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Jerome Finnigan was convicted in federal court of seeking to have another police officer murdered. | Associated Press photo

List shows two convicted cops were topic of dozens of complaints

A Palestinian man inspects the damage at a U.N. school at the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip after the area was hit by Israeli shelling on Wednesday. Israeli bombardments early on July 30 killed "dozens" of Palestinians in Gaza, including at least 16 at a U.N. school, medics said. | Getty Images

U.S. condemns shelling of U.N. school in Gaza

WASHINGTON — The White House condemned the shelling Wednesday of a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip that was sheltering Palestinians displaced by the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) are joined by survivors of campus sexual assault during a news conference about new legislation aimed at curbing sexual assaults. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Bill introduced to tackle sexual assault on college campuses

WASHINGTON — Colleges and universities could be more accountable to rape victims under legislation introduced Wednesday by a bipartisan group of senators.


Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

Former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) official Lois Lerner. | AP file photo

Lois Lerner called conservatives 'crazies' in emails

WASHINGTON — A former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party controversy called some right-wing Republicans "crazies" and more in emails released Wednesday.

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy Wednesday in Kansas City. | AP Photo

Obama has one request for GOP: 'Stop just hating all the time'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pointing the finger at Republicans for congressional inaction, President Barack Obama chided lawmakers Wednesday for spending the waning days before their month-long summer break trying to sue him rather than addressing economic issues that could boost the middle class.

Guests drink wine at BYOB Swedish restaurant Tre Kronor, 3258 W. Foster Ave. Restaurants like this will be able to continue the city tradition of having allowing diners to bring their own alcohol. | Ashlee Rezin/for Sun-Times Media

BYOB stays; City Council excludes restaurants from crackdown

The Chicago City Council on Wednesday preserved the cherished city tradition of bringing your own alcohol to dinner at some restaurants. It exempted restaurants from a watered-down ordinance passed at the urging of Ald. Deborah Graham (29th); that measure allows aldermen to strip BYOB privileges from parts of their wards covering “no less than two contiguous city blocks” after notifying all other impacted businesses.

A new contract with Chicago firefighters approved Wednesday by the City Council will upgrade ambulance service. It also includes $32 million in back pay. | Sun-Times Media

Council passes firefighters contract with ambulance upgrade

A new firefighter contract approved by the Chicago City Council on Wednesday has almost none of the concessions Mayor Rahm Emanuel hoped for, but a city officials said he hopes the "collaborative" approach will carry over as they continue to seek ways to shore up the police and fire pension funds. The contract also will upgrade the city's ambulance service.

Mayor Jane Byrne and Ald. Ed Burke at an event in 1984. | Sun-Times file photo.

City Council approves renaming park for ex-Mayor Jane Byrne

The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday memorializing the legacy of our forgotten mayor-- the city's only woman mayor -- Jane M. Byrne.

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.

Ald. Ed Burke (14th) called hiking the phone tax "a wise move," considering the financial problems the city faces. | Associated Press photo

City Council more than doubles telephone tax

Chicago aldermen dodged a political bullet by hiking phone fees, but the total annual hit may not go down easy with city taxpayers did not. Starting Sept. 1, the surcharge tacked on to telephone bills will rise to $3.90, up from $2.50. And the tax on pre-paid phones will rise from 7 percent to 9 percent, effective Oct. 1. A family of four with four cell phones and a land-line would end up paying $84 in additional taxes each year.