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Chicago Neighborhood Gets Yellow Brick Road Where Author Wrote Wizard of Oz

Bickerdike A yellow brick road was recently completed in Chicago’s Humboldt Park Neighborhood in memory of L. Frank Baum, who wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, while living at 1667 N. Humboldt Boulevard in 1899. The yellow brick road at the corner of Humboldt and Wabansia spans about 70 linear feet and will also include a 5 x 11 ft Oz-themed mural by Chicago artist, Hector Duarte. Bickerdike According to Block Club Chicago, the road and mural cost about $65,000 and was made possible by personal donations from nonprofit developer…

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‘It’s totally unfair’: Chicago, where the rich live 30 years longer than the poor

In rich white Streeterville, Chicagoans can expect to live to 90. In poor black Englewood, its just 60 the most divergent of any US city Walking down 69th Street in Englewood, Chicago, near where she grew up, Michelle Rashad gestures to a rundown retail shop, across from a long open lot. At this store, theres a Muslim brother who sells some fruits and vegetables some days, says the 27-year-old. But that might be the only piece of fruit you can get for another mile. Most [of] it has been like…

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Chicago Police Release Jussie Smolletts Texts With Nigerian Brothers

CHICAGOThe Chicago Police Department released hundreds of documents from the Jussie Smollett case on Thursday, including text messages that suggest the Empire star discussed drugs with clients are suing Geragos for defamation. But everything will come out, he said. The city of Chicago is currently Foxx received emails and texts from Tina Tchen, an attorney friend of the Smollett family and chief of staff to Michelle Obama, who told Foxx she had concerns about the investigation and that Foxx also exchanged emails with a member of Smolletts family. An internal…

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Chicagos Famous Glass Floor SkyDeck Just Cracked Under Visitors Feet

The Willis Tower SkyDeck is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Chicago. Earlier this week, the protective layer covering the famous glass floor splintered into thousands of pieces, sending visitors scrambling for solid ground. According to CNN, nobody was hurt and nobody was in danger, as the ‘protective layer did what it was supposed to do’. That might not be enough to calm the nerves of anybody who was there though. Chicago-area resident Jesus Pintado captured the harrowing moment on video. Located on the 103rd floor, the SkyDeck…

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Mom Berated Daughter for Not Doing Your F*cking Job! as They Strangled Pregnant Teen: Prosecutors

As 19-year-old charged with first-degree murder and felony aggravated battery after Desiree allegedly confessed to helping her mother with the slaying. Ochoa-Lopez was found in a trash can behind Clarisas Chicago home on May 15, police said. If someone confesses to a murder, then they should not have the right to live free among us, Julie Contreras, spokeswoman for the family and chair of LULAC National Immigration Committee, allegedly later told her daughter, according to Desirees videotaped confession. The 24-year-old, who is four-months pregnant, told her mothers boyfriendwho was at…

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Clutter confirms SoftBank-led $200M investment for its on-demand storage service

There’s plenty of speculation right now around apparently disgruntled investors in SoftBank’s Vision Fund, but the drum continues to beat and the checks continue to be written. The latest deal for the $100 billion mega-fund is Clutter, an on-demand storage company that pulled in $200 million in new financing for growth. Eagle-eyed viewers will recall that TechCrunch broke news of an impending SoftBank-led round of that size back in January, and now it is official. The startup is one of a number of companies that provide storage options for consumers who…

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50 Photos That Show Just How Insanely Cold It Is In America Right Now

recent heatwave, and now, at the opposite end of the spectrum, the ‘polar vortex’ bearing down on Midwestern U.S. The With much of the Midwest on lockdown and people urged to stay indoors, some people have been braving the plunging temperatures to take incredible images of the effects that the vortex is having on their daily lives. From exploding toilets to icy hairstyles, this list compiled by Bored Panda will give you chills just from looking at it! #1 How Cold Is It In The Midwest? Bubbles Are Freezing #2…

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Londons transport regulator looks to startups to help fix urban mobility

London’s transport regulator, TfL has announced a partnership with Bosch for its forthcoming co-working space in Shoreditch. The civic tech project is intended to run for 18 months as a pilot — though Bosch’s ‘Connectory’ co-working facility won’t open until the end of January. A company spokeswoman confirmed the partnership is nonetheless up and running now. The aim of the collaborative project is to share data and expertise, including by tapping into London’s startup ecosystem, to land on new ideas for tackling urban mobility issues — from traffic jams to…

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Apple, Samsung Declare Peace in Biggest Modern Tech Patent Fight

The biggest patent battle of the modern technology world has finally come to an end after seven years. Samsung Electronics Co. told a judge Wednesday they’d resolved the first filed but last remaining of the legal disputes that once spanned four continents. The string of lawsuits jihadist.” The ensuing litigation cost each company hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees, and tested their reputations as innovators. ‘Sumo Wrestlers’ “The sumo wrestlers have tired of the wrestling match,” said Paul Berghoff, a patent lawyer with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff…

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Mueller’s Latest Charges Bring Together Trump Campaign, Russia

U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s latest indictment is significant beyond the new charges, in that it links senior officials on President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to Russian intelligence in a criminal matter. Mueller’s indictment released Friday against Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, adds witness-tampering charges to allegations that Manafort did illegal lobbying work for Ukraine and laundered millions of dollars in proceeds. It also included an allegation that a fixer described by the FBI as a former Russian spy, Konstantin Kilimnik, helped Manafort obstruct justice. "This is the first…

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Chicago this weekend (so far): 7 dead, 42 wounded, 0 coverage on cable news

This is awful: UPDATE: 7 dead, 42 wounded in weekend shootings across ChicagoSTORY: https://t.co/eNCwPxD9BhMAP: https://t.co/hChpNV4NUf pic.twitter.com/ICRTrfHEgs — Sun-Times Breaking (@CSTbreaking) August 20, 2017 And no protests or pundits talking about it on the Sunday shows or cable news, even thought 2017 could be worse than 2016, which was horrific: ICYMI: "Chicago Homicides on Pace to Exceed 2016"https://t.co/4v0B91cuER — Larry Elder (@larryelder) August 20, 2017 Read more: http://twitchy.com/gregp-3534/2017/08/20/chicago-this-weekend-so-far-7-dead-42-wounded-0-coverage-on-cable-news/

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Oxford college worker and US professor arrested in California over Chicago murder

Andrew Warren and Wyndham Lathem detained on the US west coast over fatal stabbing of 26-year-old Trenton Cornell-Duranleau An Oxford University employee suspected in a murder has been arrested alongside his alleged accomplice, a US professor, Chicago police have said. Andrew Warren, a senior treasury assistant at Somerville College, and Professor Wyndham Lathem of Northwestern University were detained separately in California, more than 3,200km (2,000 miles) from the crime scene, a spokesman said on Friday. Warren was in San Francisco while Lathem was in Oakland, US Marshals inspector Ed Farrel…

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Bernie Sanders lambasts ‘absolute failure’ of Democratic party’s strategy

Vermont senator hails the successes of the progressive agenda but says establishment Democrats are standing in the way of further gains Bernie Sanders has criticised the Democratic partys current direction as an absolute failure in a speech at the Peoples Summit in Chicago. Speaking to a crowd of 4,000 activists, Sanders hailed the enormous progress in advancing the progressive agenda, saying the increasing Peoples Summit, a gathering of some of the most influential progressive activists and organizations in the country. There had been an urgency to the event on Friday…

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