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SMS Celebrates 20th Anniversary

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    The text message — the technology that spawned a new language of punctuation signs and shortcut spellings — is 20 years old.

    It was Dec. 3, 1992, when Neil Papworth, a text engineer in London, first texted "Merry Christmas" to Vodafone employee Richard Jarvis, who was at a Christmas party across town.

    It was possible because the new generation of

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    11 Shot Overnight, Including Off-Duty Corrections Officer

      Crime Scene

      Another warm day in Chicago, another day of multiple shootings. Eleven people were injured in overnight shootings on the city's South and West sides, including five at a currency exchange and an off-duty Cook County corrections officer who finished his shift.

      The corrections officer was shot around 2 a.m. on Interstate 57. He pulled over near 95th

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago