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The strike is on

Teachers pick up 'on strike' signs Saturday at a 'strike headquarters' the Chicago Teachers Union has set up. (AP)

Lead Story: It was a weekend full of long, heated negotiations late into the night. Then, CTU president Karen Lewis announced at a 10 p.m. press conference Sunday that the strike was on, the first teachers strike in the city in 25 years. The issues between the two sides are legion: a school-year calendar, longer school days, class size, etc. Yet during Lewis' conference last night, many reporters kept pushing the question about pay and compensation, something Lewis even chastized reporters for. Rest assured, over the coming hours and days, we'll hear much, much more about the smaller nuances of the disputed talks as well as the bigger picture issues. While the sides are close to a deal in some regards, the general feeling is that this could be a while.

Also: The NFL is back in full swing! The Colts’ Andrew Luck had a tough slog as the Bears overcame some early gaffes en route to a 41-21 clubbing of Indy at Soldier Field on Sunday. The Colts struck first on an early Jay Cutler interception deep in Bears territory, the Bears rattled off 17 straight points to take a lead they wouldn’t relent, driven by Cutler’s 333 passing yards which included two touchdowns. New receiver Brandon Marshall was Cutler’s favorite target, hauling in nine receptions for 119 yards and a touchdown. It was a solid game after a disastrous start, but things don’t get easier: Next up is a trip to Lambeau Field Thursday night to take on the rival Packers on short rest.

And then: After a summer of mystery, Illinois U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. left the Mayo Clinic, where he received treatment for bipolar depression, and returned to his Washington, D.C. home with his family. Chief-of-staff Rick Bryant said he’s “hopeful” Jackson will be back in Congress when it opens its fall session today, but there's no official word and his official return date is unknown. Among those encouraging Jackson to take a slow path back to work is his father, Rev. Jesse Jackson, who denied the report about him being back Monday. Still, the question remains: What of Jackson, Jr.’s future?   

RIP: Francisco Fernandez, the oldest man in Europe at the time of his death at the age of 111. Fernandez was born July 24, 1901 and is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


  • With less than two months to go until the election, it’s time to start focusing on the factors that will determine the next president.
  • The awful story behind a deadly marching band hazing incident at Florida A&M.
  • Only 17 years after the fact, former prosecutor Christopher Darden decided it would be a good time to allege that Johnnie Cochran (now deceased) tampered with the infamous bloody glove that O.J. Simpson just couldn’t fit into during his 1994 double murder trial.
  • Who says NFL players aren’t invested in the world around them? Late last week, Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe wrote a wonderful [albeit very profane] defense of fellow NFL’er, the Baltimore Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo, who faced criticism from a Maryland state delegate for voicing support for the state’s proposed initiative legalizing gay marriage.
  • The mysterious hum of Seattle? It’s caused by fish, apparently.

Looking Ahead:           



In honor of yesterday’s start to the NFL season (with two more games to go Monday night!), here’s every NFL fan in 90 seconds.

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