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Dec 6, 2021

Jussie Smollett Testifies at His Trial: ‘There Was No Hoax’

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett denied Monday that he staged an anti-gay, racist attack on himself in downtown Chicago, testifying at his trial that “there was no hoax.”

Dec 6, 2021

Biden-Putin Talks on Ukraine Crisis Rooted in Older Dispute

The dispute over Ukraine’s status and its growing alignment with U.S.-led NATO will be at the center of President Vladimir Putin’s video meeting Tuesday with President Joe Biden, whose administration says an extensive Russian military buildup near Ukraine points to a potential invasion.

Dec 6, 2021

The Joffrey Ballet’s Lavish ‘Nutcracker’ Lights Up the Lyric Opera House Stage

Pure winter magic. The Joffrey Ballet’s altogether unique production of “The Nutcracker,” has never looked more glorious or been danced more ideally.

Dec 6, 2021

Emmett Till Investigation Closed by Justice Department

Two white men, Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Milam, were tried on murder charges about a month after Emmett Till was killed, but an all-white Mississippi jury acquitted them. 

Dec 6, 2021

How Can I Protect Myself From the New Omicron Variant?

The same way you guard against COVID-19 caused by any other variant: Get vaccinated if you haven’t yet, get a booster if you’re eligible and step up other precautions you may have relaxed, like wearing a mask and avoiding crowds.

Dec 6, 2021

Fauci Says Early Reports Encouraging About Omicron Variant

Reports from South Africa, where it emerged and is becoming the dominant strain, suggest that hospitalization rates have not increased alarmingly.

Dec 6, 2021

9 People Killed in Weekend Shootings Across Chicago: Police

According to police department data, 32 people were shot in 28 shooting incidents over the weekend in Chicago.

Dec 6, 2021

O’Neil, Miñoso, Hodges, Kaat, Oliva, Fowler Get Baseball HOF

Buck O’Neil, a champion of Black ballplayers during a monumental, eight-decade career on and off the field, joined Minnie Miñoso, Gil Hodges and three others in getting chosen for the Hall of Fame on Sunday.

Dec 6, 2021

Comet Leonard Is Speeding Toward Earth, Here’s How To Catch a Glimpse

Comet Leonard, discovered in January of this year by astronomer Greg Leonard, is racing toward the sun and will make its closest pass of Earth in the coming days. The Adler Planetarium is hosting a viewing session Tuesday morning. 

Dec 6, 2021

City, State Officials Set to Launch New Round of Rental Assistance Program

The programs administered by the Chicago Department of Housing and the Illinois Housing Development Authority will provide 18 months of rental assistance up to $25,000, officials said.

Dec 5, 2021

Kennedy Center Honors and Its Traditions Are Back Once More

Honorees include Motown Records creator Berry Gordy, “Saturday Night Live” mastermind Lorne Michaels, actress-singer Bette Midler, opera singer Justino Diaz and folk music legend Joni Mitchell.

Dec 5, 2021

Senate Leader, Presidential Candidate Bob Dole Dies at 98

During his 36-year career on Capitol Hill, Dole became one of the most influential legislators and party leaders in the Senate, combining a talent for compromise with a caustic wit, which he often turned on himself but didn’t hesitate to turn on others, too.

Dec 5, 2021

CNN Fires Chris Cuomo for Helping Brother Deal with Scandal

The network had suspended its prime-time host on Tuesday to investigate his conduct, after New York’s attorney general released details showing he was more involved than previously known in helping to strategize and reach out to other journalists as his brother fought to keep his job.

Dec 5, 2021

EXPLAINER: Jussie Smollett’s Turn to Testify. Will He?

In Smollett’s case, it may be important for him to testify because, as bizarre as the brothers’ testimony was, they are the only witnesses to the incident who have testified. And, said Chicago-based defense attorney, Joe Lopez, Smollett’s attorneys “haven’t been able to impeach these brothers.”

Dec 4, 2021

La Ultima Palabra on Building Sustainability

Alicia Ponce is an architect and one of the founding members of Arquitina, a professional leadership and licensure initiative that supports Latinas in architecture and encourages Latinas to join the industry.