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Officials: Man drives SUV in reverse from LSD into Lake Michigan

chicagotribune.com — A man was hospitalized in critical condition Friday after he allegedly backed up his SUV from Lake Shore Drive into Lake Michigan in the Loop, officials said. The accident happened at about 3 p.m. at Balbo Drive, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @chicagotribune: A man is in critical condition after he allegedly backed his SUV from Lake Shore Drive into the lake, officials said. trib.in/1xT8sih

Nov 28, 2014

RT @chicagotribune: A man is in critical condition after he allegedly backed his SUV from Lake Shore Drive into the lake, officials said. trib.in/1xT8sih

Nov 28, 2014

Langford explains what happened with the second car in the lake. The driver is in critical condition chicagotribune.com/news/local/bre…

Tony Campana and wife announce White Sox signing

chicagotribune.com — Tony Campana's wife announced on Twitter the former Cubs outfielder has signed a deal with the White Sox, which was later confirmed on Twitter by the player himself. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was unavailable for comment on the Twitter announcements from Mr. and Mrs. Campana.

Reilly O'Toole's never-give-up attitude could get him another shot

chicagotribune.com — CHAMPAIGN - Shortly after Bill Cubit arrived at Illinois as the offensive coordinator two seasons ago, he said he felt like he needed to have a frank discussion with quarterback Reilly O'Toole. O'Toole says he needed to listen. "I thought he was just here to be here," Cubit said.

Watch the first teaser for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"

chicagotribune.com — "There's been an awakening. Have you felt it?" (If not, you probably noticed its impact Friday morning on Twitter or Facebook) That's how the first official teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" opens.
Nov 28, 2014

If there are no ewoks, then I'll have to pass. MT @scottkleinberg: Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Watch teaser here: trib.in/1z29pqN

Nov 28, 2014

Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Watch the first teaser here: trib.in/1z29pqN

Lucinda Williams interview; singer-songwriter profiled

chicagotribune.com — When Lucinda Williams got married to her manager Tom Overby in 2009, her life changed and so did her songwriting. For decades, the Louisiana-born singer's lyrics focused on intimacy, love and the sometimes toxic consequences of deep emotional commitment.

Narrative Science raises $10 million

chicagotribune.com — Chicago-based Narrative Science announced Friday that it has raised $10 million and signaled a shift from its original focus on creating automated news stories. Narrative Science launched in 2010 out of a research project at Northwestern University that turned data into recaps of baseball games.

Chris Jones on how critics are portrayed in "Birdman" and other movies.

chicagotribune.com — In the Alejandro Gonzalez movie "Birdman," a formidably expansive, admirably unstinting yet deeply affectionate portrait of the many layers of neuroses and insecurities common to the artist, a washed-up movie actor named Riggan Thomson finds himself doing a show on Broadway.

Key touchdown passes to Calvin Johnson expose suspect Bears secondary

chicagotribune.com — DETROIT - Bears cornerback Demontre Hurst wishes he had done a little more. Safety Brock Vereen knows he needed to make a play. Kyle Fuller could only shake his head. On a key third-and-6 early in the second quarter Thursday, three Bears defensive backs had an up-close look at Lions star receiver Calvin Johnson.

The new pride of MIT: its undefeated football team

chicagotribune.com — Cosine, secant, tangent, sine 3-point-14159. Integral radical mu dv Slipstick, sliderule, MIT. - An official MIT cheer This is what Justin Wallace did last summer, as he describes it: "I worked as an intern at Ball Aerospace putting together essentially a front-end visualization in a web browser to take satellite data and view it on 3-D projections of the globe, creating a vision for a potential ground system where you could view real-time (space) events without special, custom hardware."
Nov 28, 2014

.@MITengineers football team can have its pi and eat it too, with @wallaceJ44 rushing to glory. My story: chicagotribune.com/sports/ct-mit-…

Nov 28, 2014

Phil Hersh's great story on the remarkable MIT football team and its players. trib.in/1rD7MLY pic.twitter.com/FhsxHRHoFB

Delays at Wrigley Field something that shouldn't surprise anyone

chicagotribune.com — Reports the Cubs likely will open the 2015 season without the Wrigley Field bleacher reconstruction finished shouldn't be too surprising to anyone who has followed the franchise for the last 106 or so years.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @PWSullivan: Wrigley bleacher delay no surprise for Cubs fans. Cubs have been marketing delayed gratification for decades. trib.in/1FAVKuC

Nov 28, 2014

Wrigley bleacher delay no surprise for Cubs fans. Cubs have been marketing delayed gratification for decades. trib.in/1FAVKuC

10 thoughts after the Bears' loss to Lions

chicagotribune.com — DETROIT - Ten thoughts after the Chicago Bears fell to 5-7 with a 34-17 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thursday at Ford Field. 1. With about four minutes remaining in the game, Lions vice president of communications Bill Keenist, leaned over and spoke briefly with head coach Jim Caldwell.
Nov 28, 2014

10 Thoughts following #Bears loss: Young defenders failed to make plays, Marshall contract extension, much, much more trib.in/1tyeRgw

Nov 28, 2014

RT @chicagotribune: Thanksgiving leftovers: @BradBiggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ season crippling loss trib.in/1yqmDiC pic.twitter.com/rXSRhmagMU

Retailers, consumers judge a game by its cover

chicagotribune.com — Packaging can affect how a product moves off store shelves - or whether it even makes it there. Matt Nuccio, owner of Design Edge, a design and packaging company based in Bethpage, N.Y., discussed wrapping for success during the Chicago Toy & Game Group's Toy & Game Innovation Conference last week.
Nov 28, 2014

Trying to market your toy or game? How to be smart about packaging it: buff.ly/1tyLXgf

Lions adorned with wreaths annual tradition

chicagotribune.com — The lions in front of the Art Institute of Chicago received their holiday wreaths during a ceremony marking the 23rd anniversary of the event.

With contribution limits off, Emanuel reels in more cash

chicagotribune.com — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has received $400,000 in political donations that he was able to keep only because the state's campaign contribution limits were eliminated through the actions of an obscure candidate who threatened to run, but didn't. The contribution limits were lifted for everyone in the Chicago mayoral race last month after frequent local candidate William J.

Shoppers hit Oakbrook Center on Thanksgiving night

oakbrook.chicagotribune.com — Retailers offering sales on Thanksgiving Day resulted in less hectic shopping at Oakbrook Center during this year's Black Friday. "I was shocked we would be starting our sale on Thursday," said Kia Irby, a salesperson at Sephora, about 11:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving.
Nov 28, 2014

Now guess the store they flooded. MT @kfDoings: Guess which age group especially likes early Black Friday shopping? hinsdale.chicagotribune.com/2014/11/28/oak…

Wal-Mart protest in West Loop draws about 125 picketers

chicagotribune.com — About 125 people picketed outside a Wal-Mart store in Chicago's West Loop on Friday morning, asking the retail giant to pay its workers $15 an hour. The rally in freezing temperatures at the Wal-Mart at 570 W. Monroe St. was among many similar protests planned nationwide.

Ray Rice wins appeal of suspension, is immediately able to sign with NFL team

chicagotribune.com — Ray Rice is eligible to return to NFL play after an arbitrator decreed Friday that league commissioner Roger Goodell had improperly punished the former Ravens running back twice for the same domestic violence offense. Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones ruled for Rice in his appeal of the NFL's indefinite suspension, handed down Sept.
Nov 28, 2014

RT @chicagotribune: Ray Rice wins appeal of suspension, is immediately able to sign with an NFL team trib.in/1uSUNG2 pic.twitter.com/l353UUgQjB

Game change: How social media can hijack bosses' message

chicagotribune.com — There was no memo, no sit-down with the bosses, no walk down the hall to human resources. Sports radio talker Ben Finfer learned he would be out of work by the end of the year via Twitter.

Guide to current Chicago theater, holidays and musicals.

chicagotribune.com — This weekend is the beginning of peak theatergoing season in Chicago. So let me try and walk you through some decent options for you and yours. Let's start with the holiday fare. Not long ago, the Goodman Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" (through Dec. 28; goodmantheatre.org) was one of the few shows to reappear annually.