Chicago braces for NFL Draft and its impact on the city

By Scott Guthrie and Connor Morgan
Additional Reporting by Nick Kariuki

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel pushed hard to land the 2015 NFL Draft. And now, just weeks after winning a second term in office, he can try to show why.

There will be no shortage of attention on Chicago and the league April 30 through May 2 for their joint experiment.

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VIDEO: Chicago protest in solidarity with Baltimore

By Rachael Ponn

In response to events in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody, protesters flooded Chicago’s South Side streets on Tuesday to condemn police violence and remember the hundreds who have died from it.

As the sun began to set, homemade signs with phrases like “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop Police Crimes” were held up by members of the crowd. The protest began outside Chicago police headquarters, but quickly swelled to more than 500 people and migrated east toward 35th Street and King Drive.

Malcolm London, the 22-year-old co-founder of Black Youth Project 100, was one of the event’s leaders.

“The reason why I fight,” London said, “is that every day, when I see my nieces and nephews playing outside or kicking it with me, it’s knowing that this current climate that they live in means that they may not make it to 22.”

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VIDEO: New improvements made to app that helps erase juvenile record

By Empriss Campbell

The Juvenile Justice Council of Mikva Challenge wants you to know you may be able to erase your record. The Juvenile Justice Council is a group of young students who are on a mission to improve the justice system. The JJC created the idea for a digital platform called Expunge.io to clarify the process. Medill’s Empriss Campbell talked with the group about their new advertisement campaign to spread the word.

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Twitter’s leaked earnings disappoint investors

By Taylor Hall

Twitter shares plummeted more than 6 percent after investors grew concerned over declining engagement and ad and user growth following the release of the company’s first quarter earnings late Tuesday.

The company’s net loss widened 22 percent to $162.4 million, or 25 cents per diluted share, from $132.4 million or 23 cents in the year ago period. Analysts had expected a net loss of 24 cents per diluted share.

Twitter advised investors to reduce expectations for the rest of the year, and warned that user and engagement growth would continue to decline.
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VIDEO: UberEATS launches in the Loop

By Abigail Hodgson

Foodies in Chicago don’t have to fret.

Powered by the same mobile app people request ride-shares from, Uber launched its lunch-delivery service Tuesday in Chicago and New York.

For a flat $3 delivery fee, Uber will arrive curbside with your meal in 10 minutes or less.

The app will offer two dishes from local restaurants on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu for the week is posted online. Options will range from $9 to $13 every day and won’t have a surge charge that consumers usually see during high-demand hours.

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Poor outlook for Kraft Foods after first quarter revenue decline

By Sara Shouhayib

Kraft Foods Group Inc.’s net income fell 16 percent and revenue declined slightly in the first quarter as the company dealt with restructuring and other costs associated with its planned merger with The H.J. Heinz Company.

Kraft said revenues were basically flat as increased shipments of Capri Sun and the launch of McCafé coffee were offset by losses in meals and dessert products.

For the quarter ended March 28, net income fell to $429 million or $0.72 per diluted share from $513 million or $0.85 from the same period last year. Analysts had expected earnings per share of $0.81. Continue reading

Music helps Southside school with education

By Amina Ismail

There are many reasons why educators encourage high school students to join band classes. Arts and music build essential skills such as creativity and innovation. But there is another important reason that many people may not have known.

Studies have indicated that high school students who participate in bands score better grades on SAT exams and are more likely to do better in college.

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