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Abe Lincoln statue torched in Chiraq

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Open season on destroying anything related to America’s history.

From NBC Chicago: An Abraham Lincoln was damaged and burned in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood late Wednesday, Ald. Ray Lopez said.

The statue was found burned near 69th Street and Wolcott, authorities said.

“What an absolute disgraceful act of vandalism,” Lopez wrote on Facebook along with an image of the charred structure. He encouraged anyone who has information on what happened to contact police or his office “immediately.”

Police did not immediately have information on what happened.

The statue, a bust of Lincoln, was erected by Phil Bloomquist on Aug. 31, 1926.

It is one of many that have been vandalized across the country in wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and the president’s comments that followed.

On Tuesday, someone vandalized the Lincoln Memorial, writing “F— law” in red spray paint on a pillar at the monument. 

Cities and states accelerated their plans to remove Confederate monuments from public property Tuesday as the violence over a Robert E. Lee statue in Charlottesville moved leaders across the country to plan to wipe away much of the remaining Old South imagery.

The changes were publicized as President Donald Trump defended Confederate statues in wide-ranging remarks.

“This week it’s Robert E. Lee. I notice that Stonewall Jackson’s coming down,” Trump said during a visit to Trump Tower in New York. “I wonder, is it George Washington next week, and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after? You know you really do have to ask yourself, where does it stop?

Trump took to Twitter Thursday morning to call out a Republican senator who had criticized his equivocal remarks on bigotry and hatred, and to lament at “the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart” by removing “beautiful statues and monuments” honoring Confederate leaders.

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Illegal alien deported twice now in ICE custody charged with 6 robberies in Chicago, suburbs

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Rahm Emanuel: Fighting to keep illegal aliens safe

Mayor Rahm Emanual wants to harbor these illegal aliens and is suing the federal government for monies to do so. Good luck with that strategy demorats!

From MyFoxChicago: A man who has been deported from the United States twice was indicted last week for six robberies in Chicago and several suburbs since December.

Jose Cruz Morales-Cortes, 45, was indicted on six counts of robbery on Aug. 1, according to a statement from the FBI.

Morales-Cortes, of Gary, Indiana, was deported for being in the country illegally on March 26, 2004 and again on Aug. 29, 2016, the FBI said. He was caught in the country again on Jan 20, 2017, and was in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement when he was indicted for the robberies.

According to the indictment, Morales-Cortes is accused of robberies on the following dates at the following businesses:

  • Dec. 17, 2016, at El Coyote, 11532 S. Pulaski Road in Alsip;
  • Dec. 26, 2016, at El Chisme Express, 5955 S. Pulaski Road in Chicago;
  • Dec. 27, 2016, at Taqueria Los Gallos, 4252 S. Archer Ave.;
  • Dec. 30, 2016, at Nuevo Mexico, 1920 Mannheim Road in Des Plaines;
  • Jan. 2 at El Mariachi, 18329 Torrence Ave. in Lansing; and
  • Jan. 3 at Taco’s and Burrito’s Rancho Grande, 3444 Rodge Road in Lansing.

He was also indicted on one count of being in the U.S. without permission from the Department of Homeland Security after having been deported in the past, the FBI said.

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This is Chiraq: 9-year-old boy among 10 dead, 37 wounded in weekend shootings

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Heck of a job mayor…

These are the numbers at the time I scheduled this blog post on Sunday at 3:00 pm. Don’t be surprised if the numbers go up by Monday morning.

From MyFoxChicago: Ten people have been killed, including a 9-year-old boy, and 37 others wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

Since the start of the year, 1,984 people have been shot in the city, 349 of them fatally, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times. Last weekend, two people were killed and 38 others were wounded in city gun violence.

The 9-year-old Gustavo Garcia was in an SUV with a 31-year-old at 11:13 p.m. Friday when they were shot in the East Side neighborhood on the Far South Side, according to Chicago Police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office. They were traveling west in the 3500 block of East 97th Street when someone fired shots from a gray car that pulled up next to them. The boy was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where he died, police said. The man was in critical condition at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

Family members gathered inside and outside the children’s hospital. A man who said he was Garcia’s father took about 10 minutes to calm down before entering the hospital. He went back outside and fell to his knees when he learned of his son’s death. A man in the group said the family didn’t want to comment any further on the incident and declined to reveal the boy’s identity.

The most recent fatal shooting happened about 3:20 a.m. Sunday in the South Shore neighborhood. A 23-year-old man was sitting in a parked vehicle in the 2100 block of East 71st Street when he was approached by two males who shot him in the chest and left arm, according to Chicago Police. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died.

About two hours earlier, one man was killed and another was wounded in a shooting in the Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. A male approached and shot the men while they were standing on the sidewalk in the 3900 block of West Arthington, police said. They were both taken to Stroger Hospital. A 31-year-old man died with a gunshot wound to the neck. A 32-year-old man was shot in the right leg, and his condition had stabilized.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office did not release their identities Sunday morning.

At least 31 more people have been shot across the city between 6 p.m. Friday and 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

Read the rest of the story here.

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Muslim woman who threw her newborn baby to its death from a window after hiding the pregnancy/birth from her parents escapes jail

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Baby killer Mubashra Uddin walks free

INFURIATING.

From Daily Mail: A woman who dropped her newborn from a window in her high-rise apartment to hide her pregnancy from her parents has been sentenced to probation.

Mubashra Uddin, 20, was sentenced to four years’ probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter of a family member in Cook County Court in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday. She was originally charged with first-degree murder in the 2015 death of her infant, named in official documents a Baby Jane Uddin.

Uddin dropped Baby Jane from a window in her eighth floor Chicago apartment after she had given birth on November 11, 2015, so that her parents would not find out about her pregnancy. The baby died about an hour later.

Though she was initially jailed without bond, Cook County Judge Carol Howard reduced Uddin’s bail last year to $275,000, according to the Chicago Tribune. Uddin eventually posted bond and was released. She lived with her parents and was on electronic monitoring.

She was given credit for serving 603 days in jail and was sentenced to at least 48 months’ probation at her sentencing Thursday.

She did not tell her parents, who are Pakistani Muslim, that she became pregnant by her boyfriend because she knew they would not approve, assistant state attorney Patrick Turnock said at the time.

Uddin gave birth around 11.20pm to a full-term seven pound 11 ounce girl in a bedroom she shared with her younger sister. When she heard her mother approach the room, Uddin dropped the girl out of the bedroom window.

The DeVry University student had only told her boyfriend and another friend that she was pregnant. She hid the pregnancy from her family by wearing clothing that concealed the bump, according to Turnrock.

Baby Jane was still alive when she was found by a man in the grass outside the high-rise in the Uptown neighborhood just before midnight. The man who found the newborn baby girl asked security at the building to call an ambulance and wrapped the bloody and naked child in shirts and two baby blankets he retrieved from his home nearby.

The baby girl suffered extensive injuries, including fractures to her skull, spine and ribs, a broken shoulder, and a lacerated liver and bowel. She was taken to Weiss Memorial Hospital, just a block from the apartment building. Baby Jane was pronounced dead at 12.25am Thursday.

Her death was ruled a homicide by blunt-force trauma, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

When police went to Uddin’s apartment, officers found blood in the bedroom and bathroom as well as on sheets and a pair of scissors. Investigators said Uddin made ‘multiple admissions’ on video.

Judge Peggy Chiampas said the teenager’s family circumstances will be considered during the case. Uddin was arrested a day after her baby died.

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This is Chiraq: Boy as young as 6 brandished handgun in neighborhood robbery

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Kid will be lucky if he makes it to 15 years old.

From MyFoxChicago: Police are warning residents about a series of robberies last month in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side, including one in which a young boy reportedly brandished a handgun.

In each incident, a group of three to nine male suspects have approached victims on the sidewalk, in parking lots or in the hallways of residential buildings and demanded or forcibly taken the victims’ property, according to a community alert from Chicago Police.

In the most recent robbery, a boy who was reportedly between 6 and 8 years old showed a silver handgun and demanded money, police said.

The hold-ups occurred:

At 7:57 p.m. June 28 in the 0-100 block of East 29th; At 6 p.m. June 26 in the 2900 block of South King; At 4:10 p.m. June 9 in the 0-100 block of West 30th; At 9:30 p.m. June 8 in the 2900 block of South King; At 8:30 p.m. June 7 in the 2900 block of South King; At 4:45 p.m. June 7 in the 2900 block of South Indiana; At 10:30 p.m. June 4 in the 2600 block of South Michigan; At 6 p.m. June 4 in the 2700 block of South Indiana; At 2:15 p.m. June 4 in the 2900 block of South Michigan; At 9 p.m. June 3 in the 2900 block of South Michigan; and At 3 p.m. June 3 in the 2900 block of South King.

The suspects were described as males between 6 and 20 years old, police said.

Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8384.

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Hillary claims her new memoir is ‘my most personal’ yet as she tells of turning to books to make up for losing

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Save your money – here’s a brief synopsis of her book: Sexism, resistance, racism, ageism, resilience, blah, blah, blah.

From Daily Mail: Hillary Clinton divulged details about her third memoir, out this fall, and shared her post-election reading list to attendees at the American Library Association conference in Chicago on Tuesday.   

‘It is the most personal book I’ve written,’ Clinton told the crowd of the yet-untitled book, which will chronicle the 2016 election and address ‘ongoing threats to our democracy.’ 

It will give readers an idea of what it’s really like to run for president. Especially if you’re a woman. There’s a lot to that – not just hair and makeup – but ultimately it’s about resilience, how to get back up after a loss. And I think that’s something we can all relate to,’ the former Democratic nominee said.

Speaking to librarians at the conference, she talked about the profound role reading played in her life especially in the aftermath of her loss to now-President Donald Trump.

‘Over the years, my love of reading has seen me through good times and hard times,’ she said. ‘After the election one of the things that helped me most, aside from long walks in the woods and the occasional glass of Chardonnay was, once again, going back to the familiar experience of losing myself in books.

The former secretary of state had already made headlines, and even inspired a Big Foot-themed Saturday Night Live short, for being seen walking in the woods near her Chappaqua, New York home in the weeks after her defeat.  Speaking at her alma mater, Wellesley College, in late May she added: ‘I won’t lie, Chardonnay helped a little, too.’

On Tuesday she added reading to the list, ticking off a number of things she had paged through since November 2016.

‘I finished Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels, I devoured mysteries by Louise Penny, Donna Leon, Jacqueline Winspear, Charles Todd. I re-read old favorites like Henri Nouwen’s The Return of the Prodigal Son, the poetry of Maya Angelou and Mary Oliver,’ Clinton said.

‘I was riveted by the Jersey Brothers and a new book of essays called The View From Flyover Country, which turned out to be especially relevant in the midst of our current health care debate,’ Clinton continued. The latter is a self-published book by St. Louis-based journalist Sarah Kendzior, with essays like ‘Mourn the fall of the mall’ and ‘The peril of hipster economics.’

Clinton’s supporters prescribed books as good medicine for their fallen candidate too.

‘And I’ve often enjoyed making my way through the glowing stack of books that people have sent me,’ Clinton said. ‘Often with notes that say things like, “This one helped me, I hope it will help you,”‘ she divulged.

Clinton leaned in to her election loss almost as soon as she got onstage, commending the group’s female president, Dr. Julie Todaro, for her leadership. ‘I saw her backstage and I said the phrase “Madame President” is still one of my favorites,’ Clinton quipped to laughs.

In promoting another new Clinton book about to hit bookshelves, the children’s version of her 1996 tome, It Takes A Village, the ex-candidate said, ‘I really do believe we are stronger together,’ repeating her 2016 campaign slogan. ‘Now that may not have carried the day in this past election, but I think it does stand the test of time,’ Clinton said.

‘We have to come together in our communities, in our villages, if you will, and we have to set priorities about what’s really important. Not the passing fancy on reality TV, but what’s really important to us as human beings, as Americans,’ she advised.

She added that she was excited to read the children’s version of It Takes a Village to grandchildren Charlotte and Aidan.

‘And then I have to do a shameless plug for my daughter’s own wonderful children’s book, She Persisted,’ after bringing up Chelsea’s kids. ‘About 13 American women who overcame the odds stacked against them,’ she said of the book.

Clinton also made a broader point about reading – it opens doors and suffocates bigotry. 

Read the rest of the story here.

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Barack Obama’s Spokesperson Defends $400,000 Wall Street-Sponsored Speech

From Yahoo: Barack Obama’s spokesperson Eric Schultz defended the former president’s $400,000 speaking fee for an upcoming speech at a conference sponsored by a Wall Street investment bank.

“With regard to this or any speech involving Wall Street sponsors, I’d just point out that in 2008, Barack Obama raised more money from Wall Street than any candidate in history — and still went on to successfully pass and implement the toughest reforms on Wall Street since FDR,” Schultz said in a statement.

Reports that Obama would earn $400,000 for the speech drew criticism this week, as people argued that accepting money from Wall Street firms would go against his beliefs. Obama’s post-presidential career will include a number of speeches and a two-book deal with Penguin Random House for $60 million.

“While he’ll continue to give speeches from time to time, he’ll spend most of his time writing his book and, as he said in Chicago this week, focusing his post-presidency work on training and elevating a new generation of political leaders in America,” Schultz said.

See original article on Fortune.com

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