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Whitney Young students release endangered turtles in swamp

Whitney Young students joined students from Pontiac High School to release 100 endangered alligator snapping turtles into a southern Illinois swamp.


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Bicyclist hit by Metra train in Des Plaines dies


A woman riding a bicycle died Thursday evening when she was hit by a Metra train near the Cumberland Station in Des Plaines. Police officers found the woman’s body on the tracks, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. She was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:15 p.m.

Father of slain teen fatally shot in Humboldt Park


Samuel Walker Sr. had been preparing for the funeral of his teenage son, Samuel Walker Jr., who was gunned down last Friday in East Garfield Park. Now his family must decide whether to hold a joint memorial instead. On Thursday, the elder Walker was shot to death in a Humboldt Park gangway — just two days before his 13-year-old son was to be laid to rest.

Man charged with stalking ex-wife — a police sergeant


A Far South Side man was ordered held in lieu of $300,000 bail Thursday for allegedly stalking his ex-wife, a Chicago Police sergeant.

Eric Terry, 39, slashed his ex-wife’s friends’ car tires and harassed her while she was at her home with her two children …

Parkinson’s drug trial has researchers optimistic


Results of a Phase I clinical trial of what could be the first vaccine for Parkinson’s disease has experts cautiously optimistic. Those results were released Thursday by the maker of the drug and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease. The disease, a progressive …

Deerfield man found near Oregon nature camp

A 2014 Deerfield High School graduate was found safe today after going missing from his Oregon nature camp for more than 24 hours.

Searchers on horseback found Kevin Mulert, 18, of Deerfield, at 10:30 a.m. today about 1.5 miles from the camp, where he was …

Judge, big supporter of Israel, balks at leaving Palestinian terrorism-related case


A Jewish federal judge whose family has raised more than $3 million for a pro-Israeli charity angrily refused on Thursday to recuse himself from the terrorism-related trial of a southwest suburban Palestinian immigrant.

20-year sentence in Wicker Park choking, stabbing case


A man with a history of sexual offenses was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to attempted murder for choking and repeatedly stabbing a Wicker Park flower shop employee.

VA manipulated vets’ appointment data in Chicago, elsewhere, audit finds

Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system. At the Edward HInes Jr. VA hospital west of Chicago, “Staff felt they would be subject to disciplinary action” if appointment records weren’t changed, one report shows.

Police questioning person for fatal Edgewater crash involving CTA bus

Police are questioning someone in connection to a CTA bus crash that killed a 71-year-old man and injured at least five others Wednesday morning in the North Side Edgewater neighborhood.

Police confirmed someone was being questioned Wednesday night but could provide no more details about …

Cop killer out as baseball coach; league's board quits over uproar


More than 150 people showed up at a Hegewisch banquet hall Wednesday night to support a slain Chicago police officer’s family who want to know why the man convicted of killing Officer John Mathews 26 years ago was allowed to coach a neighborhood baseball team.

City’s strict limits on medical marijuana sites go up in smoke


Chicago medical marijuana dispensaries are likely coming to busy shopping areas, despite the city’s initial attempt to hide them away at the edges of the city. That means a medical marijuana dispensary could potentially open next door to a tony restaurant on Randolph Street or in River North.

Owner of dog killed by cop happy he got fired


Nicole Echlin says “we got justice” because the Hometown Police officer has been fired. And she’s reconsidering the protest rally that’s planned for Sunday outside the police station because she has hired a lawyer for a possible lawsuit.

Man killed, two teens wounded in Near West Side shooting


A man was shot to death and two teens were wounded Tuesday night in the 200 block of South Western Avenue on the Near West Side, authorities said.

3 men rescued after sailboat capsizes near Monroe Harbor

Three men were rescued from Lake Michigan after their sailboat capsized near Monroe Harbor on Tuesday night. Shortly before 8 p.m., the three men —two 63-year-olds and a 50-year-old — were aboard a 19-foot sailboat bound for the harbor when a 46 mph gust capsized the boat and the men fell in the lake.

Berrios’ kin risk injury for right to crowd payroll: Mihalopoulos


Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios’ sister, Carmen, was working one evening in April 2007 when she “tripped on a floor outlet and landed on the floor,” on her right shoulder. The County Board quietly approved paying nearly $25,000 a few months ago to settle the worker’s compensation lawsuit that she filed over her accident. Carmen Berrios ended up with more than $20,000 from the settlement after paying her lawyer in the case.