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Chicago Gangs Stocking Up: Gang members on the south side of Chicago have developed the habit of breaking into rail-cars over the past few years, and occasionally, find a shipment of firearms to steal. Matt Finn at Fox News reports that The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said that since 2013, more than 150 firearms have been reported stolen from freight trains. This may seem like a small number of firearms over a four-year-period, but a single gun can be linked to at least 14 fatal shootings, according to the ATF.  In a city like Chicago, where gun-violence is a daily concern, this train-robbing trend is a real problem. 

DA Considers DP in Dismembered Teen Case: A Pennsylvania woman along with her boyfriend, are being charged with the rape, murder, and dismemberment of her adopted 14-year-old daughter. The District Attorney will announce today whether his office will be seeking the death penalty. According to ABC 6, 42-year-old Sara Packer is scheduled for arraignment today on homicide, rape, kidnapping and other charges in last year's murder of 14-year-old Grace Packer.  Police report that after Packer watched her boyfriend Jacob Sullivan rape the girl, the two of them killed her and cut up her body.

Chicago Shootings Continue to Climb: The explosion of gun violence in the city of Chicago shows no signs stopping or even slowing down. Deanese Williams-Harris, Elvia Malagon and Megan Crepeau at the Chicago Tribune report that six more people including two teens were injured in shootings early Thursday morning. In another story from the Tribune by the same authors, reports on four more shootings resulting two more fatalities on Thursday night.  One of the victims was a well known local resident dubbed "Old Man Bill"  who hung out around the local gas station doing odd jobs for the patrons. According to a graph by the Chicago Tribune, the total number of shooting victims in Chicago for the year of 2017 has reached 587. 

Another Fake Hate Crime: 
A 21-year-old University of Michigan student pleaded guilty to falsely reporting a hate crime supposedly committed by Trump supports after the 2016 election. Jessica Schladebeck at the New York Daily News reports  that Halley Bass originally told officers that the attack on her was part of a series of hate crimes unfolding the week following the election.  She said she was targeted for wearing a safety-pin -- a make-shift accessory worn by many to show solidarity with minorities after Brexit, and then later after Trump's victory.  Now she faces the possibility of serving 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

RoboCop Lite is Here:  The prospect of robotic helpers has long been an aspiration for the scientific community, and while the future of robotics is still uncharted, a company called KnightScope has introduced a robotic helper for the police.

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