February 15, 2017

Green Line vision / 'Atmosphere of terror' / Those darned news-papers

Green Line visionMayor Emanuel says that, when he was in Washington this week, he made a pitch for federal bucks to remake two branches of the CTA’s west-south artery.
 What the mayor reportedly asked of new U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions.

‘Facebook Live’ deathsThe Chicago shootings of a 2-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man are among the latest incidents of violence to put the city in the national spotlight.
 Charges filed in 11-year-old girl’s shooting death.
Congress moves to repeal rules designed to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill.

The back of the state’s education funding school bus.’ That’s where a lawsuit filed by Chicago Public Schools accuses the State of Illinois of putting “predominantly African American and Hispanic” schoolkids in terms of funding.
 Amid charges of sexual assault, a Northwestern University fraternity’s under orders to “cease and desist all operations.”

‘An atmosphere of terror.’ A community organizer describes the reaction to hundreds of government arrests of immigrants in Illinois and five other states.
 A computer coder writes on Medium: “I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.”
 What are your rights if a border agent wants to search your phone?
 London’s high-tech phone boxes are “buggy, hard to use.”

Those darned news-papersIn today’s early-morning Twitterstorm, the president condemned the media’s coverage of a “Russian connection” to his administration as “non-sense.”
 Washington Post editor Marty Baron: “We’re not at war with the administration, we’re at work.”
 World’s richest man: “If anybody says we don’t need the media, that’s a little scary.”
 Trump supporters are using Twitter, too: “I voted for you but you’re still acting like a baby.”
 Kellyanne Conway retweeted a white nationalist.
 The administration’s speling problem.

Trump’s ‘credibility gap.’ The Post says it goes beyond Michael Flynn.
 What to know about the 1799 Logan Act that Trump’s ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn may have broken.

‘Trump must be impeached.’ A lifelong Republican and former judge says it’s time.
 Handy pocket guide: The line of U.S. presidential succession.
 The Sun-Times’ Mark Brown on the future of Cook County elections: “Voters using paper ballots will no longer draw a line to connect the two parts of the arrow.”

Fine whineA regional grocery chain’s under pressure to stop selling Trump Winery products.
 Hooters launches a spinoff chain, Hoots, with pants for servers.

A break for tenants? Crain’s reports Chicago’s downtown apartment-building boom has prompted some developers to offer two months’ free rent get tenants to sign.

Not so ‘Hidden.’ To mark Black History Month, theaters in Chicago and other cities will show the Oscar-contending movie “Hidden Figures” free this Saturday. Recommended.
 Vulture’s Abraham Riesman: Ben Affleck quitting as Batman could be “a cleansing disaster … exactly what the studio needs.”

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