Over 80 shot and 14 dead in Chicago over bloody Fourth of July weekend

Over 80 shot and 14 dead in Chicago over bloody Fourth of July weekend

CHICAGO, July 7 (UPI) --Over 80 people were victims of gun violence in Chicago over Fourth of July weekend, leaving 14 dead and police under heavy scrutiny.
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7 dead, 41 wounded in Chicago's most violent weekend this year

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CHICAGO, June 17 (UPI) -- Chicago ended its most violent weekend of the year with 41 people injured and seven, including a 15-year-old shot by police, dead, authorities said.
Walgreens pulls Easter baskets with guns

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CHICAGO, March 16 (UPI) -- A Chicago priest who complained about retailers selling Easter baskets with toy guns praised Walgreens for removing them.

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CHICAGO, May 8 (UPI) -- The Rev. Michael Pfleger of Chicago's St. Sabina Church says he has begun hanging a U.S. flag upside down in an attempt to draw attention to youth violence.

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Michael Louis Pfleger (born May 22, 1949) is a social activist in Chicago, Illinois and a Roman Catholic priest. He has been temporarily suspended from his pastoral duties by Cardinal Francis George.

A German American from the South Side of Chicago, Pfleger attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Loyola University and the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Chicago on May 14, 1975. Since 1981, Pfleger has been pastor of the mostly African American parish of Saint Sabina, a Catholic church in Chicago's Auburn Gresham neighborhood. His uninterrupted tenure in just one parish is normally unheard of in a diocese where pastors usually serve for only six to eight years. When he was appointed to his present position, at the age of 31, he became the youngest pastor in the Chicago archdiocese. Under Pfleger's leadership, Saint Sabina has established an Employment Resource Center, a Social Service Center, and also an Elders home.

In 1981, Pfleger adopted an eight-year-old son, Lamar, in defiance of Cardinal John Patrick Cody, who had threatened to fire him if he went ahead with the adoption. Lamar graduated from college and got a job with Continental Airlines, which he lost after the September 11, 2001 attacks. He subsequently enlisted in the United States Army. In 1992, Pfleger adopted another son, Beronti, who currently attends the University of Central Florida. In 1997, Pfleger became the foster father to Jarvis Franklin, who was killed by stray gunfire on May 30, 1998.

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