<![CDATA[NBC Chicago - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/5-Chicago-Blue.png NBC Chicago http://www.nbcchicago.comen-usTue, 23 Aug 2016 16:30:07 -0500Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:30:07 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[4 Killed, Including 3 Children, in Apartment Building Fire]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:24:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/Fire19.png

Four people were killed, three of whom were children, in an extra-alarm fire in a South Chicago apartment complex early Tuesday morning.

Around 1:40 a.m. firefighters were called to a burning three-story building in the 8100 block of South Essex Avenue, authorities said.

A 3-month-old baby was discovered inside the building and died after being rushed to Comer Children’s Hospital, fire officials said.

Crews searched for hours after the blaze was put out for three others, two children and a man, who were unaccounted for before they were found dead in two different locations of the building.

The bodies of two children, whose ages are not yet known, were found in one apartment, fire officials said, and the body of an adult male was in another location.

One woman on the scene told NBC 5 the children were her nieces, ages 7 and 4, who were staying with the 4-year-old’s father at the building when the fire broke out.

Three additional adults were taken to area hospitals, one believed to be the father of the infant killed in the fire. A witness told NBC 5 he had tried to save himself and the child by jumping from a third-story window with the baby in his arms.

A person of interest suspected of starting the fire was taken into custody, police said.

The Red Cross was on the scene to help families displaced in the fire. 

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Couple Left Infants in Car While Gambling at Casino: Report]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:38:54 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/gambling_generic.jpg

A couple reportedly left their infant children alone in a car while they gambled at a Chicago-area casino over the weekend.

The Northwest Indiana Times reports that a 30-year-old woman from East Chicago and a 30-year-old man from Hammond were arrested on preliminary charges of child endangerment after officers were called to the Ameristar Casino to help two infants in distress in a vehicle.

Officers arrived at the casino around 6:30 p.m. Sunday and found a 3-month-old child and a 1-year-old child alone in a car, according to the report.

The doors were unlocked, but the windows were all reportedly shut.

Temperatures Monday were said to have reached into the upper-70s and low-80s in the area. That means temperatures inside the car could have reached between 104 and 109 degrees inside the vehicle within 20 minutes, according to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. 

A police report indicated the mother came out of the building and told authorities she had left the kids with their father. About 10 minutes later, the father emerged, saying he had gone inside to use the bathroom.

But the NWI Times said security footage at the casino showed both had been playing table games in the casino for about 20 minutes.

The names of the parents have not been released. Child Protective Services has reportedly taken custody of both children.

Photo Credit: clipart.com]]>
<![CDATA[Chicago Marathon Announces 2016 Elite Runners]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:04:33 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/211*120/GettyImages-457314314.jpg

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon has traditionally brought some of the world’s best marathoners to the streets of Chicago, and this year will be no different.

Marathon officials have announced that current marathon world record holder and 2013 Chicago champion Dennis Kimetto of Kenya will join 2015 Chicago Marathon champion and fellow Kenyan Florence Kiplagat as they race for the crown at the 39th annual event in October.

The event will feature five past champions, the most returning champions to toe the line in the same race in event history, according to organizers. Joining Kimetto in the men’s elite field are 2015 marathon champion Dickson Chumba, 2012 winner Tsegaye Kebede, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Micah Kogo and debut marathoner and 8K world record holder Stephen Sambu. Racing Kiplagat in the women’s elite field are Boston Marathon champion Atsede Baysa and Chicago newcomers Valentine Kipketer and Gulume Chala.

“Dickson, Tsegaye and Atsede have run their fastest career marathons in Chicago, and both Tsegaye and Dennis have experienced the thrill of breaking our course record,” Executive Race Director Carey Pinkowski said in a statement. “To have so many past champions in one competition is thrilling. And there is depth on the American side as well; without pacesetters, we could see a new champion emerge from this talented field.” 

The Chicago Marathon steps off Oct. 9 and takes runners through 29 neighborhoods in the city. Last year, an estimated 1.7 million spectators lined the streets to cheer on more than 37,400 runners. 

Men’s Elite Field

Kimetto became the first runner in history to cover each 5K segment under in 14:50 and made history at the 2014 Berlin Marathon when he became the first person to run in under two hours and three minutes, setting a world record.

He will be challenged by Chumba, who will look to defend his 2015 title. Chumba first gained global recognition in 2014 with a win and course record at the Tokyo Marathon. He finished third place at the 2014 Chicago Marathon in his current personal record of 2:04:32. He went on to win in 2015.

Kebede, a 2008 Olympic Marathon bronze medalist, is one of the most accomplished marathon runners of the last decade, marathon organizers said. He has finished in the top 10 of 15 Abbott World Marathon Majors races since 2009, including three victories, three runner-up finishes and five third place finishes. His last run in Chicago four years ago ended with him setting a personal and course record, though that course record was later broken by Kimetto.

Kogo has not yet won a marathon, but he did win an Olympic bronze medal in the 10,000m. He also has a track personal record of 26:35.63, making him the sixth fastest man in history at the distance. He's hoping to claim his first marathon victory in Chicago. 

Sambu has won both the 2015 and 2016 Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago, but he will be making his marathon debut in the Windy City this year. He brings with him world record 8k and 10,000m speed.

Kenya’s Gideon Kipketer and American Luke Puskedra, of Oregon, plan to also seek their place at the podium in Chicago. Kipketer has won the 2016 Mumbai Marathon and Puskedra set a personal record in last year’s Chicago Marathon, becoming the sixth American in the last two decades to finish in the top five in the event.

Japanese contenders include Koji Gokaya, Takuya Fukatsu, Kazuya Ishida and Ryoichi Matsuo. The four will be looking to run their way to a top finish in this year’s race.

Other Americans in the elite field include Nick Arciniaga and Diego Estrada of Arizona and Tim Young of Virginia.

Women’s Elite Field

Kiplagat, the current world record holder in the half marathon, will also return to Chicago to defend her 2015 title. She is the current world record holder in the half marathon and 2011 and 2013 Berlin Marathon champion.

Baysa, who will line up in Chicago for the fourth time, has more Chicago victories on her resume than her Kenyan rival with victories in the 2010 and 2012 marathons. The reigning champion at the Boston Marathon and also claimed the crown twice at the Paris Marathon and in Istanbul, Xiamen and Saitama.

Valentine Kipketer, who will be making her Chicago Marathon debut, was among the top contenders in the 2016 Boston Marathon but finished fifth in the race after Baysa hard charged the finish line in one of the biggest come-from-behind victories in history, the marathon said. She started her career in 20088 but took a maternity break before returning to the roads in 2015. She’s claimed victories previously in Amsterdam and Mumbai.

Chala will be making her first appearance in an AWMM event after competing in the 42K distance for four years. She has run 12 marathons within those four years and will look to be a top contender as she competed among the best athletes on the global stage.

American Serena Burla, of Virginia, is a two-time U.S. Olympic Marathon trials qualifier and was the 2014 U.S. Half Marathon champion. She will be joined by six-time Chicago Marathon veteran and Chicago native Tera Moody, who made a comeback at the 2015 race after a struggle with injuries. Sarah Crouch, of North Carolina will also return for her third event after a huge breakthrough in Chicago in 2014, taking 12 minutes from her personal record to finish in the top 10.

Two-time Danish Olympian Jessica Draskau Petersson, 2016 Polish champ Angieszka Mierzejewska and 2012 British Olympian Freya Ross will also join the women’s field. Mierzejewska, like Chala, will be racing in her first Abbott World Marathon Majors event and has finished in the top three of all six marathons she has run so far. Ross, who is coached by 1984 and1985 Chicago Marathon champion Steve Jones, will make her return after a broken hip sidelined her plans in 2014 and 2015.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Donald Trump Makes Texas Campaign Swing]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:14:25 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-592602866.jpg

Republicans usually count Texas as a lock early in the general election campaign, but presidential nominee Donald Trump will be in Fort Worth Tuesday for a fundraiser and in Austin for a rally.

A quick stop in Texas to raise money for a campaign is very common, but hosting a rally in the Lone Star State just 11 weeks out from the general election is not.

"The dye is cast here in Texas. It's going to go Republican, and so a lot of consultants feel like he's wasting his time here," said Gromer Jeffers, political reporter for The Dallas Morning News.

Texas has gone red in every presidential election since 1976.

"In fact, no presidential candidate on either side – Democrat or Republican – has held a public rally in Texas this late in the process since Bob Dole in 1996," Jeffers said.

This visit comes as Trump faces new criticism for his perceived weakening stance on immigration. Over the weekend Trump met with Hispanic leaders and now some say he's open to a path for legalization.

All eyes are now on Texas to see what the GOP nominee says next.

"He says he's regretted some of the things he's said in the past, so you're going to see a more measured Trump, and it'll be interesting to see how that plays not just here in Texas, but in Austin, which is sort of one of the blue hubs in the state," Jeffers said.

On Thursday former president Bill Clinton is scheduled to appear at fundraising stops in Dallas, Houston and San Antonio in support of his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But no rallies are scheduled.

Photo Credit: WireImage]]>
<![CDATA[Teacher's Rap Video Yields School Supply Offers]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:22:20 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/217*120/reed0823.png

A north suburban student-teacher’s passion for music and his classroom has garnered internet acclaim and offers of school supplies after a rap video he made was posted to social media.

Dwayne Reed, 25, a first-year student teacher at Jane Stenson Elementary School in Skokie, posted a rap video titled “Welcome to The Fourth Grade” on the video sharing site over the weekend. He said he chose a more creative and engaging way to introduce himself than a boring old newsletter so many students have grown accustomed to.

“I wanted a cool way to introduce myself to the students and the parents I was gonna have,” Reed said.

Reed, originally from the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago but now living in Skokie, said the idea came to him when a filmmaker friend, Ty Gotham, said he wanted to make a music video.

“I think I’m somewhat gifted at music,” Reed said. “It’s simply a way for me to try to connect with my students.”

Sue O’Neil, principal at Jane Stenson, says she’s happy to be working with Reed.

“I think he’s gonna bring a lot of creativity and I just think the kids are gonna relate to him really well,” she said.

Reed said the video was shot Saturday, edited just after midnight Sunday morning and posted to YouTube.

Users on the social media site reddit were quick to share the video, encouraging Reed with praise and offering to donate school supplies to his class.

“That would be so amazing,” he said. “I would love for them to donate supplies to my kids.”

Reed says basic supplies like notepads, pens and folders, to winter clothes and shoes would all be helpful donations. “A lot of the students here are low income,” he said.

Reed says he plans to use his passion for music to help kids come up with their own songs to help them study.

“Regardless of how cheesy it is, if it helps them remember something, if it helps them excel on the test, or in life, I’m fine with it, I’m backing it,” he said. “You can’t disconnect music from true life, so if we want our students to live excellent lives, we gotta have music involved in that.”

Reed said his enthusiasm and positivity are heavily tied to his faith and he doesn’t agree with some of the more negative comments that plague posts like his on social media—specifically those that say he will lose his enthusiasm as time goes on.

“My joy, my enthusiasm, my passion isn’t necessarily tied or weighed down by teaching,” he said. “I have that joy, that enthusiasm for every aspect in my life.”

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Graduate Students Working at Private Universities Can Unionize]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:38:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/215*120/Columbia4.jpg

The National Labor Relations Board ruled on Tuesday that graduate students who work as teaching and research assistants at private universities are entitled to unionize.

The Board said the decision reverses a 2004 ruling that concluded workers were not entitled to collective bargaining because they were students at the universities, according to Inside Higher Ed.

The ruling came from a case involving a bid by the United Auto Workers to organize graduate students at Columbia University.

"The board has the statutory authority to treat student assistants as statutory employees, where they perform work, at the direction of the university, for which they are compensated. Statutory coverage is permitted by virtue of an employment relationship; it is not foreclosed by the existence of some other, additional relationship that the [National Labor Relations] Act does not reach," says the decision.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Metra Trains Halted Near West Hinsdale After Person Struck]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:17:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/BREAKING-NEWS-22.png

Inbound and outbound trains on Metra’s BNSF line have been halted near West Hinsdale after an Amtrak train hit a pedestrian, the transit agency said Tuesday afternoon.

Details on the crash weren’t immediately clear and Metra said the duration of the delay was not immediately known.

Check back for details on this developing story.

<![CDATA[Mylan Execs Got Raises and Hiked EpiPen Prices]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:00:29 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP_302359722512.jpg

EpiPen prices aren't the only thing to jump at Mylan. Executive salaries have also seen a stratospheric uptick, NBC News reported.

Proxy filings show that from 2007 to 2015, Mylan CEO Heather Bresch's total compensation went from $2,453,456 to $18,931,068, a 671 percent increase. During the same period, the company raised EpiPen prices, with the average wholesale price going from $56.64 to $317.82, a 461 percent increase, according to data provided by Connecture.

In 2007 the company bought the rights to EpiPen, a device used to provide emergency epinephrine to stop a potentially fatal allergic reaction and began raising its price. In 2008 and 2009, Mylan raised the price by 5 percent. At the end of 2009 it tried out a 19 percent hike. The years 2010-2013 saw a succession of 10 percent price hikes.

And from the fourth quarter of 2013 to the second quarter of 2016, Mylan steadily raised EpiPen prices 15 percent every other quarter.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[A Look at the Records Kris Bryant Set So Far This Season]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:59:40 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-591896292_master.jpg Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is one of baseball's best players, and he's made a great deal of history in just his second season.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Minnesota Wild to Use Prince Tune as New Goal Song]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:40:43 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-523341320.jpg

When world-famous musician Prince passed away earlier this year, the city of Minneapolis lost one of its greatest homegrown talents, but now the Minnesota Wild are prepared to honor his memory at home games this season.

That’s because the Wild are going to use the Prince tune “Let’s Go Crazy” as their new goal song this season. The song was chosen during a survey of the team’s season ticket-holders, and the organization made the decision official on Tuesday.

“Our in-arena experience is designed for the fans, so it’s great to be able to show them we take their feedback to heart,” said John Maher, VP of brand, content, and communications for the Wild. “At the same time, it’s our privilege to celebrate an iconic hometown artists that clearly has had an incredible impact on our community and the world.”

The Wild will also host a tribute to Prince at their booth for the Minnesota State Fair later this week, according to a press release by the team.

During the 2016 playoffs, the Wild used rally towels on the backs of seats to construct a tribute to the legendary musician:

Previous to “Let’s Go Crazy,” the Wild used the tune “Crowd Chant” Joe Satriani as their goal song.

Photo Credit: Getty Images
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Texas Teacher Eliminates Homework for 2nd-Graders]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:03:39 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/199*120/no-homework-image.jpg

A North Texas teacher's letter to parents about her new homework policy has gone viral.

You've likely already seen it on social media, but maybe didn't realize the teacher is from right here in the Dallas Fort Worth area.

Brandy Young is a second grade teacher at Godley Elementary School in Johnson County.

Before school started today, Young sent a letter home to parents of her students, basically telling them their children will not have homework this year.

Young explained her extensive research has been "unable to prove that homework improves student performance."


So, instead, Young is asking parents to spend their evenings doing things that helps with their child's school success.

She also requests that the children eat dinner as a family, read, play outside and go to bed early.

The letter was posted on Facebook by one mother, Samantha Gallagher, who wrote that her daughter was loving her new teacher. The post has been shared more than 69,000 times.

The superintendent of the Godley Independent School District, Rich Dear, said that teachers were encouraged to be innovative and to do what was best for their pupils.

"And Brandy and some of our second-grade teachers felt like that reducing assigned homework was good for our kids," he said. "And I support them for putting our learners first."

Dear said that a half dozen second-grade teachers were dropping homework for the year and would evaluate the results in their classrooms.

"We're not saying we won't ever assign homework," he said. "We're just saying we aren't assigning homework just for the sake of assigning it. Meaningful homework will always have its place."

One education professor, Harris M. Cooper of Duke University, disagreed with Young's assessment of homework. It can improve achievement for second-graders if it covers vocabulary, spelling, math and other subject matter that children learn through practice, he said.

Homework can be beneficial in other ways too, he said. It can show children that what they learn at school can apply to what they enjoy doing at home. It lets them know that they can learn anywhere. It can help them develop strong study and time management skills. And it allows parents to keep up with what their children are doing in school.

Assignments for children that age should take 20 minutes and should be short, simple and lead to success, he said. Children can be asked to read the back of a cereal box and discuss it in school or to apply math to sports that they like, whether goals scored in soccer or a batting average.

"Make it relevant, make it fun and make it part of what kids want to do," he said. "That's her challenge, not cut it off entirely."

A Met Life survey done in 2007 found that 60 percent of parents thought that schools were giving the right amount of homework, according to Tom Loveless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of The Brown Center Report on American Education, an annual report analyzing trends in education. Twenty-five percent said the amount was too little and only 15 percent said too much.

Another poll conducted by Public Agenda in 2006 reported similar numbers: 68 percent of parents finding the amount of homework about right, 20 percent saying too little and 11 percent saying too much. And a third poll, by AP-AOL in 2006, had the highest percentage of parents saying too much homework was assigned, 19 percent, to 23 percent too little and 57 percent about right, Loveless said.

This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Total Solar Eclipse to Be Seen in US for 1st Time in Decades]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:28:38 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/219*120/072109+Solar+Eclipse.jpg

It’s a solar event that hasn’t been seen in the U.S. since 1979, but next summer, it will be visible in viewing areas across the country.

Called the “Great American Eclipse,” a total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the U.S. in Aug. 21, 2017.

While all of North America and part of South America will experience, at least, a partial solar eclipse on that date, a line from the northwest coast to the southeast coast will be able to see rare solar totality, according to NASA.

A total solar eclipse is typically only visible from a small area on Earth. It marks the moment with the moon orbits Earth and moves between the sun and Earth, blocking the sun’s light.

On Aug. 21, 2017, the sun, moon and Earth will be in a direct line, making it appear in some areas as though it is night.

In the Midwest, the best places to see the event will be in far southern Illinois and parts of northern Missouri and western Kentucky, though much of that view will depend on the forecast during the event.

In fact, it’s in southern Illinois that viewers across the country will be able to see the greatest duration, when the length of the total phase lasts the longest, NASA reports. The specific location for the moment the eclipse will hit its time peak will be near Carbondale, which will likely see 2 minutes and 35 seconds of totality, according to the Great American Eclipse site. 

For those unable to see the total eclipse, they can still catch a partial eclipse, which means the sun, moon and Earth are not exactly lined up, but the sun appears to have a dark shadow on part of its surface.

The next time a total solar eclipse will take place is in 2024.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Pence Cancels Chicago Appearance Amid Planned Protests]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:13:14 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/166*120/GettyImages-586220286.jpg

Indiana Gov. and Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence canceled a scheduled event in Chicago Tuesday as Illinois Democrats and community leaders staged a protest of his appearance.

Pence, who is running alongside GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, was scheduled to address the City Club of Chicago Tuesday at Mariano’s Banquets. The appearance was canceled following recent shake-ups to the Trump campaign, Crain’s Chicago Business reported.

A group of Democratic leaders and demonstrators, including state Sen. Daniel Biss and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza, protested Pence’s trip at Trump Tower Tuesday, condemning Trump's "hateful and dangerous plan to deport 11 million immigrants.” The event also featured leaders from immigrant communities speaking out against Trump’s deportation policy.

Pence is scheduled to attend a big-ticket fundraising dinner in Chicago Tuesday. Tickets for the event range from $1,000 to $25,000, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

However, it is unclear if Pence will still attend the event given the shake-ups to the campaign. The Indiana governor is scheduled to make a pair of campaign stops in Pennsylvania Tuesday, NBC Philadelphia reported.

<![CDATA[MLB Announces 2016 Postseason Schedule]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:51:13 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/168*120/GettyImages-591881986.jpg

When it comes to watching sports, having time to plan your schedule is key, and MLB has helpfully obliged as they’ve released their full postseason schedule.

Chicago Cubs fans will want to circle Friday, Oct. 7, on their calendars, as that is the date that both National League Division Series will get started. Both series will run through Oct. 13 at the latest, with the best-of-five series determining which teams will get into the League Championship Series.

The NLCS will kick off on Oct. 15, with the best-of-seven series running through Oct. 23 if necessary.

Finally, the World Series, the one that all Cubs fans will be hoping their team can reach for the first time since 1945, will start on Oct. 25 in an American League city. The first World Series game that could take place at Wrigley Field would take place on Oct. 28.

If the Chicago White Sox can pull off a miracle and reach the postseason (they are currently 13 games out of the American League Central lead and eight and a half games out of the second AL wild card spot), their road would likely begin on Oct. 4, with the AL Wild Card game. The ALDS kicks off on Oct. 6, with the ALCS then beginning on Oct. 14.

Here is the full list of games:

Tues., Oct. 4: AL Wild Card Game, TBS

Wed, Oct. 5: NL Wild Card Game, ESPN

League Division Series

Thurs, Oct. 6: ALDS A, Game 1

ALDS B, Game 1

Fri, Oct. 7: ALDS A, Game 2

ALDS B, Game 2

NLDS A, Game 1

NLDS B, Game 1

Sat, Oct. 8: NLDS A, Game 2

NLDS B, Game 2

Sun, Oct. 9: ALDS A, Game 3

ALDS B, Game 3

Mon, Oct. 10: ALDS A, Game 4*

ALDS B, Game 4*

NLDS A, Game 3

NLDS B, Game 3

Tues, Oct. 11: NLDS A, Game 4*

NLDS B, Game 4*

Wed, Oct. 12: ALDS A, Game 5*

ALDS B, Game 5*

Thurs, Oct. 13: NLDS A, Game 5*

NLDS B, Game 5*

League Championship Series

Fri, Oct. 14: ALCS Game 1

Sat, Oct. 15: ALCS Game 2

NLCS Game 1

Sun, Oct. 16: NLCS Game 2

Mon, Oct. 17: ALCS Game 3

Tues, Oct. 18: ALCS Game 4

NLCS Game 3

Wed, Oct. 19: ALCS*

NLCS Game 4

Thurs, Oct. 20: NLCS Game 5*

Fri, Oct. 21: ALCS Game 6*

Sat, Oct. 22: ALCS Game 7*

NLCS Game 6*

Sun, Oct. 23: NLCS Game 7*

World Series

Tues, Oct. 25: Game 1, AL City

Wed, Oct. 26: Game 2, AL City

Fri, Oct. 28: Game 3, NL City

Sat, Oct. 29: Game 4, NL City

Sun, Oct. 30: Game 5, NL City*

Tues, Nov. 1: Game 6, AL City*

Wed, Nov. 2: Game 7, AL City*

All American League playoff games will be televised on TBS, while the National League will be split between Fox Sports 1, Fox, and MLB Network. The World Series will be televised on Fox.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Target Refunds Millions of Dollars Worth of Sheets]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:58:03 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-183984938.jpg

Target Corp. is refunding millions of dollars worth of sheets after finding a textile supply company was pawning off phony fabrics as luxurious Egyptian-cotton.

Approximately 750,000 sheets and pillowcases manufactured by Welspun India Ltd. were labeled to be 500-threat count Egyptian cotton, Bloomberg reports, but found to be a knockoff instead.

“After an extensive investigation, we recently confirmed that Welspun substituted another type of non-Egyptian cotton when producing these sheets between August 2014 and July 2016,” Target announced Friday.

The Minneapolis-based retailer has since pulled all Welspun products – sold under labels Fieldcrest and Crowning Touch – from its stores and website.

“Neither Target nor Fieldcrest had any knowledge of this substitution,” the company said in a statement. “These sheets were produced by a number of vendors and only one of those vendors was substituting product.”

Falsely labeled products were sold for as much as $175 per set, Business Insider reports, amounting in $90 million in potential refunds for Target.

Target has terminated its partnership with the Mumbai-based supplier, which responded by saying it was investigating the claims.

“We have initiated immediate actions to investigate the root cause. We are appointing an external auditor (one of the Big Four) to audit our supply systems and processes,” Welspun wrote in the release. “This is an issue of highest priority for us and we will take all necessary steps to address it.”

By Sunday, Welspun’s shares had fallen 20 percent, the most in a decade, according to Bloomberg.

Welspun managing director Rajesh Mandawewala maintained to Bloomberg Monday that the “error” was about “fiber provenance” and not about quality.

Customers who purchased the products during the timeframe can request a refund in the form of a gift card on Target’s web form here.

<![CDATA[Five New Cases of Zika Found in Florida, Miami Reduces Affected Zone]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 16:29:23 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/080516+zika+wynwood.jpg

Five new non-travel related cases of Zika were found in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott announced on Tuesday, even as most of the Wynwood section of Miami was removed from the area in which officials say the virus is being transmitted.

Scott said that, following testing from the Department of Health, just a half square mile remains in the Wynwood zone. Four of the new cases were in Wynwood and one in Pinellas County, the first in the state outside Miami-Dade. 

"While this investigation is ongoing, DOH still believes that ongoing active transmissions are only occurring in the two previously identified areas in Wynwood and Miami Beach," Scott said at a meeting in Clearwater. "As we've seen in Wynwood, our aggressive mosquito control and public education efforts are working which is why DOH was able to clear a significant area in Wynwood today."

In all, the Department of Health has cleared about 76 blocks of Wynwood, a neighborhood that draws arts lovers from across the world to its galleries and large outdoor murals. 

The five new findings bring the total number of locally transmitted cases in Florida to 42 since the outbreak began earlier this summer.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said that one more scheduled spraying is planned in the area this Saturday.

Zika can cause microcephaly and other severe birth defects and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn pregnant women not to travel to the affected areas. Pregnant women who live in the affected areas should be tested for the virus. 

On Tuesday, the CDC added a travel notice for the Bahamas. Other countries on the list include Cape Verde, Mexico, and ones in Central and South America, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. 

Scott said that Florida was committed to ensuring that every county had the resources it needed to fight the virus and was ready to assist residents and visitors.

Miami-Dade and Pinellas counties sprayed and took other abatement steps against the mosquitos responsible for transmitting Zika, Aedes aegypti.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Ken Doll in a Dress Spurs Debate for Bakery]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:10:02 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/KenCake0823_MP4-147197135383900001.jpg A Sacramento bakery is getting a lot of buzz over a specialty cake. A customer ordered a Ken doll cake, and Freeport Bakery delivered, putting a twist on its popular Barbie doll cake. Co-owner Marlene Goetzeler posted an image of the cake on the Freeport Bakery Facebook page, which generated a lot of attention, both sweet and sour. She said initially, they even lost some followers. ]]> <![CDATA[Realtor's Romantic Rendezvous Interrupted by Cops]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:07:59 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_realtorsexa0823_1920x1080.jpg Police in Friendswood, Texas, say it was a late-night realtor rendezvous that landed real estate agent Kayla Marisa Seloff and Joshua Gene Leal behind bars on Saturday. When neighbors called police after they spotted suspicious activity at a vacant home, officers showed up to find the pair lying on the floor inside. Investigators say Seloff initially claimed the two were married and had just bought the home a day prior. Then, police asked for ID and the two led them to their car, where officers found a glass pipe and marijuana. Officers said shortly after talking with police, Selofff admitted she was actually the realtor, and not the new homeowner who had just closed on the house a day before.]]> <![CDATA[Suspects Disappear After 'Possible Barricade' Situation]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 23:05:46 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/212*120/parkforestswatstandoff.png

Sky 5 captured dramatic video as police released smoke at the scene of a possible barricade situation in south suburban Park Forest Monday night.

The situation started around noon as a home burglary in the 100 block of Hemlock Street.

“Witnesses reported seeing suspects flee into a home nearby,” said Deputy Police Chief Christopher Mannino.

Police were unable to make contact with the suspects and believed one may have been armed with a gun. The South Suburban Emergency Response Team was called in.

“It’s better to be safe than sorry,” Mannino said.

Police with guns drawn surrounded the house for hours.

“My daughter called me and she asked me, ‘Mom, what’s going on over your house?’” said Shelby Green, a neighbor.

Green and others were asked to stay away from the home in question. They say the police activity is unusual in their neighborhood.

“I was like in awe,” Green said. “Really in our neighborhood, it’s so quest over here.”

Another neighbor, Latonya Garnett, echoed Green’s shock.

“It’s a quiet neighborhood—and it’s just sad,” Garnett said. “I’m hoping everyone is OK, I’m praying for everyone.

Police only have a vague description of the suspects involved.

<![CDATA[Bat Population in Illinois on The Rise, Experts Say ]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:49:11 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/190*120/GettyImages-80317876.jpg

For 33 years, Tom Starai, of All Animal Wildlife Eviction in Crystal Lake, has been helping people deal with a problem that appears to be on the rise in the Chicago area: Bats getting into peoples’ homes.

Brian Smith and his family ended up being some of the latest victims.

“We saw it Saturday night, I was doing laundry, all of a sudden it just flew out and scared the heck out of me,” Smith said.

Starai and his crew searched the home inside and out to find where the bats might have gotten in.

Starai says the bat population has grown.

“We used to handle one to three cases a year and that started about 25 years ago,” Starai said. “And then the next year we did five and then the next year we did 15, and it has just excelled from there.”

In Elmhurst, late last week, several bats delayed the first day of school at Jefferson Elementary.

School officials hired a pest control company to remove the bats and fully disinfected the whole school.

Rebecca Fyffe works for ABC Humane Wildlife, which helps educate the public about how to handle bats. Fyffe said the number of bats invading homes has been going up.

“The number of bats we’ve captured are up,” Fyffe said. “In 2015 from January until now we captured 33 bats and in the same time this year, we’ve captured 42.”

Starai and his crew discovered that just a couple of bats may have gotten into Smith’s home—and Starai stresses that people should use professionals to handle those bats.

“You make the wrong decision and it can affect somebody’s life,” Starai said.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Illinois Soldier Found Dead in Fort Hood Barracks]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:23:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/206*120/SPC_SERVANT0822.jpg

An Illinois soldier stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, was found dead Friday in his barracks room, officials announced Monday.

Spc. Dion Shannon Servant, 24, of Maywood, entered active-duty service as a petroleum supply specialist in June 2014, according to a news release from Fort Hood. Servant was assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division since December of 2014.

According to the news release, Servant’s awards include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Army Service Ribbon.

The incident is under investigation, the release said.

Photo Credit: Fort Hood]]>
<![CDATA[Man Spends 365 Days Preparing Epic Proposal for Girlfriend]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:02:01 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/schmitz+and+roesch+proposal.jpg

It was a proposal 365 days in the making.

Josh Schmitz knew he wanted to ask his girlfriend Danielle Roesch to marry him in a special way, but she never could have expected he would spend the last year preparing for the big day.

The two met on Tinder in 2014 and went on their first date Oct. 8. By Aug. 19, 2015, Schmitz set out on a mission to create the perfect wedding proposal, saying he knew Roesch was the one.

“I had been thinking about what I could do for a proposal long before any man would want to admit,” Schmitz said, adding he had been coming up with ideas for about six months before settling on his year-long plan.

Schmitz, a heavy equipment manager, doesn’t see Roesch much during the week days as he leaves for work at 4:45 a.m. So the two started writing each other notes in the morning.

Schmitz leaves Roesch a message before he leaves for work and when he comes home there’s a note waiting for him.

“It’s always something to kind of look forward to and it’s a part of our routine,” he said.

That would become the inspiration behind his proposal.

“I wanted to be able to show her how much I cared about her every day and I wanted to be able to incorporate work into it too because I spend a lot of time at work,” Schmitz said.

So he began filming himself with love notes to his future fiancée. One every day for a year. The footage features him at work, on vacations, in their apartment and in nature. 

“The first month making it was like, 'OK this is pretty fun' and then it turned into, ‘Wow I’ve got 11 more months. That’s a long time,’ but I stuck with it,” he said.

He hired someone to turn his 10-second clips into a movie, and had one of Roesch’s friends plan a fake corporate event at the Adler Planetarium.

But when Roesch arrived, instead of a corporate event, she was met with her family and friends and a large video screen playing the 21-minute film Schmitz had so thoughtfully created.

The film ends with a note that tells Roesch to meet Schmitz by Lake Michigan.

There, he stood surrounded by rose petals holding a white board that read, “Will you be my wife?” with two options “yes” or “maybe.”

“I’ve never been more nervous for anything in my entire life,” Schmitz said. “I’m just glad she didn’t say maybe. That would have been awkward.”

In the end, all the time was worth it, he said, and Roesch checked yes.

“To see the look on her face of that surprise and you could just tell, she’s known how much I love her but I think it really soaked in,” he said. “It’s the first and hopefully the last time I’d want to see my girlfriend cry at something.”

The proposal has since made headlines across the city.

“My intentions were never for anything to ever come of this. It was for her to see and for me to show her how much I love her and how much I think about her,” Schmitz said. “It’s nice to see people who appreciate a good story … Maybe it’ll inspire somebody to have the next very creative proposal.”

Photo Credit: River Strategies
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Café 5: Chef Mariela Bolanos's MAD Burger Recipe]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:00:22 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/12705481_1653367681595687_3642155771803321816_n.jpg

Chef Mariela Bolanos of Chicago's MAD Social joined NBC 5's Alex Maragos to share her secrets to making the best burger ahead of Chicago Gourmet's "Hamburger Hop."

The friendly burger showdown kicks off the annual food fest on Friday, Sept. 23. 


The West Loop's MAD Social serves up their MAD Burger with house ground wagyu, chihuahua cheese, crisp pork belly, cajun onion strings, MAD mayo, house pickles, baby arugula, brioche bun and house made fries.


Burger Patty

  • 8 ounces Buckhead dry-aged beef, seasoned both sides with salt and pepper
  • 1 4” brioche bun, toasted
  • 1 slice chihuahua cheese
  • 4 slices sour pickles
  • 1 handful of crispy fried onions, either store bought or hand made
  • 4 tablespoons MAD mayonnaise
  • 1-2 ounces of home-made pork belly or 2 slices of crispy smoked bacon slices
  • 1 cup baby arugula tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper

MAD Mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise either hand-made or store bought
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons of roasted garlic puree
  • ½ teaspoon white balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper


1. Whisk all ingredients together, season with salt and pepper, refrigerate until ready to use.

2. Pre-heat grill to medium high setting. Use non-stick spray to pre-season the grill grates so that the meat does not stick when cooking.

3. Place beef patty on grill and cook to desired temperature. If you are using pork belly, grill it until crispy so that it is ready at the same time as the beef.

4. Place slice of Chihuahua cheese over beef patty, allow to melt.

5. Start building the burger in the order that you choose. I build mine as follows:

Bottom bun, 2 tablespoons of MAD mayonnaise, baby arugula, beef patty with cheese, pickles, pork belly or bacon, crispy onions, MAD mayonnaise smeared on top bun, top bun to finish.

6. Serve!

Photo Credit: Facebook/MADSocialChicago]]>
<![CDATA[Trump's History Undermines New Outreach to Black Voters]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:45:09 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/trump40.jpg

Donald Trump began to reach out to African-American voters over the past week and boasted that he would win 95 percent of the black vote in a theoretical re-election bid in 2020. Don't count on it. 

Right now the Republican presidential nominee receives the support of just 8 percent of black voters, according to the latest NBC News Survey Monkey weekly election tracking poll.

Allegations of racism have rocked Trump's campaign from the beginning. NBC News has broken down several reasons why black voters appear cool to the candidate.

Among the reasons: Trump and his father were accused in the past of systematically discriminating against black tenants seeking rentals in their buildings; his past support of the so-called Central Park Five, a group of wrongfully convicted black and Latino teens accused of beating and raping a white female jogger; More recently, Trump retweeted an image of a gun toting, unidentified African-American next to bogus crime statistics; and Trump's break with precedent by ignoring or turning down invitations from predominately black groups.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[McDonald's Recalls 29M Wristband Toys Following Burns]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 10:33:26 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/StepIt.jpg

That's a lot of unhappy meals.

McDonald's is recalling approximately 29 million "Step-It" activity wristbands distributed across the country in their "Happy Meals" following more than 70 reports that children suffered skin irritation, blisters and burns after wearing the toy.

The bands were distributed exclusively by McDonald's restaurants nationwide from Aug. 9 to Aug. 17 with "Happy Meals" and "Mighty Kids Meals."

The "Step-iT" activity wristbands come in two styles — "Activity Counter" and a motion-activated "Light-up Band." The "Activity Counter" comes in translucent plastic orange, blue or green and features a digital screen that tracks a child’s steps or other movement. The "Light-up Band" comes in translucent plastic red, purple, or orange and blinks light with the child’s movement.

Both styles of activity wristbands have a square face with the words "STEP-iT" printed on them and a button to depress and activate the wristband. The back of the square face contains the etched words "Made for McDonald’s." 

If you believe you purchased one of the toys you can contact McDonald’s at 800-244-6227 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT daily, or online at www.mcdonalds.com and click on “Safety Recall” for more information.

Photo Credit: Consumer Product Safety Commission ]]>
<![CDATA[Stanford Bans Hard Alcohol From Undergraduate Parties]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:47:57 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/stanford-campus-generic.jpg

Five months after a former student was convicted for sexually assaulting an intoxicated woman, Stanford University banned hard liquor in undergraduate on-campus parties, a policy the school said was enacted to root out the negative consequences high-risk drinking at college.
President John L. Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy announced the new student alcohol policy in a letter sent Monday to all new and returning undergraduates.  In a letter to undergraduates, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman reminded the students that "we are all partners in a shared Stanford experience." It is "our obligation to one another," he wrote, to "embody respect, accountability, and a sense of community." He urged students not to "work around" the new rules, but to be help solve a national problem.

Beer and wine are the only alcoholic beverages that can be present at all on-campus undergraduate student parties, the new policy says

The decision to enact the stricter rules comes after the Brock Turner sex assault case, where a 22-year-old woman who was intoxicated said she was assaulted and raped by the former university swimmer in January 2015. Turner also had been drinking, and as part of his sentence must undergo mandatory drug and alcohol counseling.

Campus spokeswoman Lisa Lapin told the Chronicle that the policy was not directly related to the Turner case, but came out of general concern and is part of the school’s efforts to examine educational efforts and policies around alcohol use.

Still, the policy is an outgrowth of dialogue that has been taking place among students, faculty and staff since March — the month Turner was sentenced to six months in jail after being convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault. The relatively light sentence -- he could have faced up to 14 years in prison --  received national attention of what critics say is universities' blind eye toward "rape culture."

The university cited social anxiety in its reasoning for many students who start to drink and feel alienated, which the university said is "unacceptable."

"High-risk drinking is not a problem unique to Stanford," the university said, "but we believe that the strategies we pursue to address the negative consequences of this behavior must be rooted in our particular campus culture and our respect for one another."

Other universities in California have various alcohol policies: At the University of California at Berkeley, students over 21 can have alcohol but not in common areas like dorms or study areas, and minors cannot be in the presence of alcohol. At San Jose State University, minors can be arrested for having alcohol and students can't keep empty bottles or cans as decorations. At Santa Clara University, dorms are subject to inspection.

NBC Bay Area's Sara Halvorson contributed to this report.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Thousands of Illinois Sprint Customers Can Claim Refunds]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:47:58 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/Sprint+Wireless.png

Thousands of Sprint customers in Illinois can claim part of a multi-million dollar rebate settlement being paid out by the cellular provider. 

Sprint will pay $2.3 million in refunds to resolve a court case involving uncashed rebate checks, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs announced Monday. 

As part of the out-of-court settlement, Sprint will turn over the names of 32,000 Illinois residents who were eligible for, but didn’t cash rebate checks sent to them between the years of 2003 and 2011. 

The rebates were typically offered as an incentive to purchase a data plan, product or service, according to the treasurer’s office. 

“We are happy to resolve this issue,” said Dave Tovar, Sprint vice president. “We value our customers and have continued to invest in network enhancements in Chicago, Chicagoland, Springfield, and throughout the state over the last year in order to provide them and those switching to Sprint with an excellent network experience.” 

The names will be included in the state treasurer’s unclaimed property database, according to the release, which can be searched at the treasurer’s office or at www.illinoistreasurer.gov/ICASH.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[IED Kills US Service Member in Afghanistan]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:09:42 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/generic+marines+afghanistan.jpg

A U.S. service member was killed after an improvised explosive device exploded in Afghanistan Tuesday while U.S. forces were patrolling with their Afghan counterparts, officials said.

Another American service member and six Afghan soldiers were wounded in the blast near Lashkar Gar in Helmand province, the U.S. military said in a statement.

"Our deepest sympathies go out to the families and friends of those involved," said General John W. Nicholson, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in the country. "We are deeply saddened by this loss, but remain committed to helping our Afghan partners provide a brighter future for themselves and their children."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Unique Autism 'Calming Room' at Theme Park in Tenn.]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:28:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/NC_calmingroom0822_1920x1080.jpg A small room, only 19 by 11 feet, is drawing new families to the Dollywood amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. The park is the first in the world to open a calming room specifically designed for children with autism. Dollywood's ride accessibility coordinator, Judy Toth, created the calming room with color schemes, blankets, and toys proven to help people with autism. ]]> <![CDATA[Famed Wingsuit Jumper Dies in Crash]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:07:55 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/alexander-polli.jpg

BASE jumping trailblazer Alexander Polli died Monday after a wing suit crash in the French Alps, authorities told NBC News.

The 31-year-old dual Italian-Norwegian national crashed into a tree in in the Couloir Ensa near Chamonix, an area popular with BASE jumpers.

"It's a location where there are a lot of accidents," a rescuer with the PGHM mountain rescue unit said.

Video of Polli's earlier "high-speed hole shot" through the opening of "Batman Cave" in Montserrat, Spain, in 2013 has racked up more than 13 million views on YouTube.

Photo Credit: Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Cops: Two in Custody After Brazen Nordstrom Purse Thefts]]> Mon, 22 Aug 2016 16:26:17 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/214*120/nordstrom+robbery.png

Two people are in custody, police said, after a brazen mid-day robbery left smashed cars on Grand Avenue.

Chicago Police say the incident started around 10 a.m. at the Louis Vuitton store inside the Nordstrom Shopping Center when at least two people grabbed several high-end purses and took off.

"We're working closely with the Chicago Police Department as they investigate this situation," said Emily Sterken, spokeswoman for Nordstrom. "As that investigation is ongoing, we aren't able to share any additional details. Our store remains open to customers."

Police caught up with the getaway car two blocks away near Grand Avenue and Dearborn Street.

Krisha Fernandes, the manager of the India House restaurant said she saw the events unfold.

“They hit the cab, then they hit the black car, then they lost control and the guys just ran out of the car,” Fernandes said.

A witness at the nearby Aloft Hotel said guests were startled to see the thieves run through alleys. The area is heavy with car and foot traffic.

“We were afraid, too, because we thought maybe they would run in here,” Fernandes said.

<![CDATA[Texas A&M Student Dies at Party]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 06:03:53 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/anton-gridnev-tamu.jpg

Four people have been arrested on drug charges after a Texas A&M student from Frisco was found dead Saturday morning during a party at the Sigma Nu fraternity house, according to College Station police.

The student — identified Monday as 19-year-old Anton Gridnev by College Station police — was reportedly found unresponsive and not breathing during an all-night party at the fraternity house.

After someone noticed Gridnev's condition, police were called. Officers arrived at about 4:40 a.m. and noted the party was ongoing. CPR was performed and Gridnev was transported to College Station Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

After finding illegal narcotics at the home, College Station police obtained a search warrant and arrested four people for possession of illegal drugs and cited three others for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Those arrested were:

  • Michael Frymire, 20, of Dallas, charged with possession of a controlled substance (THC). If found guilty, Frymire faces 180 days to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine.
  • Samuel Patterson, 21,of Nacogdoches, charged with two counts of possession of controlled substance (LSD and Ecstasy). If found guilty, Patterson faces 180 days to two years in jail and a $10,000 fine for each charge.
  • Ty Robertson, 21, of Granbury, charged with possession of Marijuana. If found guilty, Robertson faces up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
  • Christian Sandford, 18, of Houston, charged with possession of Marijuana. If found guilty, Sandford faces up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.

Three others, Maxwell Gollop, of Bellaire; John Cain, of Houston; and Zachary Farmer, of Denton, were cited for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

"The investigation into this incident is active, with College Station Police Detectives’ primary focus being on the death Anton Gridnev. The narcotics seized during the search warrant and who was is possession of them is secondary," said College Station police in a statement Monday. "Detectives are working closely with the Brazos County District Attorney’s Office regarding potential additional charges."

While drugs were found at the party, police have not said what may have led to Gridnev's death. An autopsy has been ordered to determine what killed the student.

Gridnev graduated with honors from Heritage High School, said Frisco Independent School District administrators. He was a commended National Merit Scholar and competed on the academic decathalon team.

"What I remember of Anton is that he was an amazing musician," said Frisco neighbor Susan Baker. "He's a year older than my son. They were at the same middle school and, for a time, at the same high school."

"As a mother, I cried. Not only did he lose his life, but the four kids who were arrested and the other kids in that house are impacted foever. One decision changed their lives," Baker added. 

In a statement to NBC 5, Heritage High School Principal Mark Mimms said, "Anton Gridnev was a 2015 honor graduate of Heritage High School.  He was a valued member of our Academic Decathlon team and was an integral member of that team's success.  Anton had a lasting impact on the teachers who worked with him and he had a bright future ahead of him. Our faculty and staff feels the loss of one of our Coyote family."

Police said the incident remains under investigation and anyone with additional information should contact the College Station Police Criminal Investigation Division at 979-764-3600.

<![CDATA[Canada Escorts 1,500 Illegal Rafters Back to US]]> Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:12:00 -0500 http://media.nbcchicago.com/images/213*120/AP928265253774_opt.jpg

Canadian authorities said Monday that the Coast Guard and police in Sarnia, in southwestern Ontario, had to rescue almost 1,500 U.S. citizens Sunday after their rafts, boats and inner tubes were blown ashore by high winds.

Sarnia police said there were no significant injuries in the rescue operation, which was made necessary when brisk winds sabotaged the Port Huron Float Down, an annual unlicensed cavalcade of small watercraft down the St. Clair River separating Canada and the United States.

Once they had been plucked back onto dry land, the partiers were bused across the border back to the United States — with a full police escort.

Photo Credit: AP]]>