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Video shows semitrailer dragging car down Illinois highway

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Video shows semitrailer dragging car down Illinois highway

COOK COUNTY, Ill. (WGN) – Video captured a tractor-trailer driving down an Illinois highway Tuesday with a car lodged sideways underneath it.

The wild footage, obtained by Nexstar affiliate WGN, was recorded by another driver near the Tri-State Tollway outside of Chicago.

In the video, smoke can be seen emanating from the black sedan’s tires as they slide sideways over the pavement, the semitrailer apparently having no trouble keeping up with the flow of traffic.

Halfway through the video, you can see the driver inside the sedan wave to the camera.

Police responded to the incident just after 11:40 a.m. near mile marker 30 on I-294.

Illinois State Police said no injuries were reported. Two lanes were closed for around 15 minutes as police investigated.

It wasn’t known as of publishing time whether or not there would be any charges tied to the incident.

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Man faces first-degree murder charges for shootings at LoDo bar on New Year’s Day

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Two suspects arrested in death of 85-year-old man in Adams County

A man suspected of shooting two men to death on New Year’s Day in a Lower Downtown bar, and wounding two other people, has been charged with first-degree murder.

Levi Floyd Diecidue, 22, allegedly killed Devonte Phillips, 24, and Hiyaw Zewdie, 29, in a shooting at The Cabin Tap House, 1919 Blake Street. The bar’s license was suspended after the shooting.

Diecidue, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office, faces charges felony charges of  murder after deliberation, murder with extreme indifference, attempted murder after deliberation, first-degree assault with a deadly weapon, attempted first-degree assault with extreme indifference, and second-degree assault with a deadly weapon. He appeared in court on Friday morning and was advised of the charges against him.

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South Park Hill: Walkable neighborhood draws young families

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South Park Hill: Walkable neighborhood draws young families

South Park Hill offers homebuyers a walkable neighborhood tucked into a busy metro area. One of the oldest Denver neighborhoods, South Park Hill, borders City Park and offers residents quick access to the park, Denver Zoo, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

“If you want to live in the city and get a great house with a great yard, that’s South Park Hill inside and out,” says Natalie Hengel, 8z real estate agent.

The neighborhood is conveniently located 5 miles from downtown and 5 miles from Cherry Creek, and it features a variety of restaurants, stores, and playgrounds.

“I use my car all week,” says Hengel, who has lived in the neighborhood since 2013. “On the weekends, you have everything you need here and can walk or bike to it.”

What’s available?

South Park Hill primarily offers single-family homes built in the 1900s to 1950s. It features a mix of classic Denver squares, bungalows, and Tudors.

The Denver Square, known as a foursquare home in other parts of the United States, was popular from the mid-1890s to the late 1930s. The two-story brick homes remain popular because they are easy to update and remodel.

There are a few scrapes and new builds but few duplexes in the neighborhood, Hengel says.

The average home price is $800,000, and houses stay on the market for about three days.

“For $750,000 to $850,000, you can get a good house that feels a bit more dated,” Hengel says. “If you want something that’s more updated, you’ll cross over the $1 million mark.”

Who’s moving in?

South Park Hill appeals to first-time homebuyers who are expecting a baby or want to start a family. The neighborhood also appeals to move-up buyers. But once people move into the neighborhood, they rarely want to leave, Hengel says.

The neighborhood also draws people who work at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. “It’s especially popular with doctors who need to be on call,” Hengel says.

Get to know the neighborhood

“This is a really fun neighborhood,” Hengel says. “It’s a family-friendly, front-porch kind of neighborhood. It’s easy to make friends with your neighbors.”

Popular neighborhood area businesses include:

23rd Avenue and Kearney Street: Cake Crumbs Bakery and Cafe, Dardano’s School of Gymnastics, and Oblio’s Pizza.

23rd Avenue and Dexter Street: Honey Hill Cafe, Spinelli’s Market, and The Cherry Tomato.

29th Avenue and Fairfax Street: Long Table Brew House, Em’s Ice Cream, Sexy Pizza, Crock Spot, and Trellis Wine Bar.

The news and editorial staffs of The Denver Post had no role in this post’s preparation.

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Colorado has recovered nearly nine in 10 of the jobs lost during early months of pandemic

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Colorado has recovered nearly nine in 10 of the jobs lost during early months of pandemic

Colorado employers added enough jobs in December to help push the unemployment rate below 5% for the first time since the pandemic started, according to a monthly update from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

The state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell from 5.1% in November to 4.8% in December, but it remains significantly higher than the U.S. adjusted rate of 3.9% and the low 2.8% rate seen in February 2020. Colorado’s rate translates into 154,300 people in the state who meet the official definition of unemployed, per a household survey.

Colorado employers added 9,000 nonfarm jobs between November and December on a seasonally adjusted basis while the number of jobs added between October and November was revised higher to 14,100 versus the 9,800 initially reported.

“Right now, the momentum is strong enough to win out over the headwinds but the combination of omicron, inflation, labor shortages and supply-chain disruptions have prevented the state from growing at a faster rate,” said Broomfield economist Gary Horvath. “Most likely, we can add interest rate hikes and a mid-term election to that list.”

The full brunt of the surge in omicron cases hadn’t appeared yet when the employment statistics were gathered in mid-December. The rapid and record-setting wave of infections likely didn’t put the brakes on the recovery, although it might have slowed hiring in leisure and hospitality, which added only 900 jobs month-over-month in December. For the year, that sector added 85,600 jobs, more than half the overall gain of 152,000 jobs in the state in 2021.

Job gains last month were strongest in professional and business service, which rose by 1,900 positions month-over-month. Financial activities rose by 1,200 positions while government employers added a net 1,100 jobs and manufacturing added 1,000. Educational and health services dropped 200 jobs in the month.

For all of 2021, the only sector that ended the year with fewer workers than it started with was construction, which shed 1,000 payroll jobs despite strong demand for both residential and commercial projects.

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