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In 1972, Dr. Randall E. McNally, a plastic surgeon from Chicago, traveled to Vietnam to recover the remains of his brother-in-law Thomas Kenny and his wife and four children, who were among more than 80 people killed when a bomb crashed a Cathay Pacific plane.
While awaiting news from his family members, Dr. McNally volunteered to do reconstructive surgery at the Barsky Center in Saigon. He ended up with a patient the world knows as the napalm girl from one of the most famous photographs of the 20th century.
Associated Press photographer Nick Ut won the Pulitzer Prize for the indelible image he captured of Kim Phuc Phan Thi, a 9-year-old South Vietnamese girl, running down a road, screaming in pain at causes napalm burns. The photograph caused people to question the United States’ involvement in the Vietnam War.
“I have become a casualty of war,” Phan Thi, now 59, said after Dr McNally died on Monday aged 92 at Lake Forest Hospital in what his son Edward described as “ old age”. “But there are so many good people like Dr McNally. They try to work so hard to help a lot of people, and among them, I was one of them.
Now living near Toronto, she started the Kim Foundation International to help children injured in war.
“I love him so much,” she said. “I owe him and all the doctors and nurses. They inspired me and made me dream of helping people, as they helped me.
Read the rest of Maureen O’Donnell’s obituary for Dr. McNally here.
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- A man claims he was assembling a ‘ghost gun’ in a bedroom of his family’s home when it accidentally exploded, striking and killing his 15-year-old sister three days ago, prosecutors said today. Cook County in court. Police found the man outside the Chicago Lawn building shortly after the shooting, expressing “remorse” and repeating it was an “accident”, his lawyer said.
- Nearly 20,000 Cook County residents are walking around with revoked gun owner ID cards, with illegal firearms believed to be in their homes, Cook County Sheriff’s Police told lawmakers yesterday. Illinois. Lawmakers have been told that “labor” issues are the main reason why revoked cards are still in the hands of potentially dangerous people.
- At the request of the State of Illinois, the Small Business Administration will allow businesses affected by the July 4 parade massacre in Highland Park to be eligible to apply for low-interest loans. The loans, which Pritzker says can allow Highland Park residents to “focus on healing,” are said to come from the SBA’s Economic Disaster Loan program.
- When the Cook County Land Bank Authority, headed by County Commissioner Bridger Gainer, decided it needed an attorney after being subpoenaed by the federal government over its land dealings, it hired one who lives with Kara Highfill, Gainer’s assistant at the time. Read Watchdogs’ investigation into the embattled agency’s latest insider deal.
- City council members want to halt Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plans to hold a NASCAR race in downtown Chicago after learning he will shut down part of Grant Park for two weeks. Fran Spielman has more on the aldermen’s response to the NASCAR plans.
- Raymond Murray Jr., one of the nation’s first black marines and recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal for his service in World War II, died last month at his Chicago home. He was 99 years old. Read our full obituary for Murray here.
- Wicker Park The Point bar will remain closed under a six-month closure order, even though an administrative judge has agreed the bar owner could not have ‘reasonably anticipated’ the actions of a customer who opened fire outside the building. The closure will be lifted on August 8.
- City Colleges of Chicago announced today that it has hired seven liaison officers — one for each of its schools — to help connect undocumented students with resources such as financial aid and academic support. Liaisons are required at every community college under an Illinois law passed last spring.
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Wrigley Field hosts swearing-in ceremony for 656 new citizens
When Sergiu Doloscan thought of the United States as a child in Moldova, growing up behind the Iron Curtain, he imagined images from his favorite movie: “Terminator”.
Eventually, the idea of a time-traveling cyborg assassin was replaced by two other concepts: freedom and democracy.
“These are things we didn’t have,” Doloscan, 37, said Thursday at Wrigley Field, where he became a U.S. citizen along with 655 others from more than 90 other countries.
It was the largest naturalization ceremony ever held by the federal district court in northern Illinois.
“I feel very, very good today,” said Doloscan, a truck driver who came to the United States six years ago. He now lives in Huntley with his wife and two sons.
Jesus Escontrias, 51, from Durango, Mexico, came to the United States 35 years ago.
“I came here for a better life. A better whole,” said Escontrias, who lives in Woodstock and works at a foundry. “That’s the conclusion of that.”
Mitch Dudek has more here.
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Yesterday we asked you: what’s the best (or worst) part of Lollapalooza taking over Grant Park for the next four days? Explain. Here’s what some of you said…
“The best part: the sight of the spectators and a reminder of what it was like to be young.” —Craig Barner
“The worst part? We have to pay to restore the grass. —Robyn Michaels
“Best: The neighborhood comes to life and there are four days of live music on our doorstep challenging me to keep up with my kids’ generation. Worst: Monday morning when it’s all over.” —Katie Colgan
“The best is Billy Strings… The worst is everything else.” —Jordan Bradley
“Worst of all, smaller clubs in Chicago aren’t allowed to book these acts.” —Greg Schoenfeldt
“On the way to Ogilvie station as all the Paloozers head to the lakeside. Like a salmon going up a river. —Chris Doman
“Nothing but non-stop noise and sirens for the next 4 days!” —Anthony Montano
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