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Friday, May 2 Update

By Sade Carpenter

Posted: Friday, May 2, 2014

1. Alcohol Likely Involved in LSD Wrong-Way Crash
Police suspect alcohol was a factor in the Lake Shore Drive crash that injured four people early Friday morning. According to the Chicago Tribune, charges are now pending against the man driving a Subaru south in the northbound lane. He hit a taxi carrying two passengers, who were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

2. Sixth Person Charged in Murder of 14-Year-Old
Police have charged the shooting suspect’s aunt and two more men in connection with the killing of 14-year-old Edina Martin, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Vandetta Redwood, 32 has been charged with mob action and obstruction of justice. Redwood reportedly knew her niece was armed with a gun and headed to a confrontation, but she did not try to stop her. Robert James, 34, has been charged with illegally selling his gun to Floyd Evans, 43. Police say the weapon later ended up with Donnell Flora, 25, who allegedly gave the gun to his niece, the girl charged with killing Martin.

3. CPS Proposes $423 Million Upgrade Plan
Chicago Public Schools released a $423 million upgrade plan on Friday. According to RedEye Chicago., the project would include annexes for four overcrowded schools and building Barack Obama College Prep. Schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett said the schools in question are over capacity, with students meeting in basements, attics and mobile buildings. The school board must approve this plan before it can be executed.

4. Chicago’s Tacos Among 50 Best in America
According to DNAinfo Chicago, foodie website The Daily Meal says Chicago has some of the country’s most delicious tacos. Check out the restaurants that made the list:

10. Birria tatemada taco from Birrieria Zaragoza, Archer Heights

12. La Paz’s Quesadilla taco from Maxwell Street Market

15. Al pastor taco from Big Star, Wicker Park

16. Arabes taco from Frontera Grill, River North

47. Shrimp taco at La Lagartija Taqueria, West Loop

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Thursday, May 1 Update

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Thursday, May 1, 2014

1) May Day Rallies Across the World
People across the globe rallied today to commemorate May Day, the largest labor holiday in the world. From Chicago to Istanbul, labor organizers and activists took to the streets calling for workers rights, fair labor practices, immigrant’s rights and more. This Chicago Tribune photo gallery documents the events of the day.

2) Feds Look into Quinn’s Anti-Violence Campaign 
The Chicago Sun-Times reports federal prosecutors are further investigating Gov. Pat Quinn’s anti-violence program. The U.S. Department of Justice has requested information from the Illinois Comptroller’s Office about the embattled Neighborhood Recovery Initiative. Quinn’s office said it will fully support this effort and that the governor will not tolerate “mismanagement”. The specifics of what federal prosecutors are looking for have not yet been disclosed. 

3) CTA Phasing Out Old Fare Cards
After several months of glitches and delays, CTA is officially phasing out the old fare cards with the aim of making a full switch to the new Ventra fare card system by July 1. Starting today, CTA customers can no longer reload money onto old fare cards. By Thursday, customers will no longer be able to purchase the old magnetic stripe fare cards. CTA officials said 86 percent of its fares are currently paid with Ventra cards. 

 4) Chicago’s Poor Air Quality

CBS Chicago reports Chicago’s air quality received a failing grade in the Lung Association’s annual “State Of The Air” report. The Chicago metropolitan area, which includes 20 counties in northwest Indiana and southern Wisconsin, ranked 14th worst in the nation for 24-hour particle pollution (soot) and 20th worst for high ozone levels (smog). “Here in Cook County, what we’re seeing is unfortunately a negative trend, compared to what we’re seeing nationwide,” said Mike Kolleng, manager of the Lung Association’s Healthy Air Campaign.

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Wednesday, April 30 Update

By Jakub Rudnik

Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

1) Former Emanuel Aide Arrested in Pakistan
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Amer Ahmad, the former comptroller for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, was arrested in an airport in Lahore, Pakistan. Ahmad tried to enter the country with a fake Mexican passport, a forged visa. and $146,000 and 126,000 euros. Ahmad had pleaded guilty to a corruption charge in Ohio and had an arrest warrant issued for him on Friday. Pakistani officials said they discovered these charges through Google when Ahmad lied about his identity.

2) 27 Months in Prison for Cougar-Shooting Letter Writer
Richard Hyerczyk, a southwest-side Chicago resident, was sentenced to over two years in prison after sending more than 90 threatening letters to police and public officials after a 2008 shooting of a wild mountain lion by Chicago Police in Roscoe Village, according to the Chicago Tribune. Herczyk wrote in one letter to police, “Prepare to DIE like the cougar you killed. On May 4 at your St. Jude Memorial March several PIGS will be shot by snipers.” In another he threatened to burn former Mayor Richard Daley’s Michigan home.

3) CPD Announces Stronger Summer Presence
Mayor Emanuel and Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced in a release that additional officers will be sent to high-crime areas this summer. More than 100 officers on weekdays, 200 officers on weekends and 300 officers on holiday weekends will cover city parks, CTA property, Chicago Housing Authority developments and “other strategic locations.” | Map of crime near CTA lines

4) Oprah Interested in Buying Clippers
Oprah Winfrey has expressed interested in bidding on the Los Angeles Clippers if owner Donald Sterling is forced by the NBA to sell the team, according to ESPN. A Winfrey spokesperson said she is in discussions with music mogul David Geffen and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison to join together in a potential investment group. Sterling has been banned by the NBA for life for making racist comments, and commissioner Adam Silver said he has the support of NBA owners to force the sale.

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 Tuesday, April 29 Update

By Lindsey Murphy

Posted: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

1) NBA Bans Clippers Owner for Life, Fines Him $2.5 Million
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Tuesday afternoon that the league has banned LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for alleged racist comments he made. ESPN reports that Sterling cannot attend any NBA games or practices, be present at any Clippers office or facility, or participate team business.

2) Three-time Chicago Marathon Winner Stripped of Her Titles
Liliya Shobukhova, three-time Chicago Marathon winner and the second fastest women’s marathoner in history, has been stripped of her titles and banned for two years for blood doping. Blood doping is the practice of boosting the number of red blood cells in the bloodstream in order to enhance athletic performance. Shobukhova, of Russia, won the Chicago race in 2009, 2010, and 2011. According to the Chicago Tribune, she was also stripped of her 2010 London Marathon title and faces demands to repay millions of dollars in prize and bonus money. 

3) Facebook Fight Over Boy Leads to 14-Year-Old Killed
A 14-year-old girl has been charged with first-degree murder after she fatally shot another 14-year-old girl, Endia Martin, over a boy. The two girls had been feuding on Facebook, according to DNAinfo.com. Monday afternoon, the shooter pulled a gun and opened fire, striking Martin and another girl trying to run away. Witnesses say the shooter left the fight at one point, only to return with several adult and teen males, one of whom later handed her the gun.

4) City’s E-Cigarette Limits Take Effect
The controversial limits on e-cigarette usage in Chicago took effect today, making it against city ordinance to use them within 15 feet of any entrance to public buildings and prohibits them inside public places. There have also been restrictions on how e-cigs can be sold; according to NBC Chicago, they must be kept behind the counter, just like regular cigarettes. 

Bonus coverage: Chicago Actress Receives Tony Award Nomination
The 2014 Tony Award nominations were announced Tuesday morning in New York City. Chicago native Jessie Mueller received a nomination in one of the most competitive categories -- leading actress -- for her role as Carole King in “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”. She is up against a stiff competition, but according to the Chicago Sun-Times, she has bragging rights because King herself visited a show recently and applauded her work.

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 Monday, April 28 Update

By Emily Brosious

Posted: Monday, April 28, 2014

1. Chicago Hits 100th Homicide of 2014
RedEye Chicago reports Chicago reached its 100th homicide of the year Sunday. Chicago has recorded 31 homicides this April. Last year, Chicago logged 24 homicides in April and hit its 100th homicide of the year on April 30. Chicago’s 100th homicide of 2012 was recorded on March 19. Homicides are up 3 percent to date compared to last year and down 37 percent compared to 2012.

For more, see The Red Line Project’s ongoing Storify coverage of  2014 Chicago homicides.

2. Internet Explorer Security Problems
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised computer users to avoid using Microsoft Corp’s Internet Explorer browser until the company fixes a security bug that hackers have used to launch attacks, Reuters reports. The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, part of the Department of Homeland Security known as US-CERT, said in a warning advisory that the vulnerability in versions 6 to 11 of Internet Explorer could lead to “the complete compromise” of any affected computer. 

3. Deadly Tornadoes Sweep Through Central U.S.
Chicago Tribune reports a wave of tornadoes that swept through the south-central United States Sunday killed at least 18 people in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Iowa. Arkansas was hit hardest, with at least 16 dead and at least 100 injured. This storm system marks the first fatalities of this year’s tornado season. 

4. 24 Injured in CTA Bus Crash
According to ABC7 Chicago, at least 24 people were injured in a crash involving a CTA bus this morning on the Southwest Side. CTA officials said an SUV going southbound on Western Avenue began drifting into the yellow line that divides traffic and collided with a northbound No. 49 Western Avenue bus on the 5000 block of South Western Avenue. Twelve people on the bus were taken to area hospitals.

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