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  1. When guard Jalen Coleman-Lands committed to Illinois in 2014, he tweeted, "Looking forward to adding banners and accomplishing my academic goal."

    On Thursday, he announced his decision to transfer from the program after two seasons, according to Scout.com.

    Coleman-Lands will have two seasons of...

  2. House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling on the Republican candidate in the nationally-watched election for Montana's congressional seat to apologize in the alleged assault on a reporter.

    Voters are deciding in the special election whether Republican Greg Gianforte or Democrat Rob Quist will fill the...

  3. Some 25 years after a new kind of public school entered the national education landscape — "charters" run by private groups and set free from bureaucracy — Chicago has become the center of a shake-up in the still-evolving charter school movement.

    The immense freedom that came with setting up charter...

  4. As a product of Chicago's West Garfield Park neighborhood, Franshuan Myles had lofty goals to keep the area's at-risk youth away from drugs and gangs when she applied for a new $60,000 state grant to give summer training jobs to teenagers.

    But in reality, Myles' small West Side nonprofit was struggling....

  5. A two-month investigation into one of the worst civilian casualty events in decades found that a U.S. military airstrike in Iraq inadvertently set off explosives that ripped through a sprawling apartment block and killed at least 105 civilians.

    The deadly March 17 incident in Jadidah, a densely...

  6. Illinois assistant basketball coach Orlando Antigua "satisfied his obligations as head coach" as recruits were receiving impermissible benefits from one of his staff members when he was the head coach at South Florida, according to a summary disposition obtained by the Tribune.

    Antigua, who was...

  7. A Waukegan man who fatally stabbed his cousin during a fight has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

    Juan Guajardo, 41, claimed he acted in self-defense when he stabbed his two cousins in the home the three shared in 2014, following a night of heavy drinking.

    Manuel Alaniz, 39, died of his...

  8. Two Delnor Hospital nurses taken hostage after a Kane County inmate escaped custody and took his guard's gun filed lawsuit Thursday alleging the deputy assigned to Tywon Salters left him unshackled, then ran and hid after the inmate stole the deputy's service weapon.

    Identified only as Jane Doe...

  9. Lyft is introducing a black car service Thursday in five American cities, including Chicago — the same type of service Uber launched with in 2010. 

    Lyft Lux and Lyft Lux SUV are the San Francisco-based ride-hailing company's newest and most expensive tiers of service. Riders in Chicago, New York,...

  10. Summer in Chicago focuses on outdoor fun, whether it's at music festivals, street fairs, ballgames or beaches. But Chicago's red-hot theater scene also has plenty of option. Here are 30 shows for summer, from the big hits to family shows to, yes, Shakespeare under the stars.

    LONG-RUNNING HITS

    "The...

  11. I ordered the zuppa di pesce at Boston Fish Market on the recommendation of my brother. He failed to mention that doing so might cause a scene. Nearby diners stared, giggled and reached for their phones as our server approached with the mammoth platter of fish stew. Presenting us with enough food...

  12. Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require childless adults applying for Medicaid to undergo drug screening, a move that could serve as a national model. Walker's plan, which needs federal approval, comes as he prepares to run for a third term next year....

  13. Calorie counting is a useful way to lose weight, but a new study suggests a fitness tracker could sabotage your efforts.

    The devices are overwhelmingly popular. For instance, since its inception, the leading brand, Fitbit, has sold at least 30 million of them. The company promises on its website...

  14. Home searches across Manchester and beyond have uncovered important items in a fast-moving investigation into the concert bombing that left 22 people dead, Manchester's police chief said Thursday as a diplomatic spat escalated over U.S. leaks about the investigation to the media.

    Greater Manchester...

  15. A Massachusetts man who is in the DuPage County Jail accused of threatening a Naperville Catholic school and Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich was ordered Wednesday to have a mental health evaluation.

    Judge Liam Brennan ordered that the probation department psychologist meet with William MacKinnon,...

  16. Early on in the 34 years the Bodeans have been alive, it became evident that singer-guitarist Kurt Neumann wrote the catchier songs. Sam Llanas, the band's former co-frontman, contributed the angsty, 3 a.m. songs; Neumann's tended to be accessible and bright.

    "I wrote in a fashion that was more...

  17. Esquire magazine has named Milk Room and Lost Lake among the 2017 best bars in America.

    Both bars are headed by bartender Paul McGee, but they could not offer more different experiences.

    Milk Room is McGee’s tiny, ticketed rare-spirits bar, with just eight seats hidden behind sliding doors off...

  18. The Tribune's Brad Biggs answers your Bears questions weekly.

    Considering rookie minicamp and one public OTA, who are the starting three or four wide receivers now? — @dmccomber86

    My hunch is they don’t have a lot of four-receiver sets this season. I think they will probably shift slightly to using...

  19. Two people killed Wednesday morning in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 20 in unincorporated Riley Township have been identified as brothers from Elgin, according to the McHenry County coroner's office.

    The men are Leonardo Rangel-Jimenez, 31, and Alejandro Rangel-Jimenez, 35, according to Coroner...

  20. It's a long way from May in France to February in Los Angeles, but the Cannes Film Festival has often been a breeding ground for Academy Awards campaigns.

    The Oscars aren't much on the minds of the filmmakers or attendees in Cannes; the festival is its own achievement, with nearly as much spectacle...

  21. Eddie Butler has been hit and miss on the mound this season and the right-hander will make his third start when the Chicago Cubs face the San Francisco Giants on Thursday afternoon at Wrigley Field.

    Butler was brilliant in his first start when he became the first pitcher since 2006 to throw at...

  22. OPEC and other oil nations meeting Thursday were set to extend their production cuts in an effort to shore up prices. But the intended impact could be short-lived.

    That's due to U.S. shale producers. With crude prices above $50 a barrel from lows of last year, they are increasingly moving back...

  23. If you want to be more creative, you have to embrace the unknown, says Moisés Noreña, director of strategic innovation at Allstate Northbrook. Not only has he built a process for creativity and innovation for his company, he also created the Certified Innovation Mentor program with the University...

  24. Nathan Singletary is beyond the traditional retirement age, but he's only just beginning a new career — helping other low-income, unemployed Americans over age 55 find jobs.

    Singletary got his job through the half-century-old Senior Community Service Employment Program, a training and placement...

  25. Mortgage rates sank to their lowest levels of the year this week but remain well above where they were six months ago.

    According to the latest data released Thursday by Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate average dropped to 3.95 percent with an average 0.5 point. (Points are fees paid to a lender...