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Judge found not guilty by reason of insanity

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    A Cook County judge has been found not guilty by reason of insanity on a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with an altercation with a sheriff's deputy.

    Judge Cynthia Brim in March was accused of throwing a set of keys and shoving a sheriff's deputy at a security checkpoint. A day earlier, authorities say Brim was seen acting erratically on

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    • Written by The Chicago Defender
    • Category: Chicago

    Pendleton relative: Turn in Hadiya’s killer

      Pendleton relative: Turn in Hadiya’s killer

      At a rally against gun violence Saturday, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said Chicago needs a stronger witness protection program to get killers off the street.

      "People are afraid to tell," Jackson said at his Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters. "Because of fear, the community has become a sanctuary for killers."

      More than 100 people attended the rally,

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      • Written by The Chicago Defender
      • Category: Chicago

      Proposal would tax athletic shoes 25 cents

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        SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — New athletic shoes could cost 25 cents more in Illinois.

        State Rep. Will Davis from the Chicago suburb of Hazel Crest wants the new tax to pay for a youth job preparation program. According to published news reports, the Democratic lawmaker wants to raise about $3 million and most consumers wouldn't notice it. The 25 cents per

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        • Written by The Chicago Defender
        • Category: Chicago

        Beyonce electrifies at Super Bowl halftime show

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          If naysayers still doubted Beyonce's singing talents — even after her national anthem performance this week at a press conference — the singer proved she is an exceptional performer at the Super Bowl halftime show.

          Beyonce opened and closed her set belting songs, and in between she danced hard and heavy — and better than most contemporary pop stars.

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          • Written by The Chicago Defender
          • Category: Chicago