Travelers line up at a security checkpoint area in Terminal 3 at O'Hare Airport before Thanksgiving. Credit: AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

Welcome to the Reader‘s weekday news briefing.

  • O’Hare serial stowaway sneaks past TSA, flies to London

Serial commercial airplane stowaway Marilyn Hartman “made it past two Transportation Security Administration agents at O’Hare International Airport by hiding her face with her hair, then stayed overnight at the airport before sneaking onto a plane and flying to London,” the Tribune reported. Hartman sat in an empty seat in a British Airways flight from Chicago to London’s Heathrow Airport without incident and wasn’t caught until a British Customs agent realized that she didn’t have the proper documentation to enter the country, according to prosecutors. The 66-year-old Grayslake resident is facing a felony theft charge and a misdemeanor trespass charge. [Tribune]

  • Chicago Women’s March draws about 300K people, about 50K more than 2017

About 300,000 people descended on the Loop for the Women’s March Saturday, about 50,000 more than attended the first Women’s March in Chicago a year ago, according to organizers. “It’s so empowering to be here,” participant Jaenne Marie Mandley told ABC 7 Chicago. “When I saw everyone I almost started bawling, ’cause it’s just so many women, so many people coming together.” [the Hill] [ABC 7 Chicago]

  • The history behind the name of Kim and Kanye’s new daughter, Chicago West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West named their new daughter Chicago West after the rapper’s hometown. Unlike the name Brooklyn, it’s an uncommon name for a baby, and they’re the first celebrities to name their child after the Windy City. Time traces the history of the name Chicago through its Native American roots. [Time]

  • How an application to the New Orleans Police Department led to an arrest in an unsolved Chicago murder

Indiana resident Justin Payne applied to be an officer with the New Orleans Police Department in October, but instead of getting a job as a cop, he was charged with an unsolved murder in Chicago. When the NOPD called Payne’s former Chicago employer for a reference check, the employer called the Chicago Police Department, who alerted the New Orleans police that Payne was a suspect in the 2016 murder of his boss, Luis Peña. The 26-year-old confessed to Peña’s murder in front of Chicago police detectives at New Orleans police headquarters Wednesday, according to NOPD spokesman Beau Tidwell. [Sun-Times]

  • Federal prosecutors ask for the death penalty for kidnapping, murder of Chinese scholar at University of Illinois

Federal prosecutors are asking for the death penalty for former University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate student Brendt Christensen, who allegedly kidnapped, tortured, and murdered Chinese visiting scholar Yingying Zhang. Christensen has claimed that there are more victims, expressed a “desire to be known as a killer,” and “choked and sexually assaulted” another victim in 2013, according to prosecutors. Zhang’s body has still not been located. [Tribune]

  • The city’s first two Culver’s are slated to open within a week of each other

Chicago is getting its first two locations of Culver’s within a week of each other. The midwestern fast-food chain, which specializes in “butter burgers” and frozen custard, is set to open its first Chicago location in Bronzeville on January 23 and its second in Portage Park on January 29. [Eater Chicago]