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Thursday
Apr172014

Chicago Man Charged in Loop Bank Robbery

(CHICAGO) -- A Chicago man was arrested Tuesday shortly after he allegedly robbed a local bank.

Jamal Genson, 28, is charged with one count of bank robbery in connection with a robbery at a Fifth Third Bank branch, located at 1 South Dearborn, according to the FBI's Chicago office.

Officials said a man robbed the bank on Tuesday afternoon of an undisclosed amount of money and then fled on foot. Genson was arrested shortly after.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Chicago Youth Smoking Rate Reaches Record Low

(CHICAGO) -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Tuesday that the rate of smoking among Chicago high school students is at its lowest point ever.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, less than 11 percent of Chicago-area high school students reported smoking in 2013, down from over 13 percent in 2011. The figures also show a 60 percent drop since 2001.

"We must encourage our young people to make smart choices," Emanuel said, "so they will live long, healthy lives."

"From regulating e-cigarettes to banning the sale of flavored tobacco near our schools, the city will employ every possible strategy to curtail young people from smoking," said the Mayor.

Emanuel launched the "Healthy Chicago" plan in 2011, prioritizing the reduction of tobacco use.

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Tuesday
Apr152014

Forty People Shot in Chicago Last Weekend 

(CHICAGO) -- Violence was on the rise in Chicago last weekend as 40 people were reportedly shot.

At least four people were killed, and another 36 were shot in what was the bloodiest weekend in Chicago this year.

Dr. Faran Bokhari, the Chief of Trauma Surgery at Stroger Hospital, said, "We had about eight gunshots last out of the 16 or 17 people that we got in.  And that's a significant percentage."

Michael Negron's daughter 25-year-old Jasmine Martinez was one of those shot. She survived, but is on life support with two bullets lodged in her brain.

Negron said, "My daughter is suffering upstairs, and they say she's not going to make it. And whoever did this do her, you destroyed many lives."

Chicago saw a decline in murders in the first three months of the year.  It was also the city's coldest winter on record.

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Monday
Apr142014

Chicago Flight Makes Emergency Landing After Man Tries to Open Door

(CHICAGO) -- An unruly passenger forced a Southwest Airlines flight out of Chicago to make an emergency landing in Omaha Sunday night.

The plane was en-route to Sacramento when a man tried to open the plane's rear door.

Monique Lawler, a passenger on the flight, said, "He got up and went to the rear of the plane and tried to open up that hatch. One of the airline stewardesses just started screaming,"

Another passenger tackled the man and held him down.

Lawler added, "All the police and TSA agents came on and got this guy off of there. And needless to say we were applauding the gentlemen who held him down."

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Friday
Apr112014

Chicago Public Library Announced Launch of New 'Online Experience'

(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago Public Library announced the launch of a new "online experience" for patrons on Thursday, including a website redesign, an expanded catalog and improved accessibility and convenience.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel pointed out in a statement that "21st century libraries are not the same brick and mortar institutions they once were," adding that the CPL "has been at the forefront of successfully leveraging digital tools to enrich library services for our residents."

Users will be able to keep a history of the items they've checked out from the library, a wish list for future borrowing and provide ratings and reviews for all items.

The CPL will also offer as pair of online applications, one called Zinio, which allows users to download over 150 free magazines digitally and keep them for as long as they like, and one called Hoopla, which offers free streaming movies, television shows, music and audiobooks.

The new website was funded by a $1 million grant from the CPL Foundation.

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