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  • Scandal-plagued Burr Oak Cemetery gets a makeover

    Five years after the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal broke,  dignity has returned to the south suburban cemetery. In August 2009, investigators made a gruesome discovery of dilapidated gravesites, missing bodies and bodies being double stacked in some graves  as part of a scheme to have more available plots to sell. A number of cemetery employees ended up charged in the scandal. On Friday, a new era began as Gov. Pat Quinn and Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart dedicated a monument […]

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    Feds to conduct autopsy on Chicago area woman murdered in Bali

    Federal investigators planned to conduct an autopsy on a woman from Chicago who was murdered while on vacation in Bali. The remains of Sheila Von Wiese-Mack were taken to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware after arriving in the U.S. Wednesday. Mack’s daughter, Heather, and her boyfriend, Tommy Schaefer, are being held on suicide watch in connection with the killing. Von Wiese-Mack’s brother says his sister was excited about the trip with her daughter but that Schaeffer might have shown […]

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    Slain American journalist educated, taught in Chicago

    Beheaded American journalist James Foley had some strong Chicago area ties. Foley, 40, taught reading and writing to inmates at the Cook County Sheriff’s boot camp for four or five  years. The Cook County jail executive director Cara Smith said Foley “ … was just a passionate employee, dedicated about working with participants and doing what he could to turn lives around.’’ He also received a degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. The university has released a statement […]

  • ‘Red Light Doctor’ helps more drivers fight tickets

    The self-proclaimed “Red Light Doctor” was back at it Tuesday. Barnet Fagel attended administrative hearings to help drivers fight tickets issued by Chicago’s unpopular red light cameras. WGN’s Julian Crews reports Fagel was able to have several citations thrown out. Fagel has successfully argued that the yellow light is too short,  a violation of state and federal standards. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says red light cameras have reduced t-bone collisions by 30 percent. Opponents of cameras say they have increased rear-end […]

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    Family of murdered pregnant woman sues Home Depot

    The mother of a pregnant woman who was murdered by her former supervisor is suing the company that employed the killer and the victim. Alisha Bromfield, 21, of Plainfield was strangled in August 2012 while attending a wedding in Door County, Wisconsin. Brian Cooper, 37, was convicted of the killing in a retrial earlier this year. Bromfield’s mother is suing Home Depot and a company that supplied flowers to the home improvement chain. According to the suit, the businesses did […]

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    Chicago Little Leaguers World Series-bound

    For the first time in three decades, a baseball team from Chicago is in the Little League World Series. Jackie Robinson West advanced by winning the Great Lakes Region championship Saturday. The team scored seven runs in the fifth inning to come back and beat a team from New Albany, Indiana 12-7. Jackie Robinson West is made up of 11 and 12 year olds from Englewood, Morgan Park, Chatham, and Auburn-Gresham neighorhoods. They are one of eight American teams in […]

  • iPhone 6 announcement expected next month

    Get ready to find out when you can get the new iPhone. A release date for the iPhone 6 is expected to be announced on Sept. 9th. Apple has a “big media event” scheduled that day,  although exact details are not available. The release of the iPhone 6 could happen in mid-September. Apple reportedly has ordered up to 80 million iPhone 6 units from suppliers, which could make it the company`s biggest iPhone launch to date. The new operating system, […]

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    Navy Pier park getting new name

    The park in front of Navy Pier is getting a new name to help pay for the pier’s renovation. The Polk family is paying $20 million for the naming rights to Gateway Park on the western edge of the pier. It will now be called Polk Park. The money will be used for Navy Pier’s modernization plan which includes upgrading the park. Polk Park will feature a lighted water fountain and ice skating rink. Plans for the Navy Pier makeover […]

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    Man charged with spitting in Cook County judge’s face

    A Northside business owner is accused of slapping and spitting in the face of a 79-year-old judge. David Nicosia, 55,  is charged with four counts of aggravated battery and a hate crime. Prosecutors say Nicosia became angry because Judge Arnette Hubbard was smoking near him outside the Daley Center Monday. They say he told Hubbard to move, called her “Rosa Parks,” spit in her face and then slapped her. Hubbard, who is African-American, got her start as a civil rights […]

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    Gas Prices heading down, analysts say

    Gas prices may have finally peaked for the year Drivers paid $3.67 a gallon on average over the Fourth of July weekend. That is the highest price since 2008. Now prices are starting to ease back. According to AAA, the current national average right now for regular gas is $3.65 a gallon. Experts say prices at the pump should keep inching down thanks to falling oil prices.  

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