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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 »

Chicago to Swab 'L' Riders for Explosives

Passengers to be randomly selected by police

(Newser) - Chicago police will screen the bags of passengers getting on the city's CTA trains in what the department calls a "proactive, protective measure," the Chicago Tribune reports. "We know that surface transportation has been targeted in other places in the past"—places like Madrid and... More »

Guy Jokes to Obama: 'Don't Touch My Girlfriend'

President gets a little razzing while voting in Chicago

(Newser) - President Obama cast an early ballot in the midterm elections during a visit to Chicago yesterday, and a bystander couldn't resist hamming it up. "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend," joked Mike Jones as Obama was voting. The president happened to be casting his ballot right... More »

Man Fleeing Cops Joins Chicago Marathon

Officers tackled him at Mile 12

(Newser) - A drug suspect fleeing cops in Chicago didn't get very far into what could have been a 14-mile run for it. Police say Bryan Duffy, 29, was seen acting suspiciously among spectators around Mile 12 of the Chicago Marathon route on Sunday and took off when he saw police,... More »

Chicago Crowned Nation's 'Rattiest' City

It tops Orkin's list for rat treatments

(Newser) - If you suffer from musophobia , you may want to steer clear of Chicago. The city has been named the "rattiest" in the US by Orkin, according to Crain's Chicago Business . The pest control company released a list of the top 20 rattiest US cities based on rodent treatments... More »

2 Nuns Die in 'Movielike' Crash

Police chief: It was like 'a bomb ... went off somewhere'

(Newser) - Two Chicago-area nuns were killed in a "violent and bizarre" 11-vehicle pileup a local fire chief compared to a scene from a movie, the Chicago Tribune reports. On Sunday in Oak Lawn, Sister Sharon Ann Walsh was driving fellow nuns Jean Stickney, 86, and Kab Kyoung Kim, 48, back... More »

2 Weeks Until Chicago Control Center Reopens: FAA

Officials hope everything's up and running by Oct. 13 after sabotage

(Newser) - The Federal Aviation Administration says it will take about two weeks to fully reopen a Chicago-area control center, where an act of sabotage brought the city's two international airports to a halt last week. The FAA said yesterday it hopes to return the facility to full service by Oct.... More »

'Intentional' Fire at FAA Facility Grounds Planes

Man with self-inflicted wounds found at Aurora, Illinois, center

(Newser) - Anyone hoping to fly into or out of Chicago could be in for a delay today along with numerous others. More than 850 flights have been canceled out of Chicago's O'Hare International and Midway International airports after an employee allegedly set a fire in the basement of a... More »

Church Hands Each Member $500—With Instructions

LaSalle Street Church in Chicago got boost from real estate sale

(Newser) - After landing big money in a real estate transaction, a Chicago church opted to give a tenth of it to attendees—to the tune of $500 each. That money, the church suggested, should be donated to a cause of the congregant's choice, the Chicago Tribune reports. In the 1970s,... More »

Skulls, Bones Found in Closet at Japanese Consulate

Letter found with box in Chicago says remains are of 2 Japanese war vets

(Newser) - Everyone has skeletons in their closet of some sort, but the Japanese Consulate in Chicago actually, literally does—or did, anyway. A worker told police that a box filled with two skulls and a bunch of bones was discovered by staffers yesterday in a closet that the consulate's previous... More »

Actress Killed by Falling Tree While Bicycling

Chicago mourns Molly Glynn, Bernie Yvon

(Newser) - The Chicago theater community is mourning two stars who died within hours of each other over the weekend. Beloved theater actress and Chicago Fire cast member Molly Glynn died in the hospital on Saturday, the day after she was hit by a falling tree during a sudden thunderstorm, reports the... More »

All 7 Hostages Free, Safe in 20-Hour Chicago Ordeal

2 suspects arrested; officers treated for wounds

(Newser) - All of the hostages who were being held at a home near Chicago in a standoff that started early yesterday afternoon have been rescued, NBC Chicago reports. Four children had been released last night, and the two remaining children and an adult woman were found safe this morning after police... More »

Tech Exec Shoots CEO, Kills Self

He was upset over demotion, police say

(Newser) - An exec "despondent" over being demoted at a Chicago technology firm shot his boss and killed himself during a one-on-one meeting yesterday, police say. ArrowStream CEO Steven LaVoie, 54, was shot twice as he struggled for the gun with former chief technology officer Tony DeFrances, reports the Chicago Tribune... More »

Stranger Returns Mark Ruffalo's Lost Wallet

'Another point for the decency in people,' Ruffalo tweets

(Newser) - Mark Ruffalo has a new hero: a stranger by the name of Ross McHale. Ruffalo apparently lost his wallet in Chicago last week while in town to serve as a grand marshal at a race at Chicagoland Speedway, Us reports, and McHale just happened to find it. Though he didn'... More »

40 Shot, 4 Killed This Weekend in Chicago

11-year-old girl was shot in head while indoors at a sleepover

(Newser) - On Friday night, 11-year-old Shamiya Adams was prepping s'mores at a sleepover party at her friend's apartment in Chicago when, as the girls were about to put the s'mores in the microwave, a stray bullet flew across a vacant lot, through an open window, then through a... More »

22 Shot in 12 Hours in Chicago

11-year-old girl is killed by stray bullet

(Newser) - Chicago's violent summer continues: Police say 22 people were shot between 3:30pm yesterday and 3am today. Among the victims is an 11-year-old girl who was killed by a stray bullet while inside a home, reports the Chicago Tribune . "If you can't even be at home, where... More »

Boss: Keep Toilet Breaks Under 6 Minutes Per Day

Union: WaterSaver times bathroom visits, disciplines 'excessive use'

(Newser) - If you have to use the loo at Chicago's WaterSaver Faucet Company, you better do it in six minutes or fewer—per day. A local union says the factory has installed swipe card systems on its bathrooms to time potty breaks, slapping employees with disciplinary measures if they exceed... More »

Chicago Needs a Troop Surge

Obama should do same in his hometown as Afghanistan, pundits argue

(Newser) - Last weekend 84 Americans were shot in Chicago, 16 of them fatally. "If this happened in Kabul, Afghanistan, it would spark a change in policy," observes John Feehery at the Wall Street Journal . Instead, President Obama has barely acknowledged the wave of gang violence in his hometown. "... More »

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