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Cops: Teen Girl's Gang Rape Was on Facebook Live

40 people watched without calling police

(Newser) - Around 40 people watched a 15-year-old girl being gang-raped on Facebook Live and none of them bothered to call authorities, police in Chicago say. Police say the girl, who went missing on Sunday, was tracked down after her mother showed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson screenshots of the disturbing attack... More »

Cops: Father Killed Twins, Told Wife to 'Live and Suffer'

Girls, 16, killed in Chicago-area murder-suicide

(Newser) - "I want you to live and suffer like I did," Randall Coffland can be heard saying to estranged wife Anjum Coffland in a 911 call released Sunday. Police say Coffland made the call after killing his twin 16-year-old daughters in the Chicago suburb of St. Charles on Friday,... More »

Hundreds of Teens Are Fake Killing Each Other

And one Chicago-area high school wants it to stop

(Newser) - For months every year, upperclassmen at Glenbrook South High School outside Chicago divide into teams, arm themselves with Nerf guns, and "kill" their fellow classmates to win money. It's a game called Paranoia, and it's been a tradition at high schools in the Chicago area for years.... More »

Lawsuit: Autistic Boy Drowned as Lifeguard Used Computer

Mom seeks $100K from Chicago Board of Education

(Newser) - As a special education class splashed in a swimming pool at a high school in Chicago, the lifeguard who was supposed to be on duty was using a computer in a nearby office, according to a lawsuit. That's just one reason Yolanda Juarez believes her 14-year-old son drowned. In... More »

Rapper Slams Governor, Gives $1M to Chicago Schools

Chance the Rapper urges Gov. Bruce Rauner to start doing his job

(Newser) - Chance the Rapper demanded action Monday as he handed a $1 million check to his hometown's struggling school system. Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner "still won't commit to give Chicago's kids a chance without caveats or ultimatums," Chance said, per the Chicago Tribune . "Gov. Rauner,... More »

Chicago Sees 6 Days With No Homicides. That's a Big Deal

It hasn't happened since 2012

(Newser) - A 23-year-old man was shot to death while sitting in a vehicle in Chicago around 11am Feb. 26. And a 22-year-old man was shot to death on a Chicago street around noon Saturday. There were no homicides in between those two—marking a six-day homicide-free streak, which the city hadn'... More »

Diary Shows Effects of Horrific Abuse on 8-Year-Old Girl

Gizzell Ford was murdered by her grandmother in 2013

(Newser) - A Chicago woman was convicted Thursday of torturing her granddaughter to death, with the 8-year-old's diary serving as key evidence of the toll the horrific abuse was taking on her, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Gizzell Ford started the diary in third grade, according to People . In pink marker and... More »

Chicago's Winter Hasn't Been Like This in 146 Years

City records no snow in January and February

(Newser) - The arrival of March brings a weird milestone to Chicago this year: The city recorded no snow on the ground in January and February for the first time in at least 146 years, reports the Weather Channel . In fact, the last snowfall of more than an inch occurred on Dec.... More »

Chicago Police Hunting Alleged Killer, but There's a Twist

Garrett Glover was mistakenly released from prison

(Newser) - Chicago police are on the hunt for another alleged killer, the twist this time being that they can blame the court system's red tape. Garrett Glover, 29, had been in custody, but he was released last week because of an apparent communication gaffe, reports WGN . Glover is charged in... More »

7 New Homicides in Chicago Bring New Rebuke From Trump

'Totally out of control,' says the president

(Newser) - Chicago's 760 homicides made 2016 its deadliest year in two decades—but 2017 is on track to steal that title. The city experienced its deadliest day of the new year on Wednesday when seven people were killed—five in a two-hour period—including a pregnant woman in her 20s.... More »

Chicago Principals Told to Keep ICE Agents Out

Agents will need a criminal warrant to enter schools

(Newser) - As educators around the US wonder whether a crackdown on immigrants will reach their schoolhouse doors, principals in Chicago have been given a simple order: Do not let federal immigration agents in without a criminal warrant. The stand taken by Chicago Public Schools, the country's third-largest school system, is... More »

After a Torture-Filled Abduction, a Survivor Speaks

Nicholas Kollias: 'I didn't want to die and give in to these people'

(Newser) - A University of Rochester student who endured a nearly two-day abduction in late 2015 is still getting his legs back after the terrifying incident, and while it hasn't been easy, Nicholas Kollias is determined to persevere. The Chicago Tribune revisits how the classical pianist and athlete from the Chicago... More »

3 Kids Shot, 2 Die in Chicago Violence

Youngest victim was 2-year-old boy

(Newser) - A Chicago toddler was shot and killed on Tuesday in what police suspect was a "gang hit" on a man in a vehicle with him, just a few days after two young girls were shot in the head. It marked the latest spasm of violence in a city struggling... More »

6 Injured by Gun Violence at Vigil for Victim of Gun Violence

Among those shot at Chicago memorial: a 12-year-old girl

(Newser) - A crowd gathered on Chicago's South Side at a vigil for a young man killed by gun violence were confronted with their own chaos when suspects said to be rival gang members started shooting Wednesday evening, NBC Chicago and CBS Chicago report. Six people were injured, including a 12-year-old... More »

Trump: I'll Send in Feds to Fix Chicago 'Carnage'

He cites 'horrible' gun violence figures

(Newser) - President Trump turned his attention to Chicago Tuesday night, saying that if the city doesn't do something about the epidemic of gun violence, he will. "If Chicago doesn't fix the horrible 'carnage' going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I... More »

DC, Chicago Women's Marches So Big There Were No Marches

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators are clogging routes

(Newser) - With half-a-million protesters a definite possibility, the march portion of Women's March on Washington is proving an impossibility, the AP reports. A DC official says the entire planned march route to the White House is already packed full of demonstrators. While not making the official march, the hundreds of... More »

10 Windiest Cities in US

Nashville, not Chicago, tops the list

(Newser) - Not a fan of blustery days? Steer clear of these places. Research firm CoreLogic has released a list of the windiest cities in the US based on wind-related events and maximum wind speed recorded in 279 metro areas in 2016 (including during Hurricane Matthew). The list: More »

DOJ: Chicago PD Rife With Racial Bias, Excessive Force

Discrimination, use of excessive force, poor training among long-awaited report's findings

(Newser) - What USA Today describes as a "scathing report" about Chicago police was released Friday by the Justice Department, with findings of rampant racial bias (including a finding of "reasonable cause" that excessive force was used against minorities), shoddy training, and the mishandling of cops accused of misconduct, per... More »

Judge Refuses to Release 4 Accused in Chicago Beating

She says their 'terrible actions' make them a danger

(Newser) - A Chicago judge has refused to allow four black people caught on cellphone footage taunting and beating a mentally disabled white man to post bail and leave jail, saying they are accused of such "terrible actions" that they are a danger to society. "Where was your sense of... More »

Facebook Beating Started as Pretend Fight

4 suspects are in court Friday

(Newser) - The 18-year-old victim of a brutal beating broadcast on Facebook Live thought he was going to a sleepover. That's what his parents thought, too, when they dropped him off at a McDonald's in the Chicago suburbs on New Year's Eve to meet up with 18-year-old Jordan Hill,... More »

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