Man fatally shot during gun sale robbery on Far South Side: prosecutors

A Far South Side man had driven his friend to an agreed meet-up spot to buy a gun last month when he was fatally shot in the West Pullman neighborhood, according to Cook County prosecutors. Cook County Judge Stephanie K. Miller on Saturday denied bail for one of the accused…

Ben Zobrist DL move, Ian Happ’s struggles don’t change Cubs’ leadoff plans

DENVER – Ben Zobrist went on the disabled list Saturday. Ian Happ returned to the lineup after some remedial batting cage work – but not anywhere near the leadoff spot. And now maybe – just maybe – the Cubs are ready to clear the runway for this new-era Daily Double…

Man, 82, missing from Indiana in ‘extreme danger’

A statewide Silver Alert has been issued for an 82-year-old man missing from Lafayette, Indiana. Paul Howard Skees was last seen about 1:30 p.m. Saturday and is believed to be driving a red 2010 Ford F-150 with Indiana plates. He is believed to be in extreme danger and may require medical…

Katai, Sanchez help Fire to 2-1 win over Red Bulls

HARRISON, N.J. — Aleksandar Katai and Nemanja Nikolic scored and Richard Sanchez had a career-high nine saves to help the Chicago Fire beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 on Saturday. Katai gave Chicago (2-3-1) a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute. Brandon Vincent’s corner kick was headed away by…

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly likes progress made by defense in spring

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Defense is supposed to be one of the strengths of Notre Dame’s 2018, with 10 returning starters. So despite surrendering 913 yards on 123 plays in Saturday’s spring game, Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly showed little concern with the progress on that side of the ball.…

Laughter, tears as former first lady Barbara Bush remembered

Barbara Bush was remembered as the “first lady of the Greatest Generation” during a funeral Saturday attended by four former U.S. presidents and hundreds of other people who filled a Houston church with laughter as much as tears, with many recalling her quick wit and devotion to family. Former Florida…

Woman shot in East Garfield Park

A woman was shot in the leg Saturday afternoon in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. The 27-year-old woman was shot at 4:56 p.m. in the 600 block of North Hamlin, according to preliminary information from Chicago Police. She was taken to Stroger Hospital where she is…

Yankees to call up former Cubs prospect Gleyber Torres

NEW YORK — Top prospect and former Cubs farmhand Gleyber Torres is being called up to the New York Yankees, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The 21-year-old infielder will join the Yankees before Sunday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the person said Saturday, speaking…

Warriors guard Stephen Curry cleared for modified practice after knee injury

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry has been cleared to take part in modified practices but will be out at least one more week with a left knee injury. The Warriors said Curry was examined by the team’s medical staff Friday and is making progress in recovering…

CPS still mum on who will be able to attend new Dunning school

Workers broke ground earlier this year on a $70 million new school in the Far Northwest Side neighborhood of Dunning, laying the foundation for a gleaming three-story complex set to teach 1,200 students when it opens in fall 2019. But it remains unclear which students will be able to attend the school.…

‘Austin Powers’ star Verne Troyer dead at 49

Verne Troyer, the actor best known for playing Mini Me in the “Austin Powers” movies, has died at 49, his representative confirmed in a statement to USA TODAY Saturday. “It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today,” the statement read. Verne Troyer…

1 woman killed, 1 injured in South Austin shooting

One woman was killed and another woman was injured in a shooting Saturday afternoon in the South Austin neighborhood on the West Side. A 34-year-old woman was putting a toddler into a vehicle when someone walked up and fired shots at 2:49 p.m. near the intersection of West Jackson Boulevard…

Trump considering pardon for late boxer Jack Johnson

President Donald Trump says he’s considering a posthumous pardon for boxing’s first black heavyweight champion more than 100 years after the late Jack Johnson was convicted by all-white jury of accompanying a white woman across state lines. Trump announced Saturday on Twitter that the actor Sylvester Stallone, a friend of…

New lynching memorial offers chance to remember, heal

Elmore Bolling defied the odds against black men and built several successful businesses during the harsh era of Jim Crow segregation in the South. He had more money than a lot of whites, which his descendants believe was all it took to get him lynched in 1947. He was shot…

Kaepernick accepts award from Amnesty International, decries ‘lawful lynching’

Amnesty International gave former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick its Ambassador of Conscience Award on Saturday for his kneeling protest of racial injustice that launched a sports movement and might have cost him his job. Onetime San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid presented Kaepernick with the award during a ceremony in…

Man, 50, reported missing from Little Village may need medical attention

A 50-year-old man was reported missing Saturday afternoon from the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Duane Williams was last seen Friday in the 2500 block of South Washtenaw, according to an alert from Chicago Police. Williams is non-verbal, but he will respond to his name, police said. He…

Boy, 17, shot in South Shore

A 17-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting Saturday afternoon in the South Shore neighborhood. The boy was walking about 2:40 p.m. in the 2300 block of East 70th Place when someone approached him and opened fire, striking him in the leg, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to…

Amid new allegations, Willow Creek reopens Bill Hybels probe: ‘We are sorry’

A day before new misconduct allegations surfaced against founding pastor Bill Hybels, Willow Creek Community Church leaders on Friday issued an apology for “not listening,” and said they would re-examine claims made by the women who have accused him of harassment. “Over the last several weeks, we have been in…

Police: Man who separately kidnapped two people arrested in NW Indiana

A man was taken into custody Thursday after allegedly kidnapping a person in Wisconsin and subsequently abducting a woman in a northwest Indiana parking lot when the first person escaped. Marvin Baker, 41, forced his way into a female’s vehicle Thursday in Madison, Wisconsin and ordered her to drive out…

White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar stable after suffering aneurysm Friday night

The White Sox released a statement saying that reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage during the sixth inning of the game Friday night and that additional overnight testing at RUSH University Medical Center revealed that a ruptured aneurysm caused the brain bleed. Farquhar is stable but in critical condition…

Tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin announces mayoral bid against Rahm Emanuel

Young tech entrepreneur Neal Sales-Griffin officially threw his hat into the crowded 2019 mayoral race with a lengthy campaign announcement on Saturday. During a nearly 90-minute speech at the Shapiro Ballroom, Sales-Griffin dug into the city’s problems, saying people are fleeing the city, with residents disengaged from city officials who…

Man, 37, stabbed to death during argument in South Chicago

A 37-year-old man was fatally stabbed during an argument Saturday morning in the South Chicago neighborhood. The man was arguing with a male at 11:53 a.m. in the 7900 block of South Brandon when the suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed him in the chest, according to Chicago Police.…

Police searching for suspects who tried to gun down group of men in Aurora

Police are searching for three suspects who opened fire on a group of men early Friday in west suburban Aurora. The male suspects followed the men from a gas station in the 1700 block of North Farnsworth before firing shots at them less than a mile away, in the 1700 block…

After being snowed out, boating season begins with first bridge lifts of spring

Following a dismal week of late-season snow, a sure sign of spring arrived Saturday morning as the city conducted its first bridge lifts along the Chicago River to allow boaters to bring their vessels to dock on Lake Michigan. The first lifts of the season had initially been set for…

Bolingbrook man charged with seventh DUI following his arrest in Naperville

A Bolingbrook man was charged with his seventh DUI after being arrested late Tuesday in west suburban Naperville. Hilario Nevarez, 48, was charged Wednesday with aggravated DUI, two other DUI offenses, driving on a suspended or revoked license and transportation or possession of open alcohol by a driver, according to…

‘Zebra Sisters’ discuss Starbucks arrests, diversity training in Ep. 11

In Episode 11 of “Zebra Sisters,” a podcast about race relations hosted by columnist Mary Mitchell and former reporter Leslie Baldacci, the hosts discuss the arrests of two black men in a Philadelphia Starbucks, and the company’s plans to hold diversity training for all employees. Anti-racism and diversity trainer Glenn…

Man, 23, struck by stolen vehicle fleeing police in Lincoln Park

A 23-year-old man was seriously injured when he was struck by a stolen vehicle Saturday morning as it led police on a chase through the Lincoln Park neighborhood on the North Side. The man was struck about 9:30 a.m. near the intersection of Fullerton Avenue and Halsted Street, according to…

Barbara Bush was ‘first lady of the greatest generation’

HOUSTON — Barbara Bush was the “first lady of the greatest generation.” Addressing former presidents, ambassadors and hundreds of other mourners inside the nation’s largest Episcopal church on Saturday, historian Jon Meacham recalled Barbara Bush’s quick wit that made her so popular. He also spoke of her devotion to her…

Cubs’ Ben Zobrist to be put on DL Saturday because of sore back

Cubs veteran Ben Zobrist, who hasn’t played in a week because of back soreness, will be put on the 10-day disabled list Saturday, the team confirmed. Zobrist was considered available to pinch hit by Thursday, but he still was not ready to play in the field. His condition has not…

Lane closures scheduled to start Monday in Edgebrook for sewer work

Lane closures are scheduled Monday to install new sewer infrastructure in the Edgebrook neighborhood on the Northwest Side. Traffic will be shut down at the intersection of Central and Devon avenues to complete the project, according to a statement from the Chicago Department of Water Management. One lane will remain…