5 dead, 4 wounded in Monday shootings

Shootings across Chicago Monday left five people dead and three others wounded.

They included one of the city’s deadliest shootings involving an officer, another police shooting involving a fugitive in Bronzeville, and three civilian shootings that left one dead and three others wounded.

A shooting at Mercy Hospital left four people dead, including a Chicago police officer and the gunman, in the South Side Bronzeville neighborhood.

A doctor and a pharmacy technician were also killed in the shooting, which began in the hospital’s parking lot about 3:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of South Michigan Avenue when the shooter showed a gun while he argued with a woman and then shot her multiple times, Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a Monday night press conference.

Chicago Police work the scene where a gunman opened fire at Mercy Hospital. AP Photo/David Banks

The shooter had a prior relationship with the woman, who worked at the hospital, Johnson said.

Responding officers then arrived at the scene and were fired upon by the shooter before they left their squad cars. The shooter ran into the hospital and was pursued by police. During an exchange of gunfire, Officer Samuel Jimenez and another woman who worked at the hospital were fatally wounded, Johnson said.

The shooter, who has not been identified, was found dead after suffering a gunshot wound, Johnson said. It was not immediately clear if he was shot by police or if he turned his gun on himself. He died at the scene.

Jimenez was rushed to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead, authorities said.

First responders arrive to Mercy Hospital where multiple people were shot, including a Chicago police officer, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Chicago. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times

“The [Fraternal Order of Police] asks that everyone keep the young officer who gave his life today to protect the public in their thoughts and prayers,” said Martin Preib, spokesman for the union that represents the city’s officers.

One of the women was also taken to U of C and the other woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Mayor Rahm Emanuel identified the two women as a doctor and a pharmacy technician who worked at Mercy.

“This tears at the soul of our city,” Emanuel said. “It is the face and the consequence of evil.”

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In other shootings Monday, a 21-year-old man was shot dead in the West Side Austin neighborhood, and another was wounded.

Two 21-year-old men were on a sidewalk in the 1000 block of North Leamington at 6:43 p.m. when shots were fired, police said.

One man was shot in the head and taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he died, police said.

The other man was shot twice in his leg, and took himself to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, according to police. He was in good condition.

In nonfatal shootings, a man was wounded in a shooting in the Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side.

The 27-year-old was walking down the 13300 block of South Langley Avenue just before 10 p.m. when he was approached by three people who fired shots, according to police.

The man was struck in his head and chest, and was taken to Roseland Community Hospital in “grave” condition, police said. No one was in custody.

Minutes earlier, a fugitive was wounded in an officer-involved shooting after stabbing a sheriff’s deputy in the same neighborhood as the Mercy Hospital shooting.

About 6:35 p.m., the deputies responded to the intersection of 41st Street and Michigan Avenue to arrest Joveaun Brewer, a 22-year-old Chicago man who hadn’t checked in with the Cook County sheriff’s office’s electronic monitoring program since Nov. 7, according to Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for the agency, and Chicago police.

As they tried to take Brewer into custody on an escape charge, he stabbed one of the deputies in the head, authorities said. The deputy was expected to survive after being rushed to University of Chicago Medical Center.

Another deputy then shot and tasered Brewer, authorities said. He was taken to Stroger Hospital with a gunshot wound to his left arm that wasn’t thought to be life-threatening.

The first shooting Monday wounded a teenage boy on the West Side.

At 11:57 a.m., the 15-year-old was riding in a vehicle in the 100 block of North Pulaski when a blue sedan pulled up and someone inside started shooting, according to police.

He was shot three times and taken to Stroger Hospital, where his condition was stabilized, police said.

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Milk your lactose intolerance with these dairy-free desserts

I come from a home where it’s not out of the ordinary to cut yourself a gigantic slice of cake for breakfast (I’m not talking tea cakes, but the ones slathered with icing), where cheese is routinely sprinkled onto every dish possible and where saying you’re intolerant to lactose is equivalent to saying you’re quitting your job and moving to the mountains.

Two months ago, after many episodes of excruciating cramps, I was asked by my doctor to give up dairy in every form. This decision, for someone who scowled at any mention of words like vegan and gluten-free, was a tough one to take. While excluding copious amounts of cheddar from my diet wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be, the biggest challenge turned out to be satiating my sweet tooth—no pain au chocolat to complement my frothy cappuccino and no more Scootsy-ing that crumbly salted caramel tart when stressed at work.

So, after repeatedly nodding no to ‘are you sure not even a little butter?’ ‘not even a bite of this ice cream?’, shedding four kilos and becoming profoundly unhappy, I decided to take matters in my own hands and scour the city for dairy-free desserts that work for a lactose-intolerant diet. For those suffering the same fate as I am, here are the alternatives this former Dunkin Donuts devotee has come to swear by.

Guava, raspberry and mandarin sorbet, Coppetto Artisan Gelato

Big bad brownie, Oh Dough

Flourless coffee cake, Sequel

Chilli and cinnamon dark chocolate, Mason & Co

Raw cacao ice cream, Vegan Bites

Nachni cake, Plenty Mumbai

Organic dark chocolate, Taza (available at Sequel)

Fruit popsicles, Frugurpop

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We don't start anything but will stand up for self-respect: Virat Kohli

“Aggression depends on how the situation is on field. If the opposition is aggressive towards you then you counter it. India is not a team that starts anything but we always draw a line of self-respect. If that line is crossed we stand up to that,” Virat Kohli said.

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‘Cloud canteen’ startup Feedr raises £1.5M to provide office workers with a healthier lunch

Feedr, a food tech startup that delivers healthy and personalised meals to office workers as an alternative to companies setting up their own canteens, has picked up just over £1.5 million in pre-Series A funding.

The round is led by London early-stage venture capital firm Episode 1. Also participating is Brent Hoberman’s Founders Factory, and angel investors Errol Damelin (Wonga founder and renowned fintech investor), Richard Glynn (former Ladbrokes CEO and Founder of Alinsky Partners), and David Pritchard (founder of OpenTable Europe).

Launched in 2016 by Riya Grover and Lyz Swanton, Feedr describes itself as an “intelligent lunch platform” or “cloud canteen”. The startup essentially operates a two-sided marketplace that connects healthy food suppliers with office workers at companies, in addition to arranging delivery.

To do this, Feedr publishes a “unique rotating menu” every day and asks workers to choose what they want to eat by 10.30am. It then pools those orders and sends them to the food suppliers it works with, who are mostly artisan and independent food producers, ready for delivery at lunch time.

The technology behind Feedr handles logistics planning, in terms of predicting and helping to manage demand for each meal on offer from specific suppliers. There is also a large emphasis on personalised recommendations based on the preferences of individual customers and their order history.

Food suppliers include Deliciously Ella, Farmstand, We Grill, Potage, and Maple & Fitz. Feedr works with a number of sub-contracted platforms to do the deliveries.

In a call, Feedr CEO Riya Grover told me the food tech startup has thus far mainly employed a B2B2C strategy by working directly with companies who want to offer their own “cloud canteen” as a perk provided to employees and as part of an employee wellness strategy. This sees each company that signs up with Feedr subsidise the cost of items on the menu so that workers can have a fresh healthy lunch daily for under £5, or cover the cost entirely.

To date, Feedr has fed employees at over 400 companies including AirBnB, Etsy, DHL, and PwC.

Grover also talked up Feedr’s tech that she says enables “dynamic menu building,” something she likened to a Netflix for food. When an employee selects a meal, Feedr feeds back these choices to its algorithm to create a more data-informed menu going forward. In other words, menu choices become more personalised the more employees use Feedr.

More broadly, Grover says Feedr is aiming to cater to three trends: on-demand food delivery, as pioneered by the likes of Deliveroo and Uber Eats; employee wellbeing as part of a company’s recruitment, retention and broader HR strategy; and the way consumers are becoming more accustomed to greater choice and healthier options.

Meanwhile, I’m told the funding round will be used by Feedr to invest in its technology to improve the online user experience, expand the choice of healthy meals and build out the machine learning that powers personalization. The company also plans to increase its sales force and expand outside of London.

Adds Damien Lane, Partner at Episode 1 Ventures: “Feedr’s strong brand values address the rise of the conscious consumer with a greater awareness of ingredient quality, artisanal producers, food provenance and the impact of food consumption on health. The team brings incredible execution skills with a passion for shaping healthier futures”.

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Tumblr booted from App Store due to child porn

Tumblr’s app was booted out of the iOS App Store a few days ago due to an issue with child pornography getting its way past the app’s filtering technology, according to a report from CNET, which Tumblr then confirmed.

The app’s disappearance was first spotted on November 16,  and Tumblr’s help documentation had also confirmed the company was “working to resolve an issue with its iOS app.” The statement said Tumblr hoped to have it fully functional again soon.

However, Tumblr nor Apple had said what the issue was until CNET confirmed through sources it was related to child pornography.

Tumblr then released a statement which explained that it discovered content during an audit that wasn’t included in the industry database it was using to filter out child sex abuse material from appearing in its app.

That statement reads as follows:

“We’re committed to helping build a safe online environment for all users, and we have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to media featuring child sexual exploitation and abuse. As this is an industry-wide problem, we work collaboratively with our industry peers and partners like [the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children] (NCMEC) to actively monitor content uploaded to the platform. Every image uploaded to Tumblr is scanned against an industry database of known child sexual abuse material, and images that are detected never reach the platform. A routine audit discovered content on our platform that had not yet been included in the industry database. We immediately removed this content. Content safeguards are a challenging aspect of operating scaled platforms. We’re continuously assessing further steps we can take to improve and there is no higher priority for our team.”

As of 11/19/18, 7:45pm EST, Tumblr’s help page reads that the company is working to restore its app to the App Store. It also included the above statement.

The company has had issues with being blocked outside the U.S. in the past for hosting adult material, but this is the first time it has been pulled from the App Store due to child porn.

The issue is an example of relying on a database, instead of a combination of algorithms, A.I. technology and human moderation for managing content filtering.

[Disclosure: Tumblr is owned by TechCrunch parent company, Oath]

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Woman, 50, fatally struck by vehicle in Calumet Heights

A 50-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle and killed Sunday night in the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side.

At 7:09 p.m., the woman stepped in front of a westbound vehicle as she walked outside of the crosswalk in the 1500 block of East 88th Street, according to Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

She suffered severe head trauma and was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead about a half hour later, authorities said.

An autopsy conducted Monday found she died from multiple injuries related to the crash, and her death was ruled an accident, the medical examiner’s office said. She hasn’t been identified.

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