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Games Inbox: The legacy of the PS4, PlayStation on PC, and Astro Bot: Rescue Mission 2 hopes

A classic console? (pic: Sony)The Friday letters page worries about a games drought that lasts all of 2023, as one reader wants to play more games like Limbo. To join in with the discussions yourself email gamecentral@metro.co.uk Classic consoleSo, Sony is finally getting ready to retire the PlayStation 4, eh? I don’t have a problem with that. The pandemic has lengthened its software support past what it would have got normally and it can retire knowing that it was super successful and has a great collection of games. Working out its true legacy will take a bit of hindsight but for me it is a true classic console and one of the best. I think for that to be true it has to hit a few different criteria. For a start, it has to be popular and have a good range of games, and I think the

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‘Windy City Rehab’ season 3, episode 6 recap: Alison Victoria tackles new construction in Evanston

Alison Victoria and her team take on new construction for her latest clients on “Windy City Rehab.”HGTV/Screenshot from video The sixth episode of “Windy City Rehab’s” third season once again takes viewers out of Chicago — but not very far. When an expecting couple with a bad floor plan approaches Alison Victoria for help, she dives right in, ready to help them reimagine their space and put in those special touches. Here’s what went down. Spoilers ahead! The house Unlike most “Windy City Rehab” episodes, this one did not actually feature a renovation. This week’s couple, Sarah and Steve Schmitt, purchased a corner lot in Evanston for $375,000, and while crews have already broken ground at 2831 Hartzell St., the floor plan left the couple feeling uninspired. That’s when they called Vi

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Now you tell us: City Hall says casino revenue won’t solve pension crisis

Mayor Lori Lightfoot walks around City Council chambers Wednesday in advance of the casino vote.Pat Nabong/Sun-Times Chicagoans have had to swallow more than a few bitter pills on the way to getting aldermanic approval this week for the city’s first casino. And now comes one more. As WBEZ’s Becky Vevea and Mariah Woelfel reported this week, the casino revenue will cover just 9% of the city’s annual massive pension contribution. And that’s 9% at best. As this editorial board stated earlier this week, Bally’s said the casino would generate $200 million toward pension coffers — but is not contractually required by the city to actually deliver that amount. Editorials bug Editorials All the while, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the yearly cut from the city

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Depeche Mode keyboardist dies: Andy Fletcher was 60

Andy Fletcher of the band Depeche Mode performs in concert during their Global Spirit Tour at the Capital One Arena, Sept. 7, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Fletcher has died at age 60.Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP LOS ANGELES — Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, the unassuming, bespectacled, red-headed keyboardist who for more than 40 years added his synth sounds to Depeche Mode hits like “Just Can’t Get Enough” and “Personal Jesus,” has died at age 60. Depeche Mode announced the death of founding member Fletcher on its official social media pages. A person close to the band said Fletcher died Thursday from natural causes at his home in the United Kingdom. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. “We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness w

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Woodlawn apartments named for affordable housing advocate

Mattie Butler is greeted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot at Thursday’s festivities, where two apartment buildings were named after Butler, to honor her advocacy for affordable housing.Brian Rich/Sun-Times Mattie Butler and her four siblings, the grandchildren of sharecroppers, grew up in Cabrini-Green. By 19, she had worked in several positions with the YMCA. But in her 20’s, Butler’s brother, the blues singer (and later Cook County commissioner) Jerry “The Iceman” Butler, persuaded her to go on the road with him as his background singer.   For years, the siblings performed across the country. Eventually, Jerry Butler purchased a home in Woodlawn for the whole family. There, Mattie Butler would settle down to raise her daughter, Venus Scott.  One night in 1980, a fire broke out nearby. Scott

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Girl, 17, hurt in Ravenswood Manor shooting

A girl, 17, was hurt in a shooting May 26, 2022 in Ravenswood Manor. Sun-Times file photo A 17-year-old girl was hurt in a shooting Thursday afternoon in Ravenswood Manor on the North Side. The girl was traveling in a vehicle just before 5 p.m. in the 4600 block of North Francisco Avenue when someone opened fire, Chicago police said. She suffered a graze wound to the neck and was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in good condition, police said. There was no one in custody. ...read more Source:: Chicago Sun Times...

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CPS accused of failing to meet religious, dietary needs of Jewish and Muslim students

The cafeteria at McAuliffe Elementary School, 1841 N. Springfield Ave. in Chicago’s Hermosa community.Ashlee Rezin/Sun-Times As Chicago Public Schools faces renewed criticism for unsatisfactory school meals, students and City Council members want to be sure a lack of Kosher and Halal food options is also addressed. Mayoral challenger Ald. Ray Lopez (15th), in calling for hearings to determine why Kosher and Halal meals are so limited at CPS, accused the district of failing to “adequately meet the religious and dietary requirements of Jewish and Muslim students.” Faith organizations are also asking the district to improve offerings for those students while ensuring proper oversight in authenticating Kosher and Halal certifications. Followers of both religions do not eat pork, and chic

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Zach Braff pictured hanging out with friends after girlfriend Florence Pugh denied dating Will Poulter

Zach and Florence have been dating since 2019 (Picture: Backgrid/Instagram)Zach Braff enjoyed a chilled night out with a friend recently, after girlfriend Florence Pugh was forced to deny rumours she was dating Will Poulter. The sighting of the American actor, 47, is the first time he’s been seen since Florence, 26, branded speculation that she was dating her Midsomma co star ‘silly.’ They were seen frolicking on the beach together, having a blast on holiday in Ibiza, before Florence set the record straight. Zach headed out in West Hollywood, California earlier this week, where he was seen exiting the San Vicente Bungalows after a meal. He chatted to a female friend, who burst into laughter after another friend said something funny, before the group got into a car. Zach cut

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Chelsea set asking price to sign Brighton defender Marc Cucurella

Thomas Tuchel wants to bring in a new left-back this summer (Pictures: Getty Images)Chelsea are keen to sign Brighton defender Marc Cucurella this summer but have been told they will have to stump up a massive fee for the 23-year-old, according to reports. As soon as the west London club’s sanctions are lifted, Thomas Tuchel is keen to move aggressively and quickly in the transfer market and wants to significantly bolster his back-line. Both Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen will leave the club on free transfers when their contracts expire, joining Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, but they may not be the only defenders to leave Stamford Bridge. Chelsea are prioritising a move for centre-back Jules Kounde (Picture: Getty)Cesar Azpilicueta also has interest from Barca

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US politicians getting money from the NRA criticized after Texas school shooting

Ted Cruz (left) and Mitt Romney (middle) are among Republicans senators who have accepted millions of dollars from the National Rifle Association (Pictures: AFP/Reuters/Getty Images)In the wake of the Texas elementary school shooting that left 21 people dead, numerous US lawmakers have offered thoughts and prayers to the victims’ families. Yet some of them are the same politicians who over the years have taken thousands and even millions of dollars from the National Rifle Association (NRA). Gunman Salvador Ramos’ rampage killing 19 children and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on Tuesday, was the deadliest school shooting since the Sandy Hook elementary massacre in 2012. It reignited calls by gun control groups for stricter firearms laws to prevent more mass sho

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Senate Republicans block Durbin, Schneider domestic terrorism bill after Uvalde, Buffalo shootings

Illinois Democrats Rep. Brad Schneider (left) and Sen. Dick Durbin — pictured in 2013 — sponsored the Terrorism Prevention Act of 2022 which the House passed and the Senate Republicans blocked.Sun-Times file WASHINGTON — I dropped any optimism about Congress doing anything to curb gun violence after nothing happened following the Columbine school shootings in 1999, when I naively wrote something like, surely, now lawmakers will act. Which brings us to Thursday. Once again, Democrats are pushing for, at this point, not the perfect, but at least some good when it comes to responding to mass shootings, the latest in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas. “Is Texas the tipping point? Is this what we’ve been waiting for?” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, said on CNN, hours before the Senate was to vote

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Kate Moss heads out to Abba Voyage opening night after denying Johnny Depp pushed her down stairs at Amber Heard trial

Kate Moss headed to the Abba Voyage opening night (Picture: Getty/AP)Kate Moss went to let her hair down at the opening night of Abba’s Voyage live show on Thursday evening after denying Johnny Depp pushed her down the stairs. The supermodel, who testified via video link at the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s libel trial against Amber Heard on Wednesday, was photographed arriving at the purpose-built stadium at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. The 48-year-old oozed glam in black flared trousers, a sequined top, and a fur coat. Kate completed her outfit with a pair of gold peep-toe heels and round silver earrings. Kate was among a number of celebrities in attendance at Abba’s first Voyage gig, with the king and queen of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf and Silvia, Kylie Mino

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Illinois Prisoner Review Board grants parole to 2 men convicted of Chicago-area killings

Two men convicted of Chicago-area killings were granted parole Thursday by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board.AP The Illinois Prisoner Review Board — which was crippled earlier this year when state senators rejected three of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s nominees — voted Thursday to parole two men convicted of Chicago-area killings and denied parole to six other inmates. It was the first time the parole board has met since Senate Republicans and Democrats voted in March to reject the appointments of interim members Jeffrey Mears and Eleanor Kaye Wilson, who faced accusations of being soft on crime. A third interim member, Oreal James, resigned before the Senate could vote on his appointment. During the Pritzker administration, the board has voted to grant parole in about one-third of the case

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Dame Deborah James finding it ‘harder to engage’ now as she spends remaining time at home with terminal bowel cancer: ‘My body isn’t playing the game’

Dame Deborah doesn’t know how long she has left to live (Picture: Instagram)Dame Deborah James is now finding it ‘harder to engage’ after revealing she doesn’t know how long she has left with terminal bowel cancer. The journalist, 40, is currently under hospice care at home as active treatment is no longer possible for her, after being diagnosed with cancer five years ago.  She recently became a Dame, and with Prince William visiting her at home, where she’s spending her remaining time with her family. The podcast host has been sharing her journey with her followers, now feeling like her body ‘isn’t playing the game.’ Dame Deborah shared a collection of pictures that have ‘made her smile over the last few days,’ including shots of her family and pics of her clothing collection

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‘Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations’ review: show takes jukebox musicals to new, fabulous heights

Marcus Paul James (from left), Jalen Harris, Elijah Ahmad Lewis, Harrell Holmes Jr. and James T. Lane star in the national touring company of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations.”© 2021 Emilio Madrid While some might be tempted to dismiss jukebox musicals as bad — a genre that frequently receives (often legitimately) scorn for haphazardly stringing together songs in lieu of a real plot — in the case of “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” they would be remiss. The show is simply a gem; a high-energy crowd-pleaser delivered by the hardest-working cast anywhere. Now playing at the Cadillac Theater, the musical is two-and-one-half-hours of top-notch vocals, dancing and theatrics — including drop-splits and mic-stand tricks — as well as some of t

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