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Cook County prosecutors formally dismissed all charges against imprisoned R&B star R. Kelly today.

When Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx put out a request for his accusers to come forward, Lanita Carter answered the call. “I put a lot of hope into them, that I would see justice one day, and it was so important to me that I did,” she said.

Carter said she was devastated when the charges were dropped. “My case matters,” Carter said in a lengthy interview with the Tribune at her attorneys’ office.

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Hortensia Jimenez sells tamales and hot drinks to people at 21st Street and Damen Avenue in Chicago on Jan. 27, 2023.

More than 200 people showed up Jan. 22 to buy tamales from vendors who had been assaulted and robbed in a recent string of attacks on vendors. Read more here.

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An exit sign is shown at a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh on April 23, 2022.

A “farewell tour” for the cult favorite McRib sandwich drew in more U.S. customers in November and World Cup promotions fueled double-digit increases in delivery sales in McDonald’s 10 largest markets. Read more here.

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Chicago Bulls head coach Billy Donovan yells at an official during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., on Jan. 26, 2023.

This Bulls team has plenty of tactical concerns: a lack of offensive rebounding, a dearth of 3-point shooting and injuries sidelining key role players such as Javonte Green. But the main issue comes down to mentality. Read more here.

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Patrick O'Keefe, Josiah Haugen, Kevin Webb, Ryan Stajmiger and Christopher Johnson in "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" by Kokandy Productions.

The nominations are in for the most recent season of theater productions by Chicago’s nonunion theaters. Read more here.

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Pope Francis arrives at Rome's Leonardo Da Vinci International airport in Fiumicino, Italy, on Jan. 31, 2023.

Pope Francis is opening a six-day visit to Congo and South Sudan, aiming to bring a message of peace to two countries riven by poverty, conflict and what Francis has called a lingering “colonialist mentality” that still considers Africa ripe for exploitation. Read more here.

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