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    Chicago inspector general may probe city council

    The ethics watchdog who oversees Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office may soon have the authority to investigate the City Council as well. 35 of Chicago’s 50 aldermen now say they support a plan to allow the city’s inspector general Joe Ferguson to investigate ethics complaints against aldermen — but only when an accuser is publicly identified. Legislative inspector general Faisal Khan was recently denied the power to open investigations into aldermen’s campaign finances. Khan said recently that some aldermen may soon […]

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    Daredevil climbs into active volcano in South Pacific

    A daredevil adventurer climbed down into an active volcano in the South Pacific and captured his experience with a GoPro. George Kourounis and fellow explorer Sam Cossman rappelled 1,200 feet down the inside wall of the Marum volcano, wearing heat suits and stopping just 50 feet from the boiling hot lava. Kourounis says he had to move away from the lava every couple of minutes because the sheer heat drained his energy. Some of the lava actually spurted up and […]

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    Police: Driver threatened to blow up his car

    Chicago police say a man threatened them with a phony bomb when they stopped him for driving erratically. According to the Sun-Times, Emad Karakrah was waving an ISIS flag out his window when he was stopped Wednesday at 77th and Kedzie; police say he told them the car was rigged to blow up if they tried to search it. They searched anyway, and found no bomb. Karakrah is charged with making a false bomb threat, aggravated fleeing, three other moving […]

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    Attempted child luring on Northwest Side

    Chicago police say a man in his 50’s tried to lure three children Wednesday evening in the 57 hundred block of West Belden. He offered them cash, but they ignored his advances and walked away. Police say the man is about 6 feet tall, with black hair, a white beard and a raspy voice; and he is seen frequently at the McDonald’s restaurant in the 2300 block of North Central.

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    Old Farmer’s Almanac: Brace for a bitter cold winter, Chicago

    As the Chicago area finally gets its first real heat wave of the summer, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is warning us, we’re in for a bitter cold winter. The almanac says the eastern two-thirds of the nation will be super-cold, while the western states will be a little warmer than normal, and California’s drought will continue. The Old Farmer’s Almanac uses sunspot readings, prevailing weather patterns and basic meteorology to make its forecasts. The almanac’s winter forecast used to come […]

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    Did cellphone thieves post selfies online?

    Burglars broke into a woman’s home in California and stole her cellphone, but they may have given themselves away by using the phone to take a few selfies. A few days after the cellphone was stolen from the house in Santa Clarita, the selfies were posted to the woman’s Cloud account. She says she doesn’t know the people in the pictures. They could be the thieves; or, if the stolen phone was resold, they could just be the buyers. A […]

  • Sheila von Wiese-Mack featured in May 2013 issue of the Journal of the Caxton Club. Photo used with permission.

    Murdered woman won big lawsuit vs. cruise ship

    We’re learning more about the finances of the Chicago woman who was murdered on vacation in Bali. The Sun-Times reports that, in 2011, Sheila von Wiese-Mack won more than $340,000 from a lawsuit against a cruise line, over an injury sustained by her late husband. Police are holding her daughter Heather and Heather’s boyfriend Tommy Schaefer in her death. Heather Mack and her mother had a stormy relationship; but it’s not known whether her mother’s money was a motive for […]

  • 2 Chicago area babies born roadside within 24 hours

    Cost of raising a child: $245,340

    Thinking about having your first baby? A new analysis by the Department of Agriculture finds, it will cost you just under a quarter million dollars to raise a child to the age of 18; and that doesn’t include the cost of college. The best private schools can add another quarter million to the tab. The average cost of raising a child rose 1.8% in the past year, to $245,340. Additional children typically cost less than the first if they can […]

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    CPS: Buyers wanted for old school buildings

    Chicago Public Schools are still trying to find buyers for nearly 50 schools ordered closed last year; and it is costing the school system almost $2 million a year to maintain power, heat and repairs at those vacant buildings. Out of 47 grade schools and a high school, developers have shown interest in only three properties; but city aldermen plan to meet with prospective bidders on seven others. Charter school operators are forbidden from taking over any of the old […]

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    Woman discovers Nazi symbol in sandwich

    A woman got quite a shock when she opened a chicken sandwich from her local McDonald’s. Charleigh Matice went through the drive-thru at a restaurant in Morehead City, North Carolina. When she lifted part of the bun to spread mayonnaise on the sandwich, she discovered that an employee had spread butter in the shape of a Nazi swastika, and burned it into the bun. Matice’s grandfather fought the Nazis in World War II. “Many, many people died because of that […]

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