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Niles to Chicago: Save marathon race 911 calls

Fearful of a potential lawsuit, north suburban Niles officials want the City of Chicago to preserve all radio dispatches, 911 calls and other emergency communications from the day of the Chicago Marathon.

That’s because a Niles ambulance driver, called in to assist for the Oct. 7 race, got lost while transporting collapsed runner Chad Schieber, who was later pronounced dead. The driver had to flag down another ambulance for directions, made radio calls to 911 that were “talked over,” then wound up at the wrong emergency room, the filing says.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

School report cards: Chicago students’ achievement gap

The gulf between these two schools and others like them is fueling a growing achievement gap among students in Chicago.

Over the last five years, minority and low-income public high school students have fallen even farther behind their white and more affluent classmates on state tests and the ACT, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found.

[via Chicago Sun-Times]

Law cracks down on Chicago-Miss. Delta pipeline of crime

Nearby, a six-point star spray-painted on the side of the closest building illustrates the threat this impoverished Mississippi Delta hamlet is facing. The star surrounded by a code of words, pictures and numbers is the calling card of the Gangster Disciples, Chicago’s largest youth street gang.

James, 51, says the Disciples and the Vice Lords, a rival gang, are vying for control of Tutwiler’s narrow streets. When they clash, there is nowhere to go, he says.

[via USA Today]

Chicago police arrest three, say 5000 attend Iraq war protest

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago police say about 5,000 people marched through city streets Saturday to protest the war in Iraq.

Chicago police spokeswoman JoAnn Taylor says three protesters were arrested before the march started. Taylor says among the three, they face charges including resisting arrest, failure to obey a police officer, criminal damage to property and aggravated battery to a police officer.

[via WQAD]

Loved ones bury Chicago teen shot and killed

Those who knew and loved Sam Benavente attended his visitation in Burbank, then his funeral later at St. Rita’s Parish.

The boy was killed last Sunday in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood on the South Side. According to reports, he refused to let another child steal a bike from a friend. Then, another person walked up to the 14-year old and shot him.

[via ABC7Chicago.com]

Teen slain while leaving sub shop

A Maywood teenager was shot as he walked out of a sandwich shop on Chicago’s West Side early Thursday morning and later died, police said.

Randy Eiland, 18, was shot in the chest around 2:20 a.m. as he left Chicago Sub, 4807 W. Chicago Ave., in the South Austin neighborhood, said Chicago Police Officer John Mirabelli. The gunman then jumped into the passenger seat of a waiting dark-color sport-utility vehicle and sped off.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Boy Dies After Being Shot Over Bike

| Print Boy Dies After Being Shot Over Bike Police: Sammy Benavente Was Standing Up For Friend Whose Bike Was Stolen CHICAGO (CBS) Family members mourned the death of a Chicago teen who was shot dead in a dispute over a bicycle in the Southwest Side’s Marquette Park neighborhood.

CBS 2’s Derrick Blakley talked to the boy’s mother about the tragedy.

[via CBS2 Chicago]

Chicago’s green cred is good, but not platinum

Mayor Richard M. Daley’s greening of Chicago has been good for the city’s image and good for Daley politically. When the city looks good, so does the mayor.

But look beyond the tourist-friendly facade of median planters on Michigan Avenue and the much-publicized green roof atop City Hall and you run into some troubling numbers: Chicago has just 29 buildings and projects that bear the equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Washington-based non-profit that sets the standards for what is officially considered green.

[via Chicago Tribune]

Warrenville absorbs BP news

BP PLC’s reorganization could weigh heavily on Warrenville, but the city’s mayor said job cuts and relocations won’t trash the local economy.

The bulk of BP America Inc.’s 3,300 Chicago-area jobs are in three buildings in Warrenville’s Cantera business complex. Mayor David Brummel said he predicts that of Warrenville’s 2,300 BP workers, “hundreds could either relocate to Chicago or Houston” or get laid off.

Chicago-area employees were notified Thursday that there would be relocations and layoffs as part of a companywide restructuring program. BP has not released specific figures but said the streamlining would start in the summer and be carried out over the next two years. Some jobs will move to Houston, while others will relocate to downtown Chicago.

BP plc notified its 3,300 employees in its suburban Chicago offices Thursday that many could be laid off, and many more could be headed to Houston. Chicago complains about BP in Indiana and then loses jobs.
[via Crain’s Chicago Business]

Woman Killed In West Side Hit-And-Run

CHICAGO (STNG) - A 34-year-old female pedestrian has died after a minivan struck her on the West Side in a hit-and-run accident Tuesday night. The woman was thrown onto a fire hydrant where her head reportedly split open.

Felicia Curry, of 3414 W. Chicago Ave., was pronounced dead at 10:34 p.m. at Mount Sinai Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

[via WBBM780]

American to start Chicago-Moscow route

FT. WORTH - American Airlines said Tuesday that it will offer direct flights from O’Hare International Airport to Moscow next summer, making it just the second U.S. carrier to fly into the Russian capital and the first to fly there non-stop from Chicago.

Flights from Chicago will begin June 2 and operate daily except Sundays using 225-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft. Departures from Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport also will be six days a week, every day but Monday.

[via Chicago Tribune]

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