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O.J. Simpson saga still unfathomable after all these years — but why?

O.J. Simpson is too small. I knew O.J. Simpson, and Cuba Gooding is no O.J. Simpson.

And isn't that the guy who used to mope after Jennifer Aniston on TV? To think that John Travolta would age into whoever that is makes you stop feeling bad for Sylvester Stallone.

Like Lizzie Borden, Simpson just …

O. J. Simpson

Bears give Matt Forte more motivation than he needs to prove them wrong

Matt Forte stopped talking to me almost four years ago.

He had his reasons and I always respected them. In May 2012, with Forte in the midst of a contract dispute, the Tribune reported one reason the Bears were hedging on an extension. A major sticking point stemmed from the Bears' worry that Forte …

Running

Police: Teen's arm torn off after robbery goes awry in Brooklyn

Authorities say a 17-year-old had his arm torn off after a man he was allegedly trying to steal sneakers from hit him with a sport utility vehicle, pinning him against a fence in Brooklyn.

WNBC-TV says it happened Friday afternoon in the Canarsie neighborhood after the boy arranged to meet a …

Brooklyn

George W. Bush, 'taken aback' by Trump's rise, to stump with Jeb

The 2016 campaign has bewildered and captivated George W. Bush. At home in Dallas, the 43rd president rises before dawn and reads political news online. He fires off emails to his old advisers to check on the latest campaign-trail gossip. He tunes into the debates, even though they stretch past his …

George W. Bush

Bitter cold Saturday, then accumulating snow Sunday

Saturday starts with dangerous wind chills — 15 to 25 degrees. The center of Arctic-source high pressure approaches northeastern Illinois during the early morning hours, producing bitterly cold weather and single-digit, near-zero temperatures and gusty northwest winds 12 to 22 mph. Winds die off …

Weather

Downers Grove official to join College of DuPage board, sources say

A 27-year-old Downers Grove village commissioner — and rising figure in the local Republican Party — is expected to be appointed to the College of DuPage board of trustees Saturday, a move that fills a two-month vacancy on the bitterly divided board, the Tribune has learned.

Sources say David Olsen …

College & University

FBI: No rigged explosives found at site of Oregon standoff

FBI officials said Friday they haven't found any rigged explosives or booby traps at the national wildlife refuge in Oregon that had been seized by an armed group.

Authorities allowed a group of reporters to get closer to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where the last four occupiers …

Oregon

'No rhyme or reason' for machete attack at Ohio restaurant

From the front door, the man with the machete didn't have a straight path to people in the booths at the small suburban restaurant. He stepped by the welcoming greeting on the front glass, past the half-wall entryway divider and the display case of kataifi and other Mediterranean …

Ohio

Chicago school principals find ways to deal with budget cuts

A day after Chicago Public Schools announced millions of dollars in cuts to school budgets, Walter Payton College Prep Principal Tim Devine told his Local School Council that he'd have find a way to trim $174,000 by Tuesday.

The district's cuts, forced on schools already into the second semester, …

Schools

Evanston-based fraternity says 5 chapters acknowledged hearing racist chant

The fraternity connected to a racist chant caught on video at the University of Oklahoma last spring said Friday that members at five other chapters acknowledged hearing the chant over the last five years.

The Evanston-based Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity would not release the names of the other …

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

Zika virus likely to blame for Romeoville woman's miscarriage

Samantha Meija remains hopeful she someday will start a family despite her recent miscarriage, apparently caused by the Zika virus that in recent weeks has received growing international attention.

But, the 30-year-old Romeoville resident said her thoughts right now are with the pregnant women in …

Pregnancy

Rauner to close troubled downstate youth detention center

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner announced Friday that he'll close a troubled downstate youth detention center, citing a drop in juvenile offenders in state custody after a series of new laws aimed at keeping young offenders out of the corrections system.

Located in Kewanee, about 150 miles southwest of …

Civil Rights

Chicago teen shot in leg no stranger to gunfire

Alex, 16, knows what to do when she hears gunfire outside her West Humboldt Park home: Turn out the lights, lock the door and wait.

That's what she did in November when shots rang out. A 27-year-old upstairs neighbor had been shot. Her mother pounded on the door and Alex came outside to help. They …

Ireland

Urbanization leads to change in type of bacteria in the home

Whether it's a jungle hut or a high-rise apartment, your home is covered in bacteria, and new research from the Amazon suggests city dwellers might want to open a window.

Scientists traveled from remote villages in Peru to a large Brazilian city to begin tracking the effects of urbanization on the …

Bacteria

Prosecutors say con man posing as psychologist treated 44 patients

A man who pleaded guilty last year to posing as a psychologist in the south suburbs has continued seeing patients, including a 9-year-old, federal prosecutors allege.

Using an identity stolen from a licensed physician, Scott Curtis Redman, 36, formerly of Hammond, Ind., prescribed 71 prescriptions …

Psychiatry

Manhole cover crashes into SUV's windshield, killing driver in Boston

A dislodged manhole cover weighing more than 200 pounds went airborne and crashed through an SUV's windshield on a major highway, killing an art teacher as she drove to work during the Friday morning commute, authorities said.

Police didn't confirm the victim's name Friday, but Milton Public School …

Bachelor's Degree

Chicago Heights hospital closure shines light on changes to regulation

On Tuesday, south suburban residents had a chance to face the state health planning board about a proposal to close a hospital in Chicago Heights. The hearing lasted more than four hours, as several people spoke out in opposition to the plan.

Their pleas, though, will have no bearing on the board's …

Hospitals

Autopsy reports found from Chicago's Valentine's Day massacre

Written by hand, the autopsies on the seven bullet-riddled bodies vividly describe why the Valentine's Day massacre of 1929 is still considered Chicago's most infamous gangland killing.

The reports were recently unearthed with inquest transcripts from a warehouse after eight decades, and the Cook …

Al Capone

Former college tennis coach acquitted of stalking ex-girlfriend

A Cook County judge has acquitted a former collegiate tennis coach from Australia of charges that he stalked a former girlfriend and threatened to post nude photos of her online.

Associate Judge Domenica Stephenson on Wednesday found Mark T. Henderson, 33, not guilty of aggravated stalking, …

Tennis

Inside Van Gogh's newest bedroom

The challenge, should you be lucky enough to land an overnight stay in the Art Institute's River North re-creation of Van Gogh's bedroom, will be to avoid saying the obvious things relating to the troubled artist's biography.

You cannot, for instance, tell your partner, repeatedly, that you are "all …

Chicago

Hey Twitter: Try to out-Facebook Facebook and you may get clocked

If I check my watch at 3:17, I don't want it to tell me it's 11:54 even if 11:54 tends to be more popular. I'll start checking my phone for the actual time, and it's bye-bye watch.

This isn't about my watch, though. It's about Twitter. But, you know, same thing.

Twitter is for me and many others the …

Facebook

Could Matt Forte's next stop in NFL be with Packers?

The decision to bid Matt Forte farewell does not come as a surprise. Nor did it come down to money for the Bears.

Forte will find a job in free agency and could be productive for another few seasons, but it won't be in Chicago after he revealed Friday — 26 days before free agency opens — that the …

Jay Cutler

Blackhawks add Viktor Svedberg to roster for 3rd time

Viktor Svedberg is back with the Blackhawks for a third time this season.

The team recalled Svedberg from their AHL affiliate in Rockford and Svedberg will join the Hawks in advance of Saturday's game against the Ducks.

Svedberg has played in 16 games this season over two separate stays with the team.

Chicago Blackhawks

Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia draws lifetime ban for failing third drug test

Mets reliever Jenrry Mejia has become the first player to receive a lifetime ban under baseball's drug agreement after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance for the third time.

The commissioner's office said Friday that Mejia tested positive for Boldenone.

The 26-year-old was the …

Drug Test

For some investors, selling in a bear market isn't such a bad idea

The bear market is back, ripping apart your 401(k) and perhaps disturbing your dreams for the future.

People who promised themselves they would never let their money be devastated again after the last bear market in 2008 find themselves again with losses now that stocks worldwide have gone into a …

Stocks

Presidential contenders fight for minority voters in South Carolina

The fight for black voters turned into a tug-of-war over President Barack Obama's legacy Friday as Democratic presidential hopefuls looked for an edge in South Carolina. Republicans, meanwhile, crisscrossed the state in search of a path out of Donald Trump's long shadow.

Hillary Clinton stepped up …

2016 U.S. Elections

Pedal to the metal: Divvy sets rider record in 2015

The busiest day for Divvy, the city's blue bike-sharing program, was the July 4 holiday, also smack in the middle of the Grateful Dead tour stop at Chicago's Soldier Field.

Data for 2015 released by Divvy this week showed 24,814 rides were taken on July 4, setting a record for the most trips taken …

Bicycle Touring

Meteorologists union warns of more flight delays in Chicago because of cutbacks

The National Weather Service has scaled back a pilot program designed to reduce weather-related delays at Chicago, New York and Atlanta airports, and the union representing meteorologists is warning that delays will rise at O'Hare and Midway airports as a result.

The National Weather Service …

Aviation

Pope Francis looks forward to prayer at Guadalupe shrine in trip to Mexico

Pope Francis has begun a seven-day trip that will take him first to Havana, Cuba, then to Mexico.

The Alitalia jet carrying Francis and his entourage departed Friday morning from Rome's airport.

First stop is Havana's airport, where Francis will meet for a few hours with the head of the Russian …

Pope Francis

Bears expected to hire Ben McDaniels as offensive assistant

The Chicago Bears are expected to hire Ben McDaniels as an offensive quality control coach, a source said Friday.

McDaniels, whose older brother Josh is the New England Patriots offensive coordinator, was Rutgers' offensive coordinator last season.

McDaniels, 35, joins a staff that was shaken up in …

Tampa Bay Buccaneers