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Former Cubs general manager Dallas Green dies at age 82

Dallas Green, the Cubs general manager and executive vice president from 1982 to 1987, died Wednesday, a Phillies team official confirmed.<p>Green was 82.<p>Green, who brought Ryne Sandberg, Dennis Eckersley and Rick Sutcliffe to the Cubs, also managed the Phillies to the World Series title in 1980.<p>Green …

Baseball

Willie Wilson aims to bail out homeowners, mulls race for governor

Sometime politician, businessman and gospel television host Willie Wilson says he'll open his checkbook again, this time for Chicago-area homeowners in danger of losing their property in a county tax sale next month.<p>Wilson, who rose from poverty to own McDonald's franchises and a …

Chicago

Bulls' Robin Lopez and Raptors' Serge Ibaka draw one-game suspensions

The league office has spoken.<p>Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka each drew one-game suspensions Wednesday for throwing punches during an altercation from the Bulls' overtime loss at the Raptors on Tuesday. Both players were ejected for the fracas.<p>The league also fined Raptors assistant coach Jamaal …

NBA

Man charged in shooting near Cook County criminal courthouse

A brazen shooting earlier this week near the Cook County criminal courthouse took place after two groups of young men exchanged words, prosecutors said Wednesday at a bond hearing for the first suspect to be charged.<p>Tabari Harris was charged with a single count of aggravated battery for allegedly …

Crime

Mi Tocaya Antojeria opens in Logan Square

Restaurants

Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch parries Democrats' questioning on abortion, special education

Assured of support from majority Republicans, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch was wrapping up two days of Senate questioning Wednesday to glowing GOP reviews but complaints from frustrated Democrats that he concealed his views from the American public.<p>Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge in …

Special Education

Shedd Aquarium app helps autistic visitors plan sensory-friendly trips

The Shedd Aquarium can be exciting because of the variety of sights and sounds it offers, but those same elements can prove stressful for visitors with autism or sensory processing disorders.<p>The aquarium's Sensory Friendly app aims to make the experience more fun and comfortable for such people by …

Autism

Jon Lester pitches in minor-league game vs. A's

Jon Lester

The Jerry Krause few people got to see

The first time I met Jerry Krause, he screamed at me.<p>What makes this more memorable is that we yet weren't adversaries. We were, technically, and loosely, teammates.<p>Before I landed at the Tribune, a fellow Beloit (Wis.) College alum who worked for the Bulls hired me as a summer intern to help with …

NBA

Chicago lawyer fights Army veteran's deportation order

Without a court ruling in hand, a Chicago lawyer has filed an appeal to halt the deportation of a decorated Army veteran with a green card to his native Mexico.<p>An order for removal was issued last week for Miguel Perez Jr., said his attorney, Chris Bergin, who learned of the order after calling a …

Immigration Law

House intel chairman: Trump's communications may have been caught in 'incidental collection'

Communications of Donald Trump's transition officials — possibly including the incoming president himself — may have been scooped up in legal surveillance but then improperly distributed throughout the intelligence community, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday.<p>In an …

Government

South Korea starts raising ferry that sank in 2014, killing 304 people

South Korean workers on Wednesday began the difficult process of raising a 6,800-ton ferry that sank in 2014, killing more than 300 people and triggering a public uproar that contributed to the recent ouster of Park Geun-hye as president.<p>The salvaging operation began after hours of preparations and …

North Korea

Cubs' Ben Zobrist batting 3rd vs. Reds

Ben Zobrist will bat third Wednesday night when the Chicago Cubs face the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark.<p>Zobrist is filling in for Anthony Rizzo, who is getting another day off following the Cubs' day off on Tuesday.<p>Jon Lester will pitch in a minor league game Wednesday at the minor league …

Baseball

Notre Dame sports said to sell commercial rights for first time

The University of Notre Dame, which calls itself "the most powerful and recognizable brand in college athletics," is considering outsourcing the sale of corporate sponsorships and licensing agreements, according to people familiar with the matter.<p>The university is one of only a few big-time sports …

College Football

Joel Quenneville: Blackhawks 'much better' vs. Canucks despite big deficit

The Blackhawks were trailing the Canucks 4-1 in the third period Tuesday and coach <b>Joel Quenneville</b> had pulled goaltender <b>Corey Crawford</b>.<p>It was the second consecutive game the Hawks found themselves behind by multiple goals to a team out of the playoff picture — they trailed the Avalanche 3-1 on …

NHL

Review: Eden restaurant has a few bumps on the way to paradise

West Town's dining expansion continues unabated. Not long ago, opening anything west of Carpenter Street (along Randolph or Lake streets) was considered daring; now, restaurants are opening on Western Avenue and beyond, and finding audiences.<p>One of the latest successes is Eden, which opened in …

Restaurants

South Korea starts raising sunken ferry in which 304 died

South Korean workers on Wednesday began the difficult process of raising a 6,800-ton ferry that sank in 2014, killing more than 300 people and triggering a public uproar that contributed to the recent ouster of Park Geun-hye as president.<p>The salvaging operation began after hours of preparations and …

South Korea

Al pastor tacos and 'peanut butter and lengua' star on Mi Tocaya's modern Mexican menu

Before opening Mi Tocaya Antojeria in Logan Square last Wednesday, chef Diana Davila talked excitedly about the menu she was prepping to unveil. "I get to serve food that reminds me of my childhood, my travels in Mexico, and my cooking at home," she told us.<p>Now that the 38-seat restaurant is up and …

Restaurants

Starbucks will launch its new U.S. lunch menu in Chicago

Starbucks on Wednesday unveiled a new lunch menu featuring healthier sandwiches and salads that it plans to debut in Chicago on April 11.<p>The menu, called "Mercato," initially will launch in about 100 stores in the city, but Starbucks said it expects to expand to other U.S. markets in the future.<p>The …

Starbucks

Want to see Willis Tower's Skydeck from the outside? Changes coming to iconic building

Willis Tower is getting a face-lift that might allow thrill-seeking visitors to unleash their inner Spider-Man.<p>The 110-story landmark skyscraper's owner, Blackstone Group, plans a $20 million upgrade to its Skydeck, expanding it to two floors, adding an open-air ledge walk and letting visitors use …

Chicago

David DeJesus joins CSN's Cubs coverage after announcing retirement

Please save your applause for the end of this David DeJesus article.<p>The former Cub — who was so well liked in Chicago that he received a standing ovation in his first game back at Wrigley Field with the Washington Nationals — revealed he will join Comcast SportsNet Chicago as an analyst on …

Baseball

Affordable Bordeaux for the rest of us (for the most of us?)

Years ago, during an evening of urban carousing with two friends, the three of us found ourselves in the lobby of a swanky hotel. It was almost as if we had just landed there or had been somehow teleported. We were profoundly underdressed (it's possible that I was wearing cut-off shorts), but the …

Wine

'We the Fans:' ESPN docu-series to profile Bears fans enduring 2016 season

Mike Ditka cuts a cigar, lights it and begins waxing poetic about NFL opening day, helping set the stage for ESPN’s upcoming docu-series “We the Fans.” It’s an eight-episode profile of Bears season ticket holders from Section 250 of Soldier Field as they experienced the ill-fated 2016 season.<p>“At …

TV

Carlos Martinez to start for Cardinals vs. Cubs on opening night

The St. Louis Cardinals have picked Carlos Martinez to start on opening night against the World Series champion Chicago Cubs.<p>Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told Martinez about the choice before he pitched Tuesday in an exhibition game against Washington.<p>The Cardinals host the NL Central rival Cubs …

Baseball

Google Maps already tracks you; now other people can, too

Google Maps users will soon be able to broadcast their movements to friends and family — the latest test of how much privacy people are willing to sacrifice in an era of rampant sharing.<p>The location-monitoring feature will begin rolling out Wednesday in an update to the Google Maps mobile app, …

Google

How baby Dominique reminds us of all the good in this world

Let's step away, for a moment, from all the bad and divisive and blood-pressure-raising and tragic and we-should-be-better-than-this things happening in the world.<p>And let's focus, in that moment, on something truly good: Dominique.<p>Dominique is a beautiful 10-month-old from West Africa, and the …

Ivory Coast

Younger grocery store cashiers would get to sell alcohol under new city plan

The interminable waits for teenage cashiers in Chicago grocery stores to track down managers to drag a six-pack of beer across the scanner could become rarer under a City Council plan to let 18-to-20-year-olds sell alcohol at some businesses.<p>The proposal would allow the younger liquor servers in …

Chicago

Soup and wine can be tricky to pair, but a sommelier finds workarounds

Soup and wine have not always been the best of buds, traditionally speaking. Soup can contain multitudes in every spoonful, but to pair a liquid with another liquid, well, that's a unique problem, as complementing or contrasting texture is removed from the wine-pairing toolbox. The key to pairing …

Wine

White Sox make four more roster cuts

The White Sox sent four more prospects to the minors Wednesday morning, bringing their spring training roster to 37 players with eight days to go in Cactus League play.<p>The Sox optioned outfielder Adam Engel and right-hander Tommy Kahnle to Triple-A Charlotte and reassigned left-hander Jace Fry and …

Baseball

Parodies poke fun at Michael Jordan-LaVar Ball matchup

LaVar Ball probably imagined he would be featured in a video game with Michael Jordan — or maybe he has, he has demonstrated he has quite the imagination.<p>But before the boisterous father of NBA draft prospect Lonzo Ball celebrates too soon, he gets clowned by the Bulls legend as well some other …

NBA