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Biden raises concerns with Putin about Ukraine confrontationon April 13, 2021 at 3:41 pm

President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, directly raising concerns about the Russian military buildup on Ukraine’s border.

The call comes amid a surge of cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine, where Russia-ba?ked separatists and Ukrainian forces have been locked in a conflict since Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

More than 14,000 people have died in fighting in eastern Ukraine and efforts to negotiate a political settlement have stalled.

Western and Ukrainian officials have raised concerns about increasingly frequent cease-fire violations in the conflict area. Reports of Ukraine’s military casualties have been occurring daily over the past week, and rebels also have reported losses.

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Defense begins case against ex-cop in George Floyd’s deathon April 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm

MINNEAPOLIS — The defense began its case Tuesday at the murder trial of former Officer Derek Chauvin, seizing on a 2019 confrontation between police and George Floyd in which Floyd suffered dangerously high blood pressure and confessed to heavy use of opioid painkillers.

Chauvin lawyer Eric Nelson has argued that the now-fired white officer did what he was trained to do and that Floyd died last May because of his illegal drug use and underlying health conditions, not because of Chauvin pinning him to the pavement.

Moments after the prosecution rested its case Tuesday after 11 days of testimony and a mountain of video evidence, the defense put on its first witness, a retired Minneapolis police officer who testified about a May 6, 2019, incident in which Floyd was arrested, a year before his fatal encounter with Chauvin.

Scott Creighton said he drew his gun when Floyd, who was a passenger in the car, did not comply with orders to show his hands. Nelson played body camera video that showed Creighton approaching the vehicle on the passenger side, drawing his gun and pulling him out of the car.

Chauvin’s lawyer twice asked questions aimed at getting the jury thinking about Floyd swallowing drugs, but Creighton said he did not see Floyd take anything.

Another witness who responded to that call, retired paramedic Michelle Moseng, testified that Floyd told her he had been taking multiple opioids about every 20 minutes.

“I asked him why and he said it was because he was addicted,” said Moseng, who also described Floyd’s behavior as “elevated and agitated” before the judge struck that remark from the record.

Moseng also said she recommended taking Floyd to the hospital based on his high blood pressure, which she measured at 216 over 160, but he resisted.

On cross-examination, prosecutor Erin Eldridge got Moseng to testify that Floyd’s respiratory output, pulse, heart rate, EKG and heart rhythms were normal. Eldridge said Floyd was taken to the hospital and released two hours later.

Eldridge also made a point of noting that officers gave Floyd contradictory commands, with Creighton telling him to put his hands on the dashboard and another officer telling him to put his hands on his head. She noted that another officer threatened to use a stun gun on him, while Floyd asked not to be shot or beaten up.

Judge Peter Cahill cautioned jurors that the evidence from the earlier stop was only for the limited purpose of showing the effects that ingesting opioids might have had on Floyd — and that they were not to use it to judge Floyd’s character.

During the prosecution side of the case, the wrenching video of Floyd gasping for air was played for the jury along with other bystander footage and police body-camera video of the 46-year-old Black man’s slow-motion death.

Law enforcement experts and veteran Minneapolis police officials, including the police chief himself, testified that Chauvin’s knee on Floyd’s neck for as much as 9 1/2 minutes was excessive and contrary to his training and departmental policy.

And medical experts testified that Floyd died of lack of oxygen because his breathing was constricted as police held him down on his stomach, his hands cuffed behind his back and his face jammed against the ground. The experts rejected the notion that his drug use or heart condition caused his death.

Nelson hasn’t said whether Chauvin will take the stand. Testifying could open him up to devastating cross-examination but could also give the jury the opportunity to see any remorse or sympathy on the officer’s part.

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Webber reported from Fenton, Michigan.

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If you can’t tell the difference between a gun and a taser, you shouldn’t be a police officeron April 13, 2021 at 3:32 pm

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If you can’t tell the difference between a gun and a taser, you shouldn’t be a police officer

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Armed standoff at Morton Grove home after police try to arrest man for domestic batteryDavid Struetton April 13, 2021 at 2:50 pm

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The 51-year-old man pointed a shotgun out of windows at officers several times overnight, but no shots have been fired and no injuries reported, police say.

A man armed with a shotgun remained barricaded in a Morton Grove home Tuesday morning after police tried to arrest him on domestic battery charges the evening before.

The standoff began around 5 p.m. Monday in the 8900 block of Oriole Avenue when the 51-year-old man took out a shotgun as officers approached the home, Morton Grove Police Commander Paul Yaras said in an emailed statement.

The man pointed the gun out of windows several times overnight, but no shots had been fired and no injuries reported as of 8:45 a.m., he said.

A family member inside the home escaped unharmed, Yaras said.

Police have tried and failed to speak with the man inside the home, and “various methods” to remove him from the home, including “chemical irritants,” have been unsuccessful, Yaras said.

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8 Best Restaurants to Eat at in Waukegan, ILAlicia Likenon April 13, 2021 at 2:06 pm

Located about 40 miles north of Chicago, the suburban city of Waukegan is known for its quiet neighborhoods, beautiful beaches, and charming downtown area. Waukegan also has some truly amazing restaurants. Most are family owned and a few have been around for decades! Check out our list of the best restaurants in Waukegan worth the trip up north. 

Posted by Papa Marcos Pita on Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Papa Marcos

622 Grand Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085

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Got a hankering for Mediterrean? Check out this restaurant run by husband and wife team Mike and wife Marlene. Since 2012, they’ve been serving up flavorful Middle Eastern favorites including Baba Ghanouj, Falafel Wrap, and Vegetarian Plate. Be sure to save room for the Baklava! 

Big Ed’s BBQ

4030 Northpoint Blvd, Waukegan, IL 60085

Big Ed isn’t shy about one thing: he offers some of the best barbeque in Lake County. He’s won awards, been featured on WGN, ABC 7, and was voted BBQ in Chicagoland by 670 The Score. All of his meat is seasoned with a special dry rub and slow smoked with seasoned hickory wood. *chef’s kiss*

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Posted by C.Y.O.C Create Your Own Cheesecake and Cheesesteak on Monday, November 23, 2020

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CYOC (Create Your Own Cheesecake and Cheesesteak)

2114 N Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL 60087

Cheesecake and cheesesteak: two of the greatest inventions on earth. Not accepting opposing views on this. CYOC’s one-of-a-kind cheesesteaks start with the highest quality meat and a super secret special sauce (invented by the founder of CYOC). And their cheesecake is served by the scoop. Popular flavors include Pineapple Upside Down, Cinnamon Roll, and Oreo. Yes please!

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Tacos El Durango Mexican Grill

3900 Washington St, Gurnee, IL 60031

This small family owned business dishes up some muy bueno Mexican eats. Prepare yourself for tenderly cooked meat and large portions at reasonable prices. You can’t go wrong with their fresh Tamales, Burrito Suzio, or BBQ Pork Tacos. Slap on some Guacamole and have yourself a lil fiesta. 

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Posted by Anastasia’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge on Monday, April 12, 2021

Anastasia’s Restaurant & Sports Lounge

3880 Northpoint Blvd, Waukegan, IL 60085

Need a place to catch the game with top-notch eats? Stop by this casual eatery with American pub food, sandwiches, and pizza plus a full bar and flatscreen televisions. Anastasia’s also offers upscale catering for weddings, banquets, or any event!

Captain Porky’s

38995 Route 41, Wadsworth, IL 60083

For over 27 years, Captain Porky’s has been offering the highest quality seafood and smoked meats available. From Alligator Tail and Walleye to Beef Brisket and Frog Legs, there’s something for everyone at Porky’s. Stop in to see what all the smoke is about!

Posted by Louie’s Restaurant on Saturday, November 2, 2013

Louie’s

1009 North Ave, Waukegan, IL 60085

Step foot in this popular Italian restaurant and it’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Louie’s old school retro bar might catch your eye but it’s their food that’ll catch your attention. From Chicken Parm, to Lasagna, and some serious Pizza, there’s no wrong choice here. Just a heads up, there’s a good chance you’ll leave in a food coma. 

Posted by bbq chicken Waukegan on Tuesday, January 5, 2021

BBQ Chicken

554 N Green Bay Rd, Waukegan, IL 60085

If you’re looking for mind blowing chicken, BBQ Chicken will have you scratching your head and wondering, is this magic? Witch craft? How do they get it perfectly crispy!? Must-try flavors include Gang-Jeong, Honey Garlic, and Galbi. Don’t forget the Kimchi Fried Rice…wowza. 

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Dingers; A Chicago Cubs Podcast; Episode 35 – Yo, Bartender, Jobu Needs a Refill with Special Guest Evan AltmanNick Bon April 13, 2021 at 1:50 pm

This week the Dinger’s Crew is joined by Evan Altman from Cubs Insider to discuss the State of the Cubs, the offense approach at the plate and MLB reviews.

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Chicago Bears NFL Draft 2021: Desperate trades to make within NFC NorthRyan Heckmanon April 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm

Out of every team in the NFC North, the Chicago Bears and their fan base may have the least reason to be excited about the future. The Green Bay Packers are coming off a season in which they won the division while quarterback Aaron Rodgers won an MVP. Rodgers proved he has far too much […]

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Chicago Blackhawks: Did Seattle Kraken influence the trade deadline?Vincent Pariseon April 13, 2021 at 12:00 pm

The 2021 NHL Trade Deadline came and went for the Chicago Blackhawks along with the rest of the National Hockey League clubs. The Hawks did very well for themselves as they try to retool their organization for the future while remaining competitive in the present. They made a bunch of trades but a few things […]

Chicago Blackhawks: Did Seattle Kraken influence the trade deadline?Da Windy CityDa Windy City – A Chicago Sports Site – Bears, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, Blackhawks, Fighting Illini & More

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