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30 injured in overnight train derailment at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

Thirty people were injured after a Chicago Transit Authority train derailed and hit a platform at O’Hare International Airport early on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reported. The injuries are not life threatening, according to early reports, Chicago Police Department spokesman Ron Gaines told the newspaper. The train jumped a bumper…

Arctic blast compels escaped Kentucky inmate to ask for return to prison

An Arctic chill kept the United States and Canada in the deep freeze on Tuesday as a record-breaking cold front saw temperatures drop lower than those recorded on the surface of Mars. All of Canada and every U.S. state – except tropical Hawaii in the Pacific – recorded temperatures below…

‘Suspicious’ KKK flyers found in Chicago suburb: ‘The Klan is awake!’

Police in Tinley Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, are investigating flyers promoting the Ku Klux Klan which appeared in some of the town’s driveways this week. The Chicago Tribune reported that at least five residences were targeted. Tinley Park Police Chief Steve Vaccaro told the Tribune that the flyers…

Toddler among 13 wounded in Chicago gang shooting

Thirteen people, including a toddler, were wounded in an overnight gang shooting in Chicago, President Barack Obama’s adopted hometown that has been struggling to stem violent crime, police said. Among the victims was a three-year-old child who was in critical condition after being shot in the ear when gunfire erupted…

Llamas and goats keep grass cut at Chicago’s O’Hare airport

Chicago’s bustling O’Hare airport has hired a new crew to keep the grass cut: a herd of goats, sheep, donkeys and llamas. Yes, llamas. The llamas help protect the sheep and miniature goats from coyotes that roam the wooded areas near one of the world’s busiest airports. The donkeys are…

Chicago 9-year-old boy shot in chest: ‘Mommy, I’m shot’

A 9-year-old boy in Chicago was struck in the chest by a stray bullet Wednesday afternoon while riding in his mother’s car. According to the Chicago Tribune, the unknown shooter was aiming at the boyfriend of the boy’s mother, who was riding in the front passenger seat. No one else…

Chicago Teachers Union plans mass demonstration against school closings

Chicago is bracing itself for a large, potentially disruptive demonstration on Wednesday involving acts of mass civil disobedience against the largest proposed round of school closures in recent memory. The city last week announced plans to close 54 schools affecting more than 30,000 students, primarily in low-income black and Latino…

Pop culture’s past is growing faster than its present

I can now listen to music that was never aimed at me, from a time and a place I have no connection with – and even nearly enjoy it Just before Christmas, I saw the early-80s Boston hardcore band Mission of Burma in a Shoreditch cellar, playing to a crowd…

With 42 homicides, Chicago sees most violent January in 11 years

With 42 homicides, Chicago sees most violent January in 11 years One month into the new year Chicago has already set an ignominious record for homicides. By late Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department had logged 42 such killings, making this the second consecutive January to top 40 homicides and the…

Anti-war protesters falsely arrested in Chicago get $6.2 million settlement

Some 800 people are to receive payments between $500 and $15,000 for false arrests carried out by the city of Chicago during a 2003 anti-war demonstration, according to the terms of a settlement offered by city attorneys on Thursday. The city council could vote on the settlement as soon as…

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