Husband, father, and Chicago-based correspondent for @USATODAY. Small World. Wouldn't want to paint it.

Baltimore, other cities see violent holiday weekend

usatoday.com — Violence surged in major U.S. cities over Memorial Day weekend, bringing new highs for homicides in Chicago and Baltimore after years of declining crime. In Baltimore's monthly monthly homicide rate soared to its highest point in more than 15 years, taxing a city and police department already pushed to its limits after rioting last month.

McDonald's workers call for 'supersize' paycheck

usatoday.com — Continuing a long-gestating fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage, protesters surrounded McDonald's headquarters Thursday outside Chicago as new CEO Steve Easterbrook gets ready to address his first shareholders meeting.

FBI: Amtrak train was not hit by gunfire

usatoday.com — Amtrak has resumed service between Philadelphia and New York City on the Northeast corridor, almost a week after eight people were killed and more than 200 injured when a train derailed in in Philadelphia. The first train left New York City for Washington D.C. at 5.30 a.m.

Selma march canceled because of bridge overcrowding

usatoday.com — SELMA, Ala. - Fifty years after Alabama troopers savagely attacked demonstrators protesting discriminatory practices that kept black voters from the polls, thousands of people gathered here Sunday to mark the anniversary of the attack that shocked Americans and helped usher in the landmark Voting Rights of 1965.

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.
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May 27, 2015

RT @annieisi: Flood-stricken Texas reminds @MrRJervis of a Mideast war zone usat.ly/1HLF4Vo (Photo by Elaine Thompson, AP) pic.twitter.com/vPuADpifzE

May 27, 2015

Watch interview of Letterman intern @carolimeschaper who had 2 jokes in last top 10. Funny, self deprecating+defying millenial stereotypes

May 26, 2015

Two dead after Walmart shooting in Grand Forks, N.D. usat.ly/1Hv1CV0 via @usatoday

May 26, 2015

.@sensanders red meat: If a Wall Street bank is too big to fail, than it is too big to exist."

May 26, 2015

@Wej12 No. Watching on the livestream. You live in some gorgeous country. I need to visit.

May 26, 2015

.@SenSanders suggests that the problems the country face are among the most dire in history.



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