August 18, 2017

#Sheetcaking / CTA shooting / Suppelsa out

#SHEETCAKING. Addressing the tragic events at her alma mater University of Virginia,

Tina Fey advised viewers of last night’s Weekend Update they have an alternative to “participating in the screaming matches and potential violence” at this weekend’s next round of Nazi rallies.
 But not everyone loved the bit.
 Jon Stewart on stage at Dave Chappelle’s show in New York: “It wasn’t so much that there were Nazis. It was really the reaction by certain presidents.”
Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer’s mom: “I’m not talking to the president. … You can’t wash this one away by shaking my hand and saying ‘I’m sorry.’”
Changing the policy that put it on the Nazis’ side in Charlottesville, the ACLU says it’ll stop representing demonstrators who carry firearms.

‘YOU KNOW YOU’VE SCREWED UP WHEN CAMPBELL’S SOUP REJECTS YOU.’ The Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg says he’s not worried about Trump’s assertion that “the guys who want to go back, to create their special white person paradise are ‘fine people.’
The Pentagon is with Campbell’s.
RedState: Vice President Pence’s silence contributes to the chaos.
A professor of German history: “Those who inspired the marchers in Charlottesville marched through the streets of Germany, provoking violence, and singing ‘when Jewish blood spurts from the knife.’”
In an open letter, the acclaimed husband-wife author team of Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman encourage all Jews in Trump’s administration to quit—and they give Trump’s Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, “one minute to do whatever it takes to keep the history of your people from looking back on you as among its greatest traitors, and greatest fools.”
Fox CEO James Murdoch—one of President Trump’s advisers—says in an email to friends, “I can’t even believe I have to write this: Standing up to Nazis is essential; there are no good Nazis.”
But Obama White House alumnus and former U. of C. law prof Cass Sunstein says Trump did something good this week.

CTA SHOOTING. A Red Line incident was one of several shootings over the course of just eight hours in Chicago.
Lyft and Uber are offering refunds to passengers who paid “surge” prices during a CTA train outage Tuesday morning.

VOTED IN CHICAGO? YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER MAY BE HACKED. A voting software company admits Chicago voters’ names, addresses, birthdates, partial social security numbers and some driver’s license and state ID numbers were findable on the internet.
In a a podcast with his friend David Axelrod, Mayor Emanuel says “there’s a racial component” to the Trump administration’s criticism of Chicago crime.

SUPPELSA OUT. WGN-TV news anchor Mark Suppelsa says he’s retiring at the end of the year.
Breaking a four-month silence, “Eric & Kathy” radio star Kathy Hart says, “I fully intend to be back on the air!”—but, as Robert Feder notes, she doesn’t say where.
The Chicago Independent Radio Project is close to hitting the airwaves.

CARBONDALE’S ECLIPSE HOPES. The city’s bracing for an influx of 60,000 people and an $8 million economic boost as Monday’s event puts it in—or is it out of?—the spotlight.
Things you can see only during an eclipse.
The Verge: Be prepared for “one of the largest driver distractions in years.”

CHICAGO AIR & WATER SHOW TAKES OFF.
DNAinfo’s best places to watch this weekend.
Chicagoist’s transportation advice.

WHY SO MANY NEWS WEBSITES JAM VIDEO DOWN YOUR THROAT. Peter Kafka explains in Recode.
The Tribune’s Nina Metz: Buried by streaming TV. Send help.
A roundup of reviews for Netflix’s Defenders series.



CORRECTION. Reader Beth Botts (click that link to get her opinion on the issue) notes that Wednesday’s Square misplaced Chicago’s “Confederate Mound” monument in the wrong neighborhood. It’s Grand Crossing. The National Park Service has it wrong.
Gurnee wants out of a national map of hate groups.

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