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Chicago Shootings: 1K More Than Same Time Last Year

8 killed, 40 wounded just this past weekend

(Newser) - Eight people were killed and at least 40 were wounded in Chicago shootings this weekend, creating a disturbing new statistic overall: 1,000 more people shot in the city in 2016 compared with the same time last year, the Chicago Tribune reports. By this time last year, there were 2,... More »

Man Runs Marathon Juggling the Entire Time

Not a single drop for Michal Kapral, and a time of 2:55

(Newser) - Running a marathon: a difficult feat. Running one while juggling three balls (and not dropping a single one, at any time during the run): no classification comes to mind. But Toronto's Michal Kapral, who refers to himself as a "joggler," managed to pull off exactly that at... More »

Grandpa Sues Grandson, 13, Over Crash That Killed Grandma

Grandmother had given grandson her keys

(Newser) - On the evening of March 26, Kuem Soon Cho, 79, gave her 13-year-old grandson her minivan keys so that he could help her put the minivan in gear in a parking lot on the block where she lived. (Multiple reports don't make it clear exactly what they were trying... More »

Chicago Logs 500th Murder of '16 in Bloody Weekend

65 people shot over Labor Day weekend

(Newser) - After wrapping up its deadliest month in 20 years , Chicago logged its 500th homicide of the year over Labor Day weekend, when 65 people were shot, including 13 fatally. Nine of those deaths and almost half of all shootings resulting in injuries or deaths occurred between 6am Monday and 3am... More »

Son Perplexed After Mom Vanishes 'Into Thin Air'

Deborah Dewey's car was found in a truck stop an hour from her home

(Newser) - "People just don't vanish into thin air," says Chris Dewey, as the search for his mother continues for a third week. Authorities in Spring Valley, Ill., say Deborah Dewey, 62, texted a friend at 7am on Aug. 22, then ran some errands, but failed to show up... More »

Top College to Freshmen: Don't Expect Safe Spaces, Trigger Warnings

University of Chicago letter to students says school supports academic freedom

(Newser) - The controversial concept of "safe spaces" on college campuses—a place where members of a marginalized group can feel secure and able to express themselves—has grabbed the media's attention over the last year, spurred by such high-profile cases as the racial strife at the University of Missouri... More »

Bodycam Didn't Catch Cop Fatally Shooting Teen in Back: Chicago PD

'How convenient': attorney for Paul O'Neal's family

(Newser) - A third cop at the scene of a fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen in Chicago last week was relieved of his policing powers after an autopsy found 18-year-old Paul O'Neal had been shot in the back and the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office ruled his death... More »

Mom's Deathbed Words Read to Daughter's Killer in Court

Timothy Jones sentenced to 90 years for murder of Charinez Jefferson

(Newser) - On Monday, a judge sentenced Chicagoan Timothy Jones, 23, to 90 years in prison for the 2011 death of a pregnant 17-year-old. But other sentences from that day were just as impactful: those of victim Charinez Jefferson's mother, Debbie Jefferson, who lost her life to bone cancer in February... More »

Single Mom Thrown in Jail for Overgrown Lawn

Ebony Conner's 5 kids waited at their Illinois home while she cleared things up

(Newser) - An Illinois woman with five kids was arrested July 7 and briefly thrown in jail for an offense that the town of Cahokia obviously feels strongly about: not mowing her lawn, the Week reports. Single mom Ebony Conner tells KMOV she was verbally warned by a municipal code-enforcement officer back... More »

More Than 2K People Have Been Shot in Chicago This Year

New strategies have failed to stem bloodshed

(Newser) - It's only halfway through the year and there have already been more than 2,000 shooting victims in Chicago, far more than recorded in the city this time last year—and far more casualties than the US suffered in the Gulf War. The milestone was passed over the Fourth... More »

Man's Flag Burning Fires Up Internet, Gets Him Arrested

But it wasn't Bryton Mellott's free-speech exercise alone that brought the heat

(Newser) - In almost 30 years, the Urbana Police Department hasn't had to enforce a flag desecration statute on the books, but that changed Monday with the arrest of a 22-year-old Illinois man, Forbes reports. Bryton Mellott posted pictures on Facebook Sunday showing him burning the American flag (only one image... More »

Chicago Man's $245 Pants 'Too Street' for Pizza Place

Antar Jackson says it was a case of racial discrimination

(Newser) - Chicago's Parlor Pizza isn't the kind of place where you'll find crisp white tablecloths and chandeliers. In fact, its patio consists of several wooden picnic tables. Even so, Antar Jackson says he was turned away, apparently because of his $245 pants . In what he claims was a... More »

Where 64 Are Shot, 6 Killed in One Weekend

Chicago neighborhoods torn apart by Memorial Day violence

(Newser) - One long weekend. Sixty-four shootings. Six people dead. That was Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, where the New York Times sent in journalists to report on gun violence over three heart-breaking days. What they found: Little gun control, gangs bent on retaliation, and police so distrusted that most homicides go... More »

HS Students Give Civil War Vets 'Their Identity Back'

Pollution and the elements had rendered 5 gravestones nameless

(Newser) - With more than a century of rain, wind, snow, and pollution conspiring to erase what was once carved into a row of headstones, about the only thing anyone in the tiny north-central Illinois community of Odell knew of the men buried there was that they'd fought in the Civil... More »

Drew Peterson Planned to Fly to Mexico, Join Cartel

He's on trial for murder-for-hire plot

(Newser) - Drew Peterson is on trial again and his chances of leaving prison before his 100th birthday appear to be growing slimmer by the day. Fellow inmate Antonio Smith testified on Tuesday that he secretly recorded the Illinois ex-cop after convincing him that a plan to kill Will County State's... More »

Mom Rented Van, Vanished With 3 Sons for 2 Weeks

They've now been found safe

(Newser) - On May 9, Michalene Melges rented a van in Lake Bluff, Ill., more than 40 miles away from her home in Lake Geneva, Wis. She called her sons' school and asked for the boys to be excused for a vacation May 10 to 13. And then they vanished, with the... More »

Cops: Relative Killed Entire Chicago Family

One victim was stabbed 45 times

(Newser) - "He was distraught, and I thought it was grief," a victims' advocate recalls of the man she comforted following the grisly murders of six family members —four adults and two children—in Chicago in February. That man is now charged in the case. Police say 22-year-old Diego... More »

Sinead O'Connor Found in Chicago 'Burbs: Cops

But her condition isn't revealed

(Newser) - Police in suburban Chicago say Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor was found safe Monday after officers received a report that she never returned from a Sunday bike ride in the area. Wilmette police spokesman Eric Peterson says O'Connor had been located, "is safe and no longer considered a... More »

Mom Killed Disabled Daughter So She'd Be 'in Heaven With Me'

Bonnie Liltz thought she was dying, was scared what would happen to daughter with CP

(Newser) - An Illinois woman accused of giving her severely disabled adult daughter a fatal dose of meds last year before trying to kill herself stood before a Cook County judge Wednesday, explaining that her love for her daughter was so strong that killing her seemed the most humane thing to do.... More »

'Shooter' at Target Just Unarmed Guy Protesting Store's Bathroom Policy

Police aren't sure why a shooting was reported

(Newser) - Police were called about an "active shooter" at a Bradley, Ill., Target Monday, but when they arrived, all they found was a man freaking out about the retail chain's decision to allow transgender people to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity . Michael L. Merichko, 39, was... More »

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