Chargers at Arizona Cardinals: Who has the edge?


When: 1:05 p.m. Sunday

Where: State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

TV/Radio: Ch. 2/98.7 FM; 105.5 FM/94.3 FM (Spanish)

Line: Chargers by 3

Notable injury designations: Chargers: S Nasir Adderley (doubtful, thumb), CB Michael Davis (questionable, knee), WR Mike Williams (out, ankle). Cardinals: WR Greg Dortch (questionable, thumb), TE Zach Ertz (out, knee), OL D.J. Humphries (out, back), QB Trace McSorley (questionable, illness), WR Rondale Moore (out, groin), CB Byron Murphy Jr. (out, back), S Charles Washington (out, chest).

What’s at stake: The Chargers can’t afford a loss to the Cardinals if they expect to stay in the hunt for a wild-card playoff berth. Consecutive losses to the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs dropped them to .500 and out of a spot. The Chargers played well at times in each game, but couldn’t put it all together. Second halves have been especially problematic for the Chargers this season. They have been outscored 134-72 after halftime this season. The Cardinals’ playoff chances are remote after a loss to the 49ers on Monday night in Mexico City.

Who’s better: The oddsmakers favor the Chargers again after consecutive games in which the opposition was the favorite. At full strength, the Chargers would appear to have the goods to beat the Cardinals, but injuries have taken their toll on both sides of the ball and on special teams, too. The Chargers haven’t been whole since the first quarter of the first game of the season Sept. 11 against the Las Vegas Raiders. They’re getting closer, though. Wide receiver Keenan Allen played his first full game since injuring his hamstring in the first half against the Raiders. Running back Joshua Kelley, potentially a valuable backup behind leading receiver and rusher Austin Ekeler, is expected back on the field after sitting out four games …read more

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Cameraman refused entry to World Cup stadium for wearing rainbow watch strap

The cameraman was wearing a colourful watch as he tried to get into a match (Picture: @natpirks)

The cameraman was wearing a colourful watch as he tried to get into the stadium (Picture: @natpirks)

Security staff told a BBC cameraman he couldn’t enter a World Cup ground because he was wearing a watch with a rainbow strap.

BBC sports reporter Natalie Pirks said her cameraman was stopped from getting into the Al Bayt stadium in Qatar after they spotted him wearing the pride-coloured watch.

After talking on a hotline set up for people with issues entering the stadium, eventually they got past security.

Natalie Tweeted: ‘Just arrived at the Al Bayt stadium for England’s game and my cameraman, wearing the rainbow coloured watch strap his son got him, was stopped by security and refused entry.

‘Clearly the message from FIFA is STILL not getting through,’ she added.

It is the latest backlash Qatari officials have faced after denying supporters entry into grounds for wearing Rainbow coloured items.

Earlier this week American journalist Grant Wahl said he was detained because he was wearing a T-shirt displaying an LGBTQ+ rainbow.

Grant Wahl was detained for wearing his pride t-shirt last week (Picture: @GrantWahl)

Wales bucket hats were also confiscated in Qatar (Picture: Twitter)

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Mr Wahl said a security guard refused to let him into the stadium when he tried to enter to watch the USA-Wales game last week.

Qatari authorities also took away a Brazillian flag from supporters after confusing it for a pride flag outside of …read more

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Man in custody after SWAT response in Portage Park: Chicago police

A domestic incident prompted a SWAT response Nov. 26, 2022 on the Northwest Side.

Sun-Times file

A man was in custody after a Chicago police SWAT team responded to a domestic disturbance Saturday morning in Portage Park on the Northwest Side.

The man barricaded himself in his bedroom after a conflict with his wife about 6 a.m. in the 4800 block of West Addison Street, prompting the SWAT response, police said.

He was taken into custody and taken to a hospital, officials said. Charges were pending.

Hours earlier, a shooting at a business in the Loop also prompted a SWAT response.

A man, 21, was shot during an argument with another man about 2:15 a.m. at a business in the first block of South Franklin Street, according to Chicago police.

The gunman was not seen leaving the building, police said, prompting the SWAT team to respond.

The 21-year-old was shot in the left thigh, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.

Police say the incident was over, though no arrests were reported.

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom said he told Biden he won’t run for the White House in 2024 and will support the president’s expected reelection bid: ‘I’m all in, count me in’

President Joe Biden, right, greets California Gov. Gavin Newsom after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport to attend the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles on June 8, 2022.

Gavin Newsom told President Biden he was backing his expected 2024 reelection campaign.
“He not only beat Trump once, I think he can beat him again,” the California governor said of Biden.
Newsom told Politico’s Jonathan Martin that he “told everyone in the White House” of his decision.

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, who in recent years has burnished his profile as a future White House contender, told President Joe Biden on election night that he was not planning a 2024 primary challenge, according to Politico’s Jonathan Martin.

Newsom “told everyone in the White House” ranging “from the chief of staff to the first lady” about his intentions, he revealed to Martin — and was firmly behind the president’s expected reelection bid. 

During a trip to Washington, DC this past summer, he wanted Ron Klain and Jill Biden to know that he was “all in” for the president’s plans for 2024.

“I’m all in, count me in,” Newsom told the pair, per his conversation with Martin.

“He not only beat Trump once, I think he can beat him again,” the governor said of Biden. “I hope he runs, I’ll enthusiastically support him.”

Newsom, who was easily reelected to a second term as governor this month after winning his 2018 gubernatorial election in a landslide and also defeating a 2021 recall election attempt, has emerged on the national scene as a staunch promoter of the Democratic Party’s values.

This year, Newsom has encouraged Democrats to go bold in their agenda and more effectively communicate with voters about their policies, notably abortion rights. And he has publicly tussled with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida, …read more

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Depleted Rams in unfamiliar territory as heavy underdogs against Chiefs

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald has many memories from the chaotic 2018 “Monday Night Football” victory against the Kansas City Chiefs, which is regarded as one of the greatest regular-season games of all time because the teams combined for 105 total points with three defensive touchdowns and seven turnovers.

“You make a big play, you sit down, then they make a big,” Donald recalled Friday about the high-scoring affair at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. “We right back on the field. So, it was just back and forth, so it was definitely a crazy game.”

That was the first time Donald faced Chiefs star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, a then-second-year player in the midst of his first season as the starter. Donald left that memorable battle with plenty of respect for Mahomes, who has since won a league MVP and a Super Bowl – two awards that Mahomes could earn again with the way he and the Chiefs (8-2) are playing this season.

“(He) looks comfortable, like he doesn’t get rattled much,” Donald said. “(I’ve) seen that the year we played him (in 2018). He was still young then.”

Donald doesn’t need a quarterback evaluation for the second matchup against Mahomes. The Rams will enter Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday as 15½-point underdogs against Mahomes, star tight end Travis Kelce and the rest of the mighty Chiefs, who have won the last six AFC West titles with a seventh appearing imminent.

This was supposed to be a highly anticipated matchup between two potential Super Bowl contenders, but the Rams (3-7) have lost four consecutive games – six of their past seven – and are far removed from the playoff picture. The Rams will still get the star treatment with the FOX crew dubbing this “America’s Game of the Week.” The defending Super Bowl champions …read more

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$1 million worth of Celtic gold coins was stolen from a German museum during a mysterious power outage

Celtic find in Manching, Germany

Over $1 million worth of ancient gold has been stolen in Germany, Bavarian State Police said. 
The 483 coins were stolen when unknown thieves broke into the Celtic Roman Museum in Manching.
Bavaria’s minister for science and art, Markus Blume, said the raid was a “catastrophe.”

Over $1 million worth of ancient gold has been stolen from a museum in Germany, Bavarian State Police have said. 

On Thursday night, 483 coins were stolen when unknown thieves broke into the Celtic Roman Museum in Manching.

The coins, dating back to 100 BCE, were unearthed in 1999 in Manching, Germany, and are considered the largest discovery of Celtic gold coins found in the 20th century. 

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, fiber optic cables were cut in at a German Telekom distribution center, according to details shared at a press conference held by the State Criminal Police Office and the public prosecutor’s office. This resulted in 13,000 homes losing internet and telephone access.

This disruption also disarmed the nearby Celtic Roman Museum’s alarm system. Nine minutes after the wires were cut, an escape door was forced open at the museum, and the coins were stolen, according to BR24’s reportage of the press conference.  

The Bavarian State Criminal Police Office is now investigating how “strangers” managed to gain access to the regional hub and sever fiber optic cables the night the museum was hit, according to BR24. 

Picture taken on November 23, 2022 shows a broken window at the Celtic and Roman museum in Manching, southern Germany, from where a hoard of Celtic coins was stolen.

Writing on Twitter, Bavaria’s minister for science and art, Markus Blume, said the raid was a “catastrophe,” adding, “whoever steals art damages our culture.”

Speaking to BR, Blume said: “It’s clear that you don’t …read more

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Rams at Kansas City Chiefs: Who has the edge?

RAMS (3-7) AT CHIEFS (8-2)

When: Sunday, 1:25 p.m.

Where: Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV/Radio: FOX (Ch. 11); 710 AM; 93.1 FM; 1330 AM (Spanish); Sirius 133, 382

Line: Chiefs by 15½ points

Notable injury designations: Rams: QB Matthew Stafford (out; concussion), C Brian Allen (out; thumb), LB Travin Howard (out; hip), DL A’Shawn Robinson (out; knee), TE Tyler Higbee (questionable; knee), LT Ty Nsekhe (questionable; ankle), WR Allen Robinson (questionable; ankle), OL Matt Skura (questionable; knee)

Chiefs: OG Joe Thuney (questionable ankle), WR Kadarius Toney (out; hamstring), S Juan Thornhill (questionable; calf)

What’s at stake? For the Rams, opportunities to evaluate younger players amid a disappointing season. For the Chiefs, a take-care-of-business game to keep pace in the race for the top seed in the AFC playoffs. These two teams are heading in opposite directions with seven games left in the regular season. This was supposed to be a highly anticipated matchup between two Super Bowl contenders, but the Rams have struggled for assorted reasons this season and are entering Arrowhead Stadium with a four-game losing streak, their longest skid ever under Coach Sean McVay.

Who’s better? The Chiefs and it’s not even close. The Rams’ defense has a tough task against quarterback Patrick Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce and the rest of the Chiefs’ high-powered offense. Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford was ruled out because he’s in the concussion protocol and will likely be replaced by third-string quarterback Bryce Perkins, a 2020 undrafted free agent. Stafford operated one of the worst offenses in the NFL during his nine starts this season, a unit that will be without star receiver Cooper Kupp for a second consecutive game. But perhaps the mobile Perkins, with a revamped offensive scheme, could give the Rams’ offense a much-needed boost in Kansas City. The Rams probably have no chance against the Chiefs if …read more

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High school basketball: Saturday’s scores

Kenwood’s Isaiah Green (15) reacts during the game against Young.

Kirsten Stickney/For the Sun-Times

Please send scores and corrections to

Saturday, November 26, 2022


Amundsen at Bowen, 4:00

Austin at Proviso West, 6:00

Chatham Academy at Dunbar, 3:00

Clifton Central at Watseka, 7:30

Cristo Rey-St. Martin at Cristo Rey, 12:30

Hope Academy at Hansberry, 1:00

Southland at McNamara, 5:30

Winnebago at Pecatonica, 5:45


Hiawatha vs. Leland, 6:00

Amboy vs. West Carroll, 7:30

Polo vs. LaMoille, 6:00

Durand vs. Ashton-Franklin Center, 7:30


Longwood vs. Raby, 6:00

Waubonsie Valley vs. Batavia, 7:30


Richwoods vs. Freeport, 3:00

Marshall vs. Rockford Lutheran, 4:30

Boylan vs. St. Charles North, 6:00


      at Coal City

Seventh Place, 5:30

Coal City vs. Manteno, 7:00

Third Place, 5:30

Agricultural Science vs. TBA, 7:00


Belvidere North vs. Grayslake Central, 11:30

Hampshire vs. Hononegah, 1:00

Barrington vs. Crystal Lake Central, 2:30


Eisenhower (Decatur) vs. Springfield Southeast, 1:

Manual vs. Edwardsville, 2:30

Thornton vs. Peoria Central, 6:00

Bolingbrook vs. MacArthur, 7:30


      at Dwight

Woodland vs. Grant Park, 2:00

Flanagan-Cornell vs. Earlville, 3:30

St. Bede vs. Dwight, 5:00

Ridgeview vs. Momence, 6:30


Olympia vs. Roanoke-Benson, 5:30

El Paso-Gridley vs. East Peoria, 7:00


Clemente vs. Harlan, 2:30

Montini vs. Timothy Christian, 4:00

Fenton vs. Wheaton-Warr. South, 5:30

Fremd vs. Rolling Meadows, 7:00


Madison vs. Wells, , 9:00a

Galesburg vs Ogden, 10:30

Wells vs. DeKalb, 1:00

Canton vs. Madison, 2:30

Ogden vs. Dunlap, 4:00

DeKalb vs. Galesburg, 7:30


Intrinsic-Downtown vs. Geneseo, 9:00a

Rock Falls vs. Erie-Prophetstown, 10:30

Kewanee vs. Rockridge, 12:00

East Moline vs. Rock Falls, 1:30

Erie-Prophetstown vs. Intrinsic-Downtown, 3:00

Rockridge vs. East Moline, 5:30

Geneseo vs. Kewanee, 7:00


Tri-Point vs. Fisher, 1:00

GCMS / Hoopeston vs. Armstrong-Potomac, 2:30

GCMS / Hoopeston vs. Lexington, 4:00

Iroquois West vs. Prairie Central, 5:30


      at Mundelein

Lakes vs. Schurz, 12:00

Deerfield vs. Comer, 1:30

Carmel vs. Grant, 3:00

Mundelein vs. Warren, 4:30


Phillips at Pekin, 11:30

North Chicago at Limestone, 11:30

North Chicago at Pekin, 6:00

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Elon Musk told a Twitter executive he ‘didn’t want assholes’ on his team, report says

Elon Musk emailed Twitter staff on November 16 telling them to quit or sign up to an “extremely hardcore” culture.

Twitter’s public policy VP had a phone call about job cuts with Elon Musk, the Irish Times reported.
Sinead McSweeney said in a court statement that Musk said he “didn’t want assholes” at Twitter. 
She said Musk told her fired staff could be reinstated if they’re “not negative” or “excellent”.

A Twitter executive said Elon Musk told her he “did not want assholes” on his team and that fired staff could be reinstated if they were “not negative”, the Irish Times reported. 

“He accepted that people could be talented but might impact the team negatively and he stated that he did not want assholes,” Sinead McSweeney said, according to the newspaper.

Twitter’s global vice-president for public policy made the comments in a statement submitted to the High Court in Dublin when seeking an injunction to stop the company from firing her.

In her statement, the Ireland-based executive said she spoke by phone to Musk on November 13 as well as to other senior associates about the company and job cuts in her team.

McSweeney was told by Musk that fired staff who were “excellent” should be reinstated, per the report, as long as they are “not negative” and perform in a “critical role.”

The executive, who also leads the company’s philanthropic efforts globally, was “temporarily reassured” by Musk’s comments but learned two days later that the public policy team would be reduced by a fifth, according to the Irish Times report. 

McSweeney was granted the injunction on Friday and said she hadn’t resigned but was still locked out of company systems after she didn’t respond to Musk’s ultimatum email.

Musk emailed Twitter employees at midnight on November 16 telling them to sign …read more

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Republicans want Brian Kemp’s mojo to rub off on Herschel Walker in the Georgia Senate runoff, but hurdles remain as the governor uses his political operation to boost the GOP

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp campaigns alongside GOP Senate nominee Herschel Walker in Smyrna, Ga., on November 19, 2022.

Brian Kemp has emerged as Herschel Walker’s most powerful surrogate in the Georgia Senate runoff.
Kemp, who won reelection as governor, didn’t campaign with Walker during the general election race.
Republicans are working intently to win over the November voters who backed Kemp but not Walker.

Last Saturday, Georgia Republican Senate nominee Herschel Walker hugged newly-reelected Gov. Brian Kemp at a campaign rally outside a suburban Atlanta firearms store.

This normally wouldn’t be a notable act in GOP politics, but the Georgia Senate runoff election is not a normal contest.

Walker did not run a conventional general election race, as he didn’t appear on the campaign trail alongside Kemp — by far the most influential Republican in the state — until last week.

The GOP won virtually every statewide election in Georgia earlier this month, except for Walker, who in his race against Sen. Raphael Warnock captured 48.5% of the vote compared to the incumbent Democratic lawmaker’s 49.4%, which forced the runoff election as no candidate hit the requisite 50% of the vote needed for an outright victory.

And it wasn’t difficult to see why Kemp and Walker fared so differently earlier this month.

Warnock won every age group under 45 and had an 11-point advantage with Independents, according to CNN exit polling, fueled by outsized margins in Atlanta’s populous suburbs, where Republicans have faltered in recent years.

But Kemp flipped the script in his second gubernatorial campaign against Democrat Stacey Abrams, cutting into her margins with Independents in Atlanta’s suburbs while earning strong support from both moderate and conservative Republicans — a feat that Walker was unable to replicate in his contest with Warnock.

For that reason, Walker has found himself openly embracing Kemp, who came out …read more

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Chicago violence: Gunman in custody after fatal shooting inside Auburn Gresham home

A 60-year-old man was fatally shot early Saturday on the South Side.

Sun-Times file

A man was shot and killed Saturday morning during an argument inside a home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side.

The 60-year-old was arguing with a man he knew about 3:40 a.m. in a residence in the 7800 block of South Honore Avenue when he was shot in the chest, abdomen and thigh, according to Chicago police.

He was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died, police said.

The gunman left a handgun at the scene, which officers later recovered, and then he took off, police said. He was arrested near the scene shortly after the shooting.

Additional details were not available.

Area Two detectives are investigating.

…read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

Death of the doorbuster: Black Friday shatters online shopping record with more than $9 billion in sales as in-store participation wanes

Black Friday online sales reached a record-high of $9.12 billion, according to Adobe Analytics. 
Meanwhile, brick-and-mortar traffic appeared to decline, with reports of empty stores and parking lots around the country. 
Adobe said online sales growth was driven by increased use of buy-now-pay-later options. 

The days of pushing and shoving to score a discounted flat-screen TV on Black Friday may be over, but Americans instead are turning to e-commerce with growing excitement. 

Black Friday shoppers shattered online sales records this year, reaching $9.12 billion, up from 2.3% in 2021, according to Adobe Analytics data. The online sales growth came as brick-and-mortar foot traffic appeared to decline, with reports of barren parking lots and sparsely populated aisles at big-box stores like Walmart and Target — traditionally known for wooing crowds with doorbuster deals. 

Adobe’s findings showed e-commerce growth was driven largely by shoppers turning to the flexibility of buy-now-pay-later options like Klarna and Afterpay as they navigate record-high inflation. Buy-now-pay-later orders increased by 78% during the week of Nov. 19 to Nov. 25 compared to the same period last year, according to Adobe.

“As Black Friday hit record spending online, we’re also seeing more prominent signs of a budget-conscious consumer this year,”  Vivek Pandya, lead analyst at Adobe Digital Insights, said in a statement. “Shoppers are embracing the Buy Now Pay Later payment method more this year to be able to buy desired gifts for family and friends.” 

Electronics largely led online sales growth, alongside other top categories like audio equipment, toys, and exercise equipment, the findings showed. 

Shifts away from same-day Black Friday sales also may be attributed to Americans beginning their holiday shopping earlier, a trend that began during the pandemic and has since persisted, according to the National Retail Federation. 

“While consumers continue to save the bulk of their holiday …read more

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Chicago violence: SWAT team responds to Loop business after man shot

A man was shot early Saturday in the Loop.

Sun-Times file

A Chicago police SWAT team responded to a shooting early Saturday at a business in the Loop to search for a gunman who wounded a man, police said.

A man, 21, was shot during an argument with another man about 2:15 a.m. at a business in the first block of South Franklin Street, according to Chicago police.

The gunman was not seen leaving the building, police said, prompting the SWAT team to respond.

The 21-year-old was shot in the left thigh, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in good condition.

No arrests have been reported.

…read more

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Zelenskyy vows to help feed Africa and boost global food security with Grain from Ukraine scheme

Grain is loaded on to a ship at a port in Ukraine.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised to help feed Africa’s poorest countries with grain.
The Ukrainian scheme is being organized by government entities, NGOs, and companies.
Up to 60 grain shipments could be made by mid-2023 if international funding is available.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy has vowed to help feed some of Africa’s poorest nations despite the Russian invasion of his country.

The Ukrainian president announced the launch of a new scheme on the anniversary of his country’s Holodomor famine, when millions of Ukrainians starved to death in 1932-33.

The Grain from Ukraine scheme is being organized by government entities, NGOs, and companies. It represents a key moment for countries facing severe food shortages due to Russia’s war with its neighbor launched, Andriy Yermak, the head of Zelenskyy’s office, told The Guardian on Saturday.

Three ships are due to depart from Odesa for Sudan, Somalia and Yemen, the newspaper reported. 

“The genocidal policy of the Kremlin, both then and now, against our citizens, against society, against the state, is aimed at the total subjugation and total destruction of the people of Ukraine,” Zelenskyy said following a meeting about the initiative with Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo.

“But now the Russian genocidal policy has gone far beyond the borders of our state, our continent – and threatens millions of people in many countries of the world,” he added. “Russia has done everything to make the food crisis, which was provoked precisely by the blockade of Ukrainian ports and the war against our state, become extremely acute for many countries of the world.”

Last month, Russia pulled out of a deal to allow grain exports from Black Sea ports after drones struck its naval vessels. US President Joe Biden said then the move was …read more

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Chicago violence: 2 killed, 2 wounded in shooting at West Pullman gathering

Four people were shot, two of them fatally at a Far South Side gathering early Saturday.

Sun-Times file

Two people were killed and two others wounded after a gunman opened fire at a gathering early Saturday in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side, police said.

The four were among about 30 people inside a building in the 12700 block of South Halsted Street when a person began shooting about 12:15 a.m., Chicago police said.

Two men, 34 and 36, were shot in the head and taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where they were pronounced dead, police said.

Another man, 27, was shot in the back and taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center in good condition, police said.

A fourth person who suffered two gunshot wounds to the left leg later showed up at Roseland Community Hospital, where they were listed in good condition.

No one was in custody.

Area detectives were investigating.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

Chicago violence: Man shot, killed in Greater Grand Crossing

A man was shot and killed early Saturday on the South Side.

Sun-Times file

A man was found shot to death early Saturday in Greater Grand Crossing on the South Side.

He was discovered about 12:30 a.m. lying on the ground with gunshot wounds to the head and chest in the 6800 block of South Prairie Avenue, Chicago police said. His age was unknown.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Additional information was not available. No arrests were reported.

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