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Why Chicago's Crime Rates Plummeted

Chicago Magazine alleges plot to fudge statistics

(Newser) - Chicago politicians are trumpeting last year's unprecedented drop in crime rates, but on second glance it may be a case of lies, damned lies, and statistics, Chicago Magazine reports. Insiders at City Hall and the police department say that when crime soared in 2012, Mayor Rahm Emanuel felt the... More »

Wallenda's Next Tightrope Walk: Chicago

And it will air live on Discovery

(Newser) - Nik Wallenda is taking his high-wire act to Chicago for a tightrope walk to be televised this fall on Discovery, part of the network's strategy to entice viewers with live events. Wallenda's walk across the Grand Canyon last year reached more than 10 million viewers live on Discovery,... More »

Man Jumps Onto Subway Tracks, Saves Woman

Reporter happens to witness rescue

(Newser) - When a woman fell onto the tracks at a Chicago Blue Line stop yesterday, just as a train was arriving, Eddie Palacios did something very brave: He leaped onto the tracks and waved for the train to stop. DNAinfo Chicago reporter Jon Hansen happened to be on the platform to... More »

Chicago Train Driver Had Fallen Asleep Before

And she had only been on job 60 days

(Newser) - The operator of a Chicago train that derailed at the O'Hare station in the middle of the night earlier this week has told investigators that she fell asleep at the controls and didn't wake up until her train had plowed into an escalator, reports the Chicago Tribune . That'... More »

Chicago Train Operator Said She Was Tired

She 'worked a lot of hours' before O'Hare crash, per the union

(Newser) - Was a Chicago Transit Authority train operator asleep at the controls when her train jumped the tracks and went up an escalator ? The chief of the CTA's union says the driver may have dozed off before the 3am accident that left 32 people injured, reports NBC . "The... More »

Chicago Train Jumps Tracks, Climbs Escalator, Injuring 32

Somehow, none of the injuries are serious

(Newser) - A pretty crazy train accident in Chicago this morning somehow did not cause any serious injuries: A Chicago Transit Authority train derailed as it pulled into the O'Hare International Airport station around 3am, and, well, we'll let the Fire Department commissioner take it from here: "The train... More »

Oprah Winfrey Selling Harpo Studios

But studio will remain on property for 2 more years

(Newser) - Oprah Winfrey is selling Harpo Studios in Chicago to a developer, but the studio will remain on the property for another two years. Winfrey filmed The Oprah Winfrey Show at the studio from 1990 to 2011, when she ended the talk show to start the Oprah Winfrey Network on cable.... More »

Jimmy Fallon, Rahm Jump in Icy Chicago Lake, Raise $1M

'Tonight Show' host even dressed for the occasion

(Newser) - The 32 degrees of Lake Michigan presumably drew a few blue words from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but a suit-and-tie-clad Jimmy Fallon outright screamed and raced for the shore this morning as the pair headlined the Windy City's Polar Plunge—and helped pull in more than $1 million for... More »

Deep South Braces for 'Paralyzing' Winter Storm

Schools closed; hundreds of flights canceled

(Newser) - The next big winter storm is reportedly on its way, and this time, it's the Deep South that will be feeling its effects. The Weather Channel sees 40 million people in the path of Winter Storm Leon, which an expert says could bring once-in-a-generation weather; another calls the storm... More »

Girl, 14, Sets Alarm, Wakes, Stabs Sister 30 Times

Girl told victim she was ungrateful as she stabbed: police

(Newser) - A shocking story out of a Chicago suburb: Prosecutors say a 14-year-old girl set her alarm for 7:50am Tuesday, woke up, and went downstairs to the kitchen as any normal teenager might do. Except that in this case, police say the girl grabbed a 4-inch long knife, went back... More »

Chicago Archdiocese Reveals Decades of Sex Abuse

6K pages of documents show priests moved, promoted after allegations

(Newser) - The Archdiocese of Chicago has released more than 6,000 pages of internal documents showing decades of hidden sexual abuse by 30 priests. Priests accused of abuse still received promotions, while alleged victims faced church-backed investigations, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The church moved accused priests between parishes and left abuse... More »

Chicago: America's Bedbug Capital

City gets dubious honor for 2nd year in a row

(Newser) - Don't expect the tourist board to brag about it, but Chicago has been named the most popular city in America—for bedbugs. Pest control company Orkin has awarded the city the distinction for the second year in a row, despite the city council's efforts to boost detection and... More »

2 Dead After Man Drops Phone in Icy Chicago River

A third person is in critical condition after desperate plunge

(Newser) - One person is dead, one is missing, and one is in critical condition after a man dropped his cell phone in the Chicago River—and went lunging in after it, the Chicago Tribune reports. The phone's owner, a 26-year-old man, was found dead in the icy waters this morning,... More »

Judge: Chicago's Gun Ban Is Unconstitutional

But the city is allowed to let ordinance stand for now

(Newser) - A federal judge today overturned Chicago's ban on the sale of firearms, ruling that the ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional. US District Judge Edmond Chang said in his ruling that while the government has a duty to protect its citizens, it's also obligated to protect... More »

Chicago Jeweler Loses Snow Bet—and $151K

He offered refunds if 3 inches fell; insurance company will pay

(Newser) - It was one of those weird promotions made during the heat of the holiday shopping season: "If it snows, it's free," promised a Chicago jeweler. That is, Rich Bennett pledged refunds to anyone who bought from his shop between Black Friday and Christmas Eve if it snowed... More »

Chicago Cops Hunt Woman Who Left Gator at O'Hare

She reportedly rode in with the critter on the L train

(Newser) - You see some strange things on public transportation, but this may be one of the strangest: A woman brought a 2-foot-long alligator on a Chicago "L" train earlier this month, the Chicago Tribune reports. Police found the gator underneath an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare airport, then traced... More »

America's Tallest Building Is ... in NYC

1 World Trade Center now officially the US' tallest building

(Newser) - Breathe easy, New Yorkers: Your new World Trade Center was officially declared the tallest building in the US today, when the Height Committee of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat concluded that the 408-foot needle atop it counted as a spire rather than an antenna , and hence could... More »

Bizarre Find at Chicago Airport: Alligator

Critter was found under escalator

(Newser) - Maybe he missed his connection, but a stray alligator raised some eyebrows Friday at O'Hare International Airport, reports the Chicago Tribune . The footlong critter was discovered under an escalator in Terminal 3, and officials were able to trap it in a garbage can. The gator has since been turned... More »

US Sisters: We Took Flesh-Eating Drug Krokodil

They're among 5 treated for drug-related disease in Chicago-area hospital

(Newser) - More American users of the flesh-rotting Russian street drug Krokodil have emerged. Two sisters from Joliet, Ill., are among five who were treated for the drug's nasty side effects at a Chicago-area hospital last week. Amber and Angie Neitzel, both heroin addicts, say they thought they'd been... More »

Guy Asks for Directions, Is Shot Dead

Suspect enters car, robs passenger and then shoots him: cops

(Newser) - An Arkansas man who police say got lost driving around Chicago was shot and killed today, apparently by a man he had just asked for directions. According to police, a man identified by the Cook County Coroner's office as 55-year-old Robert Franklin, of Blytheville, Ark., was with a friend... More »

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