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The [Friday] Papers

"A 15-year effort to build a school in Chicago's Dunning neighborhood is underway with an unusual complication: Construction workers are taking careful steps to avoid disturbing human remains that may lie beneath the soil," the Tribune reports.

"The $70 million school is to be built on the grounds of a former Cook County Poor House where an estimated 38,000 people were buried in unmarked graves. Among the dead are residents who were too poor to afford funeral costs, unclaimed bodies and patients from the county's insane asylum."

SoftTacoSupremacist wins the day with this presentation of the story on Reddit: "Future Haunted CPS School Being Built On Site Of Estimated 38,000 Unmarked Graves."

The commenters there do their duty, too.


About Dunning, via Wikipedia:

"The neighborhood is home to Wilbur Wright College, Mount Olive Cemetery, and the Eli's Cheesecake factory . . .

"Following the Civil War, Andrew Dunning purchased 120 acres just south of the county [poor farm and asylum] to start a nursery and lay the groundwork for a village. He set aside 40 acres for the settlement, but proximity to the insane hospital kept settlers away.

"Initially transportation links were poor. Although trains brought employees and commuters from the city, visitors had to walk two and a half miles from the depot to the county farm. After a single three-mile track was extended to the facilities in 1882, the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul 'crazy train' brought patients, supplies, and medicines. The county built a station, naming it for Dunning."


Metal Tears
"A few weeks ago, after almost 50 years in business, British heavy metal band Judas Priest lodged its highest chart debut ever when the group's 18th studio album, Firepower, entered the Billboard charts at No. 5," Allison Stewart writes for the Tribune.

"Just when you think there are no surprises left, here comes one that we couldn't have anticipated," said lead singer Rob Halford. "We're over the moon."

Halford has been with the band through most of that five-decade stretch, shepherding it through its '80s boom years (home to hit albums British Steel and Screaming For Vengeance), more tours than he can count, and the recent announcement by lead guitarist Glenn Tipton that he would no longer tour due to Parkinson's disease.

At the Newark, N.J., show the night before, Tipton made a surprise appearance. "It was so emotional, there were metal tears everywhere," says Halford, who says Tipton might appear at the band's upcoming local dates (at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond on Friday, and Grossinger Motors Arena in Bloomington on Sunday) if he feels up to it.


Metal tears are real, people.

metaltears.jpgAlan/flickr, CC BY-NC 2.0


From Stewart's interview of Halford:

"I love America dearly. What's really important is the common good and unity of the people of this country, and making sure that everybody gets a fair shake, and that to me doesn't appear to be the case right now. Teachers should not need to have to buy books for the kids, or pencils and pens. That's absurd, this is America. I think evenness and equality and a level playing field from any administration is an absolute responsibility."


New on the Beachwood today . . .

Shell Knew, Too
Documents bolster an investigative report published last year showing that Shell lobbied against climate legislation and invested billions in fossil fuels despite knowing the dangers of global warming.

One such document, a confidential 1988 report entitled "The Greenhouse Effect," outlines a comprehensive study of climate science and the projected impact of fossil fuels, and reveals that the company secretly had been commissioning such analyses since at least 1981.


The "Too" refers to the fact that Exxon has already been exposed as having learned years ago through their own climate science research that global warming was real and an existential threat.


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