Rogers Park father flees with baby

By Jessica Meyer

Chicago police are searching for a Rogers Park man who allegedly took his 5-month-old son from the boy’s maternal grandfather, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The police are investigating the fight between the boy’s grandfather and his father when the Indiana native dropped his son off at the grandfather’s house Saturday night, but came back and took the child, the Sun-Times reports.

The 5-month-old’s mother is 18 years old and resides in a correctional facility, the Sun-Times reports.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that as of 6 a.m. Monday, the child is still missing. He is not believed to be in harm though. The  boy weights 17 pounds and is believed to be with his father, who resides in Washington, Ind.

Lights out at Loyola for Earth Hour

By Caitlin Schmid

It was lights out at Loyola Saturday night.

Loyola University Chicago did its part during Earth Hour 2010. The Halas Field and Seal Earl Track high field pole lights were turned off as was the parking structure main lighting system.

Some buildings on campus, including Damen Hall, Quinlan, Flanner, 1 E. Pearson, 25 E. Pearson, 26 E. Pearson, and Lewis Towers, reduced their electricity in the lower lobbies.
Aaron Hammond, 21, a junior environmental studies major from downstate Kankakee thought the efforts on campus were commendable.

 “The global and campus efforts for Earth Hour were nice to see. However, I don’t think they advertised enough anywhere. It could have been a bigger event if more people knew about what was going on around campus and the city of Chicago,” Hammond said.

A record-breaking 121 countries – 34 more than in 2009 – participated in Earth Hour, a global event, which celebrated its fourth year Saturday evening.

Starting with New Zealand and following the sun around the Earth, thousands of cities showed their efforts in supporting the need for change at 8:30 p.m. local time on March 27th, 2010. By turning off unnecessary lights for an hour, people may not have put an enormous impact on the reduction of carbon and greenhouse emissions in the atmosphere, but it is surely the symbolic thought that counts.

An estimated 1 billion people did their part by showing that they care about climate change and the need to improve the efforts in saving the planet before it is too late.

Efforts in the United States have improved dramatically since last year. Nearly four times as many states have now joined the Earth Hour board. Twenty-seven states have agreed to partake in the yearly event.

As worldwide efforts continue to grow, the World Wildlife Fund is staying positive. Expansion of the number of participants in the global phenomenon is expected to increase for Earth Hour 2011. Anyone who would like to get involved is more than welcome to do so. By visiting the official website for Earth Hour, anyone can join the movement and can find easy ways to make Earth Hour 2011 a  success.

Illinois has also shown its participation for the third year.  Joining the Earth Hour Campaign, sponsored by World Wildlife Fund, in 2008, residents, businesses, and corporations turned off lights to support the global phenomenon.

Local buildings including the Sears Tower, the John Hancock Center, the Wrigley Building, the Chicago Theater, the Oriental Theater, and several others showed their support.

Jacob Huebsch, 18, from White Bear Lake, Minn., was impressed with Chicago’s efforts.

 “It was really cool to watch the lights turn off on the skyline,” Huebsch said. “Having everyone come together to make an impact on this important event is something we must all do our part in helping with.”

Upscale bakery destroyed by fire

An upscale bakery in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood was destroyed by fire in the early hours Monday, according to Chicago Breaking News.     

The Cake girls bakery is part of a WEtv Network’s “Amazing Wedding Cakes” series which starts its second season Wednesday. Brenda and Mary Maher owners of the bakery stood across the street , and watched the bakery be deemed a complete loss, ChicagoBreakingNews reports.

Cakegirls Bakery has been open for seven years and has six employees on staff.

“More than anything ,it breaks my heart that for now, they will be unemployed,” said Brenda Maher.

The bakery is located in the Lakeview neighborhood on the ground level of the 2209 West Belmont Ave building. According to fire officials, the fire broke out at 5:30 a.m. on the residential second floor of the building. There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Bono, Queen Latifah, Jim Carrey, and Ashlee Simpson are some of the few celebrities who have been customers of the bakery, ChicagoBreakingNews reports.

 Due to their popularity and wedding season coming fast, the bakery has up to 500 outstanding orders.

” We put a lot of work into this business,” Maher told ChicagoBreakingNews. “Now in a flash is doesn’t exist. This is our livelihood. We built this from nothing.”

Uptown cabdriver linked to al-Qaida

By Lisa Fiandaca and Timothy McMahon

A Chicago cabdriver is in custody after allegedly discussing plans to bomb a stadium and attempting to send a few hundred dollars to al-Qaida, according to published reports.

Raja Lahrasib Khan, 56, originally from Pakistan, and most recently living in Uptown, sent a money transfer of $950 to someone in Pakistan last November, authorities allege.  He commanded that $300 of it goes to the leader of a Sunni extremist group, who is affiliated with al-Qaida, authorities say.

Khan’s son was stopped while boarding his flight to England at O’Hare International Airport Tuesday for having $700 on him that an undercover federal agent had given to his father earlier according to the Chicago Tribune.  Authorities said Khan was planning to meet his son in England and deliver the $700 himself to Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani leader tied to al-Qaida.  The charges stated Khan admitting to the undercover agent that the money would be used to buy weapons and other supplies.

FBI agents intercepted Khan’s phone calls and recorded conversations for the past several months, according to the 35-page criminal complaint unsealed Friday in federal court in Chicago.

On March 11, a recorded conversation revealed Khan talking of bombing an unknown U.S. stadium in August.  Khan stated that Kashmiri would teach him the steps of carrying out the attack, authorities said.

From taped meetings with the undercover agent, Khan allegedly revealed that Kashmiri took orders from Osama bin Laden and agreed that America needed to be punished.

“If … every day, you know we are bombing somewhere … kill 50 people, 100 people, 70 people here, other state, other state … eventually they get the message,” Khan allegedly said.

Khan appeared in court Friday.  Assistant U.S. Atty. Christopher Veatch told a federal magistrate the government wants Khan detained.

Loyola career fair deemed a success

By Angela Hanna

In the midst of a weak economy and dim job market, Loyola University Chicago’s recent Spring Career Fair was deemed a success by organizers, employers and students seeking jobs.

Gentile Center buzzing with anxious career hopefuls and representatives of 72 different organizations.

“We’re always looking for talented people,” said Target Store Team Leader, Kristin Syon, 25. “Loyola students were great today, very professional. We have definitely found people in the past from here who conform to our values and we will continue to in the future.”

Students came armed to the Thursday career fair with resumes in hand and dressed in their professional gear.

 “The career fair was good this year,” said Elizabeth Davidson, 20, a sophomore business major. “I gave my resume to a bunch of different companies and organizations. There was a lot of good ones this year, impressive turnout.”

Loyola Employer Relations Director, Marty Ghbauer, 46, has been organizing this event for months. Invitations were sent out to organizations in December, and after three rounds of follow- ups, 72 employers signed up.

The employers consisted of corporations and non-profit companies, and government organizations.

 “There were more companies this year than last year, which seems like a sign that the economy’s improving. Hopefully it turns out to be a better job market for our students now,” Ghbauer said.

First time career fair attendee, 19-year-old freshman, Donais Deetz, was excited at all the future prospects the career fair was offering.

“It’s been really nice and so convenient for us students to have all these employers here in one place,” Deetz said. “I was really nervous before I came but I’m glad I did. The employers are not as intimidating as I thought they would be. They were very nice and easy to talk to. This really made me want to stay here in the summer.”

Students and employers were eagerly exchanging information with one another in anticipation of future opportunities.

“It’s a great for Loyola to showcase the talents of our students to employers, and it’s a good way for students to build up their networking skills, build relationships, and lay some ground work for future positions,” Ghbauer said. “It’s great for employers too because they get to give their companies a presence here so that students can reach out to them.

By the time the fair was wrapping up, everyone leaving Gentile had looks of content on their faces.

“So far, I’ve had great feedback from the employer’s here. They’ve been saying our students give a very professional presentation, and one employer went as far as saying they wanted to give them a hug,” said Ghbauer. “All in all, I think it was a great turnout this year. I would definitely say it has been a great success.”