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Truck fatally strikes semi driver taking picture of accident

A semitrailer truck driver was struck and killed by another truck while taking photos to document a minor crash with a car Thursday morning in the Noble Square neighborhood near the Kennedy Expy., fire officials said.


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Man fatally shot Thursday night in Auburn Gresham neighborhood

A man was killed in a drive-by shooting Thursday in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. The man, 23, was in the 900 block of West 83rd Street at 6:26 p.m. when a van drove by. Several men were inside the van and …

Maine West principal reported early hazing to ex-superintendent: officials


While a lawsuit alleging widespread hazing at Maine West High School lingers in Cook County court, school officials now say Maine West’s principal reported early claims of abuse to the district’s then-superintendent.

Woman sexually assaulted near Matteson Metra station


Police responded about 5:30 a.m., after a 911 caller said someone had been sexually assaulted near Old Plank Road Trail between Main Street and Homan Avenue, police said in a release.

Chicago man charged with giving girlfriend HIV; wife died of AIDS


The woman, who didn’t have sex with anyone else during her relationship with the man, found out from the suspect’s family that his wife died of AIDS — not ovarian cancer as he had told her, prosecutors said.

Trio charged with robbing stores, gas stations in city, suburbs

A prolific trio of armed robbers who between them allegedly stuck up 11 gas stations, donut stores, convenience stores, pawn stores and jewelers in Chicago and the suburbs have been nabbed, the feds say.

Person found dead in Oak Lawn home after gas leak: cops


Emergency crews arrived about 7 p.m. at the home in the 9600 block of South Mayfield Avenue after someone called in a gas leak, according to Oak Lawn Police Cmdr. Joe Stubbs. Authorities think the person died of natural causes before the gas leak was reported, and no foul play is suspected, he said.

Keeping ninth-graders ‘on track’ raises graduation rate: U. of C. study

Less than half of students at Benito Juarez Community Academy High School graduated in 2008 when Juan Carlos Ocon took over as principal, but by 2013, he said, the rate rose to about 69 percent. The secret of Juarez’s success — and the success of 19 other neighborhood high schools in Chicago in getting more students to graduation day — started with the school’s ninth-graders and keeping them “on track,” according to new research to be released Thursday by the University of Chicago’s Consortium on Chicago School research.

Judge, citing possible innocence, orders release of Hickory Hills woman in shaken baby case


Jennifer Del Prete’s 2005 conviction in state court for the murder of 14-month-old Isabella Zielinski was based on unreliable scientific evidence and it is “more likely than not that no reasonable juror would have found her guilty of murder beyond a reasonable doubt,” U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly wrote.

Despite pleas, CPS hands three schools to private operator


Despite impassioned pleas from residents, parents, teachers and administrators — and sign-carrying protests outside — the Chicago Public Schools board voted Wednesday to “turn around” three elementary schools, laying off all teachers and staff and handing operations over to a private company.

River Forest man on trial for threatening letters to pols, oil execs


An angry loner “waged a campaign of terror by mail” when he sent threatening letters, shotgun shells and fake anthrax to Chicago politicians and oil company executives, prosecutors said Wednesday.

But a lawyer for Ron Haddad of River Forest say there’s no evidence he mailed …

DNA solves murder of man missing since 1978, mistakenly feared to be Gacy victim


While he was still in college, Edward Beaudion dressed up as a vampire to bring a little ghoulish cheer to kids at a local orphanage.

Ex-head of suburban religious organization denies sex harassment


But his comments were called “disingenuous” Tuesday by Recovering Grace, a website that has received reports from dozens of women who’ve alleged they were sexually harassed by Gothard with unwanted touching, including bare foot games of footsie, years ago.

Vehicle hits Roseland bus stop after police chase, injures 5


Five people were hurt after a vehicle hit a bus stop Tuesday night after a police chase in the Roseland neighborhood. About 8:40 p.m., a vehicle traveling north on Michigan Avenue near 103rd Street struck another vehicle, said Larry Langford, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. The first vehicle then hit the bus stop. The crash was the result of a chase that started when Calumet District officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation and the vehicle sped away, police said.

Ari Emanuel’s stake in ride-share firm raises uber questions


DAN MIHALOPOULOS: Google “Ari Emanuel” and “uber,” and you’ll find frequent references to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s brother as the “Hollywood uber-agent” for many of the world’s most popular entertainers. What’s far less known is Ari Emanuel’s ownership interest in Uber Technologies Inc.

Sen. Rand Paul to African-Americans in Chicago: The GOP wants you

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, who is mulling a presidential run, said today that he’s set out to bring more African-Americans into the Republican Party and Chicago wasn’t a bad place to start. Paul said Chicago could be eligible for $1 billion in funding if legislation he’s proposed passes. The proposal would allow development of economic centers in qualifying cities, he said.