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CHICAGO (AP) - Authorities say a Chicago teenager killed himself after being chased by police, but his family thinks the officers shot him and they're calling for an independent investigation. The Chicago Tribune reports that police say 15-year-old Steve Rosenthal fled Friday when officers who allegedly saw him holding a handgun tried to question him. They say shortly after that he fatally shot himself on the back stairwell of his West Side home.
CHESTERTON, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say two Chicago boys died after they were pulled from Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes State Park in separate incidents. The Porter County coroner's office on Saturday identified one of the deceased as 10-year-old Joshua Torres. The second boy, a 14-year-old, was found in the water in the same area about an hour later. The older boy was taken to Porter Regional Hospital and later airlifted to a children's hospital at the University of Chicago. Officials say he died Sunday morning.
CHICAGO (AP) - A federal judge has tossed the conviction of a man for chaining his bike to the railing on a handicap ramp outside a veterans' hospital. The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin reports a magistrate judge last year found Pedro Donaldson guilty of violating a U.S. law prohibiting "unreasonable" obstructions of entryways at VA facilities. But a district judge said in a ruling last week the facts don't support findings the obstruction was "unreasonable," including because the bike itself was on the grass.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The future of feral cat colony at the University of Illinois-Springfield is in question after employees and students have been ordered to no longer feed the animals. University administrators in a letter cited health and sanitation concerns in issuing the order. However, mathematics instructor Carol Saltsgaver is expressing doubts about the administration's reasoning, noting the cats run away when people approach. Saltsgaver says she plans to continue feeding the cats.
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