Chicago in the national news: 9/29

September 29, 2010

O'Hare airport is featured in not one but two international stories. Monday, immigration authorities mistakenly detained India's Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel, releasing him only after Chicago's Indian consulate got involved. The Times of India says the minister, who was on his way to attend the International Air Transport Association meeting in Montreal, shares the same name and birthday as someone on the US watch list. The Hindustan Times notes that the US has apologized to Patel and promises to correct the issues so it doesn't happen again. Tuesday, a Chicago-bound Polish plane was force to turn around after a scuffle between a passenger and the crew. Reports from the AP and the Warsaw Business Journal explain that a Polish man became irate after crew denied a request that his son be upgraded from coach. The man was arrested upon arrival at the Warsaw airport. The story of local vigilante Margaret Matthews has gone viral, getting picked up by the Huffington Post, Gawker, and People. The elderly South Side woman is being called a hero after she fought back against neighborhood troublemakers. The last straw came Tuesday evening when she shot at two youths who were throwing bricks at her house. Although she wounded one 12-year-old boy, the law was on her side, agreeing she acted in self defense. As for the neighborhood bullies, police told CBS Chicago that they've been charged with aggravated assault to a senior citizen. The Tribune Co. just might be able to climb out of their current financial hole. Bloomberg and Reuters report that the bankrupt newspaper and television station publisher has come up with a reorganization plan that would allow them to exit bankruptcy while giving two of their largest creditors, Oaktree Capital Management and Angelo, Gordon & Co LP, a stake in the company. Other claims would be dealt with in a separate litigation trust. The plan is still subject to approval by a Delaware bankruptcy court.