Horoscope for Tuesday, May 21, 2024


Moon Alert

There are no restrictions to shopping or important decisions today. The Moon is in Scorpio.

Aries (March 21-April 19)

Today your focus will be on the wealth and resources of others, especially your spouse or partner. (Possibly, it could be the government or your employer.) At any rate, take care of loose details regarding taxes, debt, inheritances and shared property. Stay on top of your game!

Taurus (April 20-May 20)

Today the moon is opposite your sign, which means you will have to go more than halfway when dealing with others. Therefore, be prepared to compromise and accommodate others. You will also have a stronger focus on partners and close friends.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)

Today, it will please you to be helpful to others. You might want to perform a service for someone because you’re willing to put their needs before your own. You will appreciate learning tips or new methods about how to improve your health or the health of your pet.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)

You’re keeping a low profile; nevertheless, you’re quite ambitious now. Furthermore, interaction with friends is pleasant. Today is a playful day, which means it’s a good idea to accept invitations to socialize and enjoy sports events plus fun times with kids.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)

You’ve been out there flying your colors, which means even you need to take a rest. This is the perfect day to lie low and relax at home. You’ll feel comfortable taking it easy among familiar surroundings. You might want to contemplate your navel and think.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

You’re high visibility now. In fact, people admire you. This could be one of the reasons that today you feel a strong need to talk to someone in a real and genuine way — something heart-to-heart. Hopefully, you will find someone who will listen with interest and sincerity.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

You’re eager for adventure now, which is why you would love to travel or do something different that’s stimulating and exciting! Today in particular, you might be checking out your funds and your cash flow to see what is doable. (So hard to have champagne tastes on a beer wallet.)

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)

The moon is in your sign, which will make you a bit more excitable and more emotional than usual. (You can handle this.) However, the good thing to know is that when the moon is in your sign, which happens for 2 1/2 days every month, it improves your good luck! Sweet!

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)

You will be smart if you play things low-key. Work alone or behind the scenes because that is how you will get the most done. Nevertheless, sports might be competitive, and you’re working hard at your job — no question. Grab some time for yourself if you can.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

A heart-to-heart conversation with a close friend, probably a female acquaintance, could be meaningful for you today. You might want to share your hopes and dreams for the future with this person to see what they think. Their feedback could be helpful. (It’s hard working in a vacuum.)

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)

People notice you today. (No doubt, you’re aware of this.) In fact, some people seem to know personal details about your private life, perhaps because you have something for sale or your resume is out there — could be anything. Be aware of this in case you have to do some damage control.

Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20)

Today you’re restless because you want a change of scenery or a bit of adventure. Ideally, travel would be perfect. If you can’t travel, you can be a tourist in your own neighborhood. Go someplace you’ve never been before. Check out the scenery.

If Your Birthday Is Today

Actress Lisa Edelstein (1966) shares your birthday. You’re courageous in pursuit of your dreams. You have an upbeat approach to life and bravely face challenges. You have mettle. This year is about learning and teaching. Take time to explore new beliefs, ideologies and philosophies to broaden your understanding of the world and yourself.

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Family seeks justice after driver cited, not charged following deadly Wheaton hit-and-run crash

WHEATON, Ill. (WLS) — Paige Donahue was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Wheaton in January 2023, just months before her wedding.

Over one year later, the driver accused in the crash has been cited, but not charged.

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A Good Samarian who tried to save Donahue’s life was honored on Monday as her loved ones called on the state’s attorney to reconsider filing charges.

The family expressed their gratitude for Heather Weitekamp, who brought light to their darkest hour.

Weitekamp received Wheaton’s Good Citizen Award for stopping to perform CPR on 31-year-old Donahue when she was hit and killed by a driver who left the scene while crossing Roosevelt Road at Crest Street on foot.

“The nightmares that I have to go through about my daughter laying on that ground and being alone, she’s comforted me,” said Traci Palucci, Donahue’s mother. “She’s our hero. I couldn’t ask for anybody to be with my daughter in the worst situation that anybody could ever imagine.”

After investigating the crash for more than a year, Wheaton police said they identified and located the driver involved, a Batavia woman who they say cooperated with detectives.

My daughter was worth way more than a citation

The DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office says it “conducted an extensive review of the facts and circumstances,” and “under Illinois law, criminal charges were not filed,” citing case law that “requires proof that [the] accused driver had knowledge that he or she was involved in an accident that involved another person.”

Instead, the driver was issued a citation for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

“My daughter was worth way more than a citation,” Palucci said.

Now, Donahue’s friends have started an online petition, calling on the state’s attorney to reconsider charges.

“We were supposed to grow old together, and now, I’m stuck without her, and it’s not fair,” said Lisha Harris, Donahue’s friend.

That online petition has garnered more than 440 signatures.

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Lane beats Kenwood to win the city title and celebrates twice after a bizarre ending

Lane senior Oliver Evans leaped off the mound at Wrigley Field, threw his glove into the air and celebrated winning the Public League baseball title Monday.

Evans appeared to close out the Champions’ 5-3 victory against Kenwood by getting Broncos senior Savion Flowers to ground out to first for the final out. The scoreboard proclaimed Lane as the champions, and the grounds crew headed out to the warning track in trucks to finish off their work for the night.

But it wasn’t over.

The first-base umpire had called Flowers’ grounder a foul ball. It hit Flowers in the batter’s box. No one noticed — not even Flowers, who was lying on first base, dejected.

The trucks left the field. The Lane players went to find their hats and gloves and prepared to do it all over again.

‘‘My coach came up to me and said it was a foul ball, and I thought he was messing with me,’’ Evans said. ‘‘But then I had to get back into the mental headspace of getting ready to play more baseball.’’

Evans needed only one more pitch. Flowers flied out to left field, and the second celebration began.

‘‘I knew it was my time to shine [heading into the final inning],’’ Evans said. “I was ready to step up to the moment and came right at it.’’

Evans pitched the final three innings to earn the victory.

The Champions (26-9) trailed 3-0 in the seventh and were down to their last two outs when junior Theodore Greco drew a walk. Sophomore Sebastian Wilson followed with a double to center. Senior Ethan Borggren singled to left to bring in one run before junior Tyler Rwakatare-Trapp delivered the big blow, a two-RBI double to center that put Lane ahead 4-3.

‘‘It was a changeup down the middle in my perfect spot,’’ Rwakatare-Trapp said. ‘‘And I just did everything I could to hit it.’’

Kenwood left-hander Kevari Thunderbird, who shut out Payton in the 2023 city title game, was dominant. He struck out 11 and allowed two hits in 5⅓ innings.

‘‘He gave us everything he could,’’ Broncos coach David Reed said. ‘‘I can’t be mad at any of my guys.’’

Kenwood (20-9) started the season slowly but is playing well now. Its season will continue in the state playoffs, which start later in the week.

‘‘It’s amazing to play in back-to-back city championship games,’’ Reed said. ‘‘We didn’t complete the goal, but this will make us better heading into the state playoffs.’’

The do-it-over ending wasn’t the only strange occurrence in the game. There was a 10- to 15-minute delay in the sixth when an umpire had to leave because of illness or injury. The rest of the game was played with three umpires.

‘‘Our coaches mentioned the Cubs [rain delay] in the 2016 World Series,’’ Rwakatare-Trapp said. ‘‘They played [Cleveland], and they had a delay to recuperate themselves and came back and won the game. So it reminded them of that.’’

CPS rotates the title game between Guaranteed Rate Field and Wrigley Field. Kenwood won last year on the South Side. Lane won two years ago at Wrigley.

‘‘It is unreal to play at Wrigley Field,’’ Borggren said. ‘‘The emotions were flowing from the start, and I feel like once we got settled we were into it more and things felt more realistic. Because it really felt unreal at the start.’’

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AI phone scam mimicking your voice can now be used to scam family, friends, experts warn

CHICAGO (WLS) — AI is everywhere now, including in robo calls that could be used to scam you. There’s a new trend of AI phone scam calls in which technology is used to mimic familiar voices to fool your family and friends, and it may soon be flooding your phone.

All the scammer needs now is a small audio clip of your voice and they can create an AI robocall.

Tech experts created an AI generated voice of our own ABC7 Consumer Investigative Reporter Jason Knowles, asking, “Can you send me $500?” But he never actually said those words.

“It’s Jason, I’ve been in a car accident here on my vacation in Mexico,” the AI generated voice continues. “I’m okay for the most part, but I am at some hospital and they say I need to pay money for x-rays and treatment. My credit card isn’t working and I don’t have enough cash.”

“Anybody receiving that call would think it’s you and you’re in trouble,” said Greag Bohl, chief data officer with Transaction Network Services.

The company, with a Chicago office, helps wireless carriers stop robocalls. Bohl made Knowles’ AI call using cloning software and a clip of his voice from an ABC7 broadcast. He said scammers can do the same thing to you simply by trawling social media.

“They can go on TikTok, they can go on any of these media platforms and go ahead and extract that voice,” he said. “Actually, what can take place is a bad actor can take your voicemail from your cell phone and replicate that from your voice for as little as three seconds.”

The Federal Trade Commission said it’s making AI robocalls a top priority, and educating people on the issue. The FTC said the new technology is making what’s known as the “imposter scam” even more convincing.

“The number one scam for the FTC for the last several years has been imposter scams and voice clone calls are a form of imposter scams,” said Todd Kossow, director of FTC Midwest Region Office in Chicago. “Imposter scam is any scam where somebody pretends to be somebody they’re not in order to gain your trust so a government agency, a private company like Microsoft or your friend or family member for the grandparents scam.”

“It’s just the start,” explained Bohl. “It’s early in the year, and we’re going to see more and more activity as we roll through and get closer to elections.”

In January, there was an AI recording of President Biden meant to discourage New Hampshire voters from showing up to the primary.

And it’s not just recordings; Bohl said it’s possible for scammers to fake voices on a live talk-back call, making it seem more real.

“Everybody has to know that this is technology that’s here today, it’s not in the future it’s here it’s very low cost,” he said.

You can prevent scammers form using your voice by thinking twice before posting videos on social media. Also, use the automated voicemail greeting on your phone, instead of your own voice. You can also outsmart scammers pretending to be your loved ones.

“Even if it sounds exactly like your grandchild, one thing you can do is you can ask the caller you know a personal question that only you would know so even if it sounds like you,” recommended Kossow. “They won’t be able to answer that question.”

Something that simple can help you avoid these high-tech fakes.

The FTC recently made it illegal for scammers to impersonate government agencies or businesses, and a pending law could make it illegal to impersonate an individual.

If you get an impersonation call that you think is from a family member saying they are injured or kidnapped, you should contact that family member directly.

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Lawsuit accuses Northwestern of failing to protect Jewish students from antisemitic harassment

EVANSTON, Ill. (WLS) — Northwestern University is facing a class action lawsuit over alleged antisemitism on campus.

An anonymous student filed the complaint on Monday.

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They accuse the university of failing to protect Jewish students from antisemitic harassment in the months following the October 7th attack on Israel.

The complaint goes on to say the student’s educational experience at Northwestern was quote “unbearable” due to a “hostile environment.”

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ABC7 reached out to Northwestern for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

This comes as Northwestern is facing another lawsuit.

Earlier this month, three students accused the university of a “breach of contract,” saying the school let a pro-Palestinian encampment become full of hate, which was hostile to Jewish people.

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LGBTQ+ international travelers warned of Pride threats

LGBTQ+ international travelers warned of Pride threats

The gay community is often subjected to threats and violence.

But those threats have reached a new level recently as the federal intelligence community issued a warning to international travelers, citing potential attacks against LGBTQ+ events during Pride Month in June.

The U.S. State Department issued a “worldwide caution” alert Friday, saying it had learned of an “increased potential for foreign terrorist organization-inspired violence against LGBTQI+ persons and events.”

The State Department did not specify where the threats may happen, but CBS News reported the alert was based on intelligence citing threats by ISIS against Pride events in parts of Europe.

The warning concerns Dan Ware, owner of Rogers Park-based Toto Tours, which has served a mostly gay clientele since the 1990s.

“This is the first time I’ve come across this,” he said of the alert.

Ware has a tour group leaving next week for São Paulo, Brazil, to attend this year’s Pride events.

Though the warning in Europe doesn’t affect the group, he tells his customers to be on the alert and avoid gatherings where there’s confrontation or a sign of protest.

“Everybody knows we take our chances when we travel internationally — even in the United States. I don’t think there’s any place that’s 100% safe,” he said.

The alert came a week after the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued a more general warning that foreign terrorist groups may target Pride Month events, even domestically.

“Foreign terrorist organizations or supporters may seek to exploit increased gatherings associated with the upcoming June 2024 Pride Month,” the warning said.

In its warning, the FBI and Homeland Security pointed to recent incidents in which terrorist groups promoted the targeting of LGBTQ+ events. One of those was a June 2023 plot where three alleged ISIS sympathizers were arrested on suspicion of trying to attack a Pride parade in Vienna.

The agencies also noted ISIS messaging in February 2023 that called for attacks on LGBTQ+ venues, among other targets.

This year also marks the eighth anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, where an attacker killed 49 people and wounded another 53. The agencies said “pro-ISIS messaging praised this attack as one of the high-profile attacks in Western countries.”

Rick Garcia, founder of the advocacy group Equality Illinois, said the warning is “very serious” and a sign that people in the LGBTQ+ community “always have to be cautious.”

“I think we get a little complacent because we have it great here in the great state of Illinois and other places,” Garcia said. “That doesn’t mean we’re free from these kinds of terrorist activities. When I talk to my friends about planning vacations, we first talk about where it’s safe.”

Joli Robinson, chief executive of the advocate group Center on Halsted, said the government’s alert “is indicative of many unfortunate experiences that individuals have that are viewed as ‘the other.’”

Threats against the LGBTQ+ community come from within the U.S. as well. Nearly a year ago, the Human Rights Campaign declared a “national state of emergency” for LGBTQ+ Americans — the first time in its history — in response to the more than 550 anti-LGBTQ+ state bills introduced across the country.

“It’s an ever-present reminder of the safety concerns that those of us who are LGBTQ+ need to think about while traveling abroad or within our borders,” Robinson said.

Ware, the travel company owner, said he has never seen a government travel warning like this one before, but he has dealt with threats.

Toto Tours canceled a group trip to Ethiopia in 2019 after death threats from some in the East African country. Ware said it was the result of a concerted effort by religious groups there to scare away his customers.

“They whipped up such a furor,” he said. The State Department told him they couldn’t guarantee his travelers’ safety — so he canceled the trip.

The turmoil in the world may be affecting potential travelers’ decisions to go abroad, Ware said.

“With all the turmoil in the world, I’ve noticed bookings are down,” Ware said.

Ware said he expects the government’s warning to have at least some effect on LGBTQ+ travel to Europe.

“I think the community is going to be alarmed by it and maybe hold off on a trip to a European Pride celebration,” Ware said.

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