Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ 2 charter schools run by Des Plaines-based Concept Schools added to Ohio misconduct inquiry ]]> Lead story image

A state inquiry in Ohio into allegations of misconduct inside Concept Schools, the embattled charter-school chain based in Des Plaines, has been expanded to two additional Ohio cities. The FBI has been investigating Concept charter schools in Ohio and several other states, including Illinois. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:34:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Man commits suicide after killing 6 grandkids, daughter: cops ]]>

BELL, Fla. — A man killed six of his grandchildren, his adult daughter and himself in a shooting at a home in a small town in North Florida Thursday, a sheriff said. ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:39:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ NASA’s Maven spacecraft reaches Mars this weekend ]]> Lead story image

Mars, get ready for another visitor or two. This weekend, NASA’s Maven spacecraft will reach the red planet following a 10-month journey spanning 442 million miles. If all goes well, the robotic explorer will hit the brakes and slip into Martian orbit Sunday night. ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:39:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ 2014 MacArthur ‘genius grant’ winners unveiled ]]> Lead story image

CHICAGO — A professor whose research is helping a California police department improve its strained relationship with the black community and a lawyer who advocates for victims of domestic abuse are among the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants.” The Chicago-based John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announced on Wednesday the 2014 recipients, who will each receive $625,000 to spend any way they like. Three Illinois winners include Mark Hersam, 39, of Northwestern University in Evanston; Tami Bond, 50, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Tara Zahra, 38, University of Chicago. Hersam is a … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:03:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Obama to send 3,000 from military to help fight Ebola in W. Africa ]]>

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is ramping up its response to West Africa’s Ebola crisis, preparing to assign 3,000 U.S. military personnel to the afflicted region to supply medical and logistical support to overwhelmed local health care systems and to boost the number of beds needed to isolate and treat victims of the epidemic. ]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Others pitch in to finish deceased Scout’s project ]]>

About 70 people worked this weekend to help finish an Eagle Scout project left incomplete after a Pittsburgh area teen died during football practice. ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 11:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dad in Georgia hot car death charged with murder ]]>

A Georgia man whose son died after he was left in a hot car for seven hours has been charged with murder in the toddler’s death. ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 10:34:00 -0500