The [Friday] Papers
"An extreme heat warning for the Chicago area had been set to expire at 6 p.m. Friday but now has been extended to 4 p.m. Saturday," the Tribune reports. "The weather service said the heat index - how it feels - could climb to 116 on Friday and will hover at 105 on Saturday."
Putting The Ill In The Illinois
"Illinois ranks 35th, according to the 2011 National Healthcare Quality Report by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services."
Own To Rent
Maybe it's all those foreclosed-upon homeowners flooding the market; after all, it's a trickle-down economy.
Triple J Triple Tired
The Week In Chicago Rock
"City officials decided not to renew a contract with American Traffic Systems Inc. for the city's seven red-light cameras, citing a lack of enforcement from Los Angeles County courts, time wasted by Pasadena police officers and questions about the cameras' effectiveness in improving traffic safety."
Look away, Chicago. City Hall certainly is.
"In the first year after the red-light cameras were installed, transportation officials noted a decline in collisions. But that may have been due to lengthening the time that lights remained yellow, said Bahman Janka, a Pasadena transportation administrator. Further studies found that the frequency of collisions at intersections with and without cameras were similar."
Perhaps this is the kind of information the Emanuel administration is hiding.
"The city of Los Angeles discontinued its red-light camera program after identifying enforcement and equipment problems."
But at least the city will take in some (of our) money, right?
"Additionally, the program - while never expected to bring in a lot of money - is running at a $4,487 deficit."
Indeed, Assistant State's Attorneys Krista Peterson and Jane Sack told jurors in closing arguments that the DNA obtained from the victim after the alleged incident in July 2010 was a match to Barrett's genetic profile and evidence that corroborated the victim's trial testimony.
As much as defense attorneys are often demonized for sometimes zealously advocating on behalf of gruesome clients, it is prosecutors who seem to pervert the cause of justice far too often.
In this case, Cleveland Barrett was convicted and spent more than a year in jail before he was set free. Several times a year we see stories of those who spend far more time in prison before their wrongful prosecutions are reversed. Can you imagine?
But the Cook County State's Attorney's Office is not apologizing.
"The office stood by Sack's statements in closing, with office spokeswoman Sally Daly saying they were 'proper and consistent with the evidence presented during trial. That is not only our position, but obviously the position of the trial judge as well, as he overruled objections made at the time.'"
That only makes the judge (not named in this article, quite unfortunately) equally to blame - if not more so. After all, the judge's job is to umpire between two sides often unrestrained by any sense of ethics.
"Barrett, 47, said he was just weeks from getting a degree as a chef when he was arrested and his life turned upside down. He said he still cannot believe that prosecutors used the DNA against him.
"The way they done me was really unfair," he told the Tribune. "That DNA didn't match me, and they knew it."
"The defendant, Nicholas Peregonow, who was a salesman for a company in Elgin, benefited by receiving increased commissions on his sales of truck wash soap to the Postal Service."
Maybe the postal service ought to hire him to figure out how they can increase their commissions.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Soapy.
Posted on July 6, 2012
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