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  1. The Cubs pulled within two games of the Cardinals in the National League Central after Sunday’s action, which included the Cubs finishing a dominant sweep of the Pirates with a 16-6 win at Wrigley Field.

    The Cubs clobbering the pitiful Pirates was old news by that point. The day’s big moment happened...

  2. The Chicago Tribune crime team tracks homicide victims in Chicago. Data represents number of victims, not shooting incidents.
  3. The SECURE Act recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives is full of retiree-friendly provisions. But one way lawmakers plan to pay for them is by killing off the "stretch IRA." This estate-planning tool allows non-spouse heirs to inherit an IRA and "stretch" withdrawals over their life...
  4. Three years before his death, Davantae Jackson was walking the manicured grass of the White Sox ballpark, in awe of his opportunity to practice at the storied field.

    Known as “Lefty,” the 12-year-old was there with his team from the Garfield Park Little League, a program set up by community leaders...

  5. Comic actor Kevin Hart’s wife says he’s “going to be just fine” following a weekend car crash that left him with a major back injury.

    Eniko Hart was questioned by a TMZ reporter while visiting him at the hospital Monday. She gave no details beyond that assurance, and the actor's press representatives...

  6. Go ahead and forgive yourself.

    Someone on the waiver wire (or even worse, your bench) is going to go berserk in Week 1, and you’ll miss out on those points. The season debut — and even Week 2 — can be full of flukes, so don’t beat yourself up about missed opportunities.

    And don’t go chasing lottery...

  7. The Tribune’s Mark Gonzales answers your Cubs questions.

    Can Anthony Rizzo’s recent back problem be traced to the emphasis on launch angle when he’s at the plate? I’m not a doctor, but I would think that dropping down like he does with his rear leg only increases the stress on his back. — Chris...

  8. Tired of that spare tire?

    Low-calorie diets work, but can be difficult to follow. A much simpler approach to losing weight might be to just stop eating every other day.

    It’s called alternate-day fasting (ADF). As the name implies, you starve yourself by fasting one day and then you feast the next,...

  9. Glass-walled nurseries brimming with newborns and beds filled with exhausted mothers were once standard parts of any community hospital.

    But that may be changing as community hospitals grapple with a number of factors outside of their control while trying to manage their bottom lines.

    Over the...

  10. The gleam in Mitch Trubisky’s smile is even brighter than usual. The bounce in his walk is undeniable. Trubisky’s “What’s up?” nod followed by a handshake and half-bro hug comes with added vigor.

    And why shouldn’t this be the case?

    The quarterback has just come from center stage at the Bears100...

  11. The word “legend” does not carry the weight it once did.

    Taken literally, it applies only to figures who were larger than life. Paul Bunyan, for instance, created the Great Lakes so his blue ox, “Babe,” could have suitable watering holes. Or so the story goes.

    John Henry won a hammering contest...

  12. Brett Favre is late.

    The Hall of Fame quarterback is running behind after his visit with the Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo., so Robert Smigel and George Wendt have time to kill while they wait for him to jet to Chicago.

    The duo is in the back of a motor home near the Waldron parking deck outside...

  13. As students head back to school, several new education-related laws are hitting the books, and even more will take effect within the year. Some deal with curriculum material; others attempt to address teacher shortages; at least one involves medical marijuana. Here’s a look at some of the new rules.

    ...
  14. Dear Amy: My brother and I are both in our young 20s and are still living at home. I am getting my Master's degree and my brother has recently decided that he would like to study for the LSAT and attend law school.

    He has never much liked school, nor spent much time studying, but he has decided...

  15. Porchlight Theatre Company, long a favorite of the Joseph Jefferson Committee, had another banner year in the Jeff nominations, scoring a formidable 17 nominations and seeing virtually its entire season of work on the most-admired list. The Paramount Theatre in Aurora also had much to celebrate,...

  16. White Sox starter Ross Detwiler had a short night.

    So did manager Rick Renteria.

    The Sox manager was ejected in the fifth inning of Monday’s 11-3 loss to the Indians in front of 16,149 at Progressive Field.

    It was the Sox’s seventh consecutive loss, matching their longest such streak of the season....

  17. Welcome to the weekly Bear Download podcast.

    Listen below or subscribe and listen on iTunes | Spotify | Stitcher | Google Play

    The NFL regular season is here, and Rich Campbell and Dan Wiederer are basking in the glow of Bears-Packers. They dive into the power struggle between new Green Bay coach...

  18. The White Sox Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte saw its playoff hopes end Monday with a loss to Norfolk.

    Now the wait begins to see which players the Sox call up.

    Sox manager Rick Renteria said an announcement will be made Tuesday. But he cautioned that “not many” players will be joining the Sox.

    ...
  19. The Cubs offense has teased fans with occasional outbursts this season only to fall into funks that are largely to blame for the team’s three-game deficit in the National League Central.

    So it’s understandable that manager Joe Maddon controlled his optimism after Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber...

  20. Charles Tillman and Jacob Beckley docked their row boat and stretched out on a pier at 31st Street Harbor for a few minutes, completely exhausted.

    Family, fans and Tillman’s former Bears teammates Jerry Azumah and Anthony Adams cheered their arrival and waited for them to join them on deck, but...

  21. Mariners left-handed hitter Kyle Seager bent over Monday as a pitch from Cubs left-handed newcomer Brad Wieck came toward him.

    But Wieck’s curve broke sharply over the plate for a called third strike. Wieck then continued to flash his polished pitch to retire the side in order in the ninth inning...

  22. The Bears could find themselves where they left off last season, at least in terms of their tight ends, when the season kicks off Thursday night against the Packers.

    Trey Burton has what general manager Ryan Pace described as a “minor groin strain,”one the team says is not related to the sports...

  23. Bears general manager Ryan Pace chatted with media at Halas Hall on Monday to wrap up the preseason and look ahead to a season that features the highest expectations of his five-year tenure.

    “The vibe in the building right now, I would say, is excitement and focus, ready to get this thing rolling,”...