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Diplomat From Chicago Killed In Afghanistan

(Chicago, IL)  --  A State Department diplomat from Chicago is dead following an explosion in Afghanistan.  Officials say 25-year-old Anne Smedinghoff was one of five Americans killed Saturday by an improvised explosive device.  Secretary of State John Kerry called Smedinghoff vivacious, smart and capable, and said she died in an attempt to deliver textbooks to school children.

Funeral For Roger Ebert Is Today

(Chicago, IL)  --  Funeral services will be held today for Roger Ebert.  The service begins at 10 a.m. at Holy Name Cathedral.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking friends and fans to make a donation to The Ebert Foundation, a nonprofit that supports arts and education programs.

Mudslide Derails Amtrak Train From Chicago

(Chicago, IL)  --  Passengers on an Amtrak train heading from Chicago to Seattle are okay after a minor derailment on Sunday.  Officials say a mudslide near Everett, Washington caused the train's last three cars to come off the track.  Eighty-six passengers and eleven crew members were aboard, but no one was hurt.

Pregnant Pitbull Found Burned Dies

(Chicago, IL)  --  A pregnant pit bull found Palm Sunday with burns to 25-percent of her body has died.  Mama Petunia passed away early Sunday morning.  Officials from "It's a Pittie" rescue say they are feeding the pups with a bottle and they should be adoptable in ten-weeks.

Fujikawa Taking Over As Cubs' Closer

(Chicago, IL)  --  Former Japanese All-Star Kyuji Fujikawa  is taking over as the Cubs' closer.  According to the "Chicago Sun-Times," the change was made following Saturday's game against the Braves when Carlos Marmol gave up two home runs in the ninth inning, causing the Cubs to lose.  Fujikawa was signed to a two-year contract worth nine-and-a-half million dollars over the winter.

Boy, 14, Killed In Heart Of Chicago

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago authorities are investigating a weekend shooting that takes the life of a young boy.  The 14-year-old was fatally shot yesterday in the West Side neighborhood known as Heart of Chicago.  Investigators were said to be questioning at least three people but no charges had been filed as of last night.  The shooting is believed to have been a drive-by.

Mayor Presents "Four Ps" To Stop Violence

(Chicago, IL)  --  Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel lays out his ideas for putting an end to gun violence in the city.  Speaking to nearly one-thousand people yesterday at an event sponsored by the Council on Foundations Emanuel presented his "four Ps" which he claims are the keys to stopping gun violence.  They include policing, prevention, penalties and parenting.  Emanuel spoke during a panel discussion which included Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Police Say Granny Plotted Hubby's Murder

(Chicago, IL)  --  Police investigators in Chicago say an elderly woman commissioned her 19-year-old grandson to kill her husband - using the man's own gun.  The "Sun-Times" says Janet Strickland faces charges of first-degree murder and armed robbery.  An investigation revealed Strickland gave William Strickland - her grandson - a gun with which to murder his 72-year-old grandfather - also named William Strickland - as he waited for a ride to his dialysis appointment last month.  The woman also reportedly watched the murder happen before taking the teen to shop for a new car.

First Lady Michelle Obama To Be In Chicago

(Chicago, IL)  --  First Lady Michelle Obama will be in the Windy City this week to raise awareness for at-risk children.  Mrs. Obama will meet with Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday.  She's scheduled to ask local business leaders to help raise 50-million-dollars to support youth initiatives around the city.


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