October 31, 2017

One of our guys made it / Chicago's Hollywood gripes / iPhone X reviews

ONE OF OUR GUYS MADE IT. 2009 DePaul University graduate George Papadopoulos is first to plead guilty in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

One of his profs describes Papadopoulos as “zealous and a bit simple.”
One ex-federal prosecutor: “Whatever information is in Papadopoulos’s brain, it’s now in the hands of Mueller’s investigators.”
The Washington Post: Who’s who in the Papadopoulos court docs.
… As the president fumes.
How the media covered “Trump’s toughest day.”
How the president’s former campaign chairman blew through millions.

‘SWIFT AND UNFORGIVING.’ That’s how The New York Times characterizes the response to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly’s assertion on Fox News last night that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.”
Trump’s tweets on transgender people in the military came back to bite him in court yesterday.
For the second time, the American Bar Association has declared one of the president’s judicial picks “not qualified.”

‘BELOW-AVERAGE TO ROCK-BOTTOM.’ That’s where the Tribune says SAT scores wound up for about two-thirds of Illinois’ public high schools.
The Sun-Times reports the Illinois State Board of Education website parents use to compare schools in Chicago won’t be ready for days.
WBEZ: The top- and bottom-performing schools? Both in Chicago.

HEALTHCARE BACKFIRE. A new analysis of government data suggests that Trump’s actions to undermine the Affordable Care Act mean that, beginning tomorrow, low-income people in about half the counties in the U.S. will now be eligible for free taxpayer-subsidized health insurance policies.
 Correction, 10:43 a.m.: Almost all counties in Illinois are among those where the Kaiser Family Foundation concludes the lowest-cost bronze plan premium will cost $0 after a 2018 tax credit.
But the president is proposing bigger changes ahead.
Illinois has upped its Affordable Care website game.

NEW BOUTIQUE HOTEL. A long-empty furniture store in Logan Square has been targeted for upscale lodging and two restaurants.
Here are Chicago’s top-earning restaurants.
The State of Illinois is billing a 70-year-old woman for food stamps it says she didn’t deserve more than 30 years ago.

CHICAGO’S HOLLYWOOD GRIPES. Aldermen say residents are fed up with the inconveniences that accompany TV shows and movies produced in Chicago.
Chicago’s Chance the Rapper will host Saturday Night Live in November.

‘FORGET ABOUT SEXY. SAFETY WOULD DO.’ Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell lets loose on CTA buses.
Emerging details in the shooting death Sunday at a Lake Forest house party: As many as 200 people were there.

CHILLER. Chicago’s facing its coldest Halloween since 1996.
But the discomfort may be worth it: According to one survey, Illinois kids’ candy haul is among the nation’s top 10.
Hillary Clinton in Chicago last night, discussing her Halloween plans: “I think I will maybe come as the president!
Chicago’s Newberry Library has been crowdsourcing the transcription and translation of a mysterious 17th Century “Book of Magical Charms.”

500 YEARS AGO. Martin Luther declared his religious rebellion.
Neil Steinberg in the Sun-Times: “One lesson, in our own time of shifting values and communications upheaval, is the importance of talking to people in the way they want to be spoken to.”

iPHONE X REVIEWS.
BuzzFeed: “A damn good phone” better for smaller hands and pockets.
The Washington Post calls it “awkward,” partly because of what Mashable calls “Phantom Home Button Syndrome.”
And its facial recognition feature can’t distinguish identical twins.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS.
This was the most-clicked link—by far—in yesterday’s Chicago Public Square.
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