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CHICAGO: ‘Social justice’ protesters launch hunger strike to save school with 10% student proficiency
CHICAGO – Parents and social justice activists in Chicago’s Washington Park neighborhood are starving themselves in an attempt to force Chicago Public Schools to adopt their “global leadership and green technology” plan for Dyett High School.
Sunday, August 16, 2015
A 27-year-old man was driving near the intersection of Carroll and Central Park avenues when he was shot multiple times in the chest, back and arm, according to Chicago Police. His vehicle then crashed into a pole.
He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Cook County medical examiner’s office withheld his name Saturday night pending family notification.
The weekend’s first shooting also turned fatal after a West Garfield Park drive-by attack about 6:40 p.m. Friday.
Alex Malone was outside in the 4100 block of West Wilcox when someone fired shots from a passing minivan, authorities said.
He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 2:17 p.m. Saturday, authorities said. Malone was from the 1600 block of South Spaulding.
The weekend’s most recent shooting happened Sunday morning in the West Side Austin neighborhood.
Three men were shot in the 4800 block of West Van Buren at 5:10 a.m., police said. A 32-year-old man was shot in the right forearm and was treated by paramedics at the scene, but refused additional medical treatment.
A 24-year-old man was shot twice in the armpit and walked into Stroger Hospital, where he is listed in good condition. A third man, 27, suffered a graze wound to the left foot and walked into West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park. He was listed in good condition.
Police said all three victims are documented gang members and aren’t cooperating with investigators.
At least 22 other people have been wounded in other shootings across the city since about 10:45 p.m. Friday.
Additionally, a Chicago Police officer shot and seriously wounded a man during a Chatham neighborhood traffic stop about 7:45 p.m. Saturday. Another man with a gun was arrested at the scene, police said.
Saturday, August 15, 2015
In a column expressing a desire to see Chicago rise the way New Orleans did in 2005, a Chicago Tribune columnist wrote a piece that was released on Thursday with are-you-kidding-me title of “In Chicago, wishing for a Hurricane Katrina.”
Kristen McQueary wrote about how she found herself “praying for a storm,” that would prompt a “rebirth” in Chicago. The rest of the article alludes to McQueary’s hope that this figurative event would be able to bring light to issues “beneath the pretty surface,” that “threaten (Chicago’s) future.”
“Envy isn’t a rational response to the upcoming 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina,” McQueary wrote in her opening. “I can relate, metaphorically, to the residents of New Orleans climbing onto their rooftops and begging for help and waving their arms and lurching toward rescue helicopters.”
The column has since been retitled to Chicago, New Orleans and Rebirth. It also now includes this tweet from McQueary, emphasizing that the storm she wrote about was a “figurative” one, and that she acknowledged Katrina as a tragedy:
If you read the piece, it's about finances and government. I would never diminish the tragedy of thousands of lives lost.
2:56 PM - 13 Aug 2015
McQueary soon wrote a new article apologizing to New Orleans and those she offended, but even so, the original title was out there long enough for people to say how it made them feel:
Via: Chicago Tribune
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
It’s a given in American politics that urban centers are essentially Democrat strongholds. There is no point in Republicans or conservatives competing there because you’re simply not going to gain any votes or find any agreement on key policy points. This can be attributed to both economic and demographic factors. The low income urban communities are predominantly composed of minority voters and they stand with the Democrats in numbers which are too daunting to contemplate. The majority of the wealthy tend toward the limosene liberal crowd who can afford destructive taxes and have the leisure time available to dictate proper life choices to others no matter how they live their own lives. (Be sure to take a limo or a private jet to your next climate change conference.)
But is this changing? Joel Kotkin at Real Clear Politics looks at the numbers and finds that while urban population centers are still large, they are not growing in relation to the exurbs and rural areas, and they’re also not turning out to vote in the same numbers as they did in the heyday of the Democrats.
This urban economy has created many of the most unequal places in the country. At the top are the rich and super-affluent who have rediscovered the blessings of urbanity, followed by a large cadre of young and middle-aged professionals, many of them childless. Often ignored, except after sensationalized police shootings, is a vast impoverished class that has become ever-more concentrated in particular neighborhoods. During the first decade of the current millennium, neighborhoods with entrenchedurban poverty actually grew, increasing in numbers from 1,100 to 3,100. In population, they grew from 2 million to 4 million.Some 80 percent of all population growth in American cities, since 2000, notes demographerWendell Cox, came from these poorer people, many of them recent immigrants.Such social imbalances are not, as is the favored term among the trendy, sustainable. We appear to be creating the conditions for a new wave of violent crime on a scale not seen since the early 1990s. Along with poverty,public disorderliness, gang activity, homelessness and homicides are on the rise in many American core cities, including Baltimore, Milwaukee, Los Angeles and New York. Racial tensions, particularly with the police, have worsened. So even as left-leaning politicians try to rein in police, recent IRS data in Chicago reveals, the middle class appears to once again be leaving for suburban and other locales.
When Democrats begin looking at these types of numbers in a serious fashion they must be asking a question which conservatives have been pondering for some time. Who has been running things in the cities for decades now? The Democrats. And how’s that working out for you? Crime rates in the cities have been – and remain – epic. You can try to blame vast social conflict on the police if you like, but the fact is that the police go where the crime is. The social infrastructure in so many large cities has simply collapsed and it’s all taken place on the watch of the liberal Democrats who rule the roost. They whip up their voters into a frenzy every election cycle, warning of the dangers of the Republicans who hold no power over their lives, but it is under their leadership that you saw the current mess develop.
On the upper end of the scale, particularly in places like New York City, there is a jarring contrast which is hard for the Democrat base to ignore. How do you talk about income inequality and the evils of the fat cats when it’s those same fat cats financing the election of the same Democrats over and over again? Isn’t there a bit of a disconnect there?
Looking at the numbers in that article I have have to wonder if Barack Obama – by virtue of being able to generate racial empathy – might be the last Democrat who will turn out large numbers of voters in the cities. What does Hillary have to offer them which is any different than the policies which have seen New York’s murder rate skyrocket once again and Baltimore going up in flames?
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
The City of Chicago has the dubious distinction of becoming the first jurisdiction to apply a sweeping tax to “cloud-based” services, ranging from streaming video to tax preparation.
Beginning Sept. 1, residents of the Windy City will be dunned a 9 percent levy on entertainment, online applications, and data processing services that depend on the computing, transmission, and storage capabilities of the Internet and World Wide Web.
It’s the result of a Chicago Department of Finance decision to extend the city’s Amusement Tax and Personal Property Lease Transaction Tax to Internet downloads. The application of the Amusement Tax means that Chicagoans will be paying 9 percent more for streamed video and music services, such as those from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and Spotify, whether the purchase is in the form of a monthly subscription or a one-off order. In doing so, Chicago joins the Alabama Department of Revenue, which wants to apply the state’s 1980s-era tax on videocassette rentals to streaming video.
But Chicago went one better with its new reading of the Lease Transaction Tax. This will now cover any paid cloud-based application that provides information or processing services, such as TurboTax’s web-based tax preparation application, as well as database search services such as Lexis-Nexis, Ancestry.com, and Realtor.com, just to name three.
The “cloud tax” represents yet another government money grab from Internet users. Sales taxes already are applied to nontangible digital purchases such as software, movies, music, and games that consumers then permanently store on their own media. Then there are the numerous taxes, surcharges, and fees states and cities heap on the broadband wireless phone and cable services that serve as Internet connections. On wireless service alone, these charges averaged 17 percent, according to a 2014 report from the Tax Foundation.
And it’s not stopping. Prince George’s County, Maryland, recently raised taxes on landline and wireless phone services as part of an overall local tax increase. Meanwhile, Congress is debating once again whether to create a legal framework that would let states collect sales tax from online retailers outside their borders.
It’s no surprise to see jurisdictions targeting cloud-based services. Enough consumers have turned to streaming for entertainment that it’s been dubbed the latest “game-changer” in tech circles. Even the Federal Communications Commission is trying to figure out a way to regulate it. In the past three years, the percentage of viewers watching live television has fallen from 89 percent to 80 percent, while Internet streaming has increased from 4 to 11 percent, according to research by Nielsen Co. and broadcasters. The same research found that over that same three-year period, per-week streaming grew from four hours and 13 minutes to four hours and 17 minutes in a growing market. No doubt governments covet these dollars.
Sadly, it seems that streaming services see taxation as inevitable, “Jurisdictions around the world, including the U.S., are trying to figure out ways to tax online services,” a Netflix representative told The Verge, an online site covering technology, entertainment and science.
Chicago consumers should not despair yet. The law firm Reed Smith LLP, quoted by CBS Chicago, believes the tax may violate the Federal Telecommunications Act and the Internet Tax Freedom Act, which, as one of the few consumer-friendly tax laws pertaining to the web, prohibits taxation of Internet access.
Legal questions aside, taxing the Internet is just bad policy. Tax a commodity and people will use less of it. Adding a tax to web-based applications means decreasing utility for users and increasing barriers to success for entrepreneurs who seek to build innovative cloud-based services. Lawmakers in states and communities all say they want to foster digital inclusion and stimulate a robust information-based economy. Rampant taxation is no way to do it.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
Police investigate after a double shooting and crash late Saturday in South Shore. | Network Video Productions
Chicago gun violence coverage
Friday, 3 p.m. — Man shot, critically wounded in West Englewood
Friday, 6:45 p.m. — Police: Boy, 17, shot to death in North Lawndale
Friday, 7:45 p.m. — Woman shot in Auburn Gresham
Friday, 11:10 p.m. — Boy, 14, shot in Humboldt Park
Saturday, 12:50 a.m. — Police: Man shot to death in Austin
Saturday, 2:10 a.m. — Man shot in Little Village
Saturday, 2:40 a.m. — Woman wounded in Auburn Gresham shooting
Saturday, 4:05 a.m. — Woman grazed in West Town shooting
Saturday, 5:15 a.m. — Man injured in Woodlawn shooting
Saturday, 7 a.m. — Man hurt in Ukrainian Village shooting
Saturday, 5 p.m. — Woman shot in Auburn Gresham
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. — Two shot in East Garfield Park
Saturday, 10:15 p.m. — Man injured in Greater Grand Crossing shooting
Saturday, 10:15 p.m. — 1 killed, 1 injured in South Side shooting
Saturday, 11:35 p.m. — 2 shot in SUV that crashes into South Shore bus stop
Saturday, 11:45 p.m. — Man shot in vacant lot in West Englewood
Sunday, 12:15 a.m. — Boy, 16, shot on South Side
Sunday, 12:35 a.m. — Man shot in Washington Park
Sunday, 1 a.m. — Man shot on Wicker Park sidewalk
Sunday, 2 a.m. — Two women shot in South Shore
Sunday, 2:35 a.m. — 2 killed, 1 hurt in Humboldt Park shooting
Sunday, 5 a.m. — Man shot in Back of the Yards
Sunday, 5:30 a.m. — Man in Little Village
Sunday, 9:13 a.m. — Police: Man, 18, fatally shot in South Chicago
Sunday, 2:20 p.m. — Man shot in Canaryville
Sunday, 3:40 p.m. — Man shot in Ashburn
Sunday, 5:45 p.m. — Man injured in Avalon Park shooting
Sunday, 6:05 p.m. — Man shot during Washington Heights robbery
Sunday, 7:45 p.m. — Police: Boy shot to death in Little Village
Sunday, 11:58 p.m. — Man shot in neck in Englewood
Monday, 12 a.m. — Man hurt in South Chicago drive-by
Monday, 12:20 a.m. — Man shot in back in South Chicago
Monday, 1:55 a.m. — Man seriously wounded in Heart of Chicago shooting
Monday, 2:35 a.m. — 19-year-old shot in Morgan Park
Monday, 3 a.m. — Man critically wounded in Kenwood shooting
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