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  • Dwight White

    NU football player with one kidney calls it quits

    A defensive back on the Northwestern University football team learned four months ago that he has only one kidney; and it was bruised in a pre-season practice. So now, Dwight White is saying goodbye to football. White played in every game during his freshman year; but as much as he wants to keep playing, White says he can’t have his mother worrying that an injury could kill him. Northwestern will let him finish his final three years on his football […]

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    Man fakes coma to avoid court after stealing from elderly neighbor

    A man in Wales stole more than $64,000 from the bank account of an elderly neighbor with Alzheimer’s disease. Alan Knight, 47, then pretended to be a comatose quadriplegic for two years. He also checked himself into a hospital to avoid court appearances. But then, a photo showed up. It captured Knight in his local grocery store, looking quite healthy for a man in a coma, and quite mobile for a quadriplegic. Knight showed up in court in a wheelchair […]

  • Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee dies at 93

    Legendary journalist Ben Bradlee has died. Bradlee was the editor at the Washington Post for more than two decades, staring in the late 1960’s; he is credited with transforming it into one of the world’s leading newspapers. Bradlee was at helm during the Watergate investigation; he assigned two young reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, to cover the story that ultimately led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Bradlee suffered from Alzheimer’s disease for several years; he began hospice care last […]

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    Cleveland kidnapping and rape victim forgives her abuser

    One of the three women, kidnapped and abused for a decade at a house in Cleveland, now says she forgives her abuser. Michelle Knight told a gathering in Cleveland’s east suburbs that a therapist convinced her to forgive Ariel Castro. Now she says she blames Castro’s sex addiction, not Castro himself, for the horrors she had to endure; she says the biggest hurdle in her therapy was simply being able to finally utter the name of her abuser.

  • SpiderTrapped

    Spider crawls under traveler’s skin in Bali

    A man from Australia will forever carry the nickname Spiderman, after a painful encounter with a spider in Bali. Dylan Maxwell returned from his trip to discover an inch-long welt on his belly. A doctor thought it was just a bug bite; in truth, the spider had crawled into Dylan’s abdomen through an incision from a previous surgery. As the spider burrowed beneath the skin, it left a track of inflammation, all the way up Dylan’s chest. Once doctors discovered […]

  • policelights

    Suspect held in Dominican University rape

    Police in River Forest are holding a suspect in a sexual assault at Dominican University. A female student says she was raped in her dorm room Friday night by an acquaintance, a 22-year-old man who walked her home from a party; he is not a student at Dominican. While police consider criminal charges, Dominican University issued this statement: “The alleged perpetrator has been banned from campus. The university is cooperating fully with the River Forest Police Department.” The school is […]

  • NikWallenda

    Nik Wallenda trains for Chicago tightrope walk

    Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda has begun practicing for his next stunt, next month in Chicago. Wallenda plans to climb a 15-degree incline from one of the Marina City towers, across the Chicago River, to the Leo Burnett building. Then he will walk between the Marina Towers, blindfolded. He is doing his training in Sarasota, Florida. The Chicago walk will take place Sunday evening, November 2nd. It will be carried live on the Discovery Channel.

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    Expert: Cook County jail among most dangerous

    A prison security expert testified, the Cook County Jail is one of America’s most dangerous. Dr. Jeffrey Schwartz was called Wednesday, to support a claim by Northwestern University’s MacArthur Justice Center that two maximum-security divisions at the jail foster a culture of brutality. The plaintiffs claim, jail guards routinely abuse inmates; and an inmate can’t escape abuse by asking to be placed in protective custody, because an abusive inmate can simply asked to be placed there with him. Sheriff Tom […]

  • gadau

    Key suspect in Skokie teen murder released from jail

    The key suspect in the murder of a Skokie teenager is out of jail. A 17-year-old student from Chicago was arrested Monday at Harlan High School, in connection with last week’s shooting of Maxwell Gadau; but a day later, investigators said they have yet to collect enough evidence to charge him, so they let him out. 4 other teens are charged with taking part in Gadau’s murder; police say he was in a car with a female friend who was […]

  • worldseriestickets

    “Man’s best friend” eats his World Series tickets

    When the Baltimore Orioles open their playoffs against the Tigers Wednesday night, one very relieved fan will be at the game. Karl Breslaw almost got shut out. His playoff and World Series tickets arrived in a Fed-Ex truck the other day. But, Karl’s dog Fezzik got to them before Karl did, and chewed them up pretty badly. Luckily for Karl, his dog didn’t damage the bar codes on the tickets; and he can still make out his seat numbers, so […]

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