Today’s Headlines for Tuesday, August 13

  • Driver charged in hit-and-run crash that killed Beverly Barney, 59, at Woodlawn bus shelter (ABC)
  • At least 6 injured, including 4 children, in Burnside crash (CBS)
  • School bus driver seriously injures man, 21, on Orland Park road with no sidewalks (Sun-Times)
  • Victims say attack, robbery at Roosevelt station was a homophobic hate crime (CBS)
  • As Blue Line use grows with Milwaukee Ave. TOD boom, riders complain of overcrowding (Block Club)
  • Chicago Bears donate their fleet of staff bikes to veterans and teens
  • Meeting on North Lake Shore Drive rehab tonight 6-8 PM at St. Joe’s Hospital, 2900 N. LSD, Lakeshore Cafe

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  • Cujo

    Victims say attack, robbery at Roosevelt station was a homophobic hate crime (CBS)

    Statistics show 60 pct spike in CTA violence in July with 113 incidents

  • Carter O’Brien

    Did you watch the video and listen to the victims? It’s disgraceful, and there’s really no doubt they were targeted.

  • Cujo

    They were coming from Northalsted Market Days, so they probably were targeted by opportunistic CTA criminals who were laying in wait

  • Blue line crowding. Time for lots of close to the loop bus lanes for the Blue Line cross streets.

  • Carter O’Brien

    This happened at Roosevelt, so no, the math doesn’t work.

  • Austin Busch

    Milwaukee Ave transit mall anyone? All the way through the Pulse line?

    It parallels the Kennedy Expressway (and Elston), why would anyone need to drive more than a mile on it anyway?

  • rohmen

    Even if they were criminals who would have potentially robbed someone else, beating the victims and taunting them with homophobic rants during the robbery is an escalation of the crime, and that’s going to fit within the hate crime statutes. The statute doesn’t care if there are other motivating factors behind the crime in addition to race. This is a hate crime as defined by the statute, period.

  • Cujo

    Could be that this group of attackers was also at Market Days (where heavy police presence made such an attack risky), and then rode back south on the Red Line, stalked the Market Days attendees they ultimately targeted, waiting for them to leave the train at a relatively deserted South Loop L station.

  • Outlander

    Update: Roosevelt CTA attack eyed as post-Market Days hate crime as cops release a dozen new images