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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 »

Chicago Leads US in Murders, Lacks Detectives to Solve Them

The city has a murder clearance rate of 46%, one of the lowest in the US

(Newser) - The situation in Chicago looks dire. According to a Reuters report, the murder rate in America's third-largest city is skyrocketing while the number of detectives tasked with solving those homicides is dropping. Chicago is on pace to have more homicides this year than in any year since 1997. In... More »

Top Cop Wants 7 Officers Fired in Laquan McDonald's Killing

They're accused of filing false reports to cover up what actually happened

(Newser) - Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson recommended Thursday that seven officers be fired for their roles in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald , the Chicago Tribune reports. According to the AP , the officers are accused of violating Rule 14 against making false reports. Video released of the October... More »

Home to Surprise Mom, Chicago Cop's Son Shot Dead

'I wish this senseless killing would stop'

(Newser) - Arshell Dennis III was due to fly back to New York on Sunday after a surprise visit home to Chicago for his sick mother's birthday, reports the Washington Post . Instead, the son of a Chicago police officer was shot dead. Police say Dennis, 19, was sitting on his family’... More »

Muslim Woman Sues Over 'Nightmare' With Chicago Cops

Surveillance video shows Itemid Al-Matar forced to the ground

(Newser) - A Muslim woman is suing the city of Chicago and six police officers claiming they assaulted her at a train station. Itemid "Angel" Al-Matar's lawsuit, filed Thursday, claims officers grabbed her as she climbed the stairs of the downtown CTA State/Lake stop on July 4, 2015, then slammed... More »

5 Best US Cities for Foodies

You'll want to wear your stretchy pants in New Orleans

(Newser) - Who's up for a foodie road trip? Travel and Leisure knows just where you should stop for gumbo and crawfish: New Orleans is the ultimate destination, according to the magazine's ranking of the 10 best US cities for food, based on readers' votes. The top five: More »

Videos Show How Cops Killed an Unarmed Teen

Paul O'Neal was shot in the back after police say he stole a car

(Newser) - A grieving family is accusing Chicago cops of attempting to cover up the murder of their 18-year-old son after the police department released nine videos Friday showing the final moments of Paul O'Neal's life, the Los Angeles Times reports. O'Neal was driving what police say was a... 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 »

'Creeper Ghost' Stands Above Sleeping Couple

Police are investigating

(Newser) - When Jordan Buranskas couldn't find her purse last week, her boyfriend Jack Mackercher suggested they look at the footage from the surveillance camera in their Chicago home for a clue. They discovered that the purse had been stolen. And even worse, they saw that the apparent thief had stood... More »

Here's Where the Obama Presidential Center Will be Built

President Obama is coming back to Chicago's South Side

(Newser) - The Obama Presidential Center will be built in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side, according to sources cited by the Chicago Tribune and AP . The center will include Obama's presidential library, a museum dedicated to his presidency, and the headquarters of the Obama Foundation. It's expected to... 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 »

The 10 Worst US Cities for Drivers

Washington, Detroit top the list

(Newser) - Be sure to take the bus when visiting the nation's capital. That's the takeaway from WalletHub's ranking of the worst US cities for drivers, based on gas prices, hours spent in traffic, crash deaths, car thefts, parking fees, and more in the country's 100 biggest cities.... 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 »

Chicago Victim Said to Be First US Bike-Sharing Death

Virginia Murray collided with flatbed truck

(Newser) - A 25-year-old woman taking advantage of Chicago's bike-sharing service died Friday morning after she and a flatbed truck turned at the same time and crashed— reportedly making her the first bike-share fatality in the US since the service first debuted in Oklahoma in 2007, a bike-sharing consultant tells the... More »

Singer on Mexico's The Voice Dies in Chicago Shooting

'Jano' Fuentes competed in 2011, was celebrating his birthday when gunned down

(Newser) - A Chicago singer who appeared on the Mexican version of The Voice in 2011 has died after he was shot in an ambush while celebrating his birthday with friends. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office confirmed that 45-year-old Alejandro "Jano" Fuentes died on Saturday. He was shot three... 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 »

Cops: Gang Member Films Own Shooting on Facebook Video

The last image is of blood-spattered grass

(Newser) - Chicago police say they're investigating the killing of a gang member who appears to have captured his own fatal shooting in a real-time video post on Facebook, the AP reports. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as 28-year-old Antonio Perkins. He was shot Wednesday. Police... More »

Woman Who Created 'Beehive' Dies at 98

Margaret Vinci Heldt's 1960 creation was inspired by a hat

(Newser) - Margaret Vinci Heldt, who became a hairstyling celebrity after she created the famous beehive hairdo in 1960, died Friday at a senior living community in the Chicago suburb of Elmhurst at age 98, the AP reports. The beehive became a cultural phenomenon during the 1960s and evolved into a style... More »

Police Destroy Parents' Last Letter From Their Daughter

Chicago PD is apologizing for the accident

(Newser) - Before taking her own life, Nicole Porter wrote two last letters to her family. "Dear Mom and Dad, I love you guys so much," one began. But her parents no longer have the original letters, just digital copies—because Chicago police accidentally destroyed them. Police kept the suicide... More »

Guy Announces He's Suing Cops, Gets Arrested

Chicago police say he killed a man less than 2 weeks ago

(Newser) - If Dominiq Greer didn't know there was a warrant out for his arrest at the start of a press conference on his lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department, he did at the end of it: The 25-year-old was arrested on a murder warrant as soon as he walked out... More »

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