CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police said a five-year-old died and seven others were injured in a car accident near the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Sunday.
It happened at Western and 43rd just before 10:30 a.m. According to police, a Ford Focus entered the intersection after the light turned red, colliding with a Ford SUV.
The five-year-old was a passenger in the Ford Focus. The driver of that vehicle refused treatment. Three teenagers, ages 13 through 16 were in the car and are in good condition at Cook County Hospital.
Two men were in the SUV. A 32-year-old male is in serious condition and a 35-year old male is in good condition at Cook County Hospital. Two children in the vehicle, ages seven and 11, were also listed in good condition at the same hospital.
Authorities said the driver of the Ford Focus was issued two tickets for failure to obey the red light and failure to yield at an intersection.
(CNN) — Sears has to come up with $134 million very quickly.
Sears Holdings (SHLD), the parent company of Sears and Kmart, faces a Monday deadline to pay that much in debt.
The most recent filing from Sears showed it had only $193 million in cash on hand as of August 4, the end of its last fiscal quarter. The company also has $269 million available to it from lenders, according to figures it released on September 13.
Having so little cash available would make it very difficult for Sears to pay back $134 million in debt due on Monday. Plus, Sears also has to pay its current vendors and employees and stock up inventory before the holidays.
All signs point to a bankruptcy filing in the next few days. Sears’ stock has fallen more than 50% in the last five trading days to around 35 cents a share.
Three companies that sell items at Sears told Reuters this week that Sears had missed payments to them over the past few weeks.
One of Sears’ major shareholders recently dumped a chunk of his stock for pennies on his original investment. The company added a new director this week who is familiar with bankruptcies and restructuring.
And reports are swirling that the company is talking to advisers and banks in preparation for a bankruptcy filing.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Sears has hired M-III Partners, a boutique advisory firm specializing in seeing companies through bankruptcies and restructuring, The company is also talking to lenders about providing it with debtor-in-possession financing, CNBC reported.
That kind of loan is used by companies that file for bankruptcy to fund operations during the process. Usually, funding is secured well before the final days.
Companies that file for bankruptcy typically negotiate a special kind of loan to stay in business while they go through the bankruptcy process.
There are several reports that Sears is in talks for that kind of financing, but negotiations don’t appear to be going well.
The company’s lenders are encouraging Sears to shut down and liquidate, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Sears’ management has reportedly said it hopes to use Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy law to stay in business rather than Chapter 7, which leads to closing.
If Sears does file for Chapter 11, the company could try to stay in business, using the court process to shed debt and unaffordable leases.
It could attempt to emerge as a profitable company. But the retail landscape is littered with brands that tried to reorganize in the bankruptcy process and liquidated their businesses instead, such as RadioShack, Toys “R” Us and Sports Authority.
Sears and Kmart merged to form Sears Holdings in 2005, when they had 3,500 US stores between them. A long series of store closings has left it with under 900 today.
In July Sears closed its last store in Chicago, once its hometown. The company recently announced another 46 store closings that will take place just before the start of the holiday shopping period.
Sears and Kmart had 89,000 employees as of February 3 of this year, according to a company filing.
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CHICAGO (CBS) — A 15-year-old boy was shot and killed Saturday night in the Austin neighborhood, according to Chicago police.
Police say just after 11 p.m. officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert in the 1100 block of North Long Avenue where they discovered the boy lying on the ground outside of an alley with a gunshot wound to his face.
The teen, identified as Anton Shaw, was pronounced dead at the scene.
There are no witnesses, and no one is in custody, according to police. Area North detectives are investigating.
CHICAGO (CBS) — On Friday, a Chicago Heights steel company collected supplies to send this weekend to areas in Florida hard hit by Hurricane Michael.
Already collected are sleeping bags, pallets of water, toothpaste and toothbrushes. But more items are needed.
If you want to donate, you can drop supplies off Saturday at Esmark Steel at 2500 Euclid Avenue.
CHICAGO (CBS) — CBS 2 goes exploring inside a great pyramid.
The journey only went 50 miles north of Chicago to suburban Wadsworth. The town’s iconic landmark was gutted by a massive fire over the summer.
But this weekend visitors are being welcomed back.
CBS 2’s Vince Gerasole has the story from Wadsworth as the people with the pyramid are making plans to rebuild.
The golden pyramid is basically gutted on the inside. In spite of that owners are inviting the public for a fall festival that’ll have a band, refreshments and other activities outside the pyramid.
People will not be allowed inside because of the damage, but CBS 2 cameras got a glimpse of what the fire did to the massive structure.
“The pyramid does have an energy field,” said Yolanda Fierro of Onan’s Gold Pyramid. “People when they come here they feel that energy.”
Like its inspiration, the great pyramids of Giza.
Wadsworth’s gold pyramid house, both inside and out, is really a shadow of its former self.
“People believe that this helps them. That the energy from the pyramid helps,” said Fierro.
But sitting at the end of a row of syphinxs and surrounded by a moat, some say its power remains.
“The higher you go up in that house the stronger that energy field is,” Fierro said.
A July fire gutted the structure that was part Egyptian museum and part home to owner Jim Onan.
“The bigger the pyramid, the more energy he felt,” she said.
Many Egyptian artifacts once housed in glass cases miraculously survived and are now in storage. Though the rubble has been cleared away, it’s likely the building is a complete loss.
“We are still in the idea phase of rebuilding,” said Fierro.
Yolanda Fierro works for the Onan family which sells the mineral rich water from the aquifer beneath. She said because of all its power, the site would be the perfect spot for a holistic healing center or a wedding venue.
“That’s where we don’t know which way to go,” she said. “How do you rebuild a pyramid? The power of the pyramid can do a lot of different things and that’s what’s keeping us going,” said Fierro.
Whatever happens to the pyramid, it won’t be repurposed as a home. Laws have changed since the 1970s and when the pyramid was first built, it would sit too low on a floodplain. The height is fine for a commercial building.
QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — Illinois’ candidates for governor again traded accusations over leadership, taxes and alleged corruption in a debate Thursday that was their final one to be televised before the November 6 election.
Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker both tried to deflect attention from questions about their integrity.
The debate played out on a sensitive stage — Quincy, home of the state-run military veterans’ home beset by a deadly Legionnaires’ disease crisis. Rauner decried a criminal investigation by the Democratic attorney general into his handling of the outbreak that has led to 14 deaths since 2015, calling it a “shameful abuse of power.”
Pritzker is struggling with his own problems in the form of an investigation that declared he engaged in a “scheme to defraud” property taxpayers by misrepresenting how he was renovating a Chicago mansion.
The billionaire businessman accused Rauner, a wealthy former private-equity investor, of putting personal and political interests above public safety by mismanaging the Quincy crisis and other matters.
Rauner has been sharply criticized for his handling of the Legionnaires’ situation and whether his administration notified the public in a timely enough manner, which has become the focus of the criminal investigation launched last week by Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan, who’s not seeking re-election.
“Much of this so-called criminal investigation is a political ploy to divert attention from the tax fraud that Mr. Pritzker engaged in, and it’s a shameful abuse of power by the attorney general,” Rauner said.
Pritzker, the heir to the Hyatt hotel fortune, said he followed the rules in his family’s renovation of a mansion it owns and did not mislead tax authorities by pulling toilets so the home could be declared technically uninhabitable.
The declaration saved Pritzker $330,000 in property tax breaks, which he announced he would repay by the end of this week after the fraud allegation was made in a report by the Cook County inspector general.
He scoffed at Rauner’s claims to have created 211,000 jobs and cut red tape for businesses, and his promise to create the largest capital-construction plan in state history.
Pritzker pointed out that Rauner presided over a two-year state budget stalemate with Democrats who control the Legislature, negatively impacting social services, higher education and other areas of the economy.
“The governor made all these promises four years ago,” Pritzker said. “He’s living in a state of denial, the rest of us are living in the state of Illinois.”
He said Rauner has never called on U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat and leader on Capitol Hill, for help from Washington. Pritzker also used the lone debate outside of Chicago to criticize Rauner for not standing up to Republican President Donald Trump on tariffs and the way they negatively affect Illinois soybean farmers.
Rauner continued pressing Pritzker on his plan to replace the state’s flat-rate income tax with a graduated plan, making wealthier taxpayers pay more. When Pritzker was asked how a Peoria public school teacher making $51,000 would fare under his plan, he said the teacher should get a tax break. And Rauner pounced.
“He won’t answer because he knows the middle class is going to get crushed,” Rauner said.
Rauner has labeled it a plan to raise taxes statewide and claims that Pritzker and powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan, the Chicago Democrat who has served as foil to Rauner’s conservative agenda since 2015, have a plan to increase spending by $11 billion. That would be an increase in state spending of nearly 30 percent.
Pritzker denies it.
“Mr. Pritzker says he’s going to do big things, and he will,” Rauner said. “Big spending, big taxes and big corruption by supporting the Chicago political machine.”
Pritzker has contributed nearly $150 million of his own money with hopes of becoming the third Democratic governor in Illinois in 16 years.
Rauner also has self-financed, but after nearly single-handedly keeping the state’s Republican Party afloat financially since before his 2014 election, he hasn’t chipped in on his own behalf since a $50 million contribution in late 2016.
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CHICAGO (CBS) — A big change for Chicago’s parking meters.
You won’t have to return to your car to display a receipt. Instead you’ll add your license plate number on the touch screen.
The first of 4,500 new pay boxes went up Thursday near Millennium Park. Chicago Parking Meters is the monopoly that owns the boxes.
Its CEO said the old machines were wearing out and the switch makes it easier to crack down on expired meters.
“Now the enforcement officers do have to go and check the windshield and check license plates,”said Dennis Pedrelli of Chicago Parking Meters Inc. “So this will make it easier for the enforcement officers just to check one system which would be the license plate system.”
The Park Chicago app which allows drivers to pay for parking on their smartphone will remain in place. The project should be complete citywide by May of next year.
CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s one of the most sought after job perks, and it’s not a 401 (k) or vacation time.
A growing list of companies, including some in Chicago, are offering to help potential employees pay off their college debt.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams has the story.
Common ground for some employees of Price Waterhouse Coopers: youth and student debt.
“Parents were super helpful as much as they could but student debt is unavoidable,” said Jake Galleger, a graduate from Iowa State. “Coming out of college it’s something you expect to have.”
Along with a salary, 401 (k) and the prestige of working for a powerhouse firm, recent college graduates are getting help with their student loan debt from PWC.
“It’s one more box you can check off of a benefit that PWC offers that most other companies aren’t offering,” Galleger said.
Student debt in the United States is staggering. It’s 1.5 trillion dollars now and according to the Federal Reserve, it’s second only to mortgage debt.
Seven out of 10 recent college graduates are paying student loans. The average amount: $37,000.
“It’s a big problem not only for our employees but a big problem in society and PWC wanted to step up and make a difference here,” said Jim Kolar of Price Waterhouse Coopers.
And it makes companies more attractive when unemployment is under four percent and workers have a greater choice of jobs.
“Those who don’t come out of school with student debt also are very appreciative that we’re doing this because they’re well aware their peers and others who have this substantial loads,” added Kolar.
Price Waterhouse Coopers offers $1,200 a year in student loan payments for up to six years.
“It was one more benefit I saw coming in,” said Galleger.
According to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management, only four percent of U.S. companies are offering employees help with student loan debt but the number is growing.
One of the other prominent Chicago companies is Abbott Laboratories.
Men with prostate cancer often survive 15 years or longer after learning they have the disease, but prostate cancer remains one of the five most common cancers and the second most frequent cause of cancer-related death among men.¹’² Today, fewer people are being screened for the disease, and many are unaware of new treatment approaches that can extend life.
In 2012, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) made a controversial recommendation to abandon routine screening for all men using a blood test that measures levels of a protein called prostate specific antigen, or PSA. Despite a reversal of this recommendation in 2018, a disturbing trend has emerged – more men are being diagnosed with prostate cancer after the disease has progressed into the more dangerous advanced stage, and the once-declining prostate cancer death rate has stalled.³
As the standard of care for prostate cancer has evolved in the past decade, a number of new treatment options have become available for men with advanced prostate cancer – those whose cancer recurs after radiation or surgery.⁴
The first line of treatments aims to suppress production of the hormone testosterone, which contributes to prostate cancer growth.⁵ However, hormone therapy’s effectiveness diminishes over time, and the treatment eventually fails in more than 60 percent of men,⁶ indicating the disease may be progressing. It is at this transition point where the newest treatments can make a difference.
“If you have prostate cancer, there are many new therapeutic options that provide us the ability to extend lives,” says Dr. Michael Fabrizio, an advanced prostate cancer specialist at Urology of Virginia in Virginia Beach.
Newer Treatment Options for Advanced Prostate Cancer Offer Hope
The introduction of advanced treatment options for prostate cancer required a shift in thinking for physicians. In the past, doctors rarely ordered bone scans or other tests to pinpoint the cancer when it became more serious, because there were few options besides pain management and chemotherapy to offer. Some physicians chose to not even tell patients that their cancer had progressed.
Things are very different today. In the past three decades, physicians have had an array of new therapies available to treat men in the advanced stages of the disease, including anti-androgen therapy, radiopharmaceuticals, chemotherapy and immunotherapy.⁷
Among these, immunotherapy is one of the most exciting categories of cancer treatments to emerge in the past decade and works differently than other cancer treatments. This is truly “personalized” medicine using a patient’s own cells to stimulate the body’s immune system to target and attack the prostate cancer cells.
The availability of such new, more effective treatment options is a good thing for patients, but it demands careful disease management. There are important questions about when to give each of these therapies and what sequence provides the greatest positive impact on survival.
However, if men don’t know their options or don’t have access to prostate cancer specialists who can best guide them, they may miss the opportunity for these newer treatments.⁸ The right treatments at the right times may help patients live better and longer.
Robert Gregory, 70, knows this firsthand. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2001, he received immunotherapy in 2017 and subsequent treatment when the cancer started to spread. “What they’re doing has definitely helped,” he says. “They said they can take care of the prostate cancer and I should believe in them, and so far, that’s worked out.”
Close Monitoring Takes on New Importance
Diligent monitoring is crucial, especially for immunotherapy. Studies show that treatment with immunotherapy may extend life.⁹ However, to have the best chance of successfully boosting the patient’s own immune system, immunotherapy treatment should be administered before the cancer has done too much damage to the immune system. This is because treatment works best when the immune system is not overly damaged.¹⁰ This typically is before a patient has any pain or other symptoms, so a combination of blood tests and bone scans are essential.
Regular blood tests to measure PSA help spot when the prostate cancer becomes more aggressive. High or steady increases in PSA levels are signs of active prostate cancer. However, catching the disease when it spreads requires additional methods such as imaging with CT-scans or other advanced imaging technologies, which help doctors spot prostate cancer that may have spread to the bones or other organs.¹¹
Now, urologists want men with prostate cancer to understand if they get their PSA tests and bone scans on the schedule their doctor recommends, there may be treatments that can boost the body’s own cancer-fighting power and help them live longer.
“We have a lot more to offer, so we need to see these patients more frequently to ensure we are monitoring any changes in their disease closely,” says Fabrizio.
Specialized Clinics Optimize Treatment
To support the changing treatment landscape, a growing number of specialized urology care clinics have emerged, where patients can get a full range of services provided by nurses, doctors and other professionals who focus only on advanced prostate cancer.
With an emphasis on improved quality of life, Fabrizio and many other urologists at these clinics have expert staff who help patients navigate the treatment journey. Just helping sort out the treatment options or financial issues can make a difference.
Information Keeps People Living
Fabrizio encourages men to learn about prostate cancer so that they can be proactive. In addition to his clinic’s website, he recommends the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the American Urological Association.
“When you hear the ‘c’ word yourself, it has a different meaning. It’s not something you want to hear,” says Gregory. “I tell people listen to your doctor and keep up with what they say. Stick with the program.”
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STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — The Diocese of San Bernardino has released the names of nearly three dozen priests it claims were accused of sexual abuse over the past four decades.
The list out Monday contains the names of 34 credibly accused clergy members who have been reported to the police; who have been suspended, removed, or both; or who have died. The incidents span from the 1960s to as recently as 2014.
The Diocese today has released the names of all priests credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor (1978-present). This is an action of transparency intended to promote healing for victims & for the Catholic faithful. View the list at https://t.co/UC0fq4NEtJ
— SanBernardinoDiocese (@sbdiocese) October 8, 2018
In a video accompanying the release, Bishop Gerald Barnes read a statement addressing “the past and present realities of the clergy sexual abuse crisis.”
“In this difficult time, I want to be open, honest and accountable to the Catholic faith and to all people of good will. And so I have made the decision to release publicly a list of the names of all priests who have ministered in the Diocese of San Bernardino that have credible allegations of sexual abuse of a minor during our 40 years as a diocese.”
Bishop Barnes goes on to apologize for the abuse and urges people who have been victimized by priests on the list to come forward with their stories.
The move comes nearly two months after a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report detailing the sexual abuse of some 1,000 children at the hands of about 300 priests, and it follows a similar release from the Diocese of San Diego, of which the San Bernardino Diocese was a part until 1978.
According to the list, more than half the priests listed previously served in Riverside schools or churches.
Earlier this month, an Orange County man who was allegedly abused by a priest as a child sued all California bishops over what he and his lawyer claimed are “secret lists” of predator priests. Days later, an Oxnard man went further, suing the Vatican and asking Pope Francis to release the names and files regarding pedophile priests worldwide. Manuel Vega reached a settlement with the Los Angeles Archdiocese in 2007 in a case stemming from his alleged abuse by a priest in Oxnard.
People who believe they might have been victims of sexual abuse by priests can call the San Bernardino abuse reporting diocesan hotline at (888)206-9090, or the diocesan child & youth protection office at (909)475-5125.
Barnes’ full statement, which was made available in English and Spanish, can be read here.
Below is the list of the 34 priests, including the first ten whose names had not previously been made public, and the years the alleged incidents occurred. The full list with details of their tenures and places they served can be found on the diocese website.Daniel De Dominicis: 1975-85 Joseph Jablonski: 2014 Robert Kurilec: 1970, 1972 Peter McCormick: 1990 Dominic Gaioni: 1993 Roberto Barco: 2009-2010 Alex Castillo: 2009 Robert Donat: 1984 Timothy Keppel: 1976-79 Louis Perreault: 1990-92 Gustavo Benson: 1978, 1985-86 Jesus Dominguez: 1983, 1988 Rudy Gil: 1987 J. Ernest Hayes: 1978-83, 1981, 1987 Malachy McGinn: 1969, 1981 Paul Nguyen: 1993 Anthony Rodrigue [sic]: 1978 Charles Rourke: 1979 Ed Ball: 1979-86 Jospeh Fertal: 1995 Howard Melzer: 1976-80 John Schmitz: 1985 Paul Shanley: 1990 Bernard Waltos: 1984-90 Fidencio Silva-Flores: 1979-85, 1995 Ponciano Ramos: 1993 Esteban Trujullo: 1998, 2001 Joseph Bell: 1960s-70s Ruben Garcia: 1981 John Haberthier: 1973 Terrence Reilly: 1983 James Stauber: 1970 Saul Ayala: 1988-89 Michael Bucaro: 1983-89
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