A woman breaks into tears during the January 9 funeral service for Quintonio LeGrier. Credit: Lou Foglia for The Sun-Times

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Wednesday January 27, 2016. 

  • Weather—The sun returns

The temperatures remain steady with a high of 32 and a low of 30. After a dreary and cloudy Tuesday, there will be some much-needed periods of sunshine. [AccuWeather]

  • Quintonio LeGrier, teen shot by police, called 911 three times

LeGrier, who was shot to death by Chicago police officer Robert Rialmo on December 26, called 911 dispatchers three times asking for police help before they eventually responded. Rialmo also fatally shot LeGrier’s neighbor Bettie Jones during the incident. The calls were released on Monday by the Independent Police Review Authority. [ABC News]

  • 25-year-old local architect wins World War I memorial design contest

Joseph Weishaar, a project architect with Chicago-based Brininstool+Lynch, and New York-based sculptor Sabin Howard beat out about 360 competitors for the chance to design a World War I memorial in Washington, D.C. The U.S. World War One Centennial Commission hopes to have the memorial ready for the 100th-year anniversary of the war’s end in November 2018. [Tribune]

  • The witches of Logan Square

Apparently there are witches outside of Salem and Hogwarts, and they want to use their powers to stop the gentrification of Logan Square. Mark your calendars for February 6, because that’s when the public is invited to watch them perform a hex and protective spell near the Logan Square Blue Line. [Chicagoist]

  • Pull out the hand sanitizer—illnesses are spreading around Chicago

Trying to avoid getting sick in January and February is a challenge. The city’s almost at peak flu season and many Chicago residents are getting sick with the flu, cough, or common cold, according to their social media accounts. [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • It’s been almost 50 years since the notorious blizzard of 1967

Nearly all Chicagoans alive in 1967 remember the infamous blizzard that covered the area with 23 inches of snow 49 years ago. The snow started falling around 5 AM on January 26 and didn’t stop until 10 AM the following day. Check out the cool pictures from CBS2. [CBS Chicago]