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  • 72-Year-old Verda Byrd says she always thought she was black, until she discovered her biological parents were white

    Woman raised as black finds out she’s white at age 70

    Verda Byrd always thought she was black. She has a dark skin tone, she was raised by a black couple, went to a black church, and had two black husbands. But the truth was uncovered two years ago. Byrd was 70 when she started learning about her biological parents. She found papers that confirmed she, and both of her parents, were white. Byrd says her mother knew her biological parents were white, but she died before she could tell her […]

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    Burglar steals purple Skittles from concession stand

    (COLUMBUS, IND) A burglar keeps stealing from a concession stand, but he’s not going for the cash. The concession stand at Clifty Park helps support a local baseball league in Columbus, Indiana. It’s been broken into six times in the past six weeks. One break-in was during the day. This has caused $3,000 in damage. No arrests have been made. Only drinks and purple skittles have been taken.

  • Former Chicago Blackhawk, and Hockey Hall of Famer, Stan Mikita

    Stan Mikita’s brain disorder blocking his hockey memories

    CHICAGO — The Chicago Blackhawks are one win away from winning another Stanley Cup championship. But one of the team’s ambassadors can’t enjoy it, because he doesn’t know its happening. Hall of Famer Stan Mikita spent his entire 22-year NHL career in Chicago. He’s now 75 and suffers from a brain disorder called Lewy body. The disorder can lead to dementia, hallucinations, and memory loss. Mikita’s wife, Jill, tells the Chicago Tribune, “His mind is completely gone. I don’t like […]

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    Woodstock man, 90, drives through garage door — on purpose

    WOODSTOCK, Ill. — 90-year-old Walter Thomas’ bucket list is really short. There’s only one thing on it, and that got fulfilled Sunday. “Every time I back out of the garage, I think about backing through the door,” said Thomas. He mentioned his wish to his granddaughter, so she got the project going. The garage was coming down for a renovation project anyway. So some relatives made some cuts in the garage door and disconnected it from the opener. The SUV […]

  • Buffalo Grove student Aniket Nuthalapati visits the WGN Morning News. He advanced to the semifinal round at the Scripps National Spelling Bee

    Illinois student remains in Scripps National Spelling Bee

    WASHINGTON — There’s only one student from Illinois left in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington. Aniket Nuthalapati attends Aptakisic Junior High School in Buffalo Grove. He is one of the 49 contestants who made it past the the preliminary round. The preliminary round includes a multiple choice test with spelling words and vocabulary questions. The semifinal round, which is Thursday, is similar to that. The top 12 scores after the semifinal advance to the finals Thursday night.

  • Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan announces budget proposal

    IL Democrats proposing budget with $3 billion worth of debt

    (SPRINGFIELD, ILL) Illinois lawmakers have a week to pass a new state budget, but the democrats’ plan could be a non-starter. House Speaker Michael Madigan says democrats are ready to pass a $36.3 billion spending plan, but he admits the state doesn’t have the money. “Democrats in the legislature, both the House and the Senate, will offer a spending plan that’s consistent with our view of what the state of Illinois should do for Illinoisans who need the government to […]

  • Cook County Jail inmate Lamont Cathey

    Jail inmate gets $1 million worth of medical care for eating metal

    CHICAGO — An inmate is costing the Cook County Jail more than $1 million in medical bills. 17-year-old Lamont Cathey has been in jail for 16 months since he was arrested for robbing a pizzeria. Bond was set at $5,000, but no one has paid it. A plea deal was in place to put Cathey in boot camp, but that fell through. Since then he has been swallowing metal objects that have put him in the hospital. They include screws, […]

  • Hundreds march from Glencoe to Navy Pier to end veteran suicide

    CHICAGO — Over 250 veterans and supporters are going for a long walk to raise awareness for the epidemic of veteran suicide. On Friday, May 22, they will walk from suburban Glencoe to the USS Memorial at Chicago’s Navy Pier. They will do that while carrying a 40 pound Ruck Sack on their backs. The Honoring Our Fallen Ruck March is a 22 mile trip. That’s one mile for every veteran who takes his life each day. Marchers will make […]

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    Got a hangover? Reach for a Pedialyte

    Pedialyte is usually given to sick children, but now adults are using it too. The makers of Pedialyte are now marketing it for hangovers. They recently sent a tweet to followers who celebrated too much on Cinco de Mayo. The tweet had the hashtags, #dayaftercinco and #rehydrate. Binge drinking can cause dehydration, so pedialyte can help replenish fluids. The liquid also replenishes the electrolytes lost via vomiting and diarrhea. It also contains more sodium and potassium than sports drinks. It’s […]

  • A judge banned Daniel Krupa from Wrigley Field after he was arrested there.

    Cubs fan gets banned from Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO — Chicago Cubs fan Daniel Krupa won’t be watching his team at Wrigley Field for some time. A judge banned Krupa from the ballpark after he was arrested there during Sunday’s game. Police say he was drunk, belligerent, and carrying two IDs that didn’t belong to him. They also say he resisted as security escorted him away. Krupa was charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer, criminal trespass to land, three counts of obstruction and two counts of […]

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