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Sep 27, 2014

Chicago-area air traffic center fire grounds 1,750 flights

CHICAGO, Sept 26 (Reuters) – A fire apparently set by an
employee at a Chicago-area air traffic control center led to the
cancellation of more than 1,700 flights at the city’s two major
airports, snarling air traffic across the United States,
officials said.

Flights resumed at O’Hare International Airport, one of the
world’s busiest, after a delay of about four hours, but there
were bottlenecks across the entire air system that carriers
expect to last through the weekend.

Sep 26, 2014

Air traffic center fire grounds flights in Chicago, snarls traffic

CHICAGO (Reuters) – An intentionally set fire at a Chicago-area air traffic control center led to the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights at the city’s two major airports, snarling air traffic across the nation.

The blaze at the facility in Aurora, outside of Chicago, apparently was set by a man who suffered self-inflicted wounds, Aurora police said. There were no indications that it was an act of terrorism and the blaze was extinguished, it said.

Sep 26, 2014

Fire grounds flights in Chicago, snarls air traffic

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A fire at an air traffic control center outside Chicago on Friday led to the cancellation of all flights at the city’s O’Hare International Airport, one of the world’s busiest, and domestic hub Midway, snarling air traffic nationwide ahead of weekend travel.

More than 800 flights into and out of the two airports were canceled by 9:20 a.m. CDT (1420 GMT), according to tracking website flightaware.com, stranding thousands of passengers.

Sep 24, 2014
via FaithWorld

Chicago church gives congregants $500 each to spend for good cause

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(A general view of the city of Chicago, March 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young )

Churchgoers grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise – they each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it.

“I was just in disbelief,” said Valency Hastings, 42, when she got her check from the non-denominational LaSalle Street Church on the city’s near north side. “The enormity of the responsibility of it has begun to sink in.”

Sep 23, 2014

Chicago church gives congregants $500 each to spend for good

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Churchgoers grumble that they always get hit with pleas for money. But congregants at a Chicago church this month got a surprise – they each received a check for $500, with instructions to go out and do something good with it.

“I was just in disbelief,” said Valency Hastings, 42, when she got her check from the non-denominational LaSalle Street Church on the city’s near north side. “The enormity of the responsibility of it has begun to sink in.”

Sep 23, 2014

Chicago Mayor Emanuel proposes decriminalizing pot in Illinois

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked Illinois lawmakers on Tuesday to reform sentencing for low-level drug offenses, which would include ticketing rather than arresting people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Emanuel had backed a 2012 change in Chicago law that decriminalized marijuana in the nation’s third-largest city. Emanuel said on Tuesday that the change statewide would save tax dollars, allow police to focus on more serious crimes and keep non-violent offenders from a lifetime in the criminal justice system.

Sep 23, 2014
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More Americans see religion’s influence waning, want bigger role in politics: Pew poll

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(A woman walks past an empty, boarded-up church in Youngstown, Ohio November 21, 2009. REUTERS/Brian Snyder )

Nearly three-quarters of the public think religion is losing influence in American life and a growing number want religion to play more of a role in politics, according to a poll released on Monday.

Sep 22, 2014

More Americans see influence of religion waning: poll

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Nearly three-quarters of the public think religion is losing influence in American life and a growing number want religion to play more of a role in politics, according to a poll released on Monday.

The share of Americans who say churches and other houses of worship should express their views on social and political issues has gone up 6 percentage points since the 2010 midterm elections, to 49 percent from 43 percent, the Poll Research Center survey found.

Sep 19, 2014

David Bowie exhibition lands in Chicago for only U.S. visit

CHICAGO (Reuters) – David Bowie has been best-known throughout his five-decade career as a prolific musician and songwriter, with hits like “Changes” and “Space Oddity” in constant radio circulation.

But he is also an actor and artist who helped design his own album covers, stage sets and costumes.

Sep 18, 2014

Chicago officials investigate human bones sent to Japanese consulate

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Chicago authorities are trying to solve a mystery over a box of human bones that were sent to the Japanese consulate, along with a letter saying they were the remains of soldiers who died during World War Two, police said on Thursday.

The box of bones, which included two human skulls, was sent to the Chicago consulate in mid-June from Rochester, Minnesota, said Chicago Police Officer Thomas Sweeney.