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  1. Sears files for Chapter 11 amid plunging sales, massive debtRead the original story w/Photo

    2 hrs ago | The Virginian-Pilot

    This March 1, 1959, file photo shows a Sears building in downtown Houston. Sears has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, buckling under its massive debt load and staggering losses.


  2. Sears through the years: from watch seller to tower builderRead the original story w/Photo

    6 hrs ago | The Virginian-Pilot

    Sears, which got its start as a watch seller more than 130 years ago, grew to become one of the world's largest retailers. But today, the company Chapter 11. 1888 - The Sears catalog is born, featuring watches and jewelry.


  3. Motormouth: Suspected culprits identified in random car beepingRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 12 | The Virginian-Pilot

    Q: Regarding the random beeping of the 2014 Camry in your recent column, we had a similar problem. My wife drives a 2013 Mazda3.


  4. Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush dies at 84Read the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Sep 29 | The Virginian-Pilot

    Legendary Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, whose passionate, jazz-tinged music influenced artists from Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton to the rock band Led Zeppelin, died Saturday at the age of 84, his longtime manager said. Born in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Rush settled in Chicago as an adult and began playing the local clubs, wearing a cowboy hat and sometimes strumming his guitar upside down for effect.


  5. In Chicago, can art unite a deeply divided neighborhood?Read the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Sep 26 | The Virginian-Pilot

    This Chicago neighborhood is divided by race and income by the very street that intersects it, Sedgwick Street. A small band of neighbors from both sides hope an art studio - can help unite them.


  6. The Cognac Classic Crawl Heads to Chicago and Los Angeles in OctoberRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Sep 24 | The Virginian-Pilot

    The Cognac Geographical Indication will debut its popular Cognac Classic Crawl for the first time in the Windy City and City of Angels on October 1st, 2018. Running until the end of October, this program offers cocktail lovers a taste of several classics mixed with the iconic spirit, at some of the cities' best and most inventive bars.


  7. Motormouth: Want a car with front bench seat? You may be out of luckRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Sep 14 | The Virginian-Pilot

    Q: Are there any cars that have a front bench seat anymore? I'm looking for a late-model used sedan that can accommodate six passengers. Do any of the auto manufacturers make any? A: To the best of my knowledge, the 2013 Chevy Impala was the last car to offer a front bench seat.


  8. Downtown Chicago hotel workers spend 5th day on strikeRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 12, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    Hotel workers picket in front of the Palmer House hotel in the Chicago Loop on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018.


  9. Tribe's Jimmye Laycock, Hokies' Bud Foster meet one final time in illustrious careersRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 7, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    William & Mary head coach Jimmye Laycock reacts to a New Hampshire touchdown in the second half in Durham, N.H. New Hampshire won 28-25. Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, right, and defensive coordinator Bud Foster direct their team during the second half of an NCAA college football game at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010.


  10. The Latest: A dozen arrested in Chicago protest near O'HareRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 3, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    Organizer of an anti-violence protest the Rev. Gregory Livingston, center, is arrested while protesting along a ramp leading on to Interstate 90, known as the Kennedy Expressway, in Chicago, Monday, Sept.


  11. Time to visit the Michigan town that's home to a - House With a Clock in Its Walls'Read the original story w/Photo

    Sep 3, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    Long before Harry Potter cast a collective spell with his wizardly ways, a chubby Midwest kid who dabbled in magic was fending off evil in the fictional town of New Zebedee, Mich. His name is Lewis Barnavelt, the lovably nerdy protagonist in a series of gothic mysteries that debuted in 1973 with the children's book "The House With a Clock in Its Walls."


  12. Chasing those Chicago bluesRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 3, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    "Dancing Aloud," a sign said. On stage, guitarist Corey Dennison, 43, white and well tattooed, had just opened an instrumental conversation with a grandfatherly figure in a White Sox cap.


  13. Motormouth: Automatic door unlocking bothers some car ownersRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 1, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    Q: I read your column every week religiously. This week the filler door comments prevailed, but one reader also mentioned "automatic door unlocking" when transmission placed in park.


  14. Motormouth: Could the windshield on a Subaru Outback be scrambling GPS signals?Read the original story w/Photo

    Aug 17, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    Q: I recently bought a Garmin DriveSmart GPS. I have a 2013 Subaru Outback. When the Garmin is mounted on the dashboard, it keeps losing satellite reception.


  15. Amid speculation over Mattress Firm's future, startup mattress seller Casper plans 200 new storesRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 13, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    America is awash in mattress stores. For example, a two-and-a-half mile stretch of North Clybourn Avenue in Chicago has eight such establishments - not counting the home stores that sell mattresses alongside furniture and other items.


  16. Motormouth: Motormouth gets a lot of mileage on fuel filler door questionRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 10, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    Q: I get your enthusiasm for fuel filler doors on the left. There's just one snag: international trade.


  17. McDonald's new flagship: Not ketchup-red or mustard-yellow, but green - and not quite cookedRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 9, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    This temple of the Big Mac is billed as a model of energy-saving architecture - sustainability! It's supposed to bring people together - community! It even aims to be visually subtle, which amounts to a revolution for a company whose stores, once decked out in ketchup red and mustard yellow, blighted America's highways and byways. "I defy you to find another McDonald's on Earth as beautiful as this one," said downtown Ald.


  18. Fan who survived heart attack at Wrigley Field returning to thank Cubs employee who helped himRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 22, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    David Danner expects a flood of questions and emotions to overcome him Monday when he enters Wrigley Field for the Cubs-Diamondbacks game with his family and sees Nirav Thakkar, one of the team's guest services ambassadors. "I don't know exactly what's going to come out of my mouth or how I'll feel," Danner said in an interview from his home in Harpers Ferry, W.Va., about 50 miles northwest of Washington.


  19. Motormouth: Engine braking is best for hills, regular braking is better for everyday drivingRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 20, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    Q: My friend was telling me how he went down a mountain using only engine braking on an automatic transmission car. Is that wise? Seems like a lot of stress is put on a lot of expensive transmission and engine parts versus the brakes, which were designed to slow down and stop the car.


  20. Chicago's boom in downtown jobs did not benefit some city's disadvantaged communities, study showsRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 19, 2018 | The Virginian-Pilot

    As the number of jobs downtown rapidly increased in recent years, the number of people with those jobs who also live in Chicago's vulnerable, African-American communities declined, a new study shows. It means that even as more residents obtained well-paying downtown jobs, fewer of those workers were living in communities where their salaries could have benefited neighborhoods that are hurting economically, the study's authors said.


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