June 29, 2017

Son-in-law, yes; Grandma, no / Con-con job / 'Spider-Man' reviews

SON-IN-LAW, YES; GRANDMA, NO. The Trump administration’s new guidelines for immigration from six mainly Muslim countries will require visa applicants to cite a “close” family tie in the U.S.
 Developing: What we know and what we don’t know about the travel ban taking effect today.
WIRED: “Feds won’t ban laptops, will make airport security awful.”

‘JOURNALISTS … ARE CAPABLE OF LYING …. BUT WHEN THAT HAPPENS, WE WIND UP OUT OF A JOB.’ The Tribune’s Rex Huppke contrasts the news biz with President Trump.
Huppke’s colleague, John Kass: The media’s efforts to portray Trump as a Russian plaything are “without any evidence so far.”
Trump’s longtime bodyguard is under investigation for ties to Russia.
And the president’s lawyer in matters related to Russia faces conflict-of-interest questions over a deal with the president’s son-in-law.

Trump has tweeted what The New York Times labels “unusually personal” and “vulgar” insults at MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski.
Complaining of being “compared to dogs urinating on fire hydrants,” Times editors are pleading to save their jobs.
In the midst of a credibility crisis, CNN interviewed Sesame Street’s Elmo.
Axios’ Mike Allen to journalists: Stop going to White House press briefings.
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NO ACCESS. After a fatal shooting there, the underpass connecting Ohio Street to the lakefront will be locked overnights through October.
The cop charged with the murder of teenager Laquan McDonald took the stand to deliver his first public words of substance on the case.

GUESS WHAT? CHICAGO KIDS OUTPERFORM ILLINOIS’ OTHER STUDENTS.
An apples-to-apples review of performance data over the last 15 years concludes that, for instance, middle-income black kids in Chicago consistently outscore their peers elsewhere in the state. “You name the subgroup, and kids in Chicago are doing substantially better than other Illinois kids outside the city,” a researcher tells WBEZ.
ProPublica: Facebook’s censorship rules protect white men from hate speech but not black children.
Chicago schools chief Claypool labeled Gov. Rauner a “reverse Robin Hood”; then, a teachers’ group accused Claypool of the same thing.

A CON-CON JOB. Convicted ex-Gov. George Ryan says it’s time for Illinois’ first constitutional convention since 1970.
In an unprecedented move, Powerball lottery ticket sales have ended in Illinois. Mega Millions tickets are next.
Developing: A legal effort to block Cook County’s new sweetened-drink tax goes before a judge this afternoon.

WALGREENS BACKS DOWN. It’s calling off its bid to acquire the RiteAid chain of stores and instead now plans simply to buy almost half of RiteAid’s stores.
FedEx is among the companies hit by this week’s cyberattack.

‘SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING’ REVIEWS. The Hollywood Reporter has an early roundup.
 Abraham Riesman in Vulture: Doctor Doom is the best supervillain of all time.
 “Baby Driver” reviews: Variety:A blast.” Rivet Radio’s Rob LaFrentz: A quality cast rocks and rolls.

BOATY McBOATFACE IS BACK. The world’s most famous (and most unusually named) unmanned submersible has returned from its first mission with “unprecedented data” about some of the coldest parts of the earth’s oceans—data that will help scientists model climate change ahead.
 More than 60 prestigious scientists, politicians and business leaders warn in Nature: The world has three years to prevent dangerous climate change.

DINO REVELATIONS. New research suggests dinosaurs’ faces might’ve been much more sensitive than previously thought—enhancing their eating, fighting and mating.
On the radio 20 years ago today, the authors of The Science of Jurassic Park and The Lost World.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, iPHONE. Here’s video of Steve Jobs rolling out the original 10 years ago today.
After 30 years, Sony’s getting back into the business of making vinyl records.

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