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The [Tuesday] Papers

"Lisseth Perez did not graduate at the top of her class from Chicago's Hancock College Prep in 2015, but she worked hard to earn As and Bs. The grades, combined with an average ACT score, were good enough to get her into a half-dozen universities. But Perez had to turn down all those acceptances," Melissa Sanchez reports for Catalyst.

"Even with scholarships, she and her parents couldn't afford to pay for her education, let alone for room and board if she wanted to study outside of Chicago. And unlike most low-income students, Perez can't access federal or state financial aid or loans because she is undocumented."

Not so in "a half-dozen other states" that "allow undocumented students to tap into public financial aid."

Go read the rest, this is a really good - if infuriating - piece of work.

OEMCBS
"Chicago City Hall has refused to release its 'data dictionaries' to help explain the city's information about 911 calls and police responses, and the Chicago Justice Project has recently filed a lawsuit to compel the city to make the information public," the Cook County Record reports.

Why is this important? Because of this:

"[T]his information, through social science studies, could help decide how many police officers Chicago needs and in what areas they should be allocated. That's a question social science can answer," [CJP executive director Tracy] Siska told the Cook County Record. "You don't need politics to answer that; science can do it for you. And it's done regularly around the state of Illinois and the rest of the country.

"With all the problems we have in Chicago around hiring more officers or not, and crime and how many officers do we need - science can answer that. OEMC's preventing it."

Previously: What Should Drive Chicago's Police Staffing Debate? How About Facts.

My Favorite Writer
I nominated dlisted's Michael K for a Pulitzer the other day (in an e-mail to a friend). My nomination form:

1. "But really, bored with Taylor Swift? Impossible. What 30-something man wouldn't want to spend his Saturday night making friendship bracelets for the squad before cuddling (Over pajamas! And no up the shirt action, mister!) for 10 minutes?"

2. "I'm sure it's only a matter of time before Taylor Swift's latest ex-boyfriend taps on the mic and starts talking about what it was like to date America's Girlfriend. But until then, we'll have to settle for hearing about it from the previous title holder. Calvin Harris is on the cover of this month's issue of British GQ. GQ posted a couple of quotes from Calvin's interview online, and they clearly know the road to page views isn't paved with his thoughts on classy aftershave or whatever else they talk about in GQ. It's all about Taylor. 'Of course it is! It always is! chirped Taylor Swift as she scrolled through her Google alerts this morning."

3. "Calvin isn't wiping away any sad tears when he thinks about his relationship with the living candy necklace."

Corruption On A Curve
From an e-mail I sent to a friend the other day:

"It's like people who say HRC is corrupt. I'd say she's a little sleazy, but within the bounds we're used to in politics. I don't like it, but so be it. But Trump is the one who has an unusually vast record of corruption - and is an incredibly pathological liar, as has been documented going back decades. I think the HRC campaign has laid low until now to allow Trump to hang himself, but now sees they need to be more proactive. And, of course, home stretch. At the same time, Trump voters aren't going to be persuaded otherwise. I don't see the polls moving much, then. There is a small slice of undecideds, mostly Republicans who can't stomach Trump. So HRC has lined up all these Republican foreign policy and economic people to persuade them. Bernie's people are mostly voting HRC already, but for those who aren't, or are undecided, they're probably waiting to see if their votes will be necessary. That's my take, anyway."

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Also:

"Media just now getting onto the fact-checking Trump train . . . now it's the thing to do. But they'll feel they have to equalize, so they'll present false equivalencies with HRC."

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Not a new idea, and not original, but -

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From July:

"I don't like Hillary Clinton, despite the accusations thrown at me eight years ago when I repeatedly told the truth about Barack Obama based solely on the reporting (and local sources in a position to know) that was buried amid waves of mythology and narrative-building. In fact, I've come to loathe Hillary Clinton . . . "

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Debate Moderation
"Meanwhile, the moderator for the third debate, Chris Wallace of Fox News (motto: 'Sexual harassment free for six weeks!'), said that it's not his job to be a 'truth squad' if the candidates lie. So I propose that, at that debate, Hillary Clinton say that Trump fucked Wallace's wife."

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SPJ, Again: Transparency Worse Under Obama
"We have made multiple attempts to convey to the Obama administration that we believe transparency has, in fact, gotten worse the past eight years," SPJ president Paul Fletcher said.

"We were hoping we could point to this White House as a shining example of how it should be done. Unfortunately, we can't do that and will have to start over with the next administration."

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Our Ann Coulter
"We should invade their countries, kill their leaders, and convert them to soccer fans."

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BeachBook

Prince Buster, Trailblazer Of Ska, Dies At 78.

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On The Evolution Of Greta Van Susteren.

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About The Misuse Of Leonard Floyd.

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Feds Accuse Collector Of Faking Heisman Trophy In $10M Fraud.

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How The CIA's Darkest Torture Secrets Were Exposed - And Covered Up.

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Humanizing Beer's Bro Marketing.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Troncsmacked.



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Posted on September 13, 2016


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