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On This Day 15 Years Ago: Bears Top Saints to Win NFC Championship, Advance to Super Bowl

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CHICAGO (CBS) — On this day 15 years ago, the Bears won the NFC Championship and advanced to their first Super Bowl appearance since the 1985 season.

The Bears topped the New Orleans Saints 39-17 at a snowy Soldier Field that snowy Jan. 21, 2007 and won the George Halas Trophy. The mood that enveloped Chicago that late January was something that hadn’t quite been seen in Chicago in decades, as Chicago was overtaken by Bears fever.

CBS 2 had a contingent in Miami as the Big Game approached. Our morning anchorman, the late Randy Salerno, got to toss around the football for the NFL Experience’s “Extra Point Kick” game – among other activities in the sun.

Meanwhile back at our old building at 630 N. McClurg Ct., we dug into the archives to post some memories of the Super Bowl XX a whole 21 years earlier – Johnny Morris out with the crowd after the Bears emerged victorious; the chilly, but exuberant crowds downtown for the Bears’ victory parade.

Was it all going to happen again? Unfortunately, no.

Super Bowl XLI came around on Feb. 4. Devin Hester took the opening kickoff 92 yards to score the game’s first touchdown – but it was almost all downhill from there.

The Colts scored a touchdown in the first quarter, but missed the extra point. The Bears’ Mushin Muhammad caught a four-yard pass from Rex Grossman for another touchdown before the quarter was out, putting the Bears up 14-6.

But the Colts scored 10 with a field goal and touchdown in the second quarter and took the lead. The Bears only scored one more time with a field goal in the third, and Colts went on to win 29-17.

And that was that.

Head Coach Lovie Smith stayed on for six more seasons until he was let go after the 2012 season. The Rex Grossman era of Super Bowl XLI gave way to the Jay Cutler era, and then the Mitchell Trubisky era.

Meanwhile, Marc Trestman replaced Smith, followed by John Fox, and most recently Matt Nagy – who was let go at the end of the 2021 season along with General Manager Ryan Pace. And since the 2006 season, the Bears have not been anywhere near a Super Bowl.

But we’re onto the next chapter as the Bears interview for a new head coach.

Original Article: chicago.cbslocal.com

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California Churchgoers Detained Gunman in Deadly Attack, Police Say Parishioners Hog-tied the Man

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Multiple people were shot Sunday at a church in Southern California, authorities said.

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Second Alarm Fire Breaks Out at Carousel Mall in San Bernardino

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Firefighters were dispatched to the scene of a Second Alarm fire that broke out at a shopping center in San Bernardino Sunday evening. 

San Bernardino County Fire Department

Crews with San Bernardino County Fire Department were dispatched to the scene at the Carousel Mall after reports of smoke showing from the structure. 

At 7:50 p.m., the fire was upgraded to Third Alarm status. 

10 fire engines and four fire trucks were on the scene to assist in containing the blaze. 

The cause of the fire was not immediately known. 

No injuries were reported. 

SAN BERNARDINO: #SBCoFD OS COMMERCIAL FIRE @ Carousel Mall. BC129 is IC & reporting smoke showing, 2nd alarm requested. Crews working on locating the fire, searches and a fire attack. ^MMc pic.twitter.com/fS6QkJgySt

— San Bernardino County Fire (@SBCOUNTYFIRE) May 16, 2022

This is a developing story. Check back for details. 

Original Post: cbsnews.com

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Investigation Continues After Police Chase Ends With Two Suspects Dead After Jumping Into Little Calumet River

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A police chase involving a stolen Rolls Royce ended with two suspects dead in a river on the Far South Side. 

It all started Saturday morning near the intersection of Chicago and Orleans in River North when police got a report of that stolen Rolls Royce in the 18th police district. The call specified the driver of the high-end car got out and left the car running. 

Troopers followed the vehicle to 173rd and Torrence in south suburban Lansing, where the car was parked and five people then got into a black Infiniti. 

The chase continued but ended soon after when the Infiniti crashed at 127th and Indiana. Three people were taken into custody.

First responders pulled 21-year-old Curtis Hicks and 26-year-old Amos Gibson from the river. They were both hospitalized and later pronounced dead. 

The Illinois State Police directive for vehicle pursuits and forcible vehicle states states that troopers will only participate in another agency’s pursuit if the reason for initiation is in accordance with ISP’s policy. An officer will termintae the pursuit when it’s reasonably clear that if they continue with the pursuit it will create more danger to the public. 

ISP has not released any details about the three other suspects. CBS 2 asked to know what kind of charges they will face and was told the investigation is still active and when it is done it will be turned over to the Cook County State’s Attorney to determine charges.

Original Post: cbsnews.com

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