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A teen was standing near the street in the 6300 block of South Ashland Avenue when he was shot, police said.
When Rep. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., was sure there were enough votes to pass the debt ceiling measure, she voted no. But if her vote was needed, she would have been a yes.
James T. Weiss’ attorney wound up having to raise his hand to speak in court, including when he said he had to use the bathroom. He claimed he’d been unlawfully restrained and had thrown up in a cup. He told the judge, “look at the cup!”
They should be: since 2010, only six teams recorded fewer sacks in a season than the 20 the Bears logged last year. Barely half — 10 ½ — came from defensive linemen.
The Cubs’ last home stand sent mixed messages.