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Notre Dame Beats Chaminade 83-56

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Matt Farrell scored 27 points and Bonzie Colson added 23, helping No. 13 Notre Dame open the Maui Invitational with an 83-56 rout over Division II Chaminade on Monday night. Notre Dame (4-0) was sharp from the start at the offensive end, building a nine-point halftime lead and gradually extending it in the second half by making 14 of 26 shots. The Irish shot 54 percent and made 9 of 20 from 3-point range to earn a spot in Tuesday’s semifinals against the Michigan-LSU winner. Chaminade (2-1) kept it close early with its perimeter shooting before wearing down against the bigger Irish. Erik Scheive had 17 points to lead tournament host Chaminade, which made 7 of 29 from 3-point range and shot 35 percent overall. The Silverswords have made a name for themselves by slashing down giants, starting with their 1982 home victory over giant Ralph Sampson and top-ranked Virginia. Chaminade has picked up more upsets through the years at the Maui Invitational, taking down..

School Nurse Saves Choking Student

(CBS) — Jason Skeates’ visit to the school nurse isn’t one of necessity. It’s one of gratitude. On Friday, school nurse Lisa Pickering saved his life. Jason, a fifth grader at Bolingbrook’s Jonas Salk Grade School, was eating a muffin during snack time. He says he and a friend were playing on a laptop when he began laughing. The muffin lodged in his throat. His teacher tried unsuccessfully to help after pushing a call button for an emergency. Pickering ran down the hall, praying all the way. She found Jason on the ground, turning blue. The nurse began doing the Heimlich Maneuver on the boy; on the third try, it worked. Pickering and Jason’s parents say his scare reinforced the importance of training and having a full-time nurse on-site.

Not Disabled Enough? Motorist With MS Finds Nasty Note

(CBS) – Michele Clarke parked legally in a handicap parking spot and then returned to her car to find a nasty note. The author of the note didn’t think Clarke looked handicapped enough, CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar reports. Michele Clarke’s blue handicap placard hangs from her mirror. It was there last week, when her daughter found a white piece of paper on the windshield in a Plainfield parking lot. The note, in part, said: “You inconsiderate (expletive) parking in a handicap spot when you and your daughter aren’t handicapped.” The note went on to say Clarke was setting a bad example for her child. Clarke was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Her symptoms are not always visible. There are good days and bad ones for her. At first, she felt ashamed by the letter, but now Michele wants it to inspire. “Don’t be afraid to use your handicap placard,” she says. “And the ones out there judging: Don’t judge.” Clarke says if anything, she owes the note-writer thanks for giving her the courage..

Thomason: Top Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Pickups For Week 12

By Jack Thomason– (CBS) Here are my top 10 waiver adds for 10- and 12-member fantasy football leagues with Week 12 upon us. 1. Samaje Perine (RB, Washington Redskins) – Not only did Perine have a great game Sunday, but the Redskins lost Chris Thompson the week after losing Rob Kelley, so he’s last running back standing. Perine will now look to take advantage of heavy volume and a Redskins’ offensive line that’s getting healthy. He showed Sunday he can play in the NFL, totaling 24 touches, 126 yards and a score. Next up for the Redskins are the Giants, who provide a juicy matchup for running backs. 2. Corey Coleman (WR, Cleveland Browns) – Coleman had a great first game back returning from injury, racking up 80 yards on six receptions against the tough Jaguars. Coleman led the team with 11 targets and will be the favorite for targets going forward. People may have forgotten how explosive and how talented he is, as he was the No. 15 pick in 2016 and his best comparable player from pla..

Family Sues Six Flags Great America Over ‘Fright Fest’ Fight

(CBS) — A family who was attacked by a group of young people at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee during “Fright Fest” in September is suing the park for negligence allowing the attack to happen. The Batavia family says Six Flags Great America staff failed to intervene when a group of about 20 young people attacked the 12-year-old boy and his parents at the park on Sept. 23, according to the three-count suit filed anonymously Monday in Cook County Circuit Court. The family suffered “extreme” and “debilitating” physical, emotional and psychological injuries.” The three family members and the son’s friend were at the park for its Fright Fest Halloween-themed celebration when an unknown male wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shorts approached the son and his friend claiming to be security, according to the lawsuit. The male ordered the boys to follow him away from the more-populated area of the park. The male showed false credentials to the mother and then tried to walk away when she confro..

Family Sues Six Flags Great America Over ‘Fright Fest’ Melee

(CBS) — A family who was attacked by a group of young people at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee during “Fright Fest” in September is suing the park for negligence allowing the attack to happen. The Batavia family says Six Flags Great America staff failed to intervene when a group of about 20 young people attacked the 12-year-old boy and his parents at the park on Sept. 23, according to the three-count suit filed anonymously Monday in Cook County Circuit Court. The family suffered “extreme” and “debilitating” physical, emotional and psychological injuries.” The three family members and the son’s friend were at the park for its Fright Fest Halloween-themed celebration when an unknown male wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shorts approached the son and his friend claiming to be security, according to the lawsuit. The male ordered the boys to follow him away from the more-populated area of the park. The male showed false credentials to the mother and then tried to walk away when she confro..

Cubs Add 3 Players To 40-Man Roster

(CBS) The Cubs have added three players to their 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings in December. Chicago on Monday purchased the contracts of Double-A right-hander Adbert Alzolay, Double-A infielder David Bote and Single-A right-hander Oscar De La Cruz. All three will be protected in the Rule 5 Draft. Players who sign a contract with a team at 18 or younger and then play five seasons of professional baseball are eligible for other teams to grab in the Rule 5 Draft if they’re not protected by being placed on the 40-man roster. In another move, the Cubs assigned outfielder Jacob Hannamann to Triple-A Iowa after he cleared waivers. Alzolay, 22, went 7-4 with a 2.99 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 108 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings in 2017, finishing his season at Double-A. “He just finished up his Arizona Fall League season, and he’s the classic power guy that’s going to be a starting pitcher throwing in the mid-90s with the ability to miss bats with multiple pitches,” ..

Two Men Shot — 1 Fatally — In West Garfield Park Drive-By

(CBS) – A shooting in the West Garfield Park neighborhood Monday evening has left one man dead and another injured. Witnesses describe a busy, hectic scene at Madison and Pulaski outside a Church’s Chicken restaurant around 5 p.m., when gunfire erupted. At least 20 people were waiting at a bus stop as shots were fired and sent people scrambling. Chicago police say the bullets hit two men. One of the victims, a 49-year-old man, died, and a 26-year-old was wounded in leg and transported to Stroger Hospital in good condition. Area North detectives blocked off the street for some time. No one was in custody.

Bears TE Zach Miller Returns Home After 23 Days In Hospital

By Chris Emma– (CBS) — It’s finally home, sweet home for Bears tight end Zach Miller, who tweeted on Monday evening that his time in the hospital is over after 23 days. “Freedom!!!! Guess who’s home!?!?” Miller announced. Miller has been recovering from emergency vascular surgery after tearing the polliteal artery in his left leg. He suffered the horrific injury attempting to catch a touchdown during the Bears’ game in New Orleans three weeks ago. The full extent to Miller’s injury is not yet known. He transferred from a New Orleans hospital to a Chicago-area hospital two weeks ago. Freedom!!!! Guess who’s home!?!? #DayByDay — Zach Miller (@ZMiller86) November 21, 2017

Hit-and-Run Driver Killed Efrain Rivera, 68, in Logan Square

A minivan driver fatally struck Efrain Rivera, 68, in Logan Square last Tuesday and then fled the scene. At around 9 p.m. Rivera was crossing the street in the 3500 block of West Armitage when the eastbound driver of a silver minivan hit him and failed to render aid, police said. Rivera, who lived two blocks northwest on the 3600 block of West Dickens, was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on Friday, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office. Major Accidents is investigating the case. There is a police camera at the corner of Armitage and Saint Louis. No one was in custody as of this afternoon. According to a report from WGN, community activist Raul Montes Jr. has offered a $500 reward for information that leads the police to the hit-and-run driver. “I’m offering a $500 reward out of my own pocket to bring closure to the family of this man, who was an elderly person, and to try to solve this crime,” Montes told WGN. “..

Cook County To Vote On $200M In Budget Cuts

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cook County Board will vote Tuesday on $200 million in budget cuts, triggered by the demise of the sweetened beverage tax. Chief Judge Tim Evans, however, is still angling to reduce the blow to the court system, saying the planned layoffs pose a risk to the poor and public at large. “It is a debacle because it’s unfair and it’s going to hurt people who desperately need help,” he said. “They’re protecting the disabled from those who would hurt them and take advantage of them, they’re protecting elderly people who have thousands of dollars at risk here, they’re protecting children in abuse and neglect.” Evans was referring to cuts to the County Public Guardian’s Office, which protects juveniles and the disabled. Overall, Cook County’s layoffs are slated as follows: Court system – 180 Sheriff’f office – 181 Hospital system – 34 Preckwinkle’s office – 15 Evans’ complaint, bolstered by ministers, who also fear the cuts aren’t balanced. “We’re appealing to all the c..

Vacated Conviction Leaves Former Inmate ‘Emotional, Anxious’

(CBS) — Two men — Nevest Coleman and Darryl Fulton — have been released from prison after 23 years. On Friday, a Cook County judge signed the order vacating their convictions for a 1994 rape and murder. Their attorneys say the men were railroaded. WBBM’s Steve Miller spoke with 48-year-old Coleman just a couple of hours after he got his first taste of freedom in more than two decades. “Emotional and anxious and happy,” is how he described his feelings. He was anxious to see his family, who stood by him for those 23 years. Ten family members were waiting for him when he was released from prison in Galesburg. “My main goal is to get to know my family, get to know my grandbabies. And as time goes by, find me a job. Work. Do something, you know?” Coleman says when he first went to prison for rape and murder, he was angry and bitter. “But then I sat back and realized, there ain’t any sense in being upset,” he says. “I’m out. I’m free. I can’t be mad. I can’t be upset. But I was jus..

Transit Investment Can Help Close the Racial Employment Gap

Despite the decline in the jobless rate, the employment scenario for many Americans isn’t what it used to be. Many people of working age remain without jobs, and the problem is particularly acute for people of color. Among white Americans between the ages of 25 and 54, about 79 percent are employed. The rate among black, Asian, and Latino Americans remains significantly lower. Improving transit access to jobs can be a key tool in closing that gap, according a new report from Algernon Austin at Demos, because people of color are more likely than white people to rely on transit to get to work. The share of Asian and black workers who commute by transit is more than three times higher than the rate among white workers. And for Latino workers the rate is more than twice as high. Chart: Demos This disparity reflects differences in car ownership rates, and it persists across different metro areas. But in some regions, it is even more pronounced. Black workers in Detroit commute via trans..