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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 »

Where 64 Are Shot, 6 Killed in One Weekend

Chicago neighborhoods torn apart by Memorial Day violence

(Newser) - One long weekend. Sixty-four shootings. Six people dead. That was Memorial Day weekend in Chicago, where the New York Times sent in journalists to report on gun violence over three heart-breaking days. What they found: Little gun control, gangs bent on retaliation, and police so distrusted that most homicides go... More »

Nothing Stops the Mail …Except One Carrier's Major Snake Phobia

'Snake-free zone. Could we pleeze have our mail?'

(Newser) - “Rain, snow, but not the snakes?” Fox 32 Chicago quotes Bill Hawkins as saying. Hawkins and his neighbors in Chicago's Rogers Park are having a hard time getting their mail thanks to the annual springtime boom in garter snakes and a mail carrier deathly afraid of them. A... More »

Cops: Relative Killed Entire Chicago Family

One victim was stabbed 45 times

(Newser) - "He was distraught, and I thought it was grief," a victims' advocate recalls of the man she comforted following the grisly murders of six family members —four adults and two children—in Chicago in February. That man is now charged in the case. Police say 22-year-old Diego... More »

Sinead O'Connor Found in Chicago 'Burbs: Cops

But her condition isn't revealed

(Newser) - Police in suburban Chicago say Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor was found safe Monday after officers received a report that she never returned from a Sunday bike ride in the area. Wilmette police spokesman Eric Peterson says O'Connor had been located, "is safe and no longer considered a... More »

Cops: Women Hid $3M of Heroin, Opium in Tea Leaves

They were arrested at O'Hare International Airport

(Newser) - Three women were allegedly found with more than $3 million worth of drugs hidden in bags of tea leaves Tuesday afternoon at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, the Chicago Sun Times reports. Authorities say nearly 70 pounds of opium and heroin were divided up into 470 tiny packets in... More »

She Lost Her Baby, but Pumped Enough Milk for 22 Others

Nearly 40 gallons, or 5K ounces

(Newser) - Pre-eclampsia forced Amy Hanson to have an emergency C-section at just over 27 weeks gestation. Her daughter, Adalyn "Addie" Rose, measured just 12 inches long. "Her diaper was the size of a Splenda packet, so small," Hanson tells the Chicago Tribune . In the first days of Addie'... More »

Player's Skin-Baring Outfit Turns Heads at NFL Draft

'The boldest fashion statement of the night'

(Newser) - The NFL Draft is being held tonight in Chicago. And while Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott almost certainly won't be picked first, he was the only thing the Internet was talking about as players hit the red carpet. "The boldest fashion statement of the night," Sports ... More »

Video: Bystanders Leave Man to Die in Chicago Street

Family of Marques Gaines suing 7-Eleven

(Newser) - Family members of a 32-year-old attacked by a man and then killed by a cab as he lay unconscious in the street outside a Chicago 7-Eleven on Feb. 7 returned to the scene of the crime Thursday. "The simple reason we're here is that a corporation that keeps... More »

Witness: Chicago Cop Shot Teen Scaling Fence

Cops say 16-year-old had a gun

(Newser) - Chicago is on edge after the shooting of yet another black teenager in disputed circumstances. Pierre Loury, 16, was shot dead after a foot chase Monday night. Police say he fled a vehicle believed to have been involved in an earlier shooting and was shot when he turned and pointed... More »

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