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A missed FG and surviving R. Kelly: Here are stories that mattered in Chicago

With another upright, Parkey ends Bears’ season

Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey (1) warms up before the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

The biggest story of the week came out of Soldier Field where Bears kicker Cody Parkey ended the team’s first playoff appearance in eight years. “You can’t make this up,” Parkey told Sun-Times reporter Patrick Finley. Read how other Bears players reacted to the disappointing 16-15 loss to the Eagles: https://bit.ly/2AFRYWq.

‘My baby is gone’ — Man shot and killed in Clearing

Family members of a 21-year-old man who was shot and killed Sunday night in the 6000 block of West 63rd Street grieve at the crime scene, in the Clearing neighborhood. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

Emelio Miranda, a 21-year-old from Stickney, was in an alley near his girlfriend’s home when an argument with two other men broke out. One of the men shot Miranda in the head, killing him, Sun-Times reporter Taylor Hartz reports. Women at the scene of the shooting were crying  and distraught with one woman wailing “Oh God, why did you take my son away from me?” Here’s what one alderman said led to the fatal encounter: https://bit.ly/2FlWw87.

Brewery offers free beer to ‘armchair kickers’

Cody Parkey #1 of the Chicago Bears misses a field goal attempt in the final moments of their 15 to 16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Soldier Field on January 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A Chicago brewery decided to give “armchair kickers” a chance to back up their criticism after Cody Parkey’s missed field goal attempt. Goose Island Brewing Co. promised a year of free beer to anyone able to replicate Parkey’s potentially game-winning kick — until its owners discovered the promotion was illegal in Illinois, Madeline Kenney reports. Here’s what they’re offering this weekend instead: https://bit.ly/2SNVXHd.

Women contact prosecutors with R. Kelly allegations

At least two women contacted the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office about alleged inappropriate conduct by R&B singer R. Kelly after Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx made a public plea Tuesday evening asking accusers to come forward. The women reached out to reporters Sam Charles and Andy Grimm to share accounts of what they allegedly experienced at the hands of Kelly. Find more coverage of the unfolding investigations into Kelly’s alleged sexual misconduct here: https://bit.ly/2D3VvPR.

What Bears have in place for next defensive coach

Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio takes part in drills during a joint NFL football training camp session Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at Broncos’ headquarters in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio left the organization this week to become the Broncos’ new head coach. But according to sports reporter Adam Jahns, Fangio’s absence leaves a vacancy for the best job in all of football. Here’s what awaits their next defensive coordinator: https://bit.ly/2M4Bwn0.