August 29, 2017

'How many bodies?' / Unprecedented / '… 'Cause she's dead'

‘HOW MANY BODIES?’ Houston’s police chief says he expects the death toll to rise as the waters of Hurricane Harvey recede, revealing more victims.

By the time Harvey winds down, it will have dropped 50 inches of rain on Houston—the equivalent of 14 months of rain in Chicago.
A team of volunteers with a boat, a dump truck and a school bus has been coming to the rescue.
Photos compare Houston scenes before and after Harvey.
Politico’s Eric Holthaus: “Harvey is what climate change looks like in a world that has decided … it doesn’t want to take climate change seriously.”
Naomi Klein in The Intercept: “Talking honestly about what is fueling this era of serial disasters… is … our last hope for preventing a future littered with countless more victims.”
Most homeowners in Harvey’s path have no flood insurance(Photo: Army National Guard.)
Northeastern politicians are recalling Texans’ “no” votes on Hurricane Sandy relief funding in 2013.
Harvey evacuations begin in Louisiana on the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
Want to help? Charity Navigator lists the best-rated charities serving Harvey’s needy. And beware scams.

‘ALL OPTIONS ARE ON THE TABLE.’ That’s a statement from President Trump, condemning North Korea’s “contempt for its neighbors” in firing over Japan a missile designed to carry a nuclear payload.
A California congressman who was one of Trump’s first supporters reportedly has told a group of Republicans: “He’s an a--hole, but he’s our a--hole.”

A MILLION NEW ILLINOIS VOTERS. That’s the prediction from backers of a bill Gov. Rauner has signed into law.
A compromise plan to fund state schools is one Senate vote away from the desk of the governor, who says he’ll sign it.
The governor has vetoed a bill to forbid employers from asking job applicants about their salary history, but backers are aiming to override.

UNPRECEDENTED. A Chicago cop has become the first in memory convicted in federal court of criminal charges stemming from an on-duty shooting—16 shots fired into a stolen car carrying six teenagers, two of whom were wounded.
Beginning this year, all Chicago public school 8th and 10th graders will study the Chicago Police Department’s history of torturing black men.
The Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell: Cops, too, should be getting those lessons.

R.I.P., HARD ROCK HOTEL. The lodgings in Chicago’s Carbide & Carbon Building will reopen next year with a name honoring social worker and activist Jane Addams: The St. Jane Chicago.
Shinola, the celebrated Detroit startup that makes fancy watches and bicycles, plans a factory on Chicago’s South Side.
How the Shinola brand grew from obscene World War II joke punchline to premium brand (Adweek, 2015).

‘…’CAUSE SHE’S DEAD!’ The Tribune’s Heidi Stevens says that line, among others from Taylor Swift’s new song, seems to encourage teen suicide.
The Guardian revisits the first social media suicide.

ANNOUNCEMENTS.
Forbes broke a link in yesterday’s Square—to an opinion piece defending price-gouging after a disaster. Here’s Google’s cached version. And here’s a dissenting view. Thanks to faithful and unrelentingly attentive reader Mike Braden for flagging the problem.
Thanks for daily inspiration from Craig Newman’s (recommended) Nuzzel newsletter.
Wednesday Journal HQ advises tickets for David Axelrod’s appearance, promoted below, are almost sold out. If you’re interested, now would be a good time to jump on that discount offer. And if you’d like to recommend questions for Axelrod, send ’em along.


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