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3 Cops Accused of Cover-Up in Laquan McDonald Shooting

Chicago officers face multiple charges in 2014 death of black teen

(Newser) - Three current and former Chicago police officers have been charged with attempting to cover for former Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times while he walked away. The Chicago Tribune reports David March, Joseph Walsh, and Thomas Gaffney have been charged with conspiracy, official misconduct, and... More »

Children Shot at Chicago School as Suspect Opens Fire on Teens

It happened during an elementary school picnic

(Newser) - Investigators say two children were shot at a Chicago playground during a school picnic when someone in a car opened fire on nearby teenagers, the AP reports. Chicago police say a 7-year-old girl was shot in the leg and a 13-year-old girl was shot in the hand outside Warren Elementary... More »

Petition: No More Free Tickets for Chicago Theater Critic

Hedy Weiss accused of racism

(Newser) - A prominent Chicago theater critic is under fire for publishing a review of Steppenwolf's production of Pass Over that many are calling racist. In fact, a petition signed by more than 3,000 people so far calls for Hedy Weiss of the Sun-Times to stop being invited to shows—... More »

His $1K Investment Became $2M. Then He Gave It All Away

'You have to do some good in this world,' says Russ Gremel

(Newser) - It cost Chicago's Russ Gremel $1,007 to buy almost 28,000 shares in local company Walgreens some 70 years ago. Today, those shares are worth $2 million, but Gremel isn't enjoying the payoff of his good investment—at least not in the traditional sense. Instead, he's... More »

Tragedy at Wrigley as Lifelong Cubs Fan Falls to His Death

Richard E. Garrity, 42, suffered head trauma after falling over a railing

(Newser) - A man who struck his head after tumbling over a railing at Chicago's Wrigley Field has died, reports the AP . The Cook County medical examiner's office says 42-year-old Richard E. Garrity of Wheaton was pronounced dead Wednesday at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Authorities say Garrity fell over... More »

Why Obama's Library Won't Have Original Documents

His library will be the first to forgo National Archives funding

(Newser) - President Obama's Chicago-based presidential library will differ in one big way from the 13 other presidential libraries that exist around the country. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the Obama Foundation plans to foot the $675 million startup bill for the center through fundraising, forgoing financial support from the National Archives... More »

To Solve Mystery, 'Devil in White City' Will Be Exhumed

Some say serial killer Dr. HH Holmes managed to escape execution

(Newser) - For some who chose Dr. HH Holmes' hotel as their lodging during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, it was a deadly mistake. The 19th-century serial killer, born Herman Webster Mudgett, had fashioned a 100-plus-room house of horrors well-equipped for making people disappear: a building of soundproof, windowless rooms; gas... More »

Cops: Teens' Phone Theft Leaves Father of 7 Dead

Three are charged after victim was dragged by fleeing car, say Chicago police

(Newser) - A 43-year-old Chicago man trying to sell his old iPhone instead ended up dead at the hands of three teenage girls, police say. Trinidad Bueno-Sanchez, also identified as Javier Bueno, had arranged to sell an iPhone 6 using the Offer Up app and met a prospective buyer in a Chicago... More »

Michelle Obama Mural Ignites Fight—Between Artists

Gelila Mesfin says mural artist Chris Devins stole her depiction of former first lady

(Newser) - A mural of Michelle Obama painted in Chicago, not far from where she grew up, has generated interest both for the painting and for artist Chris Devins, who told DNAinfo on Friday he "wanted to present her as what I think she is," which is draped in colorful... More »

Pharmacist Credited With Saving Customer's Life

Mark Davey was having an allergic reaction when he rushed into a CVS

(Newser) - “I was scared," Mark Davey tells CBS Chicago . "I thought, 'This is how I go.'" The 57-year-old was eating lunch last month when his tongue started swelling up. Davey had never had an allergic reaction to food before, but he knew it was about... More »

Schumer Uses Store's Bathroom, Says Thanks in Huge Way

Go Amy

(Newser) - Tales of Amy Schumer's generosity continue: While jogging around Chicago on April 13, Schumer stopped in at the Six Corners Mattress Firm, hoping to find a bathroom, reports People . Employee Sagine Lazarre, not recognizing the visitor, quickly showed her the way. But when Schumer had done her business, she... More »

Older Boys Used 12-Year-Old as Shield in Chicago Shooting

The boy will recover, but parents say something's got to give

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Chicago boy was waiting for a convenience store to open Tuesday when a car drove by and someone started shooting from it. Older boys who were standing near Adrian Clayton used the preteen and his friends as shields, and he was shot in the chest, according to the... More »

Cops: Chicago Men Conspired to 'Drench Syria With Blood'

ISIS sympathizers charged with terrorism, police say

(Newser) - Two suburban Chicago men who posed for photos holding a black Islamic State flag at a Lake Michigan beach park were arrested Wednesday on federal terrorist charges, reports the AP . An FBI sting begun in 2015 compiled evidence that Joseph D. Jones and Edward Schimenti sought to provide material support... More »

College Crew Practice Turns Fatal in Chicago

Northwestern freshman drowns after falling overboard

(Newser) - A member of Northwestern University's crew team drowned after falling overboard during practice Monday morning in Chicago, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The body of 19-year-old Mohammad Ramzan wasn't found until Monday night. According to ABC 7 , there were eight other people in the boat when the freshman from... More »

Judge Shot Dead Outside Chicago Home

Police believe Raymond Myles' killing was botched robbery

(Newser) - A judge known for being fair, kind, and tough was killed in front of his Chicago home in an act of violence as senseless as anything that passed through his courtroom. Police say Raymond Myles, a 66-year-old judge in Cook County's criminal division, was shot dead outside his South... More »

Top 10 Cities for Dog Attacks on Postal Workers

Los Angeles takes the top spot

(Newser) - An eye-popping 6,755 postal employees were attacked by dogs in 2016, according to statistics released Thursday by the United States Postal Service . That's an increase of more than 200 since 2015. The numbers were released along with advice for pet owners—keep dogs shut in a different room... More »

No Plan After High School, No Diploma, Says Chicago Mayor

Proposal would require students to show their next move

(Newser) - Don't have a plan after high school? Don't expect a diploma, says Rahm Emanuel. Under a new proposal from the Chicago mayor, high school students of Chicago Public Schools will need to prove they have a plan for their immediate future before they can graduate, reports the Chicago ... More »

The Cop Who May Have Framed Dozens, the City That Did Nothing

BuzzFeed's Melissa Segura says many players in Chicago may have played a part

(Newser) - Retired Chicago police detective Reynaldo Guevara is accused of framing dozens for murder from the '80s into the early 2000s, allegedly beating out confessions, coaxing witnesses during suspect lineups, and sending more than 50 people away for a combined 2,300-plus years. Melissa Segura examines one case in particular... More »

Boy, 14, Arrested in Facebook Live Rape No One Reported

Chicago assault was watched by 40 people, no one called police

(Newser) - A 14-year-old boy has been arrested in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old Chicago girl that was streamed live on Facebook and watched by about 40 people who didn't report it to authorities, police said late Saturday. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said more arrests are expected as the... More »

Cops: Teen Girl's Gang Rape Was on Facebook Live

40 people watched without calling police

(Newser) - Around 40 people watched a 15-year-old girl being gang-raped on Facebook Live and none of them bothered to call authorities, police in Chicago say. Police say the girl, who went missing on Sunday, was tracked down after her mother showed Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson screenshots of the disturbing attack... More »

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