Chicago News Roundup: R. Kelly’s Jury Selection Continues, Lady Gaga’s Chromatica Ball Takes Over Wrigley Field, and More

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R. Kelly’s jury selection continues on day two of trial

Jury selection in the federal criminal trial of R. Kelly continued for a second day today, with a very large number of jurors expected to be reduced to the 12 who will sit on trial for the Chicago-born R&B star. .

Nearly half of the more than 60 prospective jurors considered by the judge yesterday have been removed from office, and more than a dozen were eliminated as of Tuesday morning.

U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber said he plans to have all 12 jurors and six alternates seated by the end of the day, and suggested he won’t wait until Wednesday to start opening statements. .

That timeframe seemed tenuous after the second juror questioned by the judge this morning collapsed after having what Leinenweber called a ‘spell’. The juror, a black woman who appeared to be in her 50s, was conscious and speaking with courtroom staff before leaving the courtroom. Leinenweber dismissed her from the jury.

Kelly’s lawyers today complained that prospective jurors who were in the courtroom yesterday heard information about the case that would be inadmissible during the trial when the judge asked jurors what they knew of the Kelly’s legal troubles or the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary.

Several jurors said they knew Kelly was previously convicted on federal charges in New York last year. Today, Leinenweber posed those questions in a sidebar with only the juror and lawyers able to hear.

Kelly, 55, was sentenced in June to 30 years in prison by the judge during his federal trial in New York.

Andy Grimm and Jon Seidel have the last day of Kelly’s trial day two here.

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  1. A woman whose feet were severed in a boating accident in the ‘Playpen’ near Oak Street Beach over the weekend says she would have drowned if her husband hadn’t pulled her out of the water at the last second. “I really started to drown,” Lana Batochir, 34, told a GoFundMe page that is raising money for her recovery.
  2. A 17-year-old has been charged with attempted murder after he allegedly attempted to hijack a retired police officer in his driveway in Lawndale on Sunday, resulting in a shootout which injured both the teenager and the officer. The teenager was arrested later in the day when he showed up at the hospital wearing the same clothes as in the attack, police said.
  3. Yesterday, Highland Park City Council unanimously approved a resolution urging states and the federal government to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and other actions aimed at reducing gun violence. In her latest column, our Lynn Sweet explains the importance of the resolution as Springfield Democrats consider their next move.
  4. Yesterday, volunteers gathered at Nicholas Senn High School to assemble boxes full of items aimed at improving the mental health of high school students. Suicide prevention organization Find Your Anchor has partnered with CPS, Children First Fund and Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to assemble and distribute approximately 400 boxes to students in the district.

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Lady Gaga pulls out all the fabulously bizarre pop stops at Wrigley Field

Hollywood may have borrowed her for a while, but music has found its leading lady. And after a four-year hiatus, Lady Gaga is showing how a pop star is reborn, in this case via The Chromatica Ball tour, writes Selena Fragassi in her concert review for the Sun-Times.

The limited trek — just 12 cities in North America — backs her 2020 album ‘Chromatica’ which marked a successful return to Gaga’s dance-pop foundation and her beautifully quirky aesthetic that turned many heads early in her career. career.

The ball – “not a tour”, as Gaga explained during a sold-out concert last night at Wrigley Field where any extra space – was taken up by fans’ winged/spiked/glittery costumes paying their respects to the many eras of Gaga, 36 years old.

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Lady Gaga performs at Wrigley Field during her Chromatica Ball tour last night.

Selena Fragassi/For the Sun-Times

It was actually her second time playing at the stadium, although a far cry from the ambiance of the 2017 Joanne World Tour performance, this remarkable occasion to be the first time a woman has graced the stadium headlines – and to present a stripped mirage of the entertainer who made headlines for wearing a dress of meat.

Those niceties were all gone that night, in favor of cosplay, fetishism, alien neofuturism, Dada theatrics, and a flipbook of highly produced video vignettes.

The two-hour show was split into five easily digestible acts, each ending with an interlude which was an intentional moment to focus on its incredible dancers and backing musicians, including keyboardist Brockett Parsons and his incredible piano bow. 360 degrees. invention.

Fragassi has more details on the performance in his full review here.

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Yesterday we asked you: Do you like swimming in Lake Michigan? Where is the best place to do it?

Here’s what some of you said…

“I raised my kids in Hyde Park so summers were spent at 57th Street Point and Beach. Best. Beach. Ever.” —Joanne Mims

“Rainbow Beach – beautiful memories.” — Marguerite Quinn

“Not since I was a kid. This water is too dirty now. — Anita Renee

“We are in Montrose Beach right now. Love the lake! But my favorite for swimming or going further in the water is North Ave, Oak St and Ohio St beach” —Brice Notardonato Ellett

“I grew up swimming in Lake Michigan at the South Shore Country Club, now Cultural Center. We would roll in the sand to warm up and dive back in to rinse off. — Mary Ann O’Rourke

“Places without a lifeguard where you can swim in water above knee height.” — Edgar Florentine

“You have to swim there at least once in your life or you’re not from Chicago.” — Cindi Miller Marque Maloy

“As a former competitive swimmer, I would say Ohio Street Beach. I was on a home visit last week and swam there on Saturday. —Katie Stevens

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