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    School district to pay $600,000 over death of teens who were hypnotized by principal

    SARASOTA, Fla. — A school district in this Gulf Coast city has reached a settlement with the families of three students who died after being hypnotized by their principal. Two of the students committed suicide and a third died in a car accident after hypnotizing himself. Investigators say principal George Kenney performed hypnosis on at least 75 students to help them with stress and concentration problems. Kenney resigned as principal in 2012 and served a year of probation for unlawful […]

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    Trooper to be sentenced for roadside strip search

    EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. –An Illinois state trooper is set to be sentenced Tuesday afternoon in connection with a roadside strip search captured on his squad car’s dashboard camera. Authorities say trooper Corey Alberson pulled over a man in East St. Louis in 2012. They say dashcam video shows Alberson pulling down the man’s pants and checking his buttocks and genitals with a flashlight. Alberson says he stopped the man based on a tip about a possible drug delivery. He […]

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    Sheriff: Oregon college shooter was packed with firearms

    ROSEBURG, Ore. — Authorities say the man who shot and killed nine people at a college in Oregon was loaded with firearms when he entered the school. The shooter also wounded nine others before he was shot and killed by police. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms says Chris Harper Mercer had body armor and was armed with three pistols, a rifle and five additional magazines. All of the weapons were purchased legally by Mercer or family members,  ATF […]

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    DC Man charged in O’Hare ticket counter attack

    Bond was set at $50,000 dollars for a man accused of trying to attack a ticket counter worker at O’Hare Airport. Edwin Sanchez of Washington DC is charged with attempted armed robbery. Police say he asked to borrow scissors from a worker at an American Airlines ticket counter Tuesday. After the employee gave the scissors to Sanchez, he hopped over the counter and demanded money. Officers rushed in and arrested Sanchez. Sanchez told police he had planned to get away […]

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    Shuttered North Side school sold to developer for $5.25M

    CHICAGO — Chicago Public Schools is selling another of the 50 school buildings it closed in 2013. The real estate developer, Svigos Asset Management, is buying the former Trumbull Elementary school in Andersonville for $5.25 million. CPS officials say it’ll be redeveloped into new residential units and a Chicago-based theater. 10 former schools have been sold or re-purposed since they were shut down. The remaining schools are still empty.

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    Bernie Sanders pushes populist message in Chicago

    CHICAGO — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders brought his populist message to Chicago Monday. He spoke to people at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. Students lined up around the corner from Rockefeller Chapel to get inside and hear Sanders speak. Sanders graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964. He spoke about his fond memories at the school, including organizing the school’s first “sit in” during the civil rights movement to protest segregation in the dorms. The democratic […]

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    Man accused of 2002 Johnsburg murder freed from prison

    MENARD, Ill. — A man has been freed from prison after an appellate court overturned his murder conviction in the case of a missing northern Illinois teenager. The (Crystal Lake) Northwest Herald reports that relatives greeted Mario Casciaro Wednesday as he walked out of Menard Correctional Center in southern Illinois. Casciaro and the teen both worked at a Johnsburg grocery store. Prosecutors say Casciaro persuaded a third co-worker to confront 17-year-old Brian Carrick over a drug deal debt in 2002. […]

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    Man killed while checking on gunfire outside his South Side home

    CHICAGO — A husband and father of three young children was shot to death while checking out gunfire near his South Side home. Ashton Simpson, 36, was shot and killed around 9 p.m. Sunday night in an alley just doors from his home near 83rd and Wood St. Relatives say Simpson had just returned from the grocery store with his family when he heard gunshots.  He brought his wife and children into their house then went to check out the […]

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    Riot Fest comes to Douglas Park for first time

    CHICAGO — Another major music festival is happening in Chicago. Riot Fest runs Friday through Sunday in Douglas Park on the West Side. It was moved from Humboldt Park after complaints from neighbors and the alderman. The move to Douglas Park also was controversial when administrators with Saint Anthony Hospital complained it would cause traffic and parking problems around the facility. Rain delayed the start of the music festival Friday. Headliners this year include No Doubt and Modest Mouse. CTA […]

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    Police search for more child remains, clues in Garfield Park Lagoon

    CHICAGO — The slow process of draining the Garfield Park Lagoon continued Wednesday as Chicago police looked for more remains of a child. Remains found over the weekend are believed to be those of an African-American boy between 18 months and four years old. However, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says a mixed racial background cannot be ruled out,  and it is still possible the body is a girl. Officers have been searching since Saturday, when someone called 911 […]


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