November 2, 2017

'KKK' girls sue / Harass holes / Big new building

‘KKK’ GIRLS SUE. Six suburban high school students who appeared in a photo labeled “KKK,”

triggering a social media furor over the summer, are going to federal court alleging defamation by their school district. (Screenshot: @WaladShami on Twitter.)
From August: Now-progressive Oak Park was home to a Ku Klux Klan chapter in the 1920s.
20 years ago, a Pulitzer-winning author’s book warned about “how much prejudice has gone underground since the civil rights movement.”

HARASS HOLES. Emerging sexual harassment scandals in the Illinois legislature have cost Chicago Sen. Ira Silverstein his role as majority caucus chair—a role that will remain vacant for now—but Senate President John Cullerton predicts the long-empty role of interim legislative inspector general (the office that would investigate such complaints) will be filled within days.
A Tribune editorial: “The current uproar reflects badly on Cullerton.”
A female senator calls the General Assembly’s method of dealing with such complaints “absolutely outrageous.”
James Warren at Poynter: NPR is fumbling its sexual harassment mess.
And now … Dustin Hoffman.
A new survey suggests women’s best workplace allies may be found among millennial men.

CHICAGO BIKE PATH SAFETY. Mayor Emanuel says Chicago will “learn something” from the attack in New York City—but he’s light on specifics. (2011 photo: Alanscottwalker.)
The Washington Post: For ISIS groupies, terror by truck is the default.
Police say the suspect spent months planning the attack.
One cop ended the terror with nine bullets.
The victims, profiled.
In a statement that could compromise prosecution of the suspect, President Trump is calling for the death penalty.
A month after the Las Vegas massacre, no legislative action on the gun accessory that made it possible.

BIDEN vs. TRUMP. Speaking in Chicago yesterday, ex-VP Joe Biden placed Trump among “charlatans throughout time, who seek to aggrandize themselves and consolidate their power, by always blaming the other.”
And Biden’s not ruling out a run for the presidency.
In Chicago this week, a sense of the Obama band getting back together.
Developing story: House Republicans are rolling out details of a business-friendly tax overhaul that would leave 401(k) retirement accounts untouched.

‘WORSE THAN WATERGATE.’ Watergate scandal reporter Carl Bernstein told a Chicago audience last night the Trump team’s offenses seem to run deeper than those that afflicted Richard Nixon’s White House: “We have a president of the United States who lies about almost anything.”
Vanity Fair: Civil war among the Wall Street Journal staff over the paper’s anti-Mueller, pro-Trump editorials?

BIG NEW BUILDING. Crain’s says two real estate investors are planning the largest development yet in Chicago’s Fulton Market District, hoping to grab Amazon’s attention as a potential second home. (Rendering: S9 Architecture.)
North Michigan Avenue’s in line for a new food hall.
Jewel-Osco is getting into the online delivery biz.
Groupon co-founder Brad Keywell is leaving the company’s board.

‘YOU HAVE TO … DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT, OR WE WILL.’ At a hearing on Russian interference in the 2016 elections, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein laid down the law to lawyers for Facebook, Twitter and Google.
Wired: Eight revealing moments from Wednesday’s hearings—including Facebook’s concession that it still doesn’t know all the Russians did.

SHE MADE IT PAST THE TURNSTILES, SO SHE ONLY HAD TO PAY ONE FARE. But then, a woman yesterday gave birth to twins at the CTA’s Red Line Roosevelt station.
The company running Chicago’s parking meters is getting an extra $20 million next year.

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