Chicago Sun-Times Latest news from the Chicago Sun-Times Online en-us (Editor) Newspapers Chicago Sun-Times 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ FAA extends ban on low-flying airraft over Ferguson ]]>

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration has extended a ban on flights operating below 3,000 feet over Ferguson, Missouri, for a week “to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.” The Washington Post said the notice, now effective through Aug. 25, was issued at the direction of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. The St. Louis County Police Department had asked for the initial restrictions last week because its helicopter was shot at during looting and unrest. That notice had lasted through Monday. The FAA agreed to order the first round of restrictions early last week to give police helicopters … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:31:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ 32 teens escape from Nashville detention center ]]>

Thirty-two teens escaped from a Nashville youth detention center by crawling through a weak spot in a fence late Monday, and more than half of them were still on the run Tuesday, a spokesman said. ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:52:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trove of 1909-11 baseball cards ‘incredible’ ]]> Lead story image

BIDDEFORD, Maine — A baseball fan took up smoking a century ago and with it acquired another habit: holding onto little cards that bore the faces of baseball’s earliest greats. Now, the trove of more than 1,400 tobacco cards featuring a slew of Hall of Famers like Cy Young and Ty Cobb is going up for auction. The cards will be sold by a Maine auction house that is becoming known for selling rare memorabilia, Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford. Troy Thibodeau, the company’s manager and auctioneer, said the collection of cards dating from 1909 to 1911 belongs to … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 02:14:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ In the killing of Michael Brown, furor fuels opinions ]]> Lead story image

Many are convinced there was no justification for Wilson to kill Brown because he was unarmed. Many others are certain it was justifiable because they believe Brown threatened Wilson. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 09:37:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ferguson police start wearing cameras that record video, audio ]]>

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Ferguson police began wearing the cameras Saturday. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson told the newspaper that officers had the devices on during a protest march Saturday. The march marked the Aug. 9 shooting death of Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Search for pilot who crashed off Va. shore halted ]]>

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a pilot who lost consciousness and crashed a small airplane into the Atlantic Ocean off the Virginia shore. The plane had left Waukesha, Wisconsin, and was headed to Manassas, Virginia. ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 15:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gettysburg soldier, 2 Vietnam veterans to receive Medal of Honor after congressional exemption ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation’s highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs. The White House announced Tuesday that President Barack Obama approved the Medal of Honor for 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, who was killed by a Confederate bullet to the head during the pivotal, three-day Battle of Gettysburg. Congress granted a special exemption last December for Cushing to receive the award posthumously since recommendations normally have to be made within two … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:19:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Can Ferguson change the ‘ritual’ of black deaths? ]]> Lead story image

The choir sang, the preachers shouted and the casket stayed closed. The body was taken to the cemetery, and Michael Brown was laid to rest. Thus went the most recent enactment of “the ritual” — the script of death, outrage, spin and mourning that America follows when an unarmed black male is killed by police. ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit ]]> Lead story image

The American Heart Association’s first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May. Both groups express great concern about these popular nicotine-vapor products and urge more regulation, especially to keep them away from youth. They also stress that proven smoking cessation methods should always be tried first. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:59:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Michael Brown’s family says he was a ‘gentle soul’ ]]> Lead story image

Michael Brown’s relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a “gentle soul” with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day “the world would know his name.” ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:48:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bishop: Slain US journalist Foley opened our eyes ]]> Lead story image

Slain U.S. journalist James Foley was living his faith by bringing images to the world of people suffering from war and oppressive regimes, a Roman Catholic bishop said Sunday at a Mass in his honor. Bishop Peter Libasci said even after Foley was captured for the first time in Libya in 2011, he “went back again that we might open our eyes.” ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ American journalist freed after being held hostage in Syria ]]>

WASHINGTON — An American journalist kidnapped and held hostage for nearly two years by an al-Qaida-linked group in Syria was released Sunday, less than a week after the horrific execution of American journalist James Foley by Islamic militants. The freed American is 45-year-old Peter Theo Curtis of Massachusetts, who wrote under the byline Theo Padnos. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:21:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cristobal’s pelting rains lash southeast Bahamas ]]>

Slow-moving Tropical Storm Cristobal lashed parts of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands with heavy rainfall on Sunday, and one man died and two other people were earlier left missing when they were caught up by swollen rivers on the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti. ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:54:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Strongest Bay Area quake in 25 years hits Calif. wine country ]]> Lead story image

The magnitude-6.0 quake, centered near the city of Napa ruptured water mains and gas lines, hampering firefighters’ efforts to extinguish the blazes that broke out after the temblor struck at 3:20 a.m. Dozens of people were treated at hospitals. ]]> Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:11:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ National Guard to withdraw from a quieter Ferguson ]]> Lead story image

The streets of Ferguson were peaceful for another night, as protests and tensions subsided in the St. Louis suburb where unrest erupted after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old. ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:54:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Thomas Augustine, Labor Department chief and dog musher, dead at 93 ]]> Lead story image

Thomas Augustine would come around a curve and see them — dogs waiting for owners who would never return. “People would abandon them in the country, places where we traveled,” Mr. Augustine told the Chicago Sun-Times last year. “We could see them standing beside the road, waiting for the people who left them there to come back and pick them up. But the people who had left them did not come back.” Still, these were lucky dogs. Mr. Augustine and his wife, Agnes, adopted them. They kept a sled dog team on their five-acre farm on South Western Avenue in Beecher. Mr. Augustine, as musher, would race them. ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 12:54:01 -0500