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In this undated file image posted by the Raqqa Media Center of the Islamic State group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a parade with a missile in Raqqa, Syria. | Raqqa Media Center via AP

Pentagon: US, partners begin airstrikes in Syria

Robin Williams in 2005. AFP PHOTO / FILES / TIZIANA FABITIZIANA FABI/AFP/Getty Images

When Robin Williams died, she thought of her brother

When Sabrina Tengelsen Guthrie learned Robin Williams killed himself, she was devastated. The Bucktown resident had lived for years in California’s Marin County, where Williams was “a permanent fixture.” But for Guthrie, executive director of the Tengelsen Family Foundation, it was more than just the shock of losing a popular actor and one-time neighbor. The news may have been about Williams, but Tengelsen’s thoughts turned to her brother, Dana.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talks during a news conference addressing the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence, last week. (AP File Photo/Julio Cortez)

Concussions and domestic violence: study the link

Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, by his own analysis has received justifiable criticism for the NFL’s incoherent policies on domestic violence, and for his own errors in the case of Ray Rice, the Baltimore Ravens running back caught on video knocking out his wife. There are those who worry that the recent furor about domestic violence cases will get linked to the shocking reports that NFL players have a 30 percent chance of Alzheimer’s or dementia. Do repeated concussions — trauma of the brain — contribute to the outbursts of domestic violence? 

Attorneys Colin O'Donovan, left, and Mark Huddle, right front, stand with their 25 boxes of paperwork, to apply for five medical marijuana dispensaries, at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on Monday. | Photo by Chandler West

Med pot license seekers: 'Cheech and Chong … to hedge fund guys'

Those hoping to cash in on the so-called Green Rush descended en-masse on the Thompson Center Monday, the final day to apply for marijuana dispensary licenses under the state’s medical pot pilot program.  Dozens were lined up when the doors were unlocked about 8:15 a.m.  And from the moment state offices opened, the application counter was inundated with hundreds who plunked down a non-refundable $5,000 per-application fee and submitted staggering volumes of paperwork.



Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

The police station at Canalport and Halsted, seen in 1952, where the old Scotland Yard detail was headquartered. (Sun-Times Library)

Reparations needed for some Burge torture victims: advocates

Two weeks before former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge is scheduled to leave prison for a halfway house, advocates for victims of police torture are continuing to push for reparations for Burge torture victims who didn't get compensation through the courts.

Uniformed Secret Service officers walk along the fence on the North side of the White House in Washington on Saturday. The Secret Service is under intense scrutiny after a man who hopped the White House fence made it all the way through the front door before being apprehended. | Susan Walsh/AP

Prosecutor: 800 rounds found in intruder case

WASHINGTON — Investigators found more than 800 rounds of ammunition in the car of the man accused of scaling the White House fence and sprinting inside the building, a federal prosecutor said Monday. A machete and two hatchets also were found.

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (left), shown at the reopening of the Red Line last year, wants proof that minority contractors aren't being left out of the work on the new 95th Street Station, which broke ground on Monday. | Sun-Times library

Rush demands jobs, contracts on CTA's 95th Street station project

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush demanded Monday that African-Americans share in the bounty generated by the rebuilding of the 95th Street station that — for now — marks the end of the CTA's Red Line. The project is expected to create about 700 jobs through roughly $240 million in contracts, and Rush said he's giving the CTA until Friday to commit to giving 35 to 40 percent of that to African-Americans.

U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., voices his support Monday of the report released by the Illinois Chamber of Commerce showing the vital importance of keeping the state's lock and dam system operating to move billions in goods in and out of Illinois. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

6-cent hike in diesel boat fuel tax urged to fund waterway fix

To bankroll needed repairs to Illinois’ waterway system, two Illinois congressmen — one a Democrat, the other a Republican — voiced support Monday for a national 6 cent a gallon diesel fuel tax increase for commercial vessels. U.S. Reps. Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., described Illinois’ lock, dam and waterway system as critical to moving goods, supporting Illinois jobs and reducing pollution.

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.