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  1. Ernie Banks Statue Moved To Downtown Chicago For Fans To Pay TributeRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday | Switched

    The statue of Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks was placed next to the Picasso statue in Daley Plaza, as baseball fans get their first chance to pay their respects, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Chicago. The city and the Cubs took the unprecedented step of taking the statue out of storage, where it was being held while the ballpark is renovated, and put it on public display away from its usual home at Wrigley Field.


  2. The Perfect Family-Friendly Recipe Under 800 CaloriesRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jan 28 | Switched

    Like so many other parents of picky eaters, Victoria Phillips cooked two dinners every night: one with "kid foods" like chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese, and then a more grown-up dish for her and her husband once the children had gone to bed. It had fresh vegetables and healthy proteins in it, but was finished way too late in the evening for the couple to feel nourished and relaxed after work.


  3. How A Mother With Amputated Arms Became An Angel In Her Daughter's EyesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 26, 2014 | Switched

    Martina Bacigalup o was on assignment for the United Nations in Burundi when she heard about a woman whose brother-in-law had amputated both of her arms because she had given birth to a girl instead of a boy. The story stuck with Bacigalupo.


  4. Japan's Taiga Ishikawa Aims To Become His Country's Only Openly Gay Parliament MemberRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 14, 2014 | Switched

    TO GO WITH by Harumi OzawaThis photo taken on June 2, 2012 shows Koyuki Higashi holding hands with her partner Hiroko during an interview with AFP in Tokyo. Despite the increasing tolerance of gay marriage in much of the developed world, especially in Europe, and a gradual acceptance of the issue in more liberal states in the US, the subject is not on the radar in Japan or in many parts of Asia.


  5. Sandy Hook Anniversary Vigils Shine Light On A Nation Plagued By Gun ViolenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 13, 2014 | Switched

    This Sunday marks two years since 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, before turning his gun on himself. For the loved ones of gun violence victims across America, the anniversary of the tragedy serves as a grim reminder of how little has changed since then.


  6. Protests Over Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision Shut Down Major Chicago RoadwaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 5, 2014 | Switched

    As protesters nationwide took to the streets Thursday night in continued demonstrations against the grand jury decision this week not to indict the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, protests in Chicago took on an especially impassioned tone as hundreds of demonstrators temporarily blocked multiple major roadways. Protests began around 5 p.m. in the Loop, the city's business district, and lasted for several hours, as participants briefly marched onto the Dan Ryan Expressway before walking up Michigan Avenue and later onto Lake Shore Drive, where protesters temporarily shut down both directions of the major roadway.


  7. Woman Shot By Ex-Boyfriend At Chicago Nordstrom Store DiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 29, 2014 | Switched

    Chicago police secure the Wabash and Grand Avenues entrance to the Nordstrom store on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, where two people were shot Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. CHICAGO, Nov 29 - A Nordstrom worker shot by her former boyfriend in a Chicago store died on Saturday, police sources said.


  8. REPORTS: Shooting At Chicago Nordstrom Leaves 1 Dead, 1 InjuredRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 28, 2014 | Switched

    One man is reportedly dead and a woman critically injured in a shooting at a Nordstrom store in Chicago on Friday night. UPDATE: Chicago Fire Dept.


  9. You'll Go Cuckoo For This Gigantic Clock Carved Out Of A Single TreeRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 26, 2014 | Switched

    Designed by Nicolas Gros and carved by chainsaw sculptor J. Chester Armstrong, the 24-foot-high, 7,000-pound clock is being shown off around the Northwest to reinforce Travel Portland's " Portland Is Happening Now " tourism campaign. Travel Portland's Megan Conway told The Huffington Post that ad agency Weiden + Kennedy came up with the idea for a clock in the summer.


  10. These Adorable Beagles Got A Second Chance, But Their Story Is Part Of A Much Bigger ProblemRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 22, 2014 | Switched

    On Wednesday, a CBS affiliate in Chicago shared the story of four beagles getting a new lease on life after being released from unnamed research labs into the care of the Beagle Freedom Project, an animal advocacy group. The four beagles -- Casper, Jack, Bandit and Sparky -- were freed in April and were fostered and ultimately adopted by families in the Chicago area.


  11. Crews Have Been Pulling Zombies Out Of Lake MichiganRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 7, 2014 | Switched

    Rescue crews in Chicago have been hard at work pulling zombies out of Lake Michigan after a Halloween barge sank off Navy Pier on Oct. 31. The roughly 50 zombies on the boat have continued to surface throughout the week, WGN reports. "It's an unbelievable amount of effort from painters to costume makers," owner John LaFlamboy told WGN Wednesday, estimating the investment in the barge to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.


  12. Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco Talks Labels, Immigration And The First Time He Felt AmericanRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 7, 2014 | Switched

    When poet Richard Blanco took to the podium to read his poem "One Today" at President Barack Obama's second inauguration, he became the first immigrant, first Latino and first openly gay poet to hold the honor. But perhaps more importantly to 46-year-old Blanco, who was born to his Cuban parents in Spain but moved to the United States when he was just 45 days old, that historic day marked the first time he felt genuinely American.


  13. Abandoned Puppy Left For Dead Now Recovering -- And Enjoying A Bit Of Viral FameRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 6, 2014 | Switched

    On Oct. 30, staff at the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights, Illinois, were heartbroken when a good Samaritan dropped off a 3-month-old puppy he'd found abandoned inside a milk crate near his house. The puppy was near death , and his prognosis was not good, according to a shelter Facebook post.


  14. Stewart Mills Loses To Incumbent Rick Nolan In Minnesota Congressional RaceRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 4, 2014 | Switched

    The Associated Press is projecting that Rep. Don Young will win re-election as Alaska's only member of Congress. Voters in South Portland, Maine, the state's fourth-largest city, approved a measure that removes all legal penalties for possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by adults.


  15. Nik Wallenda, Tightrope Daredevil, Breaks 2 World Records In Walk Between Chicago SkyscrapersRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 2, 2014 | Switched

    Wallenda, a seventh-generation performer, first walked across the Chicago River on a rope strung between the Marina City west tower and the Leo Burnett Building in Chicago. Starting at a height of 588 feet, Wallenda strode upward at a 19-degree angle, rising 83 feet and setting the record for the steepest tightrope walk.


  16. New Chicago Archbishop Won't Live In $14.3 Million Cardinal's MansionRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 22, 2014 | Switched

    Chicago's incoming Archbishop Blase Cupich is foregoing the archdiocese's lavish $ 14.3 million Cardinal's Mansion for humbler digs. The Chicago Archdiocese confirmed in a press release Wednesday that Cupich is breaking from the tradition set by his predecessors and has made up his mind to move instead to the rectory at Holy Name Cathedral.


  17. These Gorgeous Chicago Landmarks Are Open To The Public For The First Time In DecadesRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 17, 2014 | Switched

    Open House Chicago returns this weekend to give visitors from around the globe the rare opportunity to step inside some of the city's most treasured landmarks typically closed from public view. The now-annual event run by the Chicago Architecture Foundation provides a city-wide history lesson spanning 18 neighborhoods and 150 structures, CAF officials told The Huffington Post.


  18. Heavily Armed Man Shoots At Chicago TrainRead the original story w/Photo

    Oct 9, 2014 | Switched

    A man used an assault rifle to fire at a Chicago subway train as it pulled into a business district station, Chicago Police Superintendent Gerry McCarthy said Thursday. McCarthy said the man was targeting the "L'' train, not passengers, and had at least 50 bullets with him. 1 comment

  19. Chicago Joins Growing List Of U.S. Cities Vowing To End Veteran HomelessnessRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 26, 2014 | Switched

    When Emanuel takes over as mayor on Monday, May 16, he will infuse Chicago City Hall with hip vibe as he inherits a vibrant city from outgoing Mayor Richard M. Daley. A city known for its deep dish pizza and windy weather wants another claim to fame: a community without a single homeless vet.


  20. 10 Modern Architectural Landmarks Worth Conserving For Future GenerationsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 25, 2014 | Switched

    The Getty Foundation has singled out 10 architectural landmarks from the 20th century worth preserving, from Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House in Chicago to Le Corbusier's apartment and studio in Paris to Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House. The new campaign, Keeping it Modern , aims to maintain some of recent history's epic feats of building and design by offering sizeable grants to the foundations charged with looking after them.


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