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Homeless shelter the Crib a refuge for young LGBT people

Among those waiting outside a North Side shelter on a recent, bitterly cold night was Cilantra, the street name of a 23-year-old who has been scuffling since leaving his family's home five years ago. "I was pretty much running away," Cilantra said. "All we did was yell at each other." Cilantra is...

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  • Wabash Lights public art test to begin next week

    Wabash Lights public art test to begin next week

    Wabash Lights, an ambitious public art project that will add shots of color to the underside of the "L" tracks downtown, is scheduled to begin its beta test next week, six months after a crowdfunding campaign raised nearly $60,000 to make it happen. Twelve rods of LED lights have been installed...

  • Man hit by Red Line train dies in apparent suicide

    Man hit by Red Line train dies in apparent suicide

    A man died in what police believed was a suicide after he jumped in front of a Red Line train near 63rd Street early Friday afternoon, officials said. CTA officials were notified that a person was hit at the 63rd Street Station about 12:20 p.m., a spokesman said. The man was believed to have committed...

  • Data show decline in CTA crime, especially thefts, robberies

    Data show decline in CTA crime, especially thefts, robberies

    Overall crime on the CTA has dropped by 25 percent as compared to 2014 with robberies and theft the categories showing the most dramatic decreases, according to the transit agency. In 2014, there were 4,691 crimes reported and in 2015, that number dropped to 3,512, said CTA spokesman Brian Steele....

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  • The presidential election calendar 2016: voter registration deadlines, debates

    The presidential election calendar 2016: voter registration deadlines, debates

    If you weren't paying attention before, perhaps the nation's first primary election on Tuesday in New Hampshire, a week after the Iowa caucuses, will pique your interest in the 2016 presidential race. Will voters on the East Coast follow Iowa and give their support to Ted Cruz over Donald Trump...

  • City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water

    City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water

    More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city. In...

  • Man killed, 5 others wounded in city shootings: 'Welcome to Chicago, right?'

    Man killed, 5 others wounded in city shootings: 'Welcome to Chicago, right?'

    A man died and at least five other people, including two boys, have been wounded since Friday evening in separate shootings on the West, South and Southwest sides. A 21-year-old man died after he was shot around 11:30 p.m. through the window of a residence in the Park Manor neighborhood on the...

  • Deaths of all six victims in Gage Park ruled homicides by medical examiner

    Deaths of all six victims in Gage Park ruled homicides by medical examiner

    The Cook County medical examiner's office determined Friday that the deaths of all six people inside a Gage Park home were homicides, five of them from "sharp force" or "blunt force" injuries and the sixth from gunshot wounds. The six family members were found dead a little after 1 p.m. Thursday...

  • Cat seen scalded in Facebook video is rescued, being treated at shelter

    Cat seen scalded in Facebook video is rescued, being treated at shelter

    Heather Weidmann was horrified Friday morning when she saw footage on Facebook of a South Side cat getting scalded with boiling water. “I cried my eyes out, it’s horrible,” the construction worker said Friday night. “Who’s going to help this cat?” The Humboldt Park resident said she has under her...

  • Six found slain in Gage Park home, including child: 'We don't know what happened'

    Six found slain in Gage Park home, including child: 'We don't know what happened'

    Hours after six bodies were discovered Thursday in a Gage Park bungalow, Noemi Martinez waited by the phone nearly 1,000 miles away in Texas, still not sure whether the victims were family members her husband had just visited over Christmas."This is shocking, and I don’t know what to think,” she...

  • Chicago is 18th best city for football fans

    Chicago is 18th best city for football fans

    Ditka. Sweetness. The Fridge. Chicago knows a thing, two or three about football. But when WalletHub came out with its list this week of Best and Worst Cities for Football Fans, we were surprised we didn't break the Top 10 and even more cheesed to find our nemesis Green Bay took first place. Chicago...

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