August 28, 2017

Climate-change 'enhanced' / Chicago's next mayor? / Whole Foods price-cutting begins

CLIMATE-CHANGE ‘ENHANCED.’ Global warming is contributing to greater rainfall, suggesting Hurricane Harvey’s devastation is a sign of what’s to come.

Daily Beast: Houston orders evacuations—too late.
The New York Times on the medical crisis triggered by Harvey: Flooded hospitals, grounded helicopters.
A Texas woman watching her front yard flood tells BuzzFeed: I feel like we’ve been forgotten.”
Airlines flew hundreds to Chicago and Dallas in emergency evacuations.
Reporters to the rescue.
Higher gas prices ahead for the nation.
The case for price-gouging in a hurricane. (Updated: Original link broken; here’s Google’s cached version.)
Developing: The Houston Chronicle’s latest coverage of “the storm of the millennium.” (Photo: National Guard Lt. Zachary West.)

‘IS IT OVER YET?’ The Sun-Times tackles questions about Illinois’ seemingly never-ending school funding crisis.
A potential resolution is under pressure as Gov. Rauner shifts his stance.

CONSERVATIVES ALARMED. Even the right-wing Washington Examiner warns President Trump “abused” his power by pardoning immigration scofflaw ex-Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
The Wall Street Journal: “President Trump’s pardon … further politicizes the law.”
Trump is poised to end an Obama-era ban on the bequeathing of surplus U.S. military equipment to local cops.

CHICAGO’S NEXT MAYOR? The Sun-Times’ Fran Spielman handicaps the list of potential candidates to replace Rahm Emanuel, who’s still hedging on whether he wants another term.
 A Tribune editorial rebukes the mayor: No, the Chicago Police Department isn’t fixed.
 Chicago’s murder clearance rate is still slipping.

MEN IN BLACK. A group of people dressed in black, bearing shields with the words “No Hate,” Sunday stormed a Berkeley rally and attacked at least five people—including the leader of a white-nationalist-aligned group that canceled a San Francisco protest Saturday after opponents threatened to flood the site with dog poo, a man who himself was arrested Sunday.
Nazis flew the swastika at a Virginia-area shopping mall.
Nazi-themed graffiti inspired an anti-hate rally in Chicago’s Ravenswood Garden neighborhood.
… and in Oak Park.
As Nazis and the Klan get kicked off the internet, can their resurgence continue?

WHOLE FOODS PRICE-CUTTING BEGINS. On its first day under Amazon ownership, the chain has dropped prices by up to 43 percent.
The invasion of Chicago by out-of-town burger chains over the last few years is now in retreat, according to Crain’s Brigid Sweeney. R.I.P., five Red Robins.

NOT WATCHING GAME OF THRONES?
Here and here lie spoilers to help you understand today’s water-cooler chat among those who are.


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