It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
(visit the link for the full news article)
THE mother and brother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found shot dead in the mother's Chicago home overnight.
The Chicago Tribune website quoted a police source as saying the suspect in the double homicide was in custody, but a 7-year-old boy, possibly Hudson's nephew, was still missing from the house on Chicago's South Side, where the victims were found.
Originally posted by Beelzebubba
Just as Miss Hudson's career is starting to hit its stride.
Originally posted by caitlinfae
Yup Ben, I kinda agree, it probably should be on BTS. However...going back to Sonya's point about it not really being that shocking...maybe you meant surprising? Just because her brother in law had a past conviction, doesn't mean it's not still tragic.
Originally posted by schism85 I was just wondering if someone like her and her family, being as well off as they should be, were living in the ghetto?
The story is a telling indictment of how inured many people on the South Side – home to a million African-Americans, the nation's largest black community – have become to gun crime.
Indeed, on the day that Mrs Donerson and her son were murdered, Chicago was confirmed as America's murder capital in new crime figures. The city, with a population of under three million, has witnessed 426 murders so far this year, compared to 417 in New York (pop: eight million) and 302 in Los Angeles (pop: more than 3.5 million).
It is just four miles from Mrs Donerson's house to the $1.6 million neo-Georgian home of Barack Obama. The Democratic presidential candidate also lives on the South Side but in the leafy environs of Hyde Park, an island of coffee shops, restaurants and book stores next to the University of Chicago where he once taught.
Head a few streets south of Hyde Park, however, and it soon looks like another world of run-down low-rise homes and pawn shops protected by steel bars, discount stores and fast food outlets. The South Side stretches a further 14 miles, through districts that are 93 per cent black on average, to Altgeld Gardens, the bleak housing estate where Mr Obama cut his teeth as a community activist in the 1980s.
As police Supt. Jody Weis returns to the hot seat during a City Council budget hearing today, Chicago is outpacing New York and Los Angeles in 2008 murders.
Chicago, whose population is dwarfed by those cities, posted 426 killings through Tuesday, compared with 417 in New York and 302 in L.A.
At the end of 1998, Chicago made international headlines as the U.S. "murder capital" after surpassing New York's homicide totals for the first time ever. Chicago shed that dubious distinction when murders plummeted over the last decade.
In 1998, there were about 700 murders here. Chicago is on pace to exceed 500 murders by the end of 2008.
Chicago War Zone Info
Chicago War Zone Information
Body count: In the last six months 292 were murdered in Chicago - 221 were killed in Iraq.
Sens. Barack Obama & Dick Durbin, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., Gov. Rod Blogojevich, House leader Mike Madigan, Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan, Mayor Richard Daley...the leadership in Illinois...all Democrats. Thank you Democrats, for the combat zone in Chicago. Of course, the political "leaders" all blaming each other. They can't blame Republicans, there aren't any!
The Illinois State Pension Fund is $44 Billion in debt, the worst in country. Cook County (Chicago) sales tax is 10.25%,the highest in country. (Look 'em up if you want). The Chicago school system one of the worst in country.
Originally posted by greeneyedleo
What the real story here is the incredible rising crime in Chicago. Seems like whoever was a community organizer in that state should have done more to lower crime in that state.