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The [Thursday] Papers

Let's take a day off the campaign trail to see what else is going on around here. In no particular order:

1. Frack Hack.

"Republican state lawmakers from Illinois pushed back Tuesday against a bill that would require more public disclosure from oil and gas drilling companies whenever they use hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking,' in their operations in the state," Capitol News Illinois reports.

"Their comments came during a hearing in the House Energy and Environment Committee. It is considering House Bill 282, dubbed a 'fracking transparency bill,' sponsored by Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, and supported by environmental groups including Illinois People's Action and Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing Our Environment."

So the bill has the support of groups against fracking. But how does that make the underlying premise - transparency - objectionable? What are the frackers afraid of?

"Rep. Chris Miller, a Republican from Oakland, in eastern Illinois, argued that the bill, like its earlier predecessor, was intended only to turn public opinion against the oil and gas industry."

By telling the public the truth?

Chris Miller, you are Today's Worst Person in Illinois.

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Miller has an education degree, fer chrissake.

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Learn more about Miller, who used to live in Naperville and hates Chicago, here.

2. Mass (Shooting) Market.

"Insurance companies including Lloyd's of London, American Insurance Group, Hiscox and Beazley started offering 'active shooter' or 'active assailant' policies within the last five years. They generally cover liability, business interruption and property damage not covered by other policies, as well as expenses like counseling, public relations and funerals," Crain's reports.

Emphasis mine.

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"Insurance companies suffer minimal losses on active shooter policies. Kochenburger and George Mocsary, a professor at Southern Illinois University's law school, estimate that less than 10 percent of premiums go to pay claims. In contrast, insurers paid 52 percent of commercial general liability premiums toward claims in 2017 and 59 percent for commercial property and casualty.

"Still, there's substantial potential benefit to companies, Mocsary says, given how gut-wrenching shootings are and how likely they are to be followed by litigation. It's a matter of appropriately pricing a product when the odds are like being struck by lightning.

"'If someone charged you six, five, even four figures for lightning insurance, you'd laugh,' he says."

3. That's Chicago-Based Boeing, A Company Woefully Undercovered In Its "Hometown."

"Boeing executives sat down last November with pilots at the Allied Pilots Association's low-slung brick headquarters in Fort Worth," the Washington Post reports.

"Tensions were running high. One of Boeing's new jets - hailed by the company as an even more reliable version of Boeing's stalwart 737 - had crashed into the ocean off Indonesia shortly after takeoff, killing all 189 people on board the flight operated by Lion Air.

"After the crash, Boeing issued a bulletin disclosing that this line of planes, known as the 737 Max 8, was equipped with a new type of software as part of the plane's automated functions. Some pilots were furious that they were not told about the new software when the plane was unveiled."

Wait - the company didn't tell its own pilots about the new software? I'd love to be a plaintiffs lawyer today.

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"Boeing had trumpeted the new plane as offering a 'seamless' transition from previous models, a changeover that would not require carriers to invest in extensive retraining."

Emphasis mine.

4. Heartland Rocked.

"Eight months after its shelters for immigrant children came under public scrutiny over allegations of abuse and lax supervision, Heartland Human Care Services says it will close four shelters in suburban Chicago and add staff, training and other resources at its remaining five facilities," ProPublica Illinois reports.

"Heartland officials told ProPublica Illinois they plan to move children out of its four shelters in Des Plaines between now and the end of May. Altogether, the Des Plaines shelters can house as many as 116 children and teens; the change will cut Heartland's total capacity under state rules a little more than 20 percent, from 512 to 396."

Like so many others, the Heartland got caught in Trump's wake - and then compounded its problems with awful mistakes of its own.

5. Fighting Word.

"Law professor Geoffrey Stone had been saying a racial epithet in his First Amendment class for over 40 years to explain the 'fighting words' doctrine. After a spontaneous and emotional conversation with several Black Law students in the Law School's main lounge last week, he has decided to stop," the Chicago Maroon reports.

"Following heated discussions about a recent op-ed sharply critical of Stone's use of the slur, several members of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) decided to demonstrate in the main lounge last Wednesday. In addition to protesting Stone's use of the racial epithet, BLSA members wanted to share their frustration after years of trying to push forward various diversity initiatives through the Law School administration."

Emphasis mine - and go read the rest of this piece, it's pretty damn interesting. I'll wait.

6. The Competition Is Tough, But The Ricketts Are A Contender For Worst Family Not Named Trump.

"Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts said he was 'shocked and horrified' after leaked chat logs revealed that a man he employed pushed white nationalist ideology and violence," HuffPost reports.

"I haven't seen language like that since my dad's e-mails were leaked," I imagine Ricketts said.

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"Bennett Bressman, 22, was the statewide field director for the billionaire governor's successful re-election campaign in December. Bressman is also a prominent poster on white nationalist Nicholas J. Fuentes' Discord server, under the moniker bress222, according to Anti-Fascist Action Nebraska, which published the revelation on Sunday.

"After searching some 3,000 comments Bressman made, anti-fascist activists and news organizations like Talking Points Memo uncovered his regular use of the N-word, sexism, anti-Semitism, an admission that his 'whole political ideology revolves around harming journalists,' and fantasies about running over black people with his car.

Emphasis mine.

7. Sweet.

"Speen admired the unimpeachable quality that went with transportation workers in Chicago and the suburbs," Robert Tindall - the brother of our very own J.J. - writes in a piece picked up by Harper's.

"The idea of men and women who worked the trains was a good one and they knew the secrets of life."

8. High Taxes Be Damned, The Rich Keep Moving To California.

Take me with you, please.

9. "Tornado Watch Issued For Chicago Area."

Where? I'd like to see it.

10. Lincoln Towing Barely Avoids A Runoff.

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New on the Beachwood . . .

I Called 911 About A Stray Muffler On The Ohio Street Off-Ramp. It Was . . . Weird?
Rattle, rattle, thunder, clatter, boom boom boom.

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TrackNotes: Diagnosing Death
"In the corporate sense, Santa Anita has put on a performance that would bring tears of joy to a damage control specialist," writes our very own Tom Chambers.

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ICE Targeting Immigrants Based On Automatic License Plate Reader Data Supplied By Illinois Police Departments
ACLU puts Lombard, Burr Ridge, Downers Grove and Mundelein on blast.

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ChicagoReddit

Is it a bad idea to drive downtown this Saturday? from r/chicago

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

GlobalGirl Media - Chicago.

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BeachBook

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Everything You Thought You Knew About Tetanus Is Wrong.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

Public Regularly Denied Access To Police Video.

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The Beachwood McRibTipLine: Hang tough.



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Posted on March 14, 2019


MUSIC - Lil Zay Osama.
TV - Use Satellite TV Spectrum Money For 5G.
POLITICS - Rudy's Friends In Ukraine.
SPORTS - Women Love Soccer.

BOOKS - Small Creatures Such As We.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Illinois Tully Monster Just Got Weirder.


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