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White Sox manager Tony La Russa has done this clinching thing before — and cares only about the ring

We don’t seem to recognize La Russa for the Hall of Fame thing these days. It bears repeating.

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GOP governor candidate Jesse Sullivan should stop digging holes he’ll eventually have to fill himself

Sullivan peppered his campaign website and announcement with photos of himself in military uniform. Questions followed.

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Therapy dogs help Chicago police relieve overwhelming stress of the job

Sneed: Canine helpers even seem to know which officers need them the most, and respond accordingly

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Foreign travel presents added challenges — and opportunities — during COVID

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‘The Big Leap’: On feel-good Fox series, amateurs pin their hopes on a ballet TV show

Made in Chicago, the escapist drama follows likable characters while spoofing the reality genre.

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Big Game Hunting: Purdue-Notre Dame, Alabama-Florida, Northwestern-Duke; more

The Boilermakers and Irish played 69 seasons in a row — and then it stopped after 2014. College football keeps trending toward the unromantic like that. It’s a shame.

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Chicago shines. Chicago bleeds. Chicago soars. Chicago falls

My love for the city runs deep to my bones. Chicago intoxicates me. But I am sobered by the portrait of its dark side.

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‘Live at Mister Kelly’s’ recalls Chicago club where talent thrived, regardless of color

Insightful documentary looks back at the Rush Street hotspot that hosted Barbra Streisand, Richard Pryor, Bette Midler and countless other rising stars.

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‘Funky’ White Sox stink up the joint in 9-3 loss to Angels. Maybe it’s time to refocus?

Manager Tony La Russa says gaining home-field advantage in the divisional round isn’t vital, but the Sox need to get their edge back as they begin their last — and longest — road trip of the season.

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Educational decline among males puts institution of marriage at risk

Some might note this female preeminence and shout hurrah for feminism. But I’d keep the champagne corked.

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If you aspire to become a global citizen, Chicago is a good place to start

We should aspire to think critically past our own borders, identify with the human race while understanding global issues such as human rights, gender equality and climate change.

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Trump is the former president who just keeps on giving

Trump’s diseased ego has led him to one great truth: There are an irreducible number of gullible dupes in the world. If you tickle their prejudices, they will send you money.

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God doesn’t want you to read this

Not every Jew went to synagogue on Yom Kippur Thursday. Some wrote their columns.

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‘The Premise’: B.J. Novak drops five tall stories, and they don’t all land

Anthology series on Hulu puts unusual spins on issues of the moment including Internet trolling, the gun lobby and wokeness.

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Gov. Newsom’s big California victory: Trumpism and what it means for Illinois politics

Trump and Trumpism can play both ways in Illinois, said Democratic consultant Pete Giangreco. "The best precinct captain in the world right now is Donald Trump. He drives turnout on both sides."

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Will Biden’s vaccination rule for private employers hold up in court?

A broad rule with no exceptions better serves Biden’s goal of increasing the overall vaccination rate. But it will also be harder to defend in court.

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‘Cry Macho’: Clint Eastwood hits the road in one of his lesser efforts

Flimsy film finds a broken-down rancher hiding out in Mexico with his friend’s teen son.

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Bears coach Matt Nagy needs to learn that truth isn’t the enemy

He refuses to criticize his team, even after Sunday’s bad loss to the Rams.

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Did AOC’s custom-designed dress send message she intended?

It’s as yet unclear whether people will actually be talking about taxes, child care, health care or climate as a result of Ocasio-Cortez’s stunt. So far, they are talking only about the stunt itself.

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‘Chicago Party Aunt’: Netflix sitcom’s a deep-dish delight, even while tapping every local cliche

The fun-loving reveler from Twitter is surrounded by so many lovable characters, we can forgive all the Fridge and Malort references.

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Can Biden’s vaccination rule for private employers survive judicial scrutiny?

A broad standard with no exceptions better serves his goals, but it will be harder to defend in court.

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Since when, my angry friends asked, can the government make us wear seat belts?

"This isn’t communist Russia," they complained way back when. "The government has no right to tell us what to do."

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Putrid NFC North might save Bears yet

So what if they’re 0-1? So is everyone else in the worst division in the NFL.

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There is no longer serious doubt global warming is real — now what do we do about it?

We can’t undo what we have done, but we can alter how bad the future becomes.

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Appeal for affordable housing pushes limits of mayoral power

A planned Northwest Side apartment building prompts debate over neighborhood opposition and aldermanic power over zoning.

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Praising faintly: Andy Dalton better than expected in Bears’ loss

Rookie Justin Fields scores his first NFL touchdown.

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Remembering 9-11: Todd Beamer, the Wheaton College grad on Flight 93 who said ‘Let’s roll’

Beamer became a national hero because of his call describing the hijacking to Lisa Jefferson, a supervisor at the time at the Verizon Airfone Call Center in Oak Brook.

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A to-do list for Ald. Jim Gardiner

The alderman’s apologies for his stunningly hateful and misogynistic streak are not enough.

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Imagine Justin Fields living up to Bears’ expectations

Let’s allow ourselves to imagine Justin Fields developing into the star we believe he can become.

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The Bears are worth billions. Can we expect some success?

Bears are worth $4.075 billion, so is it too much to demand accountability from George McCaskey, Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy?

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A new day and a new way in the Illinois House

The Illinois House’s approval of the climate/energy bill was a spectacular victory.

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9/11 is more than just a day to remember all of the victims of that awful day

What’s changed in America in the 20 years since Sept. 11, 2001? Have we really grown as a nation since the terrorist attacks? And what do we need to do so we can?