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Chicago’s 762 Homicides In 2016 Is Highest In 19 Years:

Chicago marked 2016 as the deadliest year in nearly two decades, data released by the Chicago Police Department shows.

The city saw a surge in gun violence in 2016: 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents, and 4,331 shooting victims, according to a statement released by the department on Sunday.
There were 480 murders in 2015, the most in the city since 1997.
The bloodshed has brought trauma to the lives of thousands of people.
Attacks on police officers nearly doubled in 2016, which represents a “completely unacceptable rise in violence,” the release said. However, it did not state specific figures for attacks on officers.

President-elect Donald Trump speaks at the USA Thank You Tour 2016 at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center December 13, 2016 in West Allis, Wisconsin.

Get Ready For Another Year Of Global Tumult:

The political tumult that rocked the world in 2016 might be an appetizer for 2017.

Crucial elections loom this year in France and Germany, where the same anti-establishment backlash that produced Donald Trump and Brexit could offer an opening to nationalist leaders who oppose Muslim immigration and further erode the European unity that has been a signature of the post-World War II era.

The Middle East is spiraling deeper into the mire of fraying borders and sectarian disorder while violence in places such Syria is unleashing a tide of desperate refugees that is destabilizing Europe. Meanwhile, rising powers such as China, Russia and Iran are closely watching the developments to determine whether the convulsions in the West give them an opening to advance their own interests.

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Mariah Carey Walks Off Stage After Technical Snag:

Mariah Carey was a show stopper during her New Year’s Eve performance in Times Square, New York.

This time, it wasn’t her platinum vocals that captured global attention, but a rare musical meltdown in front of a live audience of millions on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”
An audio track malfunction was reported while Carey was lip-syncing to some of her biggest songs onstage in front of a live audience of millions.
Just moments before the ball dropped on Time Square, it seemed the ball dropped on the five-time Grammy Award-winning artist’s performance.

The Rev. Eric S.C. Manning of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church prays with Anthony and Jatterah Wright as they baptize their 1-year-old son Kaiden Tysean Isaiah last month.

The New Face Of Mother Emanuel:

The young pastor stood in a house filled with mourners ready to minister. His parishioner had been strangled, her body dumped.

The Rev. Eric S.C. Manning prayed with the victim’s devastated mother, reciting from Psalms, one of his favorite books in the Bible: “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.” Days later, Manning led the funeral for the young woman.
It was his first eulogy for a murder victim.
“Standing there delivering the eulogy was hard but God brought me through that,” he said, recalling that emotional moment 14 years ago.
Over the years, Manning has dealt with tragedy and death, including in his own family.

17 Things We’re Looking Forward To In 2017:

1. A solar eclipse

Next summer, a solar eclipse will darken southern cities like Charleston and Nashville for a few minutes. If you don’t live in the South, no worries! The natural blackout will be visible with less intensity in other major cities. If you want visit these spots, NASA has you covered. Just don’t forget to wear your sunglasses!

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