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Jose Abreu wins Rookie of the Year honor

BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter October 20, 2014 11:16AM Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu looks to the field from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. The BBWAA will announce its Rookies of the Year on November 10.The Sox signed the Cuban slugger to a six-year, $68 million contract a year ago.

BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter October 20, 2014 11:16AM

Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu looks to the field from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.The Twins won 8-6. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Updated: October 20, 2014 11:16AM

Jose Abreu was named American League Rookie of the Year by Sporting News on Monday, an expected honor for the 27-year-old White Sox first baseman who batted .317 with 36 homers while leading all of baseball in slugging percentage.

Abreu received 149 votes to easily outdistance the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker (4), Yankees Dellin Betances and Masahiro Tanaka (three each) and Sox teammate Marcus Semien (one).

Abreu had 107 RBI and a .581 slugging percentage in 145 games and joined Dick Allen (1974) as the only players in club history to lead both leagues in slugging percentage.

His 36 home runs set a franchise rookie record, breaking the mark of 35 set by Ron Kittle in 1983.

Abreu is the 11th White Sox to win the honor from Sporting News and first since Gordon Beckham in 2009. The BBWAA will announce its Rookies of the Year on November 10.

The Sox signed the Cuban slugger to a six-year, $68 million contract a year ago.

Chicago Sun-Times
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Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall are leading the Bears to nowhere

They’re two guys with a combined 16 years in the NFL and one postseason appearance. Along those lines, Kyle Long, who grew up in an NFL family, should know better than to even insinuate that the Bears fans were wrong to boo the team on Sunday. Reshad Jones’ 50-yard return of an interception on Sunday was the fifth return of 35 yards or more of a Jay Cutler interception. The Bears punted and the Dolphins were on their way, outgaining them 201-45 the rest of the half in taking a 14-0 lead.

BY MARK POTASH Staff REporter October 20, 2014 12:58PM

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, left, and wide receiver Brandon Marshall warm up before an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014 in Chicago, (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Updated: October 20, 2014 2:41PM

If only Aaron Rodgers could stop by Halas Hall and tell Brandon Marshall and the Bears to just R-E-L-A-X.

Since Rodgers gave that advice to his own fans ? and indirectly to his teammates ? the Packers are 4-0, with Rodgers posting passer ratings of 151.2, 138.7, 99.7 and 154.5, throwing 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions.

Unfortunately, the Bears have shown no signs of that kind of leadership. Asking Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall to produce at a peak rate for more than a few weeks in a row is tough enough. Asking those two to pull you out of a hole is like trying to catch the wind with a butterfly net.

As hard as they try, as much as they might want to, Cutler and Marshall have shown little “leader-of-men” qualities. They’re two guys with a combined 16 years in the NFL and one postseason appearance. After losing to Carolina, Cutler addressed the disappointing performance of the offense and said, ‘We’re better than this.’ It lasted one week ? the victory against the Falcons ? and then the Bears were back in a worse offensive funk than ever, with Cutler leading the way.

The Bears’ problem in their current predicament is that their two most prominent players don’t command respect with their demeanor. You see Peyton Manning or Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers admonish a teammate on the sideline and their team usually snaps right to it. You see Cutler unhappy or Marshall in a rage and the concern is whether they’ll take the rest of the team down with them.

The Bears have a leadership void in their locker room whether they know it or not. Matt Forte, according to Cutler the most popular guy in the room, is a soft-spoken guy prone to leading by example. Lance Briggs prefers a complementary role whether he’s in Brian Urlacher’s shadow or not. Jared Allen and Jeremiah Ratliff just got here. Kyle Long has great potential but obviously needs work after admonishing fans for booing a 3-4 team that is 0-3 at home.

In Lovie Smith’s second year with the Bears in 2005, the team was in a similar bind at 1-3 after a loss to the Browns and safety Mike Brown ripped his team publicly. “We’re just terrible. It’s like we suck,” he said after viewing film of the loss to Cleveland. The Bears won their next eight games, finished 11-5 and went to the playoffs.

Who knows how much Brown’s criticism impacted the winning streak that followed, but there is no doubt that Mike Brown was a leader who made others respond and play better. He knew what to say and when to say it. That’s what these Bears are missing. That’s what these Bears need. It’s up to them to find that. But on this team, it’ll have to be a collective effort.

Nine more thoughts in this week’s First-and-10:

2. It’s probably not a coincidence that Marshall’s frustration boiled over against the Dolphins ? cornerback Cortland Finnegan just brings out the worst in him.

When Marshall was with the Dolphins and faced Finnegan and the Titans in 2010, Marshall had three receptions for 34 yards. His frustrating after being held to one catch for eight yards in the first half showed in the third quarter ? after a 10-yard catch, Marshall inexplicably fired the ball at the sideline, drawing a delay-of-game penalty.

In three games against Finnegan, Marshall has 14 receptions (out of 28 targets) for 153 yards, no touchdowns and ZERO yards after the catch. He’s had one play longer than 16 yards ? a 34-yard catch with the Bears against the Rams in 2012 with 4:11 left in the fourth quarter of a 20-6 game. Twice Finnegan has intercepted passes intended for Marshall.

3. It always seems to come back to Rodgers and the Packers, but it’s hard to ignore. Just last week, the Dolphins held Rodgers to his lowest completion percentage of the season (24-of-42, 57.1 percent) and had the Packers down 24-17 with five minutes to play in regulation. But the Dolphins made a series of coaching and physical blunders ? including a 23-yard net punt and an ill-advised time out ? that gave Rodgers a chance to beat them and he did, throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Andrew Quarless with three seconds left to win 27-24.

That was the Bears’ biggest failing Sunday. They never gave the Dolphins a chance to beat themselves. The Packers did.

4. Still trying to figure out the risk-reward thought process of the third-and-one pass on the Bears’ first offensive possession that sure seemed to set the tone for the offense ? and perhaps even the defense.

On third-and-one from their 47, Cutler apparently saw an opportunity for a big play and threw a deep ball to Alshon Jeffery. It was either overthrown or underrun and wasn’t even close to connecting. The Bears punted and the Dolphins were on their way, outgaining them 201-45 the rest of the half in taking a 14-0 lead.

5. Is something wrong with Alshon Jeffery? Since his 74-yard reception against the Falcons, when he stumbled right after the catch, Jeffery has four receptions for 26 yards and one rush for minus-one yard.

Jeffery had two catches for nine yards against the Falcons and seemed to tackle himself on a four-yard wide receiver screen that set up Cutler’s ill-fated third-and-one bomb on the Bears’ first possession.

6. The Bears are leading the NFL in one dubious statistic ? they are allowing an average of 33.6 yards per interception this season. Reshad Jones’ 50-yard return of an interception on Sunday was the fifth return of 35 yards or more of a Jay Cutler interception.

Cutler has had his seven interceptions returned for 235 yards this season. For reference, the Packers’ Rodgers has had his 53 career picks returned for a total of 356 yards in 10 seasons.

7. Ex-Bears Player of the Week: Kyle Orton led a 15-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in the final 3:07 ? capped by a two-yard touchdown pass to rookie Sammie Watkins with two seconds left to give the Bills a 17-16 victory over the Vikings.

Orton was 8-for-12 for 105 yards on the drive, converting plays of fourth-and-20, second-and-20 and third-and-12 into first downs. For the game he was 31-of-43 for 283 yards, two touchdowns, one interception for a 95.4 rating.

Orton is now 2-0 against the NFC North.

8. Brandon Marshall might have a right to leave the details of the Bears’ post-game locker room shenanigans in-house, but the dissent in the locker room does not fall under the “That’s a team matter” umbrella. A lot of Bears fans invest a lot of time, money and emotion in this team and deserve to know if the team they are supporting is on tilt. It’s up to the Bears to clean up their own mess and in this day and age, part of that should be done publicly. It’s not our fault they’re 0-3 at home.

9. Along those lines, Kyle Long, who grew up in an NFL family, should know better than to even insinuate that the Bears fans were wrong to boo the team on Sunday. Long predictably backtracked during his Monday appearance on WXRT-FM.

“It was wrong for me to point fingers at the fans,” said Long, whose father, Howie Long, is a Hall of Fame defensive end. “if we were giving them something to cheer about there would be a lot more cheers coming off the field at halftime. Hopefully the score would be a little bit closer, as well.

That falls on our shoulders. It’s unfair to put it on the fans. There was a lot of frustration after the game. You work hard all week. You’re trying to string some wins together. You’re at home. You feel like you’re riding the momentum, and to be down 14-0 going into the half, it’s tough. It’s tough on everybody, obviously.”

10. Perhaps the one positive of the day was Chris Williams’ 50-yard kickoff return to the Bears 45-yard-line with 2:13 left in the fourth quarter that gave the Bears a chance for the quick score they needed for a comeback victory. The Bears’ longest kickoff return prior to that was 24 yards.

Chicago Sun-Times
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Bears can’t hold in their emotions after ‘unacceptable’ loss

But it was Marshall’s postgame rant in front of the media, which included the word ‘‘unacceptable’’ more than a dozen times, that might be the best indicator of where the Bears are at the moment.Marshall curiously left out quarterback Jay Cutler’s name twice when listing players, only lending more credence to a report that his postgame ire was directed at No. 6.‘‘Same mistakes, same mistakes,’’ Marshall said when asked what the Dolphins did to slow the Bears’ offense.

BY ADAM L. JAHNSStaff Reporter October 19, 2014 8:34PM

Updated: October 19, 2014 11:52PM

Anger bellowed from the Bears’ locker room into the hallway Sunday at Soldier Field. The players’ frustrations and emotions were spilling over from a season mired in mediocrity.

‘‘Will you fight with your heart?’’

‘‘You just kick the ball!’’

‘‘Do your job!’’

Those were only some of the barks heard by those outside the locker room after the Bears’ 27-14 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Was a player really laying into kicker Robbie Gould?

Yes, and it was receiver Brandon Marshall. But it was Marshall’s postgame rant in front of the media, which included the word ‘‘unacceptable’’ more than a dozen times, that might be the best indicator of where the Bears are at the moment.

Marshall curiously left out quarterback Jay Cutler’s name twice when listing players, only lending more credence to a report that his postgame ire was directed at No. 6.

‘‘Same mistakes, same mistakes,’’ Marshall said when asked what the Dolphins did to slow the Bears’ offense. ‘‘We’ve got to protect the football. We’ve got to protect the football. We’ve got to execute the game plan. We’ve got to adjust when things don’t go as we saw on film.

‘‘We’ve got Alshon Jeffery, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte. We’ve got a stud offensive line. We’ve got a great, great group of guys. And this is unacceptable. What did we put up, 14 points? Was it 14 points? That’s unacceptable.’’

It was Cutler who didn’t protect the football. He had a bad interception on an overthrow to a covered Bennett in the second quarter and lost a fumble in the fourth. Cutler was 21-for-34 for 190 yards and finished with a 74.4 passer rating. His protection wasn’t the best, and he was sacked three times.

Overall, the Bears’ offense was putrid. The 224 total yards represented the second-lowest output in two seasons under Marc Trestman. The talent-laden group that was supposed to take the next step in 2014 seemingly has gone backward, and play-calling and confidence have come into question.

‘‘I don’t know. I don’t know,’’ said Marshall, who had six catches for 48 yards. ‘‘My confidence is there. Alshon Jeffery’s confidence is there. Martellus Bennett’s confidence is there.’’

OK, so what about Cutler?

‘‘Jay is a gunslinger,’’ he said. ‘‘Jay is our guy. Jay is our leader.’’

But the Bears’ offense was clearly off with Cutler out of sync, and players went off in the locker room afterward. Cutler called it ‘‘emotional,’’ and Trestman said it was ‘‘a very disappointing loss to our football team.’’

‘‘We have to have everyone take a deep breath because everyone takes a loss differently,’’ Trestman said.

But it was too late. The tension was evident afterward. The question is, how long will it last?

‘‘Keeping your emotions in is what ends up making people sick,’’ Bennett said. ‘‘You let them out and change that into positive energy.’’

Bears players definitely have different takes about how to express emotions.

‘‘I don’t know if somebody blowing up would be the best thing,’’ guard Kyle Long said.

‘‘It’s obviously a tough spot we’re

in right now.’’

Gould described the situation as ‘‘all good’’ and said, ‘‘Everyone is all right.’’ And Marshall was adamant in saying the Bears are the ‘‘tightest locker room I’ve ever been a part of.’’

‘‘The tightest, tightest, tightest, tightest,’’ he stressed.

Still, the Bears are 3-4.

‘‘You should hear frustration,’’ Marshall said. ‘‘We’re 3-4. This means everything to a lot of guys in this locker room.’’

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Chicago Sun-Times
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Kyle Fuller breaks hand, suffers hip pointer in loss

Delayed focus on Forte If running back Matt Forte was part of the Bears’ game plan, it wasn’t evident in the first half. JAHNS & SETH GRUEN Staff Reporters October 19, 2014 9:47PM Updated: October 19, 2014 10:13PMBears cornerback Kyle Fuller’s impressive bid for defensive rookie of year has hit a hurdle. Before his injury Sunday, he had three solo tackles and one tackle for loss.Veteran Sherrick McManis replaced Fuller at cornerback .

BY ADAM L. JAHNS & SETH GRUEN Staff Reporters October 19, 2014 9:47PM

Updated: October 19, 2014 10:13PM

Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller’s impressive bid for defensive rookie of year has hit a hurdle. The first-round pick broke his right hand and suffered a right hip pointer injury Sunday against the Miami Dolphins, a source confirmed.

The hip appears to be the more serious injury. Fuller initially was deemed questionable to return in the third quarter because of the hip but was ruled out early in the fourth after jogging on the sideline.

While trainers looked at his hip, he had his right hand taped up. He later left the Bears’ locker room in a removable, plastic cast.

Fuller’s rookie season already includes three interceptions and three forced fumbles. Before his injury Sunday, he had three solo tackles and one tackle for loss.

Veteran Sherrick McManis replaced Fuller at cornerback ? McManis’ first game since Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers. He had been out with a quadriceps injury.

Long: Booing not cool

The question comes up regularly: Do fans have a right to boo their own team? Bears guard Kyle Long answered by saying it’s ‘‘unacceptable.’’

Fans at Soldier Field booed the offense during the fourth quarter, which left Long feeling sour in an emotional locker room afterward.

‘‘I don’t know if ‘upset’ is the word that I would use, but as somebody who is blood, sweat and tears ? as [are] the other guys in this locker room and the coaches, the trainers, this staff, the equipment guys ? to be getting booed at home when you’re walking off the field down two possessions is unacceptable,’’ he said. ‘‘Especially when there’s not a lot of noise being made on third down. Period.’’

Soon after, Long responded via Twitter in an attempt to clarify.

‘‘Wasn’t just running around blaming the fans,’’ he tweeted. ‘‘I was asked about it and said what I said. I wish we were making great plays all the time, too.’’

The offensive line allowed three sacks, including one that resulted in Jay Cutler fumbling.

Delayed focus on Forte

If running back Matt Forte was part of the Bears’ game plan, it wasn’t evident in the first half. He went into the locker room having only carried the ball twice.

By the end of the game, it was apparent that had the Bears involved Forte earlier, the game might have been closer. Forte finished with 12 carries, 109 total yards and two touchdowns ? one rushing, another receiving.

Was he antsy to get involved in the first half?

‘‘A little bit,’’ Forte said. ‘‘In the first half, we wanted to get 10 to 12 carries like that. We didn’t sustain any drives. We were doing three-and-outs.’’

Sack-cess

One of the few Bears who played well Sunday was defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff, who had a career-high 3?1/2 sacks. Ratliff also led the Bears with seven tackles.

‘‘It wasn’t about me,’’ he said. ‘‘It was just trying to do what we can to win the game. That’s it. And it wasn’t enough. It’s back to work and try to do it again next week.’’

Chicago Sun-Times
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New musical ‘Amazing Grace’ sings of sin and redemption

Wright Production Credits:Directed by Gabriel BarreChoreography by Christopher Gattelli Other Credits:Lyrics by: Christopher SmithMusic by: Christopher SmithBook by Arthur Giron & Christopher Smith ‘AMAZING GRACE’ Recommended When: Through Nov. Monroe Tickets : $33-$100 Info: BroadwayInChicago.com Run time: 2 hours 35 minutes, with one intermissionUpdated: October 20, 2014 5:39PM.

By HEDY WEISS Theater Critic October 20, 2014 5:29PM

Amazing GraceBank of America Theatre (formerly LaSalle, Shubert)Cast List:Josh YoungErin MackeyTom HewittChuck CooperChris HochStanley BahorekHarriett D. FoyLaiona MichelleMarija AbneyLeslie BeckerSara BrophyRheaume CrenshawMiquel EdsonMike EvaristeSean EwingRachael FerreraSavannah FrazierChristopher GurrAbdur-Rahim JacksonAllen KendallElizabeth Ward LandMichael Dean MorganOneika PhillipsClifton SamuelsGavriel SavitDan SharkeyBret ShufordEvan Alexander SmithUyoata UdiCharles E. WallaceToni Elizabeth WhiteHollie E. Wright Production Credits:Directed by Gabriel BarreChoreography by Christopher Gattelli Other Credits:Lyrics by: Christopher SmithMusic by: Christopher SmithBook by Arthur Giron & Christopher Smith

‘AMAZING GRACE’

Recommended

When: Through Nov. 2

Where: Bank of America Theatre,

18 W. Monroe

Tickets : $33-$100

Info: BroadwayInChicago.com

Run time: 2 hours 35 minutes,

with one intermission

Updated: October 20, 2014 5:39PM

Chicago Sun-Times
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US stocks close higher as turbulence fades

stocks closed with modest gains Monday after last week’s turbulence. stocks closed with modest gains Monday after last week’s turbulence.All three main stock indexes ended higher.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 17 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,904 Monday. | AP file photo Updated: October 20, 2014 3:22PMNEW YORK . All three main stock indexes ended higher. The Nasdaq rose 57 points, or 1.4 percent, to 4,316.The Dow Jones industrial average eked out a gain after spending most of the day in the red.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS October 20, 2014 8:46AM

U.S. stocks closed with modest gains Monday after last week’s turbulence. All three main stock indexes ended higher. | AP file photo

Updated: October 20, 2014 3:22PM

NEW YORK ? U.S. stocks closed with modest gains Monday after last week’s turbulence.

All three main stock indexes ended higher.

The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose 17 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,904 Monday. The Nasdaq rose 57 points, or 1.4 percent, to 4,316.

The Dow Jones industrial average eked out a gain after spending most of the day in the red. The Dow was held back by a sharp decline in IBM, which reported disappointing results. The Dow ended up 19 points, or 0.1 percent, at 16,399.

Sears jumped 23 percent after saying it would raise cash and had signed a leasing deal with the European fashion retailer Primark.

Bond prices didn’t move much. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was flat at 2.19 percent.

Chicago Sun-Times
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American, US Airways complete cargo combination

American Airlines and US Airways say they have finished combining their cargo operations.American Airlines Group Inc. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS October 20, 2014 12:08PM Updated: October 20, 2014 12:08PMFORT WORTH, Texas .

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS October 20, 2014 12:08PM

Updated: October 20, 2014 12:08PM

FORT WORTH, Texas ? American Airlines and US Airways say they have finished combining their cargo operations.

American Airlines Group Inc. said Monday it was the first time that operating divisions at the two carriers have become fully combined.

The combined cargo unit will have annual revenue of more than $800 million.

The airlines merged last December and expect to get Federal Aviation Administration approval to combine passenger operations next year.

Shares of Fort Worth-based American Airlines rose $1.13, or 3.4 percent, to $34.51, as oil prices dipped and airline stocks extended their rally into a third day. The company’s shares were up 32 percent this year at the beginning of the session.

Chicago Sun-Times
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Jose Abreu wins Rookie of the Year honor

BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter October 20, 2014 11:16AM Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu looks to the field from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. The BBWAA will announce its Rookies of the Year on November 10.The Sox signed the Cuban slugger to a six-year, $68 million contract a year ago.

BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter October 20, 2014 11:16AM

Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu looks to the field from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014.The Twins won 8-6. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Updated: October 20, 2014 11:16AM

Jose Abreu was named American League Rookie of the Year by Sporting News on Monday, an expected honor for the 27-year-old White Sox first baseman who batted .317 with 36 homers while leading all of baseball in slugging percentage.

Abreu received 149 votes to easily outdistance the Angels’ Matt Shoemaker (4), Yankees Dellin Betances and Masahiro Tanaka (three each) and Sox teammate Marcus Semien (one).

Abreu had 107 RBI and a .581 slugging percentage in 145 games and joined Dick Allen (1974) as the only players in club history to lead both leagues in slugging percentage.

His 36 home runs set a franchise rookie record, breaking the mark of 35 set by Ron Kittle in 1983.

Abreu is the 11th White Sox to win the honor from Sporting News and first since Gordon Beckham in 2009. The BBWAA will announce its Rookies of the Year on November 10.

The Sox signed the Cuban slugger to a six-year, $68 million contract a year ago.

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EXCLUSIVE: Robbie Gould on Brandon Marshall rant, locker room drama, Cutler scrutiny (VIDEO)

September 23, 2014 7:16PM Updated: October 20, 2014 5:14PMBears kicker Robbie Gould joined the Sun-Times to discuss the Bears’ 27-19 road win over the Jets in Week 3, plus give his opinion on the storied Bears-Packers rivalry.Click here to see video: http://voices.suntimes.com/sports/exclusive-robbie-gould-video/.

September 23, 2014 7:16PM

Updated: October 20, 2014 5:14PM

Bears kicker Robbie Gould joined the Sun-Times to discuss the Bears’ 27-19 road win over the Jets in Week 3, plus give his opinion on the storied Bears-Packers rivalry.

Click here to see video: http://voices.suntimes.com/sports/exclusive-robbie-gould-video/

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Dr. Lawrence Solomon: Renowned dermatologist, book collector loved a mystery

“Larry” Solomon had to diagnose a baffling skin disease, the game was afoot.The dermatologist loved a mystery . “He monitored thousands of students, residents and fellow physicians,” said Dr. When Irish people came in to get an opinion on a worrisome mole, the visit might start with Dr. “My father went over and won him over in three seconds, and, before you know it, the kid took his clothes off and was showing him the rash,” his son said.His gregariousness aided his book-hunting.

By MAUREEN O’DONNELL Staff Reporter October 19, 2014 10:22PM

Dr. Lawrence M. "Larry" Solomon at his North Shore home with his books about a week before he died.

Updated: October 20, 2014 2:15AM

When Dr. Lawrence M. “Larry” Solomon had to diagnose a baffling skin disease, the game was afoot.

The dermatologist loved a mystery ? in medicine and also in fiction. His collection of 6,000 books, many featuring Sherlock Holmes, was testament to that.

Like the cerebral sleuth of 221B Baker Street, “Doc” would use his powers of observation to arrive at deductions that dazzled and sometimes confounded patients and other physicians.

“There was a child who had a blue ring that went around literally her entire mouth,” his daughter, Dr. Deborah Ehrlich, a pediatrician, recalled of one case. “She had seen doctor after doctor. No one could figure out what it was. My dad took one look at this child and said, ‘So how long have you been sucking on cups?’ ”

Found out, the girl admitted her secret: She’d been putting drinking cups to her mouth, then inhaling to seal them to her lips, which left an imprint of the rim.

“This is a parallel to his love for detective fiction and mysteries,” said his son, Dr. Marc Solomon, a retinal surgeon. “He loved the mystery, sitting down with you for 45 minutes and hearing all about your trip to Costa Rica ? and figuring out what that mysterious rash was.”

Dr. Solomon died Oct. 8 at his North Shore home. He was 83.

His first language was Yiddish. Growing up in Montreal, he learned English and French. He studied medicine at the University of Geneva, where he became proficient in reading Italian and Spanish. In Switzerland, he met his future wife, Mieke Volten, born in Indonesia to Dutch parents, picking up Dutch from her.

From 1974 to 1995, he headed the dermatology department at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine.

“He probably trained half the dermatologists in Chicago,” his son said.

“He monitored thousands of students, residents and fellow physicians,” said Dr. Iris Aronson, an associate professor there.

A writer as well as a reader, he wrote or co-authored eight books, including a pioneering 1973 text, “Neonatal Dermatology.”

For a time, he also ran a federally funded leprosy clinic at UIC that served immigrants and other sufferers from several states.

His expertise at diagnosing a condition called epidermel nevus syndrome, in which certain skin growths are associated with developmental abnormalities, led to it also becoming known as Solomon’s syndrome.

A visit to his office felt like a history lesson shared by a favorite professor. When Irish people came in to get an opinion on a worrisome mole, the visit might start with Dr. Solomon remarking on their homeland’s association with red hair. He’d tell stories about Northern Europeans and Viking invasions and the genetic trail that sprinkled gingers through Poland, Russia and the British Isles. He’d share stories of hopscotching genes that make some nationalities more prone to skin cancer.

Caught up in his stories, patients might forget for a minute the worry that brought them in. Meantime, he’d subtly scrutinized the mole. Then came the reassurance. It was nothing to worry about.

Books were a lifetime love of his. He started collecting them when he was 12. His home was lined with shelves of rare and first editions, especially mysteries and ghost stories, kept in bookcases guarded by dragon figurines ranging from Lalique crystal behemoths to papier-mache monsters from Mexico.

He owned ghost stories by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, author of “Carmilla,” an 1872 vampire tale written 25 years before Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” He loved the works of Cornell Woolrich, whose noir fiction inspired Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” and Truffaut’s “The Bride Wore Black.” Among modern mystery writers, he was partial to Michaell Connelly and Norway’s Jo Nesbo.

A devoted Sherlockian, he was thrilled while studying in Geneva to learn that Adrian Conan Doyle ? son of “Sherlock Holmes” creator Arthur Conan Doyle ? was also living in Switzerland. “Somehow, Larry got the word of it and called him, and they spent the afternoon together,” said his wife.

Dr. Solomon regularly attended international medical conferences, which gave him time to check out obscure bookstores in small towns and capitals around the world.

He loved talking with strangers. It wasn’t unusual for it to take him half an hour to work his way from the back of a restaurant to the front, stopping to chat with strangers.

He was an easy man to trust. Once, a young patient with a pesky rash didn’t want to remove his clothes to show it to a resident. “My father went over and won him over in three seconds, and, before you know it, the kid took his clothes off and was showing him the rash,” his son said.

His gregariousness aided his book-hunting. “He could walk in to a room, and he would talk to a dealer and find the one good book a dealer had,” said fellow collector Don Kobetsky.

Until last December, he was still seeing patients one day a week in Glenview.

Services have been held.

Dr. Solomon spent his final days at home, listening to Mozart, Bach and mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, surrounded by the books he loved.

“He wanted to die with his books around him,” his wife said.

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15 Points
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Derrick Rose has best preseason game, Hinrich scores 26 as Bulls top Hornets

Playing his most impressive game of the exhibition season, Rose had 17 points, nine in the fourth quarter.“I want [Rose] to be aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. That’s the only way you can build chemistry.’’Rose’s timing was impeccable, especially because the Bulls only have two preseason games left before the start of the regular season Oct. He was going pretty hard in the third, so we’ll wait another game and see.’’That wait-and-see came against the Hornets.

BY JOE COWLEYStaff Reporter October 19, 2014 9:26PM

Updated: October 19, 2014 10:29PM

It was nice of Derrick Rose to finally join his teammates on the court in the fourth quarter of a preseason game.

Just in time to help Kirk Hinrich put on a show.

Thanks to Hinrich’s game-high 26 points, the Bulls held off the Charlotte Hornets 101-96 on Sunday night at the United Center, improving their preseason record to 4-2.

More important, the Rose minutes-watch obsession can ease up a bit.

In the victory Thursday over the Atlanta Hawks, there seemed to be a difference of opinion as to why Rose didn’t return in the fourth quarter despite playing only 21 minutes.

After the game, Rose said, “I thought about [returning], but [coach Tom Thibodeau] didn’t call me, so you just got to let it roll.’’

Thibodeau, however, said, “[He’s] still not comfortable yet. He’s getting there. Just want him to be ready when he does get in there. He said to [trainer Jeff] Tanaka that he was done. He was going pretty hard in the third, so we’ll wait another game and see.’’

That wait-and-see came against the Hornets. Rose re-entered with 7:22 left and the Bulls leading 87-82. The Hornets cut the lead to one, but with 1:15 left, Rose made a clutch 18-foot jumper to hike the lead to three.

He then pretty much iced the game at the free-throw line, making two with 12 seconds left for a five-point lead. Playing his most impressive game of the exhibition season, Rose had 17 points, nine in the fourth quarter.

“I want [Rose] to be aggressive,’’ Thibodeau said. “Running the team is important, but also being aggressive and finding that balance. In the fourth quarter, the intensity is different. Usually for a player like that, anytime you put two on him, there’s someone that will be open. That comes back to being out there.

“With Derrick, the only way he’s going to shake the rust off is to play. The players have to get used to playing with him, and he has to get used to playing with them. That’s the only way you can build chemistry.’’

Rose’s timing was impeccable, especially because the Bulls only have two preseason games left before the start of the regular season Oct. 29 against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

That was very evident to his teammates.

“It’s a dope feeling,’’ Taj Gibson said of having Rose on the floor in crunch-time again.

“We know who’s going to take the shot. And then Derrick is taking that strong mid-range shot when he needs to take it, and it showed tonight.’’

Hinrich held a similar view.

“[Rose is] our guy,’’ Hinrich said.

“He’s played really well this preseason, and he looks really good.’’

At times he has. But with center Joakim Noah still on a minutes watch because of his left knee and Jimmy Butler unable to return to the game after leaving in the first half with a sprained left thumb, Rose becomes even more important.

Thibodeau said Butler was initially viewed as day-to-day, but the last thing the Bulls need is another lingering injury.

“We’re moving in the right direction,’’ Thibodeau said.

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Obama asks Dems at South Side rally to vote for Gov. Quinn

BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter October 19, 2014 6:28PM Updated: October 20, 2014 2:12AMPresident Barack Obama is returning to Chicago in an effort to help Democratic Gov. at Chicago State University.READ MORE at http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/live-blog-obama-headlines-rally-chicago-state-university/sun-10192014-613pm.

BY JON SEIDEL Staff Reporter October 19, 2014 6:28PM

Updated: October 20, 2014 2:12AM

President Barack Obama is returning to Chicago in an effort to help Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn survive a tough re-election challenge.

Obama is scheduled to speak at 7:50 p.m. at Chicago State University.

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3 more women found dead in Gary, total now 7

October 19, 2014 11:20AM A house on the 400 block of 43rd where a victim was found in the alley in Gary on October 19, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media Updated: October 20, 2014 7:16AMHammond police say they have a man in custody who is considered a person of interest in the deaths of at least four women found at different locations in Gary and Hammond since Friday evening.Read more at http://sun-tim.es/1wqpVkY.

October 19, 2014 11:20AM

A house on the 400 block of 43rd where a victim was found in the alley in Gary on October 19, 2014. | Jim Karczewski/For Sun-Times Media

Updated: October 20, 2014 7:16AM

Hammond police say they have a man in custody who is considered a person of interest in the deaths of at least four women found at different locations in Gary and Hammond since Friday evening.

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$500K bail for woman charged with fatally stabbing boyfriend

BY BRIAN SLODYSKO Staff Reporter October 19, 2014 3:35PM Erika Jett | Cook County Sheriff's photo Updated: October 20, 2014 2:13AMA Chicago woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death was ordered held on $500,000 bond Sunday.

BY BRIAN SLODYSKO Staff Reporter October 19, 2014 3:35PM

Erika Jett | Cook County Sheriff's photo

Updated: October 20, 2014 2:13AM

A Chicago woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death was ordered held on $500,000 bond Sunday. Erika Jett, 29, and her 30-year-old boyfriend, Rodney Wilson, heatedly argued Thursday at their Austin neighborhood home over relationship infidelities, Cook County prosecutors said in court.

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