September 5, 2017

Chicago's N.Y. play / Trump's 'Hail Maria' pass / Lego sackings

CHICAGO’S N.Y. PLAY. Tronc, the owner of the Chicago Tribune, is buying New York’s loudly liberal tabloid newspaper, the Daily News—returning the company to a field it walked off twice before (in 1991 and 2008).

The Daily News endured a blistering 1982 strike when it was owned by Tronc’s predecessor.
Its former co-publisher: “I will now root for Tronc.”

ALONG COMES IRMA. Developing: She’s moving into the hurricanes big league: Category 5, menacing the north Caribbean and Florida.
Hurricane Harvey’s worst legacy: Not wind, but water.
Beyonce, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and others are set for a Harvey telethon Sept. 12.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson compares Harvey’s devastation in Houston to God’s warning for Noah.
Harvey’s prompted chemical companies to dump a million pounds of extra pollution into the air.
President Trump’s EPA is following his lead and going directly and personally after a journalist for coverage of Houston relief efforts.

TRUMP’S ‘HAIL MARIA’ PASS. Developing: The president’s tweet this morning suggests he’ll leave Congress the decision on what to do about young immigrants whose parents brought them into the U.S. illegally.
NBC News: Whatever Trump does could split Democrats and Republicans.
The author of the Republican Party’s 2016 2012 “autopsy,” which called for building stronger relationships with Hispanic voters, calls Trump “anti-woman, anti-Hispanic, anti-black, anti-anything that would bring the country together.”
Vox: 800,000 people are hanging on what happens next.
The Chicago Public Schools student body is on pace to become majority Latino in a few years.
The Daily Beast: ICE Wrongly Imprisoned an American Citizen for 1,273 Days. Judges Say He’s Owed $0.”
The Better Government Association and PolitiFact: Gov. Rauner’s “proud immigrant” grandparents? Born in Wisconsin.
A rundown of many things on Congress’ to-do list as it returns from a five-week break.

‘MY POST ITSELF AND THE FOLLOWING RESPONSE WERE INDEFENSIBLE. PERIOD. I DON’T HAVE ANY EXCUSES, NOR DO I FEEL ANY SELF-PITY FOR THE BACKLASH I EXPERIENCED.’ The wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Louise Linton, takes full responsibility for her social media offensive last month. (Photo: Vice President Pence.)
The president is reportedly “crushed” by one aide’s decision to leave the White House.
Sean Spicer, who began his time as Trump’s press secretary lying about the size of the inaugural crowd, has a new gig on the speaking circuit—promising audiences “the same candor … Spicer brought to the White House briefing room.”

THE CA$E FOR A LATER START TO SCHOOL. The Trib’s Gail MarksJarvis says the state could generate $1 billion over five years by pushing the daily kickoff for classes in all schools to 8:30 a.m.
Most Chicago schools no longer have librarians.

LEGO SACKINGS. Fourteen hundred jobs are on the block as the company aims for less “complexity” in the face of falling sales.
The Onion from July: “I Did Warn You Not To Get Me Started On The Shortcomings Of The Lego Indiana Jones Games.”

‘SHE IS STILL THE BEST T-REX!’ Paleontologist Sue Hendrickson, who discovered the Field Museum dino that bears her name, tells the Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed, “Sue isn’t jealous” of the bigger plant-eating specimen stealing her slot in the Field lineup.
A Houston Texans football player is getting trolled for not believing in dinosaurs.

‘AMERICA IS A WHOLE LOT WORSE WITHOUT FOOTBALL.’ But the president of the Chicagoland Youth Football League concedes fears of head injury are behind situations like that faced by one suburban league—down from 12 teams in a season to just four this year.
Politico: The Martyring of Colin Kaepernick.”

Um, you know this is tomorrow, right?

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