2 Chicago-area newsstands gearing up to sell copies of Charlie Hebdo

By Ellen Kobe

Two Chicago-area newsstands are preparing to sell the “survivor   issue” of Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French publication that gained worldwide attention after two masked gunmen killed 12 people, including 10 journalists and two police officers at its Paris headquarters two weeks ago.

Eric Ismond, manager of the Chicago-Main Newsstand in Evanston, verified that  limited copies of Charlie Hebdo will be for sale at 7 a.m. Friday. The weekly newspaper will also be sold at City Newsstand in Portage Park starting at 7 a.m. Ismond said that the two stores will most likely not implement a raffle drawing process for customers to obtain copies because he is expecting the magazine distributor LMPI to deliver a larger quantity to both locations next week.

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Measles numbers on the rise from Disneyland exposure

By Shanley Chien

The measles outbreak originating from people exposed to the virus at Disneyland over the holiday season is still spreading,  though there are no confirmed cases in Illinois associated with the theme park exposure.

The recent measles outbreak linked to the Disneyland exposure over the holiday season came on the heels of the country’s worst year of reported cases since the measles was declared eradicated in 2000. Continue reading

UnitedHealth tops both Q4 and 2014 estimates, predicts strong gains

by Jin Wu

UnitedHealth Group Inc. (NYSE: UNH), one of the nation’s biggest health issuers, reported higher profits in both the fourth quarter and the full year that topped analysts’ estimates as revenues increased in Optum, its healthcare management technology and consulting division, and its public and senior sector. Its stock climbed 3.5 percent.

The company earned $1.51 billion, or $1.55 per diluted share attributable to common shareholders, in the quarter ended December 31, up 5.8 percent from $1.43 billion, or $1.41 per diluted share attributable to common shareholders, in the year-earlier quarter. The diluted EPS beat the $1.50 analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Continue reading

Rahm’s free college offer gets closer look

By Phoebe Tollefson

With an average City Colleges of Chicago graduation rate of just 13 percent and student complaints of expensive enrollment mistakes that delay graduation, Mayor Rahm Emanuel still touts his plan to make community college education free for qualifying applicants.

Lesley-Anne Camilotes is a good example of what can go wrong. Under her adviser’s guidance, the radiology student at Truman College completed the coursework and paid approximately $475 for a higher level math class she did not need to graduate, simply because she tested into it. She is now paying for and completing the required course, a semester behind schedule.

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St. Sabina community deplores ‘watered-down’ version of King’s legacy

By Andersen Xia & Thomas Yau

A day before the slain civil rights leader’s birthday, parishioners accuse the “establishment” of giving the public a watered-down version of the non-violence movement, claiming vestiges of racism continue to pervade American society. Continue reading

D-Generation: An exaltation of larks

By Jessica T. Gable

On a darkened stage in Chicago’s Columbia College Dance Center on Jan. 16, four lifelike puppets bound to tiny wheelchairs stared out across the sea of empty seats with a gaze that seemed too penetrating to come from something inanimate. Continue reading

VIDEO: Notes from underground: Pedway businesses thrive in cold weather

By Janel Forte

Chicago’s Pedway is a series of tunnels, bridges and concourses spanning over 40 blocks downtown. Completely enclosed, it allows pedestrians to avoid inclement weather. During the winter months especially, businesses see a hike in profits.

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Airbus and Boeing have record years despite weak stock

By Ezra Kaplan

After a year of consistently declining stock value, Airbus announced a new company record for planes delivered in 2014. Boeing also broke a company record after delivering nearly 100 more planes than Airbus during the year. Continue reading

Delta’s stock surged after 4th Quarter earnings released

Delta Air Lines Inc.‘s stock shot up 7.26 percent after the release of its fourth-quarter report on Tuesday morning, despite its net income’s swinging down to a loss of $712 million dollars in the December quarter, or 86 cents loss per diluted share, from the year-ago earnings of $9.89 per diluted share.

The adjusted non-GAAP net income, however, was $649 million, or 78 cents per diluted share, beating the consensus forecast of 75 cents, according to Zacks Investment Research.

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Garcia to voters: My ‘priorities very different’ from Emanuel’s

By Matt Yurus

Speaking before Karen Lewis and other city leaders at City Club of Chicago Tuesday, mayoral candidate Jesus “Chuy” Garcia reminded voters that his “priorities are very different from those of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.”

Garcia argued that his plans for education, policing and financial reforms would bring steady improvements to Chicago. His tone was cautiously optimistic, acknowledging that these reforms would take time.

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