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  • Donations pour in for 7-year-old Cubs fan battling rare brain tumor

    DARIEN, Ill. — In September of 2016, Joey Ventimiglia, who was 6 at the time, was diagnosed with DIPG. DIPG, Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, is a brain tumor that rests in the pons of the brain. This area controls essential bodily functions such as the heartbeat, breathing, eyesight, and balance. “What’s difficult about this tumor is where it sits in the brain stem,” Joe Ventimiglia, Joey’s dad, said. “It’s such a sensitive area that you cannot go out there and […]

  • Against all odds: Identical twins born with Down Syndrome

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Brynnlee and Blakely are just one pair of only a handful of identical twins with Down Syndrome in the entire country, WIBW reports. Nicole Taylor learned of her twin’s rare condition months before their birth, and her decision to keep the twins knowing that they both had an extra chromosome was a difficult one. “One is a million, I was like, ‘Why me?'” Nicole said. “I called my mom, crying hysterically, and she was like, ‘You have […]

  • CTA offering free rides for Cubs, Sox fans after Crosstown Classic games

    CHICAGO — The CTA is offering free rides and additional service before and after this week’s Crosstown Classic games. The first two games games will be played at Wrigley Field on Monday, July 24 and Tuesday July 25. Free rides will be available on the Addison Red Line station for three hours after each game. There will also be additional bus service on the No. 80 Irving Park and No. 152 Addison about two hours before each game and for […]

  • PHOTOS: Kris Bryant fields fireballs in RedBull photoshoot

    TEMPE, Ariz. — Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is on a hot streak…literally. The reigning MVP is no stranger to the “hot corner” on the baseball field. However, that took on a whole new meaning when he was fielding actual fireballs for his most recent RedBull photoshoot, showcasing the talent and bravery it takes to play in the Majors. Don’t worry Cubs fans, your favorite third baseman was completely safe, wearing flameproof Adidas Nomex underpants and a long-sleeve shirt […]

  • Michael Phelps, Discovery blasted on Twitter for race against fake shark

    Twitter blasted Michael Phelps and Discovery Channel after they announced in their hour-long special that the long-awaited race between the most decorated swimmer of all time and a Great White shark was simulated. Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is one of the network’s most hyped weeks of the year, and this year was no different. The headlines read: ‘Phelps vs. Shark,’ advertising a race between the Olympian and a Great White in promos and on social media. The moment of glory […]

  • Woodstock Square to become Wizarding World for Harry Potter celebration

    WOODSTOCK, Ill. — Woodstock Square is transforming into the “Wizarding World of Woodstock” to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book. Downtown Woodstock is transforming some of its famous landmarks into the book’s most memorable places. The Woodstock Opera House will serve as the event’s nucleus—Hogwarts, according to the Northwest Herald. Quidditch in the park, a mini Hogwarts Express, a costume parade, and even some owls from the conservation district will be at the event on July 27. […]

  • 911 dispatcher charged with shooting 18-year-old in apparent road rage incident

    CHICAGO — A Chicago 911 dispatcher has been charged after police say she shot an 18-year-old woman in an apparent road rage incident. Keli McGrath, 47, is charged with aggravated battery involving the discharge of a firearm. She expected to appear in bond court Friday. Police say McGrath opened fire after a verbal argument in the 3500 block of South Ashland Avenue on Thursday. The 18-year-old woman was shot in the chest and remains hospitalized at Stronger Hospital. McGrath was […]

  • Here’s how to get free gummy bears in Wrigleyville this weekend

    WRIGLEYVILLE, Ill. — The Cubs have been on a roll since the All-Star Break. Why not celebrate their sweet success with some sweet snacks? The Haribo Golden Bear mascot will be giving out hugs and free samples of gummy bears this Saturday July 22, DNAInfo reports. Haribo Gummy Bears will be handing out 20,000 free samples of their signature treat as the Cubs face the Cardinals in a division rivalry matchup. Look the candy company’s mascot between 11 a.m. and 6 […]

  • PAWS Chicago looking for foster homes for 38 kittens

    CHICAGO — The PAWS-Chicago-Medical Center has an overflow of kittens, and there is not enough space to rescue more from the city pound. The organization is looking for foster families to commit to a two-week foster home for 38 adorable kittens. If interested in fostering a kitten, you can fill out an application at:  www.pawschicago.org For more information, go to: PAWS Chicago

  • 5-year-old girl killed in Michigan City hit-and-run, family wants answers

    MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — Police are looking for a suspect in a hit and run that killed a five-year-old girl Tuesday evening. Delaney Klewer and her sister were crossing Broadway Street when she was struck by an oncoming vehicle. First responders administered CPR and drove her to the nearest hospital, however, she quickly succumbed to her injuries. Delaney was hit by the car about a block from her home just before 6 p.m. Tuesday night. She was with her eight-year-old sister. […]

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