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TWO MARIST HIGH SCHOOL seniors claim they were “used as scapegoats” by administrators who expelled them from the Far Southwest Side school for being part of a racist group text message conversation that sparked protest and tension last month in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood.

Marist students sue after being expelled for racist text messages

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THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT should revamp its psychological exam and forgive minor drug offenses to attract minority police officers at a time of high crime and deep distrust, an influential alderman said Monday.

Alderman: Let people with minor drug offenses apply to be cops

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MISTRIAL: A panel of one black and 11 white jurors said Monday they were unable to reach a unanimous decision. Former officer Michael Slager was charged with murder in the April 4, 2015, shooting death of 50-year-old Walter Scott.

Mistrial declared in black motorist's shooting by officer

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HER DADDY'S HEART, she’s plastered in photos on his social media pages, a 3-year-old who preens in boxing gloves and robe in one picture, her expressive eyes and pout the spitting image of her father, Ed “Bad Boy” Brown. A vigil is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Garfield Park gym, where he trained.

Slain boxer Ed 'Bad Boy' Brown was on way to world championship

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Each morning, 18-year-old Ming Chen gets up about 6 a.m. to take a 30-minute bus ride to school. Thomas Kelly High School is the most popular school for him and most high-school age kids in Chinatown because it is one of the closest neighborhood schools.

Chinatown leaders call for new South Side high school

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"Mendoza takes office: 'Keep me in your prayers.'"
Tina Sfondeles reports.

Mendoza takes office: 'Keep me in your prayers'

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"Delaying legislators’ pay a cheap stunt — and still wrong."
Mark Brown explains.
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Brown: Delaying legislators’ pay a cheap stunt — and still wrong

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FAKE NEWS is not funny. On Sunday, D.C. police arrested a North Carolina man with an assault rifle and said in a statement, “During a post arrest interview this evening, the suspect revealed that he came to the establishment to self-investigate “Pizzagate.”

Lynn Sweet: Shooter turns fake news into danger at D.C. pizza shop

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OUT OF LEFT FIELD, Moises Alou vows to attend any Cubs ceremony in tribute to Bartman.

Alou wants to help Cubs ease Bartman's pain

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Rauner: GOP political rhetoric not affecting budget talks.
Tina Sfondeles reports.

Rauner: GOP political rhetoric not affecting budget talks

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Park District chief says 'not a problem' that $6 million contract given to firm run by brother of ex-mayoral chief of staff.
Fran Spielman reports.

Ground broken for Theater on the Lake with City Hall connection

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The Chicago Sun-Times
yesterday at 23:36. Facebook
Emanuel on Trump phone conversation: ‘I was up-front and direct.’
Fran Spielman reports.

Trump calls Emanuel, seeks counsel on presidential transitions

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The Chicago Sun-Times
yesterday at 23:21. Facebook
The job of a public prosecutor is “pubic safety and justice,” State's Attorney Kim Foxx said, and the best way to do that is to be respectful to the public she will be serving.

Kim Foxx vows quicker presence in police-involved shooting probes

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The Chicago Sun-Times
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HOBOS TRIAL: Prosecutors formally rested their case Monday afternoon after a federal agent read aloud the “beyond the grave” grand jury testimony of FBI informant Keith Daniels, who testified before he was gunned down in April 2013.

Prosecution wraps up their case in Hobos gang trial

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STILL FIGHTING: “A lot of people are too scared to come out with us, too scared to say anything,” says Adriana Alvarez, whose Fight for $15 efforts have taken her to the White House as well as to Brazil and France. “I feel like I’m their voice."

At 24, Cicero mom known internationally for her 'Fight for $15'

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A top mayoral aide on Monday defended the Chicago Park District’s decision to award a 10-year contract to renovate and operate the historic Theater on the Lake — to a company run by the brother of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s newly departed chief of staff.

Ground broken for Theater on the Lake with City Hall connection

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The Chicago Sun-Times
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Josephine McCord, 85, whose fight for civil rights included marching with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., died Nov. 28 in Chicago.

Chicago activist Josephine McCord, worked with MLK, dead at 85

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The Chicago Sun-Times
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NO LINES? Amazon is testing a grocery store model that doesn't have checkout lanes

Amazon Go store is checkout free

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The Chicago Sun-Times
yesterday at 17:50. Facebook
TRUMP TRANSITION: Emanuel is uniquely qualified to give Trump advice after serving as a political operative under former President Bill Clinton and as President Barack Obama’s first White House chief-of-staff.

Trump calls Emanuel, seeks counsel on presidential transitions

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The Chicago Sun-Times
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FOOD FIGHT: A Cook County judge on Monday ruled against food-trucks operators who have waged a long court battle to overturn a 2012 city ordinance that keeps the trucks at least 200 feet away from brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Food-truck operators lose bid to overturn city regulations

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