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Trump's indefensible claims of rampant voter fraud are now White House policy

Technically, the proper way to describe claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2016 election is to state that there's no evidence that it happened. Shortly after the election, we tallied up reports of in-person voter fraud that occurred last year and found a grand total of four examples. There is …

Fraud

Wednesday's matchup: Hawks at Bulls

<b>TV/radio:</b> 7 p.m. Wednesday; CSN, WLS-AM 890.<p><b>Storylines:</b> The Hawks have won the first two meetings, both in Atlanta. They had a 34-point lead in Friday's victory. Dwyane Wade is scheduled to finish this back-to-back.<p><b>Trending:</b> The Bulls have lost six straight overall to the Hawks, including two …

NBA

Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese achieves a greatness of her own

At 4 years old, Heather Sweet of tiny West Branch, Mich., did not see herself as a burlesque dancer who would take off her clothes and bathe in a giant martini glass onstage. If anything, like many girls her age, she saw herself as a ballerina.<p>"You just never know, right?" says Sweet, who is better …

Lingerie

10 ways to make your home cabin chic

Home Decorating

Braising refresher course: How to turn tough cuts into tender dinner

The more devoted PrepSchoobeeDoBees among you may recall we first broached the topic of braising about 10 years back. Today, a little refresher. Heed its lessons, and practice its tenets, and soon you'll be thinking, "Well, God only knows what the future may bring, but, sweet mother of pearl, at …

BBQ

Trump's budget nominee defends support for cuts to Social Security, Medicare

President Donald Trump's nominee to become the nation's budget director, Rep. Mick Mulvaney , R-S.C., defended Tuesday his support of cuts to popular entitlement programs that Trump vowed to keep intact and emphasized that he would bring a "fact-based approach" to the role.<p>In appearances before the …

Government

City still faces dozens of wrongful conviction cases

Dozens of additional wrongful conviction lawsuits still are pending against the city, a high-level city attorney told aldermen on Tuesday, even after a years-long parade of settlements of such cases have already drained tens of millions of dollars from the pockets of taxpayers.<p>At least two of the …

Policing

Hoagie roll stands up best to hearty chicken Parmesan sandwich

The sandwich in need of housing can't consult Zillow. Nor will the multiple listing service do. She's got to pound the pavement of the actual market, in the bakery aisle.<p>Her dream home should have it all: sturdy construction that can support a crisp chicken cutlet, room for the rambunctious peppers …

Cooking

Review: Rising up from their cubicles in brilliant 'Gloria' at the Goodman Theatre

In the lobby of a theater the other day, an acquaintance of mine observed that the only good thing about the rise to power of Donald J. Trump was the post-facto unification of, well, let's call it the arty left — you know, those fact-dependent types who work for newspapers, magazines, TV stations, …

The Arts

Quick: the Chicago One-Minute Play Festival is coming to Den Theatre

Never mind plot, narrative thread or dramatic arc for a moment. Can you condense your message to 60 seconds? That’s the challenge of the Chicago One-Minute Play Festival, now in its seventh year and playing for two nights at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park.<p>And “message” is the point, more than …

The Arts

Tasting pulque, the fermented agave drink of Mexico

At Pulqueria Chicago, they serve a popular Mexican drink called pulque, a centuries-old beverage that chef and TV food star Anthony Bourdain has called "man juice" and "Mexican Viagra." Like so many supposedly macho foods and drinks, pulque can be somewhat challenging.<p>Before contact with Europeans, …

Drinking

New Pokemon game, Pokemon Duel, hits U.S. — but can it match Pokemon Go?

On the heels of Pokemon Go’s wild success last year, the Pokemon Company launched another game for iOS and Android in the U.S. Tuesday: A strategy-based game called Pokemon Duel.<p>Described as a Pokemon board game, players build a “deck” of the animated monsters, then go head-to-head against an …

Pokémon

NFL RedZone channel eliminates 35 hours of commercials each season

If, like me, you do not have one favorite NFL team and would rather consume the blessed entirety of an NFL Sunday over a seven-hour span, then you know that the NFL RedZone channel is pretty much the greatest thing ever. The pay-per-view service, available in one version on DirecTV and another via …

Fantasy Football

Michael Phillips' Oscar predictions: Who should win and who will win

Award Shows

Trump admin orders EPA contract freeze, media blackout

The Trump administration has instituted what it described as a temporary media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants.<p>Emails sent to EPA staff since President Donald Trump's inauguration on Friday and reviewed by The Associated …

Government

Spokesman on Trump's illegal voters claim: President 'continues to maintain that belief'

A spokesman says President Donald Trump's belief that there were millions of illegal votes cast in the November election is based on "studies and evidence."<p>But spokesman Sean Spicer did not provide examples of that evidence.<p>Trump first made the false claim during the transition. He reiterated the …

Government

A savory pie for butternut squash fiends; 3 wines to match

Blue cheese, a main ingredient of this galette, is tough to pair with wine. Sommelier Nate Redner of Lincoln Park's Oyster Bah suggests three fruit-forward pours.<p>Pie and wine for dinner? Sounds like an indulgent night alone, remote in hand — but make that a savory pie, and you've got yourself a …

Wine

A savory pie for butternut squash fiends; 3 wines to match

Pie and wine for dinner? Sounds like an indulgent night alone, remote in hand — but make that a savory pie, and you've got yourself a dinner party. This simple galette (a rustic tart) is made with butternut squash, sage and blue cheese. The latter is traditionally tough to pair with wine, but …

Wine

Texas woman who claimed to be 'voice of God' convicted of forced labor, gets 6 years

Prosecutors say a North Texas woman who claimed to be the "voice of God" must serve six years in prison for forcing two immigrants to work for years without pay.<p>Olga Sandra Murra of Fort Worth was sentenced Monday and ordered to pay the immigrants $795,000. Murra was convicted of two counts of …

Crime

Five unusual things to know about soon-to-be Cubs pitcher Brett Anderson

The Cubs have reached a deal — pending a physical — to sign free-agent left-hander Brett Anderson, league sources confirmed Monday night.<p>Who, you might ask, is this Anderson guy? Here are give things to know about him, beyond his career 3.86 ERA in 127 appearances, including 115 starts, over eight …

Baseball

Report: 3 men raped a woman in Sweden on Facebook Live

It was broadcast, live, to thousands of viewers: three men in an apartment, raping a young woman. The men could be heard saying, "You have been raped" and "Three against one," according to Swedish newspaper Expressen.<p>The Facebook Live video was uploaded to a closed group of thousands of users on …

Facebook

FCC chairman nominee is bad news for musicians

After years in which the five-member Federal Communications Commission stood solidly if narrowly behind the concept of net neutrality, things could be changing for the worse as far as advocates of a free and open internet are concerned.<p>Among those who would pay the price are artists and bands that …

Net Neutrality

Marcus Kruger could suit up for Blackhawks vs. Lightning

Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger could return to the lineup Tuesday for the first time since suffering a hand injury on Dec. 30.<p>Coach Joel Quenneville said it was a possibility Kruger could play, although Kruger did not skate with any line rushes during the morning skate.<p>Forward Dennis Rasmussen …

NHL

Sweeping Illinois budget plan faces new uncertainty

After weeks of talking up a sweeping, long-shot budget framework, Illinois Senate leaders started pumping the brakes Tuesday, a nod to the complex nature of putting together a deal to end the state's historic 18-month budget stalemate.<p>Republican Leader Christine Radogno said she's unsure if a …

Chicago

Steve Stone, Jason Benetti to pair for 10 televised White Sox spring games

White Sox broadcasters Steve Stone and Jason Benetti will pair for 10 televised spring training games in March, the Sox announced Tuesday.<p>The Sox will begin their spring broadcast schedule on WGN-9 on March 12 as the Sox host the Rangers at Camelback Ranch. The other nine games will air on CSN, …

Baseball

Flint water has fallen below federal lead limit

Flint's water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan state environmental officials said Tuesday is good news for a city whose 100,000 residents have been grappling with the man-made water crisis.<p>The 90th percentile of lead concentrations in …

Flint

'One More Shift' a reminder of Blackhawks’ darkest days

As hard as it has been to watch the Blackhawks go through their summer salary-cap purges, fans can take comfort in the fact that the team has kept its core players in place while winning three Stanley Cups in this decade.<p>The team’s top players — Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Marian …

Ice Hockey

Fox Sports' Katie Nolan gives a shoutout to ... Yorkville's Katie Nolan

Yorkville High School basketball player Katie Nolan found a new fan: Katie Nolan.<p>That would be Nolan, the host of Fox Sports 1's "Garbage Time," who tweeted congratulations to her younger namesake Tuesday after she was featured in a Chicago Tribune article about scoring 1,000 career points.<p>"Get it, …

Rio Olympics

Trump says he'll announce Supreme Court nominee next week

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will announce a candidate next week to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court.<p>Trump had said earlier this month he would choose a nominee within two weeks of his inauguration.<p>"We will pick a truly great Supreme Court justice," Trump told reporters who asked …

Government

Dwyane Wade addresses future in light of Bulls' inconsistency

Dwyane Wade's current focus isn't on the decision he faces this summer, when he owns a player option for the 2017-18 season at $23.8 million.<p>It's about trying to get an up-and-down Bulls team to play with more consistency, both with his on-court play and off-court leadership.<p>But whenever Wade does …

NBA