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    WGN News App Contest: Enter for your chance to win two 100 level tickets for March 2nd game

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    Watch what happens when Sammy Davis Jr. reads the wrong envelope at the Oscars

    While Sunday’s Oscar flub was a doozy, apparently, it HAS happened before. Back in 1964, Sammy Davis Jr. was also handed the wrong envelope. According to The Washington Post, he was presenting two awards in one go: scoring of music (adaptation or treatment) and music score (substantially original). But the winner he announced wasn’t on the list of nominees he’d just read, so he hurried back to podium and said, “They gave me the wrong envelope. Wait ’til the NAACP hears about this.” […]

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    Car service driver shot during attempted robbery

    CHICAGO — A car service driver was shot in the hand during attempted robbery. It happened just after 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 6200 Block of South Indiana Avenue. The victim told police he was picking up a passenger when the fare pulled a gun and announced a robbery. The driver grabbed the gun and was hit in the finger when it fired. He got out of the car and the gunman drove off in it. No one is in custody.

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    Rapper Fat Joe on losing 100 pounds, beef between Nicki Minaj and Remy Ma

    CHICAGO — Rapper Fat Joe joined WGN Morning News in studio Monday — but you may not have recognized him. He’s lost 100 pounds! He credits the weight loss to working out and avoiding carbs. He also says that when he “cheats” on his diet, he tries not to eat something too bad. “But when I cheat, I cheat, you know — yogurt, frozen yogurt — you gotta cheat, but when you cheat, try to take the cheat away,” he said. […]

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    WGN Morning News’ Spring Training crew has got the moves!

    WGN Morning News Around Town reporter Ana Belaval was very busy covering Spring Training last week in Mesa, Ariz. But she and her crew made time to bust a move! Enjoy this glorious montage of their best moves during their trip.

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    Woman killed in crash involving semi at I-294 Toll Plaza

    EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. — An SUV rear-ended a semi on westbound Interstate 80 and two people were rushed to the hospital. One of them, a woman in her 40s, is dead. It happened just after 11 p.m. at the Interstate 294 Toll Plaza. The force of the crash spread wreckage across three of the plaza’s cash lanes, and they had to be closed while the debris was removed. They have since reopened.

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    Missing Streator woman has been found

    Kayla Stratton, the missing Streator woman, has been found safely. La Salle County Sheriff’s Office put out a release that at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Clarence Merritte at 410 Paxton St., Calumet City. They found Stratton at the same time. La Salle County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit and Streator police were all involved in the investigation. Merritte was arrested on La Salle […]

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    $5K reward offered in case of missing Streator woman

    STREATOR, Ill. — The FBI is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the safe return of 24-year-old Kayla Stratton. Stratton disappeared last Friday from the town of Streator, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. She’s believed to be with her baby’s father, 33-year-old Clarence Merritte. The baby was found outside the home of a family friend last weekend and was taken to a hospital. The Lasalle County Sheriff’s Office says Merritte forced the car Stratton was riding […]

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    Florida homeowner trained in jiu-jitsu bloodies suspected burglar

    FORT MYERS, Fla. – Brian Burch is a burglar’s worst nightmare – the Florida homeowner is not just a large, powerful man, but he also happens to be skilled in the martial art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Josue Ortiz chose the wrong house to break into Tuesday, Lee County deputies told WBBH. Ortiz allegedly saw the door to Burch’s garage left open and slipped in, lifting multiple tools and loading them into his vehicle. Burch said he went outside after hearing […]

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    Third man charged in fatal Valentine’s Day shooting of 2-year-old boy

    CHICAGO — A third man has been charged in the murders of 2-year-old Levontay White and his uncle on Valentine’s Day. Jeremy Ellis, 19, is charged with two counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted first degree murder. Doniel Harris, 19, was held without bond Friday. Devon Swan, 26, was charged in the murders last week and was also denied bond. Levontay and his 26-year-old uncle Lazaric Collins were in a car in the city’s North Lawndale neighborhood when they […]