October 2012 Archives

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A dog named Shaggy is handed from a National Guard truck to National Guard personnel after the dog and his owner left a flooded building in Hoboken, N.J., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Some residents and pets are being plucked from their homes by large trucks as parts of the city are still covered in standing water. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)


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Streets are flooded under the Manhattan Bridge in the Dumbo section of Brooklyn, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Sandy continued on its path Monday, as the storm forced the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.
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A giant wave along Chicago's lakefront threatens to swallow a photographer.
Photo by Chicago Sun-Times

As clean-up from Hurricane Sandy continues, we'll be updating anything and everything about the storm on this post. Bookmark the page and keep checking back. Latest entries will be at the top.

5:00 pm
Here's video from the MTA showing damage to NYC transit stations.

The death toll for Sandy in the U.S. currently stands at 39 while there are now 8.2 million people without power.

Things in Staten Island are apparently very bad.

This photo from Gothamist shows the flooding at LaGuardia.

Iranian paper uses a photo from the film Day After Tomorrow with Sandy story.

4:35 pm
From a city press release:

A Lakeshore Flood Warning remains in effect until 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Strong winds will continue to occur over Lake Michigan, and as a result, waves across the southern end of the lake will continue to exceed seasonable heights along the Cook County shoreline. The lakefront path closure will remain in effect during the Lakeshore Flood Warning or until conditions are no longer a public safety concern. The Department of Streets and Sanitation is responding to 28 calls for service for downed trees and/or branches. Residents are encouraged to call 311 to report any tree emergencies. All lanes of Lake Shore Drive remained open during the current weather event; however, should public safety concerns warrant, changes could occur. Since Lake Shore Drive was open, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) was not forced to re-route buses.

As the superstorm formerly known as Sandy moves inland, its winds are reaching far enough west to slam Chicago and its lakefront with tropical storm force winds. Here are some photos from around the city. Click all photos to embiggen and check back for additional photos as the day goes on.

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The Hudson River swells and rises over the banks of the Hoboken, N.J. waterfront as Hurricane Sandy approaches on Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. Hurricane Sandy continued on its path Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds and soaking rain.∏(AP Photo/Charles Sykes) (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)

As Hurricane Sandy bears down on New York and the eastern seaboard, lots of dramatic images are getting pushed out. You can find a gallery here.

Meanwhile, in Chicago, the city waits for an onslaught of wind from the megastorm to push Lake Michigan into a frenzy, with up to 25-foot waves predicted, fueled by 60 mph gusts. Sun-Times photographer John H. White shot this tame precursor at the 31st Street beach looking north toward Downtown.

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Follow @ChicagoSuntimes on Instagram and share your Sandy photos using the hashtag #CSTSandy for your chance to be featured by the Sun-Times print or digital editions.

Hurricane Sandy has yet to make landfall, but the effects of this massive storm are already being felt - flooding, government services shut down, the East Coast empty from Washington to New York - in it's wake. You can find complete details and updates here.

As Hurricane Sandy barrels toward landfall in New Jersey, you can follow on these live video streams.

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A Muslim man travels in a cab with goats he purchased from a market on the eve of Eid al-Adha festival in Kolkata, India, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. Eid al-Adha is a religious festival celebrated by Muslims worldwide to commemorate the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son as an act of obedience to God.
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From left: Matt McFadden, Liam Miller, Jose Pineda and Justin Mogavero of Cape May, board windows along Jackson Street in Cape May, N.J., Friday Oct. 26, 2012. A year after being walloped by Hurricane Irene, residents rushed to put away boats, harvest crops and sandbag boardwalks Friday as the Eastern Seaboard braced for a rare megastorm that experts said would cause much greater havoc. (AP Photo/The Press of Atlantic City, Dale Gerhard)


As the East Coast awaits the arrival of this weekend's Frankenstorm, travelers across the nation prepare for their trips and arrangements to be shuffled about. While the storm is still a few days out, preparations have begun, including some airlines offering customers the option of changing their flight without the standard steep change fee (as much as $150). According to the Wall Street Journal, JetBlue, US Airways and Spirit Airlines have offered travelers waivers already with other airlines prepping to announce their plans soon. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh International Airport is preparing itself to be a makeshift hub for diverted planes fleeing the storm.

As for the storm's effect on local flights, that likely won't be felt until much closer to the storm's landfall. As of 8 p.m. Friday night, the only cancellations out of O'Hare were flights to Minneapolis; Midway had no cancellations.

Chicago-based ComEd is preparing to help, though, sending 250 crews comprised of over 600 workers - 80 ComEd utility crews (160 people), 48 contractor utility crews (190 people), 122 contractor vegetation management crews (250+ people) - to Philadelphia and Baltimore where the company has sister companies.

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Earlier this afternoon, the City Council took a quick break during their budget hearings for lunch and according to his Twitter feed, it looks like Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) was in charge of ordering lunch and decided to have a little fun with Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st). Reilly ordered a slew of Chick-Fil-A for the council members, the fast food chain that Moreno has been fighting for a space in his ward due to the chain's donations to religious organizations that oppose gay marriage. Reilly tweeted the above photo showing he's having a bit of fun with Moreno over the food choice; he then posted a photo of the council enjoying the chicken. Though Ald. Moreno hasn't responded, the chain's local Twitter feed was quite happy to share in Reilly's joy.

Update: Ald. Moreno has responded on Twitter (and in the comments below) - "Thanks Ald. Reilly, but since I am vegetarian and I don't think homophobia is funny, I'll have to reject your gift."

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Laura Rath, on vacation from the Netherlands, walks on the beach with her family as they are buffeted by high winds of the outer bands of Hurricane Sandy on October 25, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida. After passing over Jamaica Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit eastern Cuba and head into the Bahamas today and tomorrow. There is a tropical storm warning in place for coastal Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties and the Atlantic waters off southeast Florida.
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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Jimma, a 27-year-old male rhino at Brookfield Zoo, seemed to enjoy a Halloween treat--a pumpkin. During the fall season, many of the zoo's other animals will be receiving pumpkins too.
Photo courtesy of the Brookfield Zoo

Lakeview fire: A fire in a high rise in the 2600 block of North Lakeview Drive in the Lakeview neighborhood has traffic snarled as the Chicago Fire Department responds. The call came in to fire officials around 3:40 p.m.

Presidential butter and jam: President Barack Obama is in town today - for less than three hours total - to cast his early vote in the upcoming election. It's also the day that a bust of the president made out of butter is making its way to an art exhibit. Coincidence? Either way, only one of those things is going to cause major traffic headaches during rush hour and here's the latest on upcoming street closures for Obama's visit.

DNA twist in Gacy case: New DNA tests reveal that a victim of serial killer John Wayne Gacy was misidentified by authorities. The mother of Michael Marino says the tests confirm her suspicion that her son wasn't killed by Gacy. Now her search for Michael continues and authorities are left with another unidentified victim.

Not so SuperPAC for Walsh: While money is still rolling in for congressional races across the area, it looks like one SuperPAC who had promised a few million dollars to Rep. Joe Walsh's campaign may not make the big spend after all.

City's jobs jump: Chicago's unemployment rate dropped to eight percent in September, the lowest that number has been in four years. It's also down 2.1 percent from the same time a year ago.

Unwelcome guests: Exterminators have had to pay a visit to Cook County's juvenile detention center which suffered an outbreak of bed bugs recently.

Here comes the judge: With election season upon us, so are endorsements from newspapers and watchdog group. Yet, once more, perhaps one of the most important sections on the ballot - judges - is the one voters know the least about.

The Bright Ones
Lynn Sweet breaks down Florida's role in the upcoming election; Neil Steinberg ruminates on Richard Mourdock and God; Mary Mitchell talks about a new high school basketball tournament that will feature the nation's best; Richard Roeper slams Donald Trump's latest stunt; Thomas Connor has more on R. Kelly's latest projects; and Andy Ihnatko gives Apple a thumbs-up on their iPad mini pricing. Natasha Korecki is busy tracking President Obama as he prepares to cast his early ballot.

Transit troubles


  • Work on the Blue Line will mean passengers have to board and exit all trains on the Forest Park-bound side of the platform at the Belmont and Austin stations while trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Irving Park and Logan Square, resulting in minor delays.

  • Work on the Orange Line will mean passengers should board and exit all trains on the Loop-bound side of the platform at the Pulaski station while trains in both directions will operate on the same track between Kedzie and Midway, resulting in minor delays.

  • Reroutes on south-bound No. 8 Halsted buses in the Back of the Yards neighborhood implemented this morning due to construction remain in place.

Weather or not
After a balmy few days, fall will blow in with a vengeance thanks to a cold front that's bringing wild weather to a large chunk of the country. A cluster of storms in the western part of the state will move through tonight and temperatures will plummet, hitting as low as 40 by the time morning comes.

And finally: A shark fell from the sky in San Juan Capistrano, California because of course it did.

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A parent of two students at Eli Whitney Elementary School in Little Village is sweating the school's principal over a letter sent home to students requiring donations to the school's air conditioning funds. Or else? According to a report by our own Lauren FitzPatrick, "And parents are being told by the principal and some of his staff that if their fees aren't paid by report card pickup day on Tuesday, their children's report cards won't be released." Be sure to read all of FitzPatrick's story on the matter and check out the entire letter from principal Jorge A. Ruiz above.

From mischievous baboons in South Africa to the Dussehra festival in India, here are 15 photos from the day in news that captivated us. Click each photo to embiggen.

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Tourists Alexandre Casias, center back, and Emilie Vachon, not in photo, from Montreal in Canada, have their car raided by Baboons, at Millers Point on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, Oct 24, 2012.
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Two toddlers among six injured in South Side crash

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Six people -- including two toddlers -- were injured in a traffic crash on the South Side Wednesday morning.

Navistar to offer 10 million shares

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Navistar International Corp. is making a public offering of about 10 million shares of its stock.

Gunman kills 1 person in chapel of Atlanta megachurch

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COLLEGE PARK, Ga. -- A man opened fire Wednesday morning inside a Georgia megachurch chapel, killing one, and police were still searching for the suspect.

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