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Obama To Talk About Guns At South Side Church

CBS 2’s Mai Martinez reports that he’s expected to address the shootings of 34 Chicago students.

Naomi Walley said, “I’m glad that one of the candidates is addressing local violence because it’s become a huge problem, especially in Chicago and with all the deaths of teenagers and high school students. I’m just glad someone is addressing it.”

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Public eye can mean criminals’ eyes / Dangers run rampant for sports stars

Last week three masked men entered Walker’s posh River North residence through the garage, held a gun to his head, duct-taped his ankles and wrists and robbed him of cash, jewelry and his black Mercedes.

Walker escaped without serious injury, and the Mercedes and some of his jewelry have been recovered. But the emotional scars will linger, in part because Walker has been victimized before. In July 2000, he and former Kentucky teammate Nazr Mohammed, a fellow South Sider, were among five people robbed at gunpoint of cash and a $55,000 watch outside a restaurant on West Roosevelt Road. The diamond and platinum Cartier watch was Walker’s.

More recently Indians pitcher C.C. Sabathia and his cousin were robbed at gunpoint of $44,000 worth of jewelry and cash at a Cleveland hotel in 2002. That same year, Giants receiver Tim Carter was carjacked outside a New Jersey movie complex and robbed of his BMW and $10,000 worth of jewelry.

NBA guard Stephon Marbury, then with the New Jersey Nets, was robbed of a $150,000 diamond necklace as he waited in his Bentley for a light to change in Manhattan in 2000. Gary Payton, then with the Seattle Sonics, was relieved of $30,000 worth of cash and jewelry in his native Oakland.

Although Walker has been a victim of armed robbery twice in Chicago along with another professional athlete these types of crimes also happened in places like Cleveland and Oakland.
[via Chicago Tribune]

Sailors off to fast start in 99th annual Chicago-to-Mackinac race

Clear blue skies and strong winds greeted thousands of amateur boating enthusiasts along the city’s lakefront Saturday as they set sail in the 99th running of the Race to Mackinac, the world’s longest annual freshwater race.

More than 3,000 sailing enthusiasts on about 300 boats left Chicago’s Monroe Harbor Saturday morning as winds reached speeds of 20 to 40 knots on Lake Michigan, said race spokeswoman Celeste Johnson. The 333-mile regatta ends at the lighthouse on Round Island off Michigan’s Mackinac Island.

That’s pronounced Mackin-aw.

Chicago food-fest nausea toll climbs

The number of people claiming symptoms of salmonella poisoning after eating at Taste of Chicago has climbed to 378, Health Department officials said.

The Chicago Tribune said Saturday that as of Friday, the number of people who fell ill after the July 4 food festival had tripled from the day before, when 126 people had called.

Department of Health officials said they believe the primary suspect was the “hummus shirazi” that was served at the Pars Cove Persian Cuisine booth.

It must be a plot by the Iranian government to poison the American people.
[via United Press International]

Shops of North Bridge on the market

The Magnificent Mile’s newest mall, the Nordstrom-anchored Shops of North Bridge, is on the sale block.

The mall, which opened in 2000 at 520 N. Michigan Ave., is being marketed along with a nearby parking garage and some office space in a deal that could fetch around $600 million, according to market sources.

After a slow start the mixed-use mall development is doing great as far as sales go which makes it prime time to sell the mall itself.
[via Crain’s Chicago Business]

Two Chicago Men Nabbed In River Oaks Carjacking

Two men have been arrested in Chicago and charged in connection with a carjacking in the parking lot of the River Oaks Mall in south suburban Calumet City on Wednesday night.

Lorenzo T. Brown of 7817 S. Burnham Ave. is charged with criminal trespass to a vehicle, and Javan Boyd, 21, of 7439 S. Chappel Ave. is charged with aggravated vehicular hijacking, according to a release from Calumet City police.

[via WBBM780]

Report: Walker Vacating Chicago Home

Antoine Walker has kept his word and is vacating his expensive home in Chicago’s River North area.

He was duct taped and robbed at gunpoint at the residence Monday.

Agent Mark Bartelstein told the Chicago Tribune Thursday the former Mount Carmel High School basketball star has left his $4.1 million home and is in the process of moving out.

I guess it doesn’t matter that the perpetrators have been caught. The Miami Heat basketball player has had enough.
[via Post Chronicle]

City of Chicago Launches Anti-Violence Campaign

In an effort to ensure that
Chicagoans make their voices heard against community violence, the Chicago
Department of Children and Youth Services (CYS) joined city officials and
community and faith-based leaders today to launch Faces Against Violence, a
three-month campaign, part of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s “Safe Summer”

Following the press conference, children and
adults were treated to a free day of roller skating to help kick off the
program and promote safe summer activities.
Faces Against Violence encourages Chicagoans to take a stand against
violence by having their photos taken and reciting a peace pledge.

[via PR Newswire (press release)]

Chicago area set to gain another area code

A large swath of west suburban Chicago will dial an extra four digits to make local phone calls when state regulators add a second area code this fall.

The 630 area code was “exhausted” at the end of June and will be supplemented by 331 for new phone customers effective Oct. 7, George Light, a telecommunications analyst for the Illinois Commerce Commission, said Thursday.

The 331 overlay will bring to nine the number of area codes in the Chicago area, joining the existing 312, 773, 708, 630, 815, 847, 224 and 779. Residents in the 815 area code went to 11-digit dialing in mid-February, just before the 779 overlay was introduced there in March.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Toxic toothpaste found in Chicago stores

Illinois consumers are being told to take a closer look at their bathroom shelves, as some toxic tubes of toothpaste have slipped into local stores.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan issued a warning Thursday that some toothpaste labeled as Colgate and manufactured in South Africa and China may not contain fluoride but diethylene glycol (DEG) — a chemical used in antifreeze that can cause liver and kidney damage and death. While the Colgate-Palmolive Co. does have a plant in China, Madigan said, that product is not authorized for sale in the United States.

Inspectors found 483 tubes of suspect toothpaste, packaged as the Colgate brand, in five stores on the North Side and West Side of Chicago on Wednesday.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

License suspended? Get ready to walk

McCotter told the joint committee that one-third of all accidents resulting in deaths or serious injuries involve at least one motorist driving on a suspended or revoked license. The same applies to 25 percent of all street corner drug arrests.

It’s about to become a lot harder to continue driving your car on a suspended license with a new policy of impounding cars. And more importantly it’s going to cost you a lot of money and make the city of little bit richer. This will come disproportionately at the expense to people who can least afford it.
[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Chicago Botanic Garden gets $8 million gift

GLENCOE, Ill. (AP) - The Chicago Botanic Garden says it has received an eight million dollar gift from the Daniel F- and Ada L-Rice Foundation to expand its plant conservation research.

The grant will go toward the establishment of the Daniel F- and Ada L-Rice Plant Conservation Science Center.

[via WAND]

The Best Little Whorehouse in Chicago

Her research led her to the Levee, Chicago’s red-light district, where many missing women were said to have ended up, and then to Ada and Minna Everleigh, madams of the infamous Everleigh Club.

Back in the late 19th century when Chicago was booming and so, like any American city of its time or international city of today, had a booming “red light” district with opium dens and an upscale brothel, a gentlemen’s club, where the city’s elite could eat fine meals and lay fine women. The history of this brothel is mixed in with the founding father of the Chicago Outfit, which is currently making big headlines, as well as corrupt politicians, ever in the headlines in Chicago. Unfortunately, the buildings of that district have since been torn down erasing yet another piece of Chicago’s past.
[via Chicago Reader]

Feeling way too white

A white woman from Oak Park decides to go by foot one block deep into the neighborhood of Austin which directly borders Oak Park but which is overwhelmingly black and poor. She realizes that not only is Chicago still very much segregated, the suburbs are segregated from the city as well and she’s uncomfortable with all the stares she gets just by being white in the wrong neighborhood. On the one hand she’s just feeling white privileged liberal guilt and on the other hand should the residents of Austin really expect her to have any good reason to be there?
[via Christian Science Monitor]

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