Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column.
MESA, Ariz. | Edwin Jackson's first year with the Chicago Cubs was a dud.
Over the last few weeks, mail carriers have swaddled themselves in layers, clutched hand-warmers and donned boots with at least 2 inches of tread.
GARY | Adam Klein was 18 years old when L.A. Dodgers outfielder Shawn Green opted not to play on Sept. 26, 2001.
Dyer residents whose sleep has been affected by train whistles at all hours of the night are now benefiting from a “quiet zone” created through town.
GARY | The RailCats and Wichita Wingnuts met in the second series of the season and at that point, the Gary players knew Wichita's toughness.
NEW YORK | Flip on any highlight show and you're almost sure to see them, with those peach-fuzz faces and boyish features beneath their big league caps.
CHICAGO | It’s hard to read Robin Ventura to see if managing is his life’s calling.
CHICAGO | From the infield to the outfield, the White Sox are playing much better defense than they did during their listless start. And it's no coincidence that the wins are coming in bunches now.
CHICAGO | The White Sox have been in the wheels-falling-off-the-wagon stage for nearly two weeks, yet could always take comfort in a still-effective bullpen if they had the lead.
Jeff Samardzija of Valparaiso, Curtis Granderson of Lynwood and Lloyd McClendon of Chesterton are household names in the majors. John Mallee of Schererville soon will be as Astros hitting coach.
MESA, Ariz. | Valparaiso native Jeff Samardzija made a strong spring debut and the Cubs scored four unearned runs in the first inning against San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain, then held on for a 4-3 victory Sunday at HoHoKam Stadium.
MESA, Ariz. | Cubs manager Dale Sveum knows exactly what he'll say about last year's 101-loss season when he meets with his team for the first time this spring.
Valparaiso University student Abby Accettura said she plans her winter footwear based on how much "white" she sees on the sidewalk outside her window.
While charitable giving increases towards the end of the year as important community needs are showcased, such needs continue all year long.
ARLINGTON, Texas | A.J. Pierzynski can joke with Texas manager Ron Washington about last season's All-Star snub now that he's the starting catcher for the Rangers.
HOBART | A Gary man shoplifted 15 bottles of body wash from a Hobart store, then assaulted a manager, police said.
HOBART | A manager at the Dollar General, 7844 E. Ridge Road, was assaulted Saturday after confronting a shoplifter, police said.
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