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ANTIFACIST ATTACK PIC BY NICK SWEDBERG

A group of ‘anti-facists’ are being credited with Saturday’s mob-style attack inside a Tinley Park restaurant pic by NICK SWEDBERG
Story coming out form the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park is that:
White Nationalists were targeted inside the Ashford House restaurant and physically attacked, causing several injuries and completely shutting down their meeting. The anti-fascist group was privy to anonymous inside information. This fascist event had been in secret planning for six months. The attendees have attempted to cover up the true intent of the event with mainstream media reports initially reporting the white nationalist conference as a wedding party and then as an Irish heritage meeting.

http://antiracistaction.org/...

story from OakLawn Patch details specifics of case:
Updated at 8:06 p.m.

Police are holding five people suspected in the mob-style attack Saturday afternoon at a Tinley Park restaurant.

All are white men, according to police.

The group of about 15 people dressed all in black who reportedly attacked a group of people around 12:45 p.m. inside Ashford House fled in three vehicles, police said. One vehicle was stopped five minutes after the attack near 159th and Harlem while the remaining vehicles managed to get away.

The names of those being held in custody were not immediately available. It wasn't clear if any of the men have been charged.

Updated at 4:43 p.m.

Tinley Park police have confirmed that 15 to 18 people dressed in black appear to have targeted a specific group for attack inside Ashford House Saturday afternoon.

"At this time, it has been reported that a group of 15 to 18 people dressed in black entered the establishment and began an altercation with a specific group of people dining in the restaurant," according to a media release sent late Saturday afternoon.

It appears to be an isolated incident and not a random attack, police said. They have not released whether anyone has been arrested or charged.

About 10 people were injured, police said. Three were taken to local hospitals and the rest refused treatment.

The attack, which reportedly involved people in black clothing, hoods and masks wielding bats, happened at about 12:45 p.m.

Updated at 3:47 p.m.

An employee at the Ashford House said a woman, who appeared to be in her mid 40s with several tattoos on both arms, stopped into the Tinley Park restaurant Friday and made a noon reservation Saturday for 10 people. Around noon Saturday, people started gathering in the parking lot, but they did not appear to know each other prior.

“It all seemed strange to me from the beginning,” said the employee, who asked not to be named. “They were doing introductions and pacing around the parking lot before coming in.”

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Five people sat down at a table in the restaurant and waited for another 10 to arrive, when another group of people wearing masks came into the restaurant and began damaging the place.

“Tables were being thrown and chairs were broken,” the employee said. “Then they were gone. They flashed in and out. They had people waiting for them outside.”

The assailants attacked at least one restaurant employee, the employee said. They also painted something unclear on a restaurant wall, the employee said.

The woman who made the reservation said the group tours Irish festivals around the country, according to the employee.

Updated at 3:30 p.m.

One witness who was in Ashford House during the attack told Patch that several people were taken away in ambulances. It was immediately unclear how seriously the people attacked in the restaurant were hurt.

Updated at 3:01 p.m.

Although Patch editors were in the area of the Ashford House around 3 p.m., no members of the media were being allowed on the scene.

Officers at the Tinley Park Police Department declined to comment on details of the incident or the nature of victims' injuries. Records staff members said they were unsure if a press conference would be held later in the day, but department officials will be sending information as it becomes available.

In the mean time, reporters were being asked to assemble at the nearby NuMark Credit Union, 8001 West 159th St.

Updated at 2:38 p.m.

Up to 20 people clad in black clothing and wearing black hoods walked into the Ashford House Restaurant in Tinley Park and began attacking patrons inside the restaurant with hammers and clubs, witnesses said.

The attack took place around noon Saturday. Ambulances were called to the scene for “multiple battery victims.” Tinley Park police were still on the scene as of 2:50 p.m.

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Lauryn Drozd, 22, was attending a wedding shower at Ashford House located at 7959 W. 159th St. when the incident occurred.

“They started hitting people with bats and hammers,” Drozd said. “They had hoods up.”

She added that it appeared the black-hooded group was targeting a specific person but she was not sure if it was their intent.

It was not known Saturday at 2:30 p.m. if the attack was related to the NATO summit taking place in Chicago this weekend or if could gang related.

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. -Aristotle

    by Hyde Park Johnny on Sat May 19, 2012 at 11:56:00 PM PDT

  •  These thugs sound like they could be affiliated (14+ / 0-)

    with the Black Bloc. Whoever they are, they have tarnished the NATO protests.

    This sort of vicious behavior is totally unacceptable. I hope that those responsible are caught and prosecuted. This type of mob violence must never be accepted, no matter who the perpetrator, or whom the victim.

    Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

    by OIL GUY on Sun May 20, 2012 at 02:34:34 AM PDT

    •  That's diversity of tactics. (1+ / 0-)
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      •  What does that mean? (8+ / 0-)

        Do you think it is acceptable to attack the patrons and employees of a restaurant with baseball bats?

        That sounds like felonious assault to me, and I hope the cops catch everyone involved. They are nothing more than criminal hooligans.

        Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

        by OIL GUY on Sun May 20, 2012 at 02:59:58 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  These aren't Panthers, just punks. (1+ / 0-)
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        "Fight the real enemy." -Sinead O'connor

        by mookins on Sun May 20, 2012 at 03:41:59 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  White Power skins never leave (6+ / 0-)

        until they are tired of getting the crap kicked out of them every time they step out on the street.  These are not people who can be persuaded with civil discourse.   The best you can hope for is to get them gone.  

        I have seen it happen multiple times.  It starts with a few seig heils at shows, next thing you know, some poor immigrant is bleeding their life away at a bus stop.  These Anti-Fa folks (not necessarily BB/anarchist types but there can be some overlap) have time and again been the only people to stand up to these boneheads.  Maybe you haven't been in a neighborhood that has been taken over by these idiots.  I saw it happen in both Seattle (NASH) and Atlanta (Confederate Hammerskins) in the late 80's and early 90's.  And each time it wasn't the cops that got rid of them, it was the willingness of a few to confront them with the only thing they understand, violence.  

        These living monuments to fetal alcohol syndrome are not impressed with the concept of non-violence.  Their (non-existent) consciences will never be tweaked.  This isn't about battling pepper spray and nightsticks, this is about not having your forehead placed on a curb awaiting the Doc Marten to the back of your neck.

        I turn on the television, what have I got? The war rages on and it's only 8 o'clock -The King Blues

        by evilrick on Sun May 20, 2012 at 06:05:50 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Your enthusiastic support for violence (1+ / 0-)
          Recommended by:
          Satya1

          is a major violation of the rules of this site. While not directly engaged with you, I think it would be inappropriate for me to HR you, but I am going to report this to the admins.

          I think they will take a very dim view of your attitude.

          Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

          by OIL GUY on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:16:25 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  what does your quote mean? (1+ / 0-)
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            Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47
            by OIL GUY on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:16:25 AM PDT
            this is getting weird on some comments when the shit starts coming down people run scared and want to pick the side that does not get them in trouble or looks bad to the ruling class.

            Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. -Aristotle

            by Hyde Park Johnny on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:21:35 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  It means he admires confrontation when he's not (2+ / 0-)

              involved?

              •  I've had my share of confrontation, but that was (2+ / 0-)
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                mookins, Satya1

                long ago. I was in Grant Park in 1968. I deeply regret the damage we inflicted on the Democratic Party and the left in the United States.

                I'm not proud that I helped elect Nixon. I was too immature to see it then. I was another narcissistic adolescent with anger control issues. Fortunately, one can live long enough to achieve a different perspective. I've learned a lot in the fifty years since then.

                Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

                by OIL GUY on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:04:31 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  There's nothing wrong with confrontation, but (1+ / 0-)
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                  OIL GUY

                  that's not what this story is about.

                  This is about armed assaults on anybody who happened to be in the way of a group of armed thugs.

                  LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

                  by dinotrac on Sun May 20, 2012 at 04:57:30 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                •  you claim to have been in Grant park in 68... (0+ / 0-)

                  ...and yout you still take the authoritarian lne,  Still support cops busting heads.  You didn't learn anything anything in 68 except maybe how to fall in line.  And the cops in 68 got the response they wanted and nixon was elected and you think it is any different now.

                  We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

                  by delver rootnose on Sun May 20, 2012 at 07:24:40 PM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

            •  Denise's quote (3+ / 0-)
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              was about her observation that on the ground organizing accomplishes more real change than blogging in the echo chamber of the the progressive blogoshere.  And the process is a day by day, inch by inch struggle (slog).  That's my recollection at least.

              I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

              by Satya1 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 10:32:48 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

            •  The quote is about the hard work of grassroots (0+ / 0-)

              organizing, which is the only way to bring about long-term change.

              These violent tactics accomplish nothing other than to tarnish the cause which the perpetrators claim they support. I suspect they are narcissistic adolescents who have not learned impulse control.

              They must be so brave to attack unarmed people with hammers and baseball bats. Give me a break!

              Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

              by OIL GUY on Sun May 20, 2012 at 10:59:45 AM PDT

              [ Parent ]

        •  And, of course, I'm sure the restaurant (1+ / 0-)
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          mookins

          employee was one of the fascists, as was the restaurant's owners (who suffered significant property damage) and there is no possible way any non-fascists were hurt...

          and that's accepting the proposition that there is anything acceptable about jack-booted (metaphorical jack boots, any uniform will do) thugs wailing away on people.

          I hope those pea-brained animals get caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

          LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

          by dinotrac on Sun May 20, 2012 at 04:55:55 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

    •  Beating people up is not the way forward (4+ / 0-)

      Society changes when most people want it to, not when black shirted thugs take over.

      I hope these people are found and the legal process kicks in.

      •  It stands to reason... (2+ / 0-)
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        AoT, cks175

        That if they had the intelligence on where the meeting was being held, then they probably knew what the meeting was about.  A bunch of neo-nazis are are meeting on the outskirts of the place where thousands of occupy types are gathering for the NATO meeting?  For all we know this attack saved lives.

        I turn on the television, what have I got? The war rages on and it's only 8 o'clock -The King Blues

        by evilrick on Sun May 20, 2012 at 06:41:06 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Would you feel the same way, (1+ / 0-)
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          OIL GUY

          with the same reasoning, if it had been the Chicago Police Department conducting the raid?

          What if it had been the FBI?

          What if the attendees had been... let's say... suspected Black Bloc members, rather than fascists and/or neo-fascists?

          We have a jury system for a reason. It may not be perfect, but it gets us a damned sight closer to establishing justice than vigilantism ever will.

          Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

          by Nowhere Man on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:42:31 AM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  but surprise surrise... (0+ / 0-)

            it wasn't the police.  They were all occupies bustin up protests of the establishment.  I find it real currious that police can be quite on the ball with electronic survelience and even infiltrators when it comes to arresting left leaning protest groups, even violent groups, but I have heard jack squat about arrests fro groups like 'operation rescue' and thier fellow travlers when they are involved in murders and arson and bombings.  I guess the 1% and the people who defen them only care when their power is challenged.

            What fun would being rich be if you can't push around the peons once in a while.

            We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

            by delver rootnose on Sun May 20, 2012 at 07:30:35 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

      •  I'm not going to pretend that I'm upset here. (0+ / 0-)

        I'm sure that someone affiliated with the anti-Fascist group is reading this, and I'm posting this comment to let them know that there are folks see their action as justifiable self defense of the community as a whole.

        •  justifiable self-defense of the community... (2+ / 0-)
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          OIL GUY, Mindful Nature

          The sad thing is, I've heard nearly the same thing said about the KKK.  

          •  The difference of course being that (1+ / 0-)
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            cks175

            the people that were attacked in this case would be the KKK, or close enough.  We're talking about people who go out and beat and kill people for no reason other than their race.  The KKK wanted to "protect" their community from the oppressed, the ARA wants to protect it from the oppressor.  There is a world of difference between the two in my eyes.

            There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

            by AoT on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:45:11 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

            •  "a world of difference between the two... (2+ / 0-)
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              OIL GUY, Nowhere Man

              ...in my eyes".

              Well, of course, it's all about perspective.  But we're talking about justifying mob violence against people for what may very well be nothing more than 1st Amendment protected speech.  It's a well-traveled path, but one that I won't be joining you on.

              •  Simply being violent does not make one into (0+ / 0-)

                the KKK.  I was merely pointing out that this is a false equivalency, not judging the morality of these specific actions.

                There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

                by AoT on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:39:34 AM PDT

                [ Parent ]

                •  I'll grant you that there's a moral difference (1+ / 0-)
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                  OIL GUY

                  between attacking someone for their beliefs, and attacking someone for the color of their skin. But it's a very thin difference. And it's a difference between two different shades of evil.

                  I won't say that preemptive violence is always wrong. I will say that the bar where preemptive violence becomes appropriate is very, very high. A civilized society requires every citizen to forswear the impulse to act as judge, jury, and jailer.

                  Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

                  by Nowhere Man on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:53:26 AM PDT

                  [ Parent ]

                  •  This isn't about people's beliefs (0+ / 0-)

                    it's about their actions.  Specifically the actions of white sepremacists.  The point of targeting these people wasn't that they think a certain way, it's that they take actions based on that that oppress people.

                    There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

                    by AoT on Sun May 20, 2012 at 12:11:50 PM PDT

                    [ Parent ]

                    •  And had *these* individuals taken such actions? (1+ / 0-)
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                      Bill W

                      There is no question that evil things are done by white supremacists. It is questionable whether every white supremacist is equally culpable, either morally or legally. And no individual, no mob, has the right to commit acts of violence that are predicated on a presumption of "yes" answers to these questions.

                      Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

                      by Nowhere Man on Sun May 20, 2012 at 01:02:57 PM PDT

                      [ Parent ]

                      •  Given that I have no information (0+ / 0-)

                        on the specific individuals I obviously can't speak to what they have done.

                        There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

                        by AoT on Sun May 20, 2012 at 01:07:03 PM PDT

                        [ Parent ]

                        •  Then you can't really say... (1+ / 0-)
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                          Nowhere Man

                          ..."this isn't about people's beliefs, it's about their actions".  
                          Hyde Park Johnny posted some text from ARA describing some of the attendees, and if that's the worst of it, the only thing we can be sure of is that some of them belong to or support racist or neo-nazi groups.  

                          The thing about the "ANTIFA" movement is that it's not about people's actions, it really is about their beliefs and their expression of those beliefs.  "No free speech for fascists" is a popular slogan, and if you examine the meaning of that, it's clear they are an anti-free speech movement.  In their mindset, openly expressing racist views is tantamount to an act of violence, and physical violence to stop such speech is a legitimate response.

                          •  And as much as I sympathize (1+ / 0-)
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                            Bill W

                            with the desire to beat the crap out of a racist, the claim of legitimacy begs more than a few questions. Like: Do you take a zero-tolerance policy, or do you declare that there's a threshold level of racism, below which no violent response would be justified? If the latter, where is that line, and how do you judge when someone's crossed it? If you take a zero-tolerance approach, then how do you know that a given statement was racist both in intent and meaning?

                            On the whole, I'd rather see racist speech given First Amendment protections than otherwise. But even I agreed that some specific racist speech equated to violence, I'd want to see justice meted out through the court system, not through vigilantism. The court system may be fallible, but vigilantes are even more so.

                            Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

                            by Nowhere Man on Sun May 20, 2012 at 01:36:17 PM PDT

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          •  IT is a a dangerous and self satisfying justificat (2+ / 0-)
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            justification and all to convenient.

            Courtesy Kos. Trying to call on the better angels of our nature.

            by Mindful Nature on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:44:28 AM PDT

            [ Parent ]

        •  let me see (0+ / 0-)

          A bunch of people whose common purpose is that they greatly admire the slaughter of 6 million jews and countless other folks, meet and scheme.

          Some of them get beat up by other people who deeply resent their efforts to support mass murder.

          I know which side i'm on.

    •  Before you condemn them, check out their message (0+ / 0-)

      and goals.  

      •  I would point you to a great quote from (1+ / 0-)
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        Nowhere Man

        our own meteor Blades.

        Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do, and I'll tell you what you believe.

        Here's my take on it - the revolution will not be blogged, it has to be slogged. - Deoliver47

        by OIL GUY on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:07:44 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

  •  I think the Blues Brothers handled this better. (7+ / 0-)

    Maybe your anti-fascist friends should watch the movie again.

    Romney '12: The Power of Crass Commands You!

    by Rich in PA on Sun May 20, 2012 at 04:01:11 AM PDT

  •  Why the Stormfront link? n/t (0+ / 0-)

    I turn on the television, what have I got? The war rages on and it's only 8 o'clock -The King Blues

    by evilrick on Sun May 20, 2012 at 05:16:15 AM PDT

  •  In none of the quotes you pull.... (3+ / 0-)
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    klompendanser, Smoh, Mindful Nature

    .....does it say anti-fascist this or fascist that.

    You tie this to the NATO thing yet present no evidence that there's a connection.

    In fact, one of the quotes says it's "not known"

    You should delete this unless you can make a better case.

    "The disturbing footage depicts piglets being drop kicked and swung by their hind legs. Sows are seen being kicked and shoved as they resist leaving their piglets."

    by Bush Bites on Sun May 20, 2012 at 06:27:10 AM PDT

  •  too many armchair activists (1+ / 0-)
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    AoT

    read what is posted it is clear

    5TH ANNUAL WHITE NATIONALIST ECONOMIC SUMMIT SMASHED; SEVERAL HOSPITALIZED
    Submitted by admin on Sat, 05/19/2012 - 20:29
    In response to Mob Attacked Specific Group of People Inside Tinley Park Restaurant

    On Saturday, May 19th a group of 30 anti-fascists descended upon Ashford House restaurant in the Chicago suburb of Tinley Park where the 5th annual White Nationalist Economic Summit and Illinois White Nationalist Meet-and-Greet was taking place. The White Nationalists were targeted inside the restaurant and physically attacked, causing several injuries and completely shutting down their meeting. The anti-fascist group was privy to anonymous inside information. This fascist event had been in secret planning for six months. The attendees have attempted to cover up the true intent of the event with mainstream media reports initially reporting the white nationalist conference as a wedding party and then as an Irish heritage meeting. The event was advertised on www.stormfront.org, an established white nationalist fascist internet forum.

    Anti-fascists oppose any organizing by racists and fascist in their communities. Fascist and white nationalist organizing has resulted in a number of horrifying incidents, from the recent J.T. Ready shootings in Arizona to the Benjamin Nathaniel Smith shooting in the West Rogers Park neighborhood in Chicago, as just two examples.

    These anti-fascists are committed to shutting down and attacking any racist, nationalist, or fascist organizers or individuals that they encounter

    -----

    This white nationalist event was organized and attended by:

    Beckie Williams
    AKA "scottylass"
    Stormfront handle: SGATHAICH
    Email: scottylass22@yahoo.com
    Phone: 309-749-5164
    Council of Conservative Citizens(CCC)

    Jeffrey Stuart Burns
    AKA Thomas Stuart
    141 Conley ave
    Wood River, IL 62095
    Date of Birth: 2/3/1960
    Wife: Lisa Burns
    He is a supervisor/manager in the "private contract security industry".
    Council of Conservative Citizens(CCC)
    American 3rd Position
    Supporter status for National Socialist (nazi) Movement and Ku Klux Klan Knights Party

    Brandon Spiller
    Stormfront Handle: DarkSarrow
    bspiller@brandonspiller.com
    Age: 29
    4113 w Lillian St Apt A McHenry, IL
    AND
    23347 W Liberty Ave Lake Villa, IL
    Posted on Patch News Article receiving a head wound requiring 8 staples.

    Shawn "Kayden"
    Picture
    Responsible for the "economic summit" portion of the event

    Members of the Illinois Chapter of the National Socialist (nazi) Movement.

    http://antiracistaction.org/...

    Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. -Aristotle

    by Hyde Park Johnny on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:15:30 AM PDT

  •  I wonder how this affects the (1+ / 0-)
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    OIL GUY

    restaurant owner.  It sounds like a lot of damage was done.  The owner, Winston, was kicked in the back of the head because he tried to detain one of the attackers.

    http://www.suntimes.com/...

    I'm not liberal. I'm actually just anti-evil, OK? - Elon James White

    by Satya1 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 10:40:41 AM PDT

  •  St Charles Patch? (0+ / 0-)

    My own little town?

    Tis a small, small world.

    LG: You know what? You got spunk. MR: Well, Yes... LG: I hate spunk!

    by dinotrac on Sun May 20, 2012 at 04:52:50 PM PDT

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