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Why today’s newspaper is pink

Today is National Mammography Day. Pink is the universal color of breast cancer awareness, so we’re shading the pages of our Friday paper pink to shine an even brighter spotlight on the cause.

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Art Institute pulls out all the stops for massive Andy Warhol retrospective

It’s the first major exhibit of the artist’s work in 30 years, encompassing all media that he worked in — from paintings to prints and film to TV, music and books.

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LaQuan Smith celebrates diversity, inclusion in his fashions

As a company, he’s a man of action, making broad use of Latina, black, Asian and curvy models to walk his runways.

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Chicago Christmas Tree lighting set for Nov. 22 in Millennium Park

The city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is currently in the midst of its annual Christmas tree contest.

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Makeup, beauty line has become a billion-dollar business for Huda Kattan

Her personality has been key in connecting to the public via social media, a major driver for her makeup known for its vibrant color and contouring popular among Arab women.

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Candy corn: Why we love (or hate) the waxy Halloween treat

A survey finds it’s the holiday’s least-liked sweet — perhaps because its flavor lacks complexity.

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California bans hotels from using tiny plastic bottles

The law bans hotels from giving guests plastic bottles filled with shampoo, conditioner or soap. It takes effect in 2023 for hotels with more than 50 rooms and 2024 for hotels with less than 50 rooms.

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‘Sesame Street’ tackles opioid addiction crisis via new character

Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo’s whose mother is battling addiction.

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Toys R Us teams with archrival Target to ramp up holiday online shopping

The move comes as the first two new Toys R Us stores — one in Houston, the other in Paramus, New Jersey — will open in November as part of a small comeback of the defunct iconic toy chain in the U.S.

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Liz Phair talks about how ‘Horror Stories’ is more a memoir by a rock star than a rock-star memoir

The new book is a collection of personal essays by the former Chicago rocker who first made her mark more than a quarter century ago with her landmark album ‘Exile in Guyville.’

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Congress takes on ‘hidden fees’ at hotels and resorts; seeks more transparency upfront for travelers

Resort fees are mandatory charges that include a bundle of services guests have come to expect during a hotel stay. They’re labeled everything from resort fees to hotel fees to destination fees and more.

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Lego testing way to recycle bricks, ease impact on the environment

The Danish toymaker is testing a way for customers to ship their unwanted bricks back and get them into the hands of other kids.

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Victoria’s Secret showcases its first plus-sized model

The lingerie fashion brand is featuring its first size 14 model, Ali Tate-Cutler, in ads as part of its collaboration with Bluebella, a female-founded, U.K.-based lingerie company.

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The Glenlivet stirs up controversy after showcasing new whisky capsules that look like detergent pods

The capsules are only available at one London bar during London Cocktail week, which ends Sunday, the company says.

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Tricks and treats: 25 tempting Halloween things to do in Chicago

From family-friendly pumpkin patches to ghastly haunted houses and everything in between, here are the some of the must-do events of the season.

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Your online order arrives damaged? Here’s what to do

You’ve likely experienced the stinging disappointment when something you ordered finally arrives on your doorstep — damaged. What to do?

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Universities launch degrees in esports

A number of U.K. and U.S. universities are launching degrees in competitive multiplayer videogaming to capitalize on the booming industry’s growing demand for skilled professionals.

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Most popular Halloween costumes for 2019? No big surprises in store

3.1 million children plan to dress up as their favorite princess and 2.4 million as their favorite superhero.

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Labradoodle owners respond: The dogs are not ‘Frankenstein monsters’

Breeder Wally Conron’s comment sparked widespread Labradoodle love from their owners and admirers sharing photos on social media and wondering how anyone could describe those cute, scruffy faces as "Frankenstein monster"-like.

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Labradoodle creator regrets breeding ‘a Frankenstein monster’

Wally Conron said he created the breed to help people with medical issues, but the hype and "designer dog" craze that followed the dogs’ emergence trumped his good intentions.

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Future Founders helping students become business leaders of tomorrow

The Chicago-based organization teaches middle-schoolers, high-schoolers and young adults — particularly those in underserved neighborhoods — the skills and training they’ll need to succeed in the 21st century.

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Hospitalized Kylie Jenner will miss Paris Fashion Week

The 22-year-old social media star and makeup mogul said on Twitter Wednesday that she’s "really sick and unable to travel." No details of her illness have been made public.

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Coming soon: Alexa in your ear and on your finger — and if you like— with Samuel L. Jackson’s voice

The online shopping giant said Wednesday that it will soon start selling wireless earbuds, finger rings and prescription eyeglasses with its Alexa voice assistant built in. It also launched its first celebrity voice for Alexa: actor Samuel L. Jackson.

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Chicagoans love dogs. But which breed do we love the most?

Rover.com used its data to determine Chicago’s five most popular dog breeds.

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Norwegian Cruise Line eliminating single-use plastic bottles

The company estimates is new partnership with JUST Goods Inc. (founded by rapper, actor and activist Jaden Smith and his family) will save more than six million single-use plastic bottles each year.

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What do snacking, grazing mean for our health?

Snacking, grazing and "mini meals" have upended the three-meals-a-day model.

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Barbie company introduces a new line of gender-neutral dolls

Mattel describes Creatable World as a doll line that is designed "to keep labels out and invite everyone in."

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The 6 biggest retirement mistakes — and how you can avoid them

Retirement is complicated, and your decisions can have irreversible consequences. Talking with a professional — ideally a fee-only financial planner — could save you from a costly mistake.

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Suzanne Whang, former host of ‘House Hunters’ dies at 57

Her smooth, calm voice provided the narration for HGTV’s "House Hunters" for nine years.

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See that empty ‘extra legroom’ seat on your flight? Sorry, you can’t sit there

The stream of questions airlines field about their cushier economy seats underscores passenger confusion when it comes to seat options.

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‘Paint and sip’ studios nurture creativity without the pressure

Thousands of franchises now exist to help us all unleash our inner creative.

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Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty show to be streamed on Amazon Prime

Her New York Fashion Week extravaganza for Savage X Fenty will be streamed in more than 200 countries and territories. The event’s army of models included women of all sizes in a range of ethnicities and skin tones.