iPhone theives thwarted by GPS tracker

Two Chicago men were arrested after an iPhone the men had stolen had a GPS application which tracked down the perpetrators. Here’s the story from Chicago Breaking News:

A GPS application on a stolen iPhone quickly led police to two men now charged with stealing the phone and a wallet in a strong-arm robbery in the Logan Square neighborhood, authorities said.

About 7:30 p.m. Thursday on the 2700 block of West Logan Boulevard a 33-year-old man was robbed by two men of the cell phone, wallet and cash, police said.

Immediately after the robbery, the man was able to get back to his home and log onto his computer to use a tracking application on his phone, police said.

Once he tracked the phone he called police, gave them the location of the phone and a description of the two men who had just robbed him, police said.

Police went to a gas station on the 1700 block of North Western Avenue and found the men, both 22, inside a truck, police said. According to police, the men were arrested about 10 minutes after the robbery.

Robert Rodriguez of the 4800 block of West Armitage Avenue and Anthony Diaz of the 1400 block of North Lorel Avenue were arrested and charged with robbery. Both men were ordered held Friday in lieu of $90,000 bail each, court officials said.  Officials also issued a warrant for Diaz for a parole violation, police said.

– Alexander Fleites

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Will Loyola Law School lose the LSAT?

Loyola Law School Dean David Yellen

The LSAT exam, a test currently used to determine entry into law school, is being questioned by the American Bar Association as to whether it should remain a necessary graduate school requirement.

ABC News Reports:

For University of Texas senior Trevence Mitchell, preparing for the LSATs while working to pay his college tuition and balancing a full course load was a challenge.

I did average,” said Mitchell about his performance on the test. “I’ve always wanted to go to a top-tier school, so my score is well below what top-tier schools normally accept. I would have felt better applying if I would have been more confident in my score, but I did what I could do.”

Now, a Standards Review Committee from the American Bar Association may recommend an end to the LSAT requirement for law schools, and make it optional.

“With a tentative vote, a majority was in favor of eliminating the requirement,” David Yellen, a member of the 14-person committee and dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, told ABC News.

Currently, accredited law schools require a “valid and reliable” admissions test to “assist the school and the applicants in assessing the applicants’ capability.”

Traditionally, this test has been the Law School Accreditation School, or LSAT.

According to Donald Polden, committee chair and dean of Santa Clara Law, in Santa Clara, Calif., the LSAT has shown to be a reliable predictor of first-year performance for law school applicants, but “not how they will finish or what type of lawyer they will be,” Polden emphasized.

In light of changing college admission policies that make SATs or ACTs optional, Polden said the ABA is likewise evaluating the LSAT.

Waiver programs at several law schools at state universities already exempt these schools from the LSAT requirement for state residents who have graduated from their own universities.

“If the ABA can be giving waivers here and there, then [the LSAT] really isn’t a full requirement and why not just say it’s not a requirement?” said Yellen.

Dean Larry Sager, of the University of Texas Law School, where minority students make up 30 percent of the student body, said that getting rid of the LSAT requirement would allow schools more flexibility.

“The idea that the ABA should require accredited law schools to adopt a particular position about the LSAT strikes me as a mistake,” said Sager, who believes that law schools should instead be measured by the rigor of their degree standards.

Sager speculated that if the LSAT was optional, schools could avoid the test in certain situations where it might misrepresent applicants’ abilities. Case in point: foreign law graduates.  “We’re living in a global era and law schools are going to be educating a global population,” Sager said. “The LSAT might or might not be a good measuring device for foreign law graduates who are coming to get the basic law degree in the United States.”

In interviews with ABC News, deans from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Santa Clara Law and University of Texas Law speculated that their own schools would continue to use the LSAT, even if the ABA drops the requirement.

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More details on shoplifting ring near Loyola’s downtown campus

As Loyola University Chicago’s Campus Safety issued a weekend warning  about a crime ring nicknamed “Flash Mob Offenders” around the Water Tower Campus, an earlier Loyola Student Dispatch story shed insight into how the ring operates.

The Campus Security warning read:

The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has informed Loyola’s Department of Campus Safety about a recent pattern of crime referred to as “Flash Mob Offenders.” These offenders are allegedly committing thefts within local retail stores around the Water Tower Campus community. These offenders exit the Chicago Red Line stop, go to various shops, usually clothing stores, and storm the stores, taking as many items as they can carry when running out of the store.

This Saturday, February 19, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be an increased presence of Chicago Police Department bike units, tact teams, foot officers, and Chicago Mass Transit officers strategically placed around the Water Tower Campus community. Campus Safety will also have additional officers available that evening keeping an eye on things.

A flash mob  is a term coined in 2003 to denote a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual and sometimes seemingly pointless act for a brief time, then disperse, often for the purposes of entertainment and/or satire, according to Wikipedia.

A Jan. 18 Loyola Student Dispatch story offered the following details on how the ring works:

A teenage shoplifting ring stole more than $5,000 in merchandise this week from stores on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile before being arrested near Loyola University Chicago’s Water Tower Campus.

Here is the story from the Chicago Sun-Times:

Five girls and six boys allegedly brazenly grabbed clothes from The North Face at 875 N. Michigan, AX Armani Exchange at 520 N. Michigan and Filene’s Basement at 830 N. Michigan, then fled on foot before they were arrested on the first block of East Pearson Street.

The arrests follow a spate of similar shoplifting incidents over the last two weeks on Michigan Avenue in which large groups of youths use their sheer numbers to overwhelm and confuse store employees, staff at all three stores said.

“More than 15 of them came in the store, and then one of the boy’s shouted ‘Snatch!,’ and all you could hear was hangers being ripped off rails,” said a worker at Filene’s Basement, who asked not to be named because she is not authorized to speak with the press.

As the thieves ran from the store, one yelled out “Meet you on the Red Line!” she said.

At least $280 worth of merchandise was stolen from Filene’s, while goods worth $2,720 were stolen from North Face and $2,247 from Armani Exchange.

The girls, aged between 14 and 16, and the boys, aged between 15 and 17, were arrested within three minutes of each other and were charged as juveniles with retail theft, police said.

Two of the youths were among nine juveniles arrested Sunday after shoplifting incidents at nearby Columbia Sportswear, Guess, Bloomingdale’s, and Victoria’s Secret, according to police.

“It’s a mob, that’s exactly what they are,” Sgt. Sprio Maglaras said. “They are going in and basically grabbing stuff, overwhelming the security and leaving with the sensor on.” Several of the teens used twitter to plan their attacks, he said.

Lt. Joe Schmit added that the gang “acted with such reckless abandon.”

“They just bum-rushed the door, in a herd or a pack. Anybody in their way they ran over.’’

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Internship/Job Fair hosted by Loyola’s School of Communication

Close to 30 communication organizations will be on hand Tuesday when Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication hosts its annual Internship and Job Fair.

School of Communication students will have an opportunity to share resumes and network with executives in a variety of communication fields, including journalism, advertising and public relations.

Among the employers slated to be on hand include AOL’s Patch, the Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, the Daily Herald, GolinHarris, Groupon, Kodak, Radio Disney and WTTW/Channel 11.

The job fair is open only to Loyola’s School of Communication students.  It is scheduled for 3-5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kasbeer Hall, Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson St., 15th floor.

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