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Nothing Stops the Mail …Except One Carrier's Major Snake Phobia

'Snake-free zone. Could we pleeze have our mail?'

(Newser) - “Rain, snow, but not the snakes?” Fox 32 Chicago quotes Bill Hawkins as saying. Hawkins and his neighbors in Chicago's Rogers Park are having a hard time getting their mail thanks to the annual springtime boom in garter snakes and a mail carrier deathly afraid of them. A... 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 »

Cops: Women Hid $3M of Heroin, Opium in Tea Leaves

They were arrested at O'Hare International Airport

(Newser) - Three women were allegedly found with more than $3 million worth of drugs hidden in bags of tea leaves Tuesday afternoon at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Authorities say nearly 70 pounds of opium and heroin were divided up into 470 tiny packets in... More »

She Lost Her Baby, but Pumped Enough Milk for 22 Others

Nearly 40 gallons, or 5K ounces

(Newser) - Pre-eclampsia forced Amy Hanson to have an emergency C-section at just over 27 weeks gestation. Her daughter, Adalyn "Addie" Rose, measured just 12 inches long. "Her diaper was the size of a Splenda packet, so small," Hanson tells the Chicago Tribune . In the first days of Addie'... More »

Player's Skin-Baring Outfit Turns Heads at NFL Draft

'The boldest fashion statement of the night'

(Newser) - The NFL Draft is being held tonight in Chicago. And while Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott almost certainly won't be picked first, he was the only thing the Internet was talking about as players hit the red carpet. "The boldest fashion statement of the night," Sports ... More »

Video: Bystanders Leave Man to Die in Chicago Street

Family of Marques Gaines suing 7-Eleven

(Newser) - Family members of a 32-year-old attacked by a man and then killed by a cab as he lay unconscious in the street outside a Chicago 7-Eleven on Feb. 7 returned to the scene of the crime Thursday. "The simple reason we're here is that a corporation that keeps... More »

Witness: Chicago Cop Shot Teen Scaling Fence

Cops say 16-year-old had a gun

(Newser) - Chicago is on edge after the shooting of yet another black teenager in disputed circumstances. Pierre Loury, 16, was shot dead after a foot chase Monday night. Police say he fled a vehicle believed to have been involved in an earlier shooting and was shot when he turned and pointed... More »

Chicago Man Shot While Live-Streaming on Facebook

He was hit several times

(Newser) - A man is fighting for his life after he was gunned down in Chicago while live-streaming video on Facebook, reports Fox 6 . The video shows the unidentified male standing outside a store in the West Englewood neighborhood with at least one person nearby. Suddenly, shots are fired and the man... More »

Police Union Hires Chicago Cop Charged With Murder

Jason Van Dyke is making $12 an hour as a 'jack-of-all-trades'

(Newser) - Jason Van Dyke , the white Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald , has a new gig with the police union: janitor. The AP reports Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police hired Van Dyke—who is on unpaid leave from the... More »

Boy in Anti-Violence PSA Shot in Chicago

Zarriel Trotter, 13, hit by a stray bullet on Friday

(Newser) - "I don't want to live around my community where I got to keep on hearing and hearing people keep on getting shot, people keep on getting killed," Zarriel Trotter said in a PSA filmed at Chicago's Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School last year. He is currently... More »

Lawmaker's Daughter 'Stapled Opponent's Face'

She's been charged over alleged Chicago assault

(Newser) - The Chicago way? The daughter of an Illinois state lawmaker faces three felony counts of aggravated battery over an alleged assault on a rival that involved a bottle and a staple gun, the Chicago Tribune reports. Robert Zwolinski says that earlier this month, he confronted Jessica Soto, daughter of Democratic... More »

Cops: Guy Jammed Cellphones on City Trains for Months

Dennis Nicholl, 63, arrested last week

(Newser) - Dennis Nicholl, 63, was arrested in Chicago last Tuesday and accused of operating his "own personal quiet car" on the city's trains by employing a cellphone jammer, the Chicago Tribune reports. Nicholl, a CPA who works for the University of Illinois, apparently disliked having to listen to people... More »

Chicago Cops: Murdered Boy's Dad Shot 3

Bullet grazed Tyshawn suspect's girlfriend

(Newser) - The father of a 9-year-old Chicago boy lured into an alley and killed shot three people, including a suspect's girlfriend, as payback, police say. Pierre Stokes, father of Tyshawn Lee, has been charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and one count of unlawful use of... More »

Police Refute Trump's Claims About Safety at Chicago Rally

Five people were arrested and two officers injured at cancelled rally

(Newser) - Donald Trump cancelled a planned rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago on Friday night after hundreds of protestors set up inside and outside the event. The announcement was greeted by cheers from protestors and chants of "We want Trump" from supporters. CNN reports a few small fights... More »

Trump Rally in Chicago Canceled Over Security Concerns

The protester-heavy crowd cheered the announcement

(Newser) - Donald Trump canceled a rally planned for Friday night in Chicago, citing safety concerns after protesters packed into the arena where it was to take place, the AP reports. The announcement that Trump would postpone the rally for another day led the protester-heavy crowd inside the University of Illinois at... More »

Officials: Gang Member Jokes, Brags About Killing Boy, 9

Allegedly regrets not killing more kids

(Newser) - The man charged with murdering a 9-year-old boy in Chicago allegedly "laughed and bragged" about the killing while in jail, DNAinfo reports. Prosecutors say 22-year-old Dwright Boone-Doty lured fourth-grader Tyshawn Lee into an alley in November and shot him as part of an ongoing gang feud . According to the... More »

Chicago Off to Deadliest Start of This Century

95 homicides reported, up from 48 this time last year

(Newser) - After Chicago suffered its deadliest January in at least 16 years , two deaths in separate shootings over the weekend brought this year's homicide total to 95, giving the city its deadliest start to a year in almost two decades. The same number of homicides was recorded in January and... More »

No Arrests in Death of Man Punched, Run Over

Marques Gaines was hit by car after being knocked into street

(Newser) - In the overnight hours of Feb. 7, a man knocked Marques Gaines unconscious with a punch to the head. He fell into the street, where a second man took Gaines' cellphone and debit card. After the pair fled the scene, Gaines was struck and killed by a cab whose driver... More »

Bernie Sanders' Arrest at Civil Rights Protest Caught on Film

He was a 21-year-old University of Chicago student at the time

(Newser) - Bernie Sanders was arrested. Well, he was arrested 53 years ago, anyway. The Chicago Tribune discovered photographic evidence of Sanders' involvement in the fight for racial equality this week in the form of a negative from its archives showing a bespectacled Sanders being hauled away by police during a 1963... More »

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