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    Snapping a picture of your hotel room could help stop human trafficking

    ST. LOUIS – Snapping a picture inside your hotel room could help protect children across the globe. The TraffickCam app enables travelers to submit pictures of hotel rooms around the world. The images are matched against a national database used by police. “You just enter your hotel room, and your room number. You take four pictures, and you submit them to the website,” Washington University Researcher and TraffickCam developer Abby Stylianou said. “And then those become part of the pipeline that […]

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    Shirtless fan runs on to Soldier Field during ‘shelter in place’

    CHICAGO — Severe weather in the Chicago-area forced a “shelter in place” during the Copa America game at Soldier Field Wednesday night. But one guy clearly didn’t get the memo. A video posted to Twitter shows a man without a shirt running on to Soldier Field in the pouring rain. He runs for about 30 seconds until he gets tackled by the guard. The “shelter in place” at the stadium lasted for about two hours, and the game between Chile and […]

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    Man’s revenge site so extreme ex wants to ‘disappear’

    A man who created a revenge website to “destroy” his ex-wife is now in custody and facing charges of criminal harassment. His ex says her only hope is that he’ll be held long enough to give her time to change her identity and “disappear” before he is freed, reports the National Post. Vancouver resident Patrick Fox, also known by his birth name Richard Riess, was arrested by US border patrol agents in Washington state after trying to cross into the […]

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    Cubs pitcher Jon Lester on amazing season, what’s next for David Ross

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester stopped by WGN Morning News Tuesday to talk baseball and him and his wife’s fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. But after we went off the air, we asked him about some other stuff, including what’s next for catch David Ross, who says he’s retiring after this season. “He’ll stay in some sort of baseball role. He’ll be a baseball guy for life,” he said. “A couple guys and I have a bet going that he’s going to […]

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    Another CPS principal leaving top-rated high school

    CHICAGO — Another principal at a top-ranked Chicago high school is leaving. D’Andre Weaver is stepping down after leading Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep for the last four years. Weaver posted a video, explaining to students and parents that his family is moving to Houston, Texas. “This decision to move did not come lightly, and certainly was not as a result of anything going on in our city or state,” Weaver said in the video. “It’s something our family has been contemplating […]

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    WGN newsroom votes on what things are most important to Larry Potash

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    Toddler found dead in Homer Glen swimming pool

    HOMER GLEN, Ill. — An autopsy appears to confirm a 17-month-old boy from Plainfield drowned in a swimming pool in Homer Glen. The body of David Garcia Jr. was discovered in the pool Sunday evening at a home on South Erin Court. The toddler was pronounced dead at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. There is no word yet on the circumstances surrounding his death. Check back for details.

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    Significant severe weather threat shaping up for the Chicago area Wednesday

    CHICAGO — The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has placed the entire Chicago area in an area of moderate risk for severe weather. The potential scenario at this time indicates the possibility of two rounds of significant thunderstorm activity. The first round will occur during the morning as a warm front lifts north through Illinois. Thunderstorms with large hail and heavy rainfall will be the primary hazards with a low risk of damaging wind and tornadoes. the second and greater […]

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    Streets reopen in Loop after construction crew hits old gas main

    CHICAGO –Several streets in The Loop were shut down this afternoon after  a construction crew struck a gas main near State and Madison. No one was injured but it quickly became a level 2 hazmat situation. The gas company came to the scene to cap the main. The fire department says it was an old, unused underground gas main. level 2 gas leak here in Chicago. pic.twitter.com/3jBvLC9sL5 — phillip (@phillipshake) June 14, 2016 Fire department says they are forcing air […]

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    WGN-TV, Lifesource hold blood drive in honor of Lucas ‘Bear’ Cervone

    World Blood Donor Day is Tuesday, June 14, and WGN-TV and Lifesource are holding a blood drive at our studios in honor of Lucas “Bear” Cervone. Lucas was 5 years old when he passed away on May 1 surrounded by his loving family. During his short life, Lucas battled two forms of leukemia and along  the way, inspired hundreds of people to donate blood and join the bone marrow registry. WGN and Lifesource Blood Drive Tuesday, June 14 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. […]