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Fire Extinguisher Factory Destroyed by ... Giant Fire

Also damaged: the Dept. of Irony

(Newser) - A three-alarm fire so intense that it required more than 150 Chicago firefighters broke out last night, and left smoldering in the rubble of the partially collapsed building was what UPI calls "one of the department's closest allies—a fire extinguisher factory." A HazMat response was also... More »

Oprah Shutting Down Chicago's Harpo Studios

Production being shifted to West Coast

(Newser) - Chicago is losing a big piece of its broadcasting history—and around 200 jobs—with the closure of Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios. Winfrey came to Chicago yesterday to tell staff in person that production work for Oprah Winfrey Network shows like Super Soul Sunday and Oprah's Master Class ... More »

Report: Chicago Police Have 'Domestic Black Site'

'Guardian' says people detained at Homan Square facility without due process

(Newser) - You've likely heard of "black sites" operated by the CIA at which prisoners are interrogated off the grid and without due process. Well, an investigation released yesterday by the Guardian asserts that the Chicago Police Department has something similar—a former Sears warehouse on the west side of... More »

Rahm Emanuel Faces Chicago's First Runoff for Mayor

He fails to win 50% of the vote needed to secure 2nd term

(Newser) - Chicago will hold its very first mayoral runoff election, because incumbent Rahm Emanuel failed to win the 50% of the vote that he needed in yesterday's election to secure a second term. He got just 45.4%, and Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia got 33.9%; they'... More »

Uber Adding Panic Button for Riders in Chicago

Move follows similar rollout in India, after sexual assault allegations

(Newser) - Uber is adding a safety feature for customers in Chicago—they'll be able to press a "panic button" as part of the Uber app if they feel threatened by a driver, reports the Chicago Sun-Times . Of course, the very fact that Uber feels compelled to roll out an... More »

Mystery Footage Found of 1915 Eastland Disaster

A doctoral student finds while doing online research

(Newser) - Ted Wachholz couldn't believe his eyes: He opened Facebook and saw film footage of the SS Eastland disaster, which claimed 844 lives on the Chicago River in 1915, the Chicago Tribune reports. "I'm reasonably confident that this is the first opportunity that the public has had" to... More »

Family: Teen Follows Sisters to Fight, Is Shot Dead

Chicago 13-year-old's death may have started with Facebook dispute about gang

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Chicago boy was shot dead after sneaking out of his Belmont Cragin home late last night with his older sisters, who reportedly were going to confront someone with whom they'd fought on Facebook, ABC7 reports. "She was dissing our gang," Jennifer Sosa, one of the... More »

Chicago's 5th-Largest Storm Now Gunning for Northeast

Blizzard dumps 19 inches around Windy City, wreaks havoc on airlines, commutes

(Newser) - Canceled flights, school and court closings, and a treacherous morning commute are the results so far of the Chicago area's first blizzard of the winter, ranked by the National Weather Service as the fifth-largest multiday snowstorm there, the Chicago Tribune reports. Up to 19 inches have fallen in the... More »

Cell Phone Saves Guy Who Fell Down Sewer

Chicago man managed to remain calm in 911 call

(Newser) - A man who fell 20 feet into an open suburban Chicago storm sewer was able to call for help on his cell phone and direct rescuers to the hole. Recordings of the man's 911 calls released on Tuesday show he remained calm even though he was trapped underground for... More »

Boy Killed Trying to Save Twin During Robbery

Demario Bailey mourned by classmates in Chicago

(Newser) - Twin brothers Demario and Demacio Bailey, 15, were walking to basketball practice on Saturday when they were robbed by four people in a viaduct. The attackers wanted Demario's jacket, his aunt tells the Chicago Sun-Times . Seeing Demacio attacked by one of the robbers, Demario came to his aid, shoving... More »

'Sweet Home Alabama' Gets Cop in Trouble at Chicago Protest

Officer played song at demonstration against police tactics

(Newser) - The Chicago Police Department says it will discipline an officer who played "Sweet Home Alabama" over a police-cruiser loudspeaker during a march protesting police treatment of African Americans. The song is considered an anthem to Southern pride. Some interpreted his playing of the song during last week's march... More »

'Intentional' Gas Leak Sickens 19 at FurFest

Chlorine powder found in stairwell at Chicago-area hotel, thousands evacuated

(Newser) - Thousands of people cleared out of a Chicago-area hotel hosting the 2014 Midwest FurFest convention early today after a leak of chlorine gas that investigators believe was intentional, reports the Chicago Tribune , noting that some evacuees "were dressed as animals." Nineteen people were hospitalized in the incident, which... More »

Chicago Airport Lines Stretch More Than a Mile

1.8K flights delayed across country

(Newser) - If you're reading this while you wait in line at Chicago's Midway Airport, we wish you the best of luck. Lines at security have reportedly reached more than a mile long today, Gawker reports. According to one tweet : "The line for TSA at Midway airport leaves the... More »

Woman Dies in Black Friday Murder-Suicide

Nadia Ezaldein had been critically injured by ex-boyfriend at Nordstrom

(Newser) - Authorities say a woman who was shot by her ex-boyfriend inside a Nordstrom in Chicago before he turned the gun on himself has died. The Cook County medical examiner's office says 22-year-old Nadia Ezaldein was pronounced dead at 3:43pm yesterday. The medical examiner had previously identified the male... More »

1 Dead, 1 Wounded in Department Store Shooting

Chicago police say violence at Nordstrom was a domestic incident

(Newser) - A man is dead and a woman critically injured after a domestic incident flared into a nightmare for Black Friday shoppers inside a busy department store in Chicago, reports the Sun-Times . Police say a 31-year-old man approached a 22-year-old woman, identified as either his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend, and shot her... More »

Chicago's Only Female Mayor Dead at 80

You can thank Jane Byrne for 'Blues Brothers'

(Newser) - Jane Byrne, Chicago's first and only female mayor, died today at the age of 80. Byrne capitalized on Chicago's slow reaction to a snowstorm to score one of the biggest election upsets in the city's history. She famously beat Mayor Michael Bilandic in 1979 after his administration... More »

Meet the Man Who Helped Flood Chicago With Crack

Norman Tillman, once part of Rick Ross' crew, has changed his ways

(Newser) - Norman Tillman was a key figure in the spread of crack through his hometown of Chicago—and other major and minor cities—in the 1980s. But at 55, he's a very different man, DNAInfo reports. "If I would have understood then what I know now at my age,... More »

Daredevil Readies 2 Tightrope Walks in Chicago, Without Net

Nik Wallenda will be blindfolded for one of them on Sunday

(Newser) - Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda declared today that he's ready to attempt two back-to-back skyscraper crossings in Chicago, one of them blindfolded. For Sunday's televised walks, the 35-year-old daredevil promised to uphold the "Flying Wallendas" family tradition of working without a net or harness. City officials said they'... More »

2nd Inmate Freed in Crazy Chicago Death-Row Case

Crime figures in why Illinois scrapped the death penalty

(Newser) - A man wrongly convicted in a 1982 double murder in Chicago is being set free after 15 years, reports CBS Chicago . But this is not your typical case of this variety: Alstory Simon is actually the second person to be freed after a murder conviction for the crime, which is... More »

City's Pest Control Chief One-Upped by Cockroach

Chicago official 'mortified' as one appears during his budget testimony

(Newser) - A big cockroach embarrassed a Chicago official in charge of pest control when it took a stroll near him in full view of some aldermen, and its stunt just might have cost it and its buddies their lives. After Thursday's hearing in the City Council chambers, Fleet and Facilities... More »

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