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Good morning, Chicago.
The call that came over the police radio last Monday morning was startling if familiar by now: Two men in a stolen car committing robberies at gunpoint across Chicago’s South Side.
Within a span of minutes, the robbers held up employees at two discount stores and stole wallets and other belongings from pedestrians on the street. All of the victims described having guns pointed in their faces, according to police and court records. One was knocked to the ground.
This time, police quickly caught a 25-year-old suspect after an alert witness saw two men matching the robbers’ description running from a stolen Kia with bags in their hands on South Carpenter Street, according to court records.
But it’s a drop in the bucket.
In the days before and after those robberies, waves of other stickups were happening around the city, including a driver accosted by rifle-toting teens as he was unloading his car in Bucktown, a woman carjacked at gunpoint in Rogers Park, students walking near DePaul University’s Lincoln Park campus and a bar worker mugged after leaving work in the West Loop.
While armed robberies are nothing new in Chicago, a disturbing new pattern has emerged in recent months where crews of robbers — many of them juveniles — toting high-powered weapons go on crime sprees, robbing or carjacking multiple victims in a matter of minutes, often using stolen cars and dressed head to toe in black.
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But city dwelling may no longer be an option for foxes for long, Magle said, as urbanization and climate change threaten their homes.
Congress has averted for now a threatened government shutdown that would have disrupted many services, squeezed federal employees and roiled politics.
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At 104 years old, Dorothy Hoffner fell.
Then she kept falling, and falling, and falling. And when the lifelong Chicagoan finally touched the ground Sunday, she landed in the history books and became the oldest person to ever sky-dive.
“Age is just a number,” Hoffner told a cheering crowd moments after touching the ground at the Skydive Chicago Airport in Ottawa.
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Community groups have attempted to wrangle commitments from Amazon related to local hiring and wages for around two years, but they have mostly stopped short of trying to keep the warehouse from opening.
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Some fans still headed to Wrigleyville on Sunday afternoon to cheer on the Cubs from afar during their last regular season game against the Brewers in Milwaukee. A few mourned the end of the season, some made plans for next year and others decided to change the channel to the Bears game — which also didn’t bode well for Chicago sports fans.
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Community leaders of Gaelic Park in Oak Forest are testing Plautus’ hypothesis by investing over half a million dollars into building a home in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood that will be raffled off with the proceeds going to Gaelic Park Charities.