Northwestern professor accused in Chicago killing due in California court


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A Northwestern University microbiologist suspected in the stabbing death of a 26-year-old man in Chicago is due in a California courtroom. Wyndham Lathem, a Northwestern associate professor, and Andrew Warren, a financial officer at Oxford University in England, were sought in a cross-country chase on first-degree murder charges in the death of Trenton James Cornell-Duranleau.

Ghost Ship Warehouse Had Makeshift Stairwell and No Evidence of Smoke Detectors, Officials Say

The California warehouse where a horrific fire left dozens of people dead did not have any evidence of smoke detectors, was equipped with a makeshift stairwell and had no exits on the second floor, officials said Wednesday. The officials described a terrifying scene that played out as fire ripped through the building, known as the Ghost Ship, on Dec. 2, with people inside the darkened structure overcome by smoke as the building's only exit was blocked by flames.

DA: a Every single leada in Oakland inferno being pursued

OAKLAND >> Murder charges remain a possibility as an Alameda County investigative team continued to look into why a horrific fire broke out at a Fruitvale District warehouse, killing 36 people, authorities said Monday afternoon. District Attorney Nancy O'Malley promised that “no stone would be left unturned” during the investigation, which remained as painstakingly slow as the cleanup, three days after the blaze at the building known as the “Ghost Ship.” She would not comment on whether Derrick Ion Almena, the resident of the warehouse and the subject of harsh words by people who know him, has been interviewed yet.