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Jan 7, 2015

Cold front causes school closings, transit delays in Chicago

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of children in Chicago, the third-largest U.S. school district, stayed home on Wednesday as weather forecasters warned of dangerously low temperatures in a cold front across the Upper Midwest.

The district closed all of its nearly 800 schools for the day as a precautionary measure due to forecasts of temperatures 20 to 30 degrees below average.

Jan 5, 2015

Brutal cold snap hits eastern half of U.S.

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A bitter cold snap is freezing most of the eastern half of the United States, driving the mercury below zero in the Midwest on Monday, with possible freezing temperatures as far south as Atlanta later this week, forecasters said.

The brutal weather pattern, brought on by a polar air mass pushing south from Canada, is impressive but not out of the ordinary for this time of year, said Tom Kines, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com.

Jan 4, 2015

Weekend snow in Midwest, east U.S. to precede bitter cold snap

CHICAGO (Reuters) – Stormy winter weather will spread snow, ice, rain and travel problems across the Midwest and eastern U.S. over the weekend, leading into a brutal cold snap for the work week, meteorologists said.

On Saturday evening, snow and ice were falling in the eastern United States, while violent thunderstorms were seen in the deep south, including two tornadoes in Mississippi, said Frank Strait, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather.com.

Dec 24, 2014

As more cities ban homeless camps, advocates cry foul

CHICAGO (Reuters) – For Teresa Sigerson, a former waitress who has lived under a Chicago expressway bridge for three years, the camp she shares with eight others provides shelter, companionship and some measure of security.

“There’s safety in numbers,” said Sigerson, 51, who begs during the day and sleeps between concrete bridge pillars under a highway northwest of downtown. “Everything’s convenient here – you’re by the stores, the highway.”

Dec 23, 2014

Federal government sues Chicago schools for pregnancy discrimination

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday sued the Chicago Board of Education, alleging that it discriminated against pregnant teachers at a northwest side elementary school.

The suit, filed in federal court in the third largest U.S. city, alleges that starting in 2009, Scammon Elementary School Principal Mary Weaver subjected female teachers to lower performance evaluations, discipline, threatened firing and firing because of their pregnancies.

Dec 19, 2014

Child being observed at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola

CHICAGO, Dec 19 (Reuters) – A child who arrived in Chicago
with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital
to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said.

Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O’Hare
International Airport detected the fever, but no other symptoms
of the disease, the University of Chicago Medical Center said in
a statement.

Dec 19, 2014

Five dead, dozens ill from bacteria linked to caramel apples

By Mary Wisniewski

(Reuters) – Five people have died and 21 others have been hospitalized in recent weeks in a listeria outbreak linked to caramel apples, federal health officials said on Friday.

A total of 28 people infected with listeria have been reported from 10 states, according to a statement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Dec 19, 2014

Child under observation at Chicago hospital to rule out Ebola

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A child who arrived in Chicago with a fever was under observation on Friday at a city hospital to rule out the Ebola virus, hospital officials said.

Federal officials screening arriving passengers at O’Hare International Airport detected the fever but no other symptoms of the disease, the University of Chicago Medical Center said in a statement.

Dec 17, 2014

Chicago area landlord gets life in prison for deadly arson fire

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A suburban Chicago landlord has been sentenced to life in prison for setting a fire that killed seven people, including four children, in a scheme to cash in on property insurance, prosecutors said on Wednesday.

Lawrence Myers, 64, of Cicero, west of Chicago, had been convicted by a jury in November on seven counts of murder for his role in the 2010 blaze.

Dec 17, 2014
via FaithWorld

No room at the inn? U.S. atheists see holiday displays vandalized

Photo

(“Beware of Dogma” billboard of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin, 19 Nov 2008/Jeffrey M. Dean)

Holiday hooliganism is no longer limited to thieves running off with baby Jesus from a nativity scene or vandals throwing eggs at mangers.