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The must-read news stories for June 6, 2013.


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The Ripple Effect
While we know the toll of gun violence in Chicago by the numbers, what about the human toll? For every person shot in the Chicago area, family, friends and community members must deal with the effects in ways large and small: physical, emotional and financial. In the first of an occasional series, The Ripple Effect, Sun-Times multimedia journalist Jessica Koscielniak talked to four mothers "Left Behind" after their children were counted among the city's violence victims. Read their stories, see their faces, hear their voices. [The Ripple Effect]


For real
No, guys, this time, Bill Daley is seriously serious about maybe running for governor. [Sun-Times]

Can you hear me now?
How big is domestic surveillance under Obama? So big the NSA asked carrier Verizon to hand over all of its call data. For its part, the Obama administration has gone on the defensive. [The Guardian, The Atlantic]

Legislative OT
Without a pension deal in place, Gov. Quinn is calling lawmakers back to Springfield to settle this in chambers, starting June 19. [Crain's]

Credit headache
What does a pension failure get you? Another downgrade for the state's credit rating. [Sun-Times]

Less money, more problems
Doing more with less is a new skill set for CPS principals who will have more flexibility with their budgets next year but less money to be flexible with. [WBEZ]

No bond for Jonylah suspect
Korman Willis, the man charged with the shooting death of Jonylah Watkins, has been ordered held without bond. [Sun-Times]

RIP
Swimming champion-turned-Hollywood-starlet Esther Williams has passed away at the age of 91. [L.A. Times]

Legging it out
If you went swimming recently in Lake Michigan and lost your leg - perhaps from swimming too much, maybe from a lake shark, or even if it just fell off - it's been found when it washed up on shore so you should come claim it. [Sun-Times]

Texas "justice"
A man was acquitted of murder in the death of an escort he shot (she died seven months later) after he paid her $150 but she refused to have sex. [San Antonio News]

Big fish
I, for one, welcome our new Frankenfish overlords. [WTKR]

Daft Punk unmasked
Underneath those cool, spacey robot helmets, music geniuses Daft Punk are .... just like us! [Gawker]

Fake out
The fascinating story of the amazing baseball prospect that didn't exist. [SB Nation]

No Bull
The NBA Finals start tonight and I don't care unless they play it on ice and the Blackhawks are involved. [ESPN]

The Bright One
Speaking of the Blackhawks, with the puck dropping on Game 4 in a few hours, Rick Telander wonders what has happened to Patrick Kane. [Sun-Times]

Commute
Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra; Flight delays

And finally
Remembering D-Day, 69 years later. [CNN]

The must-read news stories for June 5, 2013.


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Mayor Emanuel, surveying the Council Chambers in May 2013 // Sun-Times Files

City Council hoedown
It took over two hours of "'atta boys" to get to the actual legislation, but the City Council did eventually get down to business. By a 39-11 margin, aldermen voted in favor of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed changes to the parking meter deal. Also approved: the 'meh' compromise no one involved really liked regarding more night games at Wrigley Field and a measure to come down harder on both drivers and cyclists. There was also a lot of bones creaking as even opponents of the parking meter deal changes bent over backwards to heap praise on Emanuel for his handling of the deal while also occasionally bringing up empty objections to the deal. It was a testament to democracy. Or something. [Sun-Times, Politics Blog]


Philly building collapse
At least two people are dead and a dozen hurt after a building in Philadelphia collapsed this afternoon. What's more, the building's owner seems to have connections to a slum lord. [Philly.com, CityPaper]

D-Day for Roseland
Officials will decide by 5 p.m. whether to keep Roseland Community Hospital open. [Sun-Times]

National security merry-go-round
Tom Donilon is out and Susan Rice is in as national security adviser. Pulitzer Prize-winning author and former Obama campaign adviser Samantha Power is up as Obama's nominee for the U.N. This will all go smoothly with the GOP, surely, given how much former child actor Frankie Muniz hates it. [WaPo]

Hat in the ring
Bruce Rauner is jumping in to the governor's race by taking aim at the Legislature. [Sun-Times]

For Bobby
Groupon is honoring its fallen worker Bobby Cann, the cyclist killed by an allegedly drunk driver in Old Town last week, by accepting $10 donations to install protected bike lanes. [DNA Info]

File under: Shocking!
When you take loaded shotguns to gun clubs, sometimes 10 people get hurt by an accidental shooting. [Sun-Times]

Recovering Paris
Paris Jackson, daughter to deceased King of Pop Michael, is recovering from an emergency trip to the hospital in what is being labeled as an apparent suicide attempt. [L.A. Times]

FLOTUS vs Heckler
If you didn't know that heckling the first lady was a bad idea by now, I don't know what to tell you. [Sun-Times]

Sparkly problems
Hammond, Ind., is being terrorized by a glittery lawn problem. [CBS 2]

Wrong tree
The wife of a politician has taken to social media in an attempt to chase other women away from hitting on her husband, particularly strippers. And, yes, this story is from Alabama, how did you know? [AL.com]

Roid rage
More baseball players to face punishment for steroids. No, this is not a repeat from 2004. [ESPN]

Peavy pains
There's an MRI waiting for Jake Peavy after he was yanked from last night's game against the Mariners due to pain in his ribs. [USA Today]

Hawks trouble
Duncan Keith awaits his punishment after a hearing connected to his slash on the L.A. Kings last night. [Sun-Times]

The Bright One
Hello, Operator, can you help Quinn place this call? Mark Brown on the governor's tough calls. [Sun-Times]

Commute
Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra; Flight delays

And finally
Superheroes are real; they're just in Virginia. [WTKR]

The must-read news stories for June 4, 2013




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Austin's misstep towards Kirk
There are crazy things said by elected officials and then there's what Ald. Carrie Austin (34th) said today about Sen. Mark Kirk and his plan to arrest 18,000 gang members to fight crime. Responding to both Kirk's plan and Rep. Bobby Rush's comment calling the plan "an elitist white boy solution," Austin said: "I don't think it's a white boy syndrome from the North Side. I don't make statements like that. I think that's awful for [Rush] to say something like that. But, nevertheless, maybe the stroke affected [Kirk]." So she says she doesn't make statements like "that" except then she did? Kirk's plan is unwieldy and unrealistic; it would have been far easier, as Whet Moser pointed out, to take the high road here. And yet Austin managed to step right in it in a ridiculous way. Alas, Rush and Kirk have announced they're actually going to do their best to work together on a better, more easily accomplished solution. [Sun-Times, Sweet Blog]


DNA test unravels man's life
The incredible -- in every sense of the word -- story of Paul Fronczak, whose life is not at all what he thought it was, thanks to a dusty box he recently discovered in a crawl space. [http://www.suntimes.com/news/20513939-418/dna-test-unravels-long-solved-baby-snatching-case.html]

IRS = Irresponsible Revenue Spending
And the hole gets even deeper for the IRS. [NBC News, The Daily Show]

No-win Wrigley tweaks
When is a compromise not a compromise? When both sides dislike the finished deal, which is what happened at the City Council today as the bill to expand the number of night games underwent some tweaks in committee but, when passed, neither the Cubs nor Lake View residents were happy with the final product. [Sun-Times]

Unaccompanied (and undocumented) minors
WBEZ takes a close look at the rising number of undocumented youth who are coming to the U.S. and making their way alone. [WBEZ]

Hardiman out at CeaseFire
Tio Hardiman is out as head of CeaseFire after the domestic violence allegations against him. [Sun-Times, Sun-Times]

RIP
Tim Samaris, one of three veteran tornado chasers killed in last week's tornado outbreak in Oklahoma, had previously helped Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry develop its volatile weather exhibit. In related news, the tornado that killed Samaris and his colleagues near El Reno, Okla., has been measured at 2.6 miles wide, the largest ever on record with the National Weather Service. [DNA Info, NewsOK]

I will turn this plane around!
Good on AirTran, which kicked 100 teens off a flight for being obnoxious teens. [CBS Atl]

Just Say No
Disgraced former Chicago Ald. Ambrosio Medrano's attorney said Medrano tried to bribe a Los Angeles County official because he didn't think the bribe would really go through as opposed to, say, just saying no because a bribe is illegal. Good job, good effort. [Sun-Times]

Weed problem
The city is cracking down on weeds -- real weeds, not "the pot" as my mom says -- except workers can't tell the different between weeds and native plants. [The Reader]

A magic land
Where climate change does not exist! It's waaaaaaaay down there. [Perth Now]

Sir Stewart Eats A Slice
Sir Patrick Stewart knows how to eat a Chicago-style slice of pizza and look like a gentleman doing it. [Twitter via Gapers Block]

Here come the Hawks
After building up a solid 2-0 lead, the Blackhawks now have to take on the Kings in L.A., where the left coasters have been dominant. The puck drops at 8 tonight on NBC Sports Network. [Sun-Times]

Bear Down
The Blackhawks are still playing but attention is also turning to football as the Bears start OTAs: Brandon Marshall has been cleared to play, and the team may give QB JaMarcus Russell a tryout. [Sun-Times, ESPN]

The Bright One
The Reader's Ben Joravsky and Mick Dumke weigh in on Chicago's Parking Meter Fail Part 2: The Wrath of Rahm. [The Reader]

Commute
Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra; Flight delays

And finally
The patriotic cymbal player is my new spirit animal. [Sun-Times]

The must-read news stories for June 3, 2013




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Sun-Times Library

Parking meter wheel and deal
If there's something that we can set our clocks to, it's that if there's enough reason to be skeptical about a bill before the City Council, the Council will pass that bill. We're one step closer to that now as the Council's Finance Committee gave the thumbs up to Mayor Emanuel's proposed changes to the stinking pile of a meter deal Daley left us with. Funny thing is, more aldermen are acting skeptical of the changes than of the original deal, which, OK. It didn't keep the committee from passing it and it likely won't keep the Council at large from approving the measure, either. A big sticking point is the expansion of the parking hours in exchange for free Sundays in all but one ward, a move that could net an even bigger profit for the leasing company, which is raking in more and more cash every year of this 75-year deal. Meanwhile, just a brief reminder that all the money the city made off of leasing the meters has already been spent. [Sun-Times, The Reader]


Swabbing SCOTUS
The Supreme Court issued a ruling today that allows for police to swab DNA from arrestees in serious crimes, upholding a Maryland law. [WaPo]

Maine West developments
Today marked the first court appearance for the former Maine West boys soccer coach who was fired after allegations of hazing broke. [Sun-Times]

Wikileaks on trial
The trial of Bradley Manning, a U.S. soldier accused of a massive document leak, opened today with prosecutors accusing Manning of being responsible for putting sensitive information in enemy hands. [N.Y. Times]

Out for justice
A congressional envoy hit Russia to learn more about the alleged Boston Marathon bombers yet came up empty-handed despite the best efforts of one of the envoy's aides, Steven Seagal. [USA Today]

R.I.P.
Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey died at the age of 89, the Senate's last remaining World War II veteran. A replacement will be tabbed by Gov. Christie. [CBS News]

Understanding Turkey
Some of you may be vaguely aware of something sorta kinda maybe happening in Turkey or something but you don't know something something Blackhawks, right? Anyway, here's a good explainer of what's happening and why you should care. [Gawker]

Not so fast on gang arrest plan?
Is Sen. Kirk's plan to curb gang violence -- the one Rep. Bobby Rush isn't too fond of -- something that could actually work? [Sun-Times]

America is sad
Look, I'm sad, OK? So are you. So are they. Just... just leave me alone, OK? I need to be alone with my thoughts. [TIME]

In Russia, cat smuggles you!
In what is simply another reason in a long list of reasons to dislike cats, a Russian feline was caught trying to smuggle cell phones into a prison because #YOLO. [PIX 11]

Nomz
Why, thank you, Dunkin' Donuts, I would love a coronary. [Sun-Times]

Big TV
A big thing happened on "Game of Thrones" that had fans all in a tizzy on Twitter last night and then Mad Men featured the 1968 Chicago DNC riots. [A.V. Club, Chicagoist]

Skill kills for Hawks
Rick Morrissey looks back at how the Blackhawks skated past the Kings in less than 30 hours for two big wins to open up the NHL's Western Conference Finals. [Sun-Times]

Bend it like Beckham
Fans of the Pale Hose will be happy to welcome Gordon Beckham back to the field. [ESPN]

The Bright One
Part 2 of the Watchdogs' look into the financial shenanigans of Ald. Ed Burke, money magician. [Sun-Times]

Commute
Sudoku; Weather; Traffic; CTA; Metra; Flight delays

And finally
What the woman didn't realize was the deepening factions between her chickens, nudged forward by Chief Keef. [Patch]

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