Mary Dixon is a Chicago native who had to take the long way home. Not long after her birth at Loretto Hospital on the West Side, Mary’s parents packed the family up for their ancestral home of Dixon, Illinois. It was there that she quit a career as a very bad waitress to begin spinning records and reading hog reports for WIXN Radio. [Read Mary’s Full Bio]
Yahoo wants users to change their passwords and security questions … it’s blaming a ‘state-sponsored actor’ for a huge data breach two years ago that we’re just learning about … Mayor Emanuel’s calling for more police officers, jobs and mentoring in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods … A quieter night in Charlotte, North Carolina … where the family of a black man shot by police has seen the video of his death … The Patriots creamed the Texans … Chicago’s baseball teams had the night off … the Cubs host the Cardinals today … the White Sox play in Cleveland tonight … A bit foggy this morning … it’ll be cloudy today with scattered showers and a high temperature in the upper-70s.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will focus on policing, youth mentoring and parenting when he lays out his plan tonight for fighting crime in Chicago … The National Guard is being called in to Charlotte, North Carolina after a second night of protests against police shootings turned violent … They’re back to fighting in Syria … while US and Russian diplomats blame each other for breaking the cease-fire … The Cubs beat the Reds … the White Sox lost in Philadelphia … It’ll be cloudy today with high temperatures in the upper-70s … And it’s another year without a call from the MacArthur Foundation … 23 other artists, scientists and thinkers have been awarded this year’s genius grants. The rest of us? We gotta go to work today.
UPDATE: Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson tells the Sun Times the department will hire nearly one-thousand new officers over the next two years. Mayor Emanuel wants them to counteract the current use of overtime and the rising tide of gun violence. It’ll cost about 134-million dollars to hire that many new officers; Johnson says he doesn’t know how the mayor plans to pay that bill … A protest against police brutality turned violent in Charlotte, North Carolina, where a black officer shot and killed a black man. 12 officers are injured … they say the victim was armed and a threat; his family says he was holding a book … Federal prosecutors in New York and New Jersey are filing charges against bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami … The Washington Post reports Donald Trump used money from his charitable organization to pay settlements for lawsuits against his for-profit businesses … which would violate tax laws … The Cubs beat the Reds … the White Sox lost in Philadelphia … Showers this morning … turning partly sunny with a high today in the mid-80s.
The Obama administration will unveil guidelines today on self-driving cars. The Department of Transportation will require manufacturers to meet a 15-point safety check and allow new powers to review and approve the cars before they hit the road … Mayor Emanuel’s postponed his address on public safety, violence and families until later this week … A naturalized citizen suspected of setting off bombs in NYC and New Jersey is charged with trying to kill police officers, after being captured in a shootout … President Obama is set to address the UN today on the world’s refugee crisis … The CEO of Wells Fargo is expected to apologize for the bank’s setting up bogus accounts without customers’ knowledge during a Senate hearing … Twitter is loosening its 140-character limit, so that photos and videos don’t count toward the total … The Bears lost their home opener … the Cubs beat the Reds … the White Sox lost in Kansas City … It’ll be sunny and warm and temperatures in the low-80s today.
UPDATE: New York’s Governor Cuomo says Saturday night’s bombing in Manhattan that injured 29 people could be an act of terror with a foreign connection. FBI agents and police have released a photo of a suspect and are questioning five other men. They’ve raided a business in Elizabeth, New Jersey, not far from a train station where a backpack full of pipe bombs was found this morning … Security is very high in New York City as the UN General Assembly convenes to discuss the world’s refugee crisis … A pregnant woman is among the victims of shootings around Chicago over the weekend … Chicago police plan to expand the use of body cameras to all officers on patrol in the next two years … UPDATE: The CTA Red Line is resuming service after being stopped in both directions between 63rd and 79th because someone was hit on the tracks … At the Emmys last night … Game of Thrones, Veep, and the People Versus OJ Simpson were the big winners … The Cubs and White Sox lost … the Bears host the Eagles at Soldier Field tonight .. It’ll be sunny and warm today with a high in the mid-80s.
Water and sewer bills are going up in Chicago – aldermen have approved a new tax to shore up an employee pension fund … Chicago police are warning South Loop business owners about a rash of burglaries in the wee hours of the night … The UN is having trouble getting humanitarian aid into Syria, despite the recent ceasefire … UPDATE: the new CBS-NY Times opinion poll shows the presidential race is a virtual dead heat between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump … The Cubs’ magic number is 1, after they beat the Cardinals yesterday … they can clinch the NL Central tonight with a win against the Brewers at Wrigley, or another Cards loss … the White Sox lost to Cleveland … Partly cloudy today with a high in the upper-70s, cooler near the lake.
Metra officials say Amtrak is making repairs at Union Station … after a Northbrook woman’s skull was fractured by falling concrete yesterday during the morning rush. Today, there may be delays on Metra’s Milwaukee North, Milwaukee West and North Central trains at Union Station because two tracks are out of service … Chicago aldermen today are to vote on a new water and sewer tax to shore up the biggest city employee pension … Hillary Clinton plans to be back on the campaign trail tomorrow … UPDATE: Donald Trump will not reveal his medical records on the Doctor Oz show … and the New York Attorney General is investigating the Trump Foundation … Russian hackers have released more internal documents from the Democratic National Committee … and from American athletes including Serena and Venus Williams and Simone Biles … Bayer plans to buy Monsanto in a deal worth 66-billion dollars … The Cubs’ magic number stands at 3 … they lost in Saint Louis … The White Sox trounced Cleveland 8-to-1 … Chance of morning rain, and then partly sunny with a high in the mid-70s.
An exciting night for Chicago baseball fans … the Cubs’ magic number is 3, after they beat the Cardinals and Kyle Hendricks took a no-hitter into the ninth inning … and the White Sox scored in every inning as they beat Cleveland … More than 3-thousand people have been shot in Chicago so far this year … that’s more than were shot in all of 2015 … A grand jury will hear evidence on the Chicago police officers who witnessed the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald … Hillary Clinton tells CNN she didn’t think her pneumonia was a big deal, and that’s why her campaign didn’t disclose it earlier … Donald Trump was complaining to supporters in North Carolina about Clinton’s calling them deplorables … as a man hit two protesters being escorted out of the rally … It’ll be partly cloudy today with a chance of rain and a high in the low-80s.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has pneumonia and will stay off the campaign trail for a few days, after rushing out of a 9-11 ceremony in New York … Republican Donald Trump says he hopes Clinton gets well, and that he’ll release numbers from a recent physical … More than 30 people have been shot in Chicago over the weekend … including a young woman attending a vigil for a man shot Saturday in the South Side Brainerd neighborhood … A cease-fire brokered by the US and Russia is supposed to begin later today in Syria … Muslims around the world are celebrating the start of Eid al-Adha … and millions are taking part in the hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca … Sunday’s start to the NFL season included national anthem protests by several players … The Bears started the regular season with a loss … the Cubs won and the Magic number is 5 … the White Sox lost at home … It’ll be sunny and in the upper-70s today.
North Korea’s launched another nuclear test – the blast was nearly as big as the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima … Chicago aldermen have advanced Mayor Emanuel’s new water and sewer tax to the full Council … A Chicago police officer is charged with clubbing a man during a block party two years ago … They’ve begun spraying for mosquitos in Miami … as two more babies in Florida have tested positive for the Zika virus … The FAA is warning travelers not to use certain smartphones on an airplane if they might catch fire. It’s been a problem for the recently recalled Samsung Galaxy Note 7 … The NFL season has begun as it ended: with the Broncos beating the Panthers … The White Sox host the Royals tonight while the Cubs play in Houston … the magic number has dropped to 8 because the Cardinals lost … Turning partly sunny with a high in the low-80s this afternoon.