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Breakfast smells and tension filled the air of an eatery in Logan Square Thursday morning as a few dozen die hards gathered to listen to the last installment of “Serial,” the viral podcast that gave millions a window into the mysterious 1999 murder...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The Brookfield Zoo is celebrating the birth of a bottlenose dolphin, the second dolphin birth at the west suburban zoo in just five days....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, December 19, 2014
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A man was shot Friday afternoon and critically wounded in the South Lawndale neighborhood on the Southwest Side.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Ashlee Rezin | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Two men were shot Friday afternoon in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Ashlee Rezin | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Chicago Public Schools  went ahead Friday with a request for proposals to reopen a school in Dyett High School in 2016 despite many impassioned pleas — including from a civil rights icon at Wednesday’s board meeting — to install an existing community-developed...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: swarmbircst | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Nothing will overshadow coach Marc Trestman’s decision to bench Jay Cutler and start Jimmy Clausen. But Kyle Fuller’s second matchup with Calvin Johnson remains important.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Adam Jahns | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Andre McKinney lost his apartment on short notice earlier this year and was forced to pack up his belongings and live out of his 1993 Cadillac. To keep their predicament from his teenage daughter, the single parent persuaded a relative to take her in...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Mark Brown | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The former deputy police chief of South suburban Midlothian faces up to 10 years in prison after he was convicted of using excessive force for beating a “Black Wednesday” drinker with his police baton. Steve Zamiar, 47, frowned, dropped his head...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Kim Janssen | Friday, December 19, 2014
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A southwest suburban man accused of strangling his girlfriend in their home Thursday afternoon has been ordered held on a $2 million bond.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Ashlee Rezin | Friday, December 19, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY — The ground shakes violently and then a wall of salty, brine-shrimp-laden water crashes into the Utah State Prison. The cells of the state’s most dangerous inmates start to flood. Panicked Corrections officers must make a tough choice...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The child had a fever but no other symptoms, and was admitted for observation to rule out the virus, according to a statement from the University of Chicago Medical Center.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Reema Amin | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Three suburban women arrested Wednesday will be extradited to New Jersey, where they took part in a ruse robbery that netted about $18,000.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Jeff Mayes | Friday, December 19, 2014
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BY ANDY SHAW Once upon a time, Illinois was known as the “Wild West” of campaign finance because the state lacked any substantive limits on what candidates could raise and spend on their runs for political office. That was supposed to change five...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: ashaw | Friday, December 19, 2014
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A 23-year-old man was shot in the leg Friday afternoon in the Austin neighborhood on the West Side.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Ashlee Rezin | Friday, December 19, 2014
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On behalf of the communities affected by the proposed Lakeside Development, we are writing to bring to attention to a matter of great concern — the disregard of the community by Daniel McCaffery, CEO of McCaffery Interests Inc. and developer for Lakeside...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: contributors | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Two southwest suburban brothers were arrested Friday and charged with possessing child pornography.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Ashlee Rezin | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Much of the campaigning for mayor and City Council is operating in the trenches at this point, away from public view. But the Feb. 24 election is a mere two months away. It could easily sneak up on a distracted voter. EDITORIAL The trench warfare has...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Sun-Times Staff | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Courtesy of Bears writer Adam Jahns and the folks at STATS: TURNOVER GAME Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s 24 turnovers this season lead the NFL. It’s his most damning statistic. But Cutler isn’t the only quarterback who is prone to takeaways. Here’s...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Adam Jahns | Friday, December 19, 2014
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BY DERRIK GAY On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced a historic foreign policy shift aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba. The parts of the deal the Obama Administration has outlined are forward-thinking, positive, and designed...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: contributors | Friday, December 19, 2014
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BY JOHN W. FOUNTAIN What about young black men slain by young black men? Or is it only black males slain by white men? When will local and national protests begin for the senseless killing of Demario Bailey, 15, shot dead a week ago Saturday by would-be...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Sun-Times Staff | Friday, December 19, 2014
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By Paul Shapiro Illinois farmers have a rich history, with farming traditions running back to Lincoln’s time and beyond. But as we move further into the 21st century, some are wondering: Are Illinois’ pork producers stuck in a bygone era, lagging...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: contributors | Friday, December 19, 2014
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BY ALANA BAUM I’m not a fan of politicians being tough to look tough. At best, it’s ineffective, at worst, it’s dangerous — think George W. Bush’s “Bring ‘em on.” But tough as in tackling hard issues is different. Heading into the 2012...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: contributors | Friday, December 19, 2014
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A state investigation determined the mother of a 2-month-old Albany Park girl who died Thursday night likely neglected the child.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Luke Wilusz | Friday, December 19, 2014
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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — A federal judge has overturned an Obama administration decision to remove the gray wolf population in the western Great Lakes region from the endangered species list. The order affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Associated Press | Friday, December 19, 2014
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“Serial” fans will get a kick out of this parody posted to YouTube on Friday by Barstool Sports, entitled “Who Murdered the 2014 Chicago Bears?” The runtime is 18 minutes, 36 seconds, and the narrator describes himself as a “fat blogger who...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: David Just | Friday, December 19, 2014
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The Cubs made a pair of waiver claims on Friday, grabbing catcher Ryan Lavarnway and outfielder Shane Peterson while designating right-handed pitcher Donn Roach and infielder Logan Watkins for assignment. Lavarnway, 27, spent the last seven seasons in...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: David Just | Friday, December 19, 2014
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BY GENE LYONS If the great Rolling Stone campus rape hoax proved nothing else, it’s that True Believers make lousy reporters. I’ve always found it useful to keep in mind what my brother and I call the state motto of our native New Jersey: “Oh yeah,...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Gene Lyons | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Two men have been charged with stealing a Salvation Army donation bucket outside a west suburban grocery store Thursday night.
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Luke Wilusz | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday categorically denied that he’s trying to disenfranchise African-American voters by seeking to knock millionaire black businessman Willie Wilson off the ballot....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Friday, December 19, 2014
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THE WATCHDOGS: Officer Richard A. Rizzo, a subject of the Chicago Sun-Times’ “Tarnished Badges” investigation last year who’s been arrested four times by his own department during 17 years as a Chicago cop, should be fired, Supt. Garry McCarthy...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Citizens Utility Board executive director David Kolata said he’s worried telecom companies will try to do away with the “obligation to serve” mandate that requires them to offer home phone service throughout Illinois....
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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A Glenview man accused of teaming up with his Taiwanese dad to evade a U.S. ban on selling weapon-making equipment to North Korea pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of lying on export documents. Gary Tsai, 37, was accused of exporting machinery...
From: Chicago Sun-Times | By: Editor | Wednesday, December 17, 2014
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