Chicagoan vows to wear shorts until the Bears win a Super Bowl (Video)

By Emiliana Molina

Wearing shorts in Chicago may seem impossible during the city’s infamous winter weather. But Therese Schmidt can be seen in her shorts, running around the Loop on the blusteriest of days, delivering packages for Atlas Stationers, a store she co-owns with her husband.

Schmidt has been wearing shorts every day for more than four years. And she is strict in her regimen about them.

She only wears long socks with her shorts once the temperature hits 10 degrees or lower. But the rule is her kneecaps always have to show, no matter what.

The reason: She believes it helps Chicago sports teams.

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Exelon turns in lower than expected profit, plans to increase dividend

By Kaitlin Schuler

Exelon Corp., hurt by weak energy prices and unfavorable weather in its service areas, reported fourth quarter profits that fell short of forecasts Wednesday.

But the company’s shares nonetheless moved higher, after Exelon hinted that it is planning to begin boosting its quarterly dividend payout. In New York Stock Exchange trading, Exelon shares closed up $1.47, or 4.9 percent, at $31.61 on Wednesday.

In the latest quarter, the Chicago-based utility posted net income of $309 million or 33 cents per diluted share, up from $18 million or 2 cents per share in the year ago quarter.

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Dave Schultz Memorial International Wrestling Tournament in Pictures

By Jasmine Cannon

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Paralympic swimmer stared down death, now hopes to compete in Rio

By Michelle R. Martinelli

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — U.S. Army Sgt. Elizabeth Marks, 25, suffered bilateral hip injuries during a tour in Iraq, endured four surgeries in 18 months and almost died from respiratory distress in a British hospital. She said swimming saved what she cherishes most — her military career. It also saved her life.

The U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee (U.S.O.C.), named Marks to the 2016 U.S. Paralympics Swimming National Team on January 13. One of 11 resident Paralympic swimmers at the Olympic Training Center, she practices in Colorado Springs — hoping to make the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Team to swim in Rio de Janeiro this summer. While training, she also reports to the Army at Fort Carson during the day.
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U.S. Olympic Museum: a virtual reality

By Aishwarya Kumar Lakshminarayanapuram

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Usain Bolt will be in the starting blocks, ready to sprint 27 mph toward yet another Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter heats. And so will you – if you visit the U.S. Olympic Museum set to open in 2018.

Virtual reality that will let visitors race next to their favorite athletes will be the prime focus of the first “comprehensive” Olympic and Paralympic museum in the United States, said Kristen Downs, director of administration for the U.S. Olympic Museum.

A young figure skater will be able look at what Olympian Jason Brown eats at each meal, and a 50-year-old retired sports enthusiast will be able to put on audio-visual goggles to see and hear the crowd cheering for his country in an Olympic arena, and, she said.

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