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Aug 26, 2013

Chicago students begin new term with fewer teachers, schools

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Three months after Chicago Public Schools’ controversial decision to close 50 schools, the new term will begin with sharp cutbacks in staff and more children squeezed into fewer classrooms as the nation’s third-largest school system makes due with fewer buildings.

More than 30,000 children on Monday will be directly or indirectly affected by the public school closures – either because they have to go to a new school, or because their school is absorbing students from a shuttered building. The school system will also be coping with 1,581 fewer teachers.

Aug 22, 2013

U.S. fund for murdered Australian student surpasses $113,000

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – A fund to aid the family of Christopher Lane, the 23-year-old Australian university student police say was murdered “for the fun of it” by three bored Oklahoma teenagers, has surpassed $113,000, according to the “gofundme” website.

The donations, which totaled $113,311 (AUD $125,524) as of Thursday afternoon, are to cover expenses for Lane’s family to be able to fly to Oklahoma to receive his body and return him to Melbourne, the website said.

Aug 17, 2013
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U.S. judge bars Oklahoma from implementing anti-Sharia law


(11th Century North African Koran in the British Museum, 11 February 2007/LordHarris)

Oklahoma’s attorney general is reviewing the decision of a U.S. judge that barred the state from adopting a measure that would ban its state courts from considering Sharia law under any circumstances.

Aug 2, 2013

Illinois businessman pays insurance settlement in quarters

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A prominent Illinois businessman who disagreed with the outcome of an insurance payout after the death of his son paid a portion of the final legal settlement in thousands of pounds of quarters, an attorney involved in the case said on Thursday.

Attorney Douglas Dorris confirmed that Roger Herrin arrived at his law firm on Wednesday with 75 bags, each containing 4,000 quarters, weighing 48 pounds each, for a total of $75,000, as part of the settlement payment. The firm had to hire a Brinks truck to haul away the bags of coins and count them.

Aug 1, 2013

Illinois governor signs law allowing medical marijuana

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A law allowing marijuana to be used for medical purposes in Illinois was signed on Thursday by Governor Pat Quinn, making it the second most populous state in the country after California to permit medicinal use of the drug.

“Over the years, I’ve been moved by the brave patients and veterans who are fighting terrible illnesses,” Quinn said. “They need and deserve pain relief.”

Aug 1, 2013
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Reformist Catholic priest praises pope’s new tone but wants more change


Pope Francis listens to a journalist’s question as he flies back to Rome following his visit to Brazil July 29, 2013. REUTERS/Luca Zennaro/Pool

An Austrian priest who has stirred controversy in Europe with his challenge to Catholic church teachings on taboo topics suggested on Wednesday that women should be allowed to become priests and said that gays need justice, not just mercy.

Jul 31, 2013

Illinois judge rules Chicago can close schools

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Illinois judge on Wednesday allowed Chicago to proceed with the closing of 50 public schools by denying a request from the teachers’ union to keep 10 of them open.

A lawsuit filed by the Chicago Teachers’ Union argued that the school district ignored the recommendations of independent officials questioning 10 of the proposed closings.

Jul 31, 2013

Reformist priest praises pope’s new tone but wants more

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An Austrian priest who has stirred controversy in Europe with his challenge to Catholic church teachings on taboo topics suggested on Wednesday that women should be allowed to become priests and said that gays need justice, not just mercy.

Father Helmut Schuller, who has been banned by American bishops from speaking in Catholic churches while on a tour of the United States that began in mid-July, welcomed recent remarks by Pope Francis on gay rights, but said discussion could go further.

Jul 25, 2013

Milwaukee County reports 27 cases of Legionnaire’s disease

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – A late start to summer weather in the Upper Midwest may be linked to an outbreak of 27 cases of Legionnaire’s disease in Milwaukee County since June 1 of this year, a health official said on Thursday.

The outbreak includes 19 cases of the illness, a severe form of pneumonia, among Milwaukee residents, according to the city’s health department. Two other county cases are suspected.

Jul 24, 2013

Chicago approves $500 mln revamp of Wrigley Field

CHICAGO, July 24 (Reuters) – Chicago on Wednesday approved a $500 million proposed renovation of Wrigley Field, the storied home of the Chicago Cubs, which will add a jumbo outfield electronic sign and a nearby hotel to the 99-year-old baseball venue.

The privately financed proposal calls for a $300 million renovation of the park itself and $200 million for improvements outside the park, including the hotel.