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The [Monday] Papers

"Thirty-one people face misdemeanor charges after after a five-hour standoff with SWAT teams at an Edgewater apartment building over the weekend, according to police," the Tribune reports.

Chicago police had a five-hour standoff with 31 people?

This does not sound right at all.

Chicago = Baltimore
A century-long assault on blacks by local, state and federal policy makers, on The Beachwood Radio Hour #56.

Plus: Obama bin Lying; Eroding Checks & Balances; Enjoy Your Murder-Stained Nails; Prince's Vault; Illinois Supreme Court Upholds State Constitution; White DUI Privilege; White Frat Privilege; and Loyola Beats Lewis.

Oxy Poxy
"A U.S. judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed by the city of Chicago in federal court against four drugmakers accused of promoting painkiller addiction through deceptive marketing, though the case will continue against Oxycontin maker Purdue Pharma LP," Reuters reports.

"The companies dismissed from the lawsuit are Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Johnson & Johnson, Endo Health Solutions Inc and Actavis Plc. U.S. District Judge Jorge Alonso ruled that the city's allegations against the four companies were not specific enough.

"Chicago sued the five drugmakers last June, claiming that they overstated the benefit of so-called opioid painkillers for treating long-term pain while downplaying the risk of addiction and potentially fatal overdose. The lawsuit accused them of breaking city and state consumer protection laws."

Mail Call
"At 9 a.m. every morning, Dhruv Saxena arrived at the United States Post Office in Chicago's iconic Willis Tower, and stood at the entrance. The entrepreneur asked people who appeared to be small business owners if he could ship their packages," Internet Retailer reports.

"After two months I stopped standing outside the post office, and started driving to do direct pickups at company offices," Saxena says. "The number of 'Yeses' I got just started going up and up."

"In July 2014, those yeses inspired Saxena to start ShipBob, a delivery service for small-and medium-sized online businesses, including wholesalers, distributors and retailers, that picks up, packages and mails clients' items.

"Now, nine months since the company launched, ShipBob has earned nearly $1 million in revenue from its 200 online Chicago business customers, Saxena says. It's processed nearly 40,000 shipments. The company's success attracted a round of $1 million in seed funding led by investment firms SV Angels, Funders Club and WeFunder in late April."

Hyatt Housekeeping
"In the course of working with one housekeeper in particular at a hotel of ours here in Chicago, I asked her for some changes Hyatt could make that would enhance her life," Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian tells Forbes.

She told me, 'Every once in a while I need to stay home in the morning to take care of my grandchild, because my daughter works. I find this very difficult to do because of the way our scheduling process works.' I reported this back [to the leadership team]. I said, 'We've got to go back to the drawing board on this and figure out ways for people to easily flex when they need to.'

"Unbeknownst to me, at the same time that I had this experience, a colleague of ours was in another hotel here in Chicago. A similar question was raised by the housekeepers. My colleague's response was, 'Well, sounds to me like you all could maybe do a better job of figuring it out on your own. So, why don't you get together and figure out how you would prefer to have the scheduling work, and we'll provide you with the tools to help you do that, including the technology so that the system that can be accessed remotely rather than you having to be onsite.'" (The issue here is that if housekeeper finishes a shift on a Tuesday and leaves the hotel, her circumstances may change before her shift on Wednesday, so coming back to the hotel to reschedule isn't really workable.)

"So, we've started doing this and the response so far, from the local team, has been phenomenal. I'm very optimistic that we'll be able actually take this to scale so we can both allow people to really feel like they're more in control of their work lives and truly have it work commercially. Which I really think is the right way to do it: there's no reason that the housekeeping department can't self-schedule. They don't need a superimposed way to do that."

I'm sure there are a myriad of ways Hyatt is screwing its housekeepers, but if this anecdote is true, that's a small victory for workers.

The Midcentury Mood
From Oakdale Avenue to the Las Vegas Strip.

Grateful Drummer & City Indian
Chicago tales.

Think Of The Bus People!
Why Theo shouldn't give up on this season. In The Cub Factor.

Stirring The Drink
This team finally has a theme. In The White Sox Report.

SportsMonday: A Bulls Nugget
The center must hold.

A Look Back At Good Times . . .
. . . Upon Its Return As A Movie. Now with comment!

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: The Waterboys, Waxahatchee, Rocco Deluca, Jessie J, Ministry, Y&T, Quiet Riot, and The Buckinghams.

BeachBook
* 16-Year-Old Illinois Girl Earns Master's Degree.

* Chicago Woman Drops Federal Lawsuit Against Skinnygirl Cocktail.

* Chicago Bar Proud To Host Cavs Fans.

* Yahoo Sues Former Employee Over Alleged Leaks To Journalist.

* Must-Read Review: Cards Against Humanity.

* I Don't Think David Brooks Is Okay, You Guys.

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Posted on May 11, 2015


MUSIC - The Weekend In Chicago Rock.
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BOOKS - Chicago History Museum Card Catalog Going Digital.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Chicagoetry: War Of The Rainbows.


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