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November 13, 2011 | By Ryan Smith, For RedEye
Being punched in the face for an iPhone is not pleasant. Regrettably, I'm one of the growing number of victims who can say this from personal experience. A couple of weeks ago, I was mugged on a quiet afternoon in my cozy Old Irving Park neighborhood. I made the mistake of entering what I call The Smart Phone Zone - in which I tried to walk, listen to a podcast and tweet at the same time. Meanwhile, two large men in hoodies silently sprinted up to me from behind. Before I had a chance to turn around, one of them began punching me in the head and knocking me to the ground while the other kicked...
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July 19, 2012 | By Matt Lindner
What's the key to curbing the city's crime rate? Rush wide receiver Reggie Gray said it's about investing time and effort into the community. “If there are more activities for these guys to do inside, it'll keep them off the street,” said Gray, whose full-time job involves working with at-risk youths. “I'm an example of that. Instead of smoking weed, I was shooting baskets in a gym. The youth are killing the youth because they don't have anything else to do.” But both he Gwen Adams, his supervisor at Youth Outreach Services, agree that's just one piece of the puzzle.
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July 19, 2012 | By Matt Lindner
What's the key to curbing the city's crime rate? Rush wide receiver Reggie Gray said it's about investing time and effort into the community. “If there are more activities for these guys to do inside, it'll keep them off the street,” said Gray, whose full-time job involves working with at-risk youths. “I'm an example of that. Instead of smoking weed, I was shooting baskets in a gym. The youth are killing the youth because they don't have anything else to do.” But both he Gwen Adams, his supervisor at Youth Outreach Services, agree that's just one piece of the puzzle.
NEWS
November 13, 2011 | By Ryan Smith, For RedEye
Being punched in the face for an iPhone is not pleasant. Regrettably, I'm one of the growing number of victims who can say this from personal experience. A couple of weeks ago, I was mugged on a quiet afternoon in my cozy Old Irving Park neighborhood. I made the mistake of entering what I call The Smart Phone Zone - in which I tried to walk, listen to a podcast and tweet at the same time. Meanwhile, two large men in hoodies silently sprinted up to me from behind. Before I had a chance to turn around, one of them began punching me in the head and knocking me to the ground while the other kicked...
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November 24, 2011 | By Sarah Freeman, For RedEye
Chicagoans are really good at complaining about three things: the weather, sports and parking. Currently, I have no gripes about the first two, but the third, that one is a doozy. To make up for the rats in my kitchen and the crime rate, my new neighborhood has the luxury of free street parking - that is, if you can find a spot. By the time my lease expires, I'm sure I will have spent several days worth of my life driving around Rogers Park in search of parking. There are a few secrets (the lot at the end of my street that is free overnight)
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May 17, 2012 | By Lenox Magee, For RedEye
The NATO summit is almost upon us. And while leaders from all over the world will huddle in McCormick Place, solving the world's problems, I am most excited about something that will be happening outside the convention center: On Sunday, first lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to lead spouses of NATO dignitaries on a tour of the Gary Comer Youth Center on the South Side. I was, frankly, surprised - yet pleased - to hear Obama is planning to show off my side of Chicago. The only problem: They're visiting only one place, when there's so much more the South Side can offer.
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July 2, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Lock on, Chicago. If you're biking the city this summer, you'll need to invest in a good lock (or four, depending on how paranoid you are). Otherwise, you're vulnerable to bike theft. Bike theft is common in major cities, and all the more common in the summer months, when more riders are on the roads and the crime rate rises. The Chicago Police Department doesn't track bike thefts separately from other theft reports, making it difficult to say how frequently thefts occur and where they're most likely to happen.
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October 3, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Forthe firearms behind some of Chicago's most violent crimes, death row is a West Side warehouse that smells of weed and gunmetal. About 80,000 of the illegal weapons that the Chicago Police Department has seized sit there packed into row after row of shelves, meticulously labeled and guarded by officers who wait for the green light to destroy them.¿ The guns, almost all of which were seized by the department during criminal arrests, range from...
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