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Commuters attacked with machete in gun-control Chicago

Obama’s hometown Chicago is a gun-control city. But that hasn’t stopped Chicagoans from gun violence, as our DCG reports every Monday on the shootings that took place the weekend before. (See “A good weekend in Chicago? Less than a dozen shot“)

Not only does gun control fail to stop or even reduce gun violence and homicides, Chicago’s criminals are now wielding the primitive but lethal machete.

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Meg Wagner reports for New York Daily News that on Sept. 8, 2014, seven Chicago hoodlums, including three 15-year-olds, slashed a commuter on a train platform with a machete, which left the victim with serious cuts to his neck and head.

Around 12:30 a.m., the seven hoodlums — ranging in age from 23 to 15 — approached two brothers, 17 and 26 years old, sitting on a bench on a Brown Line train platform in Albany Park, Chicago’s WLS reported.

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They asked the victims to flash them gang signs, a request the two refused because they were not in a gang, they said.

That’s when 18-year-old Mario Elvira pulled out a machete.

The teen hacked into the 26-year-old’s head and neck, police said. Platform security video showed the rest of the group surrounding the victims as Elvira slashed.

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He kept swinging until the next train pulled into the station, sending the seven scurrying.

The 26-year-old was taken to a local hospital in stable condition with a deep gash to the head, which required 30 stitches. The 17-year-old was not injured.

Police caught the group shortly after the attack.

Elvira, 23-year-old Jean Salvatierra, 19-year-old Kevin Ramierz and 20-year-old Kevar Preston were charged with robbery, aggravated battery and trespassing.

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One of the 15-year-old boys was charged with aggravated assault and trespassing. The two others, a boy and a girl, face only trespassing charges. Police have not released the juveniles’ names.

The four adults are being held on bails between $250,000 and $450,000.

Welcome to Amerika! – rapidly devolving before our very eyes into a third world country.

H/t FOTM reader Amy

~Eowyn

It’s good to be king: SF Labor Council backs porn-loving, long-term union honcho

Union king pin Mazzola

Union king pin Mazzola

SFGate: In an extraordinary move, 20 members of the San Francisco Labor Council met privately with Mayor Ed Lee the other day to urge him to reappoint longtime plumbers union honcho Larry Mazzola to an unprecedented sixth term on the powerful Airport Commission.

Labor apparently felt the need to flex its muscle because questions have risen over why Mazzola tried to swing a job for his nephew at San Francisco International Airport, and because relations with Lee have grown rocky – notably, over the mayor’s desire to flush highly paid union plumbers from the money-poor Housing Authority.

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Tim Paulson

“It’s difficult for the Labor Council to find consensus on many things, but we have all come together and are unanimous in our support for Larry Mazzola to be reappointed,” said the council’s executive director, Tim Paulson.

Mazzola has served on the Airport Commission for 20 years, and his plumbers union leader father, Joe Mazzola, also served on the commission.

“This is not an Airport Commission seat – this is a Mazzola seat,” quipped one former San Francisco supervisor.

But as we reported in this column, Mazzola – by his own admission – helped his nephew land a new job at the airport after he was forced to resign from another position at SFO for having porn on his work computer.

Mazzola later pushed to have the nephew considered for permanent assignment to the $86,000-a-year job, even after he pleaded no contest to assaulting his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.

At the time, Lee said he was disturbed by the revelations. The mayor has also been less than thrilled by Mazzola’s refusal to play along with Lee’s efforts to reform the trouble-plagued Housing Authority.

Facing a backlog of costly repairs, the mayor wanted the union, United Association Local 38, to agree to allow cheaper maintenance technicians to do routine handiwork such as unplugging toilets. When the plumbers balked, Lee went ahead without their blessing. Now the union is taking legal action to stop the change.

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Lee may not care for Mazzola’s actions, but cutting him loose would cause him political problems. Mazzola is not only a favorite of the hard-hat building trade groups, but he also has the strong backing of the progressive restaurant workers union, in part because he has made sure airport concessions are union shops.

“Mazzola has been on the front line of supporting working people at the airport, whether it’s the baggage handlers or the screeners or our members in food service,” said Mike Casey, head of Unite Here Local 2, which represents hospitality workers at the airport.

Mazzola has served as president of the Airport Commission for 11 years. Although his commission term officially ran out Aug. 31, Lee has until the end of October to make the reappointment call – and so far has given no hint of which way he is leaning.

However, the mayor is definitely looking ahead to the Nov. 4 vote on his $500 million transportation bond, not to mention his re-election campaign next year – and for both, he’ll need all the union help he can get.

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A good weekend in Chicago? Less than a dozen shot

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CBS Chicago: A 17-year-old boy was killed and 10 other people were wounded — including two people on the Kennedy and Dan Ryan expressways — in shootings across the city since Friday night.

The teenage boy was fatally shot in the head Saturday afternoon in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood. He was shot shortly before 3 p.m. in the 3900 block of South Prairie, police said. The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. His name was not released Saturday evening pending notification of his family.

Police said the shooting is gang-related, and that the boy was a documented gang member.

The most recent nonfatal shooting occurred early Sunday on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the South Side. A man, whose age was not immediately known, was in a vehicle travelling southbound on Interstate 90/94 when he was shot near the 79th Street exit, Illinois State Police said. That person was taken to Christ Medical Center, but further information was not available.

Just two hours earlier, at 1 a.m., a male was shot on the Kennedy Expressway on the West Side. The male — whose age was not immediately known — was in a red Ford Mustang that was heading northbound on I-90 when he was shot near the Fullerton exit ramp, police said. That person was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, police said, but his condition was not available.

About 2:10 a.m., a 30-year-old man was shot in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. The man was shot in the leg and ankle in the 4100 block of West Adams, police said. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital where his condition had stabilized, police said.

On Saturday night, a 17-year-old boy and a man, 20, were shot in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the West Side. The boy and man were both shot in the leg about 7:45 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Kimball, police said. They were taken to Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, where both of their conditions had stabilized.

Two hours earlier, a man was shot and seriously wounded in the South Side Calumet Heights neighborhood. The 18-year-old man was shot “multiple” times at 5:45 p.m. in the leg in the 9200 block of South Clyde, police said. He was taken in serious condition to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Earlier Saturday afternoon, a man delivering fried chicken in the Washington Park neighborhood was shot during an attempted robbery on the South Side. The delivery man, 39, got out of his car to deliver chicken to a customer about 12:40 p.m. near South Prairie and East 57th, when a male approached, pulled out a gun and announced a robbery, police said. The would-be robber started shooting, striking the delivery man in the abdomen, police said. He then ran off without stealing anything.

The delivery man then went back to his place of employment, from where he was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, police said. He was transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital, where his condition had stabilized.

About 1:30 a.m. Saturday, two people were hurt in a shooting in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood on the South Side. A 23-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man were inside an establishment in the 1700 block of West 87th Street when someone outside opened fire, police said. A bullet grazed the woman’s leg and she refused medical treatment at the scene. The man showed up at Christ Medical Center with a graze wound to the head, and he was listed in good condition, police said.

The weekend’s first shooting happened about 11:10 p.m. Friday in the West Side Austin neighborhood. A 27-year-old man was standing outside in the 1700 block of North Mason when an unknown male walked up and opened fire, striking him in the arm and leg, police said. He was listed in good condition at West Suburban Hospital.

Additionally, police shot and critically wounded a man after he allegedly struck an officer with a car Saturday night on the West Side. Undercover officers driving an unmarked squad car stopped the suspect — a man thought to be in his 20s — about 10:15 p.m. in the 2300 block of West Lake as part of a narcotics investigation, police and Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.

After the stop, two officers exited their car, but the suspect accelerated and struck the police vehicle, according to a statement from Chicago Police. As a result, one officer was knocked to the ground, police said. The suspect then tried to flee — and almost ran over the fallen officer in the process — but was shot multiple times by police, according to police and Camden.

The male officer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where his condition had stabilized, officials said. Police said the officer’s injuries were not life-threatening. The man shot by police was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, officials said.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting, spokesman Larry Merritt said.

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Chuck Baldwin: Who killed Joan Rivers?

Chuck Baldwin is a radio broadcaster, syndicated columnist, and pastor dedicated to preserving the historic principles upon which America was founded.

The following is from his column of Sept. 11, 2014, “Who Killed Joan Rivers?.” I added the video of Rivers and the embedded links.

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Chuck Baldwin

That most of Joan’s peers did NOT crucify her for her statement that Michelle Obama is a transvestite makes me tend to believe that they all know Joan told the truth and just didn’t have the courage to say it. Plus, she was JOAN RIVERS: the quintessential icon of the entertainment left.

(See Joan Rivers: ‘We all know’ Obama is gay and Michelle is a tranny“)

My question is, what if Joan Rivers actually told the TRUTH about the Obamas? What if it’s true that Barack and Michelle (Or is the name Michael?) really are homosexuals, that Michelle really is a man, and that they have pulled off the greatest political hoax in the history of the United States? The timing of Rivers’ death is an incredible coincidence, if it’s not true. That is for sure.

Rivers went in for what would be regarded as simple out-patient surgery. How many millions of Americans have gone through this, and similar surgeries, without a hitch? Granted, she was 81. But she was a healthy 81. Granted, fluke deaths do sometimes happen during “simple” surgeries. But what a coincidence! The most iconic female comedian in the entire country accuses Michelle Obama of being a transvestite, and less than two months later, she is dead. 

I realize that my good Christian brethren don’t like to think about this, much less discuss it, but there is absolutely no doubt that our federal government assassinates untold numbers of people all of the time. And I’m not talking about ISIS terrorists. I’m talking about American citizens. Can I prove it? Of course not. No one can–at least, not without risking becoming the next victim.

Think about it: if people inside our government could successfully carry out the assassination of President John F. Kennedy (and I’m sure they did), how difficult would it be to kill an entertainer, a political activist, or even a congressman? And what if the “dark” side of our government did have a hand in the events that occurred on this day back in 2001? Who inside the political and media establishments would dare to say anything about it–much less investigate it? Yes, this is another one of those politically incorrect “third rail” issues that no one wants to discuss. No one wants to believe that their own government–OUR own government–could be capable of the most despicably evil acts known to man.

But I am personally convinced that our CIA uses, not only their own agents, but highly secretive “dark” ops military personnel–even foreign assassins such as those who might be found in Israel’s Mossad and Great Britain’s SIS–to murder innumerable people whom they would consider “nuisances.” Yes, I said “dark” ops as opposed to “black” ops. “Dark” ops are highly-trained military troops or government agents who are either totally void of morals and scruples–or who are completely drugged out of their morals and scruples–and who are used by the “dark” side of government for the worst kind of murderous conduct.

For example, only the most gullible truly believe that Lee Harvey Oswald, and then the man who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby (and how many others surrounding the Kennedy assassination), died in a sequence of spectacular “coincidences.” And I will always suspect that Congressman Sonny Bono’s skiing accident was no accident.

Does anyone not suspect that Marilyn Monroe was the victim of foul play? And if she was, the only people who had a motive to kill her were politicians in the highest places. And is there anyone who really doubts that Princess Diana was murdered by the “dark” side of the British Crown? I don’t.

Furthermore, I am thoroughly convinced that Gordon Kahl was the target of government assassins. And I suspect that the recent death of Edgar Steele may have been orchestrated and engineered.

Then there is Mary Jo Kopechne and Vince Foster. Anyone who believes the “official” reports on the deaths of these two people is intellectually challenged, to say the least.

The list of people who may have been killed by government assassins-or even by politicians themselves–is a very, very long one.

Then there are the deaths of people whose murders were so cleverly concealed they would not even make the “suspicious deaths” list. Truthfully, only God knows just how many American citizens have been assassinated by their own government.

But even worse than the probable killings of untold Americans by our own government is the fact that the vast majority of the American people (including Christian people) have no interest in knowing the truth. The vast majority of us are willfully ignorant. What was that that Edmund Burke said?

So many Americans (including Christians) have the Caesarean philosophy “might makes right.” As long as America is the world’s mightiest empire (we haven’t been a constitutional republic for a long time), we can do no wrong. The end justifies the means. Yeah, I know: Pastors preach against that philosophy in every other area of life–just not in politics. Most of them seem to believe that when it comes to government killings, there is no such thing as unjustifiable homicide. Plus, pastors and Christians haven’t given a second thought to “Just War” since World War II.

The only part of Wisconsin Senator Carl Schurz’s historic statement most Americans–including most pastors and Christians–seem to remember is, “My country, right or wrong.” They seem to have totally forgotten the rest of the statement: “If right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right.”

There is no doubt in my mind that our government is getting away with murder–well, at least until the monsters meet God, that is. Was Joan Rivers the latest victim? We will never know. If you think the so-called investigation into her death will get to the truth, there is this bridge for sale you should know about.

[Referring to John Nolte’s column in Breitbart, RIP Joan Rivers: No One Will Ever Call Michelle Obama A ‘Tranny’ Again] Yes, Mr. Nolte, you are probably right: no one may ever call Michelle Obama a “tranny” again. But I wonder if there is more to it than the fear of being politically incorrect. I wonder if it’s the fear of being politically assassinated. If so, we have lost more than an iconic comedian; we have lost our country.

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H/t John Molloy

~Eowyn

Dictator Obama To Wait Until After Mid-Terms To Release Invading Horde Into America.

I’m thinking maybe we should tell him and our representatives to screw off now, and not wait till then.

Ann Coulter seems to agree. Great column below.

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President Obama now says he will wait until after the November elections to implement an “executive amnesty” for 11 million illegal aliens, so as not to hurt Democrats’ chances this year.Instead of waiting to be enraged in December, voters, could you please be enraged now? Once the holiday season kicks off, you’ll be too busy going to parties and Christmas shopping to notice that you’re suddenly living in Mexico.

Getting Obama to postpone a rancid idea isn’t something to celebrate. Yay! We did it! We forced him to delay doing something the country doesn’t want for SIX WEEKS! Every Republican candidate better be jamming Obama’s threat down the throats of their Democratic opponents.

Obama is claiming to have the powers of a dictator. Amnesty was considered by Congress, but — here’s the important thing: It didn’t pass. It only passed the Senate, with the votes of all Democrats and 14 not-bright Republicans. After that, widespread public revulsion prevented Marco Rubio’s amnesty bill from even being considered in the House.

But according to Obama, the only reason illegals haven’t already been given amnesty is that Congress is not “doing its job.”

What does Obama imagine Congress’ “job” is? Being his errand boys? Their job is to represent their districts. I promise you, House members are doing a better job representing their districts than at least a dozen senators are at representing their states — or than Obama is doing representing the country. It’s called the “People’s House” for a reason.

Noticeably, every Republican senator running for re-election this year claims to oppose amnesty — even the ones who voted for it. (Let’s hope they remember how unpopular mass immigration is when it’s time to vote, not just when they’re running.)

Obama’s base isn’t even looking for representation. We could have a 1929-level stock market crash, Obama could commit a murder on the White House lawn — and they would still support the first minority president!

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Oh Please jump in the hole.

But Obama says he can do whatever he wants on immigration because it’s “a serious issue and Congress chooses to do nothing.”

If bills became law provided only the Senate and president agreed, the Nicaraguan Contras would have been funded out of the U.S. Treasury, Reagan would have gotten his MX missiles in 1982 and the Soviet Union would have fallen five years sooner, school busing would have been eliminated without waiting for the courts to act a decade later, and most of George W. Bush’s tax cuts would have been made permanent. In all those cases, a president wanted to do something — and the Senate agreed! But the House said no, so it never happened.

Obama can’t ignore the House and make amnesty happen either. That’s why he’s talking about an “executive amnesty,” which sounds like the top-tier donation category at one of the 4 million fundraisers Obama has held since becoming president, where the dinner starts at $25,000 per couple and you might bump into Jay-Z in the men’s room. Actually, it just means Obama publicly, openly, officially stops enforcing immigration law.

Except in his own mind, Obama can’t make illegals legal. But he can direct the entire immigration apparatus of the federal government to act as if amnesty has passed. The theory is that once they’ve been treated as if they’re legal for a few years, it’s a fait accompli, and no future president will resume enforcement of the law.

Although consistent with historical practice, it’s not where the country is at all. This election is our first referendum on amnesty.

Not only do we have Obama’s promise that he’ll refuse to execute the law — it’s not as if he took some kind of oath, after all — but there’s good reason to believe him: After this election, he’s got nothing to lose. Democrats will have two years to sign up 30 million illegal immigrants for Social Security benefits, food stamps and voting cards.

There is no more important political issue than this: Republicans must take the Senate this year.

You know how much you’ve been enjoying the courts overturning state referendums prohibiting gay marriage? Get ready for a lot more of your hard-won political victories to be nullified by the courts if Republicans don’t take a Senate majority.

Remember how the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare on a 5-4 vote? Obama could have a shot at replacing another Supreme Court justice in the next two years. As a senator, he voted against both of Bush’s nominees, so he can’t very well complain if Republicans reject his loony-bird nominees.

Have you heard about the federal judge conspiring with Attorney General Eric Holder and the ACLU to bring deported illegal aliens back from Mexico? Yes, he’s bringing them back. That judge, John A. Kronstadt, can’t be impeached unless Republicans take the Senate.

With Republican majorities in both the House and Senate, Congress should just keep passing bills and sending them to the White House — or whatever golf course Obama’s on, busily not executing the law. If Obama vetoes their bills, Republicans can denounce him as a “do-nothing” president.

And keep in mind, this election will determine whether President Ted Cruz or President Mitt Romney will have a Republican Congress in 2017. They won’t — unless Republicans win every possible Senate race this year. The Senate seats up for election two years from now are not nearly as favorable to Republicans as the Senate seats up this year.

Unforced Republican errors in Delaware, Indiana, Missouri, Connecticut and West Virginia in the last few election cycles have already cost Republicans five Senate seats. (See my last book for the heart-breaking details.)

Five! Think of that! Republicans would have 50 seats in the Senate right now — maybe 51, if they could flip Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia — but for Republican stupidity, arrogance and narcissism. Instead of desperately hoping to win a bare majority, we would be one “wave election” away from a veto-proof majority.

Surveying the wreckage of a mere two years of a Democratic president with a Democratic Congress, all Americans should be focused like a laser beam on putting the Senate in Republican hands.

Won’t you be angry if our power-mad president grants millions of illegal immigrants “executive amnesty” on the basis of his nonexistent constitutional authority to ignore the law? The surge of needy foreigners across our Southern border, so far, will be nothing compared to what’s coming if Obama does this.

He says he will. He thinks voters are too stupid to notice.

Prove him wrong.

5M Gmail accounts hacked. Change your password *now*!

 

Fidel Martinez for Fusion.net, Sept. 10, 2014:

Time to change your password again. A database containing nearly 5 million Gmail user accounts and passwords was leaked on Bitcoin Security, a popular Russian website devoted to the cryptocurrency.

The text file was published on Tuesday night by user tvskit, according to CNews, the Russian news outlet that first broke the story. The leaker claimed that the majority of the accounts belong to users who speak English, Russian, or Spanish, and that approximately 60 percent are active. The passwords not only give access to Gmail, but a slew of other Google services such as Drive and the mobile payment system Google Wallet.

Svetlana Anurova, a Google representative, told CNews that the tech giant is aware of the breach and encouraged users to select a stronger password and enable two-step verification, a security measure where users are required to provide a passcode sent to their mobile devices before any changes can be made to their account.

The Gmail leak comes on the heels of two other major security breaches leaked on the same Bitcoin forum, which targeted Russian email service prodiver Mail.ru and search engine Yandex. Those two breaches affected nearly 6 million Internet users.

Find out if your account was compromised

You can verify whether your account was affected by clicking here and entering your gmail address. It’s that simple. You can also enable Google’s 2-step verification by following the company’s easy steps.

UPDATE 3:01 PM Google issued the following statement to Fusion:

“The security of our users’ information is a top priority for us. We have no evidence that our systems have been compromised, but whenever we become aware that accounts may have been, we take steps to help those users secure their accounts.”

Quiz time: How many were shot in Chicago over the weekend?

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NBC Chicago: At least 22 people have been shot and several others stabbed in violent attacks across Chicago this weekend. Police said five people were fatally shot and two people were stabbed to death this weekend.

The weekend’s first homicide took place around 11:30 p.m. Friday when police found a man stabbed to death inside a home in the 5800 block of North Mobile Avenue. Officers were conducting a well-being check after neighbors reported a disturbance leading to a fight outside the home. Police arrived and found a 36-year-old man in the kitchen with multiple stab wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

Around the same time, a 20-year-old man was fatally stabbed during a robbery attempt in the West Rogers Park neighborhood roughly 6.5 miles away. The man was standing near a park in the 6200 block of North Hoyne Avenue when a group of men walked up and demanded his cell phone. When the man refused, he was stabbed. The victim was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Around 3 a.m. Saturday police said a 64-year-old man was killed during an attempted robbery outside a store in the 1500 block of South Lawndale Avenue. The man was approached by two men who shot him while attempting to rob him. He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced dead, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Janel Sedevic.

Just after 4 a.m. Saturday,  a 19-year-old man was shot in the chest in the West Town neighborhood. The teen may have been a passenger in a vehicle at the time of the shooting, which took place in the 500 block of North Bishop, police said. The teen was taken to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, but the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the teen died Sunday morning.

Two people were shot to death within an hour Saturday night.

Just before 9 p.m., three people were shot in the 7200 block of South Damen Avenue. A 19-year-old man was shot in the head and was initially transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in serious condition but was later pronounced dead, according to Chicago Police News Affairs Officer Jose Estrada.

An 18-year-old woman was shot in the leg and a 22-year-old man was shot in the arm. Both were taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in stable condition.

Police said the three were standing at the corner of 73rd and Damen when a black sedan pulled up and a man got out and opened fire. Area South Detectives are investigating.

A little less than one hour later, officers were patrolling the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood when they reported hearing gunshots. The officers searched the area and found a 24-year-old man on the sidewalk in the 4500 block of South Evans Avenue. The man was unresponsive at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds to his body. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Just before 4 a.m. Sunday, a security guard shot a drunken man who attacked him after being asked to leave a restaurant in the 4500 block of North Kedzie Avenue. Police said the security guard asked a 47-year-old man to leave the facility and the intoxicated man returned a short time later armed with a knife. The man confronted the guard and attacked him, police said. The guard then shot the man. The man was taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center and was later pronounced dead.

At least 11 people were wounded in shootings since Friday. Three others were hurt in a stabbing in the city’s Loop early Sunday morning.

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