September 1, 2017

'Something that hasn't happened' / Murder on video / Seeking sweet revenge

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‘SOMETHING THAT HASN’T HAPPENED.’ A weather researcher says nothing in “our modern era of observations” rivals devastation wrought by Harvey.

Harvey may have destroyed a million cars and trucks. (Photo: U.S. Defense Department.)
Gas prices—and shortages—are on the way up across the country.
The New York Times: Harvey hit rich and poor alike.
Forbes commentary: “Buy and bulldoze Houston’s most flooded homes.”
CBS News: What not to do after your home has been flooded.
Hospitals are bracing for a massive post-Harvey patient surge.
Texas Republicans helped that smoking chemical plant lobby against safety rules.
As of Friday morning, Houston’s shelters were harboring about 12,000 people.
 Among Harvey refugees who’ve arrived at O’Hare: An ex-Bull.
And here comes Hurricane Irma.

‘WE WITNESSED A VIOLATION OF OUR CONSTITUTION.’ In an email to supporters, gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy has condemned the public education funding bill Gov. Rauner signed into law, because it includes “a $75 million taxpayer-funded credit … to help fund private schools.”
Chicago’s Catholic Cardinal Blase Cupich is taking a victory lap for brokering the deal.
Rauner got a standing ovation as he signed the bill, which backers say means another $450 million for Chicago schools this year.
A Tribune quiz: Can you match the gubernatorial candidate to his running mate?

MURDER ON VIDEO. A Humboldt Park killing caught on surveillance camera video is fueling concerns about the neighborhood’s block parties.
A Tribune editorial: “Labor Day weekend … will contribute to the tally of destruction.”
The father of a man killed by a Chicago cop six years ago wants a special prosecutor to investigate.
Who will buy a historic hotel that used to host Al Capone?

SCORECARDS, GET YOUR SCORECARDS.
One of the former leaders of DeVry University, which paid $100 million to settle federal claims it misled students, is the Trump administration’s choice to head the Education Department program that polices colleges for student aid fraud.
The Trump appointee who’s headed the Energy Department’s Office of Indian Energy is quitting after discovery of racist and anti-Semitic tweets from his account.
Embattled Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke is quitting, and Politico says he’ll likely take a job with the Trump administration—but “won’t be offered a Senate-confirmed role because his nomination would face opposition from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.”
ProPublica: The administration has been quietly hiring political staffers to regulate industries they previously worked for.
The Treasury Department’s inspector general will investigate the Eclipse Day trip to Fort Knox by Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and his brand-aware wife, Louise Linton.

CHICAGO JAZZ FESTIVAL. It’s off and running at Millennium Park. Tribune critic Howard Reich’s picks.
A new play brings to the stage one of comics’ first superheroines—a character created in Chicago.
Leonardo DiCaprio is rumored a candidate to play the Joker in a Martin Scorsese-produced movie.

SEEKING SWEET REVENGE. An Illinois man is suing the maker of Starburst candy, complaining the front of a package boasted 130 calories per serving when the nutritional chart on the back said 140.
Commonwealth Edison customers could see an average credit of $14 on their bills next month.

ANNOUNCEMENTS.
Ever-alert reader Mike Braden—who in a more perfect world would be on the Square payroll (but, hey, I did buy him lunch a few weeks ago)—noted a link missing for yesterday’s item about an arrest in a Red Line shooting.
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