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City Living:At Lincoln and Diversey, French toast, punk rock and designer toys

Chicago’s neighborhoods are richly diverse, but even within a ‘hood, all blocks are not created equal.

With that in mind, we created City Living, a new series in which we will pound the pavement and peer inside storefronts to give you a glimpse into slices of the city.

First up: The intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Diversey Parkway, straddling the line between the Lincoln Park area and Lakeview.

The value of loving your neck of the woods can't be overstated. Chicago’s neighborhoods are richly diverse, but even within a ‘hood, all blocks are not created equal.
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In 'SNL's' first post-inauguration episode, Putin roasts Trump on crowd sizes

Just how was "Saturday Night Live" going to tackle the pageantry, protests and press conferences that dominated President Trump's inauguration and first day in office?

By unleashing Vladimir Putin.

Alec Baldwin, who has been playing Trump since the fall in a parody that Trump himself has repeatedly criticized as mean-spirited and bad, didn't reprise the impersonation in the first post-inauguration episode. Instead, "SNL" kicked off with a bare-chested Putin (played by Beck Bennett), giving advice to the newly sworn-in president and reassuring those Americans who are displeased.

"Today many of you are scared and marching in the streets," Bennett as Putin says. "You are worried that your country is in the hands of this unpredictable man. But it's not. I promise that we will take care of America. It's the most expensive thing that we've bought."
Just how was "Saturday Night Live" going to tackle the pageantry, protests and press conferences that dominated President Trump 's inauguration and first day in office?
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'Grannies protect what they love:' Why my mom joined the Women's March

My 72-year-old mom and her environmentalist friends caused a stir with their granny signs at Saturday's Chicago's Women's March, writes +Heidi Stevens.

"I'm trying to figure out what's such a surprise to people. We're the generation who fought for these rights in the first place; why wouldn't we be upset about losing them?" Jean Muntz, 75, said.

My mom and her book club friends were among Chicago's 250,000 marchers on Saturday.
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Trump's inaugural cake was commissioned to look like Obama's, baker says

Amid the glitz of President Donald Trump's inaugural festivities, one item stood out in particular late Friday night: a spectacular nine-tier cake that the new president and Vice President Mike Pence cut into with a sword.

To pastry chef Duff Goldman, the cake seemed a little too familiar - because it looked almost exactly like one he had made years earlier for Barack Obama's second inauguration as president.

Just after midnight, the Food Network personality posted a side-by-side comparison of two cakes on his Twitter account.

Amid the glitz of President Donald Trump 's inaugural festivities, one item stood out in particular late Friday night: a spectacular nine-tier cake that the new president and Vice President Mike Pence cut into with a sword.
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$10K bail for man accused of pushing cop off bike during Trump protest

A man accused of shoving a police officer from his bicycle during a demonstration to protest Donald Trump's inauguration as president Friday night was ordered held on $10,000 bail.
A man accused of shoving a police officer from his bicycle during a demonstration to protest Donald Trump 's inauguration as president Friday night was ordered held on $10,000 bail.
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COLUMN: If ‘The Apprentice’ helped make Trump president, which reality star could be next?

Who knew the people who watch reality shows also vote? How does Lamas feel about being the last victim of pretend Trump power? And, more important, what are the chances of another reality show producing a future president? 
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Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, ex-player Andy Marte killed in separate car crashes in Dominican Republic

Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura, whose electric arm helped his team win the 2015 World Series title, was killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic early Sunday.

Former major leaguer Andy Marte died in a separate accident in the Dominican Republic.

Royals vice president Mike Swanson confirmed Ventura's death. He was 25.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura , whose electric arm helped his team win the 2015 World Series title, was killed in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic early Sunday.
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Donald Trump's inauguration watched by 30.6 million viewers

The inauguration of President Trump was watched by 30.6 million television viewers on Friday, 19% below the audience of 37.8 million for President Obama’s first swearing-in ceremony in 2009.

The figure is based on preliminary data from Nielsen for inauguration coverage that aired from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern across 12 networks. Ratings for PBS, which were not available Saturday, will add to the final total.

Ratings for inauguration ceremonies are higher in years when a new president is sworn in. Obama’s second inaugural in 2013 averaged 20.6 million viewers.
The inauguration of President Trump was watched by 30.6 million television viewers on Friday, 19% below the audience of 37.8 million for President Obama ’s first swearing-in ceremony in 2009.
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Donald Trump tweets about Women's March, TV ratings for inauguration

President Donald Trump weighed in for the first time on the massive protests of his presidency in Washington and around the globe, stating sarcastically on Twitter on Sunday morning that that he was "under the impression that we just had an election!"

His tweet came in response to more than 1 million people gathering Saturday for the Women's March on Washington and at other rallies board in the United States and abroad, all mean as a rejoinder to his inauguration a day before. Trump and his aides remained silent about the protests on Saturday.

"Watched protests yesterday but was under the impression that we just had an election! Why didn't these people vote?" Trump asked on Twitter.
President Donald Trump weighed in for the first time on the massive protests of his presidency in Washington and around the globe, stating sarcastically on Twitter on Sunday morning that that he was "under the impression that we just had an election!"
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Rush Medical Center project donates extra hospital food to homeless shelter

Rush University Medical Center recently launched a project to donate leftover food from the three kitchens and cafeterias at its Near Southwest Side campus to Franciscan Outreach, an organization that serves the homeless.

"You get to feed people who need it, and you're also cutting down on your environmental footprint and cutting down on waste," said Darlene Hightower, associate vice president of community engagement and practice at Rush.

A Chicago hospital is serving up its extra food to those who are hungry.
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Trump assures CIA officials 'I am so behind you' after criticizing intelligence community

President Donald Trump moved to mend his tumultuous relationship with America's spy agencies Saturday, traveling to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office and assuring officials, "I am so behind you."
President Donald Trump moved to mend his tumultuous relationship with America's spy agencies Saturday, traveling to CIA headquarters on his first full day in office and assuring officials, "I am so behind you."
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East Chicago Marine who danced at D.C. ball: I survived Chicago shooting

Sgt. Angel Rodriguez, 28, confidently spun the second lady about the dance floor to the tune of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."
One of Vice President Mike Pence 's last acts as governor of Indiana was to deny a request for disaster relief from East Chicago as it reels from a lead contamination crisis.
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