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Boo! At The (Brookfield) Zoo Brings Out Costumes And Creatures

Chicago (CBS) — The spooktacular fun is underway at the Brookfield Zoo’s annual Boo! at the Zoo event, which has added a third weekend of events this year. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October, guests of all ages can show off their Halloween costumes and enjoy family friendly and creepy fun activities.

Zoo curator Tim Sullivan said the event has been bringing in families for decades.

“It’s amazing because it keeps growing,” Sullivan said. “Halloween has become a very popular event, so for that need, we’re going to throw in a third weekend.”

The event’s sponsor Ferrara Candy Company donated 10,000 pounds of candy. Activities include a corn maze, a haunted hayride and a pumpkin smasher demolishing pumpkins hourly.

Pumpkins will also be given to polar bears, gorillas and other animals around the zoo to play with and eat.

For more information on Boo! at the Zoo’s hours and schedule of activities, visit the Brookfield Zoo’s website.

Chicago International Youth Peace Movement Hosts Fundraiser

Chicago (CBS) — Music and songs filled the air in River North Saturday night at a fundraiser hosted by the Chicago International Youth Peace Movement.

The Reverend Jesse Jackson was one of several special guests at the event. The group promotes peace and education through various programs and provides mentorship to area youth.

Lyric Opera, Striking Musicians Reach Deal

CHICAGO (AP) — The Lyric Opera of Chicago says it has reached a multi-year labor deal with striking musicians.

A statement released by the music company Saturday night says the agreement would extend through the 2020-21 season, if ratified by members of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local 10-208.

The Lyric Opera’s 64th season was disrupted Tuesday when musicians walked off the job. Musicians said they were protesting the company’s proposal to cut the number of orchestra musicians by five.

The opera company also wanted to cut the pay of remaining musicians by 8 percent and the number of working weeks by two weeks to 22 weeks
The Lyric Opera says details of the proposed agreement are not being released at this time.

Musicians are expected to vote on the agreement Sunday.

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UPDATE: Popular Indiana Teacher Facing Termination Allowed To Resign

CHICAGO (CBS) — A popular Indiana high school teacher accused of letting in a person with a firearm on school grounds has been allowed to resign.

Dennis Brannock, who’s been an auto shop teacher for 45 years, was facing being fired after not reporting an armed person on school property.

Students and parents rallied behind the teacher and wanted him to keep his job and even set up a  Facebook page to show their support.

On Saturday at a board meeting, after some argument, the board approved his resignation by a vote of 3-2 effective November 1. But some commenting on the Facebook page said they will continue to fight for Brannock at the next board meeting on October 15.

RELATED: Indiana Teacher Could Be Fired For Not Reporting Armed Man On School Grounds

The incident happened in September at Lake Central High School in Saint John, Indiana. That’s when Mo Sharawi, as part of the auto shop class, took his car on a test run through a nearby neighborhood.

Soon after, an irate man with a gun followed him back to school, went through the shop doors inside the school, accusing him of driving recklessly around kids.

Students say the man took his gun back to his car, then came back again, yelling at the kids. Students say Brannock became aware of the situation and stepped in.

“He locked the doors, turned off the lights, and sent us to another classroom,” recalled Sharawi.

Brannock failed to report the incident to the principal or to the Saint John Police, who only found out about the incident after a concerned parent called them.

“Mr. Brannock did a great job of handling that. I don’t think he should be in this situation or even be getting in trouble for this,” said high school senior Cory Middleton.

Discussion of Brannock’s resignation begins at the 6:30 mark:

Man Caught On Camera Trying To Steal Mail In Riverside

Chicago (CBS) — A Riverside homeowner’s video doorbell caught a man going through his mailbox in the middle of the night.

Seth Normington said he got a phone alert early Friday morning about the incident. The surveillance video shows a man creeping into view and checking out his mailbox around 4:45 a.m.

“It’s definitely unnerving to see a stranger was up on your front porch,” Normington said.

The man left with nothing but managed to take a little of Normington’s peace of mind.

Police believe the man tried to make off with mail from at least two other homes in the area and want you to take a good look at his image.

The person is described as a man with glasses and facial hair and was wearing a backpack at the time of the incidents.

“I hope they find him,” Normington said. “It’s pretty sad that someone is going door to door looking for things to take.”

Riverside police are encouraging other neighbors to consider the video doorbell option and to contact them if they recognize the man from the video.

Chicago’s Women’s March Draws Thousands: ‘This Is A Different Sense Of Urgency’

CHICAGO (CBS) — Thousands of people showed up for the Chicago Women’s March.

A much smaller crowd than previous marches, but with just a few weeks left to the midterm elections, some say this march is more important.

CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos was there and has the story.

Saturday’s march was different from previous rallies. This time around it’s a march to the polls.

The message was clearer than ever before: get out and vote.

“I’ve been voting a long time and I’ve never felt that this was as important as it is now,” said marcher Lydiea Davis.

This time around they’re not just talking about it, but doing it. Pink hat-wearing marchers were seen at two polling sites in downtown Chicago. First time voters led the march to the polls. Others were not new to this.

“(This is) the most important election of my lifetime and probably the lifetime of basically everyone,” said voter Kate Schechter.

The Women’s March is not new to Chicago. A quarter million women and supporters showed up in January of 2017 following the inauguration of President Donald Trump.

Then, 300,000 people came out for a second Women’s March back in January amid the #MeToo movement. What’s different this time around?

“It feels more urgent,” said Lance Williams.

“You can just feel it changing,” added Jessica Winfrey.

Many said one thing energized them to come out Saturday.

“The whole Brett Kavanaugh thing just drove me over the edge,” said Liz Flores.

Winfrey added “I think people are just so motivated after the Kavanaugh situation.”

But frustrations have been building long before that.

“We are a government of the people and by the people,” said one marcher. “And by god the people are going to change this.”

Cook County Needs Election Judges, Equipment Managers

CHICAGO (CBS) — Election Day is a little more than three weeks away. And the help wanted sign is out for poll workers.

Many suburban cities in Cook County, like Northbrook, Glenview and Schaumburg have a shortage of election judges and equipment managers.

The biggest need is for bilingual workers.

Visit the site cookcountyclerk.com/work for more information on how to apply.

More Than 250 Buildings Open To The Public This Weekend

Chicago (CBS) — The Chicago Architecture Center is hosting Open House Chicago Saturday and Sunday. The free festival is an opportunity to check out spaces rarely open to the public.

From mansions to theaters to private clubs and hotels, you can visit more than 250 buildings across the city. No tickets are required.

Justice Sotomayor Is “Turning Pages” With Her New Children’s Book

CHICAGO (CBS) — You can dream big.

That’s the message U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is sending to Chicagoans. Especially the youngest of readers.

“For me, if I can inspire you in some way to really believe that you can do it, then I’ve done my job,” Sotomayor said.

Hundreds turned out at the Harold Washington Library Friday to help Justice Sotomayor with the release of her new children’s book “Turning Pages: My Life Story.”

Sotomayor took questions from the audience and shared her life story from growing up in the South Bronx to becoming the first Hispanic and third woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The most successful thing I’ve done in my life is being successful while bringing all of my family and friends with me,” she said.

The book is also available in Spanish.

Robberies Plaguing South Austin

Chicago (CBS) — There’s a rash of armed robberies taking place in South Austin, police said. Throughout the past month, seven robberies have happened where two to four men approach victims on the street with handguns demanding money and cell phones.

The most recent reported robbery was last Saturday near Congress and Laramie.