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Line Began Thursday For Chicago’s New Flagship Apple Store On Michigan Avenue

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s new flagship Apple Store on Michigan Avenue at the river doesn’t open until 5 p.m. Friday, but there’s a line to get in. Paul Zhu, 18, is from China. He’s an exchange student at St. Viator in Arlington Heights. And in China, he said he was among the first in line for Apple’s Chengdu store opening. Zhu said he was the sixty-first person in line in China.
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Paul Zhu, 18, from China was the first person in line for Chicago’s new flagship Apple store. (WBBM/Steve Miller)

WBBM: And here? “Always number one. First rule. I’m so excited,” he said. WBBM: What time did you get in line? “I came to the store at 4:30 p.m.” WBBM: 4:30 yesterday afternoon? “Yes.” WBBM: So you spent the night here? “Yes.” WBBM: So how was it? “It feels good.”
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Chicago’s new flagship Apple store (WBBM/Steve Miller)

He said he just wants the feeling of ownership to be the first in the door. And doesn’t want to actually buy anything – yet. “I’m waiting for the iPhone X,” Zhu said. The next two people in line: a Brazilian couple now living in Miami who came to Chicago just for the Apple Store opening.
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A Brazilian couple, who now live in Miami, were the second and third people in line for Chicago’s new flagship Apple store. (WBBM/Steve Miller)

“Because I love Apple. All the history. Steve Jobs… And (I thought), OK, I want to be there. And OK, I’m crazy. Yeah. And scream a lot…” “Someone loves a party,” her husband said. “Someone loves restaurants. Someone loves to travel. And we love this kind of stuff,” they laugh. And like Zhu, the couple was not planning on buying anything as they are waiting for the iPhone X.

Trump’s Renoir Is ‘Not An Original,’ Says Former Art Institute Curator

CHICAGO (CBS) — A former curator for the Art Institute of Chicago said there’s no chance the museum has a fake Renoir painting and President Donald Trump has the original as he reportedly has claimed. Biographer and New York Times business reporter told Vanity Fair that Trump has often told him he owns “Two Sisters (On the Terrace)” by 19th Century French impressionist Pierre-August Renoir.
O’Brien, who grew up in Chicago, said he informed Trump he is mistaken, and the original hangs in the Art Institute of Chicago, but the president repeatedly has insisted he has the real one. A spokeswoman for the Art Institute would only confirm the painting is part of its permanent collection, and would not weigh in on Trump’s claims, but former curator of European painting Richard Brettell said the president’s painting definitely is not authentic. “It is a copy. It is a photographic reproduction. It is a forgery. It is something that’s not an original object by Renoir,” Brettell said. “There are many works of art that are produced to look like great works of art, and sold in a kind of secondary market or through dubious channels; sometimes for large sums of money to people who really don’t have good advisors, or don’t ask the right people.” Brettell said there’s no chance Renoir created two versions of the painting. “No, it’s not possible. He didn’t do it in other cases,” he said. Brettell also said there’s no chance the Art Institute has a fake. “There is no chance. Zero chance,” he said. Brettell said he’s familiar with reports that President Trump paid $10 million for his painting. “Which I can’t really believe, frankly, but you know what? I don’t know that that’s not true,” he said. “If it is true, I feel badly for him.”

Suburb’s Opioid Crackdown Nets 14 Arrests

(CBS) — Police in far southwest suburban Braidwood say the city’s death rate from opioids was so high over the past few years compared to the rest of Will County that authorities thought it was time to take some action. On Thursday, they arrested 14 people. It was time for a different approach, Braidwood Police Chief Nick Ficarello says. “We were tired of arresting one or two people in a one- or two-week period and having somebody else step up and be the new dealer,” Braidwood Police Chief Nick Ficarello tells WBBM’s Steve Miller. Chief Ficarello says all of those arrested were connected to selling drugs in Braidwood, a town of about 6,500. How long will this sweep keep drugs off the streets? “We hoping it works for awhile. It’s going to be interesting to watch,” he says. As part of the day’s sweeps, he says, a crystal meth lab was discovered and dismantled.

Aurora Boy Released From Hospital After Pit Bull Attack

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10-year-old, Luke Drees-Segundo (Credit: Facebook)

CHICAGO (CBS) — The 10-year-old Aurora boy who was mauled by two pitbulls last week got out of the hospital on Wednesday – and his mother tells WBBM he’s looking forward to going back to school at the end of the month.

Luke Drees-Segundo does not usually walk to school.

In fact, his mother Denise Drees said he was not supposed to go to school on Friday, because he’d stayed up late the night before, watching the Cubs.

But he wanted to go, and on his way, he was attacked by two Pit Bulls.

RELATED: Pit Bulls Attack Child In Aurora, One Dog Still Loose

“I don’t blame the dogs for their actions. I blame it on the owner. It is the owner’s fault for not caring for the dogs and not loving the dogs.

“I have two pitbulls at home. It’s ironic. My dogs would never attack a little kid. They won’t attack nobody,” she said.

Drees said she is taking strength from Luke’s optimism.

“I had been taking it really bad. But I try not to in front of him. I want to be the strongest person for him. But he’s showing me how to be a stronger person,” she said.

RELATED: Pit Bulls Who Mauled 10-Year-Old Aurora Boy Euthanized

Luke goes back to the hospital Monday for another in a succession of surgeries. Monday’s surgery is related to leg injuries Luke sustained, she said.

Drees said doctors were able to save Luke’s ear, and she said doctors will monitor him to make sure he does not have hearing loss.

Most of Luke’s injuries were to his ear, the top of his head and his leg, Drees said. He was able to cover his face during the attack.

As for the good Samaritan who stopped to help Luke, Drees said, “I owe her my life.”

Drees saif after she brought Luke home from the hospital Wednesday, he did mot want to see the family’s two Pit Bulls. But after a few minutes, she said, he wanted to see them.

“We brought one dog out at a time, and they were so happy to see him. My female dog sat in his lap.”

Drees saif the two dogs slept with Luke on Wednesday night.

Luke’s teacher at Dieterech Elementary School has started a YouCaring fundraiser page for the family.

“She is an amazing woman,” Drees said.

“I want my kids to grow up to know there are people in this world who are good, and it’s not all bad,” she said.

“I live in a beautiful community.”

Illinois Teachers Can Now Claim Personally-Bought Supplies On Income Tax Returns

CHICAGO (CBS) — Starting this year, teachers in Illinois can get state tax credit for the school supplies they buy with their own money and bring in to the classroom. Ninety-two percent of teachers in the U.S. spend their own money to buy school supplies for their students. That figure comes from Democratic State Senator Tom Cullerton of Villa Park, who is a supporter of the new state tax provision and he is encouraging teachers to take advantage of it. The federal government already allowed teachers to claim tax deductions on supplies they bring to school, up to $250. Now the state of Illinois will also let teachers claim up to $250 in deductions for supplies on their state income tax returns. “And this has been going on since I was a kid. You always hear about teachers, and when you talk to educators, telling you, ‘Oh yeah, I always bring in extra pencils every year.’ “Or, ‘I always have to bring in extra pads of paper. I buy 20 notebooks every year because there are kids who lose them or need them or their parents don’t have them,'” Cullerton said. State Senator Cullerton said the new state tax credit is for teachers, principals or teachers’ aides who work at least 900 hours during the school year.

Folk Music Group Kacy and Clayton’s Truck, Gear Stolen In Wicker Park

CHICAGO (CBS) — A Canadian folk music group lost a truckload of equipment when their pickup was stolen in Wicker Park over the weekend. Kacy Anderson and Clayton Linthicum have been touring together the past five years as Kacy and Clayton. The cousins from rural Saskatchewan were making their way from Utah to Ontario over the weekend, when the pickup truck they were using to haul their gear was stolen after Anderson parked it in the 1900 block of West Schiller. “In the truck? Pretty much everything that a band would have,” Linthicum said. In a Facebook post, the band said the truck is a White 2014 GMC High Country with a white box topper and Saskatchewan license plate 530 GZA. Linthicum said it’s a wonder nothing’s happened before now. “I think we all thought that someday we’d get robbed, but I didn’t think we’d get robbed like this, because we were traveling in a vehicle that really did not resemble a typical band’s rig,” he said. “It wasn’t a van or anything. It was Kacy’s parents’ truck. It just looked like a truck you’d see a high-end farmer driving around in southern Saskatchewan.” They filed a police report, but Linthicum said “I’m not so hopeful.” Still, the tour will go on, after the recording studio of the Chicago band Wilco let them borrow some equipment. “Very lucky that this all happened to us in Chicago because the generous people of Wilco and the Loft have fixed us up with enough gear to finish the tour,” Linthicum said. Linthicum said Kacy and Clayton will be performing in Chicago on November 5, at Schubas Tavern. Their latest album, The Siren’s Song, was recorded at the Loft, and was produced by Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy.

Memphis Man Who Fell To His Death At Hotel Identified

(CBS) — The 44-year-old Memphis, Tenn. man who died in a fall while taking photographs atop the LondonHouse hotel was an advisor to newspapers on digital marketing. Eric Paul Janssen was killed when he fell from the luxury hotel at 85 E. Wacker. He fell from a 20th-floor parapet wall onto a sixth-floor roof, authorities say.
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Eric Janssen of Memphis, Tenn. is the photographer who died in an accidental fall Monday in Chicago. (Facebook/Eric Janssen)

The Cook County Medical Examiner says Janssen died from multiple injuries, and the death was ruled an accident. Sources tell CBS 2 Janssen was not authorized to be on the property. A longtime friend, Angela Copeland, says Janssen had three children and worked as an advisor to newspapers on digital marketing and loved photography. “He loved the photography aspect and the exploring aspect. But he was trained as a journalist, and so I think there was part of him that really hit on that,” she says. Last year, one of Janssen’s postings on his Facebook page asked for support for a fellow photographer who had been injured in a fall in Memphis last year.  

Lottery Players Favor Unholy Digits On Friday The 13th

(CBS) — So many people thought Friday the 13th was going to be lucky, the Illinois Lottery had to stop selling a certain number combination for its Pick Three game. WBBM’s Steve Miller reports. The Pick Three combination so many people were willing to take a chance on last Friday was 6-6-6. Friday the 13th is associated with bad luck. The number 666 is associated with Satan. “I couldn’t tell you if it was because of Friday the 13th,” Illinois Lottery Spokesman Jason Schaumburg says. The lottery had to cut off sales so that the agency didn’t exceed its liability limit. “When a number combination reaches to where we’d have to pay $3 million in prizes, sales would be cut off,” Schaumburg says. The cutoff happens more frequently than you might think. Schaumburg says maybe once or twice a week the lottery has to cut off sales to a combination of numbers because it’s so popular — meaning, that liability limit of $3 million has been reached. Pick Three is drawn twice daily, and ticket buyers can add a “Fireball” option to increase their chances of winning. Last Friday’s winning combinations were 3-0-6 (Fireball 5) and 4-6-0 (Fireball 9), according to the lottery’s website.

State Sues Wood Dale Companies For Student Loan Scam

CHICAGO (CBS) — The state of Illinois is suing two Wood Dale companies accused of taking advantage of student loan borrowers, charging big fees to help them reduce their debt. It’s difficult to know how many student loan borrowers in Illinois had been victims. “Some people say that for every complaint that you get, there are at least 25, maybe 100 people who have been scammed,” said Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. “In this circumstance, this has been a growing number of complaints that we’ve seen over the last five years,” she added. Madigan has filed civil suits against two companies in Wood Dale accusing them of doing nothing student loan borrowers couldn’t have done for themselves. And charging as much as $700 in upfront fees. Madigan says those fees are illegal in Illinois and most other states.

Pit Bulls Attack Child In Aurora, One Dog Still Loose

(CBS) — Aurora Police say one pit bull is still on the loose and another has been caught after the dogs attacked a 10-year-old boy Friday morning. Police say the boy was walking to school when he was attacked by the two pit bulls. The boy was saved by a good Samaritan: a 31-year-old woman who happened to be driving by and stopped to help and call 911. Police say the boy was treated at one hospital and then transferred to another. His injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. Authorities say they’ve found the owner of the two dogs. Aurora Animal Care and Control is familiar with him because they’ve investigated him in the past, officials said.