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Person injured after crashing into Cook County Sheriff’s squad car

A Cook County squad car was crashed Feb. 24, 2021 on Highway 57. | Sun-Times file photoA Cook County officer was pulling over another driver Wednesday when a Ford sedan rear-ended him. A person was injured after crashing into a Cook County Sheriff’s squad car Wednesday night on Highway 57 in Markham. About 10:50 p.m., a Cook County police officer was pulling over a driver who refused to slow down for a stopped police car with flashing lights, when a Ford sedan rear-ended him on Highway 57 near 147th Street in Markham, according to a statement from the Cook County Sheriff’s Department. The driver of the Ford sustained minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Cook County police said. The officer was not injured. Illinois State Police officers assisted in the incident and ...

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‘The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run’ Review: Keanu Reeves and Gary the Snail Anchor a Manic Adventure

The world’s most popular sea sponge for the last 20 years in a row, the ever-upbeat SpongeBob SquarePants is back, spongier than ever, and eager to give us a brief yet slaphappy reprieve from the collective sogginess of the last 12 months. Not that the osmotic optimist ever really went away; a while has passed since SpongeBob’s previous feature-length adventure, but the Nickelodeon show that made him an icon among kids and stoners alike is still going strong despite the death of creator Stephen Hillenburg in 2018. Still, two decades is a long time in sponge years, and even basal metazoa who live in pineapples under the sea and earn their parent companies billions of dollars in licensing deals aren’t immune to the pressures of a superficial industry that only tends to care about what’s abov

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Lady Gaga’s dogs returned unharmed after kidnapping where assistant was shot

Lady Gaga’s dogs have returned to safety after an attack where Ryan was shot (Picture: Lady Gaga/Instagram)Lady Gaga’s dogs have been returned safely after they were stolen during a shooting. The popstar was left devastated when her French bulldogs Koji and Gustavo were stolen on Wednesday night after two attackers shot her dogwalker Ryan Fischer. Koji and Gustavo were returned on Friday night at around 6pm to the LAPDs’ Olympic Community Police Station. The woman who brought in the dogs appears to be ‘uninvolved and unassociated’ wth the attack, according to Los Angeles Police Capt. Jonathan Tippet. Tippet confirmed that the dogs had been ‘located and safe’, with a spokesperson from the station’s public information officer saying that the dogs have since been returned to Gaga’

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Thomas Tuchel reveals he was in ‘dark place’ after infamous Man Utd defeat

Thomas Tuchel was in charge of PSG during their shock Champions League defeat at the hands of Man Utd back in 2019 (Picture:Getty)Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has reflected on the ‘dark place’ a defeat to Manchester United put him in during his time in charge of Paris St Germain. The German will face a familiar foe in the shape of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Stamford Bridge on Sunday in what will be his fifth meeting with the former Red Devils forward in just over two years. It remains honours even between Tuchel and the Norwegian with two wins apiece but one particular loss in the Champions League proved tough for the 47-year-old to swallow. After a 2-0 victory at Old Trafford in the round-of-16 first leg on February 12, 2019, PSG were left stunned at Parc des Princes three weeks later

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Teen boy shot in Back of the Yards

A teen boy was shot Feb. 26, 2021 in Back of the Yards on the South Side. | Sun-Times file photoA 15-year-old was listed in serious to critical condition after he was shot in the 5400 block of South Loomis Boulevard, officials said. A 15-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting Friday night in Back of the Yards on the South Side. He was walking about 11:30 p.m. in the 5400 block of South Loomis Boulevard when he heard shots and felt pain, Chicago police said. He suffered a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in serious to critical condition, according to police and Chicago fire officials. The boy did not see the shooter but believed they may have been in a passing vehicle, police said. Area One detectives are investigating the shooting. ......

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House Democrats pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, sending it to the Senate as minimum wage fight looms

Summary List PlacementHouse Democrats approved President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion emergency spending package in a 219-212 vote early on Saturday morning, sending the legislation to the Senate as lawmakers rushed to head off the expiration of enhanced unemployment insurance in mid-March. The stimulus plan cleared the chamber with Republicans unified in their resistance. Two Democrats joined the Republicans in voting against the legislation. The package includes $1,400 stimulus checks for taxpayers, $400 in federal unemployment benefits, aid to state and local governments, and vaccine funds. Democrats say it will form a critical pillar in the nation's fight against the pandemic and the economic malaise it has caused. "The sooner we pass the bill and it is signed, the sooner we can make t...

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House Passes Biden’s $1.9T Stimulus Plan—Without a Single GOP Vote in Favor

Brendan Smialowski/AFP via GettyDemocrats are one big step closer to achieving their first major goal of the Joe Biden era: Early Saturday morning, the U.S. House approved a $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill on a nearly party-line vote. The 219-212 vote allows the U.S. Senate to formally take up the legislation, which Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) intends to do immediately. But the party is under the gun: many Democrats regard March 14—the day that extended unemployment benefits run out for millions—as a de facto deadline for getting the so-called American Rescue Plan on Biden’s desk. The legislation would replenish relief for the jobless by extending a weekly $400 check through August. It also fulfills a number of other promises Democrats campaigned on in 2020: $1,400 d...

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11 things you need to know about the COVID-19 stimulus the House just passed

Summary List PlacementHouse Democrats passed the latest coronavirus aid package on Saturday morning, bringing much-needed aid a step closer to struggling people across the country. The $1.9 trillion package faces a more complicated path in the Senate with its arcane rules and the Democrats' thin majority. Fights over provisions like how to hike the hourly federal minimum wage to $15, who gets a $1,400 check, and which states and local governments receive aid could trip up the bill. Still, Democrats aim to finalize and have President Joe Biden sign the bill into law by March 14, when some of the existing aid lapses.  "The sooner we pass the bill and it is signed, the sooner we can make the progress that this legislation is all about — saving the lives and the livelihood of the American p...

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AI IN BANKING: How forward-looking banks are using maturing AI solutions to design both customer- and employee-facing innovations

Summary List PlacementAI in banking is maturing and entering the mainstream as financial institutions (FIs) roll out AI solutions across their businesses. This marks a move beyond the experimental for the technology, with a solid majority of global financial services firms either having implemented or currently working to implement AI solutions in business domains like risk management (77%), generation of new revenue potential through new products or processes (80%), customer service (74%), process re-engineering and automation (73%), and client acquisition (69%), per the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance and the World Economic Forum. But even as the AI applications for banking come into clearer focus, buzz surrounding the tech remains undiminished — making it necessary for FIs to

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San Jose: One injured in shooting in city’s Stonegate neighborhood

Police are investigating a shooting that left one person injured Friday night in the Stonegate area of San Jose. Police responded to the scene of the shooting at about 9:42 p.m. in the 1200 block of Simonson Way, the San Jose Police Department said in a tweet. Units are currently at the scene of a shooting in the 1200 block of Simonson Wy. One victim with a NON-life threatening injury. No suspect/motive info at the moment. TOC 9:42pm. pic.twitter.com/uN1qvHWnXE — San Jose Police Media Relations (@SJPD_PIO) February 27, 2021 Police said the victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening. The city has recorded at least eight shootings since Feb. 19, resulting in the deaths of two people. The police department did not provide any additional information Friday night. Check back for...

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Loyola holds on to extend home winning streak to 21 games

Loyola’s Marquise Kennedy, shooting a three-pointer during the second half against Southern Illinois, had 16 points in the victory. | Shafkat Anowar/APMarquise Kennedy came off the bench to score a team-high 16 points, and No. 21 Loyola beat Southern Illinois 60-52 on Friday night. Marquise Kennedy scored 16 points, and No. 21 Loyola hung on to beat Southern Illinois 60-52 on Friday night at Gentile Arena, extending the nation’s fifth-longest active home winning streak to 21 games. The Ramblers (20-4, 15-2 Missouri Valley Conference) steadied themselves in the closing minutes after letting a 16-point lead shrink to four and came out on top for the 13th time in 14 games. They also reached 20 wins for the fourth straight year, a streak that started when the 2017-18 team went 32-6 and made t

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Top health officials warn decline in COVID-19 cases is ‘stalling’ and that now is not the time to lift restrictions

Summary List PlacementCOVID-19 case counts have been falling at a rapid rate for weeks, but top health officials warn that progress seems to be "stalling" just as some states have begun to lift restrictions. During a White House briefing on Friday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there had been a rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases in recent days. "Over the last few weeks, cases and hospital admissions in the United States had been coming down since early January and deaths had been declining in the past week," Walensky said. "But the latest data suggests that these declines may be stalling, potentially leveling off at, still, a very high number." She said the most recent 7-day average of deaths due to COVID-19 is about 2,000 per day...

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Why Godzilla Matters

There are certain characters out there that grow beyond their own films, books, television shows, or what have you. The characters who ascend to the level of icon. Mickey Mouse, Superman, and Sherlock Holmes are just a few examples. Even if you’ve never seen or read a piece of media featuring one of these characters, you likely know them by appearance alone and know a lot of their general story. Godzilla is one such character that has reached this legendary status. Debuting in 1954, Godzilla has gone on to star in thirty-five movies, as well as countless television shows, video games, graphic novels, and every other form of media imaginable. Godzilla is a character whose inception was rooted in a very dark reality and would go on be everything from a superhero to a vengeful deity. Godzilla

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‘Red Notice’ Director Rawson Marshall Thurber to Direct Netflix Adaptation of Video Game ‘The Division’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain

The director behind Red Notice, Rawson Marshall Thurber, will take David Leitch’s spot as director for the Netflix adaptation of the popular video game, The Division that will star Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain. Leitch had to step back due to scheduling conflicts, and one of those conflicts was because of his action film Bullet Train starring Brad Pitt that he is currently film, but the good news is that he will still be on as a producer. The plot of the story is that it is set near the future with a virus spread by paper money on Black Friday, wrecking New York City and killing millions of people. By the time Christmas comes around, what remained of civilization had fallen into anarchy. A group of people equipped to work in catastrophic times are being activated in an effort to sa...

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