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May 22, 2014

Chicago man faces 120 years in beating of exchange student

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago man convicted in the savage beating of an Irish exchange student, which left her unable to walk or speak, faces up to 120 years in prison when he is sentenced on Thursday.

Heriberto Viramontes, 35, was found guilty last October of bashing two young women over the head with a wooden bat and robbing them in April 2010, including Natasha McShane, then 23, a graduate student from Northern Ireland.

May 20, 2014

McDonald’s new ‘Happy’ mascot dubbed McScary in social media

CHICAGO, May 20 (Reuters) – McDonald’s restaurant chain says
its new “Happy” mascot will bring “fun and excitement” to its
children’s meals, but social media contend the toothy, red
box-shaped character will have the opposite effect.

Twitter responses to McDonald’s mascot announcement on
Monday complain that the animated red Happy Meal box, with its
cavernous dark mouth and rows of large white teeth, is scary and
will bring children nightmares instead of joy.

May 19, 2014

Chicago pot arrests more likely than fines despite new law: study

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago police are still far more likely to arrest people caught with small amounts of marijuana than ticket them as allowed under a 2012 ordinance intended to promote the more lenient penalties, a study released on Monday found.

Ninety-three percent of misdemeanor marijuana possession violations in 2013 resulted in arrest in the nation’s third-largest city, while 7 percent resulted in tickets, a study by Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy found.

May 16, 2014

Indiana man gets 8 years home detention for rape of sleeping wife

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – An Indiana man was sentenced on Friday to eight years of home detention after being convicted of raping his wife when she was asleep and likely drugged, prosecutors said.

A jury found David Wise, 52, of Indianapolis, guilty on April 30 of six felonies – one count of rape and five counts of deviate conduct, according to Peg McLeish, a spokeswoman for the Marion County prosecutor’s office.

May 15, 2014

Chicago could be freed from federal hiring oversight: attorneys

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A Chicago attorney who has fought patronage hiring in the city for 45 years said on Thursday the city has fixed its hiring practices – paving the way for Chicago to be released from federal oversight of its hiring as early as next month.

In a joint request filed along with lawyers for the city, attorney Michael Shakman, who sued Chicago in 1969 to stop the practice of hiring workers based on political ties, asked a federal court to drop its oversight role.

May 15, 2014

U.S. fast-food workers go on strike to protest low pay

CHICAGO, May 15 (Reuters) – U.S. fast-food workers went out
on strike on Thursday, aiming to convince thousands of
restaurants they make huge profits from paying them a pittance
and that they deserve a raise.

The strike is the latest in a series of U.S. protests over
the past 18 months that have targeted fast-food restaurant
operators, including McDonald’s Corp and Burger King
Worldwide Inc.

May 15, 2014

U.S. fast-food workers plan to walk off jobs to protest low pay

CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. fast food workers seeking higher wages are planning a strike on Thursday that could affect thousands of restaurants across the country the workers say make huge profits from paying them workers a pittance.

The strike will be the latest in a series of protests over the past 18 months in the United States that have targeted fast-food restaurant operators, including McDonald’s Corp and Burger King Worldwide Inc.

May 13, 2014

Smoke at Chicago-area radar center cancels hundreds of flights

CHICAGO, May 13 (Reuters) – Smoke at an Illinois flight
control center halted air traffic at Chicago airports for about
three hours on Tuesday and forced hundreds of flights to be
canceled, officials said.

Traffic was halted at O’Hare International Airport and
Midway Airport after workers were forced to clear the Federal
Aviation Administration flight approach control center in the
Chicago suburb of Elgin at 11:30 a.m. CDT (1630 GMT), an Federal
Aviation Administration spokesman said.

May 9, 2014

Indiana man threatened Boehner over jobless benefits: prosecutors

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – An unemployed Indiana man was charged on Friday with making death threats against House Speaker John Boehner because the House did not vote to extend unemployment insurance, federal prosecutors said.

Brandon Thompson, 32, of New Castle could face five years in prison if convicted of making e-mail and telephone threats against an elected official, according to a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Joseph Hogsett for the Southern District of Indiana.

May 9, 2014

U.S. schools warned not to deny students over immigration status

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – The Obama administration on Thursday issued a stern warning to U.S. state and local school districts not to deny enrollment to undocumented immigrant children.

In a joint letter, the U.S. Education and Justice departments said they had become aware of student enrollment practices “that may chill or discourage” participation of students based on their or their parents’ “actual or perceived immigration status.”