In Chicago suburb, ‘guardian angels’ sheltered strangers under attack

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By Tom Polansek and Brendan O’Brien HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (Reuters) – As Karen Britten relaxed and enjoyed the annual Independence Day parade in the upscale Chicago suburb where she has lived for nearly 40 years, about 10 gunshots suddenly rang out, shattering the festive atmosphere and sending a crowd of hundreds running for their very lives. Within minutes, Britten was back in her home near the parade route making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and handing out old Beanie Baby toys to help comfort nearly 30 adults and children who took shelter in her basement. All told, Britten, 64, along w…

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