Chicago-based correspondent for @USATODAY. Father, husband and suffering @Cubs fan amadhani@usatoday.com

Chicago politician angry about timing of Obama visit

usatoday.com — CHICAGO - President Obama is headed to his hometown next week to announce that he is naming the historic Pullman area a national monument. While the decision to bestow the Pullman area with the designation is being applauded in the Windy City, one local politician is complaining about the timing of the president's scheduled visit - just five days before former White House chief of staff and current Mayor Rahm Emanuel is up for re-election.

Timeline: How three days of terror unfolded in Paris

Influenza walloping schools in South, Midwest

usatoday.com — CHICAGO -- With Christmas break tantalizingly close, flu-bitten students and teachers across the USA are limping into the holiday season. Several public and private schools in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee announced this week they would start the holiday break early because as many as 30% of their students and teachers are out sick in one of the worst influenza seasons of recent memory.

Protests scale back as snow falls on Ferguson

wtsp.com — As a steady rain turned to snow Wednesday night, only a few protesters turned out along the Ferguson streets that had been the scene of unrest the previous two nights.

In Ferguson, businesses look tentatively at rebuilding

wtsp.com — FERGUSON, Mo. ( USA TODAY) -- Natalie DuBose has spent a lot of time crying, baking and rejoicing over the last couple of days. She has shed tears of anger and hurt over vandals throwing a chair through the window of her fledgling business, Natalie's Cakes and More, along Ferguson's downtown strip.

Protesters torch police car as troops guard Ferguson

wtsp.com — FERGUSON, Mo. ( USA TODAY) - Protesters torched a police car in a second night of unrest Tuesday, hours after Missouri's governor sent hundreds more National Guard troops to restore order in this riot-torn city. Tensions rose after darkness fell, a day after a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting an unarmed black teen sparked violent protests.

Ferguson protesters torch police car as troops stand guard

freep.com — Protesters torched a police car in a second night of unrest Tuesday, hours after Missouri's governor sent hundreds more National Guard troops to restore order in this riot-torn city. Tensions rose after darkness fell, a day after a grand jury's decision not to indict a police officer for shooting an unarmed black teen sparked violent protests.

Daredevil Nik Wallenda conquers Chicago skyline on a tightrope

smh.com.au — High stakes: Nik Wallenda's shadow is cast against Chicago's West Marina Tower. Photo: AP/Discovery Communication Chicago: Nik Wallenda looked like he didn't even break a sweat in his latest effort to cheat death and create must-see TV. With thousands of roaring spectators on hand to watch, Wallenda on Sunday conquered the Windy City skyline.

Man's release twists Ill. death penalty reform narrative

khou.com — The man, who spent about 16 years in prison and came within 48 hours of being executed, was ultimately exonerated CHICAGO- A 64-year-old man whose confession for a double homicide played a key role in Illinois eventually abolishing the death penalty has been freed.

Flight cancellations in G.R., after fire in Chicago

wzzm13.com — GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Multiple flights in and out of Gerald R. Ford International Airport have been cancelled due to the fire at a Chicago airport related facility. FLIGHT TRACKER: http://www.grr.org/RTFI.php CHICAGO (USA TODAY) -- Flights have been grounded at Chicago's busy O'Hare and Midway airports following a fire at an air traffic control facility.
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Mar 03, 2015

RT @deray: Not gonna lie, I didn't think there'd be a concert in Selma. And definitely not one featuring Lady Gaga and R. Kelly. Y'all.

Mar 03, 2015

RT @orndorfftroyan: WH says @BarackObama speech in Selma is open to the public, no tickets needed. Security gates open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. @MGMAdvertiser

Mar 03, 2015

.@RahmEmanuel shows some humility in first ad of the runoff. "I can rub people the wrong way or talk when I should listen. I own that."

Mar 03, 2015

Cops bust crash-and-grab burglars that hit posh Chicago shops usat.ly/1AEIS1h via @usatoday

Mar 03, 2015

Among the retailers hit by the Chicago smash/crash and grabbers--@ItsNiemanMarcus. high-end Gold Coast boutique and Lincoln Park @BestBuy

Mar 03, 2015

Chicago Police to announce charges series of "smash and grab" targeted high-end stores on #MagnificentMile and the city's north side.

Mar 03, 2015

RT @moniquegarcia: Willie Wilson is at the Capitol today, says he plans to meet with Senate President Cullerton as he weighs who he will endorse for mayor.

Mar 03, 2015

RT @joshgreenman: Do they know Netanyahu supports universal healthcare?

Mar 03, 2015

Hillary Clinton Used Personal Email at State Dept., Possibly Breaking Rules nyti.ms/18H7Ibd



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