Keeping with the holiday tradition, over 100 people were shot in Chicago during the long July 4th Weekend celebration. That number breaks the previous 4th of July record of 74. Chicago Police are frustrated and the people are living in fear, but what’s new?

During our Fighting Fitness segment from SWAT Fuel, Jarrad discusses the value of sleep and how many people are not getting enough to support healthy muscle growth. We want you have to have a stronger body and a sharper mind this year.

Also, we have our weekly Brownell’s Bullet Points for you. What gun do you take with you when you go fishing? That’s not a joke. Before you step out into the wild for some summertime recreation, be sure you listen to this episode.

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  • Fighting Fitness brought to you by SWAT Fuel: The importance of sleep. Remember to submit your current numbers at
  • Brownells Bullet Points: Guns for fishing?  Carrying guns like luggage?
  • Heroic Alaska boy, 11, saves family from attacking bear ? and the details are incredible:
  • Never happens, until it does – Teen bitten in head by black bear says he ‘woke up to a crunching sound’:
  • Chicago death toll rises – Chicago police express frustration after more than 100 shot in violent Fourth of July weekend:
  • Illinois goes bankrupt – Illinois careens into financial meltdown ? and not even the lottery is safe:
  • Illinois Tax Increase – Bankrupt Illinois Slams Citizens with 32% Income Tax Hike, More to Come:



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An armed 11-year-old boy in Alaska saved his family last week from what could have been a gruesome bear attack.

On June 18, Elliot Clark, 11, was walking with three family members and three dogs in the woods several miles south of Hoonah, Alaska, when a brown bear suddenly emerged from the trees, charging the family, reported the Juneau Empire newspaper on Friday. The group was headed toward a nearby fishing hole.

“There was four of them in a line ? my son was third,” said Lucas Clark, Elliot’s father, to the Juneau Empire. “The bear came down the trail at them, fella in the front, who was his uncle, the bear was on him so quickly that he didn’t have time to take his rifle off his shoulder.”

The two others were knocked over by the bear, leaving Elliot as the only member of the party still standing. He took the pump-action shotgun off his shoulder and fired at the bear.

“His first shot was a light load of birdshot,” Lucas Clark said. “That first shot hit him in the shoulder and did absolutely nothing. The next shot hit him in the nose and traveled down through the neck.”

The Juneau Empire reports Elliot Clark then fired a third shot into the bear’s shoulder and back, causing the bear to fall to the ground.

“The bear was so close when Elliot hit it with his third shot, there were powder burns on the bear’s mouth,” the Juneau Empire said, citing a report from the Alaska State Troopers and Lucas Clark.

“As the bear slid past him and came to a stop, [Elliot] put a kill shot it him,” Lucas Clark said.

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A teenage staffer at a Colorado ranch described waking up Sunday morning to find a black bear gnawing on his head ? and trying to drag him away.

The 19-year-old, identified only as Dylan, told Fox 31 Denver he “woke up to a crunching sound and me being drug” out of his sleeping bag at Glacier View Ranch near the town of Ward, 48 miles northwest of Denver.

“I thought it was a dream at first, then I realized it wasn’t,” said Dylan, who quickly realized that the crunching sound was the bear’s teeth biting into his skull.

Dylan said the bear dragged him about ten feet out of his sleeping bag as he struggled to free himself.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill told the Associated Press the teen punched and hit the bear while other staffers who were sleeping nearby yelled and swatted at the wild animal, which eventually left, she said.

“I grabbed a hold of the bear by his ear and I found his eye and I was poking it. It just let go of me and I was able to get away,” Dylan said.

The bear took off, but not before leaving Dylan with gashes on his head that required nine staples to close. No other injuries were reported.

Dylan and the other staffers were near teepees where 12- and 13-year-old campers were sleeping.

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The Chicago Police Department says it is conducting “a very comprehensive review” after the city experienced one of its most violent Fourth of July weekends in recent years, with at least 102 people shot between late Friday afternoon and early Wednesday.

“We’re doing a debriefing,” said chief police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. “The mood here is frustration.”

The review will include an analysis of how “amateur fireworks” might have affected the ShotSpotter system, which captures audio of gunfire and attempts to pinpoint its location for quicker deployment of officers. The system is deployed in the Englewood and Harrison districts, traditionally among the city’s most violent.

“It’s perplexing,” Guglielmi said. “We deployed some very successful tactics over the Memorial Day weekend.” Yet those same tactics did not seem to work as well over the Fourth holiday.

Fifteen people were killed and 87 others were wounded. Nearly half the shootings occurred in the last 12 hours of the long holiday.

The last time the Fourth holiday spanned four full days was in 2013, when July 4 fell on a Thursday and many people had Friday off. At least 74 people were shot between Wednesday evening and early Monday that year, and 12 of them died, according to Tribune data.

The violence this year was largely confined to the South and West sides, where hundreds of officers on overtime were deployed. The youngest person shot was a 13-year-old boy seriously wounded in Gage Park on Friday night. The oldest was a 60-year-old man in the Lawndale neighborhood.

The weekend had been relatively calm when police Superintendent Eddie Johnson held a news conference early Tuesday afternoon and announced the arrests of 58 people on drug and gun charges “to keep residents and visitors safe in every neighborhood.”

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Illinois is grappling with a full-fledged financial crisis and not even the lottery is safe ? with Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner warning the state is entering “banana republic” territory.

Facing billions in unpaid bills and pension obligations, the state is hitting a cash crunch that is rare even by Illinois standards.

A top financial official just warned 100 percent of the state’s monthly revenue will be eaten up by court-ordered payments. Rauner is calling a special session of the Democrat-led General Assembly in a bid to pass what he hopes will be the first full budget package in almost three years.

And Illinois will ? literally ? lose the lottery if the budget fails.

The state lotto requires a payment from the legislature each year. The current appropriation expires June 30, meaning no authority to pay prizes. In anticipation of a budget deadlock, the state already is planning to halt Powerball and Mega Millions sales.

“It is disappointing that the legislature’s inability to pass a budget has led to this development and will result in Illinois lottery players being denied the opportunity to play these popular games,” Illinois Lottery Acting Director Greg Smith told Fox News.

“We’re like a banana republic,” Rauner said earlier this month, after the General Assembly failed, yet again, to pass a budget package by the regular session deadline. “We can’t manage our money.”

The governor has called for a special session starting Wednesday. The state so far is operating on a series of stopgap spending packages.

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As the state of Illinois edges near becoming the first U.S. state to ever be rated junk bond status, the Democrat-controlled legislature of the bankrupt state of Illinois has just voted to slam its citizens with a hefty 32 percent hike in state income taxes.

After a series of delays, as a legislature obviously embarrassed by its own actions dithered, the State House finally approved of the Senate’s override of the governor’s veto with a 71-42 vote, burdening the state with a massive income tax hike. It was a vote that saw ten of the state’s Republican contingent abandon Republican values and join the Democrats in approval.

Thursday’s vote permanently increases the state’s personal income tax rate from 3.75 percent to 4.95 percent. It also raises the burden on businesses, raising the rate from 5.9 percent to seven. It all amounts to a 32 percent hike for the average Illinoisan and a $5 billion tax hike overall.

The new tax hike is all the more galling because Illinois already has the highest property taxes in the nation, a fact that often forces retirees out of their homes to flee to other states. This is also a situation not lost on the state’s black American population, either. Illinois is witnessing a growing number of its African-American citizens moving out of the state, with Chicago and Cook County residents leaving at the fastest rate.

On Thursday, Illinois Democratic House leader Michael Madigan only needed three Republicans to jump ship and vote his way, but not only did he get a whopping ten to do so, he also got five others who didn’t even bother to vote. An additional five joined him in the early rounds of deliberations, so Democrat Madigan knew he had the Republican votes going into the matter.

Thursday’s vote came after the House and the Senate passed the gigantic tax package this week only to have Illinois’ Republican Governor, Bruce Rauner, veto the bill. Despite the veto, on Wednesday the Senate voted to override the governor’s pen, sending the final vote back to the House. But all day Wednesday, Speaker Madigan could not get enough lawmakers together to make a quorum.

The task of overriding the veto was put off until Thursday, but even then, the vote was temporarily halted when police put the capitol building into lockdown after discovering a mysterious white powder in the governor’s Capitol office. The shutdown only lasted a short time, and, in due course, the vote was back on.

Finally, by early evening on Thursday, the deed was done, and the tax hike was approved. The state that is losing more citizens to out-migration than any other state, one with the lowest number of new jobs being created, and one losing business in droves just saddled its people with even higher taxes and with no budget reforms made and no cuts in spending implemented to boot.

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