College grads struggle to launch careers in a pandemic economy. 'I chose the worst year to get my life together'
CHICAGO — Kevin Zheng had big plans lined up as he prepared to graduate in the spring with a degree in criminal justice from the University of Illinois at Chicago.The 23-year-old thought he’d enter the job market well-prepared, with an internship at the Chicago Police Department on his resume.But the COVID-19 health crisis upended that plan. His internship was canceled, his graduation was delayed until August, and he sat in his bedroom for the virtual commencement ceremony. Now he’s looking for a job in a pandemic-induced recession.“I chose the worst year to get my life together,” said Zheng, ...
How Hillary Clinton and Haiti's earthquake changed the life of Trump's Supreme Court pick
“Do you still want him?” asked the voice on the phone.Amy Coney Barrett had tried to adopt a young Haitian boy named John Peter, only to face roadblocks followed by obstacles. She’d all but given up on adopting her second child from Haiti and had recently become pregnant again when the call came.It was January in South Bend, Indiana. She said she put on a heavy coat and headed to nearby Notre Dame University, where she taught law.“I walked up to the cemetery on campus and I sat down on one of the benches and I just thought, ‘Well if life is really hard at least it’s short,’” she recounted to t...
Feds cobbled criminal cases together in missing children operation, creating false perception
ATLANTA — Trevontae Shareef says he didn’t know that his girlfriend of seven months was a runaway from state foster care. At least, not until early August, he said, when about a dozen federal agents and police officers clad in body armor showed up at the front door of his mother’s house in Covington and pushed their way past him.Guns drawn, they searched the house until they found the 17-year-old girl hiding under furniture in the garage.“We were all just shocked,” Shareef, 21, said.Federal authorities weren’t just looking to find a missing teenager that day, but also to make a public impressi...
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Rudy Giuliani claims ‘no reason to believe’ his Ukraine contact is a Russian spy despite sanctionsNEW YORK — Rudy Giuliani claimed Friday he has seen “nothing” to back up the Trump administration’s conclusion that he worked alongside a seasoned Russian spy as part of his Ukraine-obsessed smear campaign against Joe Biden.President Donald Trump’s own Treasury Department sanctioned ex-Ukrainian politician Andrii Derkach on Thursday for being “an active Russian agent” pushing “false and unsubstantiated” corruption claims about Biden in a bid to influence November’s election — but Giuliani begged t...
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Two former child welfare workers in AJ Freund case arrested, charged with child endangerment
CHICAGO — Two former state child welfare officials who were involved in an abuse investigation four months before 5-year-old AJ Freund’s tragic death were arrested Thursday, both facing felony charges.Carlos Acosta, an elected McHenry County board member, and his former supervisor, Andrew Polovin, are charged with endangering the life of a child and reckless conduct, records show.Bail was set at $20,000 for each, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office. Acosta, 54, of Woodstock, posted bond hours after his arrest. Polovin, 48, of Island Lake, had also bonded out by Friday morning, a s...
Support grows to #FreeGrace and brings needed attention to disparities Black girls face in school systems
Hundreds have protested and thousands more are showing their support for #FreeGrace, centered around a 15-year-old Black girl in Michigan who’s been in juvenile detention since May for violating her probation by not completing her online schoolwork.Grace, whose middle name is being used to protect her identity, was charged with assault and theft last year for physically fighting with her mother and taking a classmate’s cell phone at school. Part of the terms of her probation, handed down in April of this year, included completing her schoolwork during the sudden shift to online instruction as ...
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