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Cops: 2 Teens Killed After Asking Shooter How Tall He Is

Victims asked suspect about his height in store, were later gunned down, say Chicago police

(Newser) - "I know it doesn't make any sense," says Chicago detective Brendan Deenihan, per KMOV . He's referring to the fatal shooting of two teenagers who asked their suspected shooter how tall he was. Victims Charles Riley, 16, and Jesean Francis, 17, were in a store buying candy... More »

Chicago Suffers Another Lethal Weekend

3 kids dead, including 10-year-old hit by stray bullet in apartment, 1-year-old hit while riding in car

(Newser) - Activists and local leaders called for more state and federal support Sunday as weekend shootings across Chicago left three children dead, including a 10-year-old who was struck by a stray bullet that came through an apartment window, the AP reports. The Saturday night death was among at least 10 shooting... More »

Key Witnesses in Jussie Smollett Case Say They're Out

Brothers are fed up with police hold on personal items

(Newser) - The two brothers who admitted to helping Jussie Smollet stage a fake hate crime are no longer cooperating with prosecutors. That's according to a letter from the brothers' lawyer, obtained by the Chicago Tribune , which reports the development stems from a police raid on the home of Abimbola "... More »

102 People Were Shot in Chicago Over the Weekend

A 3-year-old boy is among the 14 fatalities

(Newser) - Fourteen people, including five children, were killed as more than 100 people were shot in a wave of gunfire in Chicago over Father's Day weekend—the city's highest number of shooting victims in a single weekend this year, per the AP . Among the victims was a 3-year-old boy,... More »

Cops Napped, Made Popcorn Amid Rioting: Officials

Rep. Bobby Rush says they kicked back in his Chicago office

(Newser) - Chicago cops are in hot water after lounging around a politician's office while looters plundered in the very same strip mall, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. That politician, Rep. Bobby Rush, had video of the officers kicking back in his South Side campaign office earlier this month. "One was... More »

Her Lungs Were Among Worst He'd Seen. Now, a 2nd Chance

Double lung transplant saves young COVID-19 patient's life in Chicago

(Newser) - A 20-something woman whose lungs were devastated by the coronavirus has undergone the first known US lung transplant related to COVID-19—a double transplant, at that. It was her one shot at survival, reports the New York Times . The procedure carried out at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago last week... More »

Chicago Logs Deadliest Day in Modern History

Crime Lab counts 18 murders in 24 hours on May 31

(Newser) - Chicago has logged its deadliest day in modern history, with 18 murders on May 31. "A hardworking father killed just before 1am. A West Side high school student murdered two hours later. A man killed amid South Side looting at a cellphone store at 12:30pm," begins a... More »

Family: Chicago Cops Put Knee on Woman's Neck

'She never resisted'

(Newser) - Chicago woman Mia Wright says police officers smashed a car's windows and pulled her out of the vehicle at a mall Sunday—but the most terrifying part was when an officer, despite days of nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, restrained her by kneeling on her neck.... More »

It Was Chicago's Deadliest Memorial Day Weekend in 5 Years

10 dead, 31 injured

(Newser) - Ten people were killed over the holiday weekend in Chicago, making it the Windy City's deadliest Memorial Day weekend since 2015, ABC 7 reports. At least 31 others have been injured in shootings in the city since Friday night. Three of those shot were teenagers, one fatally. The Chicago ... More »

Chicago Has 'Great Victory' in Fight Over Sanctuary Cities

Appeals court says Trump policy should be frozen nationwide

(Newser) - A sharply worded ruling by a federal appeals court in Chicago on Thursday said the Trump administration policy of threatening to withhold grant money from so-called sanctuary cities to force them to comply with its immigration policies violates separation-of-powers provisions enshrined in the Constitution. The 7th US Circuit Court of... More »

Officials Bash Chicago Partygoers Who Stood 'Cheek-to-Jowl'

Police said 50 people were asked to leave Saturday's gathering

(Newser) - There's an unmistakable cough heard on a video clip showing dozens of people packed into a Chicago townhouse on Saturday. The woman who shared the footage on Facebook Live, only to be met with angry face responses, suggested partying was no different than grocery shopping. "Y'all go... More »

Father of Marine Pushed Into Moving Train: 'Just Too Much'

18-year-old Chicago man charged with murder of veteran Mamadou Balde

(Newser) - A Chicago man is charged with murdering a Marine veteran, whom he allegedly shoved into the path of a moving train. Ryan Munn, 18, and another unidentified man approached Mamadou Balde, 29, on a Chicago Transit Authority train platform around 5pm on April 7, according to a document from the... More »

Chicago Had a 'Super-Spreader'

CDC describes cluster of cases linked to a single man

(Newser) - New research suggests the first people infected with the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, spread it to an average of 5.7 others, per Bloomberg . And those aren't even the "super-spreaders." One such person in Chicago, described in a CDC report released Wednesday, was responsible for confirmed or... More »

Police: Man's COVID-19 Fear Was Behind Murder-Suicide

Autopsies show neither had the coronavirus

(Newser) - The bodies of a man and a woman were found inside their suburban Chicago home in what authorities say was a murder-suicide that was apparently prompted by the man's concern that the two of them had the coronavirus, authorities said. Deputies who were dispatched to a home in Lockport... More »

70M Americans Face Severe Weather Forecast

That could include tornadoes and hail

(Newser) - Good thing Americans have nothing else to worry about—because severe storms that might include hail and tornadoes are forecast for a good swath of the country on Saturday, CNN reports. "Over 70 million Americans face the threat of severe weather today, with the greatest threat for a significant... More »

City to Use Hotels for Coronavirus Isolation

Chicago is renting thousands of rooms to ease the crunch at hospitals

(Newser) - To free up hospital beds for COVID-19 patients, Chicago is renting scores of hotel rooms. They'll be occupied by people with mild cases of the disease, think they were exposed to it, or are waiting for coronavirus test results, the Chicago Tribune reports. The city expects to have 1,... More »

Police Video So Bad, All Charges Are Dropped

Officers shoot suspected train-jumper Ariel Roman after a long scuffle

(Newser) - Cellphone video of a police shooting rocked Chicago this weekend after officers struggled with a man on the subway—and apparently shot him twice, the Chicago Tribune reports. Police say two officers tried arresting Ariel Roman at Grand Station on Friday for jumping train cars. Video shows officers attempting to... More »

'It's Time for War': Big School District Drops Columbus Day

Chicago schools replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day

(Newser) - Chicago schools are dropping Columbus Day in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day, but political and civic leaders have vowed to push back. The Chicago Board of Education voted 5-2 on the move Wednesday to recognize the people already living in America when Christopher Columbus landed in 1492, KMOV reports. "... More »

7-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots, Injures 11-Year-Old Brother

It happened in Chicago; 5 other kids injured in separate Windy City shootings on the same night

(Newser) - Two siblings in Chicago got their hands on a gun Friday, and now one of them is hospitalized. Police say an 11-year-old boy and his 7-year-old sister "gained access" to a firearm in the Lawndale home, and the girl was handling the gun when it appears to have accidentally... More »

10 Healthiest, Most Unhealthy Cities in America

Head West for good health

(Newser) - Staying in shape and in a general state of wellness is (and should be) a priority for most—and where you live can have an effect on how you maintain your health. WalletHub looked at more than 170 of the most populated US cities across more than three dozen metrics,... More »

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