June 13, 2017

'Heinous and depraved' / Sessions session / I win

‘HEINOUS AND DEPRAVED ACTS.’ The Hobart, Ind., police chief says a man’s shooting and killing of his 9-year-old daughter as her brothers watched wasn’t just an accident.
Dahleen Glanton in the Tribune: The teenagers who killed a dad in front of his kids don’t deserve sympathy.
The family of a 12-year-old girl stabbed and killed by her mother’s ex-boyfriend was investigated by the Department of Children and Family Services last year, but it dismissed concerns of child neglect.

‘THOSE WERE NOT RANDOM INCIDENTS.’ Chicago’s police superintendent is playing down weekend shootings along the city’s Riverwalk and its beaches.
Mayor Emanuel promises safety improvements for 300 intersections and 25 CTA stations.
A New York Times review of Chicago’s crime-prediction algorithm finds “Violence in the city is less concentrated at the top …than some public comments from the Chicago police have suggested.”
7-year-old’s cross-country mission: Hugging cops.

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SESSIONS SESSION. Developing: How to see Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ sit-down this afternoon to talk to the Senate about his connections to Russia and the possibility he committed perjury when he testified he’d had no contact with the Russian government.
NPR: Five questions for Sessions.
… A day after “Russia Day” protests that led to the arrests of hundreds, including presidential candidate Alexei Navalny.
 Bloomberg: Russia’s cyberattack on the U.S. electoral system was far more widespread than previously revealed.
“The ACLU’s worst nightmare”: The man behind President Trump’s voter-fraud obsession.
Why Saturday’s anti-Muslim protests in the U.S. flopped.

HE’S COMING THIS WAY. Trump is headed to Wisconsin this afternoon.
… After tweeting that the latest court ruling against his immigration crackdown comes at “a dangerous time.”
Trump’s personal lawyer bragged he got New York’s U.S. attorney fired.

WOULD TRUMP FIRE SPECIAL PROSECUTOR MUELLER? CNN’s Chris Cillizza has a theory about how the idea came to be floated—and why.
Top Republicans warn: “It would be a disaster.”
The conflict some conservatives perceive in Mueller’s appointment: His friendship with fired FBI boss Comey.
A Democratic representative has drafted an article of impeachment.

SEARS LAYOFFS. There go 400 people—most of them from Chicago-area headquarters.
8,000 patients in the University of Chicago Medicine health care network may lose their doctors this summer.

GOOGLE’S SUNNY SIDE UP. Is your home ready for solar power? How many of your neighbors have made the switch? Type your address into the company’s Project Sunroof website to find out.
Apple’s CEO calls his company’s self-driving car project “the mother of all AI projects.”

‘IT WAS VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO COME TO THIS DECISION.’ The interim executive director of Chicago’s Tree House Humane Society explains the former “no-kill” shelter’s euthanization of one of its cats.
Ex-Tree House board member Steve Dale: A “legit organization” that “specializes at dealing … with behavior problems” had offered to take the cat on.
An eagle that crashed into a Gold Coast hotel last night is on the mend.

I WIN.
Me, in 2012: “Union League Club staffers refused to let me in because I was wearing jeans with a sportcoat for a dinner honoring journalists ...” The Sun-Times’ Shia Kapos today: “The buttoned-up Union League Club is allowing jeans … in its downtown facility.” (Yes, the Main Dining Room remains jeans-free. Still.)

‘THOSE WHO BUILT BUSINESSES … AT THE EXPENSE OF THE USER EXPERIENCE ARE ON A DEATHWATCH.’ Media watcher Frederic Filloux predicts “a massive cleansing of the advertising ecosystem.”
Contenders to buy the Sun-Times have until Monday to submit official bids.
Adweek: “The Disintegration of Chicago’s Most Iconic Media Brand Is … a Big Blow to the Windy City.”
 The New York Times rolls out “the most significant redesign in its digital history.”

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