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Part of man’s ear bitten off by underage girlfriend’s brother

A South Side man who twice impregnated a minor teen had part of his ear bitten off by his young paramour’s brother, Cook County prosecutors said Friday.


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2 dead, 9 wounded in shootings since Friday evening


One man was killed and at least six other people were wounded in shootings across the city since Friday evening, officials said. Two 16-year-old boys were among the wounded.

Wallenda says Willis Tower not suited for high-wire act


Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, who’s already walked across Niagra Falls, wants to do a walk in Chicago. He was in the city Thursday to scout sites but says the city’s two tallest buildings — the Willis Tower and the Trump International Hotel and Tower — likely aren’t suitable.

Woman in serious-to-critical condition after being pulled from Lake Michigan

A woman was in at least serious condition after she was pulled from Lake Michigan in the Loop Friday night.

$14 mil. awarded to woman who suffered stroke after taking medication

A Cook County jury awarded $14 million Friday to an Elmwood Park woman who suffered a severe stroke after taking prescribed birth control medication. She is now wheelchair-bound and requires 24-hour care, according to her attorneys, Clifford Law Offices. Mariola Zapalski, 37, suffered the stroke after taking the drug Yasmin for 13 days.

Truck crashes into Greater Grand Crossing store; five people injured


A careening pickup truck crashed into a storefront Friday afternoon, injuring five people. The crash happened about 2:35 p.m. near the Farmers Food Basket at 71st Street and King Drive in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood. The truck hit a sedan, then crashed into the …

Illinois schools get waiver from No Child Left Behind progress mandate

Illinois joined the long list of states that have received a waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday, which means its school districts won’t be punished financially or labeled as failures if all students don’t score …

Rapper Big Glo laid to rest; father vows better life for children


As his son — the South Side rapper Big Glo — lay in an open casket inside Holy Temple Cathedral in Harvey, Richard Holmes stepped outside with a pack of cigarettes in his hand and guilt on his mind.

“You can say I blame myself …

15-year-old held on $950,000 bail in shooting

A 14-year-old boy was standing on the front porch with his cousin Wednesday when another teenager, who was accompanied by two others, allegedly asked him if he was a “GD.”

Apparent inmate suicide investigated at Lake County Jail

Lake County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the apparent suicide of an inmate found early Friday morning.

City sends bike cops into high-crime neighborhoods


The Chicago Police Department is deploying bikes for use by patrol officers in 20 targeted zones that have had a history of high rates of violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced Friday.

12-year-old boy shot in Altgeld Gardens neighborhood

The boy was shot in the leg about 8:45 p.m. after he walked past two males in the 13100 block of South Corliss Avenue, police said. He was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Charter school principal proposes buying school shut by CPS

Despite a pledge by CPS not to allow any charter schools to move into the dozens of schools that were shuttered last year, a charter school principal on Thursday night proposed doing just that. Legacy Charter School Principal Lisa Kenner said her 500 students are running out of room and proposed buying Pope Elementary, 1852 S. Albany, from Chicago Public Schools

CTA plans L overpass at Belmont to eliminate bottleneck


Some Lake View residents were in an uproar Thursday over CTA plans to raze up to 19 buildings and create an elevated bypass just north of Belmont to address a major bottleneck involving the Red, Purple and Brown Line trains.

Ex-con who robs bank to go to jail gets 3.5-year sentence


An aging ex-con who deliberately got caught robbing a bank so that he could go back to prison had his wish fulfilled Thursday by a federal judge.

Obama presidential library: Panel advances $100 million boost


An Illinois state House panel on Thursday advanced a plan championed by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, to appropriate $100 million in state funds to help finance the construction of President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum in Chicago.