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Here is a list of 9 burritos that exemplify the best the city has to offer. It's a mix of staff and reader favorites, with a few of those choices intersecting. Again, no list is definitive, but we at least wanted to include you in the ch...
Here is a list of 9 burritos that exemplify the best the city has to offer. It's a mix of staff and reader favorites, with a few of those choices intersecting. Again, no list is definitive, but we at least wanted to include you in the choosing this time. [ more › ]
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The Bears head into Week 6 needing a victory, luckily they are hosting the hapless New York Giants at Soldier Field. [ more › ]
The Bears head into Week 6 needing a victory, luckily they are hosting the hapless New York Giants at Soldier Field. [ more › ]
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A new three-story Target opened on the site of the former Cabrini-Green housing projects Tuesday. [ more › ]
A new three-story Target opened on the site of the former Cabrini-Green housing projects Tuesday. [ more › ]
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Joe Girardi signs 4 year extension with Yanks Joe Girardi, who kept the New York Yankees in playoff contention well into September despite a rash of injuries and the incessant distraction of the Alex Rodriguez saga, agreed to a four-yea...
Joe Girardi signs 4 year extension with Yanks Joe Girardi, who kept the New York Yankees in playoff contention well into September despite a rash of injuries and the incessant distraction of the Alex Rodriguez saga, agreed to a four-year contract with the club, the Yankees announced Wednesday. Girardi, 48, has been the Yankees manager since 2008 and guided them to a World Series title a year later. His contract expired after this season, however, and interest in him spiked for high-profile managerial openings with the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals. However, the Yankees moved relatively quickly to lock him up, and the length of his deal is one to two years longer than the industry standard. So. What's next?
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The Chicago Cubs' search for a manager will steer in another direction after the New York Yankees announced Wednesday in a tweet that Joe Girardi agreed to a four-year contract through 2017.
The Chicago Cubs' search for a manager will steer in another direction after the New York Yankees announced Wednesday in a tweet that Joe Girardi agreed to a four-year contract through 2017.
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Joe Girardi let the Chicago Cubs flirt with him a little bit, but he's not leaving New York City or baseball's most famous franchise. The New York Yankees announced Wednesday they have agreed to a new four-year contract with Girardi to m...
Joe Girardi let the Chicago Cubs flirt with him a little bit, but he's not leaving New York City or baseball's most famous franchise. The New York Yankees announced Wednesday they have agreed to a new four-year contract with Girardi to manage the club through 2017. Particulars have not yet been announced, but they'll be coming shortly. The Yankees have a conference call scheduled for this afternoon. #Yankees re-sign manager Joe Girardi to 4-year contract through 2017 season. — New York Yankees (@Yankees) October 9, 2013 Girardi has a 564-408 record with the Yankees in six seasons as their skipper. The Yankees' 85-77 record in 2013 was the team's worst under his watch, but New York was ravaged by injuries and in the middle of A-Rod drama. Girardi, 48, has won a World Series (in 2009) and won three AL East titles. This year was the second in his tenure that the Yankees missed the playoffs. The postseason is upon us. Spend it with The Stew. Follow @MikeOz and @bigleaguestew, on Twitter, along with the BLS Facebook page.
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Claypool also ordered the contractor in charge of the Ventra rollout to triple its call center staff to 300 workers instead of the 100 sugar and caffeine-fueled Capuchin monkeys we imagine are currently manning the system. [ more › ]
Claypool also ordered the contractor in charge of the Ventra rollout to triple its call center staff to 300 workers instead of the 100 sugar and caffeine-fueled Capuchin monkeys we imagine are currently manning the system. [ more › ]
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Cookie contest: Annual Chicago Tribune holiday cookie contest approaches
Cookie contest: Annual Chicago Tribune holiday cookie contest approaches
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The wait is over. Today, the New York Yankees announced the Joe Girardi has finally agreed to an extension with the team he’s managed for the last six years. The extension is for four years, one more than the Yankees had originally...
The wait is over. Today, the New York Yankees announced the Joe Girardi has finally agreed to an extension with the team he’s managed for the last six years. The extension is for four years, one more than the Yankees had originally offered, according to multiple reports. This waiting process, and the obvious interest coming from the Chicago Cubs, apparently just bought Girardi an extra year from the Yankees. For those pining for Girardi, this is something of a bummer, even as it was never likely that Girardi would leave the Yankees. For my part, I’m mostly shrugging my shoulders. While I did believe Girardi was likely to be a fine managerial candidate for the Cubs, I was never on board with spending upwards of $20 million (of apparently limited funds) to get him. Effective managers can be found for much less, and this front office will earn its stripes in doing so. We’ll never know if Girardi is re-upping because he always wanted to return to the Yankees and he just used the Cubs as a shadow pawn to get the Yankees to add that fourth year, or if it was the Yankees who played hardball and told Girardi the offer was off the table if he talked to another team. We know only that Joe Girardi will not be the next manager of the Chicago Cubs, and it’s time to let yourself leap completely into the managerial search process, as the Cubs have already done. I could be sold on any of the three named candidates thus far (Manny Acta, A.J. Hinch, Rick Renteria), and I’m open to new information as the process continues. Related posts: Obsessive New Manager Watch: Yankees Aggressive in Keep Joe Girardi Off the Market The Cubs may not get permission to speak to Girardi... Obsessive New Manager Watch: No Response from Girardi Yet, Yankees Prepared to Wait If the Yankees steadfastly intend on taking this thing right... Would Joe Girardi Leave the Yankees to Manage the Cubs? Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella’s contract is up at the...
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Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports “With the 20th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Kyle Long,” Roger Goodell read at the 2013 NFL draft. Whispers spread as people commented on the selection, many of them...
Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports “With the 20th pick of the 2013 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears select Kyle Long,” Roger Goodell read at the 2013 NFL draft. Whispers spread as people commented on the selection, many of them with the same question. “Kyle Long?” They asked. “Who is that?” But they’re all getting to know Kyle Long as he’s helped the Chicago Bears start the season off on the right foot, helping to protect Jay Cutler and helping Matt Forte by clearing the way. The pick was considered risky given the fact that Long only had 11 starts for Oregon and finally everybody figured out who he was. “Oh, that’s Howie’s son isn’t it?” The path to the right guard spot on the Chicago Bears offensive line was anything but easy. Long battled his way through several different colleges, struggling with character issues and finding himself. There was a time when he didn’t even play football after high school and followed his first passion, baseball. “I used to always laugh,” Nate Collins, a Bears’ teammate and long-time family friend of the Long’s said. “I’d say to Chris: ‘This is your younger brother?’ He’s the biggest out of all of them. He’s bigger than their dad, bigger than Chris, bigger than Howie Jr. I used to laugh all the time because he was a baseball player. The guy looked like a football player.” That was Kyle’s dream though, to be the 6’6” pitcher, zinging fast balls and hurling curve balls to the mound. Not only was that his dream but it looked like it was going to come true when he was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 23rd round of the 2008 MLB draft. However, instead of jumping to professional baseball right away, he decided to go play baseball at Florida State on scholarship, while getting his degree. But Kyle never threw a pitch for Florida State. The freedom of being on his own for the first time led to failed classes and reckless decision making and shortly after, Long was arrested for a DUI. After being arrested Long left school and entered a four-month treatment program in Arizona to help put an end to his substance abuse problems. “I was messing up off the field. I spent probably more time out and about partying and being social than I did in the batting cage, in the bullpen or the classroom. That became my life,” Long said. After making his mistakes long saw an opportunity to go back to football, which he had excelled at in high school. “The day I got out of treatment I told my case manager that I wanted to play football again. I had a lot of pent up aggression and stuff I needed to release physically.” He knew it wouldn’t be easy but Long was finally ready to be serious and put the time and effort into football, a decision that he says changed his life. Long knew he wouldn’t be able to get into a major university and he wanted to start at a junior college to help him focus. He decided to start his new beginning at Saddleback College, a junior college in California. His sophomore year he played defensive end but they decided to switch him to left tackle his junior year. Kyle dominated at this position helping the team go 8-3 while averaging 480.4 yards per game. While he only started seven games he did enough to get noticed. The University of Oregon offered Kyle a scholarship, which he took and he began his senior year at tackle. However, the Ducks had a packed depth chart and Long wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play. “I knew if I had one shot to put some film together as a starting offensive lineman in D-1, I might have a shot at going and playing somewhere next year. Somewhere, I could make a living at playing ball,” he said. And even though he was a left tackle when Oregon’s starting left guard was injured, he jumped at the opportunity. The result was success. Finally things were going how Long intended and he continued to build on his success. Even though his request for an extra year in college was denied, he had earned a trip to the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine, where he
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