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Professor yelled racial slurs, spit on Black woman and her 7-year-old daughter outside Oak Park Jewel-Osco, prosecutors say
A health sciences professor has been charged with a felony hate crime after he allegedly yelled racial slurs and spit on a Black woman and her daughter outside a Jewel-Osco in Oak Park earlier this month.
Alberto Friedmann, 53, is also facing one count of felony aggravated assault with a motor vehicle for accelerating toward the woman and nearly hitting her with his car during the attack Sept. 7 in the parking lot of the store at 438 W. Madison St., according to Cook County prosecutors.
The woman was parked along the traffic lane between the parking aisles while waiting for her mother to finish shopping about 4:30 p.m., prosecutors said. As she sat in her car with her daughter, the woman said she heard someone honking and yelling.
The woman looked up and saw Friedmann in a Jaguar behind her, prosecutors said. He allegedly yelled a racial slur at her and told her to move her car. Then he got out of his car and approached the woman while continuing to shout racial slurs, according to a court document.
When the woman tried to open her door, Friedmann allegedly pushed the door closed and spit in her face. He told the woman he spit on her because he doesn’t like Black people, prosecutors said.
By this point, the woman’s mother had left the store and heard Friedmann yelling slurs and saw him spit on her daughter, prosecutors said.
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A bright one
A popular road in Logan Square was flooded with people — not cars — Sunday for the first of several street festivals along the city’s historic boulevards.
People mingled with friends and neighbors and stopped at various vendors and tents along Logan Boulevard for the debut of “Open Boulevard,” a series of three-day-long street fests that will include pop-up performances, food and other activities hosted by local businesses within the community.
Ira Cox, of Logan Square, brought his two kids to Palmer Square Park where they took turns walking a tightrope that was set up by Aloft Circus Arts, a performance arts school in the neighborhood. But for Cox, who admittedly was having trouble getting his footing, it was good enough to just be outside on a beautiful day.
People walk up and down Logan Boulevard in Logan Square Sunday. Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times
“Being in the city, it feels like you just have human contact all the time. But when everyone’s kind of avoiding each other, it’s really isolating,” he said, referring to the coronavirus pandemic’s toll. “This is spectacular at this point in history to have good outdoor community stuff coming back.”
Shayna Swanson, Aloft’s owner, noted that she’s been living in Berlin, Germany, where “this type of open streets concept is really common.”
“I’m really into the idea of creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment, especially in Logan Square,” Swanson said. “Because there’s so much great stuff in Logan Square, but I’ve noticed when I come here that no one’s out walking around. I’m like, does anyone live in the city?”
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On Friday, we asked you: What’s the longest you’ve ever waited in line? What were you waiting for? Here’s what some of you said…
“In January 1988 I waited six hours on Rush Street in the cold for Michael Jackson tickets for my mother. Be advised there was no internet and we got tickets in person or on the phone.” — Colleen Curry
“Only four hours in 16-degree weather in line for one picture with the Cubs’ 2016 trophy. Well worth it.” — Sergio Maguellal
“Waited eight hours in line while hungover for Game 4 World Series tickets. Cubs got smoked but being in Wrigley [Field] for a World Series game is something that no one can ever take away.” — Russ DeLude
“Overnight at River Oaks Mall for REM tickets in 1987.” — Jeff Madden
“At Hot Doug’s for 2 hours. The dogs were great but don’t think I would ever wait that long for food again.” — Ellen Zemaitis
“About 12 hours, through the night when it was raining, sleeting and snowing to get tickets to see Elvis.” — Judy Frohlich
“Concert tickets. AC/DC back in the 80s. Stayed in line overnight at Sears store.” — Kim Bakken Campbell
“I don’t know but I’m sure it was at a DMV.” — Steve Bruns
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