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Gunman in Aurora Illinois Kills Five People During Shooting Spree Was Upset about Losing his Job

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Yesterday (02.15.19)  a gunman in Aurora Illinois went on a shooting spree at a manufacturing warehouse that killed five people. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman identified the gunman as 45-year-old Gary Martin. Multiple 911 calls started to come in at 1:24 pm reporting the shooting at  Henry Pratt Company warehouse. Ziman recently was fired from the warehouse job after 15 years. Martin’s mother told the Chicago Sun-Times that he was upset over losing his job. “He was way too stressed out,” she said.

Not only did the gunman killed five people, but he also injured seven during the shooting. Five of those injured were police officers who responded to the initial calls at the building. President Trump sent out a tweet that praised the law enforcement officials and send condolences to the victims. “America is with you,” he tweeted. To read more about this story click here.  

I Rather Stay in My Jail Cell Than Get Paid $2 Dollars to Shovel Snow in Freezing Chicago Cold

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

Photos of Chicago Cook County inmates shoveling snow in Chicago hit the internet and went viral. It is not uncommon for inmates to be assigned duties around facility and surrounding areas. However, temperatures in Chicago have plummeted to a record low. This week have been well below the freezing mark, including the wind chill, it has gone as low as -50 degrees. Many people have said putting the inmates in those conditions is akin to modern day slavery.

Yesterday (01.29.19) Kara Smith of the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said  “We take our responsibilities to those in our custody very seriously and that extends to when we have people working out in the elements.” Smith also stated that  inmates were provided insulated jumpsuits, gloves and a warming van nearby. Not to mention that they will be paid $2 dollars for the job.

It would been better if she had just they will be compensated for their work. The fact that she said that they are getting paid two dollars, gives the indication that this is indeed slave labor. Personally, I think I would have preferred to stay in my cell than to go out in the cold. I went outside this morning to start my car and that weather is no joke. Since I’m not in jail, it is easy for me to say that I would preferred being in a cell than to go outside in the cold. I’m sure it’s some brothers in there who just want to breathe some fresh air; regardless of the temperature. It makes me think, to be in a cell or go outside at least once a day? What would you prefer? Leave your comments below.  

FBI Jumps in on Investigation of Empire Actor Jussie Smollett Attack

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(Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

It has been reported that one of the stars of FOX hit show Empire was assaulted while walking to a subway in Chicago. The Chicago Police Department has already confirmed that it is investigating the matter and now the FBI has announced that it will join in. ABC reported that the CPD has been included in the investigation. The 36 year-old actor was approached by men wearing Make America Great Again hats who called him a faggot. They then punch Smollett, poured bleach on him and put a rope around his neck. Jussie told the police that yelled that this is “MAGA country” as they fled the scene. Continue reading