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Business burglaries reported in Little Village

Four burglaries were reported in February 2021 in Little Village. | Sun-Times file photoThe first robbery happened Feb. 26 in the 3200 block of West Cermak Road. Chicago police are warning residents of several burglaries reported in February at businesses in Little Village on the Southwest Side. In each incident, a person breaks into a business and takes property from inside, Chicago police said. The robberies happened in the early morning hours on: Feb. 24 in the 3200 block of West Cermak Road; Feb. 26 in the 2600 block of West Cermak Road; Feb. 26 in the 2700 block of West Cermak Road; and Feb. 28 in the 2700 block of West Cermak Road. Police did not have a description of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Area Four detectives at 312-746-8253. ...read more Source...

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Sharks erase three-goal deficit, lose to Golden Knights in OT

Logan Couture and Max Pacioretty got into a wrestling match in the first period. Kurtis Gabriel and Ryan Reaves dropped the gloves for a heavyweight tilt at the start of the third period. The extracurricular activity that one has come to expect whenever the Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights get together materialized as expected Friday night. So did an entertaining game. The Sharks erased a three-goal deficit and scored with just over a minute remaining in the third period to tie the game, but Pacioretty scored at the 1:25 mark of overtime for a 5-4 Golden Knights win at SAP Center. With the Sharks down by one, Kevin Labanc scored his fifth of the season at the 18:53 mark of the third period. Vegas goalie Oscar Dansk misplayed the puck as it slid toward him, and Labanc dove to get a stick on

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Shiite powerhouse al-Sistani helped shape today’s Iraq

One highlight of Pope Francis' historic visit to Iraq is his meeting Saturday with a revered religious leader for Shiite Muslims, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani. Francis has spent years trying to improve Christian relations with Muslims and has already forged close ties with a prominent Sunni figure, Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Al-Azhar, the seat of Sunni learning in Cairo. Here’s a look at the grand ayatollah. ___ The 90-year-old al-Sistani is the top Shiite cleric in Iraq and a powerhouse in the Shiite world. Millions of Shiites the world over revere him as a spiritual guide, turning to him on all sorts of questions from day-to-day matters to complex theological issues. His influence, derived from his moral and spiritual authority, stretches beyond the religious. After the ...

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Cuomo skipped sexual harassment training — that he himself mandated — by having a staffer complete it for him, accuser says

Summary List PlacementIn 2018, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made sexual harassment training mandatory for employees in the state as part of his anti-sexual harassment agenda. In 2019, the governor skipped the training and instead had a staffer complete it for him, according to a woman who also worked for Cuomo at the time and has since accused him of sexual harassment. Charlotte Bennett, 25, was the second woman to come forward with accusations against Cuomo, including that he asked her deeply personal sexual questions and made inappropriate comments about her sexual assault. In an interview with CBS that aired Thursday and Friday, Bennett, a former aide to Cuomo, recounted her experiences, adding that Cuomo did not take the sexual harassment training in 2019. "I was there. I heard [the ...

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Pope Francis meets with top Shiite cleric in Iraq

Pope Francis is set to meet with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, one of the most senior clerics in Shiite Islam, in Iraq's holy city of Najaf on Saturday to deliver a message of peaceful coexistence, urging Muslims to embrace Iraq's long-beleaguered Christian minority. The historic meeting in al-Sistani's humble home was months in the making, with every detail painstakingly discussed and negotiated between the ayatollah's office and the Vatican. The closed-door meeting will touch on issues plaguing Iraq's Christian minority. Al-Sistani is a deeply revered figure in Shiite-majority Iraq and and his opinions on religious matters are sought by Shiites worldwide. On the few occasions where he has made his opinion known, the notoriously reclusive al-Sistani has shifted the course of Iraq's ...

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Horoscope for Saturday, March 6, 2021

Moon Alert Caution! Avoid shopping or making important decisions from 3:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Chicago time. After that, the moon moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn. Aries (March 21-April 19) Be careful! This is a tricky day. The position of the moon will make you adventurous and eager to do exciting, even rash things. You want to travel and explore new ideas, new places and meet new people. Do what you can but be aware that today is a poor day for shopping or important decisions. Taurus (April 20-May 20) Be careful because the moon is in one of your Money Houses, specifically, the one connected with shared property, taxes, debt and the wealth of your partner. Nevertheless, this is a poor day for financial decisions. See moon alert. Gemini (May 21-June 20) You’re in a playful mood! You’re

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Diplomats: UN fails to approve call to end Tigray violence

An attempt to get U.N. Security Council approval for a statement calling for an end to violence in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region and to spotlight the millions in need of humanitarian assistance was dropped Friday night after objections from India, Russia and especially China, U.N. diplomats said. Three council diplomats said Ireland, which drafted the statement, decided not to push for approval after objections from the three countries. The press statement would have been the first by the U.N.’s most powerful body on the Tigray crisis, which is entering its fourth month. Fierce fighting reportedly continues between Ethiopian and allied forces and those supporting the now-fugitive Tigray leaders who once dominated Ethiopia’s government and alarm is growing over the fate of Tigray’s 6 ...

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Protests, tear gas in Myanmar after UN envoy urges action

Security forces in Myanmar again used force Saturday to disperse anti-coup protesters, a day after the U.N. special envoy urged the Security Council to take action to quell junta violence that this week left about 50 peaceful demonstrators dead and scores injured. Fresh protests were reported Saturday morning in the biggest city of Yangon, where stun grenades and tear gas were used against protesters. On Wednesday, 18 people were reported killed there. Protests were also reported in Myitkyina, the capital of the northern state of Kachin, Myeik, in the country’s far south where police fired tear gas at students, and Dawei in the southeast where tear gas was also used. Other places included Kyaikto, in the eastern state of Mon, Loikaw, the capital of Kayah state in eastern Myanmar, and Myin

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High school boys basketball: Highly-efficient Lehi marches past Olympus for 5A semifinal win

Lehi’s Blake Hill (30) and Peter Amakasu (20) celebrate their win over Olympus during the 5A boys basketball semifinal game at Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville on Friday, March 5, 2021. Lehi won 69-58. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret NewsBox Score Lehi showed championship resiliency in Friday’s 5A semifinals. After jumping out to an early double-digit lead on Olympus, Lehi had an answer every single time the Titans made a mini run and then pulled away in the fourth quarter for the 69-58 win to advance to Saturday’s championship. Lehi scored on 16 of 24 possessions in the second half as it held off Olympus for the wire-to-wire victory. “I think that was one of our better offensive games of the year, and it had to be because those guys were excellent and they shot well, too. That’s a

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WTF Happened to Naomi Watts?

HuluEven with the noxious Mel Gibson as its villain and a story driven by a tired Groundhog Day conceit, Boss Level (on Hulu on March 5) is a reasonably lively video game adventure about an ex-Special Forces soldier (Frank Grillo) stuck reliving the same action-packed day over and over again until he finds a way to defeat his assassin adversaries, kill Gibson, and escape his 24-hour time loop. Much of the B-movie’s success is due to Grillo’s smarty-pants macho routine, but none of the credit goes to Naomi Watts, here relegated to playing Grillo’s scientist ex, who’s responsible for developing the high-tech device that created this re-running fiasco, and whose death at Gibson’s hands is what compels Grillo to try to reach his coin-op reality’s final stage. In other words, she’s the “woman ...

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Fighting Biden virus aid, GOP rekindles Obama-era strategy

Republicans have one goal for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package: to erode public support for the rescue plan by portraying it as too big, too bloated and too much wasteful public spending for a pandemic that’s almost over. Senate Republicans prepared Friday to vote lockstep against the relief bill, taking the calculated political risk that Americans will sour on the big-dollar spending for vaccination distribution, unemployment benefits, money for the states and other outlays as unnecessary, once they learn all the details. Reviving a page from their 2009 takedown of Barack Obama’s costly recovery from the financial crisis, they expect their opposition will pay political rewards, much like the earlier effort contributed to the House Republicans' rise to power. It

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Fighting Biden virus aid, GOP rekindles Obama-era strategy

Republicans have one goal for President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package: to erode public support for the rescue plan by portraying it as too big, too bloated and too much wasteful public spending for a pandemic that’s almost over. Senate Republicans prepared Friday to vote lockstep against the relief bill, taking the calculated political risk that Americans will sour on the big-dollar spending for vaccination distribution, unemployment benefits, money for the states and other outlays as unnecessary, once they learn all the details. Reviving a page from their 2009 takedown of Barack Obama’s costly recovery from the financial crisis, they expect their opposition will pay political rewards, much like the earlier effort contributed to the House Republicans' rise to power. It

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Biden White House: keeping control of the daily message

No news conference. No Oval Office address. No primetime speech to a joint session of Congress. President Joe Biden is the first executive in four decades to reach this point in his term without holding a formal question and answer session. It reflects a White House media strategy meant both to reserve major media set-pieces for the celebration of a legislative victory and to limit unforced errors from a historically gaffe-prone politician. Biden has opted to take questions about as often as most of his recent predecessors, but he tends to field just one or two informal inquiries at a time, usually in a hurried setting at the end of an event. In a sharp contrast with the previous administration, the White House is exerting extreme message discipline, empowering staff to speak but doing so

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Senate Dems strike jobless aid deal, relief bill OK in sight

Senate leaders and moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin struck a deal over emergency jobless benefits, breaking a logjam that had stalled the party's showpiece $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The compromise, announced by the West Virginia lawmaker and a Democratic aide late Friday, seemed to clear the way for the Senate to begin a climactic, marathon series of votes and, eventually, approval of the sweeping legislation. The overall bill, President Joe Biden’s foremost legislative priority, is aimed at battling the killer pandemic and nursing the staggered economy back to health. It would provide direct payments of up to $1,400 to most Americans and money for COVID-19 vaccines and testing, aid to state and local governments, help for schools and the airline industry and subsidies for

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California OKs reopening of ball parks, Disneyland

California has cleared a path for fans to hit the stands at opening-day baseball games and return to Disneyland nearly a year after coronavirus restrictions shuttered major entertainment spots. The state on Friday relaxed guidelines for reopening outdoor venues as a fall and winter surge seemed to be ending, with COVID-19 infection rates, hospitalizations and deaths plummeting and vaccination rates rising. New public health rules would allow live concerts at stadiums and sports arenas to reopen with limited attendance April 1. Amusement parks also will be permitted to reopen in counties that have fallen from the state's purple tier — the most restrictive — to the red tier. In all cases, park capacities will be limited, and COVID-19 safety rules such as mask-wearing requirements will apply.

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