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Rant Against Black Workers at Michaels Caught on Tape

Chicago customer says she was discriminated against

(Newser) - An irate customer in a Chicago Michaels store created what NBC Chicago calls a "30-minute ordeal" that has since gone viral. Another customer, Jessie Grady, caught part of the incident on her phone, showing the white customer berating two black employees for what she says was an attempt to... More »

Lawmaker Railed Against Squirrels. One Fought Back

'It was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge'

(Newser) - At a city council meeting in October, Chicago Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. gave a heated speech about "aggressive squirrels" chewing through garbage bins at a big expense to the city, reported the Chicago Sun-Times —and perhaps the animals caught wind of it. On Nov. 13, Brookins was riding... More »

US Rep's Grandson Killed Over Sneakers

Chicago cops expect murder charges shortly after boy's killing in his own home

(Newser) - Chicago police said charges could be announced soon in the fatal shooting of an Illinois congressman's grandson following an argument over a pair of basketball shoes, reports the AP . "First-degree murder charges are expected," a police rep tells the Chicago Tribune . Officer Michelle Tannehill said two juveniles... More »

Zombies Could Overrun a City Frighteningly Fast

Computer model shows Chicago 'zombified' in 60 days

(Newser) - When humans start developing a taste for brains, best get out of Chicago pronto. Using a computer model that helps predict the spread of diseases like Ebola, the Argonne National Laboratory has determined a zombie virus could spread through the city , turning some 2 million people into zombies, in just... More »

Rahm Emanuel Used a Private Email Setup, Too

Chicago mayor insists he didn't use a custom server though

(Newser) - Information pieced together from recent WikiLeaks releases and the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton reveals that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has also used a private email configuration. The Chicago Tribune reports that the domain, rahmemail.com, was registered on May 16, 2011—the same day Emanuel was sworn in as... More »

Good News for Chicago Kids About Cubs Parade, Rally

They won't have to skip school to attend

(Newser) - Ecstatic Chicago Cubs fans are expected to amass downtown Friday for a parade and rally to honor the new World Series champions. The celebration of the Cubs' first title in 108 years will kick off when team buses leave Wrigley Field at 10am for an official launch of the parade... More »

One Cubs Fan Spent Game 7 in Dark Cemetery

Wayne Williams was keeping a promise to his father

(Newser) - Hours before the Chicago Cubs took the field for the final game of a historic World Series, 68-year-old Wayne Williams Jr. made the 650-mile drive from his home in North Carolina to Indiana to keep a promise to his father, the News & Observer reports. "We had a pact,... More »

Cubs Fans Go Wild as 108-Year Drought Ends

'Next year' has finally arrived

(Newser) - In Chicago, next year is here. At exactly 11:47pm local time Wednesday night, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series title that had eluded them for 108 years. Fans who packed bars to watch the games on television near Wrigley Field—neither of which existed back in 1908—erupted... More »

Chicago Has Most Violent Weekend Yet of 2016

17 killed (including teen twin brothers), 41 injured in city shootings

(Newser) - Gun violence in Chicago has been an ever-present topic in recent news, and this weekend just saw more disturbing statistics emerge. Seventeen people were shot and killed between Friday night and Monday morning, per homicide numbers tracked by the Chicago Sun-Times ; 41 others were reported injured. That makes it the... More »

Passengers Panic as Plane Catches Fire Before Takeoff

'Everyone's screaming and jumping on top of each other to open the door'

(Newser) - Flames and heavy black smoke poured from the side of an American Airlines jet that aborted takeoff and caught fire on the runway at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on Friday, forcing 170 crew and passengers to evacuate and resulting in eight injuries, authorities said. According to the AP... More »

There's Pricey, Then There's World Series Tickets Pricey

One ticket might cost you an arm and a leg

(Newser) - Fans hoping to see the Cubs play in the World Series for the first time since 1945 are finding a seat could cost them more than what their grandparents paid for their houses. The euphoria from Saturday night's victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers gave way Monday to the... More »

10 Best Big Cities in US

New York is No. 1, says 'Conde Nast Traveler'

(Newser) - Conde Nast Traveler has released its annual Readers' Choice Awards, and more than 100,000 votes came in for the best cities in the nation. The magazine broke candidates down into larger and smaller cities (larger meaning those with 150,000 or more people), and ascending to the No.... More »

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 »

Chicago Chief: Cop Wary of Pulling Gun Nearly Died

Officer was beaten unconscious, didn't want national scrutiny

(Newser) - With a new police shooting in the news seemingly every week, some officers are starting to doubt themselves and put their own lives at risk, says Chicago's police chief. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said one of his officers was beaten to unconsciousness by a man under the influence of PCP... More »

Twin of Man Jailed for Murder Since '03: I Did It

Illinois man 'fesses up, but prosecutor says he's lying

(Newser) - Karl Smith took the witness stand last week in Illinois and dropped a bomb on a Cook County courtroom as the twin brother he hadn't seen in years looked on: "I'm here to confess to a crime I committed that he was wrongly accused of," Smith... More »

Trump: Actually, Stop-and-Frisk Only in 1 City

He says Chicago is 'out of control'

(Newser) - After appearing to endorse its use nationally on Wednesday, Donald Trump clarified Thursday that he meant stop-and-frisk—a policing policy found to be inherently biased and unconstitutional in the past—should only be used in Chicago, Politico reports. "I was really referring to Chicago with stop-and-frisk," he said.... More »

Urban Rats Have a Deadly New Enemy

3 major US cities are using dry ice to combat their rodent problems

(Newser) - Rats have a deadly new enemy, and and isn't cats with tiny knives strapped to their paws. USA Today reports three major US cities are combating their rodent problem with dry ice. It works like this: Pieces of dry ice are dropped into rat burrows in city parks, then... More »

Strangers Raise $250K for Grieving Popsicle Vendor, 89

'There will be no need for me to work'

(Newser) - A week ago, 89-year-old Fidencio Sanchez was selling Mexican popsicles in Chicago. Now he'll never have to push his paleta cart again, thanks to a kind stranger. Joel Cervantes Macias says he spotted Sanchez struggling to push his cart in the Little Village neighborhood on Thursday. It turns out... 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 »

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