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FBI Raids Chicago Home as Part of Terror-Related Investigation. One Arrested.

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FBI agents raided a home on the North Side of Chicago on Wednesday as part of an investigation related to terrorism, leading to the arrest of one individual.

A search warrant was issued and executed at 9 a.m. in the 5200 block of North Virginia Avenue. The home was located in the Budlong Woods neighborhood.

It’s scary to contemplate the reality that a person with connections to some form of terrorism could be living right next door to you and you’d never know it, but unfortunately, this is the world we all live in these days.

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A man who lives in the two-story brick apartment building was arrested at another location on charges that remain under seal. Details of the investigation were not immediately available, but a source described the probe as a matter of national security.

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When a Chicago Tribune reporter neared the home Wednesday afternoon, a man got out of a black car parked in front of the building, identified himself as “state police” and said not to get any closer.

“There’s an investigation going on,” he said.

Another dark car parked along Virginia had a placard in its front windshield that said, “JTTF, Joint Terrorism Task Force.”

At least five agents in street clothes were stationed at a back entrance to the building Wednesday afternoon, occasionally walking in and out. Meanwhile, a neighbor pacing nervously outside the building said the officers had told her “not to talk” to anyone.

Several neighbors along the quiet residential block said Wednesday they are familiar with the people who live at the two-story apartment building but don’t know much about them.

The presence of the FBI and other local law enforcement officers in the area left many neighbors feeling uneasy, especially when their inquiries into what was going on in their neighborhood were shut down. One individual stated they have a very diverse neighborhood, alluding to the kind of people who make up the area.

One neighbor, Roger McAlister, said that their neighbors would wave and say hello, but otherwise very little was known about them. He went on to state the whole situation is super mysterious.

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American Music Icon Dead at 72; Was Set to Tour This Summer

Rest in peace, amigo.

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When it comes to gritty guitars and even grittier songs, there is no act quite like that little ol’ band from Texas. ZZ Top mainlined American blues standards directly into the electric era of 1970’s rock, and then reinvented the genre once again with the synthesizers of the 1980’s.  From there, the band toured the world incessantly, bringing their grimy grooves and unforgettable stage presence to audiences from Dusseldorf to Delaware. Now, just weeks before the band was set to take to the road once again, one member of the holy triumvirate of honky-tonk has passed away. Dusty Hill, the bassist for ZZ Top, has died. He was 72. Billy Gibbons and Frank Beard of the Texas-based trio issued a statement to Variety on Tuesday, writing: “We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX. We, along with legions of ZZ Top fans around the world, will miss your steadfast presence, your good nature and enduring commitment to providing that monumental bottom to the ‘Top’. We will forever be connected to that ‘Blues Shuffle in C.’” And then, echoing the sentiments of music fans the nation over: “You will be missed greatly, amigo,” the statement added. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we’ll just leave you all with a classic. Make sure to turns those speakers up, y’all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5WB5ouP-8c  

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Mask Mandates Coming Back to Capitol Hill After CDC Switcheroo

This isn’t likely to go over well with some lawmakers.

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With the “delta” variant now raging in some parts of the country, and breakthrough infections of vaccinated individuals continuing to be reported, the CDC has made a stark decision, stating that even vaccinated folks should be wearing a mask when they are indoors or in parts of the country with high COVID transmission rates. This has now prompted the House of Representatives to bring back a previously criticized policy themselves. Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan said late Tuesday that the House of Representatives is reinstating its mask mandate – and therefore the threat of fines to members who don’t comply – following updated guidance from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the delta variant of the coronavirus. The White House also appears to be going back to mandated masks. A White House press representative was seen Tuesday swapping a sign saying people are required to wear masks if unvaccinated with another saying masks are required regardless of vaccination status. Monahan didn’t leave much room for interpretation. “For the Congress, representing a collection of individuals traveling weekly from various risk areas (both high and low rates of disease transmission), all individuals should wear a well-fitted, medical-grade filtration mask (for example an ear loop surgical mask or a KN95 mask) when they are in an interior space,” Monahan said in a letter sent to congressional staffers. The move will almost certainly see pushback from the far right side of the aisle, where the mandating of masks has been a very unpopular policy, and a point of contention in almost every arena in which it has been implemented.

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