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While he was still in college, Edward Beaudion dressed up as a vampire to bring a little ghoulish cheer to kids at a local orphanage. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:32:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Maine West principal reported early hazing to ex-superintendent: officials ]]> Lead story image

While a lawsuit alleging widespread hazing at Maine West High School lingers in Cook County court, school officials now say Maine West’s principal reported early claims of abuse to the district’s then-superintendent. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:41:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Despite pleas, CPS hands three schools to private operator ]]> Lead story image

Despite impassioned pleas from residents, parents, teachers and administrators — and sign-carrying protests outside — the Chicago Public Schools board voted Wednesday to “turn around” three elementary schools, laying off all teachers and staff and handing operations over to a private company. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:42:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ River Forest man on trial for threatening letters to pols, oil execs ]]> Lead story image

An angry loner “waged a campaign of terror by mail” when he sent threatening letters, shotgun shells and fake anthrax to Chicago politicians and oil company executives, prosecutors said Wednesday. But a lawyer for Ron Haddad of River Forest say there’s no evidence he mailed the threats to figures including former Mayor Richard M. Daley and former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, describing similarities between the anonymous threat letters and Haddad’s online “diary” as entirely coincidental. Haddad, 38, is standing trial on charges that he sent 28 threatening letters between 2007 and 2009, in which he ranted about Chicago’s controversial parking meter … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:08:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Judge, citing possible innocence, orders release of Hickory Hills woman in shaken baby case ]]> Lead story image

Jennifer Del Prete’s 2005 conviction in state court for the murder of 14-month-old Isabella Zielinski was based on unreliable scientific evidence and it is “more likely than not that no reasonable juror would have found her guilty of murder beyond a reasonable doubt,” U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly wrote. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:58:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Gary killer’s warning: Divorce ‘not going to be pretty’ ]]> Lead story image

Days after Nina Castro filed for divorce from her husband last fall, she returned to their home in Gary’s Ambridge-Mann area where Remanard Castro forced her to have sex with him while threatening her with a handgun and later a crowbar, according to Lake Superior Court records. On Monday afternoon, Remanard Castro shot and killed his estranged wife outside their 14-year-old son’s Catholic school in Griffith while their son and 16-year-old daughter watched, Griffith police said. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:03:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ FBI informant on tape hugging man before shooting him: prosecutors ]]> Lead story image

An FBI informant was caught on surveillance video shooting a man he embraced just seconds before he opened fire in an East Garfield Park alley over the weekend, Cook County prosecutors said. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:24:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-head of suburban religious organization denies sex harassment ]]> Lead story image

But his comments were called “disingenuous” Tuesday by Recovering Grace, a website that has received reports from dozens of women who’ve alleged they were sexually harassed by Gothard with unwanted touching, including bare foot games of footsie, years ago. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:22:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vehicle hits Roseland bus stop after police chase, injures 5 ]]> Lead story image

Five people were hurt after a vehicle hit a bus stop Tuesday night after a police chase in the Roseland neighborhood. About 8:40 p.m., a vehicle traveling north on Michigan Avenue near 103rd Street struck another vehicle, said Larry Langford, a Chicago Fire Department spokesman. The first vehicle then hit the bus stop. The crash was the result of a chase that started when Calumet District officers tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation and the vehicle sped away, police said. ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:46:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ 8 injured in less than 7 hours in gun violence across city ]]>

One day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel decried the rash of shootings over the Easter holiday weekend, eight people were shot across the city in less than seven hours. The ages of the victims — one teenager and seven men — ranged from 14 to 56. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:03:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bond denied for Flossmoor man charged with killing two teens ]]> Lead story image

Justin Hamilton, 23, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Jordan Means, 17, and Anthony Bankhead, 19, who were found dead in the basement of a building in the 8200 block of South Houston Avenue about 10:45 a.m. Saturday. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 19:20:14 -0500