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Category Archive for 'Life in the Big City'

Not surprised

Through the years, I’ve met and spoken to many people involved in working with the homeless. One of the things I was surprised to learn in those conversations is that there is a large cohort of hard-core homeless people who, while not necessarily mentally ill, simply want to stay on the streets. So it’s not […]

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Photo of quintonio legrier, 19, killed by police this morning. Photo was provided by his mother. @ABC7Chicago pic.twitter.com/5wzCuLHUXR — Laura Thoren (@LauraThoren) December 26, 2015 Or almost any big city. Because it’s so extremely rare for cops to suffer consequences for their actions: Chicago police accidentally killed a 55-year-old mother of five early Saturday when […]

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Christmas lights

One of the things I love about the city is how seriously people take the task of decorating their rowhouses for Christmas. Here’s a house on Belgrade Street:

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Comcast down

Three-car accident here yesterday that knocked out internet access and cable TV to wide areas. So I used my phone wifi to throw up some syndicated posts for today. Hopefully they’ll fix it soon. UPDATE: Started Working at midnight. Yay!

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has fired Chicago’s chief of police. Saying public confidence in the Police Department “has been shaken and eroded” in the wake of the Laquan McDonald controversy, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Tuesday that Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is out as the city’s top cop. The mayor said he and McCarthy began discussing the […]

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Too many desperate towns using this as a revenue stream, but I suppose they have to do something to make money: When a driver runs a red light and sees a flash, this is usually a result of a red light camera that goes off when a vehicle enters an intersection from the wrong direction […]

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My city in the fall

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Welcome home

Two newborn babies found dead in a neighborhood parking lot, and two zebras escaped from a circus that’s in town.

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So I was relaxing as best I could, but it was impossible to ignore the big news Friday night. Charlie Pierce said it best: It is long past time for the oligarchies of the Gulf states to stop paying protection to the men in the suicide belts. Their societies are stunted and parasitic. The main […]

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I have a close friend who works on marijuana legislation, and it’s an amazingly complex legal field. So this story about D.C. is just one facet: Since it became legal to possess and even cultivate small amounts of recreational marijuana in Washington, D.C., lawmakers and law enforcement officials alike have been forced to reconsider the […]

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