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Workers remove a poster for "The Interview" from a billboard in Hollywood, California, on Thursday, a day after Sony announced was canceling the movie's Christmas release because of a terrorist threat. | Michael Thurston/AFP/Getty Images

Sony’s choice on ‘The Interview’ is one lost battle in a long war

Does anybody really fear that North Korean agents are going to mow us down if we buy tubs of buttered popcorn and go to see Seth Rogen and James Franco’s “The Interview,” the now-shelved bromance comedy depicting the assassination of Kim Jong-Un?

Playing for dollars, smiles at O’Hare

Long before sunrise, Sharon Dawn Middleton gets out of bed to pile on layers of clothing for her commute to O’Hare Airport from her Northwest Side home. Middleton, 74, catches a 5 a.m. bus, then the Blue Line L for her gig as a street musician on O’Hare’s ground floor. She would like to arrive earlier, but there is no earlier bus.

Retired FBI agent Elaine Corbett Smith — a teacher turned crime buster who was credited with helping bring down the Chicago mob during the 1980s — tells tales in her book, "A Gun in My Gucci." | Provided photo

Ex-FBI agent’s book tells mob tales in ‘A Gun in My Gucci'

Retired FBI agent Elaine Corbett Smith — a teacher turned crime buster — was credited with helping bring down the Chicago mob during the 1980s.

Rep. Bill Foster, D-Ill., speaks during a news conference on June 13, 2014, in Chicago. | Stacy Thacker/AP

Dem Rep. Bill Foster talking to big donors about U.S. Senate race

Exclusive: Foster, who represents the west suburban 11th Congressional District, is putting himself in play as Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. — who could have the nomination for the asking — also considers a run. The two centrist Democrats would share much of the same high-end Illinois Democratic donor base.

Playing for dollars and smiles at O'Hare

Long before sunrise, Sharon Dawn Middleton gets out of bed to pile on layers of clothing for her commute to O’Hare Airport from her Northwest Side home. For three years Middleton has played at O’Hare. “I don’t get rich but it sure helps out,” she said of being a street musician. “I’m happy anytime anyone gives me anything, even a penny.”

Alan Gross takes a selfie with his wife, Judy Gross, on board a government plane headed back to the United States from Cuba on Dec. 17, 2014. | Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson

Durbin, Kirk split on Obama’s shift on Cuba policy

Sen. Dick Durbin, who has worked for years to secure Alan Gross’ freedom, said establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and relaxing sanctions was “long overdue.” Sen. Mark Kirk said getting Gross out of prison was a “welcome relief” but the deal amounted to “appeasement” because it included a related prisoner swap. A statement from Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., echoed Kirk’s concerns.

Christianity under siege

During this season of joyous religious celebrations and especially the holiday cheer enjoyed with family and friends during Christmas time, we should not forget that in too many corners of the world Christianity is under siege with Christians abused, brutalized and murdered.

Candidate for Illinois governor Judy Baar Topinka with her two dogs — a Scottish terrier and a beagle — during a campaign stop at the Troy Township Republican headquarters in Shorewood in April 2006. | Sun-Times Media file photo

Judy Baar Topinka’s dogs find a home

The two beloved dogs belonging to our irrepressible state Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka — who died after a stroke on Dec. 10 — just got rescued.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced Tuesday that he plans to actively explore a campaign for the 2016 presidential bid. | Andy Jacobsohn/Getty Images

Jeb Bush to hit Chicago Friday as he explores 2016 run

Lynn Sweet exclusive: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday announced he will “actively explore” a 2016 presidential run, and I have learned that Bush plans to hit Chicago on Friday to meet with major Illinois GOP donors and fundraisers.

 
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