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Chicago News Roundup for Friday August 3, 2007

BP pollution tiff hits Chicago bond underwriters

A powerful Chicago alderman, upset about oil company BP’s plan to release more pollutants from an Indiana refinery into Lake Michigan, says municipal bond underwriting firms with ties to BP will be excluded from city business.


Chicago man diagnosed with West Nile virus

Officials at the Chicago Department of Public Health are trying to find out how a 47-year-old man contracted West Nile encephalitis.

The victim, who became ill last month, is in a coma.

[via Science Daily (press release)]

Driver in Edens crash reached 90-100 mph: prosecutor

A Chicago man faces reckless homicide charges after a high-speed crash on the Edens Expy. left two of his friends dead.

Patrick Prosniak, 23, hobbled into bond court on crutches Thursday, recovering from injuries he suffered in a July 22 wreck that killed Justine Stevens, 22, and Joseph Thomas, 23. Judge Colleen Hyland set bond at $200,000.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

3 men killed in unrelated shootings, officials say

[via Chicago Tribune]

Woman Shot, Wounded In Uptown Park

A woman believed to be in her 30s was wounded in an apparent drive-by shooting at an Uptown neighborhood park early Thursday.

The woman was in a park in the 4500 block of North Clarendon Avenue about 2:20 a.m. She heard a loud noise prior to being shot in her left hip, a report from the police First Deputy Superintendent’s office said.

Witnesses told police multiple assailants pulled up in a dark-colored Oldsmobile and started shooting into the park on Clarendon Avenue, the report said. The offenders fled the scene after the shooting.

…However, the woman is not a gang member and does not appear to be the intended target of the shooting, which may be gang-related.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Chicago’s hottest dogs

The Windy City may have banned foie gras, but there’s no putting the kibosh on their hometown franks. T+L found the best in town, bite by bite

In an old mom-and-pop-style storefront, Murphy’s Red Hots (1211 W. Belmont Ave., Lakeview; 773/ 935-2882) has wooden floors and cheery red-vinyl tablecloths for a cozy, pub-like feel. BEST BITES After 20 years, genial Bill Murphy has mastered every detail of the authentic red hot: a perfectly cooked Vienna Beef dog with a snappy natural casing on a warm, but not soggy, S. Rosen poppy-seed bun piled with impeccable condiments.

The touristville location, across the street from the original Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s, is jarring. Although it is now part of the largest privately owned restaurant company in the Midwest, the hot dogs at Portillo’s (100 Ontario St., River North; 312/587-8910) are hard to put down — they are direct descendants of those served at the original trailer stand, opened in 1963. BEST BITES Try the messy chili dog — laden with homemade chili con carne.

[via CNN International]

9 hours, 3 homicides

Three men were shot to death in separate outbursts of violence within a nine-hour span across the city, Chicago police said Thursday.

In the first shooting, two men were standing in a gangway about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 8000 block of South Burnham Avenue when witnesses said a man ran up and began shooting, killing James Collier, 24, and wounding the 41-year-old man he was with, authorities said.

Meanwhile, detectives are questioning a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man about 1:30 a.m. Thursday as he was getting into his vehicle outside his home in the 700 block of North Central Avenue on the West Side.

[via Chicago Tribune]

2 Shot, 1 Fatal, In South Chicago Neighborhood

Two people were shot Wednesday evening, one fatal, in the South Chicago neighborhood.

The men were shot in the 8000 block of South Burnham Avenue about 4 p.m., according to police News Affairs Tom Polick.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

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