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Friday, Feb. 14 Update

By Scott Sutton
 @RedLineProject

Posted: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

1. Pitchfork Festival Headliners Released
Pitchfork announced headliners on Friday for its annual summer music festival in Chicago. Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel and Kendrick Lamar will headline the Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows respectively. The festival will take place June 18-20 in Union park, with tickets currently selling for $60 for a single day pass or $130 for a three-day pass.

2. WGN to Take Over 87.7 FM
Starting Monday morning, WGN will be broadcasting on an FM channel for the first time, according to the Chicago Tribune. The Tribune Co.-owned station said it will change the format of 87.7 FM, though no official announcement of what the new format will be has been made. Radio personality Jonathon Brandmeier will be the host. 

3. U.S. Speedskaters to Use Old Suits
After failing to medal in an event in Sochi, the U.S. speedskating team will revert to wearing their old suits, opting not to wear the Under Armour Mach 39 suits that have been blamed for the team’s poor performance, according to the Chicago Tribune. The team submitted an application to the International Skating Union to have the change approved, and must all wear the same suits. The U.S. speedskaters next take to the ice on Saturday. 

4. Banks Open for Business with Marijuana Shops
According to the Chicago Tribune, the U.S. Treasury and Justice departments announced Friday that they are in the process of putting into writing guidelines for banks to give their services to licensed pot shops that have been forced to use only cash. The guidelines would not give complete immunity to banks that deal with the shops, but are intended to prevent federal prosecutors from pursuing money laundering charges against banks that allow marijuana shops to use checking and savings accounts. 

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Thursday, Feb. 13 Update

By Emily Brosious
 @RedLineProject

Posted: Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

1. CTA to Bring Back Ex-Offender Job Program
Chicago Transit Authority announced a deal to reinstate a second-chance job program that employs ex-offenders as apprentices who clean and detail CTA rail cars. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, when the program expired on Dec. 13, dozens of protesters, including representatives of Congress, the state legislature and the City Council Black Caucus, rallied to bring it back. The CTA announced that the program would be fully reinstated under a deal struck with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308.

2. Neuqua Valley High School Bomb Scare
The Naperville Sun reports that a portion of Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville was put on “soft lockdown” today after a bomb threat was found scribbled on a wall inside a student restroom. Naperville police Sgt. Bill Davis said part of the school was evacuated when the threat was discovered at 11:30 a.m. and K-9 units were sent to the campus to search for explosives and other potential dangers.

3. ‘Car-Free’ Zones Proposed for 20 Chicago Streets
In an effort to expand the number of car-free streets and plazas in Chicago, Active Transportation Alliance has released a proposal to turn portions of 20 city streets into car-free zones. According to the Chicago Tribune, the list is partly inspired by places like Navy Pier, Times Square in New York City and local car-free plazas such as Lincoln Square’s Kempf Plaza. The group says its proposal could be implemented without imposing extreme hardship on motorists.

4. USA Hockey Team Opens with Big Win over Slovakia
The American hockey team opened preliminary games today with a 7-1 win over Slovakia at Shayba Arena in Sochi. Team USA scored six straight goals in a 14-minute stretch in the second period alone, CBS Chicago reports. “I don’t think we expected it to be that kind of game,” said Blackhawks player Patrick Kane, who had two assists, “but we kept scoring goals and it was fun to watch and fun to be a part of. Good start for the team.”

Want more on the 2014 winter Olympics? Check out what social media is saying.

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 Wednesday, Feb. 12 Update

By Lindsey Murphy
 @RedLineProject

Posted: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014

1) Teen Charged with Hate Crime
A student from a northwest Chicago suburb middle school is being charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking another student and using racial slurs. According to NBC Chicago, the two are in eighth grade at Hannah Beardsley Middle School in Crystal Lake. Omid Babakhani was confronted in the hallway by a student calling him “Persian.” He ignored the remark and was then physically attacked. Babakhani suffered two broken collarbones, ending his competitive swimming career for the year.

2) Shani Davis Finished Eighth in 1,000-Meter Long Track
Shani Davis, a Chicago native competing in the Sochi Olympics, finished eighth in the Men’s 1,000-meter speed skating event today. After winning three gold medals for this event in previous games, Davis was hoping to make it a fourth. According to the Chicago Tribune, skaters from the Netherlands won the gold and bronze, and Canada won silver.

3) Chicago Cops Embracing Social Media, Other Tech
Police covering the Wicker Park and Bucktown area are using social media more to reach out to the residents they protect, DNAInfo Chicago reports. The officers tweet safety alerts, network with community policing programs and other initiatives. In other news, New York City Police are planning to experiment with Google Glass.

4) The Blackhawks Want You As Their Valentine
The Chicago Blackhawks are getting in the Valentine’s Day spirit by making personalized valentines for their fans. Posted on Chicagoist, the cards are made up of the player’s pictures with creative sayings correlating with either their names or numbers. One in particular says, “Dear Valentine: for you, a dozsen Rozses”, with a dozen pictures of Michael Rozsival.

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 Tuesday, Feb. 11 Update

By Lindsey Murphy
 @RedLineProject

Posted: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014

1) Metra Board Selected New Chairman
The Metra Board selected its new chairmen Tuesday morning after the previous chairman resigned after a controversial June 21 buyout. Marty Oberman, a former Chicago alderman, was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and became the first Chicagoan to be permanent chair in Metra’s history. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Oberman will serve the previous chairman’s term, to the fall of 2016. 

2) Cubs Could Host 25 Events in Triangle Plaza
DNAinfo Chicago reports that the Cubs' reconstruction plans for Wrigley Field could lead to as many as 25 events and concerts at the proposed "triangle plaza" area on the Clark and Waveland side of the ballpark. If the latest version of the team's plan is approved, the area could host events with amplified sound, including concerts and movies, on nongame days. Check out renderings of what changes to the ballpark could look like.

3) Shaun White Gold Medal Streak Comes to an End
U.S. snowboarder Shaun White finished fourth after the nail-biting half pipe final in Sochi, Tuesday afternoon. The two-time gold medalist was competing for his third consecutive gold medal and was beat by Swiss star Iouri Podladtchikov, who scored 94.75 out of 100. White finished with 90.25. According to NBC Chicago, White hugged Podladtchikov before the competition began and said “I love you man, but you’re making me nervous."

4) Former Child Star Shirley Temple dies at 85
Former child star and actress Shirley Temple Black died late Monday night of natural causes at her California home, according to CNN. She rose to fame in black-and-white films, sang and was arguably the most popular child star in Hollywood history. She began acting at the age of 3 and had an unheard of salary of $50,000 per movie as a child. With her infamous curls and tap-dancing skills, she won over the hearts of millions in the 1930s.

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 Monday, Feb. 10 Update

By Jakub Rudnik
 @RedLineProject

Posted: Monday, Feb. 10, 2014

1. One of the Coldest Winters in Chicago’s History
Just in case you weren’t sure, this winter has been really, really cold—the coldest in Chicago in three decades, according to the Chicago Tribune. There have now been 22 days where temperatures dipped below zero, more than in the previous five winters combined. The average daily temperature since Dec. 1 has been 7.3 degrees below the average at 19 degrees. Only seven winters since 1871 have been colder.  

2. Dubstep Responsible for Ceiling Collapse?
Three men were sent to the hospital early Saturday morning after part of the third-floor ceiling of Concord Music Hall in Logan Square collapsed on top of them, according to the Chicago Tribune. DJ Datsik took to Twitter to say that it was his electronic music that caused the collapse, “Chicago I am sincerely sorry the roof collapsed tonight.”

3. Olympic Neighbor a Surprise to West Town Residents
Chicagoan Ann Swisshelm is in Sochi representing the U.S. in curling—a surprise to her West Town neighbors. A woman who lives in the same building complex as Swisshelm told DNAinfo Chicago that she enjoyed curling but didn’t know she lived next to an Olympian. “I literally had no idea,” said Liz Walkington. “I might recognize her if I saw her, but I would have never known that she was going to the Olympics to represent our country.”

And if you want to see the most popular pictures of the Olympics from Twitter, check out this interactive Github that organizes them by date and location.

4. Winter Storms and Snow Plows Bury Vehicles
This car, located on Roscoe Street just east of Broadway in Lakeview, has been buried by the multiple snowstorms in the city this winter. Owners have left several of their cars on plowed and unplowed side streets in Chicago since the heavy snows fell in December and January. Check to see what streets have been plowed at ClearStreets.org


(Photo/Brianna Kelly)

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