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

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.

Chicago flights grounded after fire at FAA radar facility

wtsp.com — ( USA TODAY) -- More than 1,600 flights were grounded nationwide Friday following a fire at an Illinois air traffic control facility. The disruption at the Federal Aviation Administration radar facility hit Chicago's busy O'Hare and Midway airports the hardest, grounding virtually all flights at those airports for several hours.

St. Louis County chief defends police militarization

ksdk.com — CHICAGO - St. Louis County's top police officer said on Tuesday that the heavy-armored trucks and some of the military-style equipment used by police in last month's unrest in Ferguson helped keep civilians and law enforcement officers safe. Col.

'Gayborhoods' fade with acceptance of LGBT

jconline.com — CHICAGO - At one of the oldest gay taverns in the city's Boystown neighborhood, the regulars were sharing a laugh over what they had seen the night before at their watering hole: a gaggle of straight women.

Tensions flare again in Ferguson

ksdk.com — FERGUSON, Mo. - Early Saturday, police in armored trucks returned to the streets armed with tear gas as citizens moved to protect local businesses from sporadic looting and rowdy crowds. On Friday evening, Rev. Jesse Jackson linked arms with other protesters in Ferguson.

Ferguson police identify Officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown shooting

wtsp.com — FERGUSON, Mo. ( USA TODAY) -- Michael Brown was identified as a suspect in a strong-arm robbery of a box of cigars moments before he was shot to death by Officer Darren Wilson, police said Friday. Ferguson, Mo. Police Chief Thomas Jackson identified Wilson as the officer who shot Michael Brown, whose death spurred violent protests and unrest in the St.

Hundreds of peaceful protesters march in Ferguson

ksdk.com — FERGUSON, Mo. - Hundreds of protesters gathered and marched near the flashpoint where riots and civil unrest have unfolded here in recent days, but no violent clashes were reported as of early Friday morning. Citizens protesting the death of black Missouri teenager Michael Brown appeared to be getting along peacefully as they marched alongside state troopers, who took over operational control of the protest scenes Thursday.

Hundreds of peaceful protesters march in Ferguson

wcnc.com — FERGUSON, Mo. - Hundreds of protesters gathered and marched near the flashpoint where riots and civil unrest have unfolded here in recent days, but no violent clashes were reported as of early Friday morning. Citizens protesting the death of black Missouri teenager Michael Brown appeared to be getting along peacefully as they marched alongside state troopers, who took over operational control of the protest scenes Thursday.

Nixon: State police to take control of security

ksdk.com — FERGUSON, Mo. - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon promised Thursday a "different tone" and an "operational shift" by police on the protest-wracked streets of Ferguson but stopped short of confirming that St. Louis County officers would be pulled out.
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @SportsCenter: The Cubs will announce Joe Maddon as the 54th manager in franchise history on Monday. pic.twitter.com/DvyBHopBqO

Oct 31, 2014

Wild prediction: Rick Renteria makes the playoffs before @Cubs do. That said I'm excited about @Maddonini

Oct 31, 2014

Best question for Nik #Wallenda: What do you do if you get an itch while out on the wire? Nik: Usually I scratch it. #WallendaWalk

Oct 31, 2014

Nik Wallenda says title Windy City in part drove him to do tightrope here. He acknowledges that moniker comes from politics not weather

Oct 31, 2014

If gusts are too strong on Sunday in Chicago, Nik Wallenda says he'll postpone #WallendaWalk pic.twitter.com/WXl9f0688a

Oct 31, 2014

Nik Wallenda says he's going to the Shedd Aquarium with family before he does his wire walk over Chicago River. #WallendaWalk

Oct 31, 2014

Nik Wallenda says he's been training for tightrope since his mother was six-months pregnant. #WallendaWalk

Oct 31, 2014

RT @John_Kass: I refuse to watch #WallendaWalk . Think on it: If it's legit he could die. If safety harness, then what are u watching? I will not watch



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