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Woman held on bail after stalking Theo Epstein

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Woman held on bail after stalking Theo Epstein

A woman charged with stalking Theo Epstein and his family is now being held on 75,000 bail.

Kathleen Kearney, 44, of Canton, Mass., was charged with two felony accounts of stalking after being found on the 1400 block of West Addison, according to police.

Kearney gave a written statement, admitting she found Epstein's address of the Internet, and she flew to Chicago and rented a Mustang to get to the family's home.

Upon arrival, she saw Epstein's wife, Marie, in the front yard and introduced herself, causing Marie to believe Kearney was a neighbor.

But after arriving with gifts for their son, Marie Epstein realized something was off and asked the woman to leave. The police were quickly informed.

Kearney proceeded to return with the hopes of interacting with the Cubs' president, but he did not acknowledge her or allow her in the family's home prior to the arrest.

NFC North standings: Bears’ division lead on life support after loss to Dolphins

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NFC North standings: Bears’ division lead on life support after loss to Dolphins

A tie is all that separates the Bears from the rest of the NFC North division. Chicago’s Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins dropped the team to 3-2, which just barely leaves them in first place.

Because the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings tied in Week 2, they sit just behind the Bears at 3-2-1 in the division. The Week 5 bye week also kept Chicago a little bit ahead, but they’re only a game away from dropping down to third.

They still control their own destiny, but Matt Nagy will need an upset win over the New England Patriots on Sunday to maintain their leading position. The Packers are on a bye week, so they would assume first place if the Bears lose.

The Vikings take on the New York Jets for a chance to take sole possession of the NFC North crown, but Chicago is guaranteed to stay ahead of the Detroit Lions, who also have a bye week.

These early season losses are tough on a Bears team trying to grow a division lead before they take on their NFC North foes midseason. The bigger cushion they can build now, the more wiggle room they’ll have when they face the Lions, Vikings and Lions back-to-back-to-back in November.

White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

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White Sox Talk Podcast: What it would take for the White Sox to sign Manny Machado

It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.

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