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Light snowfall and sleet this afternoon is expected to give way to rain just in time for the rush hour commute, which should be a little less rushed thanks to the Presidents Day holiday closing many offices across the city.
Tomorrow, we’re looking forward to partly sunny skies and temperatures in the balmy low-to-mid 30s.
A boy playing with a gun accidentally shot an 8-year-old boy and 12-year-old girl in Bronzeville. At 7-year-old girl accidentally shot her 11-year-old brother in Lawndale. A 14-year-old girl was shot in Little Village by a 15-year-old, described as a “male acquaintance,” who was handling a gun when it fired, striking her in the cheek, police said.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot weighed in on Twitter:
The past 24 hours have been extremely painful as we’ve seen more children impacted by gun violence—due in large part to children and teens having ready access to these deadly weapons.— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) February 16, 2020
Adults are failing these children. We cannot normalize children and teens with guns. We need more supports, more love and more accountability.— Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) February 16, 2020
More news you need
- The NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago had many highs (including a surprise Obama sighting) and a few lows. One thing is certain: Kobe Bryant’s absence was felt. Check out all of our coverage here.
- The Archdiocese of Chicago hasn’t shared a list of all the churches it expects to close and sell in the next few years, but reporter David Roeder tallied them up. His forecast may surprise you.
- These black, tanklike sherps parading through the city Friday were part of a promotion for Kanye West’s newest Yeezy sneaker, QNTM. Free pairs of the $250 shoes were thrown to screaming fans from the back of the ATVs. Lines stretched around the block at shoe stores for the shoe’s official release Sunday, and by late afternoon they were already being resold for as much as $4,000. Read more about this weekend’s footwear frenzy.
- Content warning: There are some grisly details in this story about Animal Care and Control responding toa horse found dead over the weekend at a home in Englewood. Its owner denies that the animal was mistreated. Here’s an update with the latest.
- Aldermen cited the increasing popularity of European soccer — which brings fans out at odd hours to watch matches on Greenwich Mean Time — in their decision to let businesses start serving booze earlier. How this affects your brunch plans.
A bright one
You don’t have to be a sports fan to feel nostalgia and pride for the Chicago Bulls era that brought us a split pair of three-peats, from 1991 to 1998. All Chicagoans, past and present, will appreciate Rick Telander’s recounting of the Feb. 6, 1988 dunk contest that marked Michael Jordan’s debut as the powerhouse who would “dominate the collective minds of basketball fans for many years to come.”
To start with, the two primary contestants — the not-quite 25-year-old Jordan and 28-year-old Dominique Wilkins — were both stars in their prime, both already voted into the All-Star Game itself and both previous dunk-contest champs. In time, each would be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Wilkins was a warrior, and it already was known that MJ never showed up to finish second in anything.
From the press box
As baseball reckons with the Astros cheating scandal at spring training, Cubs stars Kris Bryant and Yu Darvish didn’t hold back their stinging criticism.
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