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Oct 15, 2015

Former House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case: lawyers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has reached a deal with prosecutors and is expected to plead guilty to wrongdoing in a hush-money case, his lawyers told a federal judge in Chicago on Thursday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys did not say what the charges were, or whether Hastert, the Republican speaker from 1999 to 2007, would serve time in prison.

Oct 15, 2015

Ex-US House Speaker Hastert to plead guilty in hush-money case-lawyers

CHICAGO, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis
Hastert has reached a deal with prosecutors and is expected to
plead guilty to wrongdoing in a hush-money case, his lawyers
told a federal judge in Chicago on Thursday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys did not say what the
charges were, or whether Hastert, the Republican speaker from
1999 to 2007, would serve time in prison.

Oct 15, 2015

Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert to plead guilty – lawyers

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has reached a deal with prosecutors and expects to plead guilty to wrongdoing in a hush- money case, his lawyers told a federal judge in Chicago on Thursday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys did not say what the charges were, or whether Hastert, the Republican speaker from 1999 to 2007, would serve time in prison.

Oct 14, 2015

Michigan Catholic hospital failed to help woman with brain tumor: complaint

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – The American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday accused a Catholic hospital in Michigan of failing to provide appropriate care by refusing on religious grounds to allow a pregnant woman with a brain tumor to be sterilized.

The ACLU of Michigan filed a complaint with the state department that handles health regulations against Genesys Regional Medical Center in the Detroit suburb of Grand Blanc, which is part of Ascension Health, the country’s largest Catholic health organization.

Oct 13, 2015

Winning helps Chicago Cubs fans forgive Bartman 12 years later

CHICAGO (Reuters) – It turns out winning does cure everything, even the decade-plus grudge that Chicago Cubs fans have held against “Bartman.”

Steve Bartman, the Cubs fan scapegoated for a missed catch in a 2003 playoff game, is staying quiet during this year’s playoff series against the St. Louis Cardinals. He has said little since feeling the wrath of fans who blamed his interference with a foul ball late in the game for sparking a Cubs collapse that ended with the Florida Marlins reaching the promised land – instead of the Cubs.

Oct 13, 2015

Former Chicago schools CEO expected to plead guilty to corruption charges

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A former Chicago Public Schools chief executive officer is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Tuesday to accepting bribes.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, 66, resigned in June amid a federal probe into a $20.5 million no-bid contract the cash-strapped district had awarded to her previous employer, educational consulting firm SUPES Academy.

Oct 8, 2015

Former head of Chicago schools charged in bribery scheme

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Public Schools former Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett has been charged with accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks for helping her former employers win lucrative contracts, according to a federal indictment on Thursday.

Byrd-Bennett, 66, resigned in June amid a federal probe into the $20.5 million no-bid contract the cash-strapped district had awarded to her previous employer, SUPES Academy, an educational consulting firm.

Oct 8, 2015

Hope for the best, expect catastrophe – Chicago Cubs fans savor wild-card win

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Cubs fans savored a rare moment of post-season victory on Wednesday after star pitcher Jake Arrieta led the team to a 4-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates, a wild-card game shut-out that allows the Cubs to proceed in the play-offs.

Cubs fans have had a unique history of misery – the professional baseball team has gone without a World Series win since 1908, when Theodore Roosevelt was president.

Oct 7, 2015

Good feelings toward Catholic Church up in U.S. since pope’s visit: poll

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Positive feelings toward the Roman Catholic Church have gone up in the United States since Pope Francis’s first visit to the country, according to a Pew Research Center survey released on Wednesday.

Overall, 28 percent of U.S. adults surveyed said they had a more positive view of the Catholic Church because of Pope Francis. The September trip by the head of the world’s approximately 1 billion Catholics included a speech to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress.

Oct 7, 2015

Pumpkin crop hit by soggy June – will affect holiday pies

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Pie makers are being encouraged to stock up on canned pumpkin for the holidays – an unusually wet June has cut yields of the autumn favorite by about half, according to the main U.S. supplier.

“It would be wise to buy it for Thanksgiving now,” said Roz O’Hearn, a spokeswoman for Nestle USA, owner of Libby’s, which produces most of the country’s canned pumpkin.