Daywatch: Why one Chicago hospital has been slammed with ambulances | Marist students protest after peers knelt during Spanish-language song | White Sox ousted from playoffs

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A season that began with lofty expectations ended short of the ultimate goal for the Chicago White Sox, who were eliminated from the playoffs with a 10-1 loss to the Houston Astros in Game 4 of the American League Division Series.

Despite the disappointment, fans see a bright future on the South Side. The Sox’s core is set up to contend in the coming years, columnist Paul Sullivan writes, but whether Tony La Russa will remain as manager is a question mark entering the offseason.

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U. of I. Hospital has been slammed with ambulances since Mercy stopped getting them, causing long ER waits

When Mercy Hospital & Medical Center stopped receiving Chicago Fire Department ambulances earlier this year, it meant one less outlet for emergency care on the Near South Side — and it meant an overflow of ambulances heading to University of Illinois Hospital on the city’s Near West Side.

“We’re handcuffed. We have no ability to provide dignity or care to these people,” said Paul Pater, an emergency room nurse at U. of I. Hospital.

Marist High School students protest after peers knelt during a Spanish-language song at homecoming: ‘We feel unsafe’

For the past three years, Elizabeth Pacheco, a junior at Marist High School, has felt at home at the Roman Catholic school.

But at the homecoming dance on Friday night, she said she felt that a group of her peers “blatantly disrespected” her culture and the rest of the Latino students by kneeling in the middle of the dance floor as a sign of protest when a Spanish-language song began to play.

Chicago police issued some bike tickets at higher rates in Black and Latino neighborhoods: study

Chicago police issued sidewalk cycling tickets more often in Black and Latino areas in recent years, even as they issued fewer tickets overall, according to a recent study of bike ticketing practices.

The findings highlight policing practices in Black and Latino neighborhoods in the city, and the unequal distribution of the city’s bike lanes and resources, said study author Jesus Barajas, an assistant professor at the University of California at Davis.

What to know about the Blackhawks as they open the 2021-22 season tonight — including projected lineups, milestones and notable games to watch

Baseball season is over in Chicago, but hockey season is already here. The Chicago Blackhawks open their NHL regular season Wednesday night in Denver against the Colorado Avalanche.

Here’s what you need to know about the Hawks season.

Gold Fashioned is a $150 bottle of Chicago-made, ready-to-drink cocktail. Is it worth the price?

Can a $150 bottle of premixed cocktail possibly be worth the investment? Gold Fashioned, a 750-milliliter bottle of Chicago-made, premixed Old-Fashioned, goes on sale Wednesday for a jaw-slackening price.

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