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Chicago Parents Hunger-Striking Over a Closed School

'We have to starve ourselves to have our voices heard,' says protest leader

(Newser) - Protesters in Chicago say they haven't eaten in eight days and will continue their hunger strike until a proposal to turn a former high school into a new "green tech" school is accepted. For years, members of the Coalition to Revitalize Dyett High School have fought to preserve... More »

Michael Jordan's Latest Big Win: $9M Lawsuit

Chicago jury gives Bulls icon hefty payday over use of his name

(Newser) - Jurors at a civil trial focused on the market value of Michael Jordan's identity handed him a major win, ordering a grocery-store chain to pay him $8.9 million for invoking his name in a steak ad without his permission. The amount was close to the $10 million his... More »

Army Skydiver Dies From Chicago Air Show Injuries

Corey Hood was an Iraq, Afghanistan vet

(Newser) - Tragedy for the Army's Golden Knights: Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood, a parachutist who served five tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and earned two Bronze Stars, has died from injuries suffered at the Chicago Air & Water Show . A Golden Knights spokeswoman says the 32-year-old from Cincinnati was knocked... More »

2 Parachutists Injured at Chicago Air Show

One hit a building on the way down, is in critical condition

(Newser) - Two parachutists were injured during a Chicago air show today after colliding in mid-air, reports WBBM . One of the two men then clipped the top of a high-rise apartment building before falling to the ground during the Chicago Air & Water Show. "His legs caught the tip of the... More »

Wrongfully Convicted Man Won Freedom, Is Shot Dead

Alprentiss Nash the apparent victim of an armed robbery

(Newser) - He ended up with only three years of freedom. Alprentiss Nash, who spent 17 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, was shot to death in Chicago Tuesday, reports DNAinfo . His attorney tells ABC 7 that the 40-year-old was shot while being robbed after stopping at a... More »

'Army of Moms' Patrols Chicago to Stop Shootings

But they say they need more adult involvement to keep their neighborhood safe

(Newser) - When 34-year-old Lucille Barnes was gunned down June 23 on the 7500 block of Chicago's Stewart Avenue, a group of local mothers wearing neon-pink shirts that said "Moms on Patrol" set up chairs on street corners to prevent retaliatory violence. The Mothers Against Senseless Killings volunteers organized by... More »

Chicago Now Has America's Highest Sales Tax

Officials say they're trying to stay ahead of 'pension tsunami'

(Newser) - A penny here and a penny there has added up to decimated wallets for people in Chicago, who now have the highest sales taxes in America. In a move that takes effect Jan. 1, Cook County has raised its sales tax from 0.75% to 1.75%, bringing the total... More »

Chicago Zoo Accidentally Kills 54 Stingrays

Animals in shallow pool died from low oxygen levels

(Newser) - Officials say all 54 stingrays in a popular exhibit at a suburban Chicago zoo died because the oxygen levels in their tank dropped too low. The Chicago Zoological Society says the four southern stingrays and 50 cow-nose rays in the Brookfield Zoo exhibit were in a shallow pool that allows... More »

Cops: Rapper's Killers Ran Over Baby

Chief Keef to hold memorial concert via hologram

(Newser) - Another bloody weekend in Chicago: Local rapper Capo was killed in a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon by suspects who killed a baby with their vehicle as they made their getaway, police say. A police spokesman tells the New York Daily News that the two suspects, who are now in custody,... More »

Turkey Testicle Festival Gets Competition

Festival in suburban Chicago has an imitator in East Dundee

(Newser) - The owner of a suburban Chicago pub that has held an annual Turkey Testicle Festival for 32 years isn't testy at all that a nearby community plans to host its own celebration of the unusual dish this November. J.R. Westberg, who owns the Parkside Pub in Huntley, told... More »

Chicago's Bloody Weekend: 62 Shot, 10 Killed

7-year-old hit with bullet meant for dad: police

(Newser) - Gunshots mingled with the sounds of fireworks over Chicago this weekend: 10 people were killed and 54 others were injured in shootings between Thursday afternoon and early today, reports the Chicago Tribune . Half of the casualties occurred during a nine-hour stretch from Saturday evening to early yesterday, according to police.... More »

This Chicago Burger Is Apparently America's Best

A Food Network show has deemed it so

(Newser) - Burgerhounds, get thee to Chicago, home of the America's best burger, at least according to one ranking. The Food Network's new show Top 5 Restaurants has identified the Double Cheese Burger served by Au Cheval as the best our country has to offer. "Double" may be a... More »

Mummified Remains Found in Indiana

The head and torso could be 2K years old

(Newser) - Workers exploring the site of an intended quarry in rural Indiana stumbled upon a mummified body that experts say could be anywhere from 500 to 2,000 years old, the Times of Northwest Indiana reports. "They could distinguish a head and a torso," says a local sheriff. "... More »

Mom Gets Shot, Loses 3rd Child to Chicago Violence

James Jones of Chicago was targeted in apparent gang attack

(Newser) - A young Chicago drug dealer shielded his mother from gunfire yesterday and died in the process—leaving her with only one child who hasn't died from violence. Three out of four have now lost their lives, her sister tells the Chicago Sun-Times . In the latest killing, Alicia Jones' son,... More »

5 US Flight Routes to Take If You Hate Yourself

Flights originating or landing at Chicago's O'Hare are delayed the most

(Newser) - Chicago and Knoxville, Tenn., are both great cities, but flying between the two of them often appears to be an aggravating experience, if data compiled by the Bureau of Transportation Statistics holds any weight. In a special project requested by the Wall Street Journal , the BTS tracked more than 1,... More »

Man Jumps in River to Save Hat, Must Be Saved Himself

He and his Blackhawks hat are fine

(Newser) - OK, Chicago, we get that you're excited about your Stanley Cup win . But emergency crews don't want to have to dive into the Chicago River to pull out any more fans who decide to go for a swim. That's what local officials say happened last night when... More »

Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup

First time they've clinched it at home since 1938

(Newser) - Showing off their grit and determination, the Chicago Blackhawks finally put away the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final for a Windy City party 77 years in the making. Duncan Keith scored in the second period and directed a dominant defense that shut down Tampa Bay's high-scoring... More »

Widow Says Pedicure Killed Her Husband

She sues salon near Chicago

(Newser) - A widow in suburban Chicago blames a nail salon for killing her husband in a pedicure-gone-wrong. A lawsuit filed in Cook County Circuit Court alleges that Darryl Carr suffered a grisly infection that led to the amputation of his left leg and, ultimately, his death, reports the Chicago Tribune . Carr'... More »

Prosecutors: Man Shot Pal by Mistake While Smoking Pot

Chicago 23-year-old forgot gun he was holding had one bullet in the chamber, they say

(Newser) - A night hanging out with friends ended in tragedy for two Chicago 23-year-olds in February, and now one of the men is facing involuntary manslaughter charges, the Chicago Tribune reports. Prosecutors say Antonio Lampley, Derrius Drakes, and other pals were hanging out in a car near Lampley's Roseland home... More »

Arrested Man Goes to Extremes to Try to Make Son's Party

Prosecutors say Lashon Stuckey chewed through his seat belt

(Newser) - An odd story out of Chicago: Prosecutors say a 33-year-old didn't just chew his way through a police car's seat belt—they allege Lashon Stuckey did so in an attempt to make it to his son’s birthday party. Stuckey was picked up last Monday after police say... More »

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