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April 15, 2014 | RedEye staff and RedEye
Two unattended backpacks were left today at the finish line of the Boston Marathon where the city was commemorating last year's bombings, according to a report from CBS in Boston . "WBZ-TV photographers on scene say they saw a person with the backpack screaming 'Boston Strong' before police cleared everyone from the area," the report says. ABC News producer David Meyers tweeted tihs image from the scene:   The #Boston PD Bomb Squad is suiting up to check out a suspicious backpack left near the marathon finish line.
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April 15, 2014 | RedEye staff and RedEye
Two unattended backpacks were left today at the finish line of the Boston Marathon where the city was commemorating last year's bombings, according to a report from CBS in Boston . "WBZ-TV photographers on scene say they saw a person with the backpack screaming 'Boston Strong' before police cleared everyone from the area," the report says. ABC News producer David Meyers tweeted tihs image from the scene:   The #Boston PD Bomb Squad is suiting up to check out a suspicious backpack left near the marathon finish line.
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NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Can Chicago help Boston? As the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings continues, the Chicago Police Department is sending five investigators and one sergeant to Boston to help, police officials said in a press release Friday afternoon. The release said that Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis asked for the assistance this morning in a conversation with Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy. Earlier Friday, Boston officials told reporters that one of two bombing suspects was dead and a massive hunt for the second man is underway.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
We're still a little unclear on Twerking.  "What is twerking" and "how to twerk" were the top "what is" and "how to" searches in Chicago, according to Google's annual "Zeitgeist," a breakdown of popular trends on the search engine.  Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse won out as the most-searched local restaurant, with appearances by Shaw's Crab House, The Girl and the Goat and Graham Elliot. (You can see the full restaurant ranking in the gallery above.) The top trending search in the city was "paul walker," followed by "blackhawks.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
After Kate Napleton heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, all she could think was so many people had to be hurt. That's because she knows there always are hordes of people at the finish lines. She crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon in 2009 and plans to do so again this October. "Obviously what happened yesterday in Boston was horrific and terrible and you're sitting there thinking, 'I want to do something. What can I do?' " said Napleton, 27, of Old Town.
NEWS
December 17, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
We're still a little unclear on Twerking.  "What is twerking" and "how to twerk" were the top "what is" and "how to" searches in Chicago, according to Google's annual "Zeitgeist," a breakdown of popular trends on the search engine.  Gibson's Bar and Steakhouse won out as the most-searched local restaurant, with appearances by Shaw's Crab House, The Girl and the Goat and Graham Elliot. (You can see the full restaurant ranking in the gallery above.) The top trending search in the city was "paul walker," followed by...
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Doug Gross, CNN
In the aftermath of dramatic events like Monday's bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, it's a truth of our times that millions of people will get early bits of news via social media. To be sure, sites like Twitter and Facebook were used extensively by police, relief groups and governments to share important information about the bombings. But there's also a more unfortunate side to how the Web responds to sudden bad news. Sometimes accidentally and sometimes maliciously, false information gets loose.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Matt Lindner, @mattlindner and For RedEye
For as long as we've held major sporting events in this country, they've served one purpose - to allow us to lose ourselves in revelry for a couple of hours and help us to forget that sometimes the world can be a really awful place. They're not supposed to be the epicenter of our real life nightmares, as the Boston Marathon became in the early hours of Monday afternoon. By now, we've all seen the images and experienced the visceral emotions that come with seeing them. The horror of the video of the explosions interrupting the celebratory finish line, the shock of the...
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Chicago summers and street fests go hand in hand. And in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, fest organizers undoubtedly are turning their attention to security. Lakeview's Mayfest is one of the very first outdoor festivals of the season, taking place May 17-19, and organizers of the event said they'll be looking closely at security but not necessarily making any changes. In an email, Star Events vice-president Michelle Krage said organizing security receives close assistance from the City of Chicago and the Department of...
NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, For RedEye
After Jason Collins leaped out of the closet in a Sports Illustrated cover story, the NBA player was lauded for the courage of his declaration - becoming the first active male athlete in the four major professional sports to come out as gay. Others remained unimpressed. "Collins is a hero?" conservative pundit Ben Shapiro tweeted. "Our standard for heroism has dropped quite a bit since Normandy. " "Courage" and "heroism" are words we don't quite know what to do with. They've been uttered too often in vain to describe celebrities headed to a...
SPORTS
June 9, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi and RedEye
Duncan Keith entered the press conference area and set down a plastic bag holding four enormous bottles of juice. After what the Blackhawks defenseman and his teammates had just endured Saturday, you can't blame him for being thirsty. It can't be easy to recover from a double-overtime, Western Conference title-clinching win. Will the Hawks have enough left for an encore in the Stanley Cup finals? That will be decided starting Wednesday at the United Center. For the time being, amid their usual preparation for a playoff series, one can only imagine how much they need to unwind.
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Chicagoans are being asked to help run violence out of the city. The Safe and Healthy Summer 5K Walk and 10K Run through Woodlawn and Englewood is planned for 8 a.m. June 15 at Washington Park, followed by a peace rally at 10:30 a.m. So far, 350 people have registered, said Corey Brooks, pastor of the New Beginnings Church of Chicago. He is behind Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny) , which is organizing the event. The goal is to get 5,000 people to participate in the run/walk and even more at the peace rally, he said.
NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, For RedEye
After Jason Collins leaped out of the closet in a Sports Illustrated cover story, the NBA player was lauded for the courage of his declaration - becoming the first active male athlete in the four major professional sports to come out as gay. Others remained unimpressed. "Collins is a hero?" conservative pundit Ben Shapiro tweeted. "Our standard for heroism has dropped quite a bit since Normandy. " "Courage" and "heroism" are words we don't quite know what to do with. They've been uttered too often in vain to describe celebrities headed to a...
NEWS
April 19, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Can Chicago help Boston? As the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings continues, the Chicago Police Department is sending five investigators and one sergeant to Boston to help, police officials said in a press release Friday afternoon. The release said that Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis asked for the assistance this morning in a conversation with Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy. Earlier Friday, Boston officials told reporters that one of two bombing suspects was dead and a massive hunt for the second man is...
NEWS
April 17, 2013 | By Adam Lukach, @lucheezy and RedEye
Chicago summers and street fests go hand in hand. And in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, fest organizers undoubtedly are turning their attention to security. Lakeview's Mayfest is one of the very first outdoor festivals of the season, taking place May 17-19, and organizers of the event said they'll be looking closely at security but not necessarily making any changes. In an email, Star Events vice-president Michelle Krage said organizing security receives close assistance from the City of Chicago and the Department of...
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Matt Lindner, @mattlindner and For RedEye
For as long as we've held major sporting events in this country, they've served one purpose - to allow us to lose ourselves in revelry for a couple of hours and help us to forget that sometimes the world can be a really awful place. They're not supposed to be the epicenter of our real life nightmares, as the Boston Marathon became in the early hours of Monday afternoon. By now, we've all seen the images and experienced the visceral emotions that come with seeing them. The horror of the video of the explosions interrupting the...
NEWS
May 22, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Chicagoans are being asked to help run violence out of the city. The Safe and Healthy Summer 5K Walk and 10K Run through Woodlawn and Englewood is planned for 8 a.m. June 15 at Washington Park, followed by a peace rally at 10:30 a.m. So far, 350 people have registered, said Corey Brooks, pastor of the New Beginnings Church of Chicago. He is behind Project H.O.O.D. (Helping Others Obtain Destiny) , which is organizing the event. The goal is to get 5,000 people to participate in the run/walk and even more at the peace rally, he said.
SPORTS
June 9, 2013 | By Chris Sosa, @redeyesportschi and RedEye
Duncan Keith entered the press conference area and set down a plastic bag holding four enormous bottles of juice. After what the Blackhawks defenseman and his teammates had just endured Saturday, you can't blame him for being thirsty. It can't be easy to recover from a double-overtime, Western Conference title-clinching win. Will the Hawks have enough left for an encore in the Stanley Cup finals? That will be decided starting Wednesday at the United Center. For the time being, amid their usual preparation for a playoff series, one can only...
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
After Kate Napleton heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, all she could think was so many people had to be hurt. That's because she knows there always are hordes of people at the finish lines. She crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon in 2009 and plans to do so again this October. "Obviously what happened yesterday in Boston was horrific and terrible and you're sitting there thinking, 'I want to do something. What can I do?' " said Napleton, 27, of Old Town.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Doug Gross, CNN
In the aftermath of dramatic events like Monday's bombing attack at the Boston Marathon, it's a truth of our times that millions of people will get early bits of news via social media. To be sure, sites like Twitter and Facebook were used extensively by police, relief groups and governments to share important information about the bombings. But there's also a more unfortunate side to how the Web responds to sudden bad news. Sometimes accidentally and sometimes maliciously, false information gets loose.
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