Southwest Airlines is opening new routes to Chicago and it’s not to the airport that many may automatically think. On Monday, the Dallas-based carrier announced that it would begin service to Chicago O’Hare airport, long a stronghold of American and United Airlines, in the first half of 2021. The new service will bring fresh new competition to the city’s biggest airport.

Chicago’s two largest metropolitan airports have always split up traffic between O’Hare on the west side and Midway to the southwest — and traditionally, the airport to the south has been a fortress held by Southwest Airlines. Today, Midway serves as one of the carrier’s biggest hubs; during non-COVID times, Simple Flying reports that Southwest operated as many as 260 flights out of the airport each day.

American and United, by contrast, have largely operated out of O’Hare, where each carrier

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Buy From the Bush (BFTB) founder Grace Brennan says land in Warren, NSW, looks a little different these days. But while drought-devastated, fire-ravaged communities across Australia rebound with “hope and energy” after decent rainfall, the economic wipe-out of COVID means their efforts must redouble.

“Small businesses across the globe are dealing with financial insecurity and the added element of social isolation,” Ms Brennan said.

“Rural communities have been experiencing (these challenges) for a long time … so there’s this weird universality as a result of COVID and possibly a greater connection between city and bush than I ever could have imagined.”

Consumer appetite for Australian made is not new, but the launch of BFTB a year ago immediately focused national goodwill. AlphaBeta’s June evaluation of BFTB’s economic impact found businesses on average experienced a 300 per cent sales uplift within a month of being featured.

The evaluation also found a

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The quarterback derby is the marquee position battle at Bears training camp. But the safety competition between Deon Bush and Tashaun Gipson might carry the more enviable prize.

The winner gets to play next to two-time Pro Bowl safety Eddie Jackson, with a slew of playmakers in front of him — Khalil Mack, Akiem Hicks, Roquan Smith, Robert Quinn and Danny Trevathan among them. If that safety gig turns sour, you probably have no one to blame but yourself.

Gipson has been a starter in the NFL for seven seasons, but he knows this is an opportunity of a lifetime.

“Elite — that’s the first word that comes to mind when you think about joining a defense like that,” said Gipson, who played on Jaguars defenses that ranked second and fourth in points allowed in 2017-18 before signing with the Texans last season. “You see the names on paper, the

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