'Tone-deaf' / Your lying governor / Illinois' best colleges

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‘Tone-deaf.’ That’s one of the phrases those who were present are using to describe Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich’s remarks about the church’s sexual-abuse scandal as he addressed about 200 future priests at Mundelein Seminary. (2015 photo: Goat_Girl.)
CBS chief Les Moonves’ ouster under the shadow of sexual harassment charges is at least five huge stories in one.
For CBS employees, The Hollywood Reporter says, it’s “a horror show.”
Stephen Colbert’s show tonight—featuring author Bob Woodward (whose tell-all book on the White House is published by a division of CBS)—becomes even more of a must-see.
Speaking of tell-alls: Chicago-born actor Michael Clarke Duncan’s sister tells the Daily Beast Omarosa Manigault Newman “manipulated” Duncan in his final days to gain control of his fortune.

‘I cried during the nights.’ Those are the words of an 11-year-old girl, one of 99 immigrant kids separated from their parents and sent to shelters in Chicago—as detailed in confidential records obtained by ProPublica Illinois. (Illustration: Lydia Fu for ProPublica.)
A New York Times editorial: “If the Trump administration gets its way, the government will be able to detain the children indefinitely.”

That’s two. More than a month after a Chicago weekend left 75 people shot, the Tribune reports that (only) a second person has been charged.
Chicago cops caught a 7-year-old boy dropped to safety from the second floor of a burning Chicago home by the boy’s grandfather, who later died.
A white Dallas cop has been charged with manslaughter in the shooting of a black neighbor whose apartment she says she thought was hers.

Your lying governor. Politifact rates as False Gov. Rauner’s assertion that for “every state that has put in a graduated income tax, the middle class always pays more.”
Better Government Association CEO David Greising on Chicago’s chances of landing the new Amazon headquarters project with Mayor Emanuel retiring: “Before Emanuel’s announcement, Chicago probably wasn’t in the game. Now unleashed from the constraints of politics, the mayor just might pay whatever it costs to get back in.”
Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington: Chicago’s next mayor should be a woman.

Illinois’ best colleges. Ten of the state’s schools made the new U.S. News ranking.
Nine made the list of best liberal arts colleges.

17 years later … On the eve of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on America, the Los Angeles Times reports, Al Qaeda may be stronger than ever.
When traffic crippled the Tribune website that morning, four email alerts got the news out.
A Sept. 11-inspired charity launched by suburban kids in 2002 aims to raise $40,000 in its 17th go-round Tuesday.

Company’s coming. Next month’s Chicago Humanities Festival will feature Tom Hanks and Broad City creator Abbi Jacobson.
Chicago paleontologist Roy Plotnick mourns the destruction of Brazil’s National Museum and recalls the similar fate that befell what’s now the oldest museum in Chicago.

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