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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 »

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 »

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