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12/29/11: OFF-DUTY CHICAGO POLICE OFFICER SHOT ON WEST SIDE; KILLED DURING CONVENIENCE STORE ROBBERY

The crime and shootings in Chicago has touched a nerve.  It reached a new low tonight, when an off-duty Chicago police officer was fatally shot during a robbery in the Austin neighborhood.  This was the first police officer killed this year, which is a huge blow to the department.

According to police, the 8-year veteran, 41-year-old Clifton Lewis, was working private security detail at M & M Quick Food Store located near the 1200 block of North Austin.  He was fatally shot while trying to stop the robbery, and his gun and badge was initially missing but was later found.  Lewis was rushed to Stroger Hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

It is another unnecessary loss of life during this heightened crime wave throughout the city.  Reports of children shot, car jackings, robberies and senseless deaths has become a daily occurrence and does not seem to be slowing down.  The recent Church’s Chicken shooting was another example of the madness.  

We need to take our city back…although the job market appears to be getting better, the shootings seem to be getting worse.  While we are in desperate times, many people need a reminder of the value of life.  Is a couple hundred bucks worth a human life? 

Seriously, get a job and earn money the old-fashioned way.  Stealing from others is certainly not the way to go and when you spend your life in prison, you will realize just how wrong it is.

R.I.P. Officer Lewis…your partners will have your back and get justice in your name.  They are now looking for two men suspected of the crime.  Tragic…he had just got engaged on Christmas Day.

UPDATE 11:59PM: ONE SUSPECT IS IN CUSTODY…STOLEN BADGE & WEAPON RECOVERED.

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2011: CHICAGO FORMER BULL MICHAEL JORDAN TO MARRY MODEL; SECOND TIME IS A CHARM

It seems like love was in the air this Holiday Season.  Chicago’s former Bull and NBA superstar joins a list of others popping the question this year.  Michael Jordan proposed to his long-time girlfriend, model Yvette Prieto, on Christmas day.  After dating for 3 years, looks like Jordan now 48-years-old, figured it was time to settle down.

Many remember his previous marriage to Juanita Vanoy back in 1989; but after their divorce in 2006 his love life was more discreet.  It probably is a good time for him to tie the knot, his three children are now young adults and likely need little financial support. 

It would not be surprising if he decides to get a prenup, especially after hearing about the lack of one by Kobe Bryant, who stands to lose $75 million in the settlement.  I know it’s not good to think “divorce” before you’re even married, but better safe than sorry!

MJ joins other celebrities getting engaged over the holidays including; country singer Wynonna Judd, actor Matthew McConaughey, and singer John Legend.  With all these upcoming weddings maybe it will push our low rate of marriage in the U.S. from 50% to 50.1%!

 
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(VIDEO) “FROM THE HEART” VIDEO GOES VIRAL; TEEN BEN BREEDLOVE DIES ON CHRISTMAS DAY

The Youtube video “From The Heart” received huge viewer support today and made worldwide news.   Austin Texas teen, Ben Breedlove, built a loyal following on Youtube a while back when he created a channel offering advice to teens.  He even shared his story about his own illness; a rare heart condition, called Hypertrophiccardiomyopathy.  It is a thickening of the heart muscle which can eventually lead to heart failure.  And at the tender age of 18, he even had to wear a pacemaker.

Many of his fans were saddened to hear that the young teen died on Christmas day, just after opening his gifts.  But shortly before his passing he shot a farewell video which touched the hearts of many.  His video was secretly taped using cue cards in silence, sharing with the World his fears of his condition and how he had cheated death.  His family was shocked to hear about the video, but happy he shared his feelings before leaving their side.

Ben may have passed away at a very young age, but will leave a legacy behind.  His video message has inspired many, and has touched millions of lives around the world.  Mourning continues as word gets out of his death, but his video’s continue to put a smile on many faces.  Millions have watched his video and have also created their own in his memory.

R.I.P Ben…your video’s will live on forever.

With a name like Breedlove…how can he not breed love.

WATCH BEN’S VIDEO HERE AND WEEP.

 
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2011: VERIZON WIRELESS TO CHARGE $2 FEE TO PAY YOUR BILL, NO THEY WON’T!

Verizon Wireless announced a new plan which would require customer’s to pay a $2.00 “Convenience Fee” when paying their bill on-line or by phone, with a credit card.  The nations largest phone and internet provider was to begin the new fee on January 15, 2012. 

Who comes up with these decisions?  So now you have to pay to pay your bill?  Their 91 million customer’s don’t seem too pleased with this bright idea.  The backlash on Twitter may cause them to reconsider their plan, just like Bank of America did earlier this year.  The big difference is that many customer’s are stuck in long-term contracts, but when they end maybe they will go elsewhere.

It’s amazing to think that company executives, who are paid top dollars, actually sit in meetings and come up with these crazy ideas.  Maybe all those huge bonuses made them lose sight of reality….can you say Netflix!  Let’s just hope other carriers don’t follow suit, or we may have another thing for Occupy protestor’s to add to their list.

What do you think?  Should you have to pay to pay?  Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up.

UPDATE 12/30/11:  ONE DAY AFTER THE ANNOUNCEMENT VERIZON SCRAPPED THE IDEA DUE TO BACKLASH…GOOD FOR SPEAKING UP!  THE PEOPLE FOUGHT BACK AND THEY LISTENED!

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2011: AFGHAN TEEN TORTURED & LOCKED IN BASEMENT; IN-LAWS PUNISH BRIDE FOR REFUSING PROSTITUTION

This horrible story gives in-law’s an even worse reputation.  While many joke about relationships with a spouses parents, they have likely never come close to the torture this woman received.

A young woman was found in Afghanistan tortured and locked in her in-laws basement.  The 15-year-old teen, Sahar Gul, was apparently beaten, starved and had her finger nails ripped off because she allegedly refused to become a prostitute.  They even found locks of her hair missing and chunks of flesh removed by a tool.

What makes this even more unbelievable is that she was married off to a 30-year-old man, and it was him and his family who allegedly caused this abuse.  After being wed seven months ago, her parents had not heard from their daughter so they called police authorities.  When they searched the home, they found the frightened girl, locked in a dark basement reportedly for six months.

When Sahar was taken to the hospital, police questioned her to find out who could do such a brutal crime. Amazingly enough she named her husband, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, father-in-law, and mother-in-law.  The mother was so evil, she was the one who removed her finger nails one-by-one.  Can you imagine that?  It is extremely painful when you break one nail, but to have them ripped off…ouch!   That makes me cringe just thinking about it.

This is incredibly disturbing, but with the negative reports of how many Afghanistan women are often abused, hopefully they will actually punish these monster-in-law’s.  In just the second part of this year, the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission registered 1,026 cases of violence against women and many were injured by their relatives or spouse.  They really need to change the way women are treated…this is sick.

How can anyone be so cruel?  And for it to be caused by the family you marry into, is unthinkable.  This story will probably have many thinking twice when saying, “I hate my in-law’s”…remember it could always be worse.

READ FULL STORY AND WATCH NEWS VIDEO HERE

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THE TASTE OF CHICAGO CUT TO 5 DAYS IN 2012; WHAT A SHAME

The City of Chicago announced that the Taste Of Chicago will be cut down from 10 days to only five days, in 2012.  This is disappointing news for the millions who enjoyed the world largest food festival. They also will move it to after the Fourth of July holiday (to July 11th – 15th), because they discontinued the fireworks.

Reports suggest the changes were made due to the huge decline in attendance this year. But let’s face it, they eliminated the popular firework show and hired less known performers, so what did they think would happen? What poor management of such a great event for our city. It was a booming summer event in year’s past and brought huge revenue to area business owners and participants. How could they have destroyed a “sure thing”.

This could be the end of the Taste, not only are they cutting the days, they plan to have even less popular performers next year.  It also will be turned back over to the Mayor’s office from the park district going forward.  What a huge loss this would be for our great city.

Where else can you buy over-priced food, while crammed in a park filled with millions of hot sweaty people?  But it still was a lot of fun.

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