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Friday, March 7 Update

By Emily Brosious and Mike Reilley

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014

1. Gossip App Disabled in Chicago
A social media gossip application was disabled in Chicago after local parents and school administrators complained the app was being used for cyber bullying, according to the Chicago Tribune. Yik Yak, the Twitter-like app that lets users post anonymous comments to other users within a 5 to 10 mile radius, was introduced just a few months ago and has quickly gained popularity among kids and teens.

Yik Yak screenshot

2. Daylight Savings This Sunday
Time to Spring Forward Chicago! Daylight Savings Time falls this Sunday, Mar. 9. Sunrise and sunset will be about 1 hour later than the day before, giving you an extra hour of evening light. Don’t forget to set your clocks forward 1 hour before hitting the sack on Saturday.

Cardinal George to Undergo More Chemotherapy
Cardinal Francis George will undergo more rounds of chemo for cancer found right near his kidney, ABC7 reports. The Cardinal was first diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2006. In 2012, the cancer returned in his kidney and liver, for which Cardinal George underwent six rounds of chemotherapy. He expects to undergo another two months of chemo for this latest diagnosis.

4. Wrigley Field Meltdown
The Cubs open their home schedule April 4 against the Phillies at Wrigley Field. But apparently the grounds crew and ballpark workers wanted to put in some extra innings on getting the field ready. After a brutal polar vortex left several inches of snow and ice on the field, workers moved the snow this week out of the ballpark and onto the sidewalk on Sheffield Avenue. On Friday morning, workers used small bulldozers to put the piles of snow – some which reached up to eight feet high – into a melting machine. Video we captured via Google Glass:

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Thursday, March 6 Update

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014

1. Police Officers Make Video to Curb Theft From Cars
Two officers in a Logan Square police district decided to make a minute-long movie trailer about how to prevent thieves from stealing things from your car, according to DNAInfo Chicago. Tips include locking your car and keeping valuables hidden from plain sight. The district hopes the short movie trailer will be more effective than fliers they pass out at poorly attended police meetings. The Shakespeare Police District has already made a name for itself as a social media-savvy district, based on its strong Twitter presence, so YouTube videos were a natural step.


2. Emanuel Calls For Pothole Audit of Side Streets
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered a pothole audit of side streets repaved last year by private contractors, NBC5 Chicago reports. Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) suggested the audit after seeing cracks in repaved streets in her ward. The mayor’s office said the Chicago Department of Transportation will work with those private contractors to repair any potholes on the repaved streets or reimburse the city if need be.

3. So Long, Devin Hester
ESPN Chicago reports the Chicago Bears won’t be re-signing Devin Hester for the 2014 season. After informing Hester of the decision, general manager Phil Emery released a statement thanking the returner for eight years of record-setting plays. Hester ranks as the all-time leader in punt return touchdowns and total kick return touchdowns in the NFL.

4. CHICAGOLAND Premieres Tonight on CNN
The highly anticipated eight-part miniseries exploring the intersection of politics, policy and life in the windy city debuts tonight at 10 p.m. on CNN.  Viewers will get a raw look at some of Chicago’s big players including Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Police Chief Garry McCarthy and Fenger High School principal Liz Dozier. The unscripted, original docu-series is executive produced by Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn of Sundance Productions.

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 Wednesday, March 5 Update

By Lindsey Murphy

Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014

1) Aldermen Propose Paid Sick Days for Chicago Workers
Chicago employers may be required to provide at least five paid sick days a year for their employees if an ordinance proposed today is passed. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the plan will let employees accumulate sick days at a rate of one hour for every 30 hours worked, up to nine a year for companies of 10 or more employees. Nearly a dozen aldermen, unions, and other advocates for low-wage workers and health care practitioners proposed this plan.

2) State of Illinois Providing $45 Million to 9 Counties’ Tornado Expenses
After the tornadoes last November, the state of Illinois will hand out $45 million in aid to nine counties that are struggling to recover from damages. According to WGN, downstate Washington got the worst of the damage. The funds will directly effect local governments, not individuals.

3) Great Lakes Covered Almost Entirely in Ice
A satellite view of Lake Michigan from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration shows that the lake is nearly 90 percent ice. Lake Michigan previously reached this ice level in 1976 and 1994, in 1979 the lake reached 95 percent. Not only has the average ice cover for Lake Michigan been nearly 40 percent, more than 88 percent of the entire Great Lakes were also covered, according to the Chicagoist.

4) DePaul University President to Take Fall Leave
In an email announcement Wednesday morning, Fr. Dennis Holtschneider wrote that he will be taking an academic leave next fall from his position as DePaul University president. Harvard’s Graduate School of Education has offered him its revolving position of “president-in-residence,” where he will teach in a graduate course on leadership and governance in higher education and working on a writing project. Dr. Patricia O’Donoghue will assume the role of interim president for the fall 2014 quarter before retiring Jan. 1, 2015.

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 Tuesday, March 4 Update

By Lindsey Murphy

Posted: Tuesday, March 4, 2014

1) Clerk Issues 258 Marriage Licenses to Same-Sex Couples
Following the federal court ruling, the Cook County clerk’s office issued a total of 258 marriage licenses to same-sex couples, 137 male and 121 female couples. Most couples applied at the downtown clerk’s office, according to the Chicago Tribune.

2) Teachers Boycotting ISAT Still Teaching
This morning, teachers at Chicago Public Schools are still teaching after refusing to administer the Illinois Standards Achievement Test. The Chicago Public School threatened to have teachers removed from the classroom if they boycotted the test, however, no action was taken. Students who opted out of the test were handed test booklets, but the testing materials were then collected. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the ISAT is required by federal law to measure yearly progress.

3) Gas Prices Highest Chicago Has Seen in Months
Chicago’s gas prices have reached their highest total for the last six months. Analysts say there isn’t much hope that they will decrease any time soon. According to WGN Chicago, the average price for a gallon in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs is $3.89. New gas blends, crude oil prices, and higher demand are all to blame for the increase.

4) 'The Cold Never Bothered Us Anyway'
Even before Idina Menzel took to the Oscar stage and performed the hit song “Let it Go” from the Disney movie Frozen, parody videos have been circulating. WGN’s Dan Ponce, hoping to get in on the action, came up with his own hilarious version with a play on words referring to Chicago’s brutal winter. Watch the video.

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Monday, March 3 Update

By Jakub Rudnik

Posted: Monday, March 3, 2014

1. U.S. Considers Sanctions Against Russia Over Ukraine
After Russia demanded that two Ukrainian warships in Crimea surrender, President Barack Obama said that the actions violate international law, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. The president said that the U.S. may use economic and political sanctions to isolate Russia, and has asked Congress to work on an aid package for Ukraine. CBS Chicago reported that on Sunday hundreds from Chicago’s Ukrainian community met at the Ukrainian Cultural Center and called on Sen. Dick Durbin to push the president to take a stronger stand against Russia’s actions.

Flags flying at half mast in Chicago's Ukrainian Village. (Photo/ Sam Johnson via Twitter)

2. Fundraising Saves Catholic School
St. Florian Catholic school in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood was set to be closed next year before staff and supporters raised enough money to keep it open, according to the Chicago Tribune. Roughly $100,000 was raised—enough to cover the school’s expenses and provide $40,000 in scholarships for next year, though tuition will be increased from $3,200 to $4,400. The Chicago archdiocese had planned to close roughly a half dozen schools because of $10-million reduction in its budget for next year.

3. UberX to Provide Fat Tuesday Paczki Delivery Service
Chicagoans who want to satisfy their sweet tooth with a paczki on Fat Tuesday will be able to do so without making a trip to a bakery. According to DNAinfo Chicago, transportation company Uber will offer deliveries of the traditional Polish pastry between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. tomorrow through its UberX drivers. Six of the treats—which will come from Do-Rite Donuts—can be ordered for $20 through the Uber smartphone app. The company is including “festive Uber Mardi Gras swag” and workout passes with its deliveries.

Uber will be delivering these paczki pastries from Do-Rite Donuts on Fat Tuesday. (Photo/ @Uber_CHI via Twitter)

4. Corey Crawford’s Pads
Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was miffed about the disappearance of his custom-designed Stadium Series mask before Saturday’s game at Soldier Field against the Pittsburgh Penguins. As if that wasn’t enough, CSNChicago has reported that his leg pads and gloves were stolen after the game. “I still can’t believe it. I think they’re joking,” Crawford said. “I think the NHL should look at their goalie-pad security. It’s crazy.”  

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