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Shoppers Run as Gunfire Erupts in Mall

A man was killed, police say, and 2 people were wounded

(Newser) - A shooting at a suburban Chicago shopping mall left one man dead and two other people wounded, including a teenage girl, while shoppers ran for cover, police said. A person of interest was taken into custody after the Friday night shooting at the Fashion Outlets of Chicago mall in Rosemont,...

Smollett Wins His Release Pending Appeal
Jussie Smollett Freed
Pending Appeal
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Jussie Smollett Freed Pending Appeal

Actor released on personal recognizance

(Newser) - This story has been updated with additional details. Jussie Smollett was released from jail Wednesday following six nights behind bars after an appeals court agreed with his lawyers that he should be free pending the appeal of his conviction for lying to police about a racist and homophobic attack. The...

No Charges in Fatal Police Shootings of Adam Toledo, Anthony Alvarez

They were killed in Chicago within days of each other

(Newser) - No charges will be filed against the Chicago police officers who chased and fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez within days of each other last year, prompting sharp criticism of how the department handles foot pursuits, a prosecutor announced Tuesday. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx...

Police: 2 Cops Shot at Hot Dog Stand

Injuries are not life-threatening in Chicago incident

(Newser) - Two Chicago police officers were shot and wounded early Friday by a gunman who dropped a handgun while waiting in line at a restaurant with one of the officers, picked it up, and opened fire, police said. The suspected gunman was captured nearby and the officers were taken to a...

At O'Hare Airport, Another 'Marilyn Sighting'
Repeat Stowaway
Receives Sentence
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Repeat Stowaway Receives Sentence

Marilyn Hartman gets more than 3 years, but she could be freed anytime

(Newser) - Update: Frequent stowaway Marilyn Hartman was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Thursday. Hartman pleaded guilty to felony counts of criminal trespass and escape from electronic monitoring in connection with a trespassing incident at Chicago's O'Hare Airport in 2019, the Sun-Times reports. A Cook County...

2008 'Lane Bryant' Murders Receive New Interest

2 new detectives have been put on the case

(Newser) - A mass murder that took place at a Chicago-area Lane Bryant 14 years ago remains unsolved, but authorities hope a new pair of detectives will change that, FOX 32 reports. Four customers and two employees—all women—were shot at close range during what was likely an attempted robbery at...

Man Released From Prison After His Twin Confesses

Kevin Dugar spent nearly 20 years behind bars after a murder conviction

(Newser) - Update: Kevin Dugar is out of prison for the first time nearly 20 years after a bizarre twist in his case. Dugar was convicted of murder, but he was released from Cook County jail in Chicago on Wednesday because his identical twin brother belatedly confessed to the crime, reports Fox...

Chicago's COVID Standoff Ends With a Very Narrow Vote

Union, district reach a deal; rank-and-file members narrowly approve it

(Newser) - Update: The Chicago Teachers Union narrowly voted to approve the safety agreement struck between the union's leaders and the district, Chicago Public Schools, in order to facilitate a return to in-person school, which took place Wednesday after five days of canceled classes. An official tells CNN the 55.5%...

Chicago Mayor Has COVID
Chicago Mayor Has COVID

Chicago Mayor Has COVID

Lori Lightfoot say it's an 'urgent reminder for folks to get vaccinated and boosted'

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday that she had tested for positive for COVID-19—a day after a deal was reached for students to return to the city's public schools. "I am experiencing cold-like symptoms but otherwise feel fine which I credit to being vaccinated and boosted,"...

This Is the City With the Most Active Lifestyle

San Francisco tops WalletHub's ranking, while North Las Vegas brings up the rear

(Newser) - Juggling work, family, and one's own health and fitness can be a daunting task, and the latter often takes a back seat to all other responsibilities. The pandemic has caused even more people to stay away from gyms and other indoor activities. But there are some cities where residents...

School's Out in Nation's 3rd-Largest District—Again

Chicago Public Schools fails to reach agreement with teachers union

(Newser) - Update: Chicago Public Schools has canceled Thursday classes, the second day in a row, after failing to reach an agreement with the teachers union over virtual learning and other COVID-19 protocols amid the latest surge in cases. The closure will affect 350,000 students, the AP reports. Our original story ...

Ye Buys 4K Toys for Chicago Kids in Need

'He has truly been our modern-day Santa Claus,' alderman says

(Newser) - Kanye West has been officially named Ye since his name change was approved in October—but to thousands of kids in Chicago, he's now Santye Claus. The rapper donated clothing and almost all of the more than 4,000 toys that were given away at an event in the...

These US Cities Have the Most, Least Holiday Spirit

New York City is the most festive of all, while Enterprise, Nev., is a bit of a Grinch

(Newser) - With 2022 almost upon us, it's the time of year when we wind down and kick back, which often includes a fair bit of festivities. LawnStarter wanted to know which places boast the most spirit of the season, so the site looked at the 200 largest cities in the...

Woman Handcuffed Naked Likely to Get $2.9M Settlement

Chicago will pay up over Anjanette Young raid

(Newser) - Update: The city of Chicago will likely pay a $2.9 million settlement to Anjanette Young, the woman who was handcuffed naked after police officers entered her home without knocking despite their search warrant being for another address entirely. The city's Finance Council unanimously recommended that amount Monday, USA ...

Actor Found Guilty for False Hate Crime Report
Smollett Convicted on 5 Counts

Smollett Convicted on 5 Counts

Jury decides actor invented tale about being a victim of a hate crime

(Newser) - A Chicago jury convicted Jussie Smollett on Thursday of falsely reporting that he was the victim of a hate crime in 2019. The former Empire actor was convicted of five charges and acquitted of one, NBC reports. Smollett showed no reaction as he stood facing the jury and heard the...

Here Are the Most Generous Cities in America

Minneapolis and Seattle top LawnStarter's list

(Newser) - If you're wondering why your socials are suddenly filled with requests for charitable donations, allow us to solve the mystery: It's Giving Tuesday, a day to open up one's wallet for good causes after doing the same in the name of consumerism on Black Friday and Cyber...

Chicago Mom Shot Dead at Teen Son's Memorial

Police release footage of 2 male suspects in Kevin Tinker Jr.'s murder

(Newser) - A 31-year-old woman in Chicago was mourning the death of her 14-year-old son when she was shot dead in the same spot he had died only three days earlier. Kevin Tinker Jr. had been walking home from a friend's house in the Roseland neighborhood shortly after 5pm Sunday when...

Nanny Alleges Music-Label CEO, Wife Set Up Secret Cameras

Suit against Schubas owner Michael Johnston names his wife, too

(Newser) - An unexpected shakeup in the Chicago music scene: Michael Johnston, owner of Lincoln Hall and Schubas, has been relieved of his role as president and CEO of the Audiotree record label he co-founded and his job handling the well-known music venues following accusations that he and his wife set up...

McDonald's CEO Apologizes After Parenting Comments

After two children were shot, Chris Kempczinski said their parents failed them

(Newser) - Update: He's sorry. The CEO of McDonald's is apologizing for comments in which he blamed bad parenting after two children were fatally shot in Chicago. The comments were "wrong—pure and simple," wrote Chris Kempczinski in an email to staff, per the Wall Street Journal . "...

Union Boss Wants Chicago Cops to Defy Vaccine Mandate
Judge Blocks
Vaccine Mandate
for Chicago Cops
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Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Chicago Cops

But they still have to inform city of their vaccination status

(Newser) - Update: A judge in Chicago has blocked the city from enforcing its vaccine mandate for police officers. Cook County Judge Raymond Mitchell suspended the city's Dec. 31 deadline and said the dispute over vaccinations between the city and the police union should be treated as a labor grievance and...

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