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Winter Storm Warning In Effect

(Chicago, IL)  --  A Winter Storm Warning is in effect.  The National Weather Service says up to ten-inches of snow could fall in Chicago by tonight.  High winds are also expected to cause drifting and reduce visibility on the roads.

Medical Examiner To Post Unclaimed Bodies Online

(Cook County, IL)  --  The Cook County Medical Examiner will start posting pictures of unclaimed bodies online this week.  The pictures and information about the unidentified people will be posted to the office's website beginning Wednesday.  A spokesperson says the hope is that the website becomes a way for families to locate their relatives.

"Hot Zone" Crime Fighting Strategy May Expand

(Chicago, IL)  --  A crime-fighting strategy that targets "hot zones" may be expanded.  Superintendent Garry McCarthy says 200 officers are currently working overtime patrolling ten-areas identified as the worst for violent crime.  McCarthy says there are an additional ten zones he wants to saturate with officers.

CPS Putting Headquarters On The Market

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago Public Schools is looking to downsize its headquarters.  District officials say the building is too big and selling it will save up to three-million-dollars annually.  CPS is projected to have a one-billion-dollar budget deficit.

Jackson Items May Be Auctioned

(Chicago, IL)  --  The items Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife illegally bought with campaign contributions may go up for auction.  Once the two are sentenced, the objects become responsibility of U.S. Marshal and will likely be sold to help pay restitution.  Some of the items could include flat screen TVs, fur coats, a fedora worn by Michael Jackson, and a 43-thousand-dollar gold plated Rolex watch.

U-C Police Under Fire

(Chicago, IL)  --  Police at the University of Chicago are meeting intense scrutiny for an undercover operation.  The department said yesterday two employees have been placed on leave after the university confirmed an officer posed as a protester at its trauma hospital demonstration last month.  The "Tribune" says the police department's undercover activity was reported first by the "Chicago Maroon" student newspaper.  College President Robert Zimmer said the officer's actions were quote, "totally unethical."

Chicago To Puerto Rico Flights Coming

(Chicago, IL)  --  A popular passenger carrier is adding a new daily flight from the Windy City.  Jet Blue announced it's launching daily flights between Chicago's O'Hare International and San Juan, Puerto Rico beginning this November.  Jet Blue is the largest air carrier in Puerto Rico.  This will be Jet Blue's third destination city out of Chicago.    

Lawsuit By P-T-A Dismissed

(Chicago, IL)  --  A lawsuit over P-T-A copyright infringement will be dismissed.  The "Sun-Times" says the parent company of "P-T-O Today" announced yesterday it had resolved its differences with the National P-T-A.  The 115-year-old P-T-A organization sued School Family Media for alleged deceptive trade practices, false advertising and disparagement of the P-T-A name.

Chicago Council Considers Energy Drink Vote

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago City Council holds a hearing today on a proposal to ban high-caffine energy drinks.  The plan, from Alderman Ed Burke, comes after a Maryland teen died, apparently after consuming two of the drinks over two days in 2011.  Representatives for Monster energy drinks held a news conference Monday in Chicago, presenting a report on the victim's death and denying their drinks are dangerous.  In that report, the company says Anias [[ Anees ]] Fournier [[ For-nee-ay ]] died from a pre-existing condition and insisted the drinks played no role in her death.

Two Are Targets Of Separate Searches

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago authorities are searching for a male and female reported to have vanished in separate incidents.  Samuel Jones disappeared Saturday in Little Village while Michelle Manalansan hasn't been seen since early February near East South Water Street.  Please call detectives at 312-747-8380 if you have any information in either case.

Food Inventors Show-Off At Home Show


(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago-area food inventors are showing off their wares this week at the International Home and Housewares Show.  The "Sun-Times" says teams of food innovators are debuting their products in hopes of being the next big thing.  One firm has come up with several marshmallow treats because of research that found such items are in high demand by consumers.  The home show runs through today at McCormick Place Convention Center.

 

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