October 30, 2017

It's Paul and Rick / 1914 Chicago from the air / Fear at CNN, HBO, TBS…

IT’S PAUL AND RICK. Updating story: President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s former business partner, Rick Gates, are the first to be indicted in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of possible coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. They’re scheduled to appear in court this afternoon at 12:30 Central.

Download and read the Justice Department indictment. (Photo: ABC.)
Trump tweets: “NO COLLUSION!
From June: Who is Rick Gates?
Update, 10:10 a.m.: Secretly and separately, a Trump campaign adviser pleaded guilty Oct. 5.

LAKE FOREST SHOOTING. A teenager was shot and killed yesterday after an argument developed at a costume party.
Where guns used in Chicago crimes come from—and recommendations for how to stop it.
Chicago’s new FBI chief says Chicago’s gun violence is keeping him up at night.

GONE IN A PUFF. Taxpayers are out $1.2 million—money the Sun-Times reports the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority spent to “retain talent” like Sean “Diddy” Combs for a concert that never happened.
The Chicago Public Schools’ internal investigator spent quality time with schools CEO Forrest Claypool talking about a controversial contract.

1914 CHICAGO FROM THE AIR. The Tribune rediscovered one of the first aerial films of the city—and sent photographers back up to compare modern views from the same perspectives.
The Illinois Tollway system’s most expensive per-mile passenger-car stretch opens Wednesday.

‘A HUGE ISSUE.’ A Chicago-area special education leader says a nationwide shortage of teachers for the blind and visually impaired threatens those students’ education.

Halloween poses special challenges for kids on the autism spectrum.

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FEAR AT CNN, HBO, TBS … Time Warner employees are worried about the fate of Trump-critical coverage—including shows like John Oliver’s, Samantha Bee’s and Bill Maher’s—if the company’s acquired by AT&T, whose CEO is looking increasingly chummy with the president.
Disgraced journalist Mark Halperin is formally out at NBC.
Counsel for managers aiming to achieve workplace diversity and inclusion: Develop your inner Larry David.

KEVIN SPACEY ACCUSED. A member of the Star Trek: Discovery cast—a Chicago native who grew up in Joliet—says that, in 1986, when he was 14, Spacey made a sexual advance toward him: “… And then he lays down on top of me.”
Spacey has apologized and come out as gay … in a statement that critics say “grossly conflates pedophilia and homosexuality.”
Vanity Fair film critic Richard Lawson: “Coming out as a gay man is not the same thing as coming out as someone who preyed on a 14-year-old.”

‘A DIGITAL BRICK THROUGH A WINDOW.’ ProPublica goes inside the online movement to out Nazis in America.
Facebook confronts rumors it uses smartphone mics to eavesdrop and serve up ads against what it hears.
The New York Times: Facebook HQ’s in “crisis mode” ahead of Wednesday’s congressional hearings on 2016 election interference.

‘YA THINK?’ That was Al Gore’s answer in Chicago Sunday to a question about whether the Trump administration is worse for the environment than the Obama administration.
Sun-Times editorial: Last week’s Chicago River oil spill makes a case for not closing the EPA’s Chicago office.
Environmental Law & Policy Center executive director Howard Learner: Time for cities to take the lead against climate change.

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