Chris Cornell Dead At 52 - News With Mary DixonChris Cornell, who fronted Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died unexpectedly at the age of 52. UPDATE: Detroit police tell the AP they're investigating this as a possible suicide; Cornell played a show with Soundgarden last night and was found dead early this morning in his hotel room. ... UPDATE: Roger Ailes has died. He founded Fox News, which Ailes chaired until last year when a number of women who worked for him reported that Ailes had sexually harassed them. He was the media consultant to Republican presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H-W Bush, as well as Donald Trump. Ailes was 77 ... A LOT is happening in Washington: Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named special prosecutor to oversee the investigation into Russia's interference in the US election, along with whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin. Reuters reports former NSA Michael Flynn and other Trump advisers had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Kremlin-linked persons in the last seven months of the campaign. UPDATE: President Trump is tweeting complaints this morning: about how he's the victim of a political witch hunt, and why didn't special counsels investigate Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration ... There were protests in Tulsa, Oklahoma after a jury found a white police officer not guilty in the shooting death of an unarmed black man ... An investigation is underway, after an off-duty Cook County deputy shot and killed a 17-year-old robbery suspect yesterday on the South Side ... German and Israeli researchers say the active ingredient in marijuana *improves* memory performance and mental functioning ... which comes as a huge surprise to anyone who's hung out with potheads. The Cubs beat the Reds at home. The White Sox lost in Anaheim ... Partly cloudy and breezy today, with high temperatures in the upper-70s.
"You Don't Want Your NSA Compromised With The Russians" - News With Mary DixonFormer acting attorney general Sally Yates says she warned the Trump White House in January that National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was compromised and could be blackmailed by the Kremlin. He would not be fired for three more weeks; Yates testified yesterday before a Senate subcommittee. President Trump tweeted afterward that the Russia-Trump collusion story is a hoax. Trump is considering an escalation of the U.S. military campaign against the Taliban in Afghanistan. The "Washington Post" cites officials who say the plan is to expand operations in order to get the Taliban to negotiate. Chicago police are on alert following a mass shooting in the Brighton Park neighborhood. The Sun Times reports police are providing extra security to 15th Ward Alderman Ray Lopez because of his comments about gang activity in the Back of the Yards neighborhood .... Mayor Emanuel's postponed another briefing for alderman ... as City Hall tries to figure out a way to keep Chicago Public Schools open in a budget crisis ... The Cubs were rained out in Colorado, so they'll play a double header today ... the White Sox host the Twins tonight ... We've got early morning rain - and traffic's already a bit gnarly because if it. Later, we'll have cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-50s ... cooler by the lake.
Ten Shot in Brighton Park - News With Mary DixonChicago police are investigating more than 30 shootings around the city from the weekend. They include two deaths and eight injuries in the Brighton Park neighborhood, where people were holding a memorial for another person shot yesterday ... Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates is to testify today before senators on her warning to the White House about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and his connections to Russia ... Russian President Putin is asking the new president-elect of France to overcome mutual mistrust and unite. Putin backed the far-right rival to centrist Emmanuel Macron, who beat Marine LePen yesterday and will be inaugurated on Sunday ... A federal appeals court in Virginia will hear arguments on Trump's travel ban. The Cubs lost to the Yankees in an epic 18-inning game at Wrigley Field. The Sox were swept in Baltimore. Partly sunny today, with a high temperature around 60 but cooler near the lake.
GOP Health Care Vote Today - News With Mary DixonHouse Republicans are ramping up for a vote today on repealing Obamacare. Chicago area Democrats are voting 'no.' It's not clear how the Republicans from the Chicago area and northern Illinois will vote. Representatives Peter Roskam of Wheaton, Randy Hultgren of Plano and Adam Kinzinger of Channahon haven't announced their positions ... President Trump today plans to sign an executive order allowing religious organizations and other non-profits to endorse political candidates without losing their tax-exempt status ... and to let religious employers skip out on covering insurance costs for contraception ... Chicago Aviation Commissioner Ginger Evans is due on Capitol Hill today, to talk about the passenger-dragging incident at O'Hare this month ... Chicago police are still looking for the shooters who targeted two undercover officers in the Back of the Yards neighborhood ... Britain's Prince Philip will retire from public appearances this fall. Philip turns 96 next month; he and Queen Elizabeth have been married nearly 70 years ... The Cubs beat the Phillies. The White Sox lost in Kansas City. It's going to be chilly, breezy and a bit rainy today, with temperatures in the upper-40s ...
Manhunt - News With Mary DixonChicago police are hunting for the shooters who ambushed two undercover cops in the Back of the Yards neighborhood last night. Both officers are hospitalized and are expected to survive ... Barack and Michelle Obama will be in town today to talk about the plans for his presidential library in Jackson Park ... FBI Director James Comey is to testify before senators today. Next week, former acting Attorney General Paula Yates is scheduled to testify on her warning to the White House about former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and his contacts with Russian officials ... President Trump tweeted late last night that reports of Russian ties to his campaign were cooked up by Democrats to justify losing the election ... Trump spoke yesterday by phone with Russian President Putin about Syria and North Korea ... The Cubs and the White Sox won last night ... Partly sunny and in the mid-50s today, but cooler by the lake.
Judge Blocks Trump Defunding Of Sanctuary Cities - News With Mary DixonA federal judge says President Trump can't withhold money from sanctuary cities like Chicago ... Federal judge William Orrick has ruled that the order unconstitutionally infringes on the rights of local governments. Trump's tweeted "See you in the Supreme Court!" and complaints about the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals -- Judge Orrick sits on the lower US district court in San Francisco ... President Trump is expected to take the wraps off his big tax reform plan today. White House officials say it will call for lowering corporate tax rates from 35% to 15% ... The president is slapping heavy duties on lumber imported from Canada ... Senators go to the White House today for a briefing on the North Korea crisis ... The Tribune counts more than one-thousand people caught in gunfire in the city so far this year ... Chicago's theater community is mourning the death of one of the guiding voices at Steppenwolf. Martha Lavey was the North Side theater company's artistic director for more than 20 years ... The Cubs won in Pittsburgh. The White Sox won at home. The Bulls are in Boston for Game 5 in the first round playoffs ... There's a pretty good chance of showers and thunderstorms by this afternoon, with high temperatures in the low-70s.
All Apologies - News With Mary DixonApologies in the news: United Airlines' CEO is now apologizing and promising a policy review over that passenger being dragged off a full plane at O'Hare on Sunday. About two dozen people demonstrated at the airport last night, while lawmakers are talking about investigating the practices of Chicago-based United ... White House spokesman Sean Spicer is apologizing for saying that Adolf Hitler didn't use chemical weapons on his own people - he did - as Spicer talked to reporters about Syria's Assad regime ... Secretary of State Tillerson is talking with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov about scaling back their support for Assad ... the Washington Post reports the FBI got a FISA warrant to monitor a former adviser to the Trump campaign. They suspected Carter Page was a Russian agent ... Chicago police are investigating a shooting in the Old Town neighborhood that injured two boys and a man. They're questioning someone in the murder of a Cook County judge near his South Side home ... The founder of the J. Geils band has died. John Warren Geils was 71 ... The White Sox lost in Cleveland. The Cubs get their World Series rings tonight before hosting the Dodgers and the Bulls end the regular season at home ... It'll be sunny today, with high temperatures around 60 and a bit cooler by the lake.
St. Petersburg Subway Bombing - News With Mary DixonUPDATE: There's news from Russia, where state media report at least ten people have been killed and dozens more are injured in a bombing in the Saint Petersburg subway. Russian president Vladimir Putin was visiting his country's second-largest city today. President Trump, meanwhile, is tweeting about a Fox News story on FBI surveillance of his campaign ... Chicago police are investigating about two dozen shootings over the weekend, including a drive-by that killed two men in the East Garfield Park neighborhood yesterday afternoon ... Republican senators on the Judiciary Committee plan to send the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch to the full senate, where Democrats may filibuster ... Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is touring Iraq with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff ... Blues fans are mourning the death of Chicago legend Lonnie Brooks. He was 83 ... The World Series Champion Cubs opened their 2017 title defense with a loss in Saint Louis ... the White Sox open the season at home against the Tigers this afternoon ... The Bulls won ... the Blackhawks lost ... and South Carolina has won its first women's N-C-Double-A championship ... It's going to be rainy today and tonight and some of tomorrow, with temperatures this afternoon in the upper-40s.
Another Link To Russia - News With Mary DixonThe Associated Press reports President Trump's former campaign chair secretly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance the interests of Vladimir Putin and undermine anti-Russia opposition in the former Soviet republics. This would contradict Paul Manafort's and the administration's assertions UPDATE: Manafort confirms the story, but complains it unfairly casts the work as inappropriate ... President Trump is warning Republicans about the political consequences of voting against the GOP health care bill ... Chicago police are searching for a group of people seen raping a 15-year-old on Facebook Live ... A man is held without bond on charges of posing as an Uber driver and kidnapping and raping two women in Skokie ... NASA and SpaceX are looking for a place on Mars to land a spaceship ... The provocateur who created The Gong Show has died. Chuck Barris was 87 ... The architect of the Bulls' six-championship dynasty, Jerry Krause has died ... the Bulls and the Blackhawks lost in overtime last night ... It'll be windy and cold today with high temperatures in the upper-30s.
Russia Hearing Begins - News With Mary DixonFBI Director Comey is set to testify before the House Intelligence Committee today on the Kremlin's interference in the US election. It's expected congressmembers will ask whether the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, and whether President Trump's unsubstantiated assertion that President Obama ordered wiretapping at Trump Tower is valid ... Senate confirmation hearings begin today on Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch ... Chicago police are warning North Siders in the Ravenswood, Uptown and Sheridan Park neighborhoods about a recent round of armed robberies ... A Chicago man is being held without bail on charges that he kidnapped and assaulted a Wrigleyville woman earlier this month ... Bears legend Gale Sayers has dementia. His wife tells the Kansas City Star that Sayers was diagnosed four years ago, and his family believes football contributed to his condition ... The Blackhawks beat the Avs ... Michigan and South Carolina stage N-C-Double-A upsets ... DePaul is out of the women's N-C-Double-A dance ... Kinda rainy today, with temperatures in the mid-50s ... cooler near the lake.
White House To UK: "Sorry" - News With Mary DixonThe White House has apologized to British leaders and promised not to repeat a claim that UK spies surveilled Donald Trump. Spokesman Sean Spicer repeated the Fox News story yesterday while answering reporters' questions about President Trump's still-unsubstantiated allegation that President Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Tower. Senate and House Intelligence Committee leaders say it didn't happen; British intel officials took the unusual step of calling it nonsense ... Chicago police say a three-year-old boy was critically injured by a gunshot as he and other children played cops-and-robbers in a South Side home ... Saint Charles police are investigating the deaths of two 18-year-olds found in a car ... Republican and Democratic congressmembers are pushing back against the GOP health care bill and the president's budget proposals for cutting domestic programs ... Secretary of State Tillerson is warning North Korea against further missile tests, and says pre-emptive military strikes are an option ... Northwestern won their first-ever NCAA game and will play Gonzaga tomorrow. Notre Dame won, too. And the Blackhawks won in Ottawa ... It'll be a bit rainy and in the mid-40s on this Saint Patrick's Day.
Oscar's Surprise Ending - News With Mary DixonPlot twist at the Oscars: "Moonlight" won Best Picture, after Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway initially gave the prize to "La La Land." PriceWaterhouseCoopers is apologizing for giving them the wrong envelope. "Moonlight" is the first film with an all-black cast to win Best Picture. Best Supporting Actor Mahershala Ali is the first Muslim to win an acting Oscar. Co-writer Tarell Alvin McCraney, who adapted the screenplay from his play, is a member of Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble ... President Trump may release his budget proposal as soon as today. It reportedly includes big spending increases for the Pentagon, and deep cuts to the EPA and State Department. He's looking for new nominees for Navy and Army secretaries; both candidates have dropped out over concerns about divesting their business interests ... Police are investigating another act of vandalism at a Jewish cemetery, this time in Philadelphia. Thousands attended a vigil last night near Kansas City for an Indian man shot in a bar by someone who reportedly told him to 'get out of my country' before opening fire ... Chicago police are investigating more than a dozen shootings from the weekend. At least four people have been killed ... There's an election tomorrow in Illinois - mostly for local office and some referenda. The Blackhawks beat the Blues ... the Cubs and White Sox play today in Arizona ... Sunny today; temperatures near 50.