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July 22, 2013 |
Dennis Farina, a Chicago police officer turned character actor who cemented his second career playing gangsters, cops and other tough guys in film and TV, died Monday. He was 69. The actor, perhaps best known in recent years for his stint on the TV crime drama "Law & Order," died at a Scottsdale, Ariz., hospital after suffering a blood clot in his lung, said his publicist, Lori De Waal. Farina's ability to straddle both sides of the law on screen came with a certain ease. He had worked for the Chicago Police Department for 18 years - from 1967 to 1985 - before a chance meeting with director Michael Mann spurred a change in careers in his late 30s. PHOTOS: Dennis Farina's career highlights The two shared a mutual friend, a retired cop, and while Farina was still on the force, Mann cast him in his 1981 neo-noir film "Thief.
January 30, 2013 |
Hadiya Pendleton knew she lived in a big world. And the more of it she saw, the better. After returning from Washington, D.C., where the Chicago teenager performed as a majorette during last week's inauguration festivities, she had her eye on her next destination: Paris. For family and friends of the 15-year-old sophomore, who was fatally shot Tuesday in a park near her school on Chicago's South Side, their Hadiya is gone, but her dreams and their memories are not. The victim's mother shook her head and wiped away heavy tears during an interview Tuesday with WFLD-TV in Chicago: “I'm not worried about where she's going.
November 14, 2012 |
A pervasive culture of silence in the Chicago Police Department led officers to try to cover up the brutal 2007 bar beating of a 115-pound bartender by a 225-pound off-duty officer, a federal jury has decided. It was a big win for the plaintiff, Karolina Obrycka, who filed suit five years ago, and a big loss for the city. The jury awarded Obrycka $850,000 in damages Tuesday, deciding the police department had enabled the disgraced officer, Anthony Abbate, and shielded him from the attack's consequences until the case went public.
May 22, 2012 |
The small gangs of destructive knuckleheads who style themselves as anarchists have been the bane of Occupy Wall Street protests this spring. On May Day, the brats in black smashed store windows, bashed cars and fought with police on the streets of Seattle, Oakland, Montreal and other cities. Their antics stole attention from the thousands of peaceful protesters who may have had serious things to say about the expanding divide between rich and poor. The same thing happened in Chicago over the last few days as a somewhat disjointed but largely peaceful protest outside the NATO summit meeting was upstaged by the arrests of five would-be anarchists on charges of domestic terrorism.
May 20, 2012 |
Anti-NATO protestors clashed with riot police in Chicago on Sunday afternoon when some demonstrators refused to leave an intersection they had occupied. It's not immediately clear how the clashes around Michigan Avenue and Cermak Road began. After some military veterans threw away their medals in a protest before 5 p.m., demonstrators were told they could leave on buses parked to the west. A WGN-TV reporter said black-clad anarchists chanted, “Don't move west” and “Shut down NATO.” The foreign dignitaries were meeting at McCormick Place, a few blocks away and out of sight of the disturbance.
May 20, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details. It's been a busy 24 hours in Chicago as protests against the NATO summit continued for a second day. Two more activists faced terror-related charges on Sunday, a police van apparently struck a protester Saturday night, and activists said police drew guns on a group of citizen journalists. Activists charged Police said Sebastian Senakiewicz, 24, of Chicago, "had been planning/conspiring with more than two other individuals in the building of explosives, including molotov cocktails which were to be used/detonated during the NATO summit," according to the Chicago Tribune . Mark Neiweem, 28 - whom authorities also believe to be from Chicago - "engaged in dialogue with a subject, during which time he provided same subject with a list of ingredients that are used in the construction of an explosive device," according to a police report cited by the Tribune.