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Jimmy Kimmel to host special ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ series

Jimmy Kimmel to host special ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’ series

NEW YORK — In celebration of the 20th anniversary of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” Jimmy Kimmel will be stepping into prime time as host of a special run of episodes featuring celebrity contestants playing for charity.

“Regis came to me in a dream, asked me to do this and promised my own line of neckties if I did. I had little choice but to say yes,” the ABC late-night host said. Kimmel’s reference was to original host Regis Philbin, who in 2000 put his name on a necktie and shirt collection.

Kimmel’s version will debut April 8 on ABC.

In addition, a new interactive game will allow viewers to play along from home.

For the first time in the history of the U.S. franchise, celebrities playing on “Millionaire” can invite a guest in the hot seat to help them answer questions. It could be a relative, a beloved teacher or a famed trivia expert – anyone they want – to help them win as much money as they can for the charity of their choice.

Additionally, this special run of shows will be introducing a revolutionary, live, play-along app which will allow America to compete to win the same amount of money that celebrities are playing for on the show.

Celebrities confirmed to appear will be announced at a later date.

The original executive producer of “Millionaire,” multiple Emmy Award winner Michael Davies, returns to run the series.

“My professional career has been inextricably linked with Jimmy’s since the days of ‘Win Ben Stein’s Money,’ and he was one of the first-ever celebrity contestants on ‘Millionaire’ in its original run. I can’t wait to work with him on this dynamic new version of the show that changed my life and the fortunes of so many who benefitted from and simply loved the game.”

“Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” debuted in the U.S. as a prime-time series in January 2000.

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Published at Thu, 09 Jan 2020 14:45:38 +0000

Chicago police warn of Near North Side robberies

Chicago police warn of Near North Side robberies

CHICAGO (WLS) — Chicago police have issued an alert warning of recent robberies on the Near North Side.

In the incidents, the two to three male robbers approached and attacked the victims and robbed them by force, taking the victims’ property before fleeing.

Witnesses told police the suspects were seen fleeing the scene in a white-colored SUV.

The robberies occurred in the:
900-block of North Dewitt Place in the late evening of December 24,
200-block of East Pearson Street in the late evening hours of December 30
800-block of North Dewitt Place in the morning hours of January 2
900-block of North Dewitt Place in the evening of January 3.

In addition to these robberies, three women were robbed in the 200-block of East Chestnut Monday at about 9:05 p.m.

The women were on the sidewalk when police said they were approached by three male suspects who struck one of the women in the face and took property from her before fleeing.

The woman refused medical attention at the scene and no one is in custody.

Area Central detectives are investigating and it is not known if the robbery on Chestnut Street is connected to the other robberies.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Area Central detectives at (312) 747-8380.

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Published at Tue, 07 Jan 2020 14:03:11 +0000

Lake Villa District 41 streamlines its loan pitch to voters

Lake Villa District 41 streamlines its loan pitch to voters

Voters in Lake Villa Elementary District 41 again will be asked for authorization to fund school projects, but the new pitch has been revised and greatly reduced.

Instead of two ballot questions to raise about $50 million for improvements at the district’s five buildings, voters in the March primary will see one request to authorize borrowing $30.7 million for work at four schools.


Voters soundly rejected both requests last April, prompting school officials to reboot. Since that defeat, nearly two dozen public meetings have been held to solicit input, discuss building and maintenance needs and revise the request.

Last time, one ballot question asked if the school board should borrow $34.2 million to boost security, renovate classrooms and tackle other projects. The other asked if the board should extend its debt service base to raise an additional $790,000 annually for maintenance costs.

“It was a confusing ballot question,” board Vice President Kurt Hansen said last month during one of the public discussions.

The scope of the proposal, which included 21st-century learning initiatives and extensive building work, was too much for voters, he said.

“Not too surprisingly, the community spoke loud and clear,” Hansen added. “They thought it was expensive.”

While there was a community support group for the requests, the measures also faced stiff organized opposition from a group called District 41. Safer. Better. More Sustainable.


That group agreed there were needs to be met at the aging schools but objected to the cost and extent of the plan, notably $4.4 million in proposed work at Joseph J. Pleviak Elementary School, which the district owns but doesn’t use.

That was the first item removed from consideration for the revised referendum question. Also, extensive cafeteria renovations were scaled back and the bond debt question removed.

“We went school by school and project by project,” Hansen said Thursday.

Last time, the school board was divided. The votes to put the two questions on the ballot were 5-2, although only one board member opposed both.

“We really spent a lot of time to get consensus not only from the board, but from our more outspoken critics,” Hansen said. The effort has been successful.


On Dec. 16, the board voted 7-0 to place the revised question on the ballot. Opposition also has mellowed.

“It appears the board heard much of what we asked for,” said Dick Barr, a Lake County Board member and an initial opponent.

“We believe that strong schools are very important to the community,” he added. “We will likely not oppose their referendum request this time around, as it accounts for most of what we asked for in 2019 and provides a better deal for the students and taxpayers of the district.”

One constant is the district’s outstanding debt will drop as money borrowed in 1997 and 2000 is paid off.

If no projects were proposed or money borrowed, tax bill for the owner of a $250,000 house would decrease by $773 annually. The decrease would be $368 per year if the referendum request passes and the money for projects is borrowed for 15 years.

District 41 serves about 2,600 Pre-K through eighth-grade students in Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Round Lake Beach, Round Lake Heights, Ingleside, West Miltmore and Venetian Village.

Published at Fri, 03 Jan 2020 04:38:23 +0000

13 wounded in shooting at Chicago memorial for slain person

13 wounded in shooting at Chicago memorial for slain person

CHICAGO — Multiple people were shot early Sunday at a house on Chicago’s South Side, police said.

Details about the number of victims and the extent of injuries were not immediately available. Chicago police were to hold a press conference ‘œregarding the multiple shooting victims’� at 6 a.m. local time, tweeted Tom Ahern, the department’s deputy director for news affairs and communications.


Police said the shooting took place on 57th and May Streets. That location corresponds to a residential block near a park in Englewood.

A 57-year-old resident of the neighborhood told the Chicago Tribune that he was woken up by at least five gunshots.

Published at Mon, 23 Dec 2019 02:23:00 +0000

Federal Study Finds Face-Scanning Tech Stumped by Race, Gender

Federal Study Finds Face-Scanning Tech Stumped by Race, Gender

A study by a U.S. agency has found that facial recognition technology often performs unevenly based on a person’s race, gender or age.

But the nuanced report published Thursday is unlikely to allay the concerns of critics who worry about bias in face-scanning applications that are increasingly being adopted by law enforcement, airports and a variety of businesses.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has been studying facial recognition for nearly two decades, but this is the first time it has investigated demographic differences in how face-scanning algorithms are able to identify people.

The study was prompted in part by growing concern among lawmakers and privacy advocates that biased results in commercial face recognition software could entrench racial discrimination in the criminal justice system and elsewhere.

The report cautions against “incomplete” previous research alleging biased facial recognition that has alarmed the public, but also confirms similar trends showing higher error rates for women, the youngest and oldest people, and for certain racial groups depending on which image database or software is being used.

“There is a wide range of performance and there’s certainly work to be done,” said Craig Watson, manager of NIST’s research group that studies biometric technology. “The main message is don’t try to generalize the results across all the technology. Know your use case, the algorithm that’s being used.”

NIST, which is a part of the Commerce Department, tested the algorithms of 99 mostly commercial software providers that voluntarily submitted their technology for review. It ran those algorithms on millions of FBI mugshots, visa application photos and other government-held portrait images such as those taken at border crossings.

Microsoft was among the major tech companies that participated in the research, along with dozens of lesser-known video surveillance providers and numerous China-based companies such as SenseTime, Hikvision and Tencent. Amazon, which markets face-scanning software to U.S. police agencies, did not participate.

Watson said that’s because Amazon’s cloud-based software doesn’t work with NIST’s testing procedures, though the agency is in talks with the company about how to test its algorithms in the future.

The agency’s report credits two widely-cited studies of facial recognition bias by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers for serving as a “cautionary tale” about uneven results across race and gender boundaries, though it also suggests they sowed public confusion in the way they sought to measure performance.

Joy Buolamwini, who led those studies and has urged a halt to the technology’s proliferation, said in an email Thursday that NIST’s study is “a sobering reminder that facial recognition technology has consequential technical limitations.”

“While some biometric researchers and vendors have attempted to claim algorithmic bias is not an issue or has been overcome, this study provides a comprehensive rebuttal,” she wrote.

She was echoed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which in a statement Thursday said that government agencies like the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection should take heed of the report and halt their deployment of face-scanning software.

“Even government scientists are now confirming that this surveillance technology is flawed and biased,” said ACLU policy analyst Jay Stanley.

Published at Thu, 19 Dec 2019 19:21:34 +0000

Lawsuit: Children in state care abused at Chicago hospital

Lawsuit: Children in state care abused at Chicago hospital

CHICAGO — Cook County’s public guardian filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against a Chicago psychiatric facility that treated children in state care, alleging troubling claims of sexual abuse and improper medication at the “hospital of horrors.”

The complaint, filed on behalf of seven children and teenagers who were formerly patients at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, named several current and former Illinois Department of Children and Family Services officials. State officials knowingly sent children to the hospital, despite its documented problems, because it was one of the few psychiatric facilities that would accept children in its custody, the lawsuit alleged.


Children as young as 7 were subject to or witnessed sexual abuse by staff and peers, according to the lawsuit. When children reported the abuse, they were further victimized, the complaint said. One was allegedly given a powerful sedative when it wasn’t necessary.

‘œInstead of being placed in a safe environment where they could focus on their treatment, each plaintiff found himself or herself in a hospital of horrors where they were subjected to sexual, physical and emotional abuse and otherwise not properly supervised or monitored,’� the lawsuit said.

Staff also attempted to conceal evidence or thwart investigations by destroying video tapes and fabricating paperwork, the lawsuit alleges.

The complaint seeks unspecified monetary damages.

One role of Cook County Public Guardian Charles Golbert, an attorney appointed by the county’s chief judge, includes representing neglected children in legal proceedings.


‘œWhen youth enter the DCFS system, they frequently have already experienced severe trauma and are among our area’s most vulnerable residents,’� Golbert said in a statement. ‘œBut rather than providing these young children the focused care they deserved, DCFS sent them to Chicago Lakeshore Hospital, knowing they would not be safe.”

The state last year stopped admitting children to the troubled hospital, which has been the subject of investigations by ProPublica and The Chicago Tribune. Also, health inspections in recent years found the hospital didn’t have satisfactory policies and procedures to investigate abuse allegations.

Children in state care who remained at the hospital after 2018 have been monitored by someone from the state around the clock, according to DCFS.

Agency spokesman Jassen Strokosch said DCFS takes abuse allegations seriously and said previous administrations ‘œhollowed out’� the agency’s funding. He said Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s administration has reversed course and the 300 additional staff hired since April had already made ‘œdramatic improvements to overcome the challenges that have plagued the department for decades.’�

Chicago Lakeshore Hospital CEO Patricia McClure-Chessier defended the hospital Wednesday over “the egregious distortion that has been portrayed.”

She said the hospital has served the state as an anchor of mental health care that puts the health and safety of children first.

‘œIt is tragic that the Cook County Public Guardian chooses to malign health care providers instead of addressing the root of this statewide crisis: a lack of state funding which prevents children from getting appropriate care at the right time and in the right place,” she said in a statement.

Published at Wed, 18 Dec 2019 22:36:00 +0000

Imposter Scams Employ New Tech to Target Retirees’ Savings

Imposter Scams Employ New Tech to Target Retirees’ Savings

Across the nation, crimes of fraud targeting senior citizens are on the rise, and many of the attempts have become more advanced through the use of new technologies. In 2019, the Federal Trade Commission reported that imposter scams, which involve impersonating a person or an entity, were the most common type of fraud in the United States. Reports have almost doubled since 2016, according to the FTC, reaching a new high this year of more than 512,000.

Older citizens and retirees are particularly at risk — they’re often explicitly targeted and tend to be swindled out of much higher amounts than other age groups. Almost $149 million was reported in imposter scam losses by those over the age of 60 this year, FTC data shows.

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Published at Sun, 15 Dec 2019 16:14:37 +0000

Hackers Terrorize Children Through Ring Camera in Texas

Hackers Terrorize Children Through Ring Camera in Texas

A family from Kaufman County, Texas, said someone hacked into their Ring security camera and terrorized their children on Wednesday.

Lue Mayora was stuck in traffic on Highway 80 when her Ring camera was hacked. Her children were home alone, waiting for Mayora to come home.

Mayora said that someone set off her home alarm around 5:30 p.m., and her daughter went downstairs to see what caused the noise. A voice coming from the Ring camera told the children that they had five minutes to get out of the house or they would be killed, Mayora said.

According to Mayora, the hacker continued to taunt the children after they ran out of the house.

The hacker also taunted neighbors and deputy constables who arrived to help the children.

According to Kaufman County Constable Jason Johnson, law enforcement will be investigating this incident, regardless of whether it was a prank or not.

Published at Mon, 16 Dec 2019 00:56:04 +0000

Controversial Streaming Megastar PewDiePie Announces He Will Take a Break From YouTube, Says ‘I’m Tired’

Controversial Streaming Megastar PewDiePie Announces He Will Take a Break From YouTube, Says ‘I’m Tired’

What to Know

  • The 30-year-old Swedish vlogger, whose legal name is Felix Kjellberg, rose to prominence with his commentary on gaming culture, amassing a following of more than 100 million subscribers on the platform.
  • In recent years, Kjellberg has found himself at the center of controversy as some of his racist remarks have been embraced by far-right groups.
  • Kjellberg has made millions on advertising and other deals thanks to his massive YouTube following, but his offensive antics have caused some partners to reconsider their associations with the YouTube star.

Mired by allegations of racism and anti-Semitism, one of YouTube’s biggest stars, PewDiePie, announced he will take a break from the platform in 2020.

The 30-year-old Swedish vlogger, whose legal name is Felix Kjellberg, rose to prominence with his commentary on gaming culture, amassing a following of more than 100 million subscribers on the platform. In recent years, though, Kjellberg has found himself at the center of controversy as some of his racist remarks have been embraced by far-right groups. Kjellberg has repeatedly refuted allegations of racism and anti-Semitism.

Amid growing blowback for his remarks, Kjellberg took to YouTube this weekend to announce his departure from the platform.

“I am taking [a] break from YouTube next year,” he said in a video. “I wanted to say it in advance because I made up my mind. I’m tired. I’m feeling very tired. I don’t know if you can tell … early next year I’ll be away for a little while. I’ll explain that later but I wanted to give a heads up.”

In the video, Kjellberg criticizes YouTube for its new harassment policy, in which the company says it will no longer allow anyone on its platform to post content that “maliciously insults” others based on protected traits including race, gender expression and sexual orientation.

“We have this anarchy system. Don’t come and ruin it for us, YouTube,” he said. “The rule is if you do dumb sh*t on YouTube you will get called out on it. We need that. It’s the only thing keeping us sane, YouTube.”

The vlogger also posts videos to Amazon-owned Twitch as well as DLive. It’s unclear if he will also take a break from these platforms.

Kjellberg has made millions on advertising and other deals thanks to his massive YouTube following, but his offensive antics have caused some partners to reconsider their associations with the YouTube star.

In 2017, Disney cut ties with Kjellberg after he paid two men to hold a sign that read “Death to all Jews” in one video. YouTube also severed a partnership with Kjellberg at the time, though the platform didn’t remove his account.

Also in 2017, the YouTuber apologized for racist comments he made in a video. More recently, a gunman who live-streamed the mass shooting of 51 people at the Christchurch mosque shootings in New Zealand earlier this year announced, “Remember lads, Subscribe to PewDiePie.”

Kjellberg condemned the shooter.

Amid public criticism of his comments this year, Kjellberg promised to donate $50,000 to the Anti-Defamation League, a non-profit that fights anti-Semitism. He then cancelled the donation after some of his fans spread a theory that he had been forced to make the donation.

At the time, the vlogger said he wanted to support a charity he was “actually passionate to donate to.”

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Published at Mon, 16 Dec 2019 17:06:06 +0000

Child refugees celebrate Christmas early in Waukegan, some for first time in U.S.

Child refugees celebrate Christmas early in Waukegan, some for first time in U.S.

WAUKEGAN (WLS) — About 45 child refugees were able to celebrate Christmas Sunday in Waukegan, thanks to some generous members of the community.

The League of United Latin American Citizens organized the event, in which dozens of children received donated gifts and visited with Santa Claus. For some, it was their first time celebrating Christmas in the United States.

The LULAC National Immigration Committee and Our Lady of Suyapa Sanctuary, a satellite of Lincoln United Methodist church, wanted to make sure local child refugees had a Christmas celebration because many of these children have had horrific experiences and very difficult journeys to arrive and to live safely in the US with their families, a news release from event organizers said.

“This is a time for everyone to come together,” said Julie Contreras, pastor of Our Lady of Suyapa and chair of the LULAC National Immigration Committee. “Today, in the true meaning of the birth of Jesus Christ, who was also a refugee, we will celebrate together as one family and bring joy to these innocent children who only want to live free and safe in the USA.”

The church members are hoping to improve their community by leading by example, the release said. Generous community members donated all the gifts for the children, according to organizers.

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Published at Mon, 16 Dec 2019 01:18:03 +0000