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‘Equal pay, equal pay, equal pay’

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California’s cool with my nappy hair. How about you, Chicago?

Last week California’s governor banned discrimination against black people who wear natural styles such as afros, cornrows, braids, twists and locs in workplaces and schools.

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Moon landing milestone: Chicago was wowed in 1969 by Neil Armstrong’s first lunar stroll

Perhaps the most common emotion was amazement. The astonishment was as much about TV’s ability to convey what was happening as with the landing itself.

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U.S. women win the World Cup, and the subject matter is everything but the game

It was almost as if the Americans’ World Cup title was something to be gotten through so that everybody could get back to the important issues: wage inequality, scheduling conflicts and goal celebrations.

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Just Sayin’: Will this Cubs core ever match Mike Montgomery’s ’16 championship moment?

Montgomery’s departure symbolizes a championship window that seems to have become stuck. The opening isn’t so narrow that the Cubs are without hope of a return to the World Series. Yet, it isn’t wide enough for anyone to feel truly confident they’ll squeeze through.

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Why I’m puzzled by America’s student debt crisis

People who took out student loans can’t repay them, and the economy may collapse. Maybe people could just live within their means.

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Democrats Casten, Underwood ahead of GOP rivals in fundraising

Republican Sanguinetti, the former lieutenant governor, released the names of blue-chip Republican endorsers on Monday, just in case former state Rep. Jeanne Ives is considering getting in the primary against her for Casten’s seat.

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Donald Trump’s racist remarks deserve revolutionary response

President Donald Trump’s remarks suggesting black and brown congresswomen don’t belong here crosses a line.

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The dream is over for Robbie Gould-loving Bears fans

A four-year deal with the 49ers will give him $10.5 million in guaranteed money in the first two years, ending the hopes of many a Bears fan that the kicker and his former team would reunite. That would explain all the black clothing around town Monday.

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Yasso bars: addictive, in a good way

Yasso is the brainchild of Amanda Klane and Drew Harrington, friends who met in kindergarten and bonded over their love of sports. As adults, they saw the wave of Greek yogurt and sensed opportunity.

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With so much top NBA talent on the move, chemistry might be overrated

Teams are going the two-superstar route, and we’re going to find out, again, that talent — as long as effort and some concern for fellow teammates are mixed in — always wins.

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Durbin: Expected raids spike fear at a level he’s not seen

The Illinois senator also said Trump’s Sunday tweet telling four Democratic congresswomen they should go back to where they came from "doesn’t help one bit."

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Eddie Johnson, facing the heat for Chicago’s crime wave

Police superintendents are not magicians who can wave a wand to stop violence.

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Reflecting on Ziggy the elephant’s unfriendly confines

Ziggy was shackled for nearly 30 years to a Brookfield Zoo wall — facing backward in his stall and never seeing the light of day — because he’d been very naughty.

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Intraparty GOP criticism is a headache for leader Durkin

His super-minority caucus is fractured into at least two even smaller camps

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Why firing Cubs manager Joe Maddon during the season would stink — and be understandable

An underachieving team with a chance to win a division might react positively to something drastic, like replacing the manager. I don’t like it. It’s usually a cheap ploy. But I understand it, in the way I understand why cavemen carried clubs. It’s the way sports works, in all its primitive glory.

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End this scourge that has left a trail of blood and tears

Murder has become routine in some American neighborhoods. Gunfire as inevitable as the sunrise.

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The best — and worst — places to put a Chicago casino

To help ensure that it helps, rather than hurts, the city, put it right downtown, not in an isolated spot.

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A once honorable conservative think tank sells out for Trump

The Claremont Institutes stands out for beclowning itself by embracing the smarmy underside of American politics.

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Trump loses big on census, but the damage is done

People still will worry that completing a census form will lead to their deportation. It will be a no-brainer to ignore the form.

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Just Sayin’: Tough-talking nonsense aside, how about the Cubs sweep those pesky Pirates?

The Cubs are on the clock to start the second half of the season, needing to heat up in a hurry before president of baseball operations Theo Epstein’s hammer comes down and busts up this lukewarm 2019 party.

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Chicago takes center stage in women’s World Cup players’ equal pay fight

From players to lawyers to high-paid executives based here, our city is figuring prominently in one of the highest-profile sports stories of the year

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Gator brings out city’s Crocodile Dundees-dems-and-dose

There’s something about an alligator in the Humboldt Park Lagoon on a 90-plus-degree July day that brings out the crazy in lots of us — hundreds of whom took their turn gazing out over the water Wednesday in hopes of a sighting.

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Ben Zobrist as the Cubs’ savior? Easy there, folks

All that talk is not just a heavy weight on one player. It’s a terrible reflection on those Cubs currently occupying the clubhouse. If they need a 38-year-old in the autumn of his career to show them how to play the game correctly, then there’s a massive leadership problem on the roster.

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Don’t let Jeffrey Epstein’s victims be overshadowed

It’s hard to put into words how depraved and monstrous Epstein’s crimes are alleged to have been.

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Fore! MLB’s issue with its ‘Titleist’-like baseballs is flying into foul territory

As the second half of the season begins, division races will heat up, award contenders will separate themselves and talk of manipulated baseballs — well, it just won’t quit.

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GOP state Sen. Sue Rezin jumps in crowded congressional primary; aiming at Dem Rep. Lauren Underwood

"This is a conservative district that never should have been lost in the last election cycle," Rezin told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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When we turned our back on asylum-seekers before — the voyage of the damned

I knew nothing then about immigration laws. I just knew right from wrong. Turning those Jewish people away was wrong.

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Cruelty on the border debases every American citizen

Given the Trump administration’s open hostility toward the Central American migrants, we can’t help wonder if every callous act is inflicted by design.

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Girls can also be trustworthy, loyal, helpful ...

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This You Gotta See: U.S. women go for glory, Cubs and White Sox for Crosstown supremacy

Considering the Cubs and Sox play each other to end the first half, their six All-Stars ought to consider car-pooling from Guaranteed Rate Field to Cleveland. May we suggest a sensible minivan?

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A visit home reveals wall-to-wall support for Trump in North Dakota

The only TV at the Bismarck Airport is still permanently glued to one station: Fox News

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Cubs’ Mr. Nice Guy on critics, position changes and All-Star Game No. 3

"I just care so much," Kris Bryant said. "Every big situation, I want to come through. Every big play, I want to make it. When I don’t, I feel like it’s the end of the world. I feel like I let everybody down."

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EDITORIAL: It’s 4th of July all over again as we cheer on America in the Women’s World Cup

The U.S. team has dominated women’s soccer because of a hard-won expansion of equality for women in sports.

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EDITORIAL: Sunscreen is still smart

Questions have been raised about the safety of ingredients in sunscreen, but it remains an important protection against skin cancer.