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Mayor Rahm Emanuel, shown greeting fans outside Wrigley Field, backs the Cubs' plan to move forward with renovation plans despite a pending lawsuit. | Sun-Times library

Emanuel gives Cubs green light to break ground at Wrigley Field

Women attend a demonstration calling on the government to rescue kidnapped school girls of a government secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria, in Lagos, in May. (AP Photo/ Sunday Alamba, File)

Is the bad news about women really good?

Hundreds of girls in Nigeria are kidnapped by insurgents. In Eastern Europe, women are raped as a strategy of war. An NFL star slugs his wife in a jarring video. Women worldwide fight for basic rights — to drive, to go to school. Taken together, you might easily think that the rights of women are ebbing. You’d be wrong, according to Canadian journalist Sally Armstrong, who travels the world reporting on women’s issues.

High-wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla., on June 18, 2013. | Chris O’Meara/AP

Sneed: Is Wallenda’s high-wire act legal without a net?

Getting wired: Adrenaline junkies eager to watch high-wire daredevil Nik Wallenda navigate two Chicago skyscrapers without a net will now get their chance on Nov. 2. Or will they?

Justice Department launches policing bias study

WASHINGTON — Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

President Barack Obama meets with Emory University doctors and healthcare workers during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. | Getty Images

Obama's Ebola response: Is it enough and in time?

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that the Ebola epidemic in West Africa could threaten security around the world, and he ordered 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the region in emergency aid muscle for a crisis spiraling out of control.

 

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.

Through his Chicago Forward PAC, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is trying to ensure that the City Council will continue to rubber-stamp his agenda. | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times Media

How to win Rahm's love if you're running for alderman

The smart way for City Council candidates to complete a questionnaire from the mayor's PAC

Gov. Pat Quinn at a bill signing ceremony in Chicago in July. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Expert: Quinn’s handling of request to release subpoena ‘stinks’

SPRINGFIELD — Despite having a new criminal subpoena in hand, Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration dragged its feet in releasing the politically-sensitive public document — a delay one expert called a gaming of the state open-records laws that “stinks.”  On Tuesday, the governor’s office finally released the federal grand jury subpoena dated Aug. 27 that sought records related to Quinn’s failed Neighborhood Recovery Initiative anti-violence program, but it did so only selectively. 

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces he would end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times \

Emanuel unveils plan to end veterans homelessness

On the eve of his 2003 re-election, former Mayor Richard M. Daley established a goal of ending homelessness in Chicago by 2012 and embraced a plan to make it happen. It called for shifting the focus away from shelters and toward permanent housing with a bottomless network of social services to “rebuild souls,” as Daley liked to say. On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel lowered the bar to a more realistic, but still difficult goal to achieve: ending homelessness among veterans in Chicago by the end of 2015.

Curtis Lawrence, Professor of Journalism, Columbia College, Chicago | Photo by JOHN J. KIM

Rauner camp denies Columbia journ students press conference entry

Columbia College Professor Curtis Lawrence and his 12 journalism students received a cold welcome when they arrived at a Bruce Rauner press conference on Tuesday in River North.

The Rauner campaign would not allow them into that press event -- or future events -- saying only "working media" could enter.

5 findings from Congressional report on safety agency

Republicans on the House Commerce Committee released a report Tuesday critical of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's top auto safety agency, and its handling of General Motors' delayed recall of 2.6 million cars with defective ignition switches.

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.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, says a House GOP proposal to arm and train Syrian rebels is too vague. | Cliff Owen/AP

Durbin balks at GOP plan to train, arm Syrian rebels

A proposal from House Republicans to train and arm Syrian rebels is meeting solid resistance from Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois.