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  • How prescription and illegal opioids ‘hijack’ the brain: One family’s story

    CHICAGO — For some, opioids are an effective, non-addictive pain reliever. But about 10 percent of the population is hard wired for addiction, experts say, and even casual use can quickly turn into something even more serious. As the drugs make their way through the body, they bind to natural opioid receptors on nerve cells. In the brain, they take over an area responsible for pleasurable, rewarding and reinforcing experiences. Food and sex spark the same feelings – but for very brief periods. Opioids, […]

  • This video shows what it’s actually like to watch live as a giraffe gives birth

    Video: Tatu the giraffe is born in Greenville, S.C. in 2016 GREENVILLE, South Carolina — Millions of people around the world are reportedly awaiting the birth of a baby giraffe and watching a live stream as its expectant mother, April, paces back and forth in her pen at a New York zoo. As the stream caught on after its Feb. 23 debut, at any given time of the day tens of thousands are tuning in, hoping to witness the miracle of life as it happens. So they […]

  • Chicago almost goes full week without fatal shooting

    CHICAGO — Chicago nearly went a full week without a fatal shooting. The Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune reported the city had passed such a milestone on Sunday morning for the first time in more than five years. However, that was before the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office on Sunday afternoon reported the homicide of 22-year-old Antoine D. Watkins from multiple gunshot wounds. Police say they found him lying face down Saturday in a vacant lot about a block […]

  • Chance the Rapper says he paid for free showings of ‘Get Out’ at Chatham theatre

    CHICAGO — Chicago native Chance the Rapper says he’s bought “all the tickets” for Sunday showings of the breakout hit “Get Out” at a Chatham movie theater so fans can see it for free. “I bought all the tickets to Get Out at Chatham Theatre on 87th just pull up with ID and enjoy the movie,” Chance said on Twitter. “it’s free I just want you to see it on 87th.” I bought all the tickets to #GetOut at Chatham […]

  • Pregnant woman reportedly among victims of Chicago double shooting

    CHICAGO — A pregnant woman is reportedly among the latest victims of Chicago’s gun violence. Community activist Andrew Holmes said she and another person were shot just after 8 p.m. Wednesday night in the 7600 block of S. Champlain. Their conditions are not known. Several people have been wounded and at least three people were killed in shootings across Chicago on Wednesday. Just minutes after the double shooting, a 31-year-old man was shot and killed near 114th and Ada. Police said he was shot in the head and back, […]

  • Metra board to release confidential information on ousted CEO

    From hands-free sneezers to seat hogs, Metra riders share their biggest pet peeves

    CHICAGO — A January customer survey asked Metra riders to vote for the most annoying things they’ve witnessed during their commute. The most (un)popular pet peeves will be highlighted in an upcoming marketing campaign that reminds riders of the proper way to behave through social media posts and passive-aggressive posters. According to Metra’s survey, and Sarah Jindra’s (un)scientific Twitter poll, these are some of Metra riders’ biggest gripes: Keep it down! The most popular subject generally speaking was passenger noise, Metra said, with customers […]

  • Child, quadrapalegic man rescued from Garfield Park house fire

    CHICAGO — Close to 20 people lost their Garfield Park home to fire Saturday morning, but the loss could have been immeasurably worse had firefighters not been able to rescue a man in wheelchair and a child who was sleeping in the basement. Martinia Martin left her first floor apartment Saturday morning for the store, and when she came back she saw smoke, fire, and firefighters. Even worse, out of the 13 children who were first evacuated from the building’s apartments, her 7-year-old daughter […]

  • Over 30 people shot, 4 killed in 25 hours during violent weekend

    CHICAGO — More than 30 people were shot, three fatally, and one person was fatally stabbed between Saturday and Sunday afternoon during a violent weekend in Chicago. The latest shooting happened just after noon Sunday outside a convenience store at 63rd and Honore in the Englewood neighborhood. Police are still in the early stages of their investigation, but the owner of the store said three people were shot, although police are saying four. Surveillance cameras captured part of the shooting, and at least two […]

  • Massive CTA reconstruction on Red Line to begin next week

    Red Line trains rerouted due to ‘small rubbish fire’ at Lake stop

    CHICAGO — 95th-bound Red Line L trains are being rerouted to the elevated lines for several stops after firefighters responded to a what CFD called a “small rubbish fire” Tuesday evening. The fire is now out and no injuries are reported. Howard-bound trains were also rerouted but have since resumed normal service below ground. Response was for smoke in the CTA subway system on state Street. Minor rubbish fire. No injuries — Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) January 18, 2017 As […]

  • Adler offering families unlimited access, live entertainment ‘After Dark’

    The Adler Planetarium is bringing back the popular nighttime event known as Adler After Dark for families. Friday, Feb. 3 the planetarium will host a family edition of the after hours event that was a big hit with the over-21 crowd. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. guests will have full access to unlimited sky shows and all the other exhibits, as well as live entertainment.