May 25, 2016

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052516)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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Positivity: Father believes phone deflected bullet and saved daughter’s life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Chicago:

May 24, 2016 8:11 AM

Jeniece Smiley picked up her phone as she sat in a white sedan in Englewood late Monday night. And her father thinks that may have saved her life.

As she talked, someone on the street at 71st Street and Wentworth Avenue opened fire, hitting her in the head, the shoulder and the hand. One of the bullets struck her phone.

“It hit the phone, that’s what saved her,” said Smiley’s father, John. “I’m OK now. She’s going to be all right.”

Smiley, 24, was among eight people shot in Chicago from Monday afternoon through early Tuesday. She was on her way to pick up a friend around 11:15 p.m. when she heard gunfire, her father said.

“She said she didn’t realize, she thought they were shooting at someone else,” John Smiley said Tuesday morning. …

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