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Jay Cutler takes what little there is of a high road amid Bears' troubles — Amid a fantasy-like parade of lead characters in the Bears' 2014 season meltdown Thursday, maybe the most believable thing uttered was coach Marc Trestman's clear declaration the decision to bench Jay Cutler was his alone.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @BradBiggs: Sign something is badly wrong? Demoted #Bears QB Jay Cutler only one that can find what little there is of high road

Dec 18, 2014

Sign something is badly wrong? Demoted #Bears QB Jay Cutler only one that can find what little there is of high road

The worst films of 2014

Dec 18, 2014

RT @phillipstribune: The worst films of 2014 in 3 quick @tribvideo minutes. I hear N. Korea's trying to shut this one down, too.

Dec 18, 2014

The worst films of 2014 in 3 quick @tribvideo minutes. I hear N. Korea's trying to shut this one down, too.

February 4, 1962 - U. S. BARS CUBAN TRADE! — i I U, i KENNEDY ORDER CUTS OFF FLOW OF IMPORTS Allow Export of Medicine and Food BY WILLIAM ANDERSON [Chicoso Tribune Press Servicei Washington, Feb. 3 - Presi- dent Kennedy today ordered a nearly total embargo on trade between the United States and communist Cuba.
Dec 18, 2014

Tribune Archives: U. S. BARS CUBAN TRADE! (February 4, 1962)

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Bears season crashes at intersection of distrust and poor performance — When the wheels start to come off the team bus in an NFL season, the good teams make corrections, fix the problem and continue to buy into the coach despite signs of adversity. He is the most important guy in the building, the boss who manages the team on a daily basis while selling his program to 53 professionals.

Patrick Sharp playing with abandon as he works back to high level of play — There was a moment while he was face-down on the ice at the Bell Centre in Montreal that Patrick Sharp thought the injury he had just suffered was a serious one. After the Canadiens' Alexei Emelin checked him along the boards Nov.

Journalist sues over arrest at protest in Ferguson — A Washington-based journalist has sued St. Louis County and one of its police lieutenants, saying his rights were violated when he was arrested while covering protests over the killing of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, court papers showed.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @SocialInChicago: Journalist sues over arrest at protest in Ferguson: A Washington-based journalist has sued St. Louis County an...

Jay Cutler: The man with the golden arm — Some say it's a zip. Others call it a zing or a whoosh or a whisper. Still others claim it's a whistle. A hum, anyone? Do we have a hum in the house? When Jay Cutler -- or any brawny, big-armed quarterback -- throws the ball, there's a special sound.
Dec 18, 2014

Remember when the Chicago Tribune got a noted features writer to spill 1,142 words on Jay Cutler's "magical arm?"…

Second bottlenose dolphin born at Brookfield Zoo — A second bottlenose dolphin has been born within the last month to an adult dolphin at the Brookfield Zoo, Zoo officials announced Thursday. The latest birth happened early Tuesday at 2:45 a.m. to Allie, a 27-year-old dolphin, according to the Chicago Zoological Society which manages Brookfield Zoo.

If Bears decide to move on, where might Jay Cutler land next? — After benching Jay Cutler this week, the Bears seem to have little choice but to trade or cut him after this season, although he says his goal is to remain with the team. Trading Cutler would be the only way to avoid owing him the majority of $15.5 million in base salary he is guaranteed for 2015.

Quarterback Jimmy Clausen thankful to Bears for starting shot — Jimmy Clausen had no idea a benching was coming. When he arrived at Halas Hall on Wednesday for meetings, Clausen figured he would remain the Bears' No. 2 quarterback for the season's penultimate game Sunday at Soldier Field.

Holiday lights aglow

Fire lose three more players — The Chicago Fire's roster revamp continued on Thursday with the departure of three more players, including two who had frequent starting roles. The Fire announced that Juan Luis Anangono, a 25-year-old Designated Player, was transferred to Mexican club Universidad de Guadalajara. Terms were not disclosed.

Every trip I make to Cuba is an insult to my parents — By Ruth Behar I walk a tightrope with Cuba. I'm a daughter of Cuban exiles who've pledged not to return until there is political change. Yet I've traveled to the island numerous times since the early 1990s; it's the site of my research as a cultural anthropologist.
Dec 18, 2014

RT @Trib_ed_board: Commentary: Every trip I make to Cuba is an insult to my parents

Marc Trestman on benching Bears QB Jay Cutler

Marc Trestman, Jay Cutler, Jimmy Clausen at Halas Hall — Bears coach Marc Trestman and quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen at practice and news conferences Thursday.

Ben Finfer holds no grudge after epic radio rant, hopes for another shot — It was the rant literally heard around the world. After learning that WGWG-LP 87.7, a.k.a. "The Game," was shutting down while on the air in November, Ben Finfer unleashed his anger for all to hear. "I had respect for my bosses until five minutes ago," Finfer told listeners.

Gov. Quinn's last stand (stunt) — Well, he certainly isn't leaving quietly. Gov. Pat Quinn, who lost his re-election bid last month, announced Thursday that he's calling the lame duck General Assembly to Springfield for a special session on Jan. 8, just a few days before a new governor and new legislature will be inaugurated.

Cubs and White Sox looking for catching depth — After making significant moves at the winter meetings, White Sox and Cubs were also looking this week for back-up catchers. The White Sox on Thursday signed catcher George Kottaras, according to, to compete for a spot behind Tyler Flowers, while the Cubs are still looking at signing Red Sox veteran David Ross.
Dec 18, 2014

Sox sign Kottaras while Cubs eye Ross for back-up catching options.

Scene of the Crime: Another murder 'over East' — Scene of the Crime: Another murder 'over East' Sister watches over slain brother in the dying light Meishelle Archie's eyes welled up as she stared at her dead brother Drequan through the black wrought iron fence. She had been crying earlier and the tears left faint traces on her face.