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Mitch Trubisky the latest in long line of Bears saviors at quarterback

The momentary relief from quarterback mistrust was pleasant and shall pass as it inevitably does. Nothing is more temporary than faith that the Bears have found their guy.<p>Chicago's favorite quarterback is always the one who is not playing.<p>Those who would elevate rookie Mitch Trubisky from whim to …

Mitch Trubisky

Mother of Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer says she won't talk to Trump

The mother of a woman who was killed while protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, said Friday that she won't talk to President Donald Trump because of comments he made after her daughter's death.<p>Speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America," Susan Bro said she initially …

Donald Trump

Romney calls on Trump to apologize for Charlottesville comments

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on Friday called on President Donald Trump to address the nation and apologize for his remarks about Charlottesville, warning of "an unraveling of our national fabric" if Trump doesn't take "remedial action in the extreme."<p>"Whether he intended to or not, …

Elections

Modern blues: Chicago designer gives classic color a downtown twist

Some things never change. The sky? Still up there, still blue. The color most kids reach for in the Crayola box? One shade or another of blue (six of the crayon maker’s top 10 shades are blue). Sure, you can get all wound up about Greenery, Holly Berry red or Sulphur (all from Pantone’s recent …

Interior Design

Car crashes into Bulls' training facility

Police issued two citations to a driver who crashed into the Advocate Center, the Bulls' training facility, around 5:20 a.m. on Friday.<p>According to Chicago Police Department spokeswoman Ana Pacheco, a female driver disobeyed a red light on West Madison Street and attempted to go around another …

Chicago Bulls

Several wounded in Finland stabbing; suspect shot in the leg

Police in Finland say they have shot a man in the leg after he was suspected of stabbing several people in the western city of Turku.<p>Finnish broadcaster YLE says several people were seen lying on the ground in the central part of the city.<p>On Twitter, police urged people to avoid that part of …

Policing

Sky lose forward Keisha Hampton for rest of season

As the Sky attempt to make a push to get into the WNBA playoffs, the team announced Friday it will lose forward Keisha Hampton for the rest of the season.<p>Hampton was expected to undergo left knee surgery on Friday. In her first season with the Sky, she averaged 3.6 points per game in 7.8 minutes …

Basketball

Mike McCarthy's message, much like Packers' place atop NFC North, stays consistent

If those on the outside anticipated a sign of a crack from Mike McCarthy as the Packers' season appeared on the verge of spinning out of control last fall, it only was because they don't know the man well.<p>Green Bay had just been walloped 47-25 by the Titans on Nov. 13, their third consecutive loss …

NFL

Blood test shows promise for early-stage cancer detection

A new genetic blood test might pave the way for detecting early stage cancers that often prove fatal when caught too late, a new study suggests.<p>The test scans blood for DNA fragments released by cancerous tumors, explained lead researcher Dr. Victor Velculescu.<p>By reviewing these DNA fragments for …

Cancer

Jake Arrieta, Cubs set to open series against Blue Jays

Former Cubs Darwin Barney and Miguel Montero are in town with the Blue Jays this weekend for a three-game series at Wrigley Field, which begins Friday afternoon (1:20, CSN).<p>Cubs right-hander Jake Arreita (12-8, 3.73 ERA) will attempt to make his seventh consecutive quality start as his team …

Baseball

Rally Cat will return to the Cardinals after a 10-day quarantine

Rally Cat may be coming back to Busch Stadium.<p>The St. Louis Cardinals are taking claim to the now-famous cat that darted across the field during the Aug. 9 game against Kansas City, just moments before Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina hit a grand slam.<p>The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the cat has …

Yadier Molina

Spain hunts for van driver as Barcelona shouts 'I am not afraid' in unison

Spanish police intensified a manhunt Friday for suspects behind two deadly vehicle attacks on civilians, shooting and killing five people wearing fake bomb belts who attacked a seaside resort and arresting four others believed linked to the carnage wrought on a Barcelona promenade.<p>Spanish …

Terrorism

Joe Maddon on his event's teen boxers: 'They're the stars, man'

Cubs players and fans watched teen boxers trade blows and exchange handshakes and hugs during a fundraiser for Joe Maddon's Respect 90 foundation at the historic Winstrust Bank Building on Thursday night.<p>Jason Heyward bid $11,000 to buy a pair of Muhammad Ali's gloves during an auction to support …

Jason Heyward

Future of Balbo monument, a gift from Mussolini, uncertain

Every now and then, for the more than 80 years it has stood outside Soldier Field on Burnham Harbor, the Balbo monument — a slender, 18-foot tall column of greenish breccia rock, perched at the foot of the bike path — has unnerved many Chicagoans.<p>That is, the ones who knew its history.<p>It was a gift …

History

How Google Home and the Amazon Echo give a new twist to the home phone

The death of the landline has been well-documented for years, as cellphones have become the primary phone for the majority of Americans. But now, thanks to tech companies' obsession with the smart home, the home phone is making a comeback.<p>Well, sort of.<p>Google has announced that starting Wednesday …

Automation

Do Cubs still have Justin Verlander's phone number?

Cubs titular ace Jon Lester gave up seven earned runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Reds on Thursday. That vaulted Lester’s ERA since the Fourth of July to 5.87. Just to clarify: Not a good thing.<p>Then Lester exited the game because of left latissimus dorsi tightness that is expected to land him on …

Major League Baseball

Cubs hopeful Jon Lester won't miss significant time with lat injury

Jon Lester’s lat injury is a blow to the Cubs as they head into the stretch run of the four-way divisional race, but it isn’t cause for panic yet.<p>The Cubs will provide an update on Lester’s condition later this morning, but Thursday night they were hopeful after the initial examination it wasn’t …

Major League Baseball

Penn State's rise from NCAA sanctions to Big Ten champs was surprisingly quick

When safety Marcus Allen committed to Penn State five years ago, his friends had questions for him.<p>"People questioned me all the time," Allen said last month at Big Ten media days in Chicago. "'Why are you going to Penn State?' Or saying disgusting things about Penn State.<p>"I looked past that and …

College Football

Round 2 of Mike Glennon vs. Mitch Trubisky worth checking out on Saturday

The Bears showed promising signs in last week's exhibition opener against the Broncos. (Have you heard about this Trubisky kid?) But John Fox's squad still walked out of Soldier Field with a 24-17 loss.<p>In order to establish themselves as a team on the rise, the Bears must soon provide evidence that …

NFL

Growing economy is a booster to the area's small businesses

Being a local small-business owner is one of the tougher ways to scratch out a living. Lately, however, that task is getting a little easier.<p>A growing economy, which saw gross domestic product increase in the second quarter by 2.6 percent, is helping area entrepreneurs increase sales and reap …

Small Business

Wisconsin Assembly passes $3 billion for Foxconn

The Wisconsin Assembly approved a $3 billion tax break Thursday with bipartisan support for Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group to build a massive display panel factory in the state, a project President Donald Trump touted as a transformational win for the U.S. economy.<p>Foxconn announced three …

Government

Kevin Durant says he's skipping Warriors' visit to the White House

Kevin Durant may be from the Washington area, but he has no intention of visiting one of the city's most famous landmarks anytime soon.<p>On Wednesday, Durant, who grew up in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, said he will not attend a White House reception to celebrate the Golden State Warriors' NBA …

Basketball

Remembering Eugene Burger, a Chicago magician who knew magic is life

A 21-year-old magician from Kentucky once found himself at the legendary Magic Castle in Los Angeles, where a man named Eugene Burger was performing. The visiting illusionist was inexperienced but he'd already made an appearance on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and thought himself a young …

Spirituality

Morning Spin: Cullerton tries stand-up comedy at Rauner's expense

<i>Welcome</i> <i>to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Subscribe here.</i><p><b>Topspin</b><p>Senate President John Cullerton turned his speaking slot before Democrats' annual Illinois State Fair fundraiser into an …

Chicago

Yoan Moncada homers for 1-0 White Sox lead against Rangers

The White Sox didn’t homer on the first pitch of Thursday’s game as they did Tuesday and Wednesday.<p>Yoan Moncada waited until the 10th pitch.<p>The Sox rookie hit his third homer of the year out to right field in the first inning to give the Sox a 1-0 lead against the Rangers and right-hander Tyson …

Baseball

White Sox manager Rick Renteria on Reynaldo Lopez: 'I think he's OK'

White Sox manager Rick Renteria on removing Reynaldo Lopez from Thursday's game against the Rangers with right side soreness on Aug. 17, 2017. (Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune)

Rick Renteria

Reynaldo Lopez on being removed from start vs. Rangers with right side soreness

White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez on being removed from the fifth inning against the Rangers with right side soreness on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. (Colleen Kane/Chicago Tribune)

Basketball

Respect 90 Main Event

Baseball

Josh Jones leads Packers' youth infusion in defensive backfield

<b>2016:</b> 10-6, first in the NFC North<p><b>Key newcomers:</b> TE Martellus Bennett, RG Jahri Evans, CB Davon House, TE Lance Kendricks, S/LB Josh Jones (rookie), CB Kevin King (rookie).<p><b>Key losses:</b> RG T.J. Lang, RB Eddie Lacy, TE Jared Cook, OLB Julius Peppers, DB Micah Hyde, DL Datone Jones, C J.C. Tretter.<p><b>Camp</b> …

NFL

Jay Cutler goes 3-of-6 for 24 yards in preseason debut with Dolphins

Jay Cutler's night started by getting an ovation from Miami Dolphins fans just for taking the field, and ended with him giving a shout-out to Mark Bowen.<p>That's the surgeon who fixed his right shoulder after his season with the Chicago Bears ended last December.<p>Cutler's shoulder is just fine, and …

NFL