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Updated at 1 a.m. ET The Chicago Cubs, ending a championship drought that has lasted 108 years, beat the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland. They did it the hard way, too, coming back from a 3-1 game deficit, winning three straight games, including the last two on the road in Cleveland. And it took ten innings to win it all in Game 7. The Cubs are the first team since the 1985 Kansas City Royals to claw back from a 3-1 deficit in the...

The Chicago Cubs beat the Cleveland Indians 9-3 in Game 6 of the World Series at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The best-of-seven series is now even at three games each. The decisive Game 7 will be played Wednesday in Cleveland. The Cubs were led by starter Jake Arrieta, who gave up two runs and three hits in five-plus innings. He struck out nine and walked three Cleveland batters. He also had the luxury of watching teammate Addison Russell collect six RBIs, with a two-run double in the...

Best-selling author Scott Turow once described the act of being a Chicago Cubs fan as "quasi-spiritual." He's right. Generations of Cubs fans have come and gone without ever seeing their belief in the team validated. It's been 108 years running without a title. There's something about that blind faith that feels holy to Chicago's North Siders. Their fandom is purer and more absolute because they give of themselves over and over again and get nothing in return. (No World Series wins, at least....

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has apologized for the death of Laquan McDonald, the black 17-year-old shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer in 2014. "That happened on my watch," Emanuel said in an emotional address to a special meeting of the Chicago City Council on Wednesday, NPR's David Schaper reports. "I'm sorry," the mayor said, promising "complete and total reform of the system." The Justice Department announced this week that it will be investigating the use of force by Chicago's...

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears to be reversing course and says he now "welcomes" a Justice Department investigation in "systemic issues embedded" in the city's police department. The mayor's office Thursday morning released a statement seeking to "clarify" Emanuel's comments Wednesday, in which he suggested a federal civil rights pattern-and-practice investigation "in my view, would be misguided." Emanuel now says he is open to a longer-term review of the Chicago Police Department to...

Amid growing criticism, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has dismissed police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. After announcing that he was appointing a task force to look at police accountability , Emanuel said that "public trust" in the city's police force has been "shaken" and "eroded" and so he had asked McCarthy to resign. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked the Justice Department Tuesday to investigate whether the Chicago Police Department's practices violated constitutional law. The...

Seeking to calm growing criticism about his administration's handling of police misconduct cases, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has appointed a new "police accountability task force." In a press release, the mayor's office said the task force "will review the system of accountability, training and oversight that is currently in place for Chicago's police officers." Of course, this comes about a week after a court order forced the city to release video showing the police shooting death of 17-year-old...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix2N6_jLAgA Update at 10:40: p.m. ET: Protesters React To Video Release of Shooting Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Chicago, sometimes weaving in and out of traffic Tuesday night, following the release of a squad car video showing a white police officer shooting a black 17 year old. WBEZ's Yolanda Perdomo tells our newscast unit, some of the protesters chanted "16," which was the number of times Laquan McDonald was shot. Update at 7:25 p.m. ET:...

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It wasn’t that many years ago that gambling was seen as a pretty good bet when it comes to improving the state’s economic situation. In Connecticut, two tribal casinos were thriving and spinning off slot revenues into the general fund. Then came the recession and declining revenues just as other states started to get into the gambling business. Now, in a move that couldn’t have been predicted a decade ago, both state tribes have agreed to work together on a new casino to help stave off a threat from Massachusetts. That plan is now under legal attack .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=didkQXhjeVQ A tornado that hit Illinois on Thursday was so massive and the damage so extensive that in some areas, plows had to push debris off the streets so emergency crews could reach survivors. At least one person died as a result of twisters that raked the state and other areas Thursday. Numerous injuries were also reported. Onlookers recorded video of the tornado that struck Rochelle, Ill. It shows a thick, twisting column reaching down to the earth from a...

Health officials in Illinois are trying to find the source of a measles infection, after five babies were diagnosed with the contagious respiratory disease in a Chicago suburb. Saying that more cases are likely, a health official warns, "The cat is out of the bag." Because the Illinois patients are all under a year old, they can't be vaccinated . The new cluster of cases joins more than 100 other reports of measles in 14 states this year; most of them have been traced to an outbreak at...

When the first pitch is thrown between the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday, it will mark the start of the 100th professional baseball season at iconic Wrigley Field. The ball park on Chicago's North Side, known as the Friendly Confines, opened as the home of the Chicago Federals 100 years ago this month. The Cubs moved there two years later, and in all that time the Cubs have never won a World Series. There hasn't even been a World Series game played at Wrigley since the...

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Earlier this week, a regional director of the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago ruled that Northwestern University football players are employees of the university. That could have implications for other student athletes in private universities nationwide, including local schools like the University of Hartford. This all started because the football players at Northwestern wanted to form a union so they could have collective bargaining rights and better health coverage. But to form a...

Lots of people in and around Washington, Ill., are referring to the areas devastated by Sunday's tornado as looking like a war zone. David Casler is among them. "Right here, right now, if you look around this street, this is a war zone, only no one's shooting at us," he says. Casler knows the difference. He served as a Marine in Iraq in 2004 and was subsequently hit by a roadside bomb while working there as a security contractor, suffering a brain injury. Now, he's a volunteer with Team...

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Luis Gutierrez has been a tireless advocate for comprehensive immigration reform throughout his career in congress.

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CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn has selected former Chicago schools CEO and 2002 gubernatorial candidate Paul Vallas as his running mate in 2014. The Chicago Democrat announced Vallas as his pick in an email Friday. Quinn says he's known Vallas for 30 years and "he's never been shy about fighting for education, reform and opportunities for working people." Vallas is currently the school superintendent in Bridgeport, where he's been fighting to keep his job in a court battle waged by his critics...

With the approval of the Statehouse, same-sex marriages are one step away from being legal in Illinois. The Chicago Tribune reports the bill received 61 votes, just one more than necessary to send the bill to the Senate, which is expected to pass it. The House was the bill's biggest hurdle because Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has said he would sign the bill into law. The Tribune adds: "The House vote followed more than two-and-a-half hours of debate in which supporters said it's time for...

Home Field Advantage?

Aug 16, 2012
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The CPBN Media Lab has taken an interest in this year’s political campaigns. Today, we looked at the primary results, and looked for different trends. Linda McMahon won the statewide election with 73% of the vote, but how did she fare in her hometown of Greenwich? Did Chris Shays get enough support from his neighbors to win in Bridgeport? On the Democratic side, did Susan Bysiewicz or Chris Murphy get a boost in their communities? Is there such a thing as home field advantage in politics?

Is Adult Education Right For Teens?

Mar 15, 2012

http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Neena/ns%20120315%20adulted.mp3 INTRO: More and more Connecticut teens are leaving high school for adult education programs. Some say these programs offer more flexibility to kids who would otherwise just drop out of school. But others say adult education is not for teens. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports. A third of the students in adult education programs are aged 21 and under. 5000 of them are teens and that number is rising every year. Former Soros...