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Beyonce is dropping a new album inspired by ‘Lion King’

"The Lion King: The Gift" will be released Friday.

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‘Game of Thrones’ wins historic 32 Emmy nominations, ending series in blaze of glory

Also faring well is past winner "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and its star, Highland Park’s Rachel Brosnahan.

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Chance the Rapper to Chance the Snapper: Keep your head up

The rapper offered his namesake gator some words of wisdom on late-night TV.

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An interactive map of Chicago’s murals and mosaics

Chicago and the suburbs are home to hundreds of murals and mosaics. Take a virtual tour of the best of them here.

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R. Kelly held in federal custody; prosecutors call him an ‘extreme danger’ to the community

Prosecutors also say the alleged victim in Kelly’s 2008 trial is cooperating.

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BANKS’ sexy single ‘Gimme’ off her new album ‘III’ shows she’s a singer on the rise

It’s an absolutely erotic, hyper-racy club song that highlights the recording, announcing the return of an artist in control, even if some of her other new songs fall short.

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A circus for the season: Cirque du Soleil to premiere holiday show in Chicago

‘Twas the Night Before ...," running Nov. 29-Dec. 8 at the Chicago Theatre, will be a "vibrant acrobatic spectacle."

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Katy Perry explains her ‘new-age way of living’ with cleansing-based Panca Karma

It stems from India and it’s basically Ayurvedic eating and cleansing — you do lots of enemas — the singer explains.

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Methed-up gators? Tennessee police warn against flushing drugs down the toilet

Police noted sanitation workers are not prepared to clean out meth from sewage before sending it to retention ponds or eventually downstream to Alabama’s alligator habitats.

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Graphic suicide scene edited out of ‘13 Reasons Why’ Season 1 finale

Show creator Brian Yorkey says the edit "will help the show do the most good for the most people while mitigating any risk for especially vulnerable young viewers."

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Garth Brooks kicks off Dive Bar tour with electrifying, intimate Chicago show

The country music superstar, more accustomed to playing mega-arenas, proved he has plenty of friends in small places, too.

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Dear Abby: Husband refuses to talk about money, having kids

He also shuts down any discussion of his wife of three years ever meeting his parents.

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Menu planner: Skillet Mexican corn gives your guests a bright side to look at

Thinking ahead to your next few meals? Here are some main dishes and other treats to try.

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Horoscope for Tuesday, July 16, 2019

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Chernobyl to become an official tourist attraction, but is it safe?

Tourists are already required to wear long-sleeves, pants and closed shoes inside the exclusion zone and their clothing is tested at radiation checkpoints, at which point contaminated items are either washed or confiscated.

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Historic Ebony photo archive to be auctioned off to pay creditors

The photos, nearly four million of them, not only captured history but also helped change it, according to one expert.

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Curtain Call: ‘Ghost Quartet’ and more theater openings, previews July 12-19

From comedy and drama to musicals and dance, Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions.

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With help from his many friends, Ed Sheeran’s new ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’ is a winner

Enlisting a whole bunch of music A-listers results in a scattershot mix of styles, but great writing and undeniable joy overcome that.

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Khalil Mack earns perfect ‘99’ rating to lead Bears in ‘Madden NFL 20’

Check out all the ratings for the Bears in the upcoming edition of EA Sports’ gridiron game.

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Colson Whitehead’s ‘The Nickel Boys’ is a literary achievement and well worth reading

The Pulitzer Prize-winner’s superb seventh novel was inspired by the Civil Rights Movement and Florida’s brutal Dozier School for Boys.

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Austin Butler cast as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann film

Butler beat out big names such as Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

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‘True West’ Steppenwolf revival a powerful homage to the past, refreshing look to future

Playing Shepard well often requires playing two things at once, and I’m not sure I’ve seen that done better than here.

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Embattled ‘Windy City Rehab’ star to work with new general contractor — raising questions about Chicago co-host’s future

Star Alison Victoria didn’t respond to messages enquiring about the future of her quirky co-host, Donovan Eckhardt, who functioned as general contractor in the show’s first season

Attorney Michael Avenatti talks about R&B superstar R. Kelly’s federal indictment during a news conference Monday, July 15, 2019.
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Michael Avenatti says R. Kelly paid $2M to keep alleged victim off stand at 2008 child porn trial

‘R. Kelly bought his acquittal,’ declared the L.A.-based celebrity lawyer who said he represents three of the victims listed in federal indictments unsealed Friday

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Lady Gaga launches makeup brand on Amazon Prime Day upsetting some fans

Though many fans celebrated the launch, some expressed disappointment that Gaga had opted to partner with Amazon given the company’s current battle with employees over working conditions.

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Barbie doll honors David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust

Mattel spared no makeup, featuring the astral sphere smack in the middle of Ziggy Barbie’s forehead. The doll’s hair is fiery red.

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Dear Abby: I’m bothered by where I stand in my dad’s will

The man’s daughter is concerned that everything goes to his second wife, who isn’t her mom.

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Horoscope for Monday, July 15, 2019

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Stop-and-go staging of ‘The Recommendation’ only amplifies the play’s flaws

Frequent location changes halt the momentum of the story of a man and his privileged friend.

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A new 007? In next James Bond film, a woman reportedly takes over the title

New agent played by Lashana Lynch is said to acquire the license to kill

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Scarlett Johansson faces backlash, offers clarification after comments about casting diversity

Johansson, who was set to play a transgender man in an upcoming film but dropped out amid criticism, said her quotes were "taken out of context" in a recent interview.

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Dear Abby: People misread my injury, think I’m drunk or stupid

Letter writer who suffered brain trauma at 10 still suffers symptoms and has trouble making friends.