March 3, 2017

Jewish threats arrest / Caterpillar climax / Costco's cost

JEWISH THREATS ARREST. Juan Thompson has been charged with threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country.

He was fired as a reporter for The Intercept, accused of making things up.
 A survey of his tweets. (Photo: His Twitter profile.)
 Jews ♥︎ Muslims, rally to support burned Florida mosque—in numerological fashion.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE. Now that U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has recused himself from an investigation into himself—and the rest of the Trump campaign—over ties to Russia, responsibility for the matter falls to a guy appointed by Barack Obama and promoted by President Trump.
 Why big stories—like developments in Sessions’ case—keep breaking at night.

‘GET TRUMP TO THE SOUTH SIDE, … SHOW HIM SOME JESSE WHITE TUMBLERS AND HE’LL SEE THE LIGHT?’ Neil Steinberg questions Rep. Bobby Rush’s invitation for the president to visit Chicago.
 A Texas shock jock who refers to Chicago as “Thuglandia” and mocks the city’s homicide victims is set this weekend to be named “Talk Personality of the Year” for iHeartRadio (the broadcasting giant formerly known as Clear Channel). Are you surprised to learn this is his image on Twitter?

POT, KETTLE. KETTLE, POT. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is under legal fire, accused of racial bias to find targets for its signature sting operations. As the Tribune explains, the Justice Department may be in the uncomfortable position of defending itself against charges of racism even as it pushes similar complaints against the Chicago Police Department.
 Illinois Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan is warning CareerBuilder, Indeed, Beyond.com, Ladders, Monster Worldwide and Vault they may be guilty of age discrimination.

WITHOUT IMMIGRATION … Chicago Magazine’s Whet Moser explains the region would have experienced dramatic losses in population since 2000.
 Reader investigation: The infamous practice of contract selling is back in Chicago.
 Why you’ll smell more skunks this month.

CATERPILLAR CLIMAX. The federal raid on the company’s Peoria headquarters follows years of federal scrutiny.
 The whistleblower at the heart of the matter (Quartz, from 2014).

PARKING ALERT. Mayor Emanuel’s administration is cranking up analytics software to help figure out where to deploy meter enforcers for maximum revenue.
 The CTA’s Red Line service will be disrupted beginning next month to accommodate renovation of the 95th Street station.

COSTCO’S COST … is going up. Membership fees rise in June.
 Amid bankruptcy rumors, the hhgregg electronics and appliance chain is closing 40 percent of its stores nationwide, including six in Illinois. (Was its inability to afford capital letters a tipoff?)

DUELING ‘LOGAN’ REVIEWS.
 The Sun-Times’ Richard Roeper: 3 1/2 stars (out of 4).
 The Tribune’s Michael Phillips: 2 stars (out of 4).
 AVClub’s A.A. Dowd: A-.

SQUARE REGRETS GIZMODO’S ERROR. Yesterday’s email mistakenly set Antarctica’s “terrifyingly pleasant day” this week. Gizmodo has clarified it was last year.
 And thanks to reader David Kindler for being the first (of several!) to note the misspelling of the word “medical” in yesterday’s edition.
 Have you spotted a mistake in Square? Be the first to email GetAnEditorPlease@chicagopublicsquare.com and get credit and a link in this space.

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