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Mar 17, 2015

U.S. Presbyterian Church close to accepting same-sex marriage

March 17 (Reuters) – The U.S. Presbyterian Church was close
on Tuesday to approving a change in the wording of its
constitution to include same-sex marriage, a move which
threatens to further splinter one of the largest U.S. mainline
Protestant denominations.

The 171 regional “presbyteries” or local leadership bodies
of the church have been voting on whether to change the wording
to call marriage a contract “between a woman and a man” to being
“between two people, traditionally a man and a woman.”

Mar 17, 2015

Missouri set to execute brain-damaged man who killed deputy

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Missouri is set to execute the convicted killer
of a sheriff’s deputy on Tuesday over objections from his
lawyers who say a sawmill accident decades ago cost him part of
his brain and made him ineligible for the death penalty.

Cecil Clayton, 74, of southwest Missouri, is scheduled to
die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. CDT at a Missouri state
prison. He would be the second inmate executed in Missouri this
year and the 10th in the country.

Mar 12, 2015

The Rev. Willie Barrow, Chicago civil rights leader, dies at 90

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Rev. Willie T. Barrow, a Chicago civil rights leader known as the “Little Warrior” for her small stature and determination to fight for equality, died on Thursday at age 90.

Barrow died at her Chicago home. She had recently been hospitalized for a blood clot in her lung, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Mar 2, 2015

Chicago’s black voters key as Garcia battles to defeat Emanuel in mayoral race

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Winning more support from Chicago’s black community, which makes up about one third of the electorate, will be essential if Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is to cause one of the biggest political upsets of recent years by defeating incumbent Rahm Emanuel in a run-off and become Chicago’s first Hispanic mayor.

He will need to overcome tensions between the black and Hispanic communities in the city, aggravated under the 22-year term of Mayor Richard M. Daley, which ended in 2011. There was a widespread perception in the black community that Hispanic supporters of Daley were favored in getting city jobs.

Feb 28, 2015

Storm leads to 1,000 canceled flights in Texas as more snow heads east

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Stormy weather coated parts of Texas and Oklahoma with ice on Saturday, canceling nearly 1,000 flights at the Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport, while more snow headed toward the already winter-weary Midwest and Northeast.

Meteorologists said a storm moving east across the plains will bring a wide swath of 1-3 inches of snow into the Midwest, including Illinois and Kentucky, on Saturday night. The snow follows extreme cold, with Chicago hitting -10 F (-23 C) Saturday morning, an all-time record for the day.

Feb 25, 2015

‘Regular Joe’ wins biggest Illinois lottery jackpot

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A 70-year-old retired Chicago-area man who described himself as a “regular Joe” will take home about $127 million after winning what lottery officials said on Tuesday was the biggest Illinois lottery jackpot.

Jesus Davila Jr. of suburban Naperville was handed a gigantic ceremonial check from the Jan. 16 Mega Millions drawing in an event broadcast on local television.

Feb 24, 2015

Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel hopes to avoid run-off in election

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will easily take first place in Tuesday’s municipal election, but polls show he may miss the 50 percent mark needed to avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially challenged, third-largest U.S. city.

Emanuel, 55, a former adviser to President Barack Obama seeking a second term as mayor, has already spent millions of dollars in the non-partisan race against four challengers, and a second round will mean six more weeks of expensive campaigning.

Feb 22, 2015

Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel spends heavily to avoid run-off

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is hoping his warm hug with President Barack Obama in the last days of his re-election campaign will help him avoid a run-off in the race to lead the financially troubled, third largest city in the country.

Chicagoans cast votes for mayor and for aldermen on Tuesday and polls show Emanuel in danger of closely missing the 50 percent needed for an outright win, even though his massive campaign chest has allowed him to saturate the airwaves.

Feb 21, 2015

Seeing red: Traffic cameras hot topic in Chicago mayoral race

CHICAGO (Reuters) – It is one of the most dreaded pieces of mail in Chicago – the $100 ticket that comes after being caught by one of the city’s red light or speed cameras.

Chicago is hardly the only U.S. city to install such cameras. But the cost of the tickets, and whether the scandal-plagued program makes the city’s streets safer, has become a hot topic for Chicago’s Feb. 24 mayoral election.

Feb 19, 2015

Record-breaking cold in U.S. Midwest heads to frigid East Coast

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Bone-chilling cold in the U.S. Midwest shattered records in Chicago on Thursday, closing schools and starting its trudge eastward to an already frozen Boston and New York.

Arctic air was expected to keep its grip on the nation’s midsection on Friday morning, a day after the minus 8 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 22 Celsius) measured in Chicago broke the low temperature record of minus 7 degrees for the day set in 1936, said National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Oravec.