first Black woman to earn that honor.

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Cook County Health reopens mass vaccination site in Forest Park

Iliana Mora, chief administration officer for Cook County Health’s Ambulatory Services, said the Forest Park facility alone is equipped to give out 1,300 doses a day.

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15-year-old boy fatally shot in Noble Square. ‘Caleb touched so many lives.’

Caleb Westbrook was a freshman at Rauner College Prep in West Town.

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City delays decision on Southeast Side metal shredder permit

An assessment of the public health impact of rebranded General Iron operation has been slowed by COVID-related delays, the city said Tuesday.

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Gordon Ramsay Burger Chicago the start of something big for the fiery-tempered chef

"When Chicago came along it was a perfect fit. ... I just feel more at home here. I feel more connected," the chef says about opening his first restaurant in town.

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Tuesday’s high school basketball scores

All the scores from around the area.

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Lightfoot announces first 7 winners of Chicago Works Challenge

Four parks, two Chicago Public Schools and one branch library are in line for $10 million in improvements with the $1.5 million-apiece grants.

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When it comes to taste and freshness, don’t bypass frozen fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are picked when they are at their peak ripeness and flash-frozen to retain all of their nutrients, antioxidants and flavor.

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Catch ’22: Bears casting wide nets for big fish

Nine days after firing general manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy, the Bears have 14 reported candidates for the GM job and 10 or more candidates for the head-coaching job.

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Marv Levy: Bears couldn’t have picked a better consultant than Bill Polian

The former Bills head coach said his hometown team — he grew up at the corner of 71st Street and Stony Island Avenue on the South Side — is in good hands.

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Questions remain after newborn is found dead in a duffle bag in the snow at unstaffed firehouse on Near North Side

Crews at the facility were busy filling air tanks at other firehouses that morning and didn’t discover the infant until around 5 a.m. when they went outside to shovel snow.

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Lightfoot back in action — with a mask — one week after COVID-19 diagnosis

The mayor said COVID-19 "kind of felt like a cold — a bad cold." Lightfoot said she "luckily recovered quickly" and feels strong enough to attend the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C.

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Chicago fishing, Midwest Fishing Report: Ice fishing nearly everywhere; smattering of perch fishing

Ice fishing, no surprise, is nearly everywhere in the Chicago area and leads this sprawling raw-file Midwest Fishing Report.

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As NHL plans to cease asymptomatic testing, Blackhawks’ COVID-19 issues subside

Only three players — Kirby Dach, Dylan Strome and Brett Connolly — and no staff members are left on the Hawks’ COVID list, and all three might be eligible to return by Friday.

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Grammy Awards ceremony moves to Las Vegas in early April

The multitalented Jon Batiste is the leading nominee for this year’s honors, grabbing 11 nods in a variety of genres including R&B, jazz, American roots music, classical and music video.

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Man dies week after Logan Square shooting

Donovan Duffy was shot Jan. 9 in the 2700 block of North California Avenue, officials said.

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Afternoon Edition: Jan. 18, 2022

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

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The growing crisis of antisemitism in America

The hostage crisis at a synagogue in Texas is a time to reflect. May we all come together to support one another, heal, and collectively commit ourselves to fighting antisemitism and all forms of hate.

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A tale of two infamous Chicago cops

It is no wonder citizens have no respect for the law because the people charged with enforcing it sure don’t

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Netflix lands 52 NAACP award nominations; ‘Harder They Fall,’ ‘Insecure,’ H.E.R. earn multiple nods

Regina King will compete for entertainer of the year against Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, Jennifer Hudson and Tiffany Haddish.

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Frontier Airlines to return to Midway Airport this spring

Frontier Airlines is expanding its footprint in Chicago as it becomes the latest airline to operate out of both city airports.

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Comedian Louie Anderson undergoing cancer treatment

He’s been a familiar face on TV, including as host of a revival of the game show "Family Feud" from 1999 to 2002, and on comedy specials.