R. Kelly Stands Trial in Chicago: What to Know

The musician faces charges of sex crimes and of working to obstruct an earlier investigation that resulted in his acquittal in a 2008 criminal trial.

#aaliyah, #chicago-ill, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-pornography, #kelly-r, #rhythm-and-blues-music, #sex-crimes, #surviving-r-kelly-tv-program

Welcome to Chicago, Hot Dog Town, U.S.A.

Just don’t even think about asking for ketchup.

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Sharing Stories, and a View, Aboard the California Zephyr

A photographer traveled across America on one of Amtrak’s long-distance train routes. Here’s what she saw.

#amtrak, #california, #chicago-ill, #colorado, #great-plains-us, #iowa, #nevada, #photography, #railroads, #rocky-mountains, #sierra-nevada-region-us, #travel-and-vacations

In ‘The Bear’ on Hulu, a Kitchen Staff Is Nearly Eaten Alive

The new FX television show is one of the most vivid, authentic portrayals of what it’s like to work in food service.

#chefs, #chicago-ill, #fx-tv-network, #hulu-com, #restaurants, #television, #the-bear-tv-program, #white-jeremy-allen

Nature and Camping Trips to Take From Chicago

Hiding within what can seem like Chicagoland’s endless suburbs are slices of nature that make for a perfect weekend camping trip, with restaurants in easy reach.

#camps-and-camping, #chicago-ill, #content-type-service, #road-trips, #travel-and-vacations, #wilderness-areas

Things to Do in Chicago: Food, Museums and More

Theater, art and music are flourishing, and on the culinary scene, a 13-course Filipino tasting menu and a sleek Black-owned winery in Bronzeville are just a few of the city’s new offerings.

#chicago-ill, #culture-arts, #restaurants, #theater, #travel-and-vacations

How Jack Welch’s Reign at G.E. Gave Us Elon Musk’s Twitter Feed

The onetime ‘manager of the century’ paved the way for C.E.O.s to moonlight as internet trolls.

#chicago-ill, #company-reports, #content-type-personal-profile, #croton-on-hudson-ny, #executive-compensation, #executives-and-management-theory, #general-electric-company, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #seattle-wash, #welch-john-f-jr, #workplace-environment

Abortion Rally Draws Thousands in Houston

The event was among numerous protests planned across the country this weekend.

#abortion, #basilica-of-st-patricks-old-cathedral-manhattan-ny, #chicago-ill, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #houston-tex, #jackson-lee-sheila, #orourke-beto, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #pritzker-j-b, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #turner-sylvester, #wayne-state-university, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Golden-Con Threw a Party, Invited Every ‘Golden Girls’ Fan It Knew

Thousands gathered in Chicago to celebrate the beloved sitcom, whose fan base has only expanded since its original run and made the Girls into L.G.B.T.Q. icons.

#chicago-ill, #conventions-fairs-and-trade-shows, #fans-persons, #golden-con, #television, #the-golden-girls-tv-program

Cities Want to Return to Prepandemic Life. One Obstacle: Transit Crime.

Crime rates on trains and buses are up in some of the nation’s biggest cities, one more barrier for downtowns trying to rebound.

#assaults, #atlanta-ga, #buses, #chicago-ill, #chicago-transit-authority, #commuting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #crime-and-criminals, #east-bay-san-francisco-calif, #lightfoot-lori, #los-angeles-calif, #los-angeles-county-metropolitan-transportation-authority, #new-york-city, #philadelphia-pa, #ryan-kevin-k, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #solis-hilda-l, #southeastern-pennsylvania-transportation-authority, #subways, #transit-systems, #urban-areas, #washington-metropolitan-area-transit-authority

Ex-Chicago Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Won’t Face Federal Charges

The officer, Jason Van Dyke, had served about three years in state prison for murdering the Black teenager, a killing that put a spotlight on police brutality.

#chicago-ill, #illinois, #mcdonald-laquan-d-2014, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-chicago-ill, #united-states, #van-dyke-jason

States Close Mass Test and Vaccine Sites, but Uptick in Virus May Loom

Officials say demand has slowed as coronavirus cases have fallen. But some experts question the scaling back of services, especially vaccination campaigns.

#chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #federal-aid-us, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #milwaukee-wis, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #states-us, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

The Jussie Smollett Case Is Probably Far From Over, Analysts Say

The Illinois appellate court that ordered Mr. Smollett’s release from jail often takes months, even years, to rule on cases, according to experts.

#chicago-ill, #cook-county-jail-cook-county-ill, #illinois, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill

Prosecutors Won’t Charge Police Officers in 2 High-Profile Killings in Chicago

The Cook County state’s attorney said the officers might have violated departmental policy in the deaths of two armed suspects — including a 13-year-old — but that criminal charges weren’t warranted.

#alvarez-anthony-d-2021, #chicago-ill, #foxx-kim, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-chicago-ill, #stillman-eric-e-chicago-ill-police-officer, #toledo-adam-d-2021

Jussie Smollett Is Sentenced to Jail for False Report of a Hate Crime

The actor was sentenced to five months in jail after being convicted last year of filing a false police report that said he had been the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #empire-tv-program, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #linn-james-b, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #sentences-criminal, #smollett-jussie-1983, #television

LeBron Fandom, and the Making of a Friendship in ‘King James’

Rajiv Joseph’s new play, which chronicles the bond between two LeBron James fans over 12 years, is having its world premiere at Steppenwolf in Chicago.

#basketball, #chicago-ill, #davis-glenn-actor, #james-lebron, #joseph-rajiv, #leon-kenny, #perfetti-chris, #race-and-ethnicity, #steppenwolf-theatre-co, #theater

Before Jussie Smollett Sentencing, His Supporters Ask for ‘Mercy’

A judge must decide whether to send the actor to prison after a jury convicted him last year of falsely reporting that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime in 2019.

#chicago-ill, #jackson-jesse-l, #jackson-samuel-l, #johnson-derrick-1968, #linn-james-b, #national-assn-for-the-advancement-of-colored-people, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #richardson-jackson-latanya, #smollett-jussie-1983, #woodard-alfre

Dennis Cunningham, Civil Rights Lawyer for Varied Causes, Dies at 86

He successfully represented the Black Panthers, environmentalists who accused the government of conspiracy and Attica prison inmates.

#chicago-ill, #cunningham-dennis, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #earth-first, #national-lawyers-guild, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #san-francisco-calif, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Thousands in the U.S. Rally in Support of Ukraine

At events in Washington, Chicago, Boston and other cities on Sunday, demonstrators expressed their love for the country, anger at Vladimir Putin and hope for peace.

#chicago-ill, #lafayette-square-washington-dc, #lightfoot-lori, #northeastern-university, #philadelphia-pa, #pritzker-j-b, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #ukrainian-catholic-church, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Ebony Test Kitchen, Where Black Cuisine Was Celebrated, Is Reborn

The vibrant room is the centerpiece of a new exhibition in Harlem focused on the African American food experience.

#black-people, #chicago-ill, #ebony-magazine, #food, #johnson-publishing, #kitchens, #museum-of-food-and-drink-brooklyn-ny

As Crime Surges, Roll Back of Tough-on-Crime Policies Faces Resistance

With violent crime rates rising and elections looming, progressive prosecutors are facing resistance to their plans to roll back stricter crime policies of the 1990s.

#adams-eric-l, #bell-wesley-1974, #black-lives-matter-movement, #boudin-chesa, #bragg-alvin, #breed-london, #chicago-ill, #cook-county-ill, #ferguson-mo, #foxx-kim, #gascon-george, #krasner-larry-1961, #los-angeles-calif, #manhattan-nyc, #midterm-elections-2014, #oxford-university, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #quinnipiac-university, #republican-party, #san-francisco-calif, #st-louis-county-mo

Yes, Some Musicals Are Unwoke. That’s Not a Writ to Rewrite Them.

When Encores! aren’t encores.

#broadway-manhattan-ny, #chicago-ill, #encores-great-american-musicals-in-concert-series, #home-box-office, #internal-sub-only-nl

The Life (and House) That Street Racing Built

Kevin Lawrence ruled Chicago’s streets 40 years ago, earning enough for a home down payment. He’s still racing, with his family at his side.

#chicago-ill, #content-type-personal-profile, #drag-racing, #lawrence-kevin-1955, #national-hot-rod-assn

A Henry Darger Dispute: Who Inherits the Rights to a Loner’s Genius?

Since this reclusive artist died in 1973, his landlords have controlled work left behind in his apartment. Now relatives are challenging that stewardship in court.

#art, #chicago-ill, #copyrights-and-copyright-violations, #darger-henry, #intuit-inc, #landlords, #maier-vivian, #museum-of-everything, #outsider-art-fair

Chicago Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Will Leave Prison Early

Jason Van Dyke has served three years of a nearly seven-year sentence. He was convicted of second-degree murder in the teenager’s death, which put a spotlight on police misconduct.

#chicago-ill, #emanuel-rahm, #mcdonald-laquan-d-2014, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #van-dyke-jason

Lori Lightfoot Promised to Change Chicago. Crises Keep Piling Up.

Ms. Lightfoot has shown herself to be a blunt orator and unflinching negotiator.

#chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lightfoot-lori, #mayors, #organized-labor, #police-department-chicago-ill

Overlooked No More: Lee Godie, Eccentric Chicago Street Artist

A self-described Impressionist, she hawked her art on Michigan Avenue in the 1970s and ’80s and lived mostly outdoors. But her work is in museums.

#american-folk-art-museum, #art, #biographical-information, #chicago-ill, #godie-lee-1908-94, #museums, #women-and-girls

At Sundance, Two Films Look at Abortion and the Jane Collective

In the years leading up to Roe v. Wade, a Chicago group helped thousands of women obtain the procedure safely. A documentary and a feature tell their story.

#abortion, #abortion-counseling-service-of-womens-liberation-jane-collective, #arcana-judith, #booth-heather, #call-jane-movie, #chicago-ill, #documentary-films-and-programs, #lessin-tia, #movies, #nagy-phyllis-1962, #pildes-emma, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #sundance-film-festival-park-city-utah, #the-janes-movie, #women-and-girls

Here’s Some (Slightly) Less Worrisome Covid-and-Kids News

Hold off before freaking out about that new C.D.C. diabetes study.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #chicago-ill, #diabetes, #internal-sub-only-nl, #lord-of-the-flies-book, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization

Sidney Poitier and the Black Voice

He was a pioneer — in the transitional sense.

#a-raisin-in-the-sun-play, #adams-eric-l, #chicago-ill, #internal-sub-only-nl, #london-england, #national-football-league, #new-york-city, #obama-barack, #poitier-sidney

A Schooling Debate: In Person or Remote?

Readers discuss an article about rising tensions as some teachers’ unions push for remote learning. Also: Snacks on planes.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #chicago-ill, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #snack-foods, #teachers-and-school-employees, #united-airlines

‘The Kids Are Casualties in a War’

How students, teachers and parents were caught in the middle of a standoff between Chicago’s mayor and its teachers’ union.

#audio-neutral-informative, #chicago-ill, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lightfoot-lori, #organized-labor, #teachers-and-school-employees

Chicago Reaches Deal With Teachers’ Union to Return to Classrooms

Students in the third-largest U.S. school district will go back to classes on Wednesday.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lightfoot-lori, #organized-labor, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #strikes

Parents, It’s Going to Be a Very Long January

Less fresh air, more tween shows.

#chicago-ill, #internal-sub-only-nl, #nintendo-co-ltd, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #television-sets-and-media-devices

With Omicron, Teachers’ Unions Push for Remote Schooling, Worrying Democrats

Chicago teachers have voted to go remote. Other unions are agitating for change. For Democrats, who promised to keep schools open, the tensions are a distinctly unwelcome development.

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With No School in Sight, Chicago Families Grit Their Teeth

While city officials clash with the teachers’ union over how to return to classrooms amid Omicron, families around Chicago reflect on the pandemic’s effects on their children.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-reopenings, #e-learning, #education-k-12, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees

Chicagoans Adjust to Closed Schools During Union Dispute

Teachers voted to stop going to school amid a standoff between Mayor Lori Lightfoot and the Chicago Teachers Union, which called for more virus safeguards.

#chicago-ill, #chicago-teachers-union, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #education-k-12, #lightfoot-lori, #strikes

Representative Bobby Rush, Longtime Illinois Democrat, Will Retire

The decision by the pastor and civil rights activist added to a wave of Democrats deciding not to run for re-election in a difficult midterm cycle.

#black-panther-party, #chicago-ill, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #democratic-party, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #illinois, #rush-bobby-l, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘It’s Chaos’ as Schools Confront Omicron

After an unrelenting spike in cases, a small but growing list of districts — including Newark, Atlanta, Milwaukee and Cleveland — moved temporarily to remote learning.

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Chicago’s Signature Sandwich, Italian Beef, Gets a Multicultural Update

In this city so protective of its traditions, a new generation of cooks is creating fresh variations on a deliciously soggy sandwich.

#beef, #chicago-ill, #immigration-and-emigration, #italian-food-cuisine, #italian-americans, #kasama-chicago-ill-restaurant, #restaurants, #sandwiches

How to Make Sure You’re Virus-Free for Free: A Holiday Guide

A federal plan to require health insurers to cover the cost of at-home tests is not yet in effect. But there are other options.

#chicago-ill, #colorado, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #new-york-city, #tests-medical, #vermont, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

Chicago Woman Who Was Handcuffed Naked Receives $2.9 Million Settlement

The Chicago City Council approved a settlement on Wednesday for Anjanette Young, a medical social worker who was forced to stand naked in front of a dozen police officers in 2019.

#chicago-ill, #city-councils, #police-department-chicago-ill, #search-and-seizure, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #young-anjanette

Silent Films Offer Rare Glimpses of Life in 1920s Ireland

Shot by an American ornithologist in the early years of Irish independence, the footage turned up in the archives of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and is being restored.

#birds, #chicago-ill, #chicago-academy-of-sciences, #cork-ireland, #county-cork-ireland, #county-kerry-ireland, #dingle-ireland, #galway-ireland, #grandparents, #ireland, #nineteen-hundred-twenties, #san-francisco-calif, #united-states

Jussie Smollett Found Guilty: What Comes Next?

The actor who was found guilty of falsely telling the police he was the victim of a hate crime faces a possible sentence of up to three years, but experts disagree on whether the judge is likely to incarcerate him.

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Jury in Jussie Smollett Trial Begins Deliberations

After closing arguments on Wednesday, the panel began considering whether the actor had staged a hate crime against himself, as the two men who attacked him have testified.

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Lawyers in Jussie Smollett Case Tangle Over Motive as Testimony Ends

Mr. Smollett was questioned Tuesday by the prosecution about his interactions with his attackers shortly before the 2019 assault.

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #hate-crimes, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #smollett-jussie-1983, #television

In Chicago, a New Approach to Gay and Bisexual Men With Prostate Cancer

A new clinic focuses on patients left grappling with the aftermath of treatment in ways that are rarely appreciated by doctors.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #cancer, #chicago-ill, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #northwestern-memorial-hospital-chicago-ill, #prostate-cancer, #prostate-gland, #sex, #united-states

Jussie Smollett Testifies at Trial on Charges He Staged an Attack on Himself

The actor, who is accused of directing two brothers to mildly attack him, and then reporting it as a hate crime, took the stand at his criminal trial on charges related to the 2019 assault.

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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Dispute Account That Attack Was Staged

Under questioning by Mr. Smollett’s defense team, two brothers who say they participated in a fake attack denied suggestions they had lied to avoid prosecution.

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One of Jussie Smollett’s Attackers Tells Court It Was All Staged

Abimbola Osundairo, testifying at Mr. Smollett’s trial on charges of filing a false police report, said “he wanted me to fake beat him up.”

#assaults, #chicago-ill, #hate-crimes, #osundairo-abimbola, #osundairo-olabinjo, #police-department-chicago-ill, #smollett-jussie-1983