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FBI executes search warrants in Chinatown

chicagotribune.com — FBI agents were executing search warrants at a number of locations in the Chinatown neighborhood as part of an ongoing investigation, officials said Friday. FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde would not elaborate but said no arrests have been made. Well-known chef Tony Hu, who runs several restaurants in Chinatown, was asked if his businesses were among those searched.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @pang: Our 5:30pm update: FBI executes search warrants at several Chicago Chinatown restaurants chicagotribune.com/news/local/bre…

Oct 24, 2014

FBI raids restaurants in Chinatown; at least 3 owned by famed chef Tony Hu chicagotribune.com/news/local/bre…

Oct 24, 2014

Our 5:30pm update: FBI executes search warrants at several Chicago Chinatown restaurants chicagotribune.com/news/local/bre…

Oct 24, 2014

RT @scottkleinberg: FBI searches Chinatown restaurants, at least 2 owned by famed chef Tony Hu. trib.in/1w0pNZq pic.twitter.com/bJW0GT9f2j

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Chicago's first serial killer

chicagotribune.com — The man who became infamous as H.H. Holmes, one of the first serial killers in the United States, preyed mainly on naive and gullible women - young women who wouldn't be missed amid the thousands of World's Fair tourists streaming into Chicago's fashionable Englewood neighborhood.

Police: Shooter at Washington state high school was a student, is dead

chicagotribune.com — A student opened fire at a high school in Washington state on Friday, wounding an unknown number of victims before killing himself with a gun, the Seattle Times reported. At least two people were being air-lifted to a local hospital after being wounded in the shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School north of Seattle, local media reported.

Maddon's exit in Tampa could be good news to Cubs

chicagotribune.com — SAN FRANCISCO--- No sooner did Joe Maddon opt out of his contract in Tampa Bay than the guessing game began. Could Wrigley Field become the next stop for baseball's most respected manager? The Cubs lowered the cone of silence, declining to feed into Friday's frenzy of speculation. Too late.
Oct 25, 2014

Hell yes RT @lcm1986: "It's a Cubs fan’s prerogative to dream big. Don't stop now." @PWSullivan trib.in/1ruw7mN

Oct 24, 2014

Cubs go under Cone of Silence as Maddon-to-Cubs speculation begins. #JustDoIt trib.in/1ruw7mN

Oct 24, 2014

Perfect landing spot for Maddon, who just left Rays? Cubs, says Paul Sullivan. trib.in/1wqhaGA

Bears' Martellus Bennett working on animated project

chicagotribune.com — The Bears ’ Martellus Bennett plans to release his first animated short film, “Zoovie,” next year. The story revolves around an ambitious penguin named Cosmo who aspires to do more than just perform at the zoo. If it sounds like a metaphor for Bennett’s life, that’s because it is.

The Friday Exit: GrubHub, Groupon Pages and Chicago's ambitions

chicagotribune.com — Does technology inspire thoughts of transformative change, or just easy delivery of food beyond pizza? PayPal co-founder and now provocateur Peter Thiel spoke with reporter Amina Elahi while in town for Chicago Ideas Week and the Venture Summit. Chicago tech boosters like to boast that businesses here focus on actually making money, but Thiel suggested that may limit the city's impact.

Deputy killed, 3 others hurt in Sacramento shooting spree; manhunt underway

chicagotribune.com — A California sheriff's deputy was killed and three others were wounded in a shooting spree that started in a motel parking lot in Sacramento on Friday, authorities said. The incident began on Friday morning in the parking lot of a Motel 6 when a deputy, later identified as Danny Oliver, 47, approached a vehicle considered to be suspicious, said Sacramento County Sheriff Lieutenant R.L.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @chicagotribune: Deputy killed, three others hurt in Sacramento shooting spree; manhunt underway trib.in/1D8RNKH pic.twitter.com/UCgwPN41Nj

Oct 24, 2014

RT @chicagotribune: Deputy killed, three others hurt in Sacramento shooting spree; manhunt underway trib.in/1D8RNKH pic.twitter.com/UCgwPN41Nj

High schools using drones to capture football action

chicagotribune.com — The future of sports looks like a UFO, sounds like a weed trimmer and has spent this fall floating 30 feet above the grass of South Elgin High School's football field. The school is one of the first in the area to use a camera-equipped drone to record practices and games, providing dramatic shots of the action below.

Courtney Barnett interview; Australian rocker interviewed

chicagotribune.com — Last year, Courtney Barnett released a song called "Avant Gardener" about surviving a near-fatal asthma attack. It describes a moment in her garden in Melbourne, Australia, that landed her in a hospital. "It was scary, I thought I was dying," she says. "I had real difficulty breathing.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @gregkot: How Courtney Barnett turned a song about an asthma attack into a trip around the world. trib.in/1oCqnf9

Oct 24, 2014

RT @gregkot: How Courtney Barnett turned a song about an asthma attack into a trip around the world. trib.in/1oCqnf9

Oct 24, 2014

How Courtney Barnett turned a song about an asthma attack into a trip around the world. trib.in/1oCqnf9

Friends paint mural in Pilsen depicting James Foley

chicagotribune.com — Journalist James Foley traveled into the world's most dangerous conflict zones to tell the stories of everyday people whose lives were ripped apart by war. In between his overseas trips to places such as Iraq and Afghanistan, friends say he often returned to Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, where he had once lived and made friends among a tight-knit community of teachers, artists and activists.

Election Day fairy tale shows who really wields power in Illinois

chicagotribune.com — With Republican Bruce Rauner surging in the final days to make his race with incumbent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn virtually even, it's obvious what some of you are thinking. You've read the polls and noticed that Rauner has gained considerable ground with a key demographic group, suburban women concerned about the state's rotten finances.
Oct 25, 2014

New @John_Kass column: Some voters think #ILGov2014 race is too "mean." So I've written an #Illinois fairy tale: trib.in/1xm9Lr1

Teddy Greenstein's Week 9 Big Ten football picks

chicagotribune.com — I stink at conventional, week-to-week handicapping, so let's think long term. Here are the Heisman Trophy odds, courtesy of Bovada.lv: Marcus Mariota 3-2, Dak Prescott 9-4, Melvin Gordon 6-1, Amari Cooper 18-1, Everett Golson 18-1, Jameis Winston 18-1, Ameer Abdullah 20-1, Bo Wallace 20-1, J.T. Barrett 20-1, Nick Marshall 20-1.

Cubs must hire Maddon

chicagotribune.com — Rays manager Joe Maddon opted out of his contract, effective immediately. The Cubs need to hire Maddon, effective immediately. He's the right guy. The best manager in the game. The best manager for what the Cubs are building because that's what Maddon masterfully managed in Tampa.

Archive: Despite changes in the kitchen, stylish Gordon has aged gracefully

chicagotribune.com — When Gordon opened 12 years ago, it was the brash new kid with a hey-look-at-me attitude. Everything about it seemed intended to boggle the mind and eyes, from the eclectic decor to the naughty artworks.
Oct 24, 2014

RT @CarmelCarrillo: Tribune Dining critic @philvettel celebrates 25 yrs. We look forward to many more! Read his very first review here: trib.in/1wqllSE

Oct 24, 2014

Tribune Dining critic @philvettel celebrates 25 yrs. We look forward to many more! Read his very first review here: trib.in/1wqllSE

Man charged stealing truck injuring bicyclist

chicagotribune.com — A 31-year-old man was charged with driving a stolen vehicle and for fleeing the scene of an accident that left a bicyclist critically injured earlier this month, police said Friday. Jason Popko of the 2700 block of West Harrison Street was charged with felony charges of failing to report an accident where an injury occurred and for possessing a stolen vehicle, police said.

Autistic senior Josh Padilla of West Leyden scores touchdown in first varsity game

chicagotribune.com — Editor's note: Check out Sunday's Chicago Tribune and prepsplus.com for the full story on Josh Padilla. West Leyden senior Josh Padilla, an autistic member of the Leyden football team, highlighted a touching senior night in Northlake.
Oct 24, 2014

Amazing story, video: West Leyden designs touchdown play for autistic teammate in final game chicagotribune.com/sports/highsch… pic.twitter.com/lSggX7ZiKP

Craft brewery on tap for Oak Park?

chicagotribune.com — On Monday, the Oak Park Village Board of Trustees voted to refer to the Plan Commission a zoning amendment that would allow craft breweries to locate in the general business district as a special use, as well as an application to open such a business at 6806 Roosevelt Rd.
Oct 24, 2014

Looks like Oak Park may be getting its first brewery trib.in/1oC6Njd

Oct 24, 2014

Oak Park, long stingy about the selling of alcohol within its hallowed borders, may soon allow a craft brewery chicagotribune.com/suburbs/oak-pa…

Blackhawks and Blues ripe to resume rivalry

chicagotribune.com — ST. LOUIS - The battle for the Central Division title promises to be a bloodbath throughout the season with the Blackhawks and Blues expected to be among the teams slugging it out for the top spot. The combatants will get their first look at each other Saturday night at Scottrade Center.