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Dec 17, 2014

Chicago area landlord gets life in prison for deadly arson fire

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A suburban Chicago landlord has been sentenced to life in prison for setting a fire that killed seven people, including four children, in a scheme to cash in on property insurance, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Lawrence Myers, 64, of Cicero, west of Chicago, had been convicted by a jury in November on seven counts of murder for his role in the 2010 blaze.

Dec 17, 2014
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No room at the inn? U.S. atheists see holiday displays vandalized

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(“Beware of Dogma” billboard of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, 19 Nov 2008/Jeffrey M. Dean)

Holiday hooliganism is no longer limited to thieves running off with baby Jesus from a nativity scene or vandals throwing eggs at mangers.

Dec 12, 2014

No room at the inn? Atheists see holiday displays vandalized

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Holiday hooliganism is no longer limited to thieves running off with baby Jesus from a nativity scene or vandals throwing eggs at mangers.

Atheist decorations also have become a target for destruction after their addition to some public forums in recent years as a counter-argument to menorahs and creches, a Wisconsin-based secularist group said on Friday.

Dec 11, 2014

Chicago cop to be disciplined for playing ‘Alabama’ song at protest

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police said on Thursday that the officer who blasted the song “Sweet Home Alabama” out of his squad car last weekend during a racial equality march will be disciplined.

The 1974 song by the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has been taken by some as supporting former Alabama Governor George Wallace, a segregationist, but members of the band have said the lyrics were misunderstood.

Dec 10, 2014

Alleged head of Chicago branch of Mexican drug cartel arrested

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The alleged head of the Chicago-area branch of a Mexican drug cartel faces federal charges with seven others for a plot that involved carrying heroin and cocaine from Mexico to the United States in passenger buses, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Pablo Vega Cuevas, 40, who prosecutors say leads the local cell of the Guerreros Unidos cartel, and his brother-in-law, Alexander Figueroa, 37, both of Aurora, Illinois, were arrested on Tuesday in Oklahoma, and three others were arrested in the Chicago area. Arrest warrants have been issued for three others, including one believed to be in Mexico.

Dec 10, 2014

Three arrested for vandalizing Mary, Joseph statues in Chicago suburb

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Suburban Chicago police have arrested three male juveniles for taking the heads off statues of Mary and Joseph in the garden of a Catholic church during the weekend, officials said on Wednesday.

One of the three was heard yelling “Long live Satan!” while committing the vandalism at St. Odilo in west suburban Berwyn. The vandals also knocked down a statue of Jesus and threw eggs at a Nativity scene in front of the church, said city administrator Brian Pabst.

Dec 9, 2014

Chicago police investigating rape allegation against Uber driver

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police said on Tuesday they are investigating an allegation that a driver for the online car service Uber raped a female customer.

Chicago police said in a statement that they have been in contact with the woman as well as Uber personnel, but declined to give further details.

Dec 9, 2014

Chicago police investigate video of cop car playing ‘Alabama’ song

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police said on Monday they are investigating an incident caught on video during a weekend protest that appears to show a Chicago police car blasting the song “Sweet Home Alabama.”

The 1974 song, by the Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, has been taken by some as supporting former Alabama Governor George Wallace, a segregationist, but members of the band have said the lyrics were misunderstood.

Dec 2, 2014

Chicago City Council to vote on minimum wage increase to $13

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Chicago City Council on Tuesday is expected to vote on a proposal by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to raise the minimum wage in the nation’s third-largest city to $13 an hour over four years.

Emanuel’s measure to boost the minimum wage from the current $8.25 an hour follows similar actions by other cities, including Seattle and San Francisco.

Nov 21, 2014

In Chicago, contenders make hard push to get on mayoral ballot

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Standing outside a drugstore in the bitter Chicago wind, Jonathan Todd shared tips with a fellow volunteer on how to collect signatures to get their candidate on the mayoral ballot.

“Hold your pen tight in your hand – that keeps the ink from freezing,” said Todd, working for mayoral hopeful Amara Enyia.