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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

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...

2 Party Guests Killed as They Celebrated Halloween

More than a dozen injured at shooting in Illinois

(Newser) - "You could just tell something was going to happen," says a guest at a Chicago-area Halloween party that went horribly wrong. But, he continues, "I never thought my friend was going to die." Two people died and more than a dozen were injured just after midnight...

R. Kelly Was on Suicide Watch After Conviction
R. Kelly
Now Facing
a Second Trial

R. Kelly Now Facing a Second Trial

He was temporarily put on suicide watch after his conviction

(Newser) - A federal judge on Wednesday ordered R&B superstar R. Kelly to stand trial in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges next year after the scheduled sentencing for his conviction in an earlier sex trafficking trial in New York, per the AP . US District Judge Harry Leinenweber...

Smollett Insists Attack Was No Hoax
Is Going
to Trial

Jussie Smollett Is Going to Trial

Judge refuses to dismiss case

(Newser) - Update: Jussie Smollett is going to trial. The actor was accused of faking an attack on himself in January 2020 in Chicago, faced charges which were dropped, then charged again in February 2020. Smollett pleaded not guilty to six counts of felony disorderly conduct. His lawyers also tried to have...

After 5 Years, Obamas Break Ground on Presidential Center

Former president say it's his way of giving back to Chicago's South Side

(Newser) - After five years of legal battles, gentrification concerns, and a federal review, Barack and Michelle Obama dug shovels into the ground Tuesday during a celebratory groundbreaking on their legacy project in a lakefront Chicago park. Construction on the Obama Presidential Center along Lake Michigan, near the Obama family home and...

'Large, Battering Waves' Forecast for Chicago

National Weather Service warns of potential flooding at southern end of Lake Michigan

(Newser) - The Chicago shoreline and other areas around Lake Michigan will be a very dangerous place to be on Wednesday and Thursday, forecasters warn. The National Weather Service says "large, battering waves" up to 16 feet high could hit the area, driven by northerly winds of up to 45mph, CNN...

Conor McGregor's New Title: 'Worst First Pitch' Thrower

MMA fighter's pitch hit barrier some 20 feet right of home plate

(Newser) - The world's highest-paid athlete can throw a punch with accuracy, but apparently not a baseball. Mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor joined the long list of celebrities who've bungled a ceremonial first pitch at an MLB game after he took to the mound Tuesday at Wrigley Field ahead...

Chicago Mayor Wants to Fight Gangs by Seizing Assets

Lori Lightfoot wants to 'take away the profit motive'

(Newser) - Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city is going to fight the gangs "wreaking havoc" in the city by seizing their assets. Under a new ordinance introduced this week, the city's law department would be able to sue gang members and fine them up to $10,000 per...

Lawyers Describe 'Obvious Case of Racial Profiling' by Cop

Chicago police officer is on administrative leave

(Newser) - A white Chicago police officer has been placed on administrative duty as the city's police oversight agency investigates his struggle with a Black woman who was walking her dog in a lakefront park. Police Superintendent David Brown on Monday directed that the officer be placed on paid desk duty...

Judge: OK, Unvaccinated Mother Can See Child

Chicago judge reverses controversial order

(Newser) - The judge who barred an unvaccinated Chicago mom from seeing her 11-year-old son until she got a COVID shot has reversed that order after the story started making headlines . Rebecca Firlit, who hadn't seen her son since August 10 when the judge's order was issued at a virtual...

Judge Tells Mom She Can't See Son Until She's Vaccinated

Rebecca Firlit hasn't seen her 11-year-old since Aug. 10

(Newser) - Rebecca Firlit showed up to what she thought would be a typical child support hearing via Zoom; the Chicago mom has been divorced for seven years and shares custody of her 11-year-old son. She ended the hearing having lost her visitation rights due to her vaccine status in what the...

Investigation Uncovers Serious Flaws With ShotSpotter Evidence

Chicago man spent nearly a year in jail based on algorithm

(Newser) - Michael Williams was arrested last August, accused of murdering a young man from his Chicago neighborhood who asked the 65-year-old for a ride during a night of unrest in May over police brutality. The key evidence came from video of a car driving through an intersection, and a loud bang...

Group Asks SCOTUS to Halt Obama Library Construction

They say it will wreck Chicago's Jackson Park

(Newser) - Work on Barack Obama's presidential library finally began this week—but the project's opponents want the Supreme Court to order an immediate halt. The Protect Our Parks group has filed an emergency request with Justice Amy Coney Barrett, arguing that the project will do irreparable harm to Jackson...

2 Young Sisters Shot After Getting Into Car

7-year-old killed in Chicago in 'gang conflict area'; 6-year-old sister is 'fighting for her life'

(Newser) - A 7-year-old girl was fatally shot and her 6-year-old sister was seriously wounded in Chicago when someone opened fire after the siblings had gotten into a parked a car, police said. The 7-year-old was shot in the chest and torso Sunday afternoon and was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical...

Dozens of Cops Turn Back on Chicago Mayor at Hospital

Lori Lightfoot went to offer support for injured police officer whose partner died in weekend shooting

(Newser) - Two Chicago police officers were shot during a Saturday night traffic stop, one fatally, and after the shooting, the city's mayor headed to the hospital where the surviving officer is said to be fighting for his life. That visit didn't go well for her. First, sources tell the...

Chicago Cops Shot, One Fatally, During Traffic Stop

The other is fighting for his life, officials say

(Newser) - Two Chicago Police Department officers were shot as they conducted a traffic stop Saturday night, one fatally. Ella French, 29, had been with the department since 2018, the Chicago Tribune reports. "She was the epitome of a good Samaritan," says her brother. "She was a humanitarian. She...

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