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  • Chicago Tops Orkin Top 50 "Rattiest Cities List" for Third Time

    10/16/2017 2:19:11 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 22 replies
    Orkin.com ^ | October 16, 2017
    Fall temperatures are on the way and so are the rodents. Orkin released its Top 50 Rattiest Cities list today. For the third consecutive ranking, Chicago takes the top spot. The metro regions are ranked by the number of rodent treatments the company performed from September 15th, 2016 – September 15th, 2017. This ranking includes both residential and commercial treatments. 1. Chicago 2. New York 3. Los Angeles (+1) 4. San Francisco – Oakland (+1) 5. Washington, DC (-2) 6. Philadelphia (+1) 7. Detroit (+2) 8. Baltimore (-2) 9. Seattle – Tacoma 10. Dallas – Ft. Worth (+4) 11. Denver...
  • 23 shot, 9 fatally, over the weekend in Chicago

    10/16/2017 4:16:04 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 33 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/15/2017 | Madeline Buckley
    Among the 23 shot in Chicago over the weekend: a 64-year-old teacher, a young mother and a 15-year-old boy. The nearly two dozen shootings from Friday afternoon to Monday morning included nine people who were killed, two of whom were teenagers. An unintended target of a drive-by in Rogers Park, Cynthia Trevillion was killed by a stray bullet Friday night while she waited for a train at the CTA Morse stop. She was a teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School in Rogers Park. Simone D. McKay, a 26-year-old mother of two, was fatally shot in front of her Rosemoor home...
  • Judge in Chicago refuses to alter ruling on sanctuary cities

    10/13/2017 3:29:48 PM PDT · by iowamark · 34 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/13/2017 | Jason Meisner
    A federal judge in Chicago on Friday refused to alter his previous ruling barring Attorney General Jeff Sessions from requiring sanctuary cities nationwide to cooperate with immigration agents in exchange for receiving public safety grant money. In granting the preliminary injunction last month, U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber said Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration could suffer “irreparable harm” in its relationship with the immigrant community if it were to comply with the U.S. Department of Justice’s new rules. The judge also said the attorney general overstepped his authority by imposing the special conditions, agreeing with the city’s argument that it was...
  • Charter Schools Help NYC

    10/13/2017 7:52:17 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 4 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 13, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    The evidence piles up that in our largest city, charter schools can help the poor, even while the city's traditional public schools continue to pile up an abysmal record. Stanford University’s Center for Research on Education Outcomes found that in New York City public schools: • "The new results for charter students represent an increase of 22 days of learning in reading compared to their results four years ago. Results for math have remained the same. • "For Black and Hispanic students, the analysis indicates a significant academic advantage from charter school enrollment. • "Hispanic charter school students perform at...
  • It's a New York thing! SNL creator Michaels: show gave Weinstein a pass because he's from his city..

    10/09/2017 4:21:18 AM PDT · by drpix · 34 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | 10/8/17 | Emily Crane and Chris Spargo
    ...(But so is Trump) • Lorne Michaels was filmed leaving SNL's after-party in New York at about 4am • When he was asked why the show avoided the Weinstein controversy, he smiled and responded: 'It's a New York thing' • An audience member has since revealed the cast did try out a Weinstein joke during a dress rehearsal but it was cut before it went to air • The joke apparently got a big reaction from the audience • SNL regularly pokes fun of President Donald Trump who hails from New York
  • Detroit Firefighter Fired for Bringing ‘Racially Insensitive’ Watermelon to Work

    10/08/2017 7:14:13 PM PDT · by Lera · 65 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8 Oct 2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    A Detroit firefighter was fired before he officially began his first day on the job for bringing a watermelon to work. Robert Pattison, 41, introduced himself to his fellow firefighters at Engine 55 at the corner of Joy and Southfield in Detroit by bringing a welcome gift, WJBK reported. Second Battalion Chief Shawn McCarty calls this welcome gift “a tradition” for Engine 55’s firefighters. “It’s not mandatory, it’s voluntary,” he said. “You come in bearing gifts. The usual gift is doughnuts, but you are allowed to bring whatever you want to bring in.” Pattison, who was a probationary firefighter, decided...
  • Bill de Blasio Booed At NYC Columbus Day Parade

    10/09/2017 11:59:09 AM PDT · by Hadean · 30 replies
    Patch.com ^ | Oct. 09, 2017 | Noah Manskar
    The rain-soaked crowd demanded that the city's statue of Christopher Columbus stay put. MIDTOWN MANHATTAN, NY — It rained on Bill de Blasio's parade Monday — in more ways than one. Crowds along Fifth Avenue showered the mayor with boos during the rain-soaked Columbus Day parade, demanding that the city not touch the landmark statue of the holiday's namesake at Columbus Circle. De Blasio, a Democrat, has offered repeated assurances that the statue isn't going anywhere for now. A commission he appointed is reviewing the monument and others around the city that could be removed because they're symbols of oppression....
  • In Chicago, a Las Vegas Every Month

    10/09/2017 6:44:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    American Thinker.com ^ | October 9, 2017 | Daniel John Sobieski
    There were 59 murders in Chicago in September, the city where black lives don’t seem to matter to liberals and gun control zealots. The horrible death toll in the Las Vegas massacre is just a normal month in the gun control and murder capital of America. The Democratic caucus in Congress that seizes on Las Vegas as another crisis too terrible to waste in their pursuit of gun control says nothing about the Chicago carnage, for which nary an NFL millionaire takes a knee while whining about social justice: The murder toll in Las Vegas on Sunday makes it the...
  • Why L.A. is right to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day

    10/09/2017 6:11:26 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 67 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 9, 2017 | Steven W. Hackel
    After much debate, both the Los Angeles City Council and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors recently voted to replace the Columbus Day holiday with Indigenous Peoples Day, beginning no later than 2019. Although to many this change will seem long overdue, others wonder why our elected officials have ventured into this political thicket.
  • ICE: Sanctuary Law Will Lead To Arrests In Neighborhoods, Workplaces

    10/06/2017 4:46:32 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 25 replies
    ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan says in addition to conducting arrests “in local neighborhoods and worksites in California”, his agency will also likely have to place immigrants arrested in California in out-of-state detention centers. “ICE will have no choice but to conduct at-large arrests in local neighborhoods and at worksites, which will inevitably result in additional collateral arrests, instead of focusing on arrests at jails and prisons where transfers are safer for ICE officers and the community,” Homan said in a statement.
  • Austin replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

    10/06/2017 6:25:18 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Community Impact ^ | 10/6/17 | Christopher Neely
    Austin will no longer officially recognize Columbus Day after Austin City Council voted Thursday to replace the holiday with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.Although Thursday’s vote will have no direct effect on the federal holiday—which celebrates Italian explorer Christopher Columbus’s arrival to the lands of the western hemisphere every second Monday of October—Austin city calendars will now read “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”The change drew much debate amongst council members, some of who felt the holiday should simultaneously celebrate Christopher Columbus and the indigenous people of America. However, after a few amendments proposing synonymity failed, the resolution to replace the holiday passed 9-1-1,...
  • Overtime costs approach $4M for St. Louis officers

    10/05/2017 9:51:04 AM PDT · by fungoking · 4 replies
    KMOV Channel 4 ^ | 10/4/17 | Stephanie Baumer
    The amount of overtime pay for St. Louis city and county police officers has added up to nearly $4 million in the weeks following the not guilty verdict against Jason Stockley. St. Louis County Police said the cost of staff overtime since the protests began is nearing $1 million. City police estimate $2.9 million has been spent as of September 25. St. Louis County officers were put on 12-hour shifts when the not guilty verdict in the Jason Stockley case was announced. News 4 has also reached out to St. Louis City officials to find out their current overtime cost. 
  • Pension costs ‘crowding out’ spending on parks, schools and social services, report says

    10/04/2017 4:14:30 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 26 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 04, 2017 | Adam Ashton
    California governments likely will make do with fewer teachers, parks employees and other public workers while they struggle to absorb fast-rising pension costs in the next few years, a former state lawmaker argues in a study released this week through Stanford University. Former Democratic Assemblyman Joe Nation projects that many cities, counties and school districts will double their spending on pensions by 2030, “crowding out” their ability to fund public services.
  • Cops backing off busts in South Bronx to avoid lawsuits

    10/02/2017 3:35:38 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 42 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 1, 2017 | Shawn Cohen and Bruce Golding
    Cops in some crime-ridden South Bronx neighborhoods have all but abandoned aggressive or intuitive policing — to avoid getting sued or otherwise derailing their careers, officers admitted to The Post. It also comes against the backdrop of a nationwide outcry against aggressive policing. Scores of NFL players have being kneeling during the national anthem at games to protest police brutality. Several precinct patrol officers recalled incidents in which they didn’t bust suspected drug dealers who were taunting them while recording with cellphone cameras. In one case, a cop said, neighbors were “leaning out their windows, shouting at us to go...
  • Latest academic tests underscore California's education crisis

    10/01/2017 3:00:03 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 69 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 01, 2017 | Dan Walters
    California has spent tens of billions of extra dollars on its K-12 school system in recent years on promises that its abysmal levels of academic achievement – especially those of disadvantaged children – would be improved. And what have those massive expenditures – a 50 percent increase in per-pupil spending – and a massive reworking of school curricula accomplished? Fewer than half of California’s children are meeting English standards and fewer than 38 percent are making the grade in math. Not much, the latest results from annual testing indicate.
  • Walter Williams: Democrats Destroyed the Black Family and Only They Benefit from It

    09/26/2017 11:56:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | September 26, 2017 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: This will be a great opportunity to delve into the Walter Williams column that I referred to earlier. It’s got nothing to do with the NFL. I mean, that’s not why he wrote it. It comes from way back on September 20th, about a week ago, and the title of his column… Where did this run? The link is so tiny, I can’t read it. It looks like the Daily Signal. “The Black Family Is Struggling, and It’s Not Because of Slavery.” Now, Walter Williams is a former guest host here. He’s brilliant guy, very conservative individual. Let me...
  • Detroit regains its crown as most violent large city in America, overtaking St Louis

    09/26/2017 12:09:41 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 47 replies
    FULL TITLE.... Detroit regains its crown as most violent large city in America, overtaking St Louis, according to new FBI data Detroit was America’s most violent big city in 2016, according to the latest government data released on Monday  The Motor City experienced more murders last year than Los Angeles even though the latter’s population is four times that of the formerDetroit police, however, say that the FBI's data is flawed and that the city actually experienced a decrease in violent crime Among the most violent cities, Detroit is followed in order by St. Louis; Memphis; Baltimore; and Wilmington, Delaware  The...
  • Some Baltimore teachers finally wise up and take firearms training

    09/24/2017 9:31:13 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 9/23/2017 | Jazz Shaw
    Virtually all of the teachers only spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity. One reason for that is that Maryland has a law prohibiting anyone (including staff) from bringing a firearm onto school property. At least one teacher admitted that she already does it anyway, keeping a 9 mm. with her at her desk. From the sound of the support that this training program is drawing, she’s not alone.
  • A’s Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel for anthem

    09/23/2017 6:53:58 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 49 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 23, 2017 | Susan Slusser
    A’s rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell, who earlier in the day profanely bashed President Donald Trump on Instagram, became the first major-league player to kneel during the National Anthem on Saturday before Oakland’s game at the Coliseum. The product of a military family, Maxwell placed his hand on his heart and faced the flag during the anthem while taking a knee before the game against Texas. Teammate Mark Canha placed his hand on Maxwell’s shoulder.
  • St. Louis Protests Could Cost The City A Chance At Amazon’s Second Headquarters, Thousands Of Jobs

    09/23/2017 8:19:35 AM PDT · by kevcol · 42 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | September 23, 2017 | Eric Lieberman
    Recent protests in St. Louis may repel Amazon as it mulls over its metropolitan options for its second headquarter’s location. ... “There is no good timing for something like this and it will have an impact,” said Didi Caldwell, founding principal with Global Location Strategies, which helps companies choose locations for new businesses and expansion, according to a Reuters report published Saturday.