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Friday, Jan. 31 Update

By Scott Sutton

Posted: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014

1. #Chiberia 2.0: 10 Inches of Snow Possible
The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning early Friday saying that the Chicago metropolitan area could get from six to 10 inches of snow, according to the Chicago Tribune. The warning will be in effect starting at 9 p.m. tonight until 6 p.m. Saturday night. If Chicago were to get 10 inches it would make the month’s total snowfall 43.5 inches, the snowiest January since records began in 1884. Snowfall projections from Intellicast.com:

intellicast Chicago Snowfall Graphic

2. Yahoo Email Passwords Stolen, Accounts Accessed
Yahoo, the world’s second largest email service, announced in a blog post late Thursday that its customer’s email usernames and passwords have been stolen, according the Sun-Times. They did not reveal how this will affect customers, but the company did say that accounts had been accessed using the stolen data.

Yahoo’s email service has 81 million users worldwide. This is the latest of several data breaches in the past two months involving large companies, including notable breaches at retailers Target and Michael’s. No monetary damage has been reported in the Yahoo breach.

3. Authorities: Suspicious Packages Sent To Sites Near Super Bowl
New Jersey police announced on Friday that they were investigating “suspicious” packages sent to the office of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and six hotels near MetLife Stadium, the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl, according to the Chicago Tribune. No injuries were reported.  One hotel manager reported receiving an envelope containing a white powder, but said the police deemed it harmless.

4. Cubs Sign Pitcher Jason Hammel
The Cubs reached a deal with veteran 31-year-old right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel Friday, according to the Chicago Tribune. The terms of the deal are unknown, except that it will hinge on Hammel passing a physical. Hammel went 7-9 with a 4.97 earned-run average as a Baltimore Oriole last year and is 49-59 in his career. He figures to be a number four starter in the rotation.

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 Thursday, Jan. 30 Update

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014

1. Settlement Reached in Archdiocese Sex Abuse Lawsuit
Chicago Tribune reports that a $3.5 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit of a victim who said he was sexually abused by then-Rev. Daniel McCormack. McCormack pled guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual abuse in 2007. The victim filed suit in 2010 against Cardinal Francis George and the Archdiocese of Chicago, saying they failed to remove McCormack from his post, allowing him continued access to children despite allegations that he had sexually abused minors.

2. Feds Seek Death Penalty for Boston Marathon Suspect
According to Chicago Sun-Times, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Prosecutors allege that Tsarnaev and his brother, who died in a shootout with police, planted two pressure-cooker bombs near the marathon finish line. The blasts in April killed three people and wounded more than 260. Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty. No trial date has been set.

3. Lenovo Buys Motorola Mobility
Chinese technology company Lenovo announced it is acquiring Libertyville-based cellphone maker Motorola Mobility. Chicago Tribune reports that Google, Motorola Mobility’s current owner, announced it would sell the business to Lenovo for $2.91 billion. Lenovo executives plan to move Motorola Mobility’s headquarters to the Merchandise Mart next month. Company management will remain the same and no layoffs are planned, they said.

4. Even More Snow?
Just weeks after polar vortex storms turned Chicago into #ChiBeria, the city is bracing for another possible round of major snowfall. The National Weather Service reports that an active weather pattern will be in effect for the Chicagoland area today through Saturday. Wind speeds up to 45 mph and light snow are expected today. Significant snow is predicted to start falling Friday night through Saturday afternoon, with potential snowfall in excess of 6 inches.

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 Wednesday, Jan. 29 Update

By Lindsey Murphy

Posted: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

1) Semi Truck Driver Over Hours During Fatality
According to the Chicago Tribune, the driver of the semi truck that caused the death of a tollway worker on Monday had been working 36 hours with only 3½ hours of sleep. The state trooper and tollway worker were stopped on the side of the road, helping another driver when the semi truck veered into them. The driver was charged with operating a commercial vehicle while impaired/fatigued, filing a false report of record and duty status, driving more than 14 hours and driving beyond the 11 hour rule.

2) Chicago Nearly at Snow Removal Budget
As February approaches, Chicago only has $5 million remaining in their $20.5 million snow removal budget meant to cover this winter and the start of next, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. Mayor Emanuel reassured residents that the city would not run out of salt or money to plow the streets, but wasn’t specific about where the money would come from.

3) One Year Anniversary of Hadiya Pendleton’s Death
Today marks the one year anniversary of the death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot at Vivian Gordon Harsh Park in Kenwood by a man aiming for a rival gang member, and family members are still grieving. According to DNAinfo, her fellow classmates and friends are holding a private memorial service, today, at the school to celebrate her life.

4) Bronco Fans Flock to Wrigleyville Bar for Super Bowl
With the big game less than four days away, Denver Bronco fans residing in Chicago are planning to spend the evening at The Irish Oak, 3511 N. Clark St., which DNAinfo reports as fans’ “home base”. The bar will show old Bronco videos before the game and have their own version of “Thunder”, the Broncos’ mascot.

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 Tuesday, Jan. 28 Update

By Lindsey Murphy

Posted: Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014

1) Gov. Quinn Sued over Pension Reform
According to the Chicago Sun Times, a group of public-sector unions announced today they have sued Gov. Pat Quinn in a bid to have last month’s pension-reform law declared unconstitutional. The governor didn’t find the lawsuit surprising and is planning to “defend the interests of the taxpayers."

2) BFF Bikes in Bucktown Putting Women First
A new bike store opening on Armitage Avenue in Bucktown plans to focus its services on what owners believe to be “an underserved market” -- women who bike or are interested in starting, reports DNAinfo Chicago. BFF Bikes has been participating in a crowdfunding campaign prior to opening, to raise money for a small business loan in order to finish the shop. It will serve as more than just a bike store, but also a place to take weekly rides and “commuting 101” seminars to learn safe commuting. Although most apparel and things sold at the store will be geared towards women, they will have options for men.

3) Metra’s North Central Line Closed until Wednesday
After a derailment occurred around midnight last night near Mundelein, Metra’s North Central line won’t reopen until Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. Although the line caters to nearly 5,800 passengers a day, Metra decided to not run any trains and let crews clear and repair the tracks. With Mundelein schools closed because of freezing temperatures, officials don’t expect many traffic delays.

4) Lake Michigan Even More Beautiful Frozen Over
As we brace for more frigid temperatures, few are looking at the beauty of the freezing elements. A student at Hope College used a GoPro camera attached to a drone and captured some remarkable photos of frozen Lake Michigan. Check out the pictures on Huffington Post Chicago.

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 Monday, Jan. 27 Update

By Jakub Rudnik

Posted: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

1. CPS to Remain Closed Tuesday
With the National Weather Service forecasting high temperatures ranging from 2 degrees above zero to minus-2 for Tuesday, Chicago Public Schools has announced that there will be no school for a second-straight day. With wind chills projected to reach as low as minus 30 on Wednesday, CPS said it would make a decision around noon Tuesday on whether schools will reopen Wednesday.

2. Hundreds of Flights Canceled Because of Weather
As of Monday morning, more than 435 flights had been canceled at O’Hare because of weather concerns, according to NBC Chicago. At least another 210 had been canceled at Midway, and many other flights had experienced delays. On the ground, a Metra spokesman has said that “there have been no major issues” today, according to the Chicago Tribune.

3. Permit Filed for Right Field Sign at Wrigley Field
The Chicago Cubs have officially filed for a permit that would allow the installation of a large advertising sign in right field, according to Crain’s Chicago. The request is expected to prompt legal action by owners of the rooftops which would have their views obstructed by the 650-square-foot sign. There is still time for a settlement to be reached out of court, as Crain’s reported that the two sides have a meeting scheduled for later in the week.

4. Sheriff Objects to Carry and Conceal for Gang Leader
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Cook County Sheriff’s officials have filed an objection to a conceal-and-carry application submitted by an unnamed leader of the Latin Kings. Authorities said his history includes 12 arrests but no convictions. Since the man has no felonies on his record, he was able to get a state firearm owner’s identification card. Officials have filed roughly 180 objections against applicants with a history of violence or gang-related arrests. Check out The Red Line Project’s gun violence coverage and an interactive map of Chicago’s 2013 homicides.

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