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Emergency bridge repairs to snarl Virginia-to-D.C. traffic
The Memorial Bridge carries about 68,000 vehicles per day—including buses—between Washington, D.C. and Virginia. Or, it did. That's going ...
Laura Clawson 05/29/2015 3
Hastert indictment upholds Illinois tradition of corruption
Denny Hastert in happier days. News that former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert was indicted took the state of Illinois — and much of the political world — by surprise. According to the ...
Molly Weasley 05/29/2015 11
Amtrak is a Microcosm for the Nation
If last month's fatal Amtrak crash had anything positive come from it, it was the perfect timing with which the Republicans showed their true colors. Without the headlines that the derailment ...
railhunk 05/28/2015 35
Revealed: Energy Transfer Partners’ 'Pipeline-for-Prostitute' Landman
Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog A DeSmog investigation has uncovered the identity of a land agent and the contract company he works with that allegedly offered to buy an Iowa farmer the services of ...
Steve Horn 05/28/2015 1
I almost died just now
Sorry, nothing aviation related. The statistics will tell you that flying is quite safe even if your "gut" says otherwise. It was much more mundane than that. Someone almost ran me over.
Major Kong 05/28/2015 234
Whoa: Former Republican House Speaker Denny Hastert indicted for lying to FBI, hiding transactions
Denny Hastert Did anyone see this coming? Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert, a Republican who ...
David Nir 05/28/2015 219
BREAKING: Former Speaker Hastert indicted
The Justice Department has indicted former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on reporting evasion charges and lying to the FBI as part of an effort to pay off victims of “prior bad acts.” In an ...
MTmofo 05/28/2015 86
Hellraisers Journal: Abraham Lincoln: the bond of human sympathy should unite all working people.
My friends, it is solidarity of labor we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: "We must be together; our masters are joined together ...
JayRaye 05/28/2015 2
How Austerity Kills: The New Jersey Transportation System
Today's paper reports on the massive transportation funding crisis in New Jersey. This is just one more example of how austerity kills in this country. I drove the streets in New Jersey a few ...
Eternal Hope 05/28/2015 23
Mark Kirk Makes me Sick
Has anyone else seen Senator Mark Kirk's (R-Shameless) ad for reelection for Senate from Illinois? If you haven't, please take a look at this article which includes the clip. Join me after the ...
tcdup 05/27/2015 12
Free Solar for Low-Income Homeowners in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods & Other Energy Assistance Progs
This starts focused on a specific California solar program, then below the fold is exploration of a nationwide dot-org website operated by N.C. State University's Clean Energy Technology ...
mettle fatigue 05/27/2015 8
Update: I may owe Mr. Boonswang an apology after all.
Two weeks ago I posted a diary about an attorney named Chad Boonswang who appeared to have pulled a pretty tacky ambulance-chasing stunt by sending tasteless notes to the families of the victims of ...
Brainwrap 05/27/2015 12
Hellraisers Journal: The Broad Ax on the Chicago Teamsters Strike: Murder and Lawlessness Continues
My friends, it is solidarity of labor we want. We do not want to find fault with each other, but to solidify our forces and say to each other: "We must be together; our masters are joined ...
JayRaye 05/27/2015 6
The shocking truth about the two Chicago Police officers posing in this horrendous photo
Chicago Police Officers Jerome Finnigan and Timothy McDermott The Chicago Police ...
Shaun King 05/27/2015 191
Cop shootings in Chicago
The Chicago Reader a free, weekly, once-alternative paper, has printed the story When Cops Shoot about Chicago police shootings. "Of the 208 cases closed over the last two years, every single ...
Frank Palmer 05/26/2015 2
Prison psychologist taking over Chicago prison—first time that's ever happened in U.S.
Nneka Jones Tapia has been appointed director of Chicago's Cook County Jail. She has a mandate to reduce the rising numbers of mentally ill people in prison for nonviolent crimes. Nneka Jones ...
Walter Einenkel 05/26/2015 8
'One Person, One Vote,' but which persons?
The Supreme Court announced today that it will hear a case initiated by conservatives in Texas determining what "person" means for one-person, one-vote redistricting jurisprudence : all people, or ...
Adam B 05/26/2015 63
Chicago Police fill in for missing fathers in Daddy-Daughter Dance
The Chicago Police Department held their first Daddy-Daughter dance last Friday. The event at ...
Walter Einenkel 05/26/2015 8
The Family Home - A State of the Union Address
A hypothetical: You are invited to a new friend's home for the first time. As you drive up, you see a large imposing gate with a guard house & three guards armed with assault weapons. They check ...
aworldeye 05/26/2015 3
Swatting on Memorial Day: bored Daesh punks with cellphones
ABC News Videos Fighter Jets Scramble Following at Least 6 Reports of Threats to Passenger Planes, Officials Say A Saudi Airlines flight from Saudi Arabia was also escorted to a remote ...
annieli 05/25/2015 8
U.S. is paying the price for not investing in trains, and it's stupid
House Speaker John Boehner may think it's "stupid" to suggest that the recent fatal Amtrak crash had anything to do with lack of funding, but the evidence ...
Laura Clawson 05/25/2015 111
Hellraisers Journal: Labor Editor of Chicago Denounces Upcoming Convention of Industrial Unionists
You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age. Put on your fighting clothes. -Mother Jones ``````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````````` Wednesday ...
JayRaye 05/24/2015 8
UPDATED: PERSONAL: Here's why I reacted so strongly to the "Attorney Chad" incident.
IMPORTANT: SEE UPDATE ON THIS STORY FROM 5/27/15 About a week ago, I posted an off-topic entry called "Attorney Chad" is about to have a really bad weekend. It appears that after the tragic Amtrak ...
Brainwrap 05/24/2015 46
Mental masturbation for Suntimes GOP Cheerleader
For part of my yute, Chicago had a number of dailies, the trib, the suntimes, and several others covering different issues from a variety of political points of view. There were times when a couple ...
agnostic 05/24/2015 13
34 million vehicles recalled for airbag replacement. What could go wrong?
It is been decided that the airbags made by Takata in almost 34,000,000 United States vehicles are defective. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/takata-to-recall-defective-airbags-in-almost-34-million-...
david78209 05/23/2015 29
Obama and Human Trafficing
Respected voices among us have come to the conclusion that President Obama would desire tier three Malaysia, the hub of human trafficking, be included in the TPP without expecting that would make a ...
rktect 05/23/2015 4
Friday Night Beer Blog - Bad Beer Boogie
We've made it to Friday again, beer fans. Come in and share a cold one with FNBB! And now my new song, titled "Bad Beer Boogie", inspired by this story that I covered a few weeks ago . The music ...
esquimaux 05/22/2015 12
Economic Inequality Illustrated
"The railroad tracks are covered at last," an editorial said. Not exactly. The railroad tracks were covered until they reached 125th Street - the beginning of Harlem. Moses had decided to ...
dana anderssen 05/22/2015 1
Tough Times in the Hate Business
I guess when you run a hate organization, you have to keep the perceived horrors involving what you hate in the news in order to keep those donations rolling in. I mean, the hate don't pay for ...
rserven 05/22/2015 28
Bomb trains: the threat of annihilation and the politics of these ticking time bombs
On the The Hazardous Materials Rail Transportation Safety Improvement Act of 2015: "This long overdue action will increase safety standards for the transportation of hazardous materials, like ...
Samuel Vargo 05/22/2015 4
Bernie Sanders and Minority Voters in Democratic Primaries
The 2008 Democratic presidential primaries were so fascinating to me on a number of fronts, demographically speaking. But the most fascinating thing that occurred in these primaries was how African-...
unapologeticliberal777 05/22/2015 34
Fire the Liar? Rahm's schools CEO claims residency in two states
In October 2012, the Chicago Board of Education voted to hire Barbara Byrd-Bennett as the school system's "Chief Executive Officer" following the dumping of Jean-Claude Brizard. The ...
Hyde Park Johnny 05/22/2015 9
IL-Sen: Mark Kirk (R) Gets His Facts Wrong Regarding Nelson Mandela & South Africa's Nuclear Program
U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R. IL) has been pushing his Iran Sanctions Bill which would greatly undermine President Obama's negotiations with Iran: http://www.niacouncil.org/much-more-is-needed-from-...
poopdogcomedy 05/21/2015 3
Sunday Train: Benefits of the Maryland Red and Purple Lines
Just as national attention has been focused on the sections of Baltimore that have been largely locked out of the revival of economic activity in downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor, the new ...
BruceMcF 05/17/2015 18
Illinois Legislators Face Backlash for Coal Mining Bill
Illinois State Senator Andy Manar is getting pushback from constituents after introducing a bill to help the heavily subsidized state coal mining industry. A coal industry lobbyist with Foresight ...
Willinois 05/17/2015 4
Tammy Duckworth voted Yes on $612 Billion NDAA on Friday
Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) voted "Yes" on NDAA, H.R.1735, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016, in its 261-159 passage ( Roll Call 239 ). Duckworth has asked progressives ...
e2247 05/16/2015 9
Friday Night Beer Blog - off flavors part 2
Hi again and happy Friday! This is the second half of the "Sensory Training" tasting notes, first half is here . We actually did this a year ago and I wrote up these notes for the club blog. There ...
esquimaux 05/15/2015 8
A second Democrat enters the race against Mark Kirk
GOP Sen. Mark Kirk On Friday, Chicago Urban League President and CEO Andrea Zopp announced that she will seek the Democratic ...
Jeff Singer 05/15/2015 7

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