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    Report: Griffin to replace Rivers on ‘Fashion Police’

    Oak Park native and comedian Kathy Griffin is reportedly taking the place of her longtime friend, Joan Rivers, on “Fashion Police” for E!. According to London’s Daily Mail newspaper Griffin will co-host when the show returns in January. Rivers’ daughter, Melissa, is reportedly happy with the choice. She’s a producer on the show and says her mother would have approved of Griffin as her replacement. Friends say Joan and Kathy were very close.

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    Police investigate suspicious fires in Lakeview neighborhood

    A string of recent alley fires in the Lakeview neighborhood may be the work of a serial arsonist. Police say the fires were set in garbage cans, vehicles and a garage between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. A person on a bike also was reported near the fire locations. Police bomb and arson investigators are actively patrolling alleys in the 44th Ward. Police ask neighbors to be aware and call 911 to report any suspicious activity.

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    3-year-old boy attacked by rat in his bed

    A three-year old boy in New York was attacked by a rat while he slept. His mother, Marilyn Abreu, says she found three-year old Nathaniel covered in blood one morning last month. She took him to two different hospitals, where doctors who examined the boy also believed he was bitten by rats. Abreu says the owners of her apartment building aren’t doing enough to get rid of the rats. She wants to be moved to another building. Records from the […]

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    Closing arguments in O’Laughlin murder trial

    Closing arguments are underway Monday in the Murder trial of a man accused of killing a teen when she walked in during a home burglary in suburban Indian Head Park. Prosecutors say John Wilson, Jr. stabbed 14-year old Kelli O’Laughlin with a kitchen knife when she walked in on him while he was robbing her family’s home in 2011. Police say he then stole the girl’s cell phone and taunted her mother with text messages. DNA evidence from a knit […]

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    U. of I. to vote on rejected professor tonight

    A decision is expected Thursday night on whether the University of Illinois will hire a professor at the center of a Twitter controversy. The school’s chancellor revoked a job offer to Steven Salaita in August after he made a series of tweets criticizing Israel. Salaita spoke out against the decision earlier this week, accusing the school of violating his academic freedom. The Chicago Tribune reports the university’s board of trustees will vote tonight and are expected to go along with […]

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    City council honors Jackie Robinson West players

    The full Chicago City Council is meeting Wednesday for the first time since July. One of their first orders of business was to honor the city’s little league heroes. Aldermen gave a standing ovation to the Jackie Robinson West Little League team and praised their hard work. Aldermen also considered a proposal to put the brakes on real estate developers and their efforts to do away with SRO’s, or single-room-occupancy buildings.  “If someone can get a permit to change them […]

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    Truck driver indicted on 15 counts of reckless homicide

    Francisco Espinal-Quiroz appeared in court in Will County Tuesday to face additional charges in a deadly chain reaction accident that happened on July 21. The 51-year old truck driver from Leesburg, Indiana had already been indicted on charges of falsifying his driver log and failing to slow down in a construction zone. A new indictment now adds reckless homicide charges. Five people died as a result of the accident on I-55, including Timothy Osburn, Kimberly Britton, Piper Britton, Vicky Palacios […]

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    Police question man in Red Line groping

    A person of interest is being questioned by Chicago police after a woman reported being groped by a stronger on a CTA train. It happened last Wednesday on the Red Line. The victim told police a man touched her inappropriately while on a southbound train between the North/Clybourn and Chicago stops. No charges have been filed in the case so far.

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    Little brother or sister for Prince George

    Kate Middleton and Prince William are expecting their second child. Buckingham Palace made the announcement Monday on Twitter. An officials statement also says the Duchess is suffering from extreme morning sickness, similar to her first pregnancy. She was admitted to the hospital while pregnant with Prince George. Kate Middleton is currently being treated by doctors at Kensington Palace. The new baby will be fourth in line for the throne behind Prince George, who turned one in July.

  • Man ordered held without bail in 1992 murder case

    The man charged in a 22-year old cold case murder is now being held without bond after appearing in court Thursday morning. 71-year old Robert Serritella is charged with killing 15-year old David Chereck in 1992. Chereck was strangled with his own scarf and left in a forest preserve near Morton Grove. Serritella was arrested in Los Angeles in July. Cook County sheriff’s deputies escorted him on a flight here Wednesday, so he could appear court today. Serritella has long […]

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