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Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talks to Ald. Emma Mitts (37th) before testifying Thursday at City Council budget hearings. | Fran Spielman/Sun-Times Media

McCarthy tries again to sell aldermen on crime success story

Arkansas candidate's 'American dream' includes sewage, stripping

John Burkhalter, Arkansas’ candidate for lieutenant governor, says he has "lived the American dream," which included time spent working as a male stripper, and a job that included bucketing "sewage out of the sewers with a five-gallon bucket on a ski rope with an ice scoop in my hand."

Michelle Obama will speak at two commencement speeches this year as part of two video contests. | AP

Michelle Obama wants to come to your graduation ceremony

WASHINGTON — High school and college students are competing for Michelle Obama to come to their schools to share her wisdom about moving on to higher education and adulthood.

Students not legal — but superb

Dr. Mark Kuczewski of Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine heard of a star student on the West Coast who wanted to be a doctor, but she was not a legal resident. Medical chools were not accepting such students. Kuczewski and higher-ups at Loyola moved quickly to allow undocumented students to compete for admittance, citing the Jesuit school’s promotion of social justice. Loyola was the first to make the change and 34 universities have so far followed suit.


Michael Jordan's fact check: Obama is 'a shi--y golfer'

President Barack Obama continually comes under assault from his critics for the number of vacations he takes — and the amount of golf he plays — but former Bulls great and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan says all of that time on the course isn't doing Obama much good.

Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino died Thursday. He was 71. | AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File

Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor, dies at 71

BOSTON — Thomas Menino, whose folksy manner and verbal gaffes belied his shrewd political tactics to govern as Boston's longest-serving mayor and one of its most beloved, died Thursday. He was 71.

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.

Is Mayor Rahm Emanuel doomed? | Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

Are Chicago's problems blowing up Rahm's political future?

In better times, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's name had been floated out there as a presidential candidate — but after being dragged down by a number of issues, including underfunded pensions, crime rates and underperforming schools, a profile in Politico magazine asks one question. Are those problems — and the way Emanuel is tackling them —  blowing up his political future?