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Michelle Obama helps make Chance the Rapper's BET Humanitarian Award historic.

The BET Awards featured a surprise guest on Sunday: Michelle Obama. And she taped a special message for none other than Chance the Rapper. SEE ALSO: Chance the Rapper covers Outkast, Snoop at Bonnaroo festival The occasion for the visit from the former first lady was Chance's acceptance of the BET Humanitarian Award. ...

- Mashable! - US

Women with Star of David flags told to leave Chicago gay pride march.

LGBT Pride festivities in Chicago took an ugly turn over the weekend when three women were ejected from a march because their rainbow flags bore a Jewish Star of David.

- FOX News - US

Al Capone song, pocket watch fetch over $100K at auction.

BOSTON " Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday.A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

3 barred from Chicago lesbian march for carrying 'triggering' Star of David pride flags.

, A parade in Chicago celebrating the lesbian community barred three Jewish women for carrying Jewish Pride flags. Organizers of the 21st annual Chicago Dyke March told the women that the rainbow flags with a white Star of David in the center would be a “trigger,” or traumatic stimulus, for people who found ...

- JTA - US

Chicago Catholic bishop forbids funeral rites for LGBTQ parishioners and baptism of their children.

A Catholic bishop in the Chicago suburb of Springfield issued an edict this week forbidding priests in his diocese from giving Holy Communion or funeral rites to same-sex couples. The Daily Beast reported that Bishop Thomas Paprocki also ordered priests in the district not to baptize children from L...

- The Raw Story - US

Relatives ask for help in search for missing Chinese scholar.

Relatives of a Chinese scholar who disappeared from the University of Illinois are pleading for help in the search to find her.

- FOX News - US

Chicago's 'Dyke March' Kicks Jews out of Gay Pride Event.

Attendees at the Chicago "Dyke March" who carried Jewish LGBT Pride flags were made to leave on Saturday, according to a report.

- Breitbart - US

LGBT march in Chicago bans Star of David flags for making people 'feel unsafe'.

American flags were also not welcome at the annual 'Dyke March'.

- IBTimes.co.uk - UK

Jewish marchers banned from Chicago LGBTQ march.

Flag with Star of David deemed 'offensive' even though it is not Israeli flag. 'Anti-Semitism masquerading as liberal values.'

- Arutz Sheva - IL

Kayak is letting travelers search for travel deals using emojis.

ShutterstockPlanning to book your summer holiday? Just type in an emoji to kick off your flight or hotel search on Kayak. The travel search engine has rolled out an emoji-search functionality today, in which users can use emojis to look up flight or hotel deals for their destinations. Want to go to New York City or Las ...

- Business Insider - US

Marchers carrying Jewish Pride flags asked to leave Chicago Dyke March.

, A parade in Chicago celebrating the lesbian community banned three Jewish women carrying Jewish Pride flags. Organizers of the 21st annual Chicago Dyke March told the women that the rainbow flags with a white Star of David in the center would be a trigger to people they found offensive. A Dyke March collective...

- JTA - US

Jimmy Butler may have lost out on nearly $33 million by being traded to the Timberwolves in a blockbuster deal

Carlos Osorio/APThe Minnesota Timberwolves landed Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls in a big draft-night trade on Thursday. While Butler may be happy about a change of scenery and reunion with former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, the trade may have an immense impact on his future earnings. Butler is under contract for ...

- Business Insider - US

Rahm Emanuel: Republicans in Congress Aren't Up to Speed With What Trump's Base Is

Sunday on CNN' “Fareed Zakaria GPS,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Republicans in Congress do not understand President Donald Trump base. Emanuel said, The talk about health care vis-a-vis his base, I think, misread what his bass wanted. I think it was a misreading of the Republican base. He changed the ...

- Breitbart - US

Pro-life doctor fights state law forcing him to act against his religion

Obstetrician Dr. Robert Lawler is fighting a new Illinois state law that forces him and other health providers to assist people in getting abortions, even…

- TheBlaze.com - US

Al Capone Song, Pocket Watch Fetch Over $100K at Auction

Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday.   A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were among the items that ...

- Voice of America - US

It's official: Sex doesn't sell

Those who came up with the old adage that sex sells were a little hasty in reaching their conclusions, it seems, after a new study concluded scantily-clad young men and women do nothing to push up sales. In fact, the analysis of a range of studies, published in the International Journal of Advertising, found that ...

- City AM - UK

They're voracious, nonnative and getting closer to the Great Lakes. Latest Asian carp discovery is a cause for worry

A commercial fisherman pulled a live Asian carp out of a northern Illinois river last week about 9 miles from Lake Michigan, prompting a furious dragnet to determine whether more of the voracious fish have evaded electric barriers designed to keep them out of the Great Lakes. The alarming discovery...

- Los Angeles Times - US

Illinois could be first state with 'junk' credit due to budget

Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Someone Paid a Pretty Penny for a Gangster's Watch

Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday. A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were...

- Newser - US

NPR Sides With Leftist LGBT Activists Targeting 'Cruel' Catholic Bishop

NPR blatantly slanted against a Catholic bishop in Illinois who recently instructed his priests to deny the Eucharist, last rites, and funerals to homosexuals in civil marriages. The public radio outlet filled their Friday write-up on Bishop Thomas Paprocki's decree with quotes from four activists who dissent against the ...

- NewsBusters - US

Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit status due to budget

Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to "junk" status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come.

- FOX News - US

Sappy song composed by Al Capone in Alcatraz, pocket watch fetch over $100K at auction

Artifacts connected to some of the nation's most notorious gangsters sold for more than $100,000 at auction Saturday. A diamond pocket watch that belonged to Al Capone and was produced in Chicago in the 1920s, along with a handwritten musical composition he wrote in Alcatraz in the 1930s, were...

- Baltimoresun.com - US

Trump Slashes Grant For Group Combatting White Extremism

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Trump administration on Friday slashed $400,000 in federal funding for one of the few U.S. groups that combat white extremism but denied it is now focusing only on fighting radical Islamists. A grant announcement by the Department of Homeland Security eliminated funding for the Chicago-based ...

- TPM News - US

Law professor explains how Trump is destroying democracy with appointments and by manipulating the law

A University of Chicago Law School professor has well-researched insight into the existential questions about the nature – or even future – of democracy in America. Aziz Huq is the Frank and Bernice J. Greenberg professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Huq literally wrote ...

- The Raw Story - US

'White terrorism' and Donald Trump

'White Terrorism' and Donald Trump The Trump administration has slashed funding for a group devoted to tackling radical white extremists. The Department for Homeland Security announced Friday that $400,000 in federal funding was being withdrawn from Chicago-based Life After Hate, o...

- The Raw Story - US

Expat Tales: Chicago has vibrant international DNA

Daniel Thomas believes Chicago is a magical city to live and work in because it has a little bit of everything – the architecture, the outdoors and world-class attractions.

- Stuff - NZ

Why donuts come in pink boxes in LA

Sarah Menendez/MarketplaceFor all the things written and said about Los Angeles, you may not know that La La Land is also kind of a doughnut town. If you count them on Yelp, there are more doughnut shops in LA County and there are in New York City or in Chicago. But it's not just the numbers that make the LA doughnut scene ...

- Business Insider - US

Illinois could be 1st state with 'junk' credit due to budget

- Townhall.com - US

The wives of high-level cocaine traffickers reveal how their husbands took down 'El Chapo'

Margarito and Pedro Flores, twin brothers from Chicago, Illinois, are credited with helping take down one of the most infamous narco-terrorists in the world, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán. Their wives, authors of the book "Cartel Wives", reveal the frightening moment they experienced when their husbands began ...

- Business Insider - US

Facebook's new strategy: a mission to do good, ripe for advertisers

Dressed in his signature solid-color T-shirt and jeans, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg came to Chicago on Thursday and outlined the start of a new chapter in the social network's life. Before describing his plan during a West Loop conference for a few hundred invited Facebook devotees, Zuckerberg...

- Chicago Tribune - US

No little plans: More than $20 billion of megaprojects in Chicago's pipeline

Fifteen years after launching its Lakeshore East development on the site of a former nine-hole golf course, Magellan Development Group is in the early stages of building the real estate equivalent of a hole-in-one.The 94-story Vista Tower condominium and hotel building, which will be the city's...

- Chicago Tribune - US

Just one Sears store left in Chicago, as retailer announces more closings

Sears Holdings Corp. is closing 20 more stores, including a Sears in Chicago's Galewood neighborhood, in mid-September. Those closings — including 18 Sears and two Kmart stores — follow 150 stores Hoffman Estates-based Sears shuttered in the first quarter of this year and another 66 expected to...

- Chicago Tribune - US

Take Your Dog to Work Day is business as usual at canine-friendly offices

The dog days of summer came early for some Chicago businesses Friday as offices opened their doors to canine companions for Take Your Dog to Work Day, a growing national event. Dogs rode elevators, slept at desks and snacked frequently, getting a taste of what a typical workday is like for many...

- Chicago Tribune - US

Steven Williams Joins 'The Chi'; Alejandro Edda In 'Cocaine Godmother'

Steven Williams is set for a key recurring role in Showtime's hourlong drama The Chi, from Lena Waithe, Elwood Reid, Common, Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment and Fox 21 TV Studios. Created/executive produced by Waithe, executive produced/showrun by Reid and executive produced by Common and Kaplan, The Chi is a ...

- Deadline.com - US

Sources: The Chicago Sun-Times isn't interested in a $1 bid from a group led by Eisendrath because the bid will keep current owners liable for future expenses

Lynne Marek / Chicago Business: Sources: The Chicago Sun-Times isn't interested in a $1 bid from a group led by Eisendrath because the bid will keep current owners liable for future expenses  —  Owners of the Chicago Sun-Times aren't interested in a $1 bid for the newspaper from a group led by former Ald.

- Mediagazer - US

Chicago Theaters Closing Doors on Critic Who Called Out Black-on-Black Violence

A longtime Chicago theater critic who dared suggest that black-on-black violence might be more of a problem than cop-on-black violence is being denied invitations to review shows around town due to her "hate and ignorance."

- TruthRevolt.org - US

Illinois governor signs bill targeting repeat gun offenders

CHICAGO - Repeat gun offenders in Illinois will face longer prison sentences under a bill Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law on Friday that aims to curb gun violence in Chicago, which has long struggled with street shootings and violent crime.

- Reuters - US

Illinois Bishop Decrees No Communion, Funeral Rites For Same-Sex Spouses

Bishop Thomas Paprocki is telling priests in his diocese not to offer sacraments to people in same-sex marriages. A Catholic LGBT group calls the decree "mean-spirited and unchristian in the extreme."

- NPR - US

Catholic bishop writes decree barring same-sex couples from receiving Holy Communion, funeral rites

The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is under fire for implementing a policy barring individuals in same-sex marriages from receiving Holy…

- TheBlaze.com - US

USDA finds abscesses, unidentified material in raw Brazil beef: USDA

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Agriculture has found repeated import violations in raw Brazilian beef, including abscesses and unidentified foreign material, a top agency official said, explaining reasons for a U.S. ban on imports of fresh Brazilian beef.

- Reuters - US

Sex Sells? No, It Doesn't

Chiseled abs and bikinis can sell just about anything, right? According to the minds behind those Carl's Jr. ads—and countless others—you'd think that'd be true. This idea that sex sells' has hung around for more than a century, and by this point it's almost accepted as a doctrine. And those are exactly the types of ...

- Discover - US

Chicago’s new Apple store has a MacBook for a roof

Apple’s new store in downtown Chicago has a roof that’s designed to look like a giant MacBook.        

- USA TODAY - US

Leo Burnett wins Creative Effectiveness Grand Prix for van Gogh's Airbnb bedroom

A campaign offering art lovers the chance to spend a night in Vincent van Gogh's bedroom has earned Leo Burnett Chicago the Grand Prix at Cannes for Creative Effectiveness.

- Brand Republic - UK

Atomic imperfections move quantum communication network closer to reality

An international team led by the University of Chicago's Institute for Molecular Engineering has discovered how to manipulate a weird quantum interface between light and matter in silicon carbide along wavelengths used in telecommunications.

- PhysOrg - NL

Illinois governor signs bill targeting repeat gun offenders

Repeat gun offenders in Illinois will face longer prison sentences under a bill Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law on Friday that aims to curb gun violence in Chicago, which has long struggled with street shootings and violent crime. Rauner, a Republican, signed the bill in Springfield alongside Chicago Police Department ...

- Yahoo! News - US

As cities look to get greener, lower-income residents fear gentrification

The 606 in Chicago is a green home for stargazing, biking, and family outings. Even more so, it's home for a large issue of gentrification and heightened property values for those who thought they were living in low-income housing.         

- USA TODAY - US

What you need to know in advertising today

GettyFacebook has a new mission statement. Instead of making the world "more open and connected," Facebook's goal now is to "bring the world closer together," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at a Thursday event in Chicago for Facebook group admins. To In other news: A group of New York City ad employees are baiting Planned ...

- Business Insider - US

Jimmy Butler may have lost out on nearly $33 million by being traded to the Wolves in a blockbuster deal

Carlos Osorio/APThe Minnesota Timberwolves landed Jimmy Butler from the Chicago Bulls in a big draft-night trade on Thursday. While Butler may be happy about a change of scenery and reunion with former Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, the trade may have an immense impact on his future earnings. Butler is under contract for ...

- Business Insider - US

Dusty Springfield's old house is art deco fabulous

English Heritage blue plaques herald many a great home in the capital. While they’re fun for history hunting tourists, the famous individuals also have a palpable effect on house prices from beyond the grave. Aubrey Walk, Holland Park, £15.5m The embedded content could not be displayed. Please go to the article to ...

- City AM - UK

Apple's New Chicago Store Looks Like a Giant MacBook

The iPhone maker's Chicago flagship is larger than life.

- Entrepreneur.com - US

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