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Two Charged In Hadiya Pendleton Murder

(Chicago, IL)  --  Two men are facing murder charges in connection with the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton.  Police say the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.  Investigators say Michael Ward and Kenneth Williams opened fire on Pendleton and her schoolmates because they thought they were members of the gang that shot Williams in July.

Two From Chicago Invited To State Of The Union Address

(Chicago, IL)  --  Two people from Chicago will be in the audience tonight at President Obama's State of the Union address.  Senator Mark Kirk invited Michael Klonowski, who was his primary physical therapist at the Rehab Institute of Chicago and was there as Kirk climbed the capitol steps.  Congressman Jan Schakowsky invited Carolyn Murray as a thank you for Murray's activism after her son was gunned down last November.

CTA Closing Brown, Purple Lines For Bridge Work

(Chicago, IL)  --  Commuters who ride into the Loop on CTA's Brown and Purple lines will need to make alternate travel plans this spring.  The transit agency announced Monday there will be no Brown and Purple line service on the Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River from March 1st through March 11th and again from April 26th through May 6th.  During the closures, crews will reconstruct the 91-year old bridge.

Psychiatric Hospital For Kids Opens On North Side

(Chicago, IL)  --  A new psychiatric hospital for kids is now open on the city's North Side.  The Chicago Lakeshore Children's Pavilion can treat up to 60 patients at a time.  The nine-million-dollar hospital is located in a formerly vacant building at 4720 North Clarendon Drive.

Chicago Bears Renovating Halas Hall

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears are renovating their practice facility in Lake Forest.  Upgrades to Halas Hall include a 15-hundred-square-foot weight room and training room expansion, additional lockers and new carpeting in the locker room, as well as new meeting rooms with enhanced technology.  The project is expected to be done before the team returns from training camp in Bourbonnais.


Chicago Catholics Stunned By Pope's Resignation

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago-area Catholics are stunned over yesterday's surprise resignation by Pope Benedict the 16th.  Citing his age the 85-year-old pontiff announced he'd step down as of February 28th.  The Pope's announcement sent shockwaves through Chicago's Catholic population.  Cardinal Francis George said in a statement that Pope Benedict "taught with clarity" and "loved all of God's people with all his heart."  Pope Benedict is the first in nearly 600-years to resign.

Mayor Picks Former IDOT Employee

(Chicago, IL)  --  Officials say they have selected the person to replace Sandi Jackson as alderman of Chicago's 7th Ward.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced yesterday that former Illinois Department of Transportation employee Natashia Holmes will replace Jackson.  NBC Chicago says Holmes was one of 65 applicants.  Holmes said it's a quote "wonderful opportunity" and one she "looks forward to."

Ex-Bull Questioned About Marijuana Remarks

(Undated)  --  Former Chicago Bull Jay Williams is taking heat for his startling claims that his ex-Windy City teammates regularly smoked marijuana before games.  Six players who talked to the "Tribune" about Williams' comments published over the weekend in the "New York Times" denied the accusations and said marijuana use wasn't as widespread as he made it sound.  Donyell Marshall -- one of the leaders from the 2002-2003 squad -- questioned Williams and asked quote, "why say these things now?"  Williams is now a basketball analyst at ESPN.

Bulls Fall To Star-less Spurs, 103-89

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Bulls run into trouble beating a team that's not even at full strength in a 103-to-89 loss to San Antonio last night.  The Spurs were without star players Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and still found a way to upend Chicago.  The Spurs took advantage of the Bulls' 19 turnovers overall.


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