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With annual AP exams underway, some students feel ‘wildly unprepared’ because of the pandemic

CHICAGO — Kyujin Derradji is well-versed in Advanced Placement exams, having taken one as a sophomore and three as a junior. Now a senior at Northside College Prep High School, Derradji, 17, of Humboldt Park, is slated to take four more exams in May. But this pandemic year is different. “My classes have divided up the learning materials too much to accommodate for remote learning,” Derradji said in an email. “I feel wildly unprepared to take timed AP exams where I have to fill these gaps in preparation on the spot.” Starting this week, thousands of students in Chicago and the surrounding subur...

Want to teach your dog to talk?

Over a year into the pandemic, your bookshelves may be so crowded with books that you can’t imagine adding another. But a 3-year-old dog named Stella will have you rethinking that. Not familiar with the brown pup with a white belly, a mix of Catahoula and Australian cattle dog? She’s quite the social media sensation, with 788,000 followers on Instagram, 101,000 followers on YouTube and 28,000 followers on Facebook, and now there’s a book dedicated to all that she’s learned in her short life. Stella can communicate with humans using a device created by her owner, Christina Hunger. In “How Stell...

Driver angered by ‘yuppies with dogs’ at picnic in Chicago jumped curb and hit the group

CHICAGO — A 57-year-old motorist apparently angered by “yuppies with dogs” allegedly yelled anti-Asian comments before slamming into group of friends enjoying a birthday picnic, seriously injuring a woman in Logan Square, witnesses and officials said. The crash happened about 5:15 p.m. in the 2900 block of West Logan Boulevard when a red pickup truck jumped a curb and went up onto the grass median between inner and outer Logan Boulevard before hitting at least one adult pedestrian, a woman, according to Chicago Fire Department Chief Walter Schroeder and police spokesman Anthony Spicuzza. She w...

What would a Lollapalooza at 25% capacity be like?

CHICAGO — Almost two years after the last Lollapalooza, it is difficult to remember whether it was any good. I remember the comparatively “mild” temperatures and the long walks (like always) across the beautiful park grounds, but little else — including the unexceptional lineup — stands out. Like most major events, the festival took last year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But after a year of waiting and much speculation, the things many once cherished may soon return. On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that the city is loosening its current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, ...

Untreated traumas in arrested juveniles linger 15 years past incarceration, study finds

CHICAGO – Michael Penny, 60, had his first run-in with police at age 11 after he broke into a car near the old Chicago Stadium. He said police “beat him up, tossed him around and left him in the dirt.” Willie Hobson, now 69, was 10 or 11 when, he said, police handcuffed him and beat him in a patrol car on the way to the police station after he was hanging out with the “wrong crowd” on the West Side. Research over the years has shown that the more often children are stopped by police officers, the more likely they are to report emotional trauma, and that police encounters with boys tend to incr...

What you need to know about COVID-19 variants

So far, roughly 213 million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the United States, with more than a quarter of the nation fully vaccinated. The virus is still spreading, with cases rising in many parts of the country. Each time the virus transmits is another opportunity for a mutation to occur, potentially creating a new — and possibly more problematic — strain of the virus. The Biden administration recently allocated $1.7 billion to fight these troubling variants. Earlier this month, Rush University Medical Center in Chicago launched an advanced molecular lab dedicated to monitoring a...

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx acknowledges she did not see video of Adam Toledo shooting or read errant statement before court hearing

CHICAGO — Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx had not yet seen the footage of 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s fatal shooting at the time prosecutors were giving their first description of his killing by police, Foxx told The Chicago Tribune on Thursday. And, contrary to what Foxx said was standard practice in such high-profile cases, she did not review the words of that now-controversial description before it was read in court. “I recognize the significant public interest in this case, the horrific end of a life for a 13-year-old boy at the time when police engagement is under tremendous scrutiny,...

At vigil for Chicago first-grader, neighborhood leaders and family call for shooter to be turned in

CHICAGO – The 7-year-old girl killed Sunday afternoon while with her father in a McDonald’s drive-thru was a first-grade student who attended a Chicago public school in Humboldt Park, and Chicago detectives are investigating her fatal shooting as possibly targeting her father, according to police. Jaslyn Adams, 7, was shot six times Sunday as she and her father waited at the McDonald’s, at 3200 W. Roosevelt Road in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side, a preliminary police report states. A responding police officer took the gravely injured child in a squad car and rushed her to Strog...

Jaslyn Adams shooting: First grader shot 6 times -- Chicago police investigating if father was target

CHICAGO – The 7-year-old girl killed Sunday afternoon while with her father in a McDonald’s drive-thru was a first grade student who attended a Chicago public school in Humboldt Park and Chicago detectives are investigating her fatal shooting as possibly targeting her father, according to police. Jaslyn Adams, 7, was shot six times Sunday as she and her father waited in a drive-thru line at the McDonald’s, 3200 W. Roosevelt Road in the Homan Square neighborhood on the West Side, a preliminary police report states. A responding police officer took the gravely injured child in a squad car and ru...

Prosecutor blamed for errant in-court description of Adam Toledo shooting in Chicago is placed on leave

CHICAGO — A day after Cook County prosecutors partially disavowed statements they made in court about the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, the office declined to elaborate on what exactly went wrong and why. But the assistant state’s attorney who made the statements was placed on leave Friday, a spokeswoman for the office confirmed Saturday morning. The statement in question had been distributed widely for nearly a week before a spokeswoman for State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office on Thursday said that while the facts stated in court were correct, the prosecutor, Assistant State’s Atto...

Chicago's Little Village quietly mourns as video of Adam Toledo’s fatal shooting by a police officer emerges

CHICAGO — The scene of 13-year-old Adam Toledo’s death was marked by quiet displays of sorrow Thursday after the release of body camera video of a Chicago police officer shooting him. People stopped by the scene in the Little Village neighborhood to leave votive candles and flowers. An embroidered cross with the teen’s initials adorned the fence in front of a small makeshift altar in his memory near the alley where Officer Eric Stillman shot the teen late last month. Two women sat silently and cried in the alleyway behind the parking lot of Farragut Career Academy, near the opening in a fence ...

Chicago mayor says video of Adam Toledo’s fatal shooting by police ‘incredibly difficult to watch’

CHICAGO — Hours before city officials plan to release video of a police officer shooting 13-year-old Adam Toledo, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday asked Chicago residents to withhold judgment on the shooting and again called for peace. The mayor choked back tears as she discussed the city’s endemic gun violence, saying, “We can’t have that be what young people experience in our city.” “Simply put, we failed Adam,” she said during a City Hall news conference. Lightfoot recounted how, two weeks ago, “a tragedy occurred that left a child dead, a mother in mourning and a family in crisis.” “I have...

Chicago aldermen move to condemn Illinois congresswoman for Hitler remark

CHICAGO — Chicago aldermen on Monday moved to officially condemn a newly elected Illinois congresswoman who told an audience at a Washington, D.C., rally, “Hitler was right on one thing.” The nonbinding resolution denounces Republican U.S. Rep. Mary Miller’s remarks as “a disgrace to the memories of those killed in the Holocaust and the millions of victims of World War II, an insult to the families of those who perished, and a discredit to the office of United States congresswoman and the great state of Illinois.” During a Jan. 5 speech to conservative group Moms for America, Miller said each ...

Hundreds of residents rally to save beavers that made a home in suburban neighborhood

CHICAGO — They’re making protest signs. They’re signing petitions. They’re holding rallies. And they’re doing it all to save the beavers. Residents are protesting the possible trapping and killing of a couple of suburban rodents after a homeowners association board said it planned to remove beavers that have posted up in the retention ponds of a Glenview development. In recent days, more than 600 people have joined a Facebook group: Glenview Residents Against Drowning Beavers in Underwater Traps! Dozens have gathered near the den with protest signs featuring phrases like, “Leave the dam beaver...

Prosecutors detail what happened the night Chicago police shot 13-year-old during hearing for man who was with him

CHICAGO — A man who fired off gunshots as he stood next to 13-year-old Adam Toledo on a Little Village street corner sparked the chain of events that led to Toledo’s fatal shooting by Chicago police, Cook County prosecutors said in court Saturday. Ruben Roman, 21, was charged with felonies including child endangerment, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge. Judge Susana Ortiz ordered him held on $150,000 bond; he will need to post $15,000 to be released on an ankle bracelet pending trial. Roman is on video firing the weapon that brought officers to Little Village on the ni...

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