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1 dead, 6 wounded in city shootings

one person was killed and at least six others were wounded thursday in shootings across chicago.the fatal attack happened about 12:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of north monitor avenue in the west side's austin neighborhood.the victim, a male of an unknown age, was shot in the head and pronounced dead on the scene, police said.in another west side shooting, a 38-year-old man was wounded about 8:35 p.m. while standing outside in the 3000 block of west 25th street in the little village neighborhood.he suffered gunshot wounds to the abdomen and leg and was taken to mount sinai hospital, where his condition had stabilized, police said.on the far south side about 8:25 p.m., a 30-year-old man was shot in the leg in the first block of west 110th place in the roseland neighborhood. he was taken to advocate christ medical center in oak lawn, where his condition had stabilized, police said.on the south side around 5:05 p.m., a 23 year-old man was walking  in the 7400 block of south champlain avenue in the park manor neighborhood when he heard shots and felt pain. the man, who suffered a graze wound to the arm, was taken to the university of chicago in good condition, police said.about 2:50 p.m., a 20-year-old man was shot in the leg in the south deering neighborhood in the 10500 block of yates avenue, police said.earlier, police said it happened in the 10500 block of oglesby avenue.the victim was outside when a light-color sedan pulled up, and someone fired shots striking the man. he wa...





the invisible threat - chicago tribune

twenty-two years ago, during the monday morning rush hour in the tokyo subway, thousands of unsuspecting commuters inhaled toxic nerve gas left leaking from little plastic bags. twelve people died, and thousands more were injured in the deadliest attack in japan since world war ii.the attack was the work of japanese cult aum shinrikyo, whose founder and self-proclaimed "lamb of god," shoko asahara, promised spiritual power to those who did his bidding, which included cooking up deadly chemicals and biological weapons like anthrax and sarin gas. richard danzig, a former u.s. navy secretary, interviewed imprisoned members of aum shinrikyo in japan between 2008 and 2010. "i figured i could get the perpetrators of an actual terrorist group to tell me what they did," he said. in fact, they did, describing their success with chemical weapons and, perhaps even more concerning, their attempts to build bioweapons, he said in a recent interview with foreign policy. "they built a fairly large facility to generate anthrax in the 1990s," danzig said.but the cult members, many of them students of science, were unsuccessful in spinning up a true biological attack. they were clumsy and unfocused and the tools too complex to pull off with ease. they were like "kids playing in a school yard," danzig and several co-authors wrote in a 2011 paper about his interviews.but those efforts were in the mid-1990s, and the tools for creating bioattacks have become more accessible. yet even as mor...





chris volstad earns first win in 5 years as white sox beat astros 3-1

chris volstad admitted he was “probably a little mentally shut down” after he went home from his triple-a charlotte season in early september.a few days after he was settling into offseason mode, the sox, in need of extra bullpen help, asked the veteran of eight major-league seasons to join the big-league team for a few weeks. that call led the 30-year-old to thursday night at minute maid park, where he was needed just one out into the series finale against the astros.carson fulmer was removed with a blister on his right index finger, and volstad entered to pitch 4 1/3 innings of relief in a 3-1 victory. he allowed just one earned run, on brian mccann’s solo homer, to earn his first major-league victory in five years.volstad’s last win was on september 10, 2012, while pitching for the cubs. it also was in houston, and it was against the same astros pitcher who started thursday – dallas keuchel.“it’s kind of crazy how things can change,” volstad said. “i guess it’s been about two weeks now. i was at home getting ready for a hurricane and then getting called back up to the big leagues.”volstad had some warning he might be needed.fulmer first started to feel his finger blister after his last start in detroit against the tigers, when he allowed one earned run over six innings.fulmer got george springer to ground out for the first out of the game thursday. after he walked josh reddick and jose altuve, the sox pulled him from the game after just 20 pitches. he...





timeline: red light cameras and campaign cash

a private firm teamed up with oakbrook terrace to install cameras at a busy intersection that had the potential to generate millions of dollars per year in violations. but the illinois department of transportation decided it was too safe to need cameras. the firm made political donations. senators pushed idot to reconsider. idot feared cameras would boost crashes there but approved them anyway.highlighted timeline events denote campaign contributions.march 2012idot completes widening and other improvements to illinois 83 at 22nd street with expectation they'll lower crashes.feb. 2013oakbrook terrace and vendor safespeed ask idot to let them install red light cameras. safespeed says intersection is dangerous because it counted 800-plus red light runners over 24 hours.april 5, 2013idot rejects application, saying it's too soon to tell if the construction project had lowered crashes enough to avoid the need for cameras. idot tells suburb to come back in 2015 if crashes haven't dropped.aug. 2, 2013triad consulting services, owned by safespeed founder nikki zollar, makes its first donation to sen. martin sandoval, d-cicero, who chairs the senate transportation committee. triad donates $2,000.state sen. martin sandoval, of cicero.oct. 14, 2013safespeed makes its first donation to sandoval, for $1,000.sept. 25, 2014triad donates another $1,500 to sandoval.june 24, 2015triad donates another $2,000 to sandoval, and the maani group inc., owned by safespeed official omar maani, makes...





morning spin: potential lisa madigan successors scramble to raise campaign cash

but for now, rauner doesn’t have the bill sitting on his desk. democrats put a procedural hold on the measure after his veto threat. personal pac’s president and ceo, terry cosgrove, said he and the bill’s supporters don’t want to send it to rauner unless he pledges to sign it into law as is. (rick pearson)*another lawmaker to leave: state sen. james clayborne, a belleville democrat and member of senate president john cullerton's leadership team, said thursday he won't run for re-election in 2018."i am going to focus on my family and my life out of public service," clayborne said in a statement.he becomes the latest marcher in the parade of lawmakers to leave springfield over the past few years. since gov. rauner was sworn into office in january 2015, at least 43 of 118 house seats and at least 15 of 59 senate districts have already seen or will see changes by the time next year's elections are concluded.*on the sunday spin: tribune political reporter rick pearson’s guests are mike gelatka, past president of illinois gaming machine operators association; brad cole, executive director of the illinois municipal league; and democratic consultant tom bowen. the "sunday spin" airs from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on wgn 720-am.*quick spins: democratic cook county board president toni preckwinkle on thursday said the latest senate republican health care proposal would "would deliver a catastrophic blow to our health system" and that 600,000 more people have insura...





traditional home in oak brook: $869,000

20 concord dr. in oak brook: $869,000listed on sept. 8, 2017four-bedroom, 2.5-bath home with a dramatic two-story marble foyer entry and an open floor plan. move-in ready with skylights and ceiling fans throughout, four fireplaces and upstairs laundry. all paver brick exterior and newer pella windows and doors. expansive open kitchen area overlooks a low-maintenance landscape with a private paver brick patio. easy access to all the major freeways, oak brook center shopping mall, dining and entertainment.agent: jackie grieshamer of 4 sale realty, inc., 630-669-6830to feature your luxury listing of $800,000 or more in chicago tribune’s dream homes, send listing information and high-res photos to [email protected]





daughters fight back in battle with dad over 'priceless' cso basses

a deepening family feud that ended a retired chicago symphony orchestra bassist's relationship with one of his daughters has splintered into a court battle over the musician's "priceless" double basses, which both sides accuse the other of wanting to sell, court papers show.former principal cso bassist joseph guastafeste, now 87 and living in rural minnesota, sued his two grown daughters and a son-in-law last month in cook county circuit court alleging they are trying to "strong-arm" him out of his gasparo da salo bass, made around 1585, and another made by domenico buzon, circa 1749, and possibly sell them.but the daughters aren't backing down, recently filing court papers alleging the instruments that are insured for nearly $150,000 were essentially bequeathed to them when their parents divorced 35 years ago. guastafeste has since remarried.the daughters cite a police report connected to the case as a sign that it is their father who wants to sell the basses. the document quotes guastafeste as saying he and his new wife were in need of cash.steve schmadeke the former principal bassist of the chicago symphony orchestra is accusing two of his children and his son-in-law of refusing to return two "priceless" double basses he has owned for nearly 70 years, according to a lawsuit filed this week in cook county circuit court. joseph guastafeste, now 87... the former principal bassist of the chicago symphony orchestra is accusing two of his children a...





tribune investigation: idot approves red light cameras for already safe intersections

as rejection letters go, the illinois department of transportation's message last year seemed pretty clear.oakbrook terrace wanted to put red light cameras at a busy but relatively safe intersection. idot must approve cameras on state routes in the suburbs, and it said no: cameras are for boosting safety, and the intersection's "low crash rates" did not support a need for cameras.in just a few months, that no would turn into a yes.it was a yes that, records show, came after the intervention of a powerful state senator who received campaign cash from the red light camera firm that stood to make millions of dollars from those oakbrook terrace cameras. the senator's involvement prompted dozens of emails between idot officials — with large passages of that correspondence kept secret to this day by idot.what happened at illinois highway 83 and 22nd street highlights the inconsistent and at times contradictory way idot has approved the controversial cameras at nearly 200 intersections across the suburbs.ten years ago, the general assembly allowed suburbs to install cameras, but for state routes, typically the busiest roads, idot needed to approve. and idot was talking tough. engineers wanted cameras put only in truly dangerous places where no other fix had improved safety.yet, a tribune analysis found that often didn't happen. among the findings:•more than half the intersections with cameras scored among the safest in idot studies at the time the agency approved the camer...





uber to lose its license to operate in london; authorities cite 'deteriorating reputation'

london's transport authority said friday it won't renew uber's license to operate in the british capital, arguing that it demonstrates a lack of corporate responsibility with implications in public safety and security.transport for london says the car-hailing app was not "fit and proper to hold a private hire operator license."uber, whose app is used by 3.5 million passengers and 40,000 drivers in london, will see its current license expire on sept. 30.the company promised it would appeal, and can continue to operate until the appeals process is exhausted.in its decision , transport for london cited its approach to handling serious criminal offenses and how it conducts background checks on its drivers. tfl also took issue with software that could be used block regulatory bodies from gaining full access to the app and "preventing officials from undertaking regulator or law enforcement duties."london mayor sadiq khan said he supported the decision, saying any operator of taxi services in the city "needs to play by the rules.""providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security," he said. "i fully support tfl's decision — it would be wrong if tfl continued to license uber if there is any way that this could pose a threat to londoners' safety and security."providing an innovative service must not be at the expense of customer safety and security.— london mayor sadiq khanuber shot back quickly in response. in a statement, i...





tune into 'bears coaches show,' then wish arts experts were that good

after a massive loss by the struggling chicago bears — such as the 29-7 drubbing last sunday by the tampa bay buccaneers — the “bears coaches show” on wbbm newsradio turns into "groundhog day."or jean-paul sartre's "no exit."i often listen to “coaches show” or the bears all-access show (www.chicagobears.com/multimedia) just to hear how many amazing ways exactly the same thing is expressed. time after time after time.bears head coach john fox (a regular guest along with one of his assistants) always comes off a nice guy in a tough spot. the “coaches show” host, jeff joniak, plays the role of therapist.the show has to begin with much self-flagellation. fox cannot sound defensive or defiant or inclined to pass the buck to a subordinate or even a player. he can make the odd aside about ill fortune or a close call, but he has to move away from that, fast. he cannot blame either the officials or the fates.not when he just lost 29-7, he can't.on the other hand, fox also can't be heard to be despairing or even statistically realistic. it is the job of the coach to motivate the fans as well as the players. there must always be potential and unrealized achievement. however dire the standings and the prognosis, fox still has to inject hope into the proceedings, to constantly remind us all that he — and, by proxy, all the bears — will have taken this loss to heart, beaten their breasts, purged their failures, processed the many painful lessons and will appear o...





mexico shocked by news: girl trapped in rubble didn't exist

hour after excruciating hour, mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. she reportedly wiggled her fingers, told rescuers her name and said there were others trapped near her. rescue workers called for tubes, pipes and other tools to reach her.news media, officials and volunteer rescuers all repeated the story of "frida sofia" with a sense of urgency that made it a national drama, drawing attention away from other rescue efforts across the quake-stricken city and leaving people in mexico and abroad glued to their television sets.but she never existed, mexican navy officials now say."we want to emphasize that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl," navy assistant secretary angel enrique sarmiento said thursday. "we never had any knowledge about that report, and we do not believe — we are sure — it was not a reality."sarmiento said a camera lowered into the rubble of the enrique rebsamen school showed blood tracks where an injured person apparently dragged himself or herself, and the only person still listed as missing was a school employee. but it was just blood tracks — no fingers wiggling, no voice, no name. several dead people have been removed from the rubble, and it could have been their fingers rescuers thought they saw move.sarmiento later apologized for being so categorical, saying that if a person is still trapped ...





kim jong un insults trump — a 'mentally deranged u.s. dotard' — and hints at weapons test

north korean leader kim jong un lobbed a string of insults at president donald trump on friday, calling him a "mentally deranged u.s. dotard" and hinting at frightening new weapons tests.it was the first time for a north korean leader to issue such a direct statement against a u.s. president, dramatically escalating the war of words between the former wartime foes and raising the international nuclear standoff to a new level.trump responded by tweeting that kim is "obviously a madman who doesn't mind starving or killing his people."in a lengthy statement carried by state media, kim said trump would "pay dearly" for his recent threat to destroy north korea. he also called trump "deranged" and "a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire."kim said his country will consider the "highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history," a possible indication of more powerful weapons tests on the horizon, but didn't elaborate.his foreign minister, asked on a visit to new york to attend the u.n. general assembly what the countermeasure would be, said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the pacific ocean."i think it could be the most powerful detonation of an h-bomb in the pacific," ri yong ho said, according to south korean tv. "we have no idea about what actions could be taken as it will be ordered by leader kim jong un."kim's statement was unusual because it was written in the first person. north korean state tv later showed a solemn-looking kim, dressed...





three men tail couple to wheaton home, steal car at gunpoint: state's attorney

two men have been charged after authorities said they followed a wheaton couple home and stole their car at gunpoint.carlos moore, 26, and phillip j. smith, 25, have both been charged with armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, according to the dupage county state's attorney's office.moore, of chicago, appeared thursday before a dupage county judge, who set bond at $250,000, prosecutors said.smith is currently being held in the cook county jail on armed robbery charges, according to officials and jail records.authorities say moore, smith and an unnamed accomplice followed the wheaton couple home on feb. 22, parking in the driveway behind the couple's car. wearing masks, moore and smith pointed a gun at the wife and demanded keys to the car, according to a state's attorney's news release. she gave her purse to moore and then moore, smith and the accomplice allegedly stole the couple's vehicle, authorities said.a short time later, police officers spotted the stolen car but eventually lost it following a high-speed chase. the car was later found in a chicago parking lot, authorities said.the third individual allegedly involved has not been taken into custody; the investigation is ongoing, the state's attorney's office [email protected]





once frequented by capone, future of kane county's hideaway in limbo

one of the owners of what was al capone's hideaway and steakhouse in unincorporated kane county said his family's plans to open a new restaurant there remain in limbo.the casiello family was denied a liquor license for their planned hideaway 64 in may 2016, and could have reapplied again after a year, but so far has not, jeremy casiello said. as the family weighs its options, casiello claimed a couple developers have inquired about buying the land from them to demolish the buildings to make way for housing."we'd still like to be able to find a way to open. we'd hate to see the hideaway torn down," casiello said.casiello is setting up discussions with kane county building officials about a notice that was placed on the hideaway door on sept. 7.casiello said kane county sheriff's office police knocked on the door to the home where he has been living adjacent to the long-closed hideaway that day to tell him they would be putting the notice on the restaurant that reads, "do not enter. dangerous and/or unsafe building."the notice states that a kane county building officer and/or the kane county board have determined that the building is in violation of chapter 6 of kane county's code and constitutes a dangerous and unsafe or an uncompleted or abandoned building. it gives notice to initiate repair or demolish within 15 days of the posting.kane county development & community services department director mark van kerkhoff said the notice is pretty standard if a building pot...





sponsors of cassidy-graham bill include favors for a potential holdout in alaska

an internal analysis by the trump administration concludes that 31 states would lose federal money for health coverage under senate republicans' latest effort to abolish much of the affordable care act, with the politically critical state of alaska facing a 38 percent cut by 2026.the report, produced by the federal centers for medicare and medicaid services, focuses on the final year of a block grant that states would receive under the cassidy-graham legislation. it shows that government funding for such health insurance would be 9 percent lower in 2026 under the plan than under current law.the predicted loss is less than that forecast by three independent analyses of the bill's impact in recent days, but the internal numbers show a similar checkerboard of states that would be big winners and equally big losers. the states that expanded their medicaid programs under the aca would be hit with the greatest reversals of federal aid.according to the cms data, first reported thursday night by axios, the greatest winners in 2026 would be mississippi and kansas, where federal health-care funding would more than triple and double, respectively. on the other hand, connecticut's aid would be cut by just over half.the method used by federal officials to predict the bill's effects on spending to states differs from that of another major analysis released earlier on thursday by the kaiser family foundation. the latter concluded that 35 states would lose $160 billion under the bill. th...





blackhawks adjusting to increased slashing penalties, faceoff violations

blackhawks coach joel quenneville joked that in tuesday's preseason game against the blue jackets, he and his coaching staff were expecting officials to call 14 penalties in the game. there were 17."we went over the quota," quenneville said with a smile. "it was early and often."be aware — that volume of penalties may carry over into the regular season.across the league, penalties are up in the preseason as officials are enforcing a league mandate to be more diligent in calling slashing penalties and faceoff violations. it didn't take long for the united center to see this practice in play, as winger patrick sharp was called for slashing just 29 seconds into the hawks game with the red wings on thursday.the crackdown on slashing penalties comes after some high-profile players such as flames winger johnny gaudreau, suffered hand or wrist injuries last season as a result of slashes.and the league is trying to enforce its rules on faceoffs to the letter of the law to crack down on cheating in the faceoff circle. officials will try to force players to square up properly on the l-shaped markings in the faceoff dot, and make sure the defensive center puts his stick down first for faceoffs in his own zone.both directives have caused a lot of discussion among players and coaches. the emphasis on slashing may take some adjusting for defensemen."when you get by guys you give them a little warning tap to let them know you're there," hawks defenseman connor murphy said. "that...





powerless: puerto rico faces weeks without electricity after hurricane maria

the sky was darkening thursday afternoon as 10-year-old sarah jimenez laid out three plastic buckets on her grandmother's patio in hopes of capturing rainwater."we can use it to at least flush the toilets," she told her grandmother.a day after hurricane maria ravaged puerto rico, flooding towns, crushing homes and killing at least two people, millions of people on the island faced the dispiriting prospect of weeks and perhaps months without electricity. the storm knocked out the entire grid across the u.s. territory of 3.4 million, leaving many without power to light their homes, cook, pump water or run fans, air conditioners or refrigerators.as a result, jimenez and others hunted for gas canisters for cooking, collected rainwater or steeled themselves mentally for the hardships to come in the tropical heat. some contemplated leaving the island."you cannot live here without power," said hector llanos, a 78-year-old retired new york police officer who planned to leave saturday for the u.s. mainland to live there temporarily.like many puerto ricans, llanos does not have a generator or gas stove. "the only thing i have is a flashlight," he said, shaking his head. "this is never going to return to normal."maria's death toll across the caribbean, meanwhile, climbed to at least 19, nearly all of them on the hard-hit island of dominica. in puerto rico, the government said at least two were killed but media on the island were reporting additional deaths and the actual toll ...





mexico shocked by news: girl trapped in rubble didn't exist

hour after excruciating hour, mexicans were transfixed by dramatic efforts to reach a young girl thought buried in the rubble of a school destroyed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. she reportedly wiggled her fingers, told rescuers her name and said there were others trapped near her. rescue workers called for tubes, pipes and other tools to reach her.news media, officials and volunteer rescuers all repeated the story of "frida sofia" with a sense of urgency that made it a national drama, drawing attention away from other rescue efforts across the quake-stricken city and leaving people in mexico and abroad glued to their television sets.but she never existed, mexican navy officials now say."we want to emphasize that we have no knowledge about the report that emerged with the name of a girl," navy assistant secretary angel enrique sarmiento said thursday. "we never had any knowledge about that report, and we do not believe — we are sure — it was not a reality."sarmiento said a camera lowered into the rubble of the enrique rebsamen school showed blood tracks where an injured person apparently dragged himself or herself, and the only person still listed as missing was a school employee. but it was just blood tracks — no fingers wiggling, no voice, no name. several dead people have been removed from the rubble, and it could have been their fingers rescuers thought they saw move.sarmiento later apologized for being so categorical, saying that if a person is still trapped ...





brandon saad scores hat trick in blackhawks' 6-1 preseason win against red wings

brandon saad certainly looked glad to be back with the blackhawks.the winger tallied a hat trick for the hawks in thursday's 6-1 victory over the red wings at the united center."it's nice to see him have a night like that where they went in. he's a high-end player who should develop into a regular scorer," coach joel quennevillesaid.with the hawks already ahead 3-0 against a red wings team that left some of it top players at home, saad scored after putting home a richard panikrebound on a breakaway at 7 minutes, 24 seconds of the second period.his second goal came after a nice sequence that began with a patrick sharppass to patrick kane, who found saad in front of the net at 16:57.he completed the hat trick in the third, again on a play in which he drove to the net and strong-armed the puck into the net at 1:52.winger alex debrincat, the second-round pick from 2016 who lit up the ontario hockey keague the last three seasons, scored his first goal in a hawks uniform on a second-period power play. brent seabrookand ryan hartman also scored. captain jonathan toews missed the game because of an illness.corey crawford got the start in net and played two periods for the hawks. he finished with 30 saves.olczyk makes appearance: the hawks had a welcome sight at practice thursday — eddie olczyk. the analyst is undergoing treatment for colon cancer and is expected to receive chemotherapy over the next six months. but olczyk was feeling well enough to attend the hawks' morning p...





budding rivalry with brewers gets a jolt from cubs rallying for victory

with four of the six division races already decided before school resumed, baseball desperately needs the cubs and brewers to put on a show this weekend.all the pieces certainly are in place to make it happen:big city vs. small.scrappy, low-paid team vs. overconfident world series champions.loud, beer guzzling fans vs. louder beer guzzling fans.espn, fox and tbs will televise games the next three days, giving the nation a taste of a divisional race no one predicted last spring.but before the cubs 5-3 victory over the brewers on thursday night in the opener of a four-game showdown, no one seemed quite sure if this rivalry would have legs."obviously they're a fun, young team and they've played us really hard this year," cubs general manager jed hoyer said of the brewers. "so for 2017, certainly. but then i think they're going to be here for a while. it has the potential to turn into something really fun, but calling it that is hard because obviously a rivalry is cubs-cardinals, with more history."the only historical moment in a cubs-brewers game was when wgn-am 720 broadcaster ron santo yelled "oh, nooooo" when brant brown dropped a fly ball at milwaukee's county stadium to blow a game in the final week of 1998.cubs general manager jed hoyer discusses the developing rivalry with the brewers and jon lester's recent struggles on thursday, sept. 21, 2017. (mark gonzales/chicago tribune) cubs general manager jed hoyer discusses the developing rivalry with the brew...