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Mayor forming task force to study locations for Lucas museum

chicagotribune.com — Mayor Rahm Emanuel appointed 12 people Thursday to a new city task force that will recommend a potential site in Chicago for filmmaker George Lucas' collection of art and movie memorabilia.
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RT @BlairKamin: Mayor forms task force to study locations for Lucas museum; what's the best site, readers? chicagotribune.com/business/break…
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Chipotle raising prices - chicagotribune.com

chicagotribune.com — Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Thursday said it will increase menu prices for the first time in nearly three years, fueled by all-time high costs for steak as well increasingly expensive avocados and cheese.

Gaslight Era left radioactive legacy in Chicago

chicagotribune.com — Before the electric light bulb ended the Gaslight Era, one of the biggest advances in illuminating Chicago and other cities was the development of a lantern wick that could withstand intense heat while burning brighter than ordinary lamps. The wicks, known as Welsbach gas mantles, were made of gauze soaked in a radioactive element called thorium.
That’s why I stay above ground. RT @dhinkel: Some of the soil under downtown Chicago is radioactive and dangerous. bit.ly/1itfiqX
Lingering thorium contamination in Chicago's tony Streeterville, a leftover from the Gaslight Era- chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-…
whelp, that's nice... RT @dhinkel: So, FYI, some of the soil under downtown Chicago is radioactive and dangerous. bit.ly/1j7jZTI
RT @robertloerzel: Gaslight era left radioactive legacy in Chicago — thorium-laced soil in Streeterville. Story by @scribeguy: http://t.co/…

Jose 'Cheo' Feliciano dies in car crash

chicagotribune.com — Puerto Rican salsa singer Jose "Cheo" Feliciano performs at the Puerto Rico Coliseum in San Juan, in this Aug. 21, 2009, file photo. (Ana Martinez, Reuters / ) SAN JUAN -- Puerto Rican salsa music singer Jose Luis "Cheo" Feliciano was killed in a car crash in Puerto Rico early Thursday morning, according to local media reports.

Duke's Jabari Parker to enter NBA draft

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CTA: 16 buildings need to be razed to speed up Red, Brown, Purple lines

chicagotribune.com — Sixteen buildings will need to be razed to make way for elevated bypass tracks that will separate three CTA rail lines on the North Side -- the Red, Brown and Purple -- and speed up train trips through one of the worst bottlenecks in the system, transit officials said today.
A mess for Lakeview? RT @chicagotribune: CTA: 16 buildings need to be razed to speed up Red, Brown, Purple lines bit.ly/1pdt9XC

Northwest Indiana mayor, wife and step-daughter indicted

chicagotribune.com — A Northwest Indiana mayor, his wife and stepdaughter were indicted in federal court Wednesday. Keith Soderquist, mayor of Lake Station, and his wife Deborah Soderquist, also his administrative assistant, are alleged to have used the mayor's campaign finance account and the Lake Station Food Pantry account to pay for gambling in Indiana and Michigan, according to a press release.
RT @bhaeberle: Did you see this? #Indiana mayor indicted, accused of using city's food pantry money to gamble at casinos. http://t.co/kMb9k…
Did you see this? #Indiana mayor indicted, accused of using city's food pantry money to gamble at casinos. bit.ly/1gDxZnN

Teen urinates in Portland water reservoir

chicagotribune.com — Portland, Oregon is flushing 38 million gallons of drinking water down the drain because a 19-year-old man urinated in an open reservoir early on Wednesday morning, city water officials said. Three teens were observed at the reservoir in a Portland park at about 1 a.m.
Oooh, urine trouble. Portland flushing 38 million gallons of water after teen pees in reservoir. bit.ly/1qPPBDv
Teen urinates into Portland reservoir of drinking water; 38M gallons to be flushed. bit.ly/1l8B6M5

Review: "Chicagoland" on CNN

chicagotribune.com — A headline in Monday's paper: "32 hurt, 4 killed in 36 hours." There is great, untold sorrow behind those numbers, 32-4-36, but we have become almost desensitized to much of the gun violence we read about in newspapers and see on television. We see the numbers, and we observe the violence, and then they fade away, quickly.
RT @TribGeoff: Too many questions left as CNN's 'Chicagoland' winds down, Rick Kogan writes. bit.ly/1pdCTBe @KoganAfterHours

Police release video of attack on Skokie Swift train

chicagotribune.com — Raw video of an incident on the Skokie Swift CTA line on March 28, 2014. (Posted on: April 17, 2014) Police have released surveillance video as they search for a man who punched and kicked a senior citizen on a Skokie Swift CTA train.

Ford Mustang turns 50 with no hint of mid-life crisis

chicagotribune.com — (Reuters) - April 17, 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the first Ford Mustang. The anniversary evokes a long-ago day when new cars could generate as much excitement, at least in America, as new iPads. The car caused a sensation, even though it wasn't a technological marvel like Apple's tablet.

Obituary: Theater preservationist Ray Shepardson, 1944-2014

chicagotribune.com — When Ray Shepardson called, and he called those in a position to influence the fate of old theaters frequently, he would announce himself with a tagline: "It's Ray Shepardson, formerly of almost every theater in America." That might sound hubristic, and Shepardson was no shrinking violet, but there was considerable foundation in truth.
RT @MarkCaro: In his suicide note Ray Shepardson requested that @ChrisJonesTrib write his Tribune obituary. And here it is. http://t.co/7sz…
RT @MarkCaro: In his suicide note Ray Shepardson requested that @ChrisJonesTrib write his Tribune obituary. And here it is. http://t.co/7sz…
RT @peterfrost: RT @MarkCaro In his suicide note Ray Shepardson requested @ChrisJonesTrib write his Tribune obituary. And here it is. http:…
RT @MarkCaro In his suicide note Ray Shepardson requested @ChrisJonesTrib write his Tribune obituary. And here it is. bit.ly/1itfbvl
RT @robertloerzel: RT @MarkCaro In his suicide note Ray Shepardson requested @ChrisJonesTrib write his Tribune obituary. And here it is. ht…
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Cops: Suspicious package spurs closure of portion of Northbound LSD

chicagotribune.com — Police are investigating a suspicious object in the Uptown neighborhood and officials have ordered a closure of a portion of the Northbound Lake Shore Drive as a precaution, officials said. Officials have ordered the Northbound lanes of the Lake Shore Drive closed between the Wilson and Foster exits, police said.
The suspicious item that shutdown Lake Shore Drive turned out to be a homeless person's belongings. bit.ly/1l8Dvlv
Traffic on N-bound Lake Shore Drive backed up past W Irving Park Rd due to suspicious package trib.in/1paAiYG pic.twitter.com/81ux1p6ATu
Part of Northbound, Southbound Lake Shore Drive closed because of suspicious package bit.ly/1hVESAc pic.twitter.com/mOoEHs1K2f
Update: Portion of Northbound and Southbound Lake Shore Drive closed because of suspicious package. bit.ly/P5CFeG
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Fallout from the Gaslight Era: Chicago confronts radioactive sand under the streets of an upscale neigbhorhood. bit.ly/1m9QI1d
Dealing with 100-year-old "radioactive sand" beneath the streets of Chicago. A great read by @scribeguy. my.chicagotribune.com/#section/544/a…
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