Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Wednesday, May 25, 2016.
- Weather: Warm and humid, with storms likely
It will be warm again, with a high of 78 and a low of 64. Also expected is a thunderstorm or rain shower, which would bring clouds and humidity with it. [AccuWeather]
- FBI agents shot while serving arrest warrant for narcotics trafficking
Two FBI agents were shot while serving an arrest warrant to an alleged gang member at a home in Park Forest Tuesday. A man identified as Melvin Toran, described by a law-enforcement source as a “reputed high-ranking member of the Black P Stone Nation,” was then found dead inside the house. Toran, 50, allegedly sold heroin to an FBI informant. [Daily Southtown]
- Security lines at O’Hare improving as TSA makes changes
No one wants to wait in line for two-plus hours to get through airport security. After facing heavy criticism about excruciatingly long security lines at O’Hare and Midway airports, the Transportation Security Administration made some quick fixes to bring lines down immediately. The waiting time is already down to 15 minutes at O’Hare, according to an American Airlines spokeswoman. [Tribune]
- Could lack of communication be at the heart of the city’s violence problem?
De’Kayla Dansberry, 15, was stabbed to death during a large fight; a 13-year-old girl and her mother were charged with Dansberry’s death. Esquire magazine (and sometimes Reader) contributor Britt Julius argues that the murder is part of a larger pattern of arguments leading to deadly violence in Chicago. Cultural issues are contributing to the widespread violence, she says, which is instead largely blamed on street gangs. [Esquire]
- Chicago Police Department prepares for Memorial Day weekend by increasing patrols
Memorial Day weekend is one of the most violent weekends of the year in Chicago—12 people were killed and at least 41 were wounded during that weekend in 2015. With violence surging in 2016 so far, the police are asking more officers to work over the weekend. [DNAinfo Chicago]
- Ron Magers retirement marks the end of an era in Chicago television
After more than three decades as a Chicago television mainstay, ABC 7 Chicago anchor Ron Magers will sign off the 10 PM newscast for the last time Wednesday. It’s could also be the end of the big news anchor era in Chicago, as every newscast he’s anchored at ABC 7 has been at the top of the ratings. [Broadcasting & Cable] [ABC 7 Chicago]