CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban Chicago man who spent the last 10 years in prison for murder has been released. Marcel Brown of Oak Park was released Wednesday. Brown was 18 when arrested in 2008 following a shooting at a Chicago park that left 19-year-old Paris Jackson dead. He was charged despite police determining Brown's 15-year-old cousin fired the shots. Karen Daniel of Northwestern's Center on Wrongful Convictions its investigation found Jackson was accidently killed by his friends, not the 15-year-old.
CHICAGO (AP) - Chance the Rapper says he has purchased the former news website Chicagoist, making the announcement in a new song. The Chicago native released four songs on his website late Wednesday including "I Might Need Security," where he proclaims "I bought the Chicagoist." WNYC confirmed the acquisition in a statement. WNYC bought Gothamist and its affiliated websites in February from billionaire Joe Ricketts, who shuttered the sites last November about a week after New York staffs voted to unionize.
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) - Authorities say a central Illinois man stabbed himself in a courtroom shortly after a jury found him guilty in a sexual assault case. The Pantagraph reports 78-year-old Johnny Icard was sitting alone Wednesday at a defense table in Bloomington where he had represented himself at trial. When the judge said he was revoking Icard's bond, the Bloomington man said he had family affairs to attend to and wasn't expecting the verdict. He stabbed himself in the abdomen moments later.
CHICAGO (AP) - An animal rights organization has filed a lawsuit against Brookfield Zoo located outside Chicago in a search for documents that could shed light on the 2015 deaths of 54 stingrays. Court records show People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals since 2016 has been asking the Cook County Forest Preserve District to turn over documents detailing events leading to the stingray deaths. PETA says the county hasn't responded to the request, prompting last week's lawsuit.
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