Category Archives: Human Relationships

MISSING: Chaunti Bryla, 43, From Avalon Park

Chicago (CBS) — A family is pleading for help finding a missing woman from the Avalon Park neighborhood.

Chaunti Bryla, 43, has been missing for more than a week.

(Credit: CPD)

She was last seen at her home near 85th and Bennett on March 14. Family members say they suspect foul play in Bryla’s disappearance, in part, because her bank account has been emptied.

Also, they insist she would never abandon her 11-year-old son.

Her family adds, there has been no activity on Bryla’s Facebook account since March 14.

Bryla is described as 5 feet 2 inches, weighing 200 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She suffers from diabetes and high blood pressure.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Area South SVU at 312-747-8274.

Trees Lost To The Camp Fire Replaced

CONCOW (CBS13) — Volunteers worked today to plant trees, replacing those lost in the Camp Fire.

Nearly two-dozen volunteers worked today at a ridge in Concow.

The tree planting was a partnership between One Tree Planted and the Butte County Resource Center.

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Streisand Apologizes For Remarks On Michael Jackson Accusers

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand apologized Saturday for her remarks about Michael Jackson and two men who have accused him of sexual abuse, saying that she should have chosen her words more carefully and that she admires the accusers for “speaking their truth.”

Streisand had received bitter criticism online after she was quoted in The Times of London as saying that Jackson’s accusers were “thrilled to be there” during the alleged abuse, which “didn’t kill them.”

After an initial statement Saturday to The Associated Press in which she sought to clarify her remarks, the superstar of song, stage, and screen posted an apology online that went further.

“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims,” she wrote.

“I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way,” she wrote. “Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”

The apology went far beyond the earlier statement to the AP, in which she elaborated on her published remarks, saying she felt “nothing but sympathy” for the men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who accuse the late star of molesting them as children.

She wrote in that earlier statement: “To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone.”

The remarks in question came deep into a wide-ranging interview with The Times. Asked about Jackson, Streisand was quoted as saying she “absolutely” believed Robson and Safechuck, who make their allegations in the recent HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”

Jackson’s estate has condemned the HBO documentary. Jackson, who died in 2009, was found not guilty in 2005 of charges he molested a 13-year-old boy.

Streisand was asked about the documentary, which she called “too painful.”

She then said that Jackson, when she met him, was “very sweet, very childlike.” Asked how she reconciled that man with the one portrayed in the documentary, she replied: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has. You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

Among those firing back on social media was the director of “Leaving Neverland,” Dan Reed, who wrote of that last quote: “Did you really say that?!”

Asked by The Times whether she was angry at Jackson, Streisand said: “It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him.”

Also attracting attention Saturday for remarks about Jackson was his close friend and mentor, Diana Ross.

“This is what’s on my heart this morning,” Ross wrote on Twitter. “I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.”

King Soopers Makes Another Offer To Union Amid Strike Talks

DENVER (CBS4) – Negotiations between King Soopers and the United Food and Commercial Workers Union 7 resumed on Saturday. The union was prepared to strike after their vote to strike passed earlier this month.

King Soopers’ current offer invests $117.5 million in wages, healthcare and pension benefits over a three-year term.

For a full-time checker with 4 years of service, that means:
• Current wage $18.41 an hour
• 2019 +.35 cents = $18.76
• 2020 +.35 cents = $19.11
• 2021 +.35 cents = $19.46

King Soopers/City Market’s offer also includes incremental contributions for healthcare and pension:
• Plus Healthcare at $3.98 per hour = $23.44
• Plus Pension at $1.60 per hour = $25.04

(credit: CBS)

“We have offered a contract that respects our associates by significantly investing in their total compensation and seeks zero concessions,” said Dennis Gibson, president of King Soopers and City Market.

The union posted on their Facebook page saying the most recent offer fails to address basic concerns of workers.

The union represents about 12,000 King Soopers and City Market employees. Both parties have been trying to agree on a new union contract since December.

John Rivera, 23, Off-Duty CPD Officer Fatally Shot In River North: What We Know

Chicago (CBS) — John P. Rivera, 23, has been identified as the off-duty Chicago police officer who was fatally shot in River North Saturday morning, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Rivera lived in the Hegewisch neighborhood on the Far South Side of Chicago and had been a police officer for less than two years.

One of his neighbors, John Sanchez, is a former CPD sergeant and said Rivera would ask him for advice about being a police officer.

“He was a good boy, I mean a really, really nice boy,” Sanchez said. “He ran all the time, worked out all the time with neighbor kids his own age. They’d all work out to try to be ready to be police.”

Sanchez said Rivera wanted to be a police officer since he was 16 years old and dreamed of doing tactical work.

Rivera was a 2013 graduate of Brother Rice High School. The school’s president Mark Donahue and principal Bob Alberts released a statement, saying:

“The whole Brother Rice community is mourning the loss of Officer Rivera. On behalf of Brother Rice, we express our deepest condolences to his family. John is remembered as a nice, polite, and soft spoken young man. He was always willing to help others and truly lived out our motto of ‘Acting Manfully in Christ Jesus’. God bless John and his family.”

Several people in Rivera’s neighborhood knew him as John Petty. He changed his last name to Rivera to match his mother’s.

Friends say Rivera was very kind. Neko Castillo, a longtime friend, said, “He showed me how to care about people no matter what and just how to live the best life.”

Castillo was also Rivera’s barber and shared a photo of Rivera after a recent haircut.

(Credit: Neko Castillo)

Julian Martinez also shared a recent photo of Rivera and him and one from their First Communion.

(Credit: Julian Martinez)

(Credit: Julian Martinez)

Martinez said another friend was also hit in the shooting Saturday morning but is doing well.

“He’s doing good. He was shot four times but is completely up and talking. He’s very lucky,” Martinez said.

Police confirm Rivera and three other individuals were sitting in a parked car when two men approached their vehicle near Clark and Huron Street.

One man showed a handgun and started shooting. The offenders fled the scene.

Rivera was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital just before 4 a.m.

First Deputy Supt. Anthony Riccio said Rivera was working 3rd watch in the 6th District and had completed a shift around 9 or 10 p.m.

Riccio said Rivera had been with the department for just under two years. Officials said one person of interest is being questioned.

Police said there were many surveillance cameras in the area where the shooting took place. Detectives are looking through footage to see if they can get video of the shooter, who remains on the run.

Driver Dies After Plunging 600 Feet Off Cliff In Mt. Tamalpais State Park

MARIN COUNTY (CBS SF) — A male driver was killed Saturday morning when his vehicle plunged 600 feet off a cliff in Mt. Tamalpais State Park, a fire spokesman said.

At about 10:12 a.m., a hiker reported that a four-door sedan haddriven off a cliff on Ridgecrest Boulevard in the park, Marin County fire battalion chief Bret McTigue said.

The car landed 600 feet below the roadway. A Sonoma County sheriff’s helicopter staged a rescue operation along with local fire crews.The victim was airlifted to the roadway and pronounced dead. He was the only occupant of the vehicle.

No other information was immediately available.

Colorado’s ‘Boom Supersonic’ & Alabama Firm Team Up To Build New Aircraft

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama firm is partnering with a Colorado company to build a manufacturing facility that would produce supersonic aircraft.

Hoar Program Management of Birmingham will help locate, plan, design and build the facility for Boom Supersonic, which is planning a supersonic commercial airliner for transoceanic routes, the news site Al.com reported.

(credit: Boom Supersonic)

Colorado-based Boom Supersonic was founded in 2014, and has announced pre-orders of the Overture from airlines including Japan Airlines and Virgin Group, the Alabama news site reported.

“They were looking for a partner,” HPM President Mike Lanier said. “We’re humbled by the fact that we’re being brought in this early to help them establish who they are.”

The Overture is described as a supersonic commercial airliner with travel speeds more than twice as fast as subsonic aircraft. Boom is now assembling the XB-1, a Mach-2.2 supersonic demonstrator aircraft. That aircraft’s test flights will help refine the design of Overture, Al.com reported.

Boom expects to pick a site for its manufacturing facility by year’s end. HPM has partnered with Site Selection Group to choose a location for the manufacturing plant, and a shortlist of about 10 to 15 airports for the site is being developed, Lanier said.

“Supersonic aircraft have different needs than a normal aircraft,” Lanier said. “That’s in terms of length of runway and proximity to supersonic test space, so that limits the options.”

In Colorado, Boom has a full-time team of more than 130 employees and anticipates doubling its staff over the next year, Al.com reported. To accommodate the assembly of XB-1 and development of Overture, Boom recently relocated to a large facility in Centennial, Colorado, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southeast of Denver.

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