3 injured after turbulence hits American Eagle flight

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An American Eagle plane landed at O’Hare airport with three injured  passengers due to turbulence, Wednesday morning.

American Eagle flight 3720 hit turbulence en route from New Orleans to  Chicago, causing some passengers to be injured.

The plane landed at O’Hare around 9:30 a.m. and passengers were met by the  Chicago Fire Department, according to an American Airlines spokeswoman.

The plane is a Bombardier CRJ-700 with 26 passengers and four crew  members.

Chicago Fire Department says three passengers complained of head  injuries.

One person was transported to the hospital, two others were treated at the  scene

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Strike begins for Grayslake, District 46 teachers

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Teachers from north suburban school District 46 are now on strike after  failing to reach a deal with the school board by the midnight deadline.

As a result, the more than 300 teachers will hit the picket line Wednesday  morning.

Nearly 4,000 elementary and middle school students will not have class  Wednesday.

The teachers had been working without a contract since July.

Salary remained the big sticking point in the final hours of talks.

The district includes eight schools in Grayslake, third lake, Hainesville,  Round Lake, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Park and Lake Villa.

The latest info can be found at www.d46.org

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Man shot near Merchandise Mart

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An unidentified 47-year-old man was brought to Northwestern Memorial Hospital  after he was shot in the head this morning near the Merchandise Mart.  It  appears to be a graze wound and police say he is expected to survive.

Early reports from the scene say the victim gave a thumbs-up as he was being  put into an ambulance.

Police say the victim worked in the West Mart Center, formerly known as the  Apparel Center, across the street from the Merchandise Mart.

He was apparently walking in through the dock area near the corner of Kinzie  and Kingsbury shortly before 6 a.m., when witnesses say they heard two quick  shots, saw the victim fall and a masked man in dark clothing run west across the  Kinzie Street bridge — then disappear.

Detectives made quick work of gathering evidence and clearing the scene.

Police have not released a description of the suspect or a motive for the  shooting.

The West Mart Center is home to a Holiday Inn, Comcast SportsNet, and the  Chicago Sun-Times.  It is across the street from the East Bank Club, where  Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other celebrities like Oprah Winfrey work out.

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Aurora ends 2012 with no homicides

By Dan Hinkel, Chicago Tribune reporter9:28 p.m. CST, January 1, 2013

      While Chicagoans saw the city’s homicides rise past 500 last year, residents of the state’s second largest city, Aurora, quietly observed a milestone of their own — a year without a slaying.
The slaying-free year was Aurora’s first in recent times, police Sgt. Matt Thomas said.

     Aurora, a city of about 200,000 on the Fox River west of Chicago, notched 25 homicides in 2002, but totals have dropped recently, according to FBI statistics. There were five in 2009, four in 2010 and two in 2011, according to the FBI.
During the city’s more violent years, Aurora police and city officials blamed gang tensions, in part, for higher slaying totals, according to media reports. Thomas attributed the drop to “proactive police work.”
“We changed our tactics up and have been successful,” he said.

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2 teens on West Side among 15 shot, 3 fatally, on New Year’s Day

 Staff report7:29 p.m. CST, January 1, 2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Two teenagers were shot and seriously wounded this afternoon in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, among at least 15 people shot since midnight Monday, three of them fatally, authorities said. Paramedics were called about 4:30 p.m. to the 2600 block of West Chicago Avenue for two people who’d been shot, according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
They were both taken in serious to critical condition to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, said Langford.

Police News Affairs Officer Veejay Zala said the victims, both males in their teens, were shot in the chest and their conditions had stabilized at Stroger.

Earlier, a man was shot to death in the 4500 block of South Champlain Avenue, in what was believed to be the second homicide of the new year.

What appears to have been the third homicide of 2013 took place about two hours after the Champlain killing. About 4:56 p.m. in the Gage Park neighborhood, a man was shot in the chest in a possible drive-by shooting in the 5800 block of South Sacramento Avenue, Zala said about 7 p.m. He had no further details to release.

The man, identified as Devonta Grisson, 19, of the 6700 block of South Artesian Avenue, was declared dead on the scene at 5:05 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

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Violent start to 2013 for Chicago

 

Chicago has already recorded its first three shooting deaths of the New Year.

20-year-old Octavius Lamb was on his way to a friend’s home when he was shot in the throat, in the 700 block of North Noble Street.

29-year-old Kevin Jemison was shot in the head near 45th and Champlain.

19-year-old Devonta Grisson was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting near 58th and Sacramento, in Gage Park.

For 2012, Chicago recorded 506 homicides; 16 percent more than the previous year

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Opinion: What Chicago’s 500th Murder Means

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Chicago experienced its 500th murder of the year on Thursday night, when a 40-year-old man was shot to death in the Austin neighborhood. It was only the second time in the last ten years the city has reached that mark. In 2008, 513 people were murdered.

However, this year’s violence has attracted unprecedented national attention to Chicago. In October, Diane Sawyer held a town hall meeting at St. Sabina’s Church, hosted by Father Michael Pfleger. The killings have earned the city the nickname “Chiraq” and have been inspired an emerging Chicago rap form known as drill.

“The toughened reality of living in these neighborhoods is what shaped Drill music, a slang term for retaliation and a new style of hip-hop that represents a turning away from Chicago’s socially conscious wave represented by Kanye West, Common, Lupe Fiasco, the Cool Kids and others to a darker, more hard-core sound, recognized by sinister keyboards, brittle beats and voyeuristic tales involving girls, Kush smoking, but primarily violence,” Salon wrote in an article on rapper Chief Keef, who was investigated for his connection to the shooting of a rival named Lil Jojo.

The city’s murders have also made it a case study in the debate on gun control. Second Amendment defenders point to the fact that Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation as proof that gun control is not only ineffective, but causes more violence.

“The reality is that the only people being denied guns under Obama’s scenario are law-abiding citizens,” wrote Breitbart.com, in an article titled “Obama‘s gun control not working out in Chicago.” “And this means criminals are beginning to understand they can carry out their misdeeds with a impunity, as the citizens they accost or attack have no weapons with which to fight back. As a result, Chicago is on track to have more than 500 gun-related deaths for this year alone.”

Probably the most read article in the history of Ward Room is a piece entitled “The Deadliest Global City,” which pointed out that Chicago has a higher murder rate than any other Alpha world city. It’s been popular with conservatives who believe gun control is responsible for the murders.

Whatever is causing it, as we move into 2013, the most important issue facing this city and this state is not education, or the pension crisis, or the parking meters — it’s murder.

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/What-Chicagos-500th-Murder-Means-185037341.html#ixzz2GMlPVPow

Obama to Meet with Hill Leaders in Last Stab at Fiscal Deal

Obama to Meet with Hill Leaders in Last Stab at Fiscal Deal

Amid partisan bluster, top members of Congress and President Barack Obama were holding out slim hopes for a limited fiscal deal before the new year. But even as congressional leaders prepared to convene at the White House, there were no signs that legislation palatable to both sides was taking shape.

The Friday afternoon meeting among congressional leaders and the president — their first since Nov. 16 — stood as a make-or-break moment for negotiations to avoid across-the-board first of the year tax increases and deep spending cuts.

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Obama called for the meeting as top lawmakers alternately cast blame on each other while portraying themselves as open to a reasonable last-minute bargain.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid all but conceded that any effort at this late date was a long shot. “I don’t know timewise how it can happen now,” he said.

For Obama, the 11th-hour scramble represented a test of how he would balance the strength derived from his re-election with his avowed commitment to compromise. Despite early talk of a grand bargain between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner that would reduce deficits by more than $2 trillion, the expectations were now far less ambitious.

Although there were no guarantees of a deal, Republicans and Democrats said privately that any agreement would likely include an extension of middle-class tax cuts with increased rates at upper incomes, an Obama priority that was central to his re-election campaign. The deal would also likely put off the scheduled spending cuts. Such a year-end bill could also include an extension of expiring unemployment benefits, a reprieve for doctors who face a cut in Medicare payments and possibly a short-term measure to prevent dairy prices from soaring, officials said.

To get there, Obama and Reid would have to propose a package that Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell would agree not to block with procedural steps that require 60 votes to overcome.

Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said he still thinks a deal could be struck.

The Democrat told NBC’s “Today” show Friday that he believes the “odds are better than people think.”

Schumer said he based his optimism on indications that McConnell has gotten “actively engaged” in the talks.

Appearing on the same show, Republican Sen. John Thune noted the meeting scheduled later Friday at the White House, saying “it’s encouraging that people are talking.”

But Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., predicted that “the worst-case scenario” could emerge from Friday’s talks.

“We will kick the can down the road,” he said on “CBS This Morning.”

“We’ll do some small deal and we’ll create another fiscal cliff to deal with the fiscal cliff,” he said. Corker complained that there has been “a total lack of courage, lack of leadership,” in Washington.

Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, McConnell cautioned: “Republicans aren’t about to write a blank check for anything the Democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff.”

Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/national-international/NATL-White-House-Meeting-a-Last-Stab-at-a-Fiscal-Deal–185033451.html#ixzz2GMkRFh1X