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May 2012 Archives

CDC Attacks (Defames?) Fast Food With Questionable Stats

Fighting the nation's obesity epidemic is a noble cause. Fighting dirty, however is not. The Center for Disease Control recently released some data on fast food portion sizes, and the news outlets seem to be eating it up, including the Huffington Post.

For those in the fast food know, the CDC's recently published infograph on portion sizes seems deceptive on the surface; if it is, does the attempted end of obesity justify the means?

Son of a ... What to Do When You've Been Rear-Ended

Well, that wasn't fun. You were driving along and some idiot on a unicycle fell into the street. You slammed your breaks on to avoid running him over and a Cadillac Escalade just crumpled your Ford Probe like a soda can. Rear-ended.

Quick, what's your next step?

Arlington Heights Explosion Kills One, Injures Ten

An explosion in an Arlington Heights manufacturing plant cost one man his life and injured ten others, including three police officers, reports CBS 2 Chicago.

The explosion happened just after 8 a.m. in the Arens Controls Company plant, which manufactures push-pull shift and throttle controls for vehicles.

Though no official cause of the explosion has been determined, witnesses stated that the explosion may have been caused by a chemical reaction gone bad.

On Thursday, a woman filed a lawsuit against Stroger Hospital of Cook County, claiming that she was sexually assaulted while a patient in the hospital’s burn unit, CBS News reports.

According to the suit, a male nurse that was assigned to the woman repeatedly made non-consensual sexual contact with her, culminating in forced intercourse.

Ever ordered from a pizza place that guaranteed a fast delivery? A Chicago police officer is paying the price for those fast delivery guarantees, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Officer Brian Berka has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court against Di Nico’s Pizza Berwyn Inc. and its delivery driver. The suit alleges that Berka was injured when a pizza delivery man failed to yield to his police car.

On Monday, Cook County commissioners agreed to pay $600,000 to settle a civil suit brought by a former prison inmate who claimed that police tortured him, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Michael Tillman alleges that Chicago police detectives working under Lt. Jon Burge tortured him until he confessed to rape and murder in 1986. The settlement will remove the county as a defendant in the lawsuit, leaving Burge, the officers, the city, and former Mayor Richard Daley as defendants.

On Thursday, a 94-year-old Chicago woman filed a civil lawsuit against her neighbor, claiming that the neighbor’s constant loud noises have caused her health problems, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bertha Khoshaba claims that ever since a new neighbor moved into her East Randolph Street apartment building three years ago, Khoshaba has had trouble sleeping. She’s now suing in order to quiet her neighbor and get some rest.

Last week, a 45-year-old man filed a civil suit against the Archdiocese of Chicago, claiming that a priest repeatedly sexually molested the man when he was a teenager.

According to the lawsuit, the abuse occurred between 1981 and 1984. The victim claims that the molestation caused him to suffer severe emotional trauma.

Trial in a civil suit against the city and Chicago police officers alleging police brutality commenced this week, the Chicago Tribune reports.

More than a dozen officers are facing allegations, including excessive force and failure to intervene, over a barroom brawl that broke out between off-duty officers and four men playing pool at the Jefferson Tap & Grille in December 2006.

Last week, 35-year-old Justin Pivec was found not guilty of attempted murder for a 2010 attack that left a bassist for a Chicago rock band close to death, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Matthew Leone, bassist for Madina Lake, was reportedly brutally beaten when he tried to stop Pivec from assaulting Pivec's wife in 2010. Although Pivec was acquitted of the criminal charges, Leone may wish to file a civil suit against Pivec to recover his considerable expenses.

The family of a Channahon woman who was killed in 2011 when a semi-trailer hit her car has brought a wrongful death suit against the truck driver and the woman’s hometown, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

On May 10 of last year, 44-year-old Carolyn A. Grey was driving west on U.S. 6 in Channahon. According to police, a semi-trailer hit Grey’s SUV near Bell Road, forcing the vehicle into a pole.

The family of a 4-year-old girl who was killed in a hit-and-run accident near Lincoln Park Zoo has settled its suit against the city, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Maya Hirsch was killed in 2006 when a car struck her while she was crossing the street at Lincoln Park West and Belden Avenue. The girl’s death sparked an effort by traffic safety advocates to push for better cross walks and traffic control markings.

While most bicycle-related deaths are the result of run-ins with cars, an Oak Lawn bicyclist died last May after a run-in with an allegedly faulty window. The family of Michael J. Racky, a bicyclist who died last year after he cut his leg on a broken window, is now suing Karnezis Properties, the owner of the building.

The wrongful death suit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. The suit claims that the window pane at the former Miss Fantasia Boutique on W. 95th St. should’ve been replaced long ago.