From Chicago Suntimes

  • Excessive heat wave smothers city for 2nd straight day — but relief is near

    Air-conditioned CTA “cooling buses” line up at Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park on Friday amid a stifling heat wave. | Santiago Covarrubias/For the Sun-Times

    As temperatures peak in the mid 90s, thunderstorms rolling into the area Saturday evening are expected to cool the city down. Chicagoans hit with a stifling heat wave that settled over the city on Friday were hit with more of the same on Saturday — and it won’t get much better till the sun sets.

    After a day in which...

  • Smollett attorneys want defamation lawsuit by Nigerian brothers dismissed

    Abimbola Osundairo and Olabinjo Osundairo have sued Jussie Smollett’s attorneys in U.S. District Court. | Instagram

    The Osundairo brothers “grossly mischaracterize” some statements, and “conjure their claims out of thin air,” lawyers for the “Empire” actor say. Attorneys for Jussie Smollett have responded to a defamation lawsuit filed against them in April by the two Nigerian brothers who say the actor hired them to stage a hate-crime attack against him.

    In motions filed Friday, attorneys...

  • Is White Sox top pick Andrew Vaughn first in line?

    Andrew Vaughn batted .288/.415/.442 with a homer and five doubles in his first 14 games at low Class A Kannapolis.

    Vaughn has chance to eventually replace Jose Abreu. ‘That would be beautiful,’ he said. While White Sox first-round draft choice Andrew Vaughn gets acclimated to minor league baseball, he’s also paying attention to the up and coming prospects he hopes to play with one day on the South Side.

    “Luis Robert getting called up to AAA, hitting two homers in his first game, that’s a...

  • R. Kelly’s lawyer says singer wants computer in jail to finish latest album

    R. Kelly standing before a judge at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. | E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP

    Steve Greenberg, R. Kelly’s lawyer, says the singer “needs to make money” but presently cannot due to his legal situation. This story was originally published as part of a column on Saturday, June 20. Read the original column here.

    R&B singer R. Kelly, moved to a new cell in solitary confinement downtown at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on a suitcase of...

  • Where did Bulls rookie Coby White stack up in Summer League? Work to do

    Yes, the UNC product took some baby steps in his young NBA career in Las Vegas, but these five rookies took giant strides

  • CPD bodycams show standoff before fatal shooting of bipolar man: ‘Myles, don’t point the gun at nobody else!’

    A screenshot from a Chicago police officer’s body camera taken during a May 22, 2019 incident in which a man was fatally shot near the University of Chicago. | COPA

    An hourlong standoff earlier this year ended with 22-year-old Myles Frazier being fatally shot by police inside a Woodlawn home. Videos released Friday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability show the tense negotiations between Chicago police officers and a bipolar man before they fatally shot him during a standoff...

  • Woman struck by stray bullet in shooting near 31st Street Beach

    A woman was hurt in a shooting in the 3100 block of South Lake Shore Drive, July 20, 2019, on the South Side. | Adobe Stock Photo

    The 29-year-old was walking on a trail near the 3100 block of South Lake Shore Drive when two males started arguing and one fired shots. A woman was wounded by stray gunfire near 31st Street Beach on the South Side in the second shooting near the lakefront within an hour.

    About 3:15 a.m., the 29-year-old was walking on a trail near the 3100 block of Lake Shore...

  • Ryan Dempster gets last laugh with ‘Off the Mound’ late-night talk show event

    Dempster debuted “Off the Mound” in August 2018. It will return Saturday at Park West, 322 W. Armitage Ave. | AP Photos/Nam Y. Huh

    Dempster looked up to Johnny Carson, and thanks to Eddie Murphy, his desire to put smiles on other people’s faces came at an early age. Former Cubs right-hander Ryan Dempster remembers the joy of sitting in a hotel room with his teammates, laughing and telling stories during his 15-year career as a major-league pitcher.

    He said he loves discussing the odd things...

  • How the Blackhawks’ unique summer training regimen has transformed Dylan Strome

    As a tall player with a relatively short stick, Strome previously leaned over somewhat when handling the puck. | Getty

    Strome has stayed in Chicago all summer while Paul Goodman, the Hawks strength and conditioning coach, has molded the rising star’s posture and balance. Last winter, shortly after his trade to the Blackhawks, was Dylan Strome’s first breakout.

    This fall, after his first summer in Chicago, could be Strome’s second breakout.

    It will be hard for the young forward, who seemed to...

  • 8 shot, 2 fatally in Friday shootings across Chicago

    Non-fatal shootings injured a 14-year-old girl in Lawndale. | Sun-Times file photo

    The day’s earliest shooting wounded a 32-year-old woman in South Chicago. Two people were killed Friday and at least six others wounded — including a 14-year-old girl — in citywide gun violence.

    The latest homicide happened in Englewood on the South Side.

    A man, 23, was sitting in a vehicle about 11:51 p.m. in the 6200 block of South Laflin Street and was involved in a “verbal altercation” with a group of...

  • Could coho records go? We’ll know soon if it’s so

    Ray Guzak caught this 17.8-pound coho, one of a number of really big coho being caught in southern Lake Michigan, on July 3 around the Illinois/Indiana line. | Provided

    In a turnaround reminiscent of decades past, a few coho in southern Lake Michigan are heavy enough to near Illinois and Indiana records Amber Guzak sized the moment up right.

    ``My husband [Ray] caught a fish [July 3] on Lake Michigan that’s pretty impressive-- a 17.8-pound coho (not a king),’’ she messaged. ``He’s been doing...

  • ‘This Changes Everything’: Stars detail Hollywood’s slow progress in correcting its sexism

    Geena Davis, an executive producer of “This Changes Everything,” appears in the documentary to discuss her experiences as an actress and the findings of her think tank, which is devoted to media gender issues. | Good Deed Entertainment

    Documentary makes its case with hard statistics as well as appalling stories from the sets. Sharon Stone tells the story of a director who asked her to sit on his lap so they could discuss her performance.

    “Does Tom Hanks sit on your lap?” asked Stone.