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It's not that the dollar amount was necessarily wrong for Ward, it's that I wouldn't have signed him in the first place. There were other netminders who were cheaper who might have been a better fit, either as a short-term replacement for Crawford or as a backup. It was always intriguing that Ward said he came to Chicago for a chance at the playoffs when the Hawks missed the party last year and didn't get better last summer.
          Election 2019: Tom Vaclavek, Community High School District 155 board      Cache   Translate Page      
Name: Tom Vaclavek

Age: 44

Town: Cary

Office sought: School District 155 Board

Occupation: Attorney

Education: BS Media Arts – Univ. of Arizona 1996, JD – Chicago Kent College of Law 2000

Elected offices held: None

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1. What is your largest priority for District 155 if elected?

My top priority is to make sure every student in District 155 has the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential. My second biggest priority to be a good financial steward of the public’s tax dollars. There is no getting around that we have a property tax issue in McHenry County which is exacerbated by the state’s fiscal mismanagement. I pay property taxes on my home and business, so I share in this frustration, but I also strongly believe that great schools and fiscal responsibility do not have to be mutually exclusive. This District and our community have a lot to be proud of, but we face some challenges and I believe my years as a small business owner give me the skills needed to make a difference in the community I call home.

2. What changes should District 155 make in the future?

Education is changing. The needs of the market are changing as well. It is critical that D155 continue to provide workforce development opportunities for our students. Partnering with community stakeholders will provide those opportunities and will allow our community to remain relevant, healthy and attractive to families and businesses alike.

3. What are your thoughts on how District 155 has adjusted to enrollment changes?

It would appear the district has adjusted to enrollment changes by decreasing teaching staff in accordance with declining enrollment. The district also has one of the lower costs per student ratios for schools providing similar levels of excellent education so that is something we should be proud of. My time as an attorney and owning my own business has taught me that you must continue to evolve in order to succeed. But we also must remember that these are kids; not widgets. We cannot and should not over-correct and the board is tasked with making policy decisions that will last long after any of us are gone. If we can do more, I will certainly be open to that and will approach all opportunities with an independent measure like I do for my business and clients.

4. What direction do you believe that District 155 should head in the future with its property tax levy if enrollment projections hold?

The board needs to make sure it is doing everything it can to not over-burden the tax-payers while continuing to provide the education this community expects and deserves. Keeping a flat levy and/or decreasing the tax burden on the community is something we need to strive for. Continuing to innovate is important but so is making sure that we do so in a way that continues to allow our students to be prepared to succeed in whatever they choose to do when they graduate. I believe we can do that and still do everything we can to lower the burden placed on the taxpayers.

5. Do you believe that District 155 should consider closing one of its high school buildings in the future?

This is not an issue that should be taken lightly. Without more analysis, it is hard to say how the district should allocate its resources. I believe that we need to be fiscally responsible, but we need to be committed to looking at the short- and long-term consequences a decision of this magnitude would have on our students, the level of education the District provides and most importantly the community as a whole. It would be irresponsible for me to say one way or another without looking at more data.

6. How do you feel District 155 handled its recent teacher contract negotiation process? How do you feel about the resulting contract?

Since I was not a member of the board during the recent teacher contract negotiations, I do not feel that I am qualified to speak to the process. I understand that many in the community feel that government, as a whole, is not transparent. The board must continue, and build upon, its efforts to be more transparent so that the community has a sense of confidence that the direction of the board and the district is known to all. However, I was at the board meeting when the contract was passed and noted that the majority of the board felt it was fair and reasonable. It appears that the contract is within the normal range for teachers in the area as well. We must remember that great schools do not come without great educators, so we need to be sure that our teachers are being paid in line with what other teachers in the area are receiving so that they continue to produce results for our students.

7. How do you feel that District 155 has handled the disciplinary cases of teachers Matt Fralick, Rick Lima and Justin Hubly?

As an attorney, I understand that personnel matters are handled by the district confidentially. Determinations of wrong-doing are often met with difficulties based on due process requirements and privacy laws. I am confident that those responsible for the Human Resource oversight are doing their best on behalf of the students, the school and their employees. Since I am not involved in those discussions or privy to the details, I feel any further comment would be inappropriate.

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          Comment on Teacher shortage worsens by Anonymous      Cache   Translate Page      
Blue Dog Dem Grotesquely high teacher salary in Naperville? Maybe because the cost of living in or anywhere near Naperville is grotesquely high. Why can you earn more at the same type of job in Chicago than in Naperville? Applies to private industry as well.
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          Πώς το κανναβέλαιο θα μονοπωλήσει το ενδιαφέρον στην αγορά ομορφιάς μέσα στα επόμενα δέκα χρόνια      Cache   Translate Page      

Αν ρωτήσετε μια γυναίκα ποιο είναι το μυστικό της ομορφιάς της και εκείνη σας απαντήσει την κάνναβη, θα το πιστεύατε; Ίσως τελικά και ναι, αν φυσικά μάθετε πως πρόκειται για ένα φυτό που αποτελεί ένα μέσο θεραπείας και φροντίδας, γνωστό από την αρχαιότητα. Σήμερα το κανναβέλαιο, που προέρχεται από την κάνναβη, θεωρείται ένα μοναδικό δώρο για την κοσμετολογία και την ομορφιά, καθώς προσφέρει σημαντικά οφέλη στην επιδερμίδα.

Την επενδυτική αξία του κανναβέλαιου στην αγορά της ομορφιάς υπογράμμισε πρόσφατα και μία τραπεζίτης της Wall Street. «Το ενδιαφέρον των καταναλωτών για ευεξία και ομορφιά οδήγησε στη νομιμοποίηση της μαριχουάνας σε αρκετές χώρες κι αυτό είναι κάτι που κανείς δεν πρέπει να παραβλέπει», σημείωσε χαρακτηριστικά η Στέφανι Γουίσινκ.

Συμπλήρωσε δε ότι τα προϊόντα ομορφιάς που περιέχουν κανναβέλαιο σε μια δεκαετία θα παράγουν συνολικά 25 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια, αντιπροσωπεύοντας το 15% μιας αγοράς που αγγίζει τα 167 δισεκατομμύρια δολάρια.

Το έλαιο που παράγεται από την κάνναβη ήδη απολαμβάνει μεγάλη αναγνώριση, χάρη στα οφέλη που έχει για την υγεία και την ομορφιά. Είναι πλούσιο σε αντιοξειδωτικά και απαραίτητα για τον οργανισμό λιπαρά οξέα. Τα Ω-3, Ω-6 και Ω-9 λιπαρά οξέα που περιέχει, το καθιστούν πολύτιμο έλαιο, αφού βοηθά στη βελτίωση της οξυγόνωσης του δέρματος, ανακουφίζοντας αποτελεσματικά από τα συμπτώματα των εκζεμάτων, της ψωρίασης και του κνησμού. Παράλληλα, αποτελεί πλούσια πηγή βιταμινών A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, D, και E, ενώ είναι εμπλουτισμένο με μεταλλικά στοιχεία, όπως ασβέστιο, μαγνήσιο, σίδηρο, φώσφορο και κάλιο.

Λόγω των ιδιοτήτων αυτών,  οι έμποροι λιανικής πώλησης ήδη προωθούν προϊόντα με βάση το έλαιο αυτό, όπως μεταξύ άλλων τσάι, συμπληρώματα διατροφής και μπίρες με εναλλακτικές γεύσεις.

Την περασμένη χρονιά ο Καναδάς και η πολιτεία του Μίσιγκαν νομιμοποίησαν την ψυχαγωγική χρήση της μαριχουάνας και το αμερικανικό Κογκρέσο ψήφισε το νομοσχέδιο για την καλλιέργεια της.

Ο Τζόσουα Ζέιχνερ, δερματολόγος με έδρα τη Νέα Υόρκη εξηγεί: «Η κανναβιδιόλη δεσμεύεται σε ένα ειδικό σύνολο υποδοχέων στο δέρμα που είναι γνωστοί ως υποδοχείς TRPV-1, όπου μπορεί να βοηθήσει τα αισθήματα της θερμότητας, της φαγούρας και του πόνου. Αυτό εξηγεί γιατί έχει μια καταπραϋντική επίδραση στο δέρμα. Όπως τα άλλα φυσικά έλαια χρησιμοποιούνται στη φροντίδα του δέρματος, τα φυσικά λιπαρά οξέα και τα αντιοξειδωτικά που περιλαμβάνονται στο έλαιο της κάνναβης το καθιστούν μια καλή επιλογή για άτομα με ξηρό δέρμα και εκζέματα».

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Online congregation is anybody desperate for change? Is anybody desperate for answers? Is anybody desperate for God like never before? If you answer yes to any of those questions then my next question is would you run around in the church for your breakthrough? During today service at Sweet Holy Spirit Church on the southside of Chicago, Bishop Larry Trotter had his whole church family running for their breakthrough. Some were running for marriages, promotions, kids, husbands, wives, jobs, life, help,  finances and health.

          Around the Horn: Heyward's solid in RF, but Cubs still await big offense from him      Cache   Translate Page      
Right fielder Jason Heyward is entering the fourth season of his eight-year, $184 million contract, and the Chicago Cubs are still awaiting a productive offensive season from him.
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With Avisail Garcia now playing for Tampa Bay and Blake Rutherford still developing in the minor leagues, the Chicago White Sox are looking at several candidates to play right field this season.
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          Cal Koonce (#278)      Cache   Translate Page      
Cal Koonce pitched for the Cubs, Mets, and Red Sox from 1962 to 1971. He was a starter for his first few seasons, but by 1966 onward was almost exclusively a relief pitcher.

Koonce was signed by the Cubs in May 1961, and made his major-league debut with the Cubbies the following April. Cal started 30 games as a rookie in ’62 and at age 21 posted a 10-10 record, 2nd best on the team after veteran Bob Buhl’s 12 wins.

He had an off-year in 1963, spending most of June and July in the minors after his early-season work left him with an ERA over 6.00. Recalled in August, he finished up at 2-6.

Cal was back in the minors for most of 1964, only appearing in 6 games for the Cubs during a September call-up. It looks like he saved his career that month: winning 3 games, compiling an ERA of 2.03, and punching his ticket for a full 1965 season in Chicago!

In 1965 Koonce appeared in 38 games (23 starts) for the Cubs – his largest big-league workload to date, and his first full season in the majors since 1962.

Cal started the 1966 season with the Cubs, but with an ERA over 15.00 by the end of April, he earned a 6-week trip to the minors to get sorted out.  He returned in mid-August and appeared in 45 games that season, all but 5 in relief.

Koonce matched his 45 appearances again in 1967, but they were split between 2 teams. In August he was purchased by the Mets, and became the 4th player (also Bob Hendley, Rob Gardner, and John Stephenson) to have spent time with both the Cubs and Mets that season.

Cal pitched for the Mets until halfway through the 1970 season. Surprisingly, he did not play in the 1969 post-season, as the Mets only used 7 pitchers in the NLCS and World Series (starters Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Gary Gentry, and relievers Ron Taylor, Don Cardwell, Nolan Ryan, and Tug McGraw).

In mid-June 1970 he was sold to the Red Sox, where he worked as a reliever until he was released in August 1971.

After his playing career, he was the head baseball coach at Campbell University in North Carolina (his alma mater) for 7 seasons, then scouted for the Texas Rangers.

Koonce passed away in 1993 at age 52.
          Tom McCraw (#141)      Cache   Translate Page      
Here is Tom McCraw, during his last season before becoming the White Sox’ every-day 1st baseman.

Tom was signed by the White Sox in 1960 and played in the minors for 3 ½ seasons before making his major-league debut in June 1963.

In his first 4 seasons, he platooned at 1st base (initially with Joe Cunningham, then Moose Skowron) while also getting in some games in the outfield.

During the first few weeks of the 1967 season, Skowron was traded to the Angels, so McCraw was the every-day first-sacker for the next 2 seasons, starting over 110 games there each season, and a few dozen more in the outfield.

After a few seasons, Gail Hopkins and then Carlos May took over that spot, so McCraw was traded to the Senators in early-1971 for outfielder Ed Stroud (who had begun his career with the Sox a few years earlier).  On September 30th, he made the final out in the Washington Senators’ franchise final game.

McCraw played for 13 years, the first 8 with Chicago. After that, he bounced around frequently. Following only 1 season in Washington, he moved on to the Indians (1972), Angels (1973-74), and back to the Indians (July ’74).

Tom played his last game on 6/24/75, and was released a week later, ending his career.

After his playing days, he spent 23 seasons as a batting coach for the Indians, Giants, Orioles, Astros, Mets, Expos, and Nationals.
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Mary Borden was born in 1886 with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth: Her father, a prominent Chicago lawyer, had struck it rich as one of the lead investors in a fabulously successful silver-mining venture in Colorado. After graduating from Vassar College in 1907, Borden embarked on a chaperoned trip around the world and …
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  • Expiration or "sell by" dates on food products aren't a reliable means of telling whether a food is safe to eat.
  • Expiration dates merely indicate when a food will reach its limits for something called "optimal quality."
  • There are better tricks you should know to tell if food has gone bad, like eggs that float and changes in texture.

Expiration dates are a scam.

The "sell by" dates on food products aren't a reliable means of telling whether a food is safe to eat, according to the National Resource Defense Council.

Instead, expiration dates merely indicate when a food will reach its limits for something called "optimal quality," which is based only on a rough estimate.

Fortunately, determining whether a food has gone bad is fairly straightforward and requires just a small amount of know-how.

Read on to find out if you should eat it or toss it. 

SEE ALSO: Here's what a standard serving size of each of your favorite foods looks like

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Bread: It's moldy — even if the mold is just on one piece.

If you spot mold on one slice of bread, it's not safe to eat another slice — even if there's no visible mold on the rest of the loaf. Toss it.

Because bread is porous, mold can spread easily throughout the loaf, so while a piece might look safe to eat, it could contain tiny mold spores.

If a bread has become hard and dry but has no mold, it can probably still be used as bread crumbs or croutons, since mold needs moisture to grow.

Eggs: They float.

If an egg is bad, it floats in fresh, cold water. If an egg is good, it sinks.

You may have dismissed this tip as nonsense, but there's some solid science behind it, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

While egg shells seem solid, they're actually slightly porous. As an egg ages, a sac of air begins to form inside around the inside of the shell. The older it is, the more air becomes trapped inside. Once so much air is inside the egg that it floats, chances are it's gone bad. (Of course, an old egg can still be OK to eat, but better safe than sorry!) Fresh eggs, on the other hand, will sink to the bottom of a bowl of water.

Fresh fruit: Its texture has changed.

If your fruit has become mushy or grainy, it's probably a sign that you shouldn't eat it, according to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Other warning signs that a fruit has gone bad include extreme discoloring, foul odors, or wrinkly skin that's peeling away.

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Winsor McCay's
Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)
Turns 100!

Gertie peeks out.
The world’s oldest animated dinosaur, Gertie, turned 100 this year.  Gertie made her world debut in February 1914, with the animated dinosaur appearing to interact with her live creator, the brilliant artist Winsor McCay (1869-1934), on a vaudeville stage in Chicago.  Last month, I celebrated this important early cinema anniversary at a Museum of Modern Art film event hosted by John Canemaker (who led the audience in a “Happy Birthday” sing-along!) but I didn’t celebrate here on my blog, where I had really hoped to find the time to compose a multi-part blog series.

Someday I may still get to it, but in the meantime, here are my notes on subjects and questions that might reward future development:

        Pay tribute to a hundred years’ worth of changes to the exterior of the American Museum of Natural History (contrast today’s museum with a screen capture from 1914?).
        Illuminate those dark interiors of the American Museum of Natural History to better expose the museum!  (Poor McCay was hampered by a refusal from the museum staff to allow appropriate film lighting.)
        Compare/contrast:  From McCay’s personality animation of a mosquito in How a Mosquito Operates (1912) to the full-blown personality animation of Gertie.
On command, Gertie lifts her foot,
complete with animated shadow.
        What it would have been like to first-hand witness McCay’s vaudeville act with its lightning sketches?  And what would it have been like to have been in one of the first audiences for Gertie the Dinosaur, with McCay snapping his whip???
        Speculate on the vaudeville musical accompaniment that would have added a third component to the multimedia production (film, live performance, and live music).
        Explore Gertie’s use of the screen as an extension of the vaudeville stage, with great depth of field (a lake extending into the distance).
        What kind of a dinosaur is Gertie? This question would naturally lead to an exploration of turn-of-the-century dinosaur representation.
        What kind of a sea serpent is in the water? This question would naturally lead to an exploration of turn-of-the-century sea serpent representation.
        Gertie as a toddler.  Gertie with a diagnosis of ADHD.
        Gertie as a puppy.
        Gertie’s size, and the question of whether Gertie is treated to a pumpkin or an apple.
        The bizarre anatomy of the four-winged pterosaur.
        And Gertie’s eloquent tail—a charming example of McCay’s masterful ability to capture personality in subtle comic details.

Gertie's very eloquent tail.

The eastern United States is like medieval Europe.

As of 2010, the population center of the United States is somewhere in the middle of Missouri. It’s been moving westward, needless to say, but also south over time. This mostly jives with this map: The United States east of the Kansas-Missouri line is a dynamic hodgepodge of small, densely populated city-states. The economies and cultures of places like New York and Philadelphia, Charlotte and Greensboro, and Fort Wayne and South Bend will likely always be intimately intermingled. West of this line, excluding California and Texas, the United States is largely underpopulated, with cities like Denver, Omaha, and Boise playing an outsized role — economically and culturally — in their respective regions.

My home state of Kentucky is shattered.

Let’s face it: Kentucky is incoherent as a cultural-political entity. The Louisville metropolitan area and the northern Kentucky suburbs of Cincinnati are essentially southern reaches of the Rust Belt. The state’s east and southeast have more in common with West Virginia, including a shared Appalachian heritage. Western and southwestern Kentucky feel much more conventionally Southern. All of this is largely captured by how the state is divided up. Not accidentally, the only purely Kentucky city-state produced — Lexington — captures most of what Kentucky is best known for: University of Kentucky basketball, the first Kentucky Fried Chicken, most of the major bourbon distilleries, the Daniel Boone National Forest, and the state’s famous Bluegrass horse farm region.

Maine and Minnesota are basically already city-states.

Only two city-states capture the entirety of a current U.S. state: Portland, which captures Maine and parts of New Hampshire, and Minneapolis-St. Paul, which captures Minnesota and parts of Wisconsin, South Dakota, and three-quarters of North Dakota. Portland barely made the cut; in an actual fragmentation scenario, I could see most of Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine falling under a Boston city-state. Minneapolis-St. Paul, however, makes sense. Its influence sweeps across the northern Midwest, as evidenced in films like Fargo. Some western metro areas in New Mexico and Utah nearly made the cut, but their southern regions were nipped by El Paso and Las Vegas, respectively.

Some states would disappear entirely.

A handful of states in this new map are completely covered by the city-states of their former neighboring states. Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Vermont would all basically be gone. Delaware and Rhode Island both have great cities — Wilmington and Providence — but both would be unambiguously absorbed by their monolithic neighbors — Philadelphia and Boston, respectively. The upper Mountain West as well as New Hampshire and Vermont simply lack large cities.

City-states of tomorrow may boom at any time.

As states like Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota continue to experience explosive population growth, they will inevitably give rise to their own great cities. For all we know, Billings, Fargo, and Sioux Falls could emerge as urban powerhouses in the 21st century, not unlike nearby Minneapolis, Denver, and Salt Lake City did in the 20th century.

An odd oversight in our federal system is that it’s basically impossible for states to split, join, or shift around their borders. Outside of a few weird cases — such as West Virginia — basically all new states have come from newly settled land. As new city-states emerge in places like the Mountain West, how would they be incorporated into this system? Would the arrangement be capped at 100 city-states? Alternatively, could states combine as their economies and development slowly blends, as could very well happen with small city-states like Lancaster, Toledo, and Fresno? It’s a fun thought experiment.

*  *  *

In a time when we aren’t often drawing up new borders for established countries like the U.S., it’s interesting to think “what if.” What might be the political implications of a system like this? At the outset, a system of city-states could help to achieve economies of scale in providing local services like libraries and parks, saving taxpayers money while improving service quality.

But they could also overcome some of the prisoner’s dilemma problems associated with policies like housing, schools, and subsidies. In our current system of municipal fragmentation, it’s easy for NIMBYs (“Not in My Back Yard” campaigns) to block the construction of new housing in prospering areas and keep low- and moderate-income students out of high-quality schools districts. A unified city-state could overcome some of these issues, taking the broader perspective and equitably distributing the burdens and benefits of growth.

A city-state restructuring could also have deep implications for national politics. One of the key takeaways of the 2016 presidential election is the mounting urban-rural political divide, with voters in cities and the countryside growing increasingly disconnected and antagonistic toward one another. (At the bottom of this piece is a map of how the city-states likely would have voted.) Insomuch as a city-state scenario would bundle Americans based on broadly similar economic, social, cultural backgrounds, it could encourage both sides to seriously contend with with the needs and preferences of their neighbors.

Of course, at this stage, it’s all speculation. How would you have drawn city-state boundaries differently? What do you think would be the political implications?

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Throughout this journey of motherhood, I've relied heavily upon my friends advice on which baby items to spend a little extra on and which ones it doesn't matter. So I thought I would pass on my list of favorites that have worked really well for our family over the past 9 months, especially now that Cole is getting more into the toddler phase.

1) Invest in a nice highchair. I originally purchased a wooden high chair that was supposed to grow with your child and be oh so useful... wrong. It was so difficult to get him in and out of and the fact that it was fabric meant I had to wash it FREQUENTLY. Because lets be honest, what baby doesn't get their crackers, food, and juice all over the place at least once a day? So needless to say, we quickly invested in a more logically high chair. The BEST decision! I wish I would have had this chair when he was only months old so that he could have sat at the table with us and reclined while we ate. Although it comes with a steep price tag, I HIGHLY recommend saving up for the Peg Perego Siesta. I can't even think of one complaint. Definitely a keeper!

Peg Perego Siesta

2) Baby Einstein Activity Jumper! This toy keeps Cole occupied in the mornings when he first wakes up. Now that he's mobile he's not interested in staying in one spot for very long, but it has been a life saver up until this point. He's played so long in his Einstein that he's literally crashed. Sweet baby!

3) Itzy Ritzy Grocery Cart Cover. I received this as a shower gift and am just now able to use it. I LOVE it. And so does Cole! It has places to attach a few toys so when I'm grocery shopping, he can still be playing; yet, I'm not in fear that his toys are getting thrown at the lady behind me or all over the floor.  It has padding which makes those hard carts more comfortable for your babe and you don't have to worry about what germs he may be picking up while you're in there. PLUS, it can be used on restaurant high chairs as well. Bonus! 

4) Summer Sharp Sight HD Baby Monitor. I originally thought I wanted a different monitor, but this monitor has exceeded my expectations. After having to send my original monitor in for a 6-8 week repair, I snatched this one up at my local BuyBuyBaby so that I could sleep knowing I could still monitor my babe from across the house. This monitor has spectacular imaging! During the daytime I would definitely categorize it as "HD." The night vision is not as detailed, but still much easier to see things than my original Levana monitor. I have yet to find something I don't like about this monitor. Definitely one I would recommend to someone who is looking.  

5) This was listed under my favorites list before, and I'll mention it again. I LOVE my stroller!!! Click here to read more about it. I love my stroller even more now after experiencing it through airports, big cities and small towns. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my stroller!

6) Beaba Baby Spoons! I received some of these as part of a gift, and they are by far Cole's favorite spoons. I'm not sure why he prefers them over others, but every time I use these to feed him he always eats more and is less irritated about the process. He also loves to chew on them after he finishes eating. I think the silicone shape feels good on his teething gums. Needless to say, we wash these spoons frequently. 

7) VonBon Feather Blanket. I have loved VonBon since the day Cole was born. They make great products, but I especially love their feather blankets. The extra thought and care that is put into their products is evident during the day to day use. Cole and I both love the feel, durability, and versatility of these blankets. They are the first ones I grab out of the drawer. I even used them when we were in Chicago as a changing pad when I had to change his diaper on the floor (Chicago is NOT baby friendly. I found ONE place that had changing tables. Thankfully I always carried these blankets with me so little guy didn't have to lay down on the dirty ground just to get a clean bum.) I wish they came in more colors and designs, but the black and grey feathers are perfect for any gender. So cute and practical. I also love how they are slightly oversized. Perfect for the baby/toddler transition.

8) Kickee Pants Jammies. Again, a staple in our home. Cole seems to get heat rashes easily and the Kickee Pant Jammies allow his skin to breathe enough that no rashes have ever occurred. They are so incredibly soft and their patterns are fun. We love Kickee Pants in this house! The perfect baby gift idea!

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Cole is 7 months old! How fast time is flying by. This month was especially CRAZY around our house. Cole had many "firsts" this month too. He attended his first football event on the turf with his Daddy. 

He was able to hang out with Uncle Jason for a few weeks before he moved to Mississippi. [If that face doesn't say it all... He LOVES his Uncle Jason]
Cole learned to crawl.... backwards. Still working on the forward progress. 

He listened to his Daddy sing and play guitar. 

Cole got his first cowboy hat and boots with his Papaw! Stud muffin. 
Cole rode his first airline flight! Yippee!! It was a breeze with this little man. He didn't cry or fuss a bit on any of the flights. He became a little traveler this month. We spent two weeks flying from city to city for back to back weddings. First, his cousin got married in downtown Chicago. So we stayed a few extra days to explore the city and relax a bit. 

He got his first life-size Mickey Mouse!!! Obviously, a big deal. I mean can you see that look on his face?! 

He rode his first marry-go-round while we were in Chicago.
And he slept through Pizza Date night with Mom and Dad. [We greatly appreciated your thoughtfulness, sweet son]
He slept through our family Italian dinner. Uncle Jason to the rescue! =)
He walked the Magnificent Mile!  
And giggled his way through downtown Chicago. He was so much fun and such a trooper! He was passed around a LOT... yet he smiled and went to anyone that snatched him up. [Which this momma was very grateful for lots of family around, as I was in the ER up until hours before our first flight took off with bursitis. NO fun!]
Up up and away! Off to Mississippi we go for Uncle Jason and Aunt Chelsea's wedding!!
Cole got his first piano lesson from his Aunt Chelsea's second momma, Mrs Tricia. Obviously, he loved, loved Mrs Tricia! [And for the record, she can play the piano better than ANYONE I've ever heard. Such a sweet heart she has as well. We loved being guests in her home for the evening.]
Cole and Daddy at Uncle Jason's rehearsal dinner. I personally am crazy about his Mickey Mouse bow tie and red suspenders. 
 Cole was an honorary ring bearer in his Uncle Jason and Aunt Chelsea's wedding. His little tux was precious. [Still waiting for wedding pictures to get back... once I do I'll upload more of the wedding]
And even after sleeping in hotel cribs for two weeks, he was still all smiles as we drove to New Orleans to fly back home. Oh sweet baby, never lose your positive outlook on life. You bring so much joy to everyone you meet. 
We love you, little Cole!!

7 Month Measurements

Height: [Sadly, I didn't get measurements this month.. whomp whomp] 
Eye Color: Blue/Green
Hair Color: Light Brown

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Federal prosecutors charged 50 people today in a nationwide college admissions bribery and cheating scam. This includes Felicity Huffman from "Desperate Housewives" and Aunt Becky from "Full House." That's probably the specific reason we care.

The suspects allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their kids into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC.

Those are some prestigious, elite institutions ... and USC. It's not that hard to get into USC. You just pay them.

In most cases, the students did not know their admission was contingent on a bribe.

Dumb, rich kids are probably arrogant enough to think they are New Haven material. You can't help but feel sorry for the ones who applied to USC. They probably thought their grades and test scores were decent enough for them to get in without their parents breaking federal law.

U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling called the case the "largest college admissions scandal" the Justice Department ever prosecuted. He seemed really proud of this, as if the case was a big dorado he just caught. How did the scam work? Prosecutors claim that rich parents paid a "for-profit college admissions program" (i.e. "bribery ring") to help their kids cheat on college entrance exams and pay off coaches.

LELLING: For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected.

This is also the sort of complex logic problem that the involved students probably needed a little "extra help" answering on their entrance exams.

You could appreciate when Forrest Gump's mother traded sexual favors so he could receive a decent education. The kid had limited options. But these parents are rich. It's a bummer to realize you're too stupid to go to college, but having a trust fund makes it sting less. Just bum around Europe and put "The world is my classroom" in your Twitter bio.

Yeah, that also seems kind of fraud-like.

Here's what we find especially annoying. Back in the day, normal non-WASPy kids were doing so well on entrance exams that elite institutions started prioritizing expensive, intentionally exclusive extra curricular activities to give rich snots who weren't already Bush Family "legacies" an edge. This scam used those activities as a path to admission even if the rich kids weren't actual participants. Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli bribed their daughter's way into USC as a crew coxswain. The kid didn't even row competitively but they're pretending she's steering the damn boat. When you're paying $500,000, you aim high. This also bolsters our own pet conspiracy theory that crew and lacrosse are not real activities.

Loughlin might do hard time be temporarily inconvenienced, and one of her spoiled brat daughters didn't even appreciate college. Last year, Olivia Jade whined about the challenge of balancing college with her well-developed lifestyle as an otherwise useless person. This is shaping up to be the sort of movie no one would cast Loughlin in because it's too good.

"I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend," [Jade] shared with her nearly 2 million [YouTube] subscribers, after explaining her extensive work schedule. "But I'm gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying…I don't really care about school, as you guys all know."

LOL. She's going to talk to all the deans and come to an arrangement on how much school she can fit into her burgeoning career of talking about herself on camera. Really, she's just there for the "experience" of puking in the sorority house bathroom. She doesn't have time for all the stuff with the books. She later apologized in another rambling YouTube video.

JADE: I said something super ignorant and stupid, basically. And it totally came across that I'm ungrateful for college — I'm going to a really nice school. I'm just gonna be successful at YouTube and not have to worry about school.

Good luck with that.

Huffman and her husband, fellow actor William H. Macy, faked a $15,000 "charitable contribution" so their eldest daughter could participate in the rigged entrance exam scheme. They almost double-dipped in duplicity for their younger daughter, but Huffman reportedly changed her mind or ran out of bribery money. Loughlin and Huffman were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud. That's a lot of fraud. It's unclear why Macy wasn't named in the indictment. Maybe he picked up a few tricks from working with David Mamet.

Federal agents had a "cooperating witness" who helped them record phone calls with the crooked parents. The witness also claims Macy was present and agreed to the scam when it was explained to them. The feds also obtained emails from Loughlin that incriminated her up, down, and sideways. We're not trying to help you commit fraud but just as a heads-up, don't use Gmail to communicate with your accomplices.

FBI agent Joseph R. Bonavolonta looked directly into the metaphorical camera and accused those involved of promoting a "culture of corruption and greed."

"You can't lie and cheat to get ahead because you will get caught," he warned.

Bonavolonta's statement sounds like the moralizing tag scenes at the end of He-Man episodes. This is terrible and all, but can we at least agree this isn't so awful a crime that streaming services have to pull "Desperate Housewives" from their rotation? And are Macy's films now compromised? We already lost Michael Jackson. This could be tough year.

[ABC News / NYTimes]

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In 2016, the Chicago Tribune published a photo of a woman giving a Nazi salute at a Trump rally. Twitter user @voxday wrongly identified the plaintiff as that woman. Shortly afterwards, actor James Woods, who then had 350,000 twitter users, tweeted the Nazi salute photograph along with a photo of plaintiff (Portia Boulger), saying “So called #Trump “Nazi” is a #BernieSanders agitator/operative?” Woods later deleted the tweet but did not, as requested by Boulger’s counsel, issue a formal retraction and apology. In the 11 days that the tweet was online, Boulger alleged she received hundreds of “obscene and threatening messages, including death threats.” She sued for defamation and invasion of privacy. The district court dismissed because at least some of readers of Woods’s Twitter account would view the tweet as a legitimate question. (Blog post on the district court ruling here: “Twitter Defamation Claim Defeated by a…
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A Truly Bizarre Musical Featuring Britney Spears Songs Is Coming To Broadway Morrissey is doing a Broadway residency, Magic Mike is getting a Broadway adaptation, and now, the music of Britney Spears will be featured in an upcoming jukebox musical that will premiere in Chicago before coming to Broadway. [ more › ]
          MEAN GIRLS, THE BAND'S VISIT, and More Head to Broadway In Boston      Cache   Translate Page      

Broadway In Boston, Boston's mainstage for Broadway, has unveiled the upcoming 2019-2020 Lexus Broadway Season during its annual announcement event at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Ten theatrical productions will take center stage at the Citizens Bank Opera House and the Emerson Colonial Theatre, an Ambassador Theatre Group venue, in the upcoming Season. Approximately 1000 people from around the city gathered for the annual celebration including Broadway In Boston's Season Ticket holders, group leaders, arts and business leaders, city officials, partners, sponsors and the Boston media. Highlights from the day included live performances from cast members of THE BAND'S VISIT, MEAN GIRLS, ANASTASIA and SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical.

Broadway In Boston is proud to be Boston's leading theatrical presenter and producer of Broadway since 1984 and celebrates the more than six million theatergoers who have experienced over 300 Broadway In Boston productions in many of the city's historic theatres including the Citizens Bank Opera House, Emerson Colonial Theatre and The Wilbur Theatre. Over on Warrenton Street, at the Charles Playhouse, a Broadway In Boston venue, Blue Man Group and Shear Madness continue their impressive, long-standing Boston residencies.

"Our commitment to present programming that excites and entertains continues in the 2019/2020 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season as 10 of the most highly anticipated Broadway productions come to our historic stages," said Tivon Marcus, Vice President of Broadway In Boston. "This year we will see productions straight from Broadway, Best Musical Tony Award winners, blockbusters and other titles that hit close to home. We can't wait for New England audiences to experience another Broadway Season as we celebrate our 35th anniversary."

The Citizens Bank Opera House will play host to seven of Broadway's biggest productions, direct from Broadway, in the upcoming Season, which will mark the 15th Anniversary of the restoration and reopening of the theatre. Fittingly so, Disney's THE LION KING, the inaugural production that welcomed New England audiences back to the Citizens Bank Opera House in 2004, will kick off the 2019-2020 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season. Coming to Boston this fall, COME FROM AWAY will take you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Kicking off the New Year is CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages and is now on tour across North America. It tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. We're making fetch happen in 2020! In MEAN GIRLS, Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Direct from Broadway, MEAN GIRLS is the hilarious hit musical from an award-winning creative team, including book writer Tina Fey ("30 Rock"), composer Jeff Richmond ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt"), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde) and director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon). Spend an evening in the company of unforgettable strangers at THE BAND'S VISIT-now one of the most celebrated musicals ever. It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together. Inspired by the beloved films, ANASTASIA is the dazzling show that transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Closing out the 2019-2020 Lexus Broadway In Boston Season is SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical, the story of Boston's own, Donna Summer. She was a girl from Boston with a voice from heaven, who shot through the stars from gospel choir to dance floor diva. But what the world didn't know was how Donna Summer risked it all to break through barriers, becoming the icon of an era and the inspiration for every music diva who followed.

L'Chaim! Over on Boylston Street, Broadway In Boston's long and storied history at the Emerson Colonial Theatre continues with the new production ofFIDDLER ON THE ROOF, the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love and laughter, introducing a new generation to the uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life! JERSEY BOYS is making its way back to Boston. It's the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard... and the radio just couldn't get enough. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story - a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. CHICAGO, now in its 23rd year, is set amidst the razzle dazzle decadence of the 1920s. It's the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on the side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.

Broadway In Boston is also pleased to announce that Lexus will continue as the official name-in-title sponsor of the Broadway In Boston Season for the sixteenth year in a row. Lexus' passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 241 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers eight F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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Here’s a look at various filming locations for March 12, 2019: Filming in California TV Series: Sylvie Stars: Tessa Thompson Location: 1899 Conway Pl, Los Angeles (7:00 AM – 10:00 AM) TV Series: Big Little Lies Stars: Nicole Kidman Location: Westfield Promenade Mall in Woodland Hills TV Series: Games People Play Stars: Lauren London Location: […]

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Barneys New York has announced a new flagship store inside American Dream, the shopping mall to be opened later this year in Bergen County, New Jersey, at the intersection of highways I-05, Route 3 and Route 120, which serve over 100 million vehicles annually. This will be Barneys’ only flagship in New Jersey, spanning two floors and about 50,000 square feet dedicated to womenswear, menswear, beauty, home and kids sections.

“We are thrilled to open our newest Barneys New York location at American Dream, a truly one-of-a-kind experiential retail environment”, said Barneys New York’s CEO and President Daniella Vitale in a statement. Owned by Triple Five Group, the same company behind Mall of America and West Edmonton Mall, American Dream will span 3 million square feet and feature 450 retail, food and specialty shops, including a dedicated luxury space called ‘The Collections’. Triple Five Group expects the new shopping mall to attract 40 million visitors each year.

Founded in 1923 in downtown Manhattan, Barneys New York currently operates two additional stores in New York, as well as in Beverly Hills, Chicago, Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

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@<a href="#comment-2391687" rel="nofollow">Guarneri</a>: <blockquote>Don’t overplay it. I’m sure all those football players at your school qualify on their academic merits…like the ability to run a real quick 40 yard dash…….snicker. I didn’t have a pot to pee in, but I got into The University of Chicago.</blockquote> As someone who works at a big school with big athletic programs, you're full of it. Athletes, overall, tend to have a higher GPA than the general student body. They are more likely to graduate. A lot go on to advanced degrees. And it's rare these days to see them majoring in underwater basket weaving. Granted, I'm teaching astro so it's not necessarily representative, but most of the athletes I've dealt with study hard, pay attention, come to classes. The University checks on their progress and if they don't maintain a certain GPA, they lose their scholarship. Yeah, there are some dumb jocks on the campus just to play ball. But that's the exception, not the rule.
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Authored by Marshall Auerback via,

In the aftermath of the greatest financial calamity since the Great Depression, then–chief of staff for the Obama administration Rahm Emanuel made the call for aggressive action to prevent a recurrence of the meltdown of 2008.

Although the U.S. government’s system of checks and balances typically produces incremental reform, Emanuel suggested that during times of financial upheaval, the traditional levers of powers are often scrambled, thereby creating unique conditions whereby legislators could be pushed in the direction of more radical reform. That’s why he suggested that we should never let a crisis go to waste. Ironically, that might be the only pearl of wisdom we ever got from the soon-to-be ex-mayor of Chicago, one of those figures who otherwise embodied the worst Wall Street-centric instincts of the Democratic Party. But give Rahm props for this one useful insight.

But we did let the crisis of 2008 go to waste. Rather than reconstructing a new foundation out of the wreckage, we simply restored the status quo ante, and left the world’s elite financial engineers with a relatively free hand to create a wide range of new destructive financial instruments.

To cite some examples, consider the case of the UK, where England’s local councils have taken on significant risk via structural financial products known as “LOBO loans” (lender option borrower option). Financial blogger Rob Carver explains how they work:

“[Let’s] say I offer to lend you £40 and charge you 3% interest for 5 years. Some other guy comes along and offers you the same deal; but the twist is he will have the option to ask for his money back whenever he likes.

“You wouldn’t borrow money from him because it’s clearly a worse deal. …

“Suppose he sticks to his guns but as a concession he will lend you the money at only 2.9% interest. Would you take that? What about 2.5%? 2%?”

What Carver is describing here is the so-called “teaser”: a seductively low starting interest rate that is sufficiently attractive to induce the buyer to take on the LOBO in the first place. It’s designed to entice someone away from fixed interest rate borrowing (which at least has the virtue of being constant and therefore more readily predictable). The seductive quality of the teaser is that one’s borrowing costs might appear “cheaper” than the higher initial fixed-rate costs offered by the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB), a wing of the government. But the troubles become more apparent with the passage of time.

What happens if and when rates unexpectedly move up? In general, as Carver notes, having to suddenly repay your loan when interest rates have risen to 4 percent is the worst possible time for you. It’s akin to taking away the umbrella the minute it starts to pour. Worse, the authority is likely locked into a contract that typically has a lifespan of 40-70 years. (And who can forecast with any degree of certainty the trend of interest rates over that sort of time span? It makes the whole notion of buying an instrument on that premise to be speculative in the extreme.) Banks have the option of raising rates at their discretion, and although the councils are able to opt out of their contract, they will pay huge penalties if they seek to renegotiate or exercise that option to opt out.

So there’s a huge negotiating imbalance built into the contract, and the likely upshot is that the local council ends up paying more in interest charges over the course of the loan. How much more? According to an activist group, #NoLOBOs (created to help housing authorities combat the impact of these instruments), “a substantial number of housing councils are facing 7-9 % interest rates, which is more than twice the current rate of lending at the PWLB.” And in many instances, the municipalities have been burdened with these higher borrowing costs at a time when additional funding from the national government has been cut back, so they are confronted with a double whammy on both sides of the balance sheet.

What was initially sold as a means to manage risk, then, ultimately metamorphoses into a recipe for financial fragility, especially when it occurs at the municipal level with institutions that don’t have the capacity to create new currency (as a federal authority can do). The “teaser” becomes a poison pill. This means a local authority (or level of government that is a user, rather than issuer, of currency) can go bust.

To give some sense of the magnitude of the market, the Independent notes:

“There is around £18bn worth of private sector loans on councils’ books, according to figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government. … [A]round £15bn of these are Lobos.

“Annual sales to local authorities regularly topped £1bn in the run-up to the financial crisis and peaked at £1.5bn in 2007, before crashing to £600m a year later and then dwindling to nothing in 2012.”

Their revival since 2012 has resulted in hundreds of millions of pounds being skimmed from struggling town hall budgets, which were hit by the double whammy of these toxic instruments, along with austerity-imposed cutbacks from the national government. One particularly egregious example was the cash-strapped town of Newham, which had £398m of exposure to LOBOs back in 2014. Faced as well with cutbacks from the national Tory government, the local council was forced to remove financial support from a homeless hostel, “leading to the eviction of a group of single mothers to save £41,000,” reported British publication Private Eye.

Needless to say, banks and brokers have profited handsomely from the whole exercise, pocketing hundreds of millions of pounds in profits.

Here’s another disaster waiting to happen: Globally, financial markets today are seeing a rebirth of “collateralized loan obligations” (CLOs), instruments broadly similar to the “collateralized debt obligations” (CDOs), which helped to blow up the financial system in 2008. CDOs were asset-backed instruments, a “blended” security comprised of risky mortgage-backed bonds and much of the rest from theoretically safer tranches. The theory underlying them was that the lower the investment quality, the higher the compensating yield, but in reality most turned out to be toxic junk. What distinguishes CLOs from their CDO “cousin” is that instead of repackaging mortgages, subprime and otherwise, CLOs repackage corporate loans, and consumer credit, such as car loans.

Unfortunately, in yet another instance of lessons unlearned from 2008, the collateralized loan obligations, like the CDOs, have virtually non-existent investor protection, “with over 70 percent lacking any covenants that would allow monitoring of financial condition and early intervention to manage problem borrowers. This exacerbates the risk of higher losses,” argues Satyajit Das, a former banker who first identified the risks to financial stability posed by these kinds of instruments back in 2008. In fact, Das elaborates, “relative to mortgages, [CLOs] typically are made up of fewer and larger loans, which increases concentration risk. Leveraged loans are highly sensitive to economic conditions and defaults may be correlated, with many loans experiencing problems simultaneously.” Which intuitively makes total sense: during a slowdown, virtually all economic activity slows down, whether that be housing, car sales, or consumer borrowing. Diversification of risk is therefore more apparent than real.

In an environment of prevailing low interest rates (and, hence, lower yields from conventional instruments), debt investors have been told (again) that they can enhance their portfolio returns, through these higher-yielding CLOs, while mitigating risk simply by diversifying. In theory, the risk is dispersed, but in practice, as Das has pointed out, if you’re simply diversifying different kinds of financial excrement, the end result is more likely to be insolvency for the whole instrument. A common theme is that in spite of the disastrous performance of these instruments during the market crash, many of the underlying loans today still lack standard provisions to protect lenders, such as reporting and requirements to maintain certain income and asset levels. Consequently, more toxic junk is being passed around the system like a hot potato. Last one holding the potato loses.

Given the scale of issuance, all major financial institutions are likely to be left holding these bags. CLOs, notes Das, have been growing at a rate of around $100bn a year for the past decade, and total levels outstanding now approach the size that existed in the CDO market by the time of the 2008 crisis. As the cycle has matured, the quality of the assets of the loans has diminished, and the borrowers have become increasingly leveraged.

This follows a classic pattern of a typical borrowing cycle, as credit structures move from relatively stable “hedge financing” (where the underlying units can meet payment commitments out of income flow) to “Ponzi” finance (borrowing simply to pay interest on the interest), a process originally outlined by the economist Hyman Minsky. Based on the relatively benign conditions of the recent past, both borrowers and lenders are lulled into a false sense of security and increase their respective risk profiles accordingly. Minsky was by no means the only economist whose work has become associated with manias, panic and crash. He built his analysis on the shoulders of analysts of the Great Depression, such as Irving Fisher, John Maynard Keynes, and John Kenneth Galbraith. But what distinguishes Minsky’s scholarship is that he focused it on the “upward” source of the financial instability, as opposed to its disastrous denouement. In relation to today’s CLO market, the parallel is that the decade-long period of stability in the aftermath of 2008 (in reality, faux stability achieved through the injection of trillions of dollars in public sector bailouts) has again given the users a stream of data providing the illusion that leverage is safe.

Rather than respond to each financial meltdown by seeking to curb the activities that led to the crisis in the first place, the sheer ongoing dominance of our financial sector has ensured that policy has merely worked to bail out the big players, and do everything to keep the rigged casino of the economy in their favor. Thus, financial institutions continue to concoct increasingly esoteric and opaque financial instruments that they market to less financially sophisticated counterparties.

Let’s roll back the tape to a few financial crises ago, from the early 1990s. At that time, Bob Citron, the Orange County treasurer, bankrupted his county via leveraged investments he made in structured notes (i.e., customized notes designed to fit the investment wishes and opinions of particular institutional buyers). If you tailor an exotic instrument to fit your investment outlook, you’d better know what you’re doing and appreciate the downside risks. Customization entails a level of financial expertise that Citron later conceded he did not fully possess. He was a sitting duck in a sea of sharks (to mix metaphors). Citron made a bet on the direction of interest rates (he bet they would stay low, which was wrong). As a result of his miscalculation, by 1994 Orange County’s investment portfolio began hemorrhaging hundreds of millions of dollars, ultimately going broke. Without conceding any liability, ultimately Merrill Lynch paid out $400m in penalties to settle the case.

That was an early warning signal, which unfortunately remained unheeded, as it was followed in quick succession by the Asian financial crisis in 1997, the bankruptcy of Long-Term Capital Management and the concomitant Russian debt default in 1998, the bust, and finally the complete seizure of the global financial system by 2008. Each time, a common foolhardy notion was the idea that higher levels of reward could be achieved without any corresponding increase in risk. All of this occurred against a backdrop of deregulation, minimal transparency and inadequate market supervision.

If you thought the near-breakdown of the global economy in 2008 was enough to make global policymakers and regulators rethink their persistent accommodation of financial innovation and deregulation, think again. Regulators have continued to accommodate this complexity, rather than minimizing it. Complex financial systems beget yet more complex (and ultimately ineffective) regulation. It is better to simplify the system in order to improve the quality of the regulation and the ease of oversight (which the complexity is designed to avoid).

Unfortunately, that’s not what our policymakers have done. Instead of redesigning the system, the monetary authorities have simply inserted themselves in the chain of intermediation that included an ever-evolving variety of books of business without actually considering whether there were too many weak links in the credit chain in the first place. Rather than shorten or redesign the economy’s credit structures, and curb the risks accordingly, central banks instead have simply acted as the ultimate guarantors in a supply chain from money-like instruments to longer-term and riskier credit. Absent any kind of sanction for undertaking more systemically dangerous activities, our policymakers have therefore made the same mistakes that were made in the early 2000s: they are establishing perverse ongoing incentives that increase risk, punishing the timid (prudent?) with low returns. It’s a classic illustration of Gresham’s Law, whereby bad money drives out good.

So here we go again. No less a figure than Claudio Borio, the chief economist of the Bank for International Settlements central, who warned of the dangers of a synchronized housing bubble well before the 2008 crisis, is again sounding the alarm about a recurrence. The crash gave us a chance to downsize finance and restrict its ability to wreak comparable havoc on the economy going forward. Instead, we let the crisis go to waste, which almost certainly means a nasty sequel to 2008 facing us in the near future.

This article was produced by Economy for All, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

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Morgan Rielly didn’t say it. That’s what the referee said when the NHL asked, and he was five feet away at the time. That’s what the audio confirmed, when the 10 microphones and both broadcasts were checked. Rielly was accused of yelling a homophobic slur at a referee Monday night, in a loss to Tampa Bay. The National Hockey League investigated, and said he didn’t.

And it could have been left at that, even after social media was set aflame by people yelling at Rielly, or the people who yelled, So what if he did say it, and people who still insisted that the investigation was a cover-up by a league that fined Anaheim’s Ryan Getzlaf for calling an official a c---sucker in the Western Conference final in 2017, and suspended Chicago’s Andrew Shaw for one playoff game for calling an official a faggot in 2016. Rielly was cleared. The Leafs could have just let it lie.

But general manager Kyle Dubas, with team president Brendan Shanahan, decided to turn this into something positive. So they tried.

“It goes back to my time in the Soo,” said Dubas, at an afternoon press conference. “Our goal as an organization is ... if a homosexual, bisexual, transgender fan walks into the rink that they feel welcome here and safe here. If we have a player who’s contemplating what their sexuality is, if they feel safe here, they can be themselves here. That’s why the cause matters to me.”

Dubas said he would have been surprised had Rielly employed even casual homophobia, where the word is used to hurt and denigrate rather than to describe. Rielly has tweeted in support of both the Vancouver and Toronto Pride Parades, and Dubas said a few weeks before the defenceman went to the team to say he wanted to march in this year’s Pride Parade in Toronto. Dubas, former GM Brian Burke, and Leafs such as Ben Scrivens have also marched, and Rielly admired that.

“I think it’s important because there’s lots of people that have very hard times, and struggle with this,” said Rielly. “It’s important to support one another. There’s been examples over time of this team taking part in that, Kyle especially. When leadership supports something, the players follow. You know it’s not just in sports that this is important, but within our lives it happens every day. It’s important we’re sensitive to it and we’re aware of it.”

And Dubas went out of his way to say that Rielly and the Leafs were not the victims here. That was important.

“I think that some people rushed to judgment, and that's what happens in 2019,” Dubas said. “But there are a lot of people in our community, and people that we know, and people that have family members where they are affected by homophobia every single day in our community, and all throughout the world.”

Brock McGillis is one. He played with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds when Dubas was a 16-year-old there; Dubas was one of the first people to call McGillis when he came out as gay. McGillis has also spoken on numerous occasions with Shanahan, and has a lot of time for both.

“Kyle’s a very progressive individual, and is focused on a culture shift; I think he really wants that, I believe that,” said McGillis. “And (Shanahan) is an incredibly enlightened and insightful human being who again, is very inclusive and wants a culture shift.”

McGillis gets 50 to 100 calls a week from young gay athletes, and mentors about 100 between speaking gigs and advocacy; he says from what he hears, homophobic language is still threaded throughout the sport, in small towns or big ones. It shouldn’t be surprising. He’s still not sure whether Pride Parades or Pride Nights at games reach the most vulnerable kids — “the kid who’s hearing homophobic language in an NHL game who is playing minor hockey and is gay, and struggling. I don’t know if it helps him. I don’t think it does.”

But he does appreciate that in the still-monolithic culture of hockey, people like Dubas, Rielly and Shanahan are positives; the Jays suspended Kevin Pillar for two games when he used the word in 2017, but didn’t do this. The Utah Jazz banned a fan who directed what could have been a racial or homophobic slur at Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook Monday night. But they didn’t do this.

And as Dr. Kristopher Wells, an associate profession at MacEwan University in Edmonton who co-founded Pride Tape and specializes in LGBT and youth issues, says, “five or 10 years ago, we weren’t even talking about this.” Understanding what the words mean to people matters. The Toronto Gay Hockey Association bans the word faggot, even if used fondly, because it can carry such hurtful implications. McGillis simply says, “It’s our N-word.”

“Even if (Rielly had) said it, I don’t care,” says McGillis, “If he didn’t say it, even better. But the fact that people thought he did is more of an indictment of where the sport is at. They’re all products of an environment that is so insular, such a bubble, and you hear the same language over and over.”

“Honestly, hockey has a long way to go. It’s an opportunity to step up. I hope they use it to springboard future initiatives. I hope the team and the league use it as an opportunity.”

It wasn’t going to happen in a day; nothing will. But faced with this moment this version of the Toronto Maple Leafs, with the full knowledge of their reach and power, did more than they had to. They said something. That was good.

Bruce Arthur is a Toronto-based sports columnist. Follow him on Twitter: @bruce_arthur

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Tony nominee John Tartaglia (AVENUE Q, SHREK, Sirius XM On Broadway) will host ALittleNewMusic's 19th edition on Wednesday, 3.13.19, with music direction by LA Ovation Award-winning composer Gregory Nabours (THE TROUBLE WITH WORDS, MARILYN THE MUSICAL).

In partnership with the #ASCAP Foundation, #ALNM presents the most exciting new musical theatre writing from across the country! Featured writers will include Megan Cavallari & Kait Kerrigan (IRENA); Jordan Beck & Gerald Sternbach (BITING BROADWAY); Rona Siddiqui (SALAAM MEDINA: TALES OF A HALFGHAN); Drew Fornarola (TIANANMEN); David Kornfeld & Alex Higgin-Houser (57TH NATIONAL MATHLETE SUM-IT); Krishna Alexandra & Lórien Patton (DUBLIN RISING); and Scott Starrett & Dyan flores (DOOMSDAY CLUB), plus performances from guest writers Benji Goldsmith and Brian Gallagher.

Performers scheduled to appear include: Jared Gertner (B'way and West End: BOOK OF MORMON); Carly Hughes (B'way: PIPPIN, CHICAGO, TV: "American Housewife"); Carrie Manolakos (B'way's WICKED, MAMMA MIA!), Nick Sacks (DEAR EVAN HANSEN), Doug Peck (Glimmerglass Festival, The Wallis); Randy Guiaya (East West Players' NEXT TO NORMAL); Tickwanya Jones (UNPLUGD LA); Leslie Rubino (Color and Light's LIZZIE), Lia Wollman (MANSON'S GIRLS at HFF18), Brooke Van Grinsven (Color and Light's LIZZIE), Molly Grant (National Fine Arts Award winner), and Lulu Mack (The Rockabelles); Travis Burnett (MTW's OLIVER); Dayna-Alice Austin (RULE MY WORLD); Sean Ormond (HOOKED) and Abigail Kate Thomas (THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT).

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Following her fiftieth birthday, Cartoon striptease artist Bambi Bazooms decides to shake off her midlife funk and see what life has to offer outside of her pleasant but quaint neighborhood of McCayville (in Chicago, Illinois). On the first Human Night of August 1993, she meets a handsome options trader named Steve Warner (no relation), and is immediately enamored. What follows is a whirlwind romance, as well as an exciting new career as a legal secretary, courtesy of Steve’s friend Reggie Morton. However, as she further entangles herself in human affairs, will she alienate herself from her sister, Fanny Firecracker, her friend Cinnamon Bunns, and the rest of her Cartoon family? Start reading to find out! (To make matters even worse, humans and Cartoons mutually distrust each other, all because of a violent incident that happened many decades ago.)

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Ever since I can remember, I've loved reading. I participated in advanced reading groups as a child, and often read above my grade level. As a pre-teen, I gravitated toward science fiction and fantasy, and never looked back. My love of the fantastical inspired me to write my own short stories, which were often simple and crude (in terms of quality, not subject matter, though sometimes that, too). I didn't have too many friends when I was younger, so books kept me company. However, my teachers always praised and encouraged my writing, and I was happy they did.

Today, I've found some friends who share my love of reading (and often the same genres and titles). I've also taken my writing much more seriously, In addition to my novels, I've enjoyed writing movie reviews for a Facebook group called Adventures in Videoland, as well as book reviews here on Goodreads. When I'm not reading, writing or watching movies, I enjoy attending Purdue sporting events, going to local cultural and food festivals, and visiting friends and family around the country. I hope that I can one day count some of you among my friends, and hope you enjoy reading my books!

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Trudy Hicks Ghost Hunter

Case One -The Deceit

Trudy Hicks Ghost Hunter

Book One
Lori Zaremba

Genre: Paranormal Mystery

Publisher: Limitless Publishing

Date of Publication: 2/12/2019

Number of pages: 337
Word Count: 78500

Tagline: Some secrets are meant to stay buried.

Book Description

My job? I hunt ghosts. Not to prove they exist—because I already know they do—but to figure out why they’re still here.

My first big case leads me to a mansion on the Chicago Gold Coast, the previous home of a wealthy socialite who lived there until she accidentally fell to her death in 1927.

I’ve never been this determined—and excited—to solve a case like this one before. Pity I’m forced to work alongside a man whose sole purpose is to debunk paranormal activity. But the worst part? He’s gorgeous, and the more we work together, the more I realize I might be falling for him.

Together we’re delving deeper and deeper into the spiritual world. But the more secrets we uncover, the more pissed off these ghosts become; and that’s when I start to realize…we might be in way over our heads.


Looking once again across the table at Jason, she noticed he was listening to his two-way radio.
“I’ll go check it out,” Trudy heard him say as he excused himself.
“Is everything all right?” Paul started to rise from the dinner table.
“Everything is fine. Sit and relax. I have to go and check one of the cameras.” Jason slipped from the room.
Trudy caught up to him at the base of the stairs. “What’s going on?”
He looked at her warily. “One of the cameras on the third floor caught the door of your room slamming shut.”
“Oh, I left it open for the dog when I came down to dinner.”
“Jasmine?” He raised a questioning brow as he referred to the golden retriever who was sound asleep under the dining table.
“No.” She bit her lip and tried not to laugh at his puzzled expression. “I left it open for the other dog that was whining and scratching at my door.”
“Oh, I see, the imaginary one,” he quipped, climbing the stairs two at a time. Trudy was almost at a sprint to keep up, careful not to slip in her high heels. They finally reached the third floor. The air was so thick that Trudy could barely move her legs and felt the hair on the back of her neck rising in warning.
“Shhh. Did you hear that?” A door slammed from inside her room.
“What the hell was that?” Jason said as he reached for the door, looking down at her.
“It’s probably just a little mouse,” she said, causing him to frown down at her before slowly turning the knob.
They entered the room as quietly as possible, and a blast of frigid air struck them. Jason reached over to flip the switch for the light. Everything was normal. They quickly searched the room for any signs of a disturbance. The room was just as she left it, and the door to the bathroom was open as before. She couldn’t figure out what made the slamming noise that they heard.
“Uh, were you typing an email earlier?” Jason asked, looking at her laptop.
“Oh, yeah, to my mom. I forgot.”
“You better take a look at this.”
Trudy looked at the screen and saw her email was
still up. She had written, “Hi, Mom. We’re at the house. All is well. Please...” That was where she stopped when she’d been interrupted by a phone call, and that was where it looked like the email went wild with,
The two letters repeated the whole way down the page. “How is that possible?” she questioned.
“Maybe your keys are stuck.” He bent down to get a better look at the keys then tapped them to see if they were sticking.
“Please, there’s nothing wrong with the keys. Someone was playing.”
She rolled her eyes. “I’m not talking about a human.”
“You think a ghost did this?” Humor danced around his mouth as he tried to keep from smiling.
“Well, it certainly could be a possibility, and it is the reason we’re here.”
“Not we, you. I’m here to look at things rationally.”
“Rationally...really?” She was irritated, folding her arms over her chest and glaring at him. “What was rational about the events that led us into this room? And for the love of God, what was rational about what happened to you in the basement?”
Jason sat on the bed, elbows on his knees, and looked down at the floor. “I don’t know, but I plan to find out.”
She looked at him for a moment and could almost feel his confusion. He was a bit lost in all this chaos. She sat beside him and mimicked his pose. Trudy elbowed him on the arm, and the simple touch sent a thrill racing through her body. “I guess we have our work cut out for us.”

His gaze settled on her half-smile. “At least it won’t be boring.”
Her heart did a somersault. “Yeah, I don’t do well with boring.”
Feeling brazen, she leaned over and planted a quick kiss on his mouth. His eyes widened in surprise, and Trudy jumped up, grinning from ear to ear.
“Let’s go, Mr. Young. They’re probably wondering what’s happened to us.” She was halfway out the door.
Jason grabbed her hand before she could reach the hall and spun her around. His lips claimed hers before she could grasp what was happening. Trudy felt his hand on the small of her back molding her to him, while his other hand gently held her head. She felt a thrill like never before, and just as her knees started to give out, he released her.
“Better hurry, Gertrude. Wouldn’t want anyone to think you were trying to take advantage of me in this here grand bedroom.” He smiled into her eyes, and once again she was lost. She shook her head to clear it and get some control of her senses.
“We better go, or I’ll be taking advantage of you.” She laughed, and he did too. She loved the sound of it. She glanced over her shoulder. “I hope that damned camera of yours was turned off.”
As they headed out the door, Jason walking just behind her, he grimaced when he saw the red light on the camera on and grunted, “Oh, shit.”

About the Author:

Lori Zaremba is a full-time Internet Sales Manager and writes Web Content as well as providing Copy Editing for businesses in the Greater Pittsburgh Area. Lori has published short ghost stories on Your Ghost Stories, as the Haunted_Cleaner and on her website

On her website,, Zaremba refers to herself as the ghost magnet and briefly describes her encounters with departing spirits.

Lori began writing her fiction story as a creative offering of why a ghost would haunt.  Before long the story became a novel Case One: The Deceit in the Trudy Hicks Ghost Hunter series.

Lori currently lives in the suburbs of Pittsburgh with her husband Wayne and two fur babies Jaxson and Stewie.

          Roman Shorthand: Tironian Notes      Cache   Translate Page      
I have accepted that I must simply work at improving my reading knowledge of German. This shouldn't be impossible since I once studied German and spent one summer with a family near Tübingen. However, no polished German translations are about to turn up here under my authourship.

This is the first 20 words of Psalm 12:6-7 * in Tironian notes. The best resource that I have found so far on Tironian notes is Boge's Griechische Tachygraphie and this site with images of a manuscript by Karl Eberhard Henke. This will keep me busy for a while.

Tironian Notes are attributed to Tiro, who worked for Cicero. The National Court Reporters Assocation has a great article on The History of Shorthand By Anita Kreitzman. Here is the section on Roman shorthand.

"Shorthand in ancient Rome seems to have appeared as early as 200 B.C. with the poet Quintas Ennius, who devised a system of 1,100 signs. But it was not until Plutarch in 63 B.C. that definite and indisputable evidence of the use of shorthand is recorded. He writes of the debate on the Catilinian conspiracy that was recorded in shorthand in the Roman Senate as the famous orator Cicero expounded his views.

It is interesting that Cicero was indirectly responsible for the method of shorthand devised by Tiro. Tiro was a slave of Rome and had been granted his freedom by Marcus Tullius Cicero. Upon becoming a freedman he adopted the first two names of his master and thereafter was known as Marcus Tullius Tiro. Highly educated, "he then became Cicero's secretary and confidant," and as such had the opportunity and fortunately the intelligence and skill to invent a system of shorthand that was to be used in the Roman Senate and as a basis for future shorthand systems. Initially, his system involved abbreviations of the more popular words with the remainder of the text filled in from memory using context clues. Not a very accurate method, but Tiro continued to improve on his system by devising further abbreviations for common sentences and phrases used by the orators of the day. He is also credited with inventing the ampersand, which is still in use today.

In the Curia, as many as 40 shorthand writers were stationed in the different areas. They recorded what they could and their transcripts were then compared and compiled in order to record the complete orations of such greats as Cicero and Julius Caesar. Today, in our own Congress, a similar system is used except that the reporters work in relays.

Famous writers such as Horace, Livy, Ovid, Martial, Pliny, Facitus and Suetonius make mention of shorthand in ancient Rome. Julius Caesar, himself, was proficient in shorthand. And to be proficient in shorthand was not an easy task.

The ancient Roman scribe did not have paper, pen, pencil or ink. How, then, did they record the events? The medium was a tablet with raised edges covered with a wax layer. As many as 20 such tablets could be fastened together to form a book. A stylus, similar to a pencil, was used for the actual writing. The point was ivory or steel, the other end flat in order to easily smooth the wax when the notes were no longer needed and a new tablet required. Ironically, it was with such instruments that Caesar was stabbed to death. Had Caesar the foresight to see his fate, perhaps he would not have pursued his interest in shorthand.

Others who demonstrated an avid interest in shorthand writing included Titus Vespasian Caesar, who was so skilled at shorthand that he participated in "contests for wagers and personally taught the art to his stepson," and Augustus Octavianus, an expert shorthand writer who "appointed three classes of stenographers for the imperial government." He considered the skill so important that he taught it to his grandchildren. And even Seneca, the great orator and philosopher, who became so fascinated with shorthand that he improved Tiro's system by adding several thousand abbreviations of his own."

Somehow I could not abreviate this article and extract the interesting parts - it is all too fascinating. I am off to study Karl Eberhard Henke.


Image is from "Du Charactère Sténographique de Toute Écriture." Yves Duhoux. Studia Minora Facultatis Philosophicae Universitatis Brunensis N 6-7, 2001-2002. Unfortunately Duhoux does not give the location for the Latin manuscript but it was also mentioned in M. Proux. 1910. Manuel de paléographie latine et française. Album. Paris.

Karl Eberhard Henke:Tironische Noten. MGH-Bibliothek Hs. B 16. Digitale Ed. [Manuskript ca. 1954] / Konzeption u. Bildbearbeitung: Arno Mentzel-Reuters

Boge, Hebert. Griechische Tachygraphie und Tironische Noten. 1973. Akademie Verlag. Berlin.
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Charles King's Macro Inks First-Look Deal With Warner Bros.

A Signature Conversation with Charles D. King at the 2018 NALIP Media Summit

Charles King's Macro is setting down roots at Warner Bros., signing an exclusive first-look deal with the studio.

Under the pact, Warner Bros. will have a first look on all feature films Macro intends to develop or package, and will also have the option to co-finance the projects and handle global distribution of the releases.  

Macro's focus is on producing content from filmmakers of color. The company, which was behind Dee Rees' Mudbound and Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You, is currently in postproduction on Alan Yang's Tigertail at Netflix. It has also been announced that they picked up a Macro-produced feature, Jesus Was My Homeboy, starring Daniel Kaluuya and Lakeith Stanfield. Meanwhile, MACRO co-financed the upcoming Warner Bros. film Just Mercy, starring Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx.

Congratulations to Charles D. King who spoke at the 2018 NALIP Media Summit on 'A Signature Conversation with Charles D. King'. 

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NALIP Latino Lens Finalist Kase Peña Joins 'Brujas' Writer's Room!

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Congratulations to NALIP Member and 2018 Latino Lens Finalist on joining the 'Brujas' writer's room. The series is led  by 'Vida' showrunner Tanya Saracho. The series will center on four Afro-Caribbean/Latinx women living in Chicago and the brujería counter-culture will be the foundation of the show. 

Kase Peña is also a part of Ryan Murphy's Directing Program and her short film 'Full Beat' will screen at the 2019 Outfest Fusion Film Festival. 

NALIP Awardee Cynthia López to be a part of ’21 Leaders for the 21st Century’ 2019

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Cynthia Lopez, a recipient of the NALIP award for Commitment to Corporate Diversity, leads the preeminent professional association for women in film, television and digital media in New York City, NYWFT. She is an award-winning media strategist, and former Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, where she implemented strategies to support film and TV production throughout the five boroughs.


Latinx Filmmakers at the Miami Film Festival

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The Miami Film Festival will be featuring Variety's '10 Latinx to Watch' and showcasing several Latinx centered films. Director Jayro Bustamante's, one of Variety's 10 Latinxs to Watch, will be in attendance to present his film 'Tremors' and participate in an on-stage conversation. 'Tremors' centers on a deeply religious man, Pablo who falls in love with another man, and his entire world starts shaking. 

The festival will also feature the US premiere of 'The Accused' starring, Lali Espósito, one of Variety's 10 Latinxs to watch. 'The Accused' centers on Dolores Dreier a typical fun-loving high school student -- but when her best friend is brutally murdered and Dolores is accused of the crime, her carefree and privileged existence comes to a hard stop.

Another of Variety's '10 Latinxs to watch', Daniel Zovatto stars in 'Vandal' which explores the struggle street artists face as they try to keep their art alive as well as the social backlash that goes hand in hand with pursuing their biggest passion. 

Learn more about the festival:

A leading advocate in inclusion in the industry, NALIP is providing more resources to aspiring filmmakers every year with events such as the NALIP Media Summit, the Latino Media Fest, and the Diverse Women in Media Forum, and events such as the Latino Lens Workshops and the Latino Lens Incubator Shorts.

Interested in joining the team? Email your resume and cover letter to Want to become a member? Check out NALIP's different membership rates. Learn about NALIP's upcoming Latino Media Fest and volunteer opportunities fast approaching!

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Tobias Wayland of the Singular Fortean Society and Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research received the following eyewitness account from Wauconda, Illinois:

On April 20th, 2014 Paula was sitting near a window in the bedroom of her ground-level apartment near the Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda when she saw a bright beam of light “come shooting down” across the street at around 11 p.m.

“It was so bright and defined,” said Paula.

The light, which lasted between 15 and 20 seconds, was an orange/gold color and did not illuminate its surroundings; nor did it move much, making only a slight “side-to-side or back-and-forth” motion.

The light retracted at one point, only to reappear a moment later.

Paula fell back onto her bed in shock.

“Oh my god, this thing sees me!” she remembers thinking. “I had the deepest feeling this thing saw me, it knows.”

But the light retracted a final time and was gone.

“I heard a hum at the end, just before it took off,” said Paula.

Two years later, in 2016, also on April 20th, Paula encountered a terrifying winged being in the same area. She was taking the garbage out just before 6 a.m. when something drew her eye from across the street. In the early morning gloom she saw a huge, winged being.

Paula described the being as perhaps 7-8’ tall when standing erect, but it carried itself hunched over, limping along. It was completely black, and from what she could see its upper body and head were covered in hair. The being had long, leathery wings which were partially wrapped around its body as it moved towards Paula; jumping forward similarly to watching someone move through a strobe light. The terrifying creature made an unnatural groaning noise as it advanced.

Paula felt a palpable sense of evil emanating from the bat-winged monster.

“This is evil,” she recalled. “I’m seeing evil.”

Fearing for her safety, she quickly turned to flee back into her apartment. After fumbling with her keys for a moment, she opened the door and turned around, terrified that the creature might be right behind her—but it was gone.

Paula said that she only knew a few of her neighbors personally, and unfortunately the ones she knew had not witnessed either event; although one of her neighbors with whom she was friends did take her encounters seriously.

“I don’t know what to say,” Paula said of her experiences. “But I know what I saw.”

An artist’s interpretation of Paula’s sighting of a hulking, hunched-over, winged being. (Image credit: Emily Wayland / The Singular Fortean Society)

Have you had a sighting of a flying humanoid or huge bat-like creature? Please feel free to contact me at - your anonymity is guaranteed. Our investigative group is conducting a serious examination of his phenomenon. We are merely seeking the truth and wish to determine what eyewitnesses have been encountering. Your cooperation is truly appreciated. You can call me directly at 410-241-5974 as well. Thanks...Lon Strickler #ChicagoMothman #ChicagoPhantom

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I recently received another sighting of a large winged biped in Woodstock, Illinois on Thursday, March 7th, 2019:

My daughter just saw this on Rose Farm Rd in Woodstock, IL while driving home. It ran in front of her car. She is extremely freaked out right now. She described it as a extremely tall with fur and large wings. She said when she saw it she had a overwhelming sense of dread. I hope this helps with your investigation. KS

The witness has been reluctant to comment beyond the initial report...mostly out of fear. The local media has also been causing some unwanted excitement in the community as well. Phantoms & Monsters Fortean Research has refused to cooperate with the local media because of this.

We are continuing to stay in touch with this witness in the hope that further details will be offered.

The previous report can be found at Large Winged Biped Encountered in Woodstock, Illinois

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          (USA-IL-Chicago) Survey Programmer      Cache   Translate Page      
LRS Consulting Services has been delivering the highest quality consultants to our clients since 1979. We've built a solid reputation for dealing with our clients and our consultants with honesty, integrity, and respect. We work hard every day to maintain that reputation, and we're very interested in candidates who can help us. If you're that candidate, this opportunity is made for you! LRS Consulting Services is seeking a Survey Programmer for a consulting opportunity with our opinion research client in downtown Chicago, IL! **Responsibilities:** + Work in Qualtrics, and specifically the Research Core survey engine, to program the platform to the research team's requirements + Utilize HTML, CSS, & JavaScript to customize the user interface + Ensure user accessibility requirements per WCAG standards are met. **Requirements:** + Bachelor’s degree or higher in social sciences or statistically related field. + Minimum 4 years' experience in Web-based survey platforms + Minimum 2 years' experience in Qualtrics + Experience in programming Qualtrics' Research Core survey engine + Hands-on experience in HTML, CSS, & JavaScript LRS is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants for employment will receive consideration without unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, gender identity, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, citizenship status or protected veteran status.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Entry Level HW Computer Tech System Services Rep - Cherry Hill, NJ      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** IBM seeks to hire an entry-level hardware computer technician; System Services Representative (SSR) for the Cherry Hill, NJ area. This role is an entry level position for an individual contributor responsible for on-site installation, maintenance, and repair of IBM and multi-vendor systems and components, including hardware, networking products, software, and operating systems. They are the primary technical interface to clients for the coordination of hardware and/or software support and delivery of operational services as required by the client. They advise clients of preventive maintenance, configuration, operation and environmental factors which may impact product performance or impair the client's IT operation. They may also perform services activities such as systems assurance, systems-level problem determination, discontinuance and relocation of IBM and non-IBM systems and products. They are accountable to ensure a high level of client satisfaction with service delivery, technical support, and operational services for the client account(s). When critical situations occur, they are the IBM technical interface to clients and manage the situation until the problem is fixed. Can work in both consumer homes or enterprise environments in the Cherry Hill, NJ area. This position will be a mobility role, where the SSR will travel to customer locations within a defined radius of Cherry Hill, NJ area. **A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle are required.** **GTSTSSREP** **Required Technical and Professional Expertise** + Valid driver’s license + Reliable vehicle + High school diploma **Preferred Tech and Prof Experience** + Technical School degree - Computer technician **EO Statement** IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Associate Partner, Cloud Application Innovation Services Telecommunica      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** IBM is on the forefront of helping clients accelerate their enterprise cloud journeys, with industry leading approaches and technology around open, secure, Hybrid and Multi-Cloud solutions. Cloud Application Innovation (CAI) is part of IBM’s Global Business Services organization, focused on helping clients accelerate their journey to the cloud to achieve their Business and Digital Transformation objectives. With IBM’s industry leading end-to-end capabilities, we partner with clients to advise them on their journey to migrate, modernize, innovate and manage their businesses on high performing, open, multi-cloud and hybrid cloud solutions **The Role** Our Associate Partners drive sales and revenue to meet targets and helps create solutions, organize project approaches and teams for client delivery. You will be responsible for: + Developing winning cloud strategies and transformation solutions to meet client business challenges + Using strong business acumen and knowledge of applications development and maintenance, cloud migration, modernization and managed services requirements to develop effective partnerships with the client's executive management and key individuals who influence client decision making + Driving business development focused on application and cloud innovation services + Developing pursuit strategies and integrating products and services required to meet client needs + Developing compelling client value propositions and client deliverables and responses, including request for proposal response (RFP), statements of work (SOWs), and oral presentations + Leading client engagements, mobilizing and directing engagement teams. Defining deliverable structure and content and facilitating consensus of proposed solutions from top management levels at the client. + Directing on-time, quality delivery of work products while managing engagement economics and risks **BENEFITS** Health Insurance. Paid time off. Corporate Holidays. Sick leave. Family planning. Financial Guidance. Competitive 401K. Training and Learning. We continue to expand our benefits and programs, offering some of the best support, guidance and coverage for a diverse employee population. + + _ **CAREER GROWTH** Our goal is to be essential to the world, which starts with our people. Company wide we kicked off an internal talent strategy program called Go Organic. At our core, we are committed to believing and investing in our workforce through: + Skill development: helping our employees grow their foundational skills + Finding the dream job at IBM: navigating our company with the potential for many careers by channeling an employee’s strengths and career aspirations + Diversity of people: Diversity of thought driving collective innovation. **CORPORATE CITIZENSHIP** With an employee population of 375,000 in over 170 countries, amazingly we connect, collaborate, and care. IBMers drive a corporate culture of shared responsibility. We love grand challenges and everyday improvements for our company and for the world. We care about each other, our clients, and the communities we live, work, and play in! + + **Required Technical and Professional Expertise** The following is required: + A minimum of 12 years of application services experience, with at least 5 years spent selling solutions and managing medium to high value application development or transformation programs. + A minimum of 5 years leading applications services or transformation projects in or associated with the Telecommunications Industry. + Knowledge and practical experience with modern ADM methodologies, cloud migration, application modernization, cloud-native application development, data analytics, automation and automated testing, outsourcing and managed services + Project delivery experience in complex enterprise environments + Strong expertise in developing client driven technology and services solutions + Be an accomplished communicator and influencer, able to work with clients, users, senior level management, sales, and peers **Preferred Tech and Prof Experience** + None **EO Statement** IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Delivery Project Executive      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** Employees in this role have the experience and knowledge to support both the sales of new business opportunities and the delivery of services to clients. They must understand large and complex services engagements in Cloud and Application related IT services, including the appropriate methods and skills needed to solve business problems in the client's industry. Highly experienced with the Solutioning processes. The employee identifies new business opportunities, creatively participate in the development and sales of solutions, and assist IBM in winning the business. When not participating in sales activities such as new business development or bid and proposal activity, employee provide support and lead billable client activities within their area of Cloud and Application related IT services for clients in the Energy and Utility Industry, and solution activities. Employee is accountable for the financial success of engagements directly managed, as well as the generation of services revenue with the sales of new business. Employee is expected to have PMP certification along with experience with people management. Employee in this role is expected to work in geographically dispersed delivery environment and develop effective professional relationship with the client. Employee must have sound knowledge on Oracle with OCP certification will be preferred. Employee needs to have the proficiency in advising IBM Cloud along with Red Hat as well as advise and advocate on the multi cloud and Hybrid strategies. Employee must have Indepth understanding of the Energy and Utility industry and advise Directors, 'CXO' suits on the business strategies. Possible Work Location: 201 W North River Dr #420, Spokane, WA 99201 **Required Technical and Professional Expertise** Project/Program Management, delivery management (10 years) Contract management, P&L account management, project financials (5 years) Project management methodology (10 years) Cloud Sales and services (3 years) **Preferred Tech and Prof Experience** Communication skills - oral, written, presentation (5 years) Oracle Customer Care & Billing (1 year) Maximo Work and Asset Management (1 year) Account growth and sales (4 years) **EO Statement** IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Technical Support Representative      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** + Customer Service in customer facing role providing deskside support for commercial clients + Resolving customer hardware/software workstation problem tickets + Technical knowledge of the supported platform + Working knowledge of the hardware + Resolving tickets within the customer SLA **Required Technical and Professional Expertise** + At least 2 years experience in deskside support + Excellent verbal and written communication skills **Preferred Tech and Prof Experience** + Windows 10, Service Now, Remote tools support, VIP support and Apple mac support. **EO Statement** IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Project Manager-Custom Development      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** Project Financial Management Procative management Focus on deliverables Good communication Motivated and maintain high Morale within team Team player (cross border teams) Good management **Required Technical and Professional Expertise** Project Financial Management Procative management Focus on deliverables Good communication Motivated and maintain high Morale within team Team player (cross border teams) Good management **Preferred Tech and Prof Experience** Project Financial Management - 2 yrs Procative management - 3 yrs Focus on deliverables - 4 yrs Motivated and maintain high Morale within team - 3 yrs Team player (cross border teams) - 3 yrs Good management - 3 yrs **EO Statement** IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Technical Support Representative      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** + Customer Service in customer facing role providing deskside support for commercial clients + Resolving customer hardware/software workstation problem tickets + Technical knowledge of the supported platform + Working knowledge of the hardware + Resolving tickets within the customer SLA **Required Technical and Professional Expertise** + At least 2 years experience in deskside support + Excellent verbal and written communication skills **Preferred Tech and Prof Experience** + Windows 10, Service Now, Remote tools support, VIP support and Apple mac support. **EO Statement** IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Entry Level HW Computer Technician/System Services Rep - Smyrna, DE      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** IBM seeks to hire an entry-level hardware computer technician; System Services Representative (SSR) for the Smyrna, DE area. This role is an entry level position for an individual contributor responsible for on-site installation, maintenance, and repair of IBM and multi-vendor systems and components, including hardware, electronic equipment, networking products, software, and operating systems. They are the primary technical interface to clients for the coordination of hardware and/or software support and delivery of operational services as required by the client. They advise clients of preventive maintenance, configuration, operation and environmental factors which may impact product performance or impair the client's IT operation. They may also perform services activities such as systems assurance, systems-level problem determination, discontinuance and relocation of IBM and non-IBM systems and products. They are accountable to ensure a high level of client satisfaction with service delivery, technical support, and operational services for the client account(s). When critical situations occur, they are the IBM technical interface to clients and manage the situation until the problem is fixed. Can work in both consumer homes or enterprise environments in the Smyrna, DE area. **Job Responsibilities:** + Performs maintenance on equipment applying basic repair techniques and relying on service manual instructions and pre-established guidelines to perform repairs. + Responds to request for emergency repairs and follows through with timely service. + Ensures the completion of associated paperwork and records, including trouble tickets, mileage logs and time logs. + Initiates requests for required equipment, parts and supplies. + Maintains care and appearance of Company vehicles and equipment as applicable. + Develops good working relationships with repair team employees. This position will be a mobility role, where the SSR will travel to customer locations within a defined radius of Smyrna, DE. **A valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle are required.** GTSTSSREP **Required Technical and Professional Expertise** + Valid driver’s license + Reliable vehicle + High school diploma or equivalent + Available to work rotating weekends, after hours, and holidays to accommodate on-call responsibilities **Preferred Tech and Prof Experience** + Associates degree in electronic repair **EO Statement** IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
          (USA-IL-Chicago) Research Staff Member      Cache   Translate Page      
**Job Description** At IBM Research, we invent things that matter to the world. Today, we are pioneering the most promising and disruptive technologies that will transform industries and society, including the future of AI, Blockchain and Quantum Computing. We are driven to discover. With more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents, IBM Research is one of the world’s largest and most influential corporate research labs. We are seeking Research Staff Member candidates with demonstrated publication records in one or more of our focus areas and technical leadership potential. As part of the IBM Research team, you will conduct world-class research on innovative technologies and solutions, and publish in top-tier conferences and journals. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to the commercialization of the resulting assets. Demonstrated communication skills and ability to work independently, as well as in a team, are highly desired traits. You should have one or more of the following skills: -Cloud computing infrastructure, including cloud platform and programming models; cloud infrastructure services; APIs; containers; DevOps techniques; microservices -Computing and data services, including emerging platforms (Spark, SQL/NoSQL, Blockchain) -Artificial intelligence computing infrastructure, including deep learning platform and services, accelerated cognitive systems, accelerators interface architecture, compilers and programming models, co-designed hardware/software -Distributed computing theory and application, systems; services technology, including service management, analytics, automation and orchestration, cognitive services -Memory controller architecture, memory performance modeling, memory standards and interfaces, cache design, non-volatile memory, NAND flash -Quantum Computing You must be willing to work in any of the following locations: Albany, NY; Almaden, CA; Austin, TX; Cambridge, MA; Yorktown Heights, NY. Ph.D. degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Physics or a related area is required. The World is Our Laboratory: No matter where discovery takes place, IBM researchers push the boundaries of science, technology and business to make the world work better. IBM Research is a global community of forward-thinkers working towards a common goal: progress. **Required Technical and Professional Expertise** + Ability to work in a team environment, as well as independently + Demonstrated communication skills **Preferred Tech and Prof Experience** Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: + Cloud computing infrastructure, including cloud platform and programming models; cloud infrastructure services; APIs; containers; DevOps techniques; microservices + Computing and data services, including emerging platforms (Spark, SQL/NoSQL, Blockchain) + Artificial intelligence computing infrastructure, including deep learning platform and services, accelerated cognitive systems, accelerators interface architecture, compilers and programming models, co-designed hardware/software + Distributed computing theory and application, systems; services technology, including service management, analytics, automation and orchestration, cognitive services + Memory controller architecture, memory performance modeling, memory standards and interfaces, cache design, non-volatile memory, NAND flash + Quantum Computing **EO Statement** IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.
          5 Tips for A Smooth Generational Transition in the Salon      Cache   Translate Page      
As Charles Ifergan looks at turning over the reins of his namesake salon, with three locations in Chicago, Illinois, to his daughter Olivia and son Philippe, he shares five tips for handling a smooth generational transition in his blog.
          Chicago's Charles Ifegran Builds Legacy Salon, Passes Leadership to New Generation      Cache   Translate Page      
With three locations in Chicago, the Charles Ifegran Salon looks ahead at a transition of leadership as the founder turns over the reins of the company to the next generation--his children Olivia and Philippe.
          These airlines will likely take the biggest hit after the Boeing 737 Max was involved in two deadly crashes (BA)      Cache   Translate Page      

Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 10,000

  • On Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
  • The incident, which killed all 157 on board, marked the second crash of a nearly brand new Boeing 737 Max 8 in recent months. Lion Air Flight JT610 crashed in October. 
  • Here are the US airlines with the greatest exposure to the Boeing 737 Max according to Raymond James analyst Savi Syth. 

The Boeing 737 Max is a big deal. It's the fastest selling airliner in Boeing history and is expected to carry the highly successful 737 program into the next decade. 

On Sunday, Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 crashed shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport. The incident, which killed all 157 on board, marked the second crash of a nearly brand new 737 Max 8 in recent months. Lion Air Flight JT610 crashed in October. 

Boeing's announcement, on Tuesday, that it will roll out updated control software for plane over the next few weeks, has not prevented regulators from grounding the plane.

On Tuesday, European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has banned all Boeing 737 Max airliners from flying in Europe. EASA joins national regulators across Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia in grounding the jet. 

Read more: These 12 airlines have the most Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in their fleet.

However, Boeing, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and its US operators have reaffirmed their confidence in the 737 Max. 

In the US, the 737 Max is operated by American, Southwest, and United Airlines. In a note published on Monday, Raymond James analyst Savi Syth outlined the exposure of each operator to the 737 Max.

Southwest Airlines is the world's largest operator of the Boeing 737. So it comes as no surprise that it's also the largest operator of the 737 Max 8 with 34 planes. According to Syth, that represents 5% of the airline's total seat count between March and June of 2019. 

According to Raymond James note, 2% of American's seat inventory between now and June is on board its 24 Boeing 737 Max 8 airliners. Unlike the others, United Airlines does not fly the 737 Max 8 variant that was involved in the two crashes. Instead, the Chicago-based airline operates 14 of the larger Max 9 model. Syth's note indicates only 1% of United's seat exposure in March will be on the Max 9. That figure increases to 2% in April, May, and June. 

Boeing is still working to ramp up the production rate of the Boeing 737 Max which entered service in 2017. As a result, no US airline is greatly exposed to the troubles of the 737 Max program. Even for Southwest, its 34 Max jets are but a small part of its 750-jet fleet. American is the largest airline in the world with roughly 1,000 planes in its inventory. 

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          Intercessor Prophesies Jim Bakker Would Help Usher in Lord's Return      Cache   Translate Page      

Before Jim Bakker—host of The Jim Bakker Show and founder of Morningside—was widely known for his extensive work in television, he was a young college student at North Central University. Zealous for the Lord and hungry for the Spirit's presence, 19-year-old Bakker only wanted to do two things: preach the gospel and heal the sick. During that time, a prophetic intercessor named Phil Halverson pronounced seven prophecies over Bakker at a prayer meeting. In an exclusive interview for my "In Depth With Stephen Strang" podcast, Bakker told me that all of those prophecies have come true except one—that he would help usher in the coming of the Lord.

In my interview with Bakker, he opened up to me about the early days of his ministry and how the Lord prepared him to pioneer the Christian television industry. He said he never gives these types of interviews because the secular press always skews his words, but since we've been friends for quite some time, he felt safe to share things with me he hasn't shared with any other media outlet. He actually did two podcasts with me. You can listen to the first one by scrolling to the end of this article. In the second podcast, which releases next Friday on "In Depth With Stephen Strang," Bakker shares more of his story and gives details about the fall of his former show PTL Club, his experience in going to prison, his vindication, and his eventual re-entrance into ministry with Morningside and a new television show.

In my first podcast with Bakker, he told me about an encounter with the Spirit that changed his life forever.

"I wanted the Holy Spirit, but I wanted it God's way," Bakker says of the night Halverson prophesied over him. "So Phil Halverson was there and called all those who wanted the Holy Spirit to come to the center of the room, and he was going to pray for us. ... I received a baptism of the Spirit that was so real that I spoke in tongues all night long."

At that meeting, Bakker received prophetic direction that eventually led him to walk in God's call on his life for preaching and television.

"I was at the altar praying, and [Phil Halverson] laid hands on me," Bakker says. "He gave me seven things. I won't name them all, but they've all come true but one. And the one that hasn't happened yet is that he said I would help usher in the coming of the Lord. He said, 'You're going to have questions. The first one is to be answered no and the second one is yes.'"

That sounded strange to Bakker, but not too long afterward, he found his first question. His brother was planning to build a restaurant in Chicago and asked Bakker to partner with him. Had Bakker not received that word from Halverson, he would've said yes. But the Spirit held him back.

The next question quickly followed when Aubrey Sara—whom Bakker calls one of the greatest men he's ever met in his life—asked Bakker to preach with him.

"He asked me to hold a revival service in his church down in Burlington, North Carolina," Bakker says. "I had never preached a revival in my life, but I've been preaching ever since."

While working as an evangelist for Sara's church, Sara helped Bakker get ordained with the Assemblies of God. Soon afterward, Pat Robertson began asking Bakker to help him work on The 700 Club for the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN). At first, Bakker felt that taking Robertson's offer would be akin to backsliding. After all, he was preaching revivals, and Robertson wanted him to leave that to work on television.

"But Pat kept calling, and I began to pray," Bakker says. "And I felt that God wanted me to go help him pioneer—this was the world's first Christian TV station. ... Pat loved me, I believe, very much. He was just like a dad to me, [even though] he was only 10 years older than I was."

God used Bakker to help CBN raise money like never before. At first, CBN could never seem to raise enough money to meet their budget. Then Bakker did what others didn't think to do.

"The night I began to tell the truth that Christian TV was broke and if they didn't help, it was going to go under—that night, we met our budget for the first time," Bakker says. "That's when The 700 Club started. And that 700 Club was started in an anointing. ... That night, souls began to get saved. Since that day, millions have been saved through Christian television."

But after eight years of helping Robertson, God moved Bakker to California to help another Christian TV pioneer, Paul Crouch, with Trinity Broadcast Network (TBN).

"Paul told me, 'There's a TV station for sale, but I won't even try for it unless you help me," Bakker says. "I was the president [of TBN], and the company was started in my kitchen. ... Everywhere I've been, I've left a trail of ministry. And that's the greatest thing I have to give—that millions have been saved."

And ultimately, that's what Bakker says he truly cares about—saving souls and healing the sick. He remembers the day he felt the Lord call him to lay hands on the sick. He later became friends with healing evangelist Oral Roberts, whose healing miracles inspired Bakker's desire for the supernatural.

"I loved Oral so much," Bakker told me with tears in his eyes. "When I got to know him, he treated me with such respect. ... Oral taught me things, and I used to watch his TV show when I was in Bible school and before I went to Bible school. And I would cry over people being healed. And I would say, 'God, I want to do that. I want to heal people. I want people to get healed.'"

Soon, Bakker got to see those healing miracles in person. When later, he got involved in Christian television, he saw people healed during his meetings, even people outside the auditorium.

"I remember one lady was so crippled that she was just a twisted mess," Bakker says. "And I remember laying hands on her, and she fell to the floor, just like a mess, all tangled up. And I said, 'In the name of Jesus,' and she stood up, and she was healed! She was amazingly healed!"

Bakker has learned plenty of lessons over the years, not just about Christian TV or God's healing power, but also about His grace and forgiveness. There was so much Bakker had to share with me that we couldn't fit it all into one podcast. So be sure to tune in next week to "In Depth With Stephen Strang" to hear about how God led Bakker through some of the toughest moments of his life, including going to prison and losing the ministry he worked hard to build. In that episode, Bakker shares several things he's never shared publicly before, including how he was able to get back the name and brand for PTL, which had been lost. It's an amazing story of God's grace that the entire body of Christ needs to hear.

If Bakker's story encouraged you in your faith today, share this article with a friend and let it do the same for them. May God bless you!

          Broadway musical featuring Britney Spears smash hits to make debut in Chicago - WLS-TV      Cache   Translate Page      
  1. Broadway musical featuring Britney Spears smash hits to make debut in Chicago  WLS-TV
  2. Britney Spears Has A Musical Coming To Broadway And The Plot Sounds Nuts  BuzzFeed News
  3. Britney Spears Songs on Broadway? It’s Not Just a Fairy Tale  The New York Times
  4. Britney Spears Musical to Premiere in Chicago  Hollywood Reporter
  5. The Britney Spears Musical Will Feature Fairy Tale Princesses (?) in a Book Club (??) Reading The Feminine Mystique (???)  Jezebel
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          DePaul women win 4th title in 6 years, top No. 13 Marquette      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO (AP) — Chante Stonewall converted a go-ahead, 3-point play with 5.4 seconds left and DePaul beat No. 13 Marquette 74-73 on Tuesday night for the Blue Demons' fourth Big East Conference title in six seasons. Stonewall took a pass at the 3
          Does your neighborhood Starbucks offer oat milk? Coffee giant serves it up in select stores      Cache   Translate Page      

Does your neighborhood Starbucks offer oat milk? Coffee giant serves it up in select storesStarbucks now serves oatmilk at a few of its locations in Seattle, New York, San Francisco and Chicago. The chain has offered it in Europe since 2018.

          Why Democrats have chosen Milwaukee for their big convention       Cache   Translate Page      

MILWAUKEE HAS fine breweries, a Harley Davidson museum and a history of attracting lively socialist settlers from Europe. It offers views over Lake Michigan. And it is just big enough, with 17,000 hotel rooms, to host hefty conferences. But none of that explains why the city beat Miami and Houston, bigger rivals, to host the Democratic convention in July 2020. When party delegates gather to pick a candidate to run against Donald Trump for the presidency in Milwaukee they will be signalling a renewed focus on the Midwest. Milwaukee will be the first Midwestern city to host a Democratic convention since Chicago in 1996. After Hillary Clinton’s neglect of the region in 2016, the party wants to make amends. “We are ready to set an example, proving Democrats can be strong where many counted us out” says Mandela Barnes, a Milwaukee native and the lieutenant-governor in Wisconsin.

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          Lakers News: Kyle Kuzma to Return from Ankle Injury vs. Bulls      Cache   Translate Page      
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma will return to the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Chicago Bulls ,'s Dave McMenamin reported. Kuzma had missed the Lakers' last two games while dealing with a sprained right ankle...
          3/13/2019: It’s Hot: Chance marries girlfriend Kirsten      Cache   Translate Page      

Chance the Rapper tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend in a star-studded ceremony. The Chicago-based rapper posted several photos of him and Kirsten Corley on his Instagram and Twitter accounts on Monday. He captioned his photos with him...
          Broadway-Bound Britney Spears Musical Fills Chicago Theater Vacancy Left By Canceled Michael Jackson Show (Greg Evans/Deadline)      Cache   Translate Page      

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Broadway-Bound Britney Spears Musical Fills Chicago Theater Vacancy Left By Canceled Michael Jackson Show  —  A musical comedy featuring the songs of Britney Spears will fill the slot at the Chicago theater left vacant when producers of the upcoming Michael Jackson bio-musical scotched its own pre-Broadway run in the Windy City.

          Sales Manager - AAMCO Transmissions and Total Car Care - Chicago, IL      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Whoopi Goldberg announces near-death battle with pneumonia, sepsis: What you should know      Cache   Translate Page      


(CHICAGO) -- Whoopi Goldberg announced on Friday that she had been absent from co-hosting “The View” because she had been dealing with pneumonia and sepsis, saying that the two illnesses nearly killed her.

“I am here. I am up and moving around. Not as fast as I’d like to be, but I am OK. I’m not dead,” Goldberg, who last appeared on “The View” on Feb. 5, said in a message recorded for the show. “I came very, very close to leaving the Earth. Good news: I didn’t.”

Pneumonia and sepsis are two illnesses that can get pretty serious. Here’s what you should know about them.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that ranges in severity.

In the United States, pneumonia is the most common cause of hospital admission aside from women delivering children. In 2013, pneumonia was responsible for 960,000 hospital stays and nearly 60,000 deaths that year. The illness is now the eighth leading cause of death.

The severity of the lung infection depends on what’s causing it and who is affected by it. Pneumonia can be caused by a wide variety of bacteria, fungi or viruses, which enter the lungs from the air we breathe. A single organism can account for as many as 10 percent of cases, the most common being a bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. Influenza, also known simply as the flu, has the potential to cause pneumonia, too.

A weaker immune system raises the risk of getting a serious case of pneumonia. At-risk groups are considered to those who are young, such as children, the elderly and those who have compromised immune systems.

Symptoms of pneumonia include fever, shortness of breath and cough. Doctors who suspect their patients have pneumonia will often order blood tests and a chest X-ray to look for other signs of infection. However, not all pneumonias require hospitalization. Mild pneumonias can be treated in as little as five days with antibiotics.

Doctors may ask patients to stay in the hospital for closer monitoring in cases where pneumonia doesn’t improve or where it began as severe.

Survival from pneumonia has improved significantly over time. But death rates still range from as low as 3 percent in those who are treated outside of the hospital to 50 percent in those who require care in a hospital’s intensive care unit. For some people with pneumonia, recovery can take up to six to eight weeks.

Complications from pneumonia can make it a much more serious problem.

There are several complications that can make pneumonia a bigger problem. Pleural effusion, which is sometimes called “water in the lungs,” occurs when fluid accumulates just outside the area of the lung where the infection is located. The fluid can sometimes turn into pus, too. If it doesn’t improve on its own or with antibiotics, the fluid may have to be drained with a needle in a bedside procedure called thoracentesis.

Severe pneumonia and pleural effusions may block the transfer of oxygen from the air we breathe into our blood. When respiratory failure like this develops, doctors will likely have to intubate the patient, which requires placing a breathing tube down their throat and connecting it to a breathing machine. This allows doctors to control the patient’s breathing.

Sepsis is severe complication of pneumonia that worsens a patient’s outlook.

Sepsis is preceded by a condition known as bacteremia, which occurs when the organisms that cause pneumonia spread into the blood. People who develop bacteremia should go to a hospital immediately to receive intravenous antibiotics. If the bacteremia worsens to the point where vital signs are affected — blood pressure drops, heart rate goes up, breathing rate increases, fevers rise and blood oxygen levels drop — then they’re considered to have sepsis.

It’s worth noting that sepsis can develop from any kind of infection, not just pneumonia. However, pneumonia is the leading cause of sepsis. It’s a big deal because sepsis is more likely to lead to a worse outcome; mortality rates from sepsis can be as high as 15 percent.

There are steps you can take to prevent pneumonia.

Because the elderly are especially vulnerable to pneumonia, it’s recommended that everyone receive pneumonia vaccinations at the age of 65. There are two types of pneumonia vaccines — Pneumovax and Prevnar. Each contains bits of different strains of bacteria that cause pneumonia, allowing the body to develop antibodies and therefore immunity to fend off any future infection. Studies show that 69 percent of elderly people who are eligible to receive the vaccine don’t. Other at-risk groups should get vaccinated even earlier, including smokers, diabetics, alcoholics and people with compromised immune systems.

Other preventive measures people could take include receiving an annual flu vaccine and quitting smoking.

In high-risk people, pneumonia can develop into something serious and potentially fatal. But more commonly, it is easily treatable and patients’ outlooks are good. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are up to date with your pneumonia vaccinations if you are part of an at-risk group or over the age of 65.

Dr. Leila Haghighat is an internal medicine resident at Yale New Haven Hospital and a member of the ABC News Medical Unit.

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I read the article in the recent All Frets magazine about Chicago tuining and am wondering if any of you have switched from tenor or plectrum to Chicago, or vice versa, and your thoughts and why.I had never thought about the claim in the article that the harmonies are closer (than that of tenor). I play strictly rhythm/chords and tried the Eddie Freeman tuning on the tenor to minimize how the A string rings out in a chord. Personal preferance for a chord sound is why. I did go back to standard CGDA because, I think, I did not care all that much for the low octave of the A, prefering the more standard low-to-high chord arpeggio.

Of course, making the change from CGDA to Chicago might not be a smart move at my age since its taken me long enough to get to a more-or-less comfortable point with this tuning. But, I am interested in your thoughts. And,, if I want to try the Chicago tuning what string gauges would I need?



          VizzTone label Group artist: Rockin' Johnny & Quique Gomez - Dos Hombres Wanted - New Release Review      Cache   Translate Page      
I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Dos Hombres Wanted, from Rockin' Johnny and Quique Gomez and it's classic Chicago blues with a spin. Opening with Burgin original, Your Charm Won't Help You, old style with Johnny on lead vocal and his understated but wild guitar playing, Quique Gomez on classic harp, Eric Przygocki on bass, Stephen Dougherty on drums and Christian Dozler on piano. Excellent opener. A strong, slower blues Robert Jr Lockwood track, Funny But True, is up next and Gomez has the lead spot on vocal. Burgin plays out richer jazz style riffs and hands the floor to Gomez who really milks his harp for juice. Very nice. Burgin's Ain't No High Roller has a cool rock beat and Gomez rides high on the harp and with Dozzler on accordion and Burgin's steady hand on guitar this track hits a nice slot. Another classic Chicago style track, Everybody Loves My Baby is a great work out track for both Burgin and Gomez. Burgin has the lead on vocal and Gomez puts up first with a real nice harp solo but after another chorus Burgin has the floor and with some crisp fan runs, closes it out. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Coffee Can Blues with some of Burgin's best vocals on the release. Gomez really has rich tone and Burgin's phrasing is unusual and very cool. Otro Hombre is the best showcase for Gomez on the release with his featured on vocal and smoking harp. Solid Chicago all day. With Louis Jordan style, Step It Up Bro, has a real cool saunter. Gomez gets to let out his style playing on this one and with highlights by Farris Jarrah on trombone, accordion by Dozzler and some clean soloing by Burgin and Josh Fulero, this track is a real treat. One of my favorites on the release, The Right To Hurt Me features Burgin and some great lead vocals on his part. Full bodied guitar playing give this track a real warmth and I love Gomez's harp attack. Perfect. Blues rocker, Are You Ever has great tempo and spirit. Both guys juice this one up with hot riffs and with the addition of Greg Izor on harp. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Don't Blame Shorty, an easy shuffle with shared lead vocal and nice harp lead by Gomez. 

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There will be no reunion between the Patriots and Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson, one of the best kickoff returners in league history, will sign with the Bears when the new league year begins tomorrow at 4 p.m., according to multiple reports. The NFL Network broke the news of Patterson’s two-year, $10 million contract with Chicago. Patterson […]
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          Packers signing free agent safety Adrian Amos      Cache   Translate Page      

The Packers continue to fortify their defense.

After reeling in Ravens edge rusher Za'Darius Smith, general manager Brian Gutekunst is reportedly signing former Chicago Bears safety Adrian Amos. 

Amos registered 73 tackles, nine pass breakups, two interceptions, two tackles for losses and one fumble recovery in 2018.  

Drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, Amos has missed just four games over his four-year career.

The veteran adds needed versatility and athleticism to a position that desperately needed upgrading. An added bonus? Weakening a division rival. 

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Teams may start "legally tampering" with players scheduled to become free agents later today and start officially signing free agents on Wednesday, March 13.  I have noticed that many fans are worried that GM Gutekunst might reach for a player and stick the Packers with a contract that harms the team for years.

No more contracts like Nick Perry's is easy to say but harder to execute.  When the target is a very good to an elite player, the potential for a cap-killing contract increases.  Yet, many fans want and expect the Packers to spend in free agency. 

The obvious way to avoid the albatross is to sign good players who do not get injured and play at least as well as expected over the course of the entire contract.  Well, duh.

Another way is to sign only mid-level free agents because they generally do not get big chunks of guaranteed money.  Even if the Packers gave them guaranteed money, the amount usually is not so large that it cannot be handled easily.  Tramon Williams is not difficult to release simply because his $1.625 million dead money is not that large in relation to the cap limit. 

There are other ways, though.  One way is to abandon the current model of structuring contracts.  The-only-guaranteed-money-is-the-signing-bonus model has to go. 

Player SB %   Player SB % FG% Player SB % FG %
Rodgers 37.87   Fuller 32.14 GB Cousins 100 100
Graham 36.66   Goldman 26.19 26.19 Kendricks 21.00 23.28
Bakh 33.33   Mack 24.11 42.55 Hunter 20.83 23.47
Williams 32.50   Burton 21.87 56.25 Diggs 20.83 23.47
Linsley 31.37   Trevathan 26.86 48.21 Smith 19.51 29.81
Perry 31.09   Hicks 15.62 45.83 Reiff 18.72 44.77
Adams 31.03   Gabriel 15.38 53.85 Rudolph 17.81 34.63
Taylor 30.30   Robinson 14.29 42.86 Rhodes 17.12 28.56
Daniels 29.26   Leno 12.16 37.02 Joseph 12.00 22.30
Bulaga 23.70   Amukama 11.11 66.67 Griffen 03.45 32.41

This is stark.  SB % denotes the percentage of the total value of the contract due to a signing bonus.  The second column for each team denotes fully guaranteed amounts including the signing bonus.  Only Rodgers actually has guaranteed money that is not due to a signing bonus for the Packers.  Green Bay's signing bonus percentages are astronomical.  Signing bonuses build in dead money in the later years of a contract.  They reduce flexibility to release an underperforming player.  Does this sound familiar?

It is true that the Chicago players have low signing bonus percentages but they still have very healthy percentages that are fully guaranteed.  One should realize that a lot of the fully guaranteed money is first-year base salaries and roster bonuses.  In other words, a lot of the guaranteed part of the player's money drops off the contract after the first, or usually at worst, the second year of the contract, leaving just the small signing bonus as something that potentially could cause dead money hits. 

Minnesota's signing bonus and fully guaranteed amounts are quite low.  Looking at their numbers, the players have a lot of payments that are called "virtually" or "essentially" guaranteed.  That is better for the team than fully guaranteed, of course.  I did not always agree with the assessment that money is virtually guaranteed, and some players had money guaranteed for injury, and one for skill and cap but not injury.  Those were too hard to categorize.

Using the signing bonus as the sole source of guaranteed money results in the team front-loading the cash and back-loading the cap hit.    

Another way to avoid the albatross is to stop playing games with the first-year cap hit.  Let's look at some of the Packers' recent contract extensions and free agent signings.

Name % AAV

1st yr.

  Name % AAV 1st yr. 
Nelson 47.12 9.76 4.6   D Bakh* 78.08 12.00 9.37
Bennett 47.86 7.00 3.35   Daniels* 95.61 10.25 9.8
Perry 50.17 11.8 5.92   Williams 72.50 5.00 3.625
Bulaga 52.86 6.75 3.57   Taylor 76.25 5.50 4.19
Cobb 53.50 10.0 5.35   Linsley* 80.59 8.50 6.85
Graham 56.67 10.0 5.67   Adams* 97.24 14.5 14.1
Matthews* 57.46 11.66 6.70   Crosby 59.63 4.02 2.40

* Denotes an extension.  I have generally taken the prorated signing bonus on extensions and added that to the first year cap hit number for new money.  For example, Adams got his $18 million in December of 2017.  The prorated $3.6M was added to his 2017 cap number even though he was in concussion protocol and would not play again that season.  Due to roll over, putting the $3.6M in 2017 merely reduced our cap space in 2018.  I added the $3.6 million to the $10.537 million cap number listed for 2018 to reach 14.1 million for his first-year cap number.  

What I see from the table is that the players with at least 70% of AAV for a first-year cap hit tend to have outs after one or two years.  Linsley's cap savings exceeds his dead money charge after playing one year.  Daniels and Crosby did, and Adams and Taylor will have cap savings that exceed their dead money hits after playing 2 seasons.  Daniels had $3 million in cap savings after the first year of his contract.  Tramon Williams' cap savings to dead money is almost 3 to 1 after playing for just one year.  Bakhtiari's cap savings will exceed his dead money charge after playing for 2 years of the 4-year extension.  Aaron  Rodgers is the exception due to the sheer size of his contract.

Not so for the players on the left.  Perry has to play three full seasons until his cap savings ($6.9M) approaches his dead money (still $7.4M).  The same was true for Bulaga though his dead money was manageable due to his small signing bonus.  Bennett and Graham were both on three-year deals and would have had some cap savings but not a 1:1 ratio to the dead money charge after playing for one year.  Playing games with the first year cap hit leads to trouble if the player does not perform.  Stop doing that.

What to Look for in any Free Agent Contracts:

The number rule is to sign good players.  The next most important thing is to keep the signing bonus down.  20 percent of the total value of the contract is good.  25 percent is okay.  The Packers should use a roster bonus in the first and second years of the contract and guarantee all of the first-year base salaries more often.  If necessary, guarantee some or all of the second year's base salary or roster bonus.  Players and their agents like large signing bonuses because they get their cash immediately and because it means there is significant dead money in the later years of the contract: that helps protect the players base salary in years three, four, and five.

All of the first year cap numbers should be at least 60 percent and preferably 70 percent of the AAV of the contract.  If the player is older or has an injury history, 75% to 80% is better.

If the player is young, has little or no injury history, and it is a four or five-year contract, a 60 percent first-year cap hit is acceptable, especially if the player is reasonably proven rather than a one-year wonder.  Just realize that at 60 percent, the Packers are probably stuck with this player for two years and probably three years if it is a four-year contract.

If the contract is for three years, the first-year cap number should be 80 percent or more.  Having cap hits that are 80%, 100% and 120% of the AAV makes for good outs after the free agent plays for a year and almost certainly after two years.

Calculate the one, two, and three-year outs for the player.  Graham has a one year out of $13 million with $7.33 million dead; a two year out at $22 million with $3.66 million dead.  I like to calculate the cap savings to dead money ratio.  When does it reach 1:1 or better yet, 2:1 or more.

Instead of recommending particular players, I think the Packers should identify several players they think will play well at multiple positions, such as free safety, outside linebacker, defensive end, wide receiver, right guard and right tackle.  Using that list, sign the players who will accept a reasonable signing bonus and overall contract structure.

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Jussie Smollett appears in court for hearing; Cameras allowed for future hearingsActor Jussie Smollett walked back into court in Chicago Tuesday morning, days after he was charged with 16 felony counts related to that alleged hoax.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free-agent WR Cordarrelle Patterson intends to sign with the Chicago Bears for $5 million per year over two years, per source.
          [杂谈] 美国桥梁省心否 40桥垮塌为什么(26P)      Cache   Translate Page      

[杂谈] 美国桥梁省心否 40桥垮塌为什么(26P) - 路人@行者 - 路人@行者
  2018年3月15日下午,位于迈阿密的佛罗里达国际大学校园附近一座在建天桥坍塌,8车被压、已致6死9伤。这座桥长仅53米、重约950吨、造价达1420万美元的人行天桥,出事5天前仅用6小时吊装到位,号称能抗五级飓风、百年不倒,是世界首座完全由自动清洁混凝土建造的桥,首次使用一种先进的计算机控制系统(自我推进模块化运输,Self-Propelled Modular Transportation)完成主桥运输安装......然而该桥“搭成”5天之后,桥塌了,变成一个名副其实的、标准的豆腐渣工程。据统计,1951年~1988年美国发生了114起桥梁倒塌事故;1989年~2000年倒塌桥梁达到503座;依据维基百科统计,2000年以后美国垮塌的正式桥梁数22座(不含本次),同期中国9座。关于中国桥梁垮塌事故,路人曾连续以《[原创] 15年目睹怪现状 150桥垮塌为什么》为题分(上46P)(下46P)(续50P)逐一进行了简介,下面路人和大家一起看看美国桥梁怎么样?

[杂谈] 美国桥梁省心否 40桥垮塌为什么(26P) - 路人@行者 - 路人@行者
[杂谈] 美国桥梁省心否 40桥垮塌为什么(26P) - 路人@行者 - 路人@行者
[杂谈] 美国桥梁省心否 40桥垮塌为什么(26P) - 路人@行者 - 路人@行者

2018年3月15日,美国佛罗里达州迈阿密市一座过街人行天桥坍塌,致6死9伤。为此,美国CNN回顾了美国近50年来最致命的十大桥梁垮塌事件(The deadliest bridge collapses in the US in the last 50 years,By Alexandrea Penn, CNN)。(美国有线电视新闻网)多年来发生了许多致命的桥梁倒塌,一些是由于结构缺陷和其他碰撞或事故造成的。下面回顾一下近半个世纪以来最致命的10起事件。(CNN)There have been a number of deadly bridge collapses through the years, some due to structural deficiencies and others in collisions or accidents. Here's a look back at the 10 deadliest incidents in the last half century.

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[杂谈] 美国桥梁省心否 40桥垮塌为什么(26P) - 路人@行者 - 路人@行者

01、凯悦酒店人行廊桥坍塌事故Hyatt Regency Walkway

  • 死亡人数:114(200伤)
  • 地点:密苏里州堪萨斯城Kansas City, Missouri
  • 时间:1981年7月17日
  • 凯悦酒店第二和第四层的两条人行廊桥由于住客人数过多发生坍塌。坍塌的过道坠落到前厅的舞池当中。美国土木工程师学会The American Society of Civil Engineers称其为“美国历史上造成死亡人数最多的结构失误”/"one of the most devastating structural failures in U.S. history in terms of lives lost."。
  • 坍塌原因:当时桥上挤满了人群,部分人们正在跳舞。建筑学家认为一个原因是跳舞的人们有节奏的振动引发人行桥结构断裂,另一个原因就是桥面人员过多,负荷过重。
  • The walkways on the second and fourth floor of the Hyatt Regency Hotel collapsed under the weight of guests. They then both crashed onto a crowded dance floor in the lobby. The American Society of Civil Engineers called it "one of the most devastating structural failures in U.S. history in terms of lives lost."

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02、美铁海湾坠车事故Big Bayou Canot Bridge

  • 死亡人数:47(103伤)
  • 地点:阿拉巴马州莫比城外Outside Mobile, Alabama
  • 时间:1993年9月22日
  • 美铁列车的部分车身坠入海湾后着火。事故发生前,一艘驳船一头撞到了铁路桥上,几分钟后,美铁日落特快号Amtrak Sunset Limited列车便撞到已变形的轨道上,然后一头栽进了海湾当中。
  • Part of an Amtrak train fell off a trestle into the bayou and caught fire. It happened right after a barge hit a railroad bridge. Minutes later, the Amtrak Sunset Limited hit the bent tracks and plunged into the bayou.

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03、希尔福桥坍塌事故Silver Bridge

  • 死亡人数:46(9伤)
  • 地点:西弗吉尼亚州欢乐点与俄亥俄州加利波利斯之间Between Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Gallipolis, Ohio
  • 时间:1967年12月15日
  • 据目击者称,Silver Bridge的整个1,460英尺悬挂部分在不到20秒内折叠成“一副纸牌”,并坍塌在河中。调查人员后来称该桥由于一处发生断裂,引发了这次事故。
  • 坍塌原因:眼杆Eyebar疲劳断裂,历时39年的高负荷运作,使得该桥靠近俄亥俄州一面的一个链环不堪重负而断裂。链条与桥塔之间的不合理关系,也是导致灾难发生的原因之一。
  • According to eyewitnesses, the entire 1,460-foot suspended portion of the Silver Bridge folded "like a deck of cards" in less than 20 seconds and collapsed into the river. Investigators later blamed a fracture in the bridge for the accident.

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04、赛匹斯高架桥事故Cypress Street Viaduct

  • 死亡人数:42
  • 地点:加州奥克兰市Oakland, California
  • 时间:1989年10月17日
  • Cypress高速公路高架桥是一座双层高速公路结构,将880号州际公路连接到海湾大桥入口,Loma Prieta地震造成上层桥面倒塌到下层桥面上。
  • The Cypress Freeway Viaduct was a double-decker freeway structure that connected Interstate 880 to the Bay Bridge approach. The Loma Prieta Quake caused the upper deck to collapse on to the lower.

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[杂谈] 美国桥梁省心否 40桥垮塌为什么(26P) - 路人@行者 - 路人@行者

05、阳光高架桥事故Sunshine Skyway Bridge

  • 死亡人数:35
  • 地点:佛罗里达州圣彼得堡城外Outside St. Petersburg, Florida
  • 时间:1980年5月9日
  • 雷雨时,一艘货船撞上桥梁,一辆公共汽车,六辆汽车和一辆皮卡车坠入海湾。
  • A freighter struck the bridge during a thunderstorm, sending a bus, six cars and a pickup truck into the bay.

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06、40号州际公路大桥事故I-40 Bridge

  • 死亡人数:14
  • 地点:俄克拉何马州韦伯斯福尔斯Webbers Falls, Oklahoma
  • 时间:2002年5月26日
  • 早上7:45,因一艘拖有驳船的拖船撞击桥身导致40州际公路大桥1/3的桥体坠落。由于司机看不到前方桥面塌落,随后陆续有十辆汽车坠入水中。
  • A third of the I-40 bridge fell after a towboat pushed a barge into a support.

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07、克莱因大街高架桥事故Cline Avenue

  • 死亡人数:14
  • 地点:印第安纳州东芝加哥East Chicago, Indiana
  • 时间:1982年4月15日
  • 据合众国际社(UPI)报道,克莱因大街高架桥延伸项目中的3处桥面坍塌。
  • Three spans of the elevated Cline Avenue bridge extension highway project gave way, according to UPI.New Cline Avenue Bridge set to open in 2019

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08、35号州际公路大桥事故I-35 W Bridge

  • 死亡人数:13(145伤)
  • 地点:明尼阿波利斯Minneapolis
  • 时间:2007年8月1日
  • 事故原因:桥梁养护不足。2007年8月1日下午6:01,明尼苏达州一座州际公路桥在晚高峰时段垮塌,大约300米的桥面连同数十辆汽车坠入密西西比河,致死13人,数十人受伤。美国国家运输安全委员会调查发现,这座钢结构拱桥的10多块支撑板型号不对,桥墩支撑板的厚度只达到标准厚度的1/2,但例行检查却没有发现这一问题,是美国自1983年以来最严重的非天灾或外力因素所造成的桥梁崩塌事件。新的大桥于2008年9月18日通车,在离新桥不远的地方,建立了倒塌事故的纪念公园,纪念这场事故,作为历史教训,永远载入史册。纪念碑上这样写着:“我们的生命不仅被所发生的定义,也被我们面对所发生的行为所定义,不仅被生命带给我们的所定义,也被我们带给生命的所定义。悲剧事件内无私的行为和悲悯创造长远的社区。”
  • Support plates that were about half as thick as they should have been were the likely cause of the I-35 W bridge collapse over the Mississippi River, investigators said.

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09、斯科哈里河大桥事故Schoharie Creek Bridge

  • 死亡人数:10
  • 地点:纽约州亨特堡Fort Hunter, New York
  • 时间:1987年4月5日
  • 事故原因来自于桥体的建筑失误。据报道,桥桩只是被固定在了河床上,而并未被打进河床之下。
  • Faulty construction was to blame for the collapse of the bridge. According to the Times-Union, the bridge's pilings were built on the riverbed instead of driven into the bedrock beneath the surface.

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10、西德尼拉尼尔斜拉桥事故Sidney Lanier Bridge

  • 死亡人数:10
  • 地点:佐治亚州不伦瑞克Brunswick, Georgia
  • 时间:1972年11月7日
  • 因一艘货船撞向西德尼拉尼尔斜拉桥,导致行驶在桥上的车辆掉入不伦瑞克河当中。
  • A freighter collided with a drawbridge, sending cars into the Brunswick River.

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  • 11、2016年7月07日,一辆大型卡车撞上美国得克萨斯州休斯敦以西的锡利市附近高速公路上的一座立交桥,造成桥梁部分坍塌并砸中一辆小汽车,致1死1伤。
  • 12、2015年1月19日晚上10:30,I-75的Hopple街附近处(与I-74及27公路交汇口南侧)一处正准备进行拆除的立交桥Hopple Street Overpass over southbound I-75发生突然垮塌,致1死1伤。
  • 13、2014年5月15日,西雅图-塔科马国际机场的登机桥突然塌陷,数十名乘客正要通过时,其突然下降了数米,当时桥上有数十名乘客,幸无人受伤。
  • 14、2014年5月6日,美国加利福尼亚州一座在建的公路大桥起火。这座耗资3200万美元的大桥已经建设一年半之久,但是在起火仅几分钟后,整座大桥便轰然倒塌。该事故的起因是一名建筑工的电焊枪火焰被大风吹歪,点燃了身边支撑这座新建高架桥的木制脚手架。
  • 15、2013年5月23日下午7点,美国华盛顿州一座美国西雅图和加拿大温哥华的主要州际公路桥坍塌,多辆汽车和人员掉入水中,致13死145伤。卡吉特河大桥横跨于美国华盛顿州的芒特弗农与柏林顿之间,位于西雅图北部的约96公里处,建造于1955年,每天要通过71000辆左右的机动车,并没有结构性缺陷。但由于其建造年代久远,属于“功能过时”的桥梁。参见博文《[原创] 美桥坍塌引深思 桥梁老化应警醒(15P)
  • 16、2013年5月25日凌晨2时30分,密苏里州东南部小镇查菲两列分属于美国联合太平洋铁路公司和伯灵顿北方铁路公司的货运火车,在一个交叉路口发生严重碰撞,一列火车从侧面撞上另一列,导致后者12节车厢出轨,出轨后的车厢又重重撞向一座高架公路桥的支撑桥墩,致使高架桥路面坍塌。高架公路桥上仅有2辆汽车在通行,车上5名乘客手臂和脚踝不同程度骨折,其中一列火车上的列车长和机车工程师也受伤。
  • 17、2012年11月30日早上7时,美国新泽西一处铁路桥发生坍塌事故,造成一列正在其上运行的货运火车出轨,并导致车上装载的剧毒物质泄漏,泄露的剧毒物质造成70多人因“身体不适”被送往医院。
  • 18、2012年1月27日,美国肯塔基州奥罗拉附近一艘大型货船在穿过一座进百年的大桥时发生碰撞,由于桥梁钢架年久老化,导致被撞桥身整段断塌。据悉,该大桥建于上世纪30年代,日均车流量达到2800多辆。
  • 19、1983年6月28日,美国康涅狄格州格林威治镇米勒斯大桥Mianus River Bridge垮塌,坍塌原因为桥体一个铁栓发生松动造成,死亡人数3人。
  • 20、1940年11月7日上午11时,塔科马海峡大桥Tacoma Narrows Bridge在远低于设计风速的19m/s风速下发生强烈的风致振动,桥面经历了70min振幅不断增大的反对称扭转振动,最终导致桥面折断坠落到峡谷中。参见博文《[原创] 诡异的卡门涡街与离奇的塔科马吊桥灾难(1/2))》和《[原创] 诡异的卡门涡街与离奇的塔科马吊桥灾难(2/2))

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2013年5月23日斯卡吉特河Skagit River大桥垮塌,参见博文《[原创] 美桥坍塌引深思 桥梁老化应警醒(15P)
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  • 21、Tennessee Hatchie River Bridge;Between Covington, Tennessee and Henning, Tennessee;April 1, 1989;8 killed。
  • 22、San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge;Oakland, Calif.;Oct. 17, 1989;1 killed。
  • 23、Swinging Bridge;Heber Springs, Ark.;Oct. 28, 1989;5 killed。
  • 24、Claiborne Avenue Bridge;New Orleans, La.;May 28, 1993;1 killed, 2 injured。
  • 25、I-5 Bridge;Coalinga, Calif.;March 10, 1995;7 killed。
  • 26、Queen Isabella Causeway;Port Isabel, Texas and South Padre Island, Texas;Sept. 15, 2001;8 killed。
  • 27、C-470 overpass over I-70;Golden, Colo.;May 15, 2004;3 killed。
  • 28、Major freeway bridge collapses in Minneapolis during rush hour;The I-35 W bridge collapsed Aug. 6, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minn. The job of removing debris and destroyed cars, the cost was estimated to be $15 million. Five were confirmed dead.。

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[原创] 桥梁 不是荣耀地标应为灾难脊梁(30P) [原创] 鹊桥之夜闻桥断 银河垂泪阳明滩 (15P)
[精选] 桥梁岂有更漂亮 沟通才是最美的(52P) [杂谈] 西子湖畔断桥新 建养管运当用心 (21P)
[集邮] 沟通的使者 美国桥梁邮票欣赏 (36P) [原创] 桥梁 追求的是跨越 实现的是沟通 (24P)
[组图] 桥坚强—巨石压不垮 炸药伤不着(20P) [原创] 15年目睹怪现状 150桥垮塌为什么(上46P) (下46P)

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O “novo” Acordo de Alcântara nada mais é do que a velha submissão aos EUA

O sociólogo e especialista em Relações Internacionais, Marcelo Zero, analisa os “novos” termos do Acordo da Base de Alcântara. “Em abril de 2000 constatou-se que o governo dos EUA havia imposto condições draconianas e atentatórias à soberania nacional. A oposição, liderada pelo PT conseguiu impedir a aprovação do acordo na Câmara. Mas, agora, acaba de ser ressuscitado, em surdina e nas penumbras, pelos governos de Temer e de Bolsonaro, que, abanando o rabo de vira-lata, acabou de renegociá-lo com Washington.”

Após seu anunciado périplo por países de governos conservadores que o inspiram, talvez os únicos em que seria razoavelmente recebido (o Chile dos Chicago Boys, Israel de Netanyahu e os EUA de Trump), Bolsonaro pretende retornar ao Brasil com um “troféu” nas mãos: um “novo” Acordo de Alcântara.
O “novo” é entre aspas mesmo, pois duvidamos que os EUA venham a fazer quaisquer concessões significativas no texto antigo do acordo. Afinal, esse “novo” texto foi renegociado pelo governo Temer e concluído no governo Bolsonaro. Ora, ambos os governos, ou desgovernos, têm como marca principal, na política externa, a submissão aos EUA, especialmente o do capitão, que idolatra Trump.
Assim, é pouco provável que o “novo” texto seja muito diferente do antigo.
E o antigo era muito, muito ruim.
Em abril de 2000, os EUA e o Brasil (sob gestão tucana) assinaram acordo bilateral com o objetivo, em tese singelo, de permitir que empresas norte-americanas pudessem usar a nossa Base de Alcântara para lançar os seus satélites.
Conforme informações do governo da época, tal uso poderia gerar recursos de monta (cerca de US$ 30 milhões ao ano, numa avaliação muito otimista) para reativar a base que ainda está subutilizada. Para as empresas norte-americanas, este uso seria proveitoso, em razão do fato de que o Centro de Lançamentos de Alcântara está bastante próximo da linha do Equador, o que diminui significativamente os custos dos lançamentos.
Até aí, tudo bem. Nada demais em permitir que empresas de quaisquer países usem comercialmente nossa base de lançamentos, desde que paguem o preço justo e respeitem nossa soberania.
Entretanto, nas discussões ocorridas no Congresso e no âmbito da sociedade civil à época, constatou-se que o governo dos EUA havia imposto condições draconianas e atentatórias à soberania nacional para permitir que as suas empresas usassem a Base de Alcântara. A oposição, liderada pelo PT e com o apoio até dos partidos da situação, conseguiu impedir a aprovação do acordo na Câmara.

Politicamente morto, o acordo ficou enterrado na CCJ daquela Casa. O julgávamos extinto. Mas, agora, acaba de ser ressuscitado, em surdina e nas penumbras, pelos governos de Temer e de Bolsonaro, que, abanando o rabo de vira-lata, acabou de renegociá-lo com Washington.

Pois bem, o Acordo de Alcântara antigo intitulava-se “Acordo entre o Governo da República Federativa do Brasil e o Governo dos Estados Unidos da América sobre Salvaguardas Tecnológicas Relacionadas à Participação dos Estados Unidos da América nos Lançamentos a partir do Centro de Lançamento de Alcântara, celebrado em Brasília, em 18 de abril de 2000. ”
 Desse modo, o Acordo de Alcântara tinha apenas um objetivo manifesto: proteger tecnologiasensível de origem norte-americana (satélites, foguetes, etc.) de apropriação indevida.
Porém, o acordo firmado com o Brasil tinha dois tipos de cláusulas: salvaguardas tecnológicas e salvaguardas políticasEstas últimas não tinham qualquer relação com o objetivo manifesto do acordo e não constam de qualquer outro acordo de salvaguardas tecnológicas firmados entre os EUA e outros países.
São elas:
  1. Proibição de usar o dinheiro dos lançamentos no desenvolvimento do veículo lançador-VLS (Artigo III, parágrafo E, do Acordo de Alcântara);
Esta salvaguarda, ao proibir o uso dos recursos do aluguel da Base de Alcântara no programa brasileiro do VLS (Veículo Lançador de Satélites), interferia indevidamente num programa de enorme importância para o desenvolvimento espacial brasileiro. Com efeito, um veículo lançador de satélites próprio permitiria ao Brasil entrar, de forma autônoma, no lucrativo e estratégico mercado da colocação em órbita de satélites de comunicação. Ademais, tal cláusula era claramente atentatória à soberania nacional, uma vez que nenhum país estrangeiro pode ter potestade, no que tange ao uso que o Brasil faria do dinheiro provindo do aluguel de sua própria base.
  1. Proibição de cooperar com países que não sejam membros do MTCR (Artigo III, parágrafo B, do Acordo de Alcântara);
Tal salvaguarda, ao proibir que o Brasil cooperasse com países que não fossem membros do (Míssil Technology Regime Controle-MTCR), impunha restrições descabidas à cooperação tecnológica nacional e conferia a um país estrangeiro, os EUA, no caso, o poder de limitar o arbítrio da República Federativa do Brasil quanto à maneira de usar a sua base nacional e desenvolver seu programa aeroespacial. Saliente-se que o MTCR é um regime criado basicamente pelo EUA para impedir que países possam desenvolver a tecnologia de veículos lançadores de satélites, que também podem ser usados, com adaptações, como mísseis militares.
É necessário colocar em relevo também que a China, assim como vários outros países, não pertence ao MTCR, por considerá-lo injusto, irracional e pouco eficiente, além de ser um instrumento que tende a perpetuar as desigualdades tecnológicas entre as nações. Pois bem, o Brasil desenvolve, em conjunto com a China, em função de acordo bilateral firmado em julho de 1988, um importantíssimo programa de cooperação na área espacial: o desenvolvimento e lançamento dos Satélites Sino-Brasileiros de Recursos Terrestres (CBERS). É evidente que, caso esse dispositivo fosse aprovado, os satélites sino-brasileiros não poderiam ser lançados da base de Alcântara.
  • Possibilidade de veto político unilateral de lançamentos (Artigo III, parágrafo A, do Acordo de Alcântara),
No que se refere a esta salvaguarda relacionada ao veto político unilateral de lançamentos, ela também não tinha, evidentemente, nenhuma relação com o resguardo de tecnologia norte-americana. Pelo que estava previsto no texto antigo do Acordo, os Estados Unidos poderiam proibir que o Brasil pudesse, utilizando base instalada em território nacional e veículos de lançamento de sua propriedade (ou de propriedade de terceiros países), lançar satélites para nações desafetas dos EUA. O absurdo de tal cláusula salta aos olhos.
  1. Obrigatoriedade de assinar novos acordos de salvaguardas com outros países, de modo a obstaculizar a cooperação tecnológica (Artigo III, parágrafo F, do Acordo de Alcântara).
Tal salvaguarda política, ao impor que o Brasil assinasse acordos de salvaguardas com outros países que viessem a se utilizar da nossa Base, nos mesmos moldes do Acordo de Alcântararepresentaria também sério obstáculo à cooperação tecnológica. Ademais, tratava-se, conforme nossa concepção, de verdadeira aberração jurídica que contraria os mais elementares princípios do direito internacional. Nações soberanas não podem ser coagidas a celebrar atos internacionais entre si em função de um acordo bilateral firmado por uma delas com outro país, e muito menos serem obrigadas a inscrever nesses atos o mesmo conteúdo do acordo. Na realidade, essa cláusula tem um endereço certo: os acordos de cooperação nos usos pacíficos do espaço exterior firmados pelo País com a Rússia, a Ucrânia, a China e a Itália, além de outros. O temor do governo norte-americano era que esses países, em decorrência das atividades de cooperação ensejadas pelos acordos, repassem ao País ou facilitassem o desenvolvimento de tecnologia de veículos lançadores de satélites para o Brasil.

No caso dos outros acordos de salvaguardas tecnológicas firmados pelos EUA com a Rússia, China, Cazaquistão e Ucrânia essas cláusulas políticas não estão presentes, porque tais países já dispõem da tecnologia do veículo lançador de satélites, além de saberem defender melhor a sua soberania.

Assim sendo, o Acordo de Alcântara era um ponto fora da curva, no que se refere aos acordos de salvaguardas tecnológicas firmados pelo EUA, uma vez que contém salvaguardas puramente políticas que não possuem nenhuma relação com a proteção de tecnologia norte-americana.
Contudo, mesmo as salvaguardas tecnológicas propriamente ditas, admissíveis num acordo dessa natureza, foram redigidas de forma imprópria e atentatória à soberania nacional.
Entre outras, destacamos as seguintes:
  1. Os EUA teriam o direito de ter a disposição e controlar “áreas restritas” dentro da Base de Alcântara.
Tais áreas seriam controladas vinte e quatro horas por dia exclusivamente pelos EUA. Brasileiros lá não poderiam entrar. O governo dos EUA poderia também, conforme o Acordo, instalar aparelhagem eletrônica para melhor controlar tais áreas e nelas realizar inspeções sem aviso prévio ao governo brasileiro. Até mesmo os crachás para se adentrar tais áreas seriam emitidos unicamente pelo governo dos EUA ou por seus representantes autorizados. Assim, caso tivessem aprovado o Acordo, os senhores Jair Bolsonaro e Eduardo Araújo, se quisessem circular livremente pela Base de Alcântara, teriam, em tese, de portar crachás emitidos por autoridades norte-americanas.
  1. O Brasil não poderia revistar o material que os EUA fizerem ingressar na Base. 
Com efeito, o Acordo previa que os “containers” lacrados que virão dos EUA não poderiam ser abertos enquanto estiverem em território brasileiro. Tais “containers” só poderiam ser abertos nas “áreas restritas”, exclusivamente por pessoal norte-americano. Ou seja: a alfândega brasileira ou quaisquer outras autoridades brasileiras não poderiam ter nenhum acesso às cargas que ingressarão em Alcântara. Embora se alegue que esta cláusula é vital para se “proteger a tecnologia norte-americana”, ela encerra grande perigo: o Brasil não teria nenhum controle sobre o que os EUA lançariam de Alcântara. Assim, se quisessem, os EUA poderiam lançar satélites de uso militar a partir da nossa base. Comenta-se, inclusive, que Alcântara poderia se converter numa das bases para um novo escudo antimíssil. As repercussões geopolíticas, principalmente no âmbito dos BRICS, seriam assustadoras e desastrosas.
  1. Os escombros de lançamentos fracassados não poderiam ser estudados ou fotografados de nenhuma forma.
De fato, o Acordo proibia que o governo brasileiro estudasse ou fotografasse escombros que tivesse caído sem seu próprio território. Saliente-se que tal cláusula contraria tratado internacional sobre o assunto. De fato, esse dispositivo não se coaduna com os princípios do direito internacional aplicáveis ao caso, consubstanciados no “Acordo sobre o Salvamento de Astronautas e Restituição de Astronautas e de Objetos Lançados ao Espaço Cósmico”, datado de 22 de abril de 1968.
Tal acordo prevê o direito de custódia para o país em cujo território caiam os escombros, o que seria negado pelo presente ato internacional, na medida em que determina a imediata restituição dos destroços.
Na época em que o Acordo estava sendo discutido na Câmara, comentou-se muito sobre a maneira descabida e desrespeitosa como foram redigidas as salvaguardas tecnológicas. Porém, comentou-se pouco sobre o gigantesco atentado à soberania nacional expresso nas absurdas salvaguardas políticas do Acordo de Alcântara.
Essas cláusulas políticas manifestam o grande objetivo do Acordo para o governo norte-americano: colocar o programa espacial brasileiro na órbita estratégica dos EUA e impedir o desenvolvimento do Veículo Lançador de Satélites por parte do Brasil.
Aliás, isso foi dito com todas as letras, na negociação ocorrida em 2000. Os EUA afirmaram que não queriam que o Brasil desenvolvesse seu Veículo Lançador.
Essa determinação continua. Aliás a cooperação espacial do Brasil com a Ucrânia fracassou, em boa parte, por causa dessa pressão dos EUA.
Tal oposição dos Estados Unidos à cooperação entre Ucrânia e Brasil está registrada em telegrama que o Departamento de Estado enviou à sua embaixada em Brasília, em janeiro de 2009. Conforme esse telegrama, os EUA “não apoiam o programa nativo dos veículos de lançamento espacial do Brasil…..” “Queremos lembrar às autoridades ucranianas que os EUA não se opõem ao estabelecimento de uma plataforma de lançamentos em Alcântara, contanto que tal atividade não resulte na transferência de tecnologias de foguetes ao Brasil”.
Os Estados Unidos também se opuseram a lançamentos de satélites norte-americanos (ou fabricados por outros países, mas que contenham componentes estadunidenses) a partir do Centro de Lançamento de Alcântara, por falta de um Acordo de Salvaguardas Tecnológicas e “devido à nossa política, de longa data, de não encorajar o programa de foguetes espaciais do Brasil”.
Observe-se que, com o veículo lançador, o Brasil poderia dominar todo ciclo da tecnologia espacial e ser um player importante no mercado de lançamentos de satélites. Afinal, temos uma base de localização privilegiada, que permite lançamentos comparativamente baratos, e um acordo com a China para o desenvolvimento conjunto de satélites. Só nos falta o veículo lançador para que o nosso grande potencial nessa área crítica da tecnologia possa se concretizar.
Só que Washington não quer. Aliás, isso foi dito, repetimos, com todas as letras no início das negociações do Acordo de Alcântara. Os ianques disseram, na caradura, que “permitiriam” o uso da Base de Alcântara para lançamentos de satélites, desde que o Brasil extinguisse o programa do VLS e concordasse com todas as cláusulas políticas que seriam inseridas no texto.

O Executivo da época engoliu a bofetada e a ordem do Império. O Congresso, não.

Mas, agora, os novos vira-latas, bons cristãos que são, querem dar a outra face.
Não se enganem: o acordo deverá voltar de Washington, na essência, tal como saiu em abril de 2000. O zumbi de Alcântara terá o mesmo corpo, o mesmo texto, o mesmo odor pútrido. Afinal, os EUA sabem defender os seus interesses.
Quem não sabe ou não quer defender os interesses de seu país é o governo Bolsonaro, que até já subordinou nossas Forças Armadas ao Comando Sul dos EUA. O capitão e seu chanceler também defenderam, em público, a criação de uma base norte-americana em território brasileiro.
Assim, com essa “renegociação”, o governo antinacional estaria assumindo que, no campo aeroespacial, assim como em outras áreas estratégicas, o Brasil será mero exportador de commodities. No caso, uma commodity geográfica. Supriremos os EUA com uma localização geográfica privilegiada. E nada mais. Nada de veículo lançador próprio. Nada de satélites competitivos.
Restará ao Congresso defender o Brasil.
Quando da ocasião da tramitação do acordo antigo na Comissão de Relações Exteriores e de Defesa Nacional da Câmara, preparei os pareceres para o relator, o então Deputado Waldir Pires (PT/BA).
Construímos um parecer que agregou todas as forças contra o acordo.
No dia da sessão de votação, fomos surpreendidos por uma série de elogios ao trabalho do Doutor Waldir Pires. Todos os partidos, sem exceção, manifestaram total apoio ao parecer do Doutor Waldir. Mesmo o PSDB e o PFL (hoje DEM) expressaram seu entusiasmo com o parecer. O mínimo que se disse é que a sessão era histórica, que o parecer era primoroso, que nenhuma outra Comissão teria capacidade de derrubar o trabalho que seria ali aprovado, como de fato aconteceu. Formou-se, dessa forma, uma grande frente suprapartidária contra o Acordo de Alcântara.
Entretanto, chegou a hora de manifestar seu voto um deputado de perfil, por dizê-lo de forma eufemística, extremamente discreto, que só abria a boca, em geral, para defender pautas corporativas de militares e a finada ditadura. Nunca o vimos, naquela comissão, expressar opinião relevante sobre os grandes temas internacionais ou apresentar algum relatório ou projeto expressivo.
Para nossa surpresa, as Notas Taquigráficas da Câmara registraram para a história a seguinte manifestação:
“O SR. DEPUTADO JAIR BOLSONARO – Louvo a competência do Deputado Waldir Pires, mas por outras razões que, no momento, preservo-me de citar, voto contrariamente ao projeto”- Câmara dos Deputados, CREDN, Notas Taquigráficas, 31/10/2001)
Sim, o então deputado votou contrariamente à frente parlamentar contra o Acordo de Alcântara.
Agora, já presidente, voltará ao Brasil com um provável “troféu de grego” ou “presente de grego” para a Nação: a alienação da nossa base aos EUA e, possivelmente, a inserção do nosso programa espacial na órbita dos interesses geoestratégicos dos EUA.
Um cavalo de troia espacial.

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Por Antony Devalle*
O Roberto Castello Branco (mesmo sobrenome do primeiro ditador após o golpe de 1964) tomou posse como presidente da Petrobras em 3 de janeiro deste ano. Nomeado pelo Bolsonaro, ele é da turma do Paulo Guedes, o Chicago Boy (com duplo sentido, inclusive o de serviçal – de luxo, no caso – do capital, principalmente estrangeiro) que está como super-ministro da economia e presidente de fato do Brasil. Foi quem o indicou pro Bolsonaro, atual presidente oficial do país.
O Castello Branco já foi do Conselho de Administração (CA) da Petrobras, entre 2015 e 2016 (entrou durante o governo da Dilma, portanto), convidado pelo então presidente da Vale (privatizada), Murilo Ferreira. Nessa época, já atuava por um aprofundamento da privatização da Petrobras ainda mais acelerado do que o já aceleradíssimo aprofundamento da privatização da empresa que estava sendo levado a cabo no governo da Dilma (e em cujo acelerador o conspirador Temer pisou).
Economista forma(ta)do pela estadunidense Universidade de Chicago, como o Paulo Guedes, o Castello Branco é um capitão-do-mato do ultra-liberalismo, a ideologia que finge não ser ideológica (e pra isso se camufla com o mito da neutralidade da técnica e com o discurso de que liberalismo econômico e economia são sinônimos e que se trata de uma ciência exata neutra). Ele foi arauto do ultra-liberalismo na Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV), cuja linha econômica contradiz o homenageado no nome da instituição, e no Instituto Brasileiro de Mercados de Capitais (Ibmec), uma das principais fábricas de agentes do ultra-liberalismo colonizado (no Brasil, é quase um pleonasmo) no nosso (?) país. Também teve um alto cargo na privatizada Vale. Embora não estivesse mais lá nos rompimentos das barragens do Fundão, que provocou a destruição de grande parte de Mariana, em Minas Gerais, em 5 de novembro de 2015, e da Mina Córrego do Feijão, também em Minas, em 25 de janeiro deste ano, que arrebentou Brumadinho, na região metropolitana de Belo Horizonte, é executor de uma política econômica que levou a Vale a ser uma grande criminosa.
No seu discurso de posse como presidente da Petrobras, deixou claro que vai tocar a petroleira com essa mesma política econômica. Não se trata de uma novidade na Petrobras. A empresa já vem sendo (muito) privatizada há muitos anos, sendo que de forma muito acelerada desde o governo da Dilma, que iniciou o programa das eufemisticamente chamadas vendas de ativos, e todo esse processo, que perpassou governos, tem como principal fio condutor a privatização da lógica de funcionamento da empresa, ou seja, de todos os seus valores, do seu propósito, da sua cultura, do seu pensamento, dos seus procedimentos, do seu modo de agir, da sua “alma”. Isso é até mais grave do que a gravíssima venda de ativos, pois um ativo, por mais difícil que seja, pode ser recuperado posteriormente, enquanto uma mentalidade privatizada, principalmente quando a lógica privada é naturalizada, é muito mais difícil de ser superada (e é a partir dela que as vendas de ativos – não importando sequer se são especialmente estratégicos – são feitas e se tornam um caminho “natural”). E essa privatização (ultra-liberal) da lógica de funcionamento significa o seguinte: a maximização dos lucros acima de tudo. Como o filme The Corporation explica, isso signifca que a empresa adota um comportamento psicopata. Não que uma lógica não-privada garanta o contrário.
O “acidente” na usina nuclear de Chernobyl, em 1986, na então União Soviética, mostra bem isso. Porém, na lógica privada capitalista ultra-liberal, a psicopatia do lucro acima da vida está garantida, por mais disfarces que possam utilizar os psicopatas em questão.
Em seu discurso de posse (…/apresentacao_g8yEY2Z7…), o Castello Branco mesclou fórmulas que pareciam uma propaganda da Nike, como Impossível é nada, e a indicação nítida (e previsível) de que vai pisar muito no acelerador da privatização do sistema Petrobras. Citando o ex-presidente estadunidense Ronald Reagan, que foi, junto com a Margareth Tatcher e o Pinochet, um dos principais impulsionadores do ultra-liberalismo no mundo, tratou a participação do Estado na economia como populismo (pros ultra-liberais, pensar o povo como beneficiário da economia é um sacrilégio) e como intromissão.
É interessante notar como foi naturalizada a idéia de que a participação do Estado na economia é uma intromissão. Mesmo muitos críticos ao liberalismo econômico chamam a participação do Estado na economia de intervencionismo estatal. O que se esconde por trás dessa naturalização é o mito de que a economia é necessariamente de “livre” mercado, que essa é a natureza da economia, que, portanto, só existe um tipo de economia correta, que a economia é uma ciência exata (a idéia de ciência exata já é em si um mito, o que não significa, contudo, que se possa relativizar tudo), com leis que só a lógica de mercado “puro” é capaz de pôr em prática e que só assim é possível realmente obter crescimento econômico e desenvolvimento social (embora os ultra-liberais não estejam propriamente interessados na parte social).
Esse discurso ignora (por ignorância ou por má-fé) que um dos maiores saltos econômicos (talvez o maior) da história tenha sido, mesmo com todos os seus problemas, o crescimento (e desenvolvimento) econômico conseguido pela União Soviética com uma economia planificada. Ignora também, por outro lado, que o Estado capitalista geralmente é um comitê gestor dos interesses dos grandes capitalistas. Ou seja, por má-fé, criticam o que chamam de intromissão do Estado na economia, mas, na verdade, não é exatamente o Estado que não querem (tanto que adoram ocupar posições estratégicas nele), mas os freios que algumas políticas de Estado colocam contra o totalitarismo liberal, ou seja, contra a psicopatia do lucro acima de tudo, e concentrado em poucas mãos. Esse discurso ignora ainda que foi o Estado, e não um capitalista privado, que criou uma série de grandes empresas especialmente estratégicas, como a Petrobrás (a retirada do acento faz parte do processo de privatização da empresa), notadamente pela grande capacidade de investimento intensivo do Estado (que está sendo corroída pelo ultra-liberalismo), e que, se não fosse o Estado, ainda que com todas as suas graves contradições, a Petrobras não teria sido uma locomotiva pro desenvolvimento sócio-econômico do Brasil.
Nos países da periferia do sistema capitalista mundial, a lógica privada tende a manter a lógica do subdesenvolvimento e colonial. Não que só existam essas duas lógicas, a privada e a estatal, nem que elas não sejam, muitas vezes, interligadas. Existe, por exemplo, o caminho em que os próprios trabalhadores, de forma cooperativa, gerem a economia (é, aliás, a que prefiro). Mas o discurso ultra-liberal sobre o Estado é muito hipócrita.
Pro Castello Branco, a Petrobras deve ter foco apenas em ativos de exploração e produção de petróleo e gás natural em águas profundas e ultra-profundas do pré-sal, mesmo assim na lógica de continuar vendendo grande parte desses ativos (tanto vendendo completamente quanto atuando em “parceria” com transnacionais estrangeiras). Todo o resto está passível de ser vendido. Um dos alvos mencionados diretamente são as refinarias. Ele diz que a Petrobras tem um monopólio no refino e que isso é ruim pra empresa e pro Brasil. Ele fala isso num contexto em que o Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (Cade) e a Agência Nacional do Petróleo (ANP) estão atuando pra que a Petrobras se desfaça de refinarias (http:/ e…/anp-ve-necessidade-de-petrobras-…). O Cade está agindo como uma sucursal da ANP, ambas a serviço do oligopólio privado e do imperialismo. A ANP foi criada, no governo FHC, pra ser uma agência das transnacionais estrangeiras no setor de energia e, de modo mais amplo, uma base do imperialismo no Brasil. Não existe monopólio estatal legal no refino há mais de 20 anos.
O alegado monopólio de “fato” se deve a que os concorrentes da Petrobras e quem quer entrar nesse mercado não querem correr os riscos da atividade econômica, por menores que sejam. Diga-se de passagem que, mesmo com a vitória da campanha O petróleo é nosso, em 1953, que criou a Petrobrás, como agente do monopólio estatal do petróleo, esse monopólio nunca foi completo, pois foi feito um acordo pra que as refinarias privadas já existentes e em construção permanecessem privadas, e não se colocou a distribuição sob o monopólio estatal. Os dois presidentes anteriores da Petrobras, Pedro Parente e Ivan Monteiro (pela ordem cronológica), já estavam preparando essa cartada (a preparação da venda do que a empresa chamou de clusters Nordeste e Sul, sobre a qual escrevi no texto que está no linque, mas agora ela está ainda mais privatista, na medida em que não se “restringe” ao Nordeste e ao Sul e em que abarca vender refinarias inteiras, em vez de “apenas” parte. A colocação da Anelise Quintão Lara como diretora de Refino e Gás Natural reforça essa linha, na medida em que ela era gerente executiva de Aquisições e Desinvestimentos, exercendo um papel-chave na chamada venda de ativos.
Como de costume, o que está sendo defendido pelos agentes privados e privatizantes fora e dentro da Petrobras é o Monopoly (privado). Além de abandonar de vez qualquer resquício de lógica potencialmente pública, o que significa retirar de vez qualquer resquício de serviço ao povo brasileiro da lógica de funcionamento da Petrobras, a venda de refinarias da Petrobras vai acarretar monopólios regionais prejudiciais ao povo.
Outro alvo anunciado pelo atual presidente da PetroBrax que se disfarça de Petrobras é a Petrobras Distribuidora, a BR. Quando ainda estava na equipe de transição entre o governo do Temer e o do Bolsonaro, ele disse que a BR pode ser vendida e que não faz sentido a Petrobras ter essa distribuidora porque ela é uma rede de lojas (…/privatizacao-negocios-petrobr…). Primeiro, a BR não é “apenas” uma rede de lojas. É uma indústria, que, unindo produção, logística e comercialização, garante o escoamento da produção da Petrobras controladora, além dos próprios produtos, que têm nos lubrificantes sua face mais visível. Todos os grandes concorrentes da Petrobras em nível mundial mantêm sua próprios distribuidora.
A integração é valorizada por esses concorrentes. Além disso, a Shell, que o Castello Branco certamente admira, que tem se beneficiado muito com a privatização do sistema Petrobras e que provavelmente tem interesse na BR, fez uma propaganda recentemente, que está divulgando no Feicibuqui, em que foca num chocotone da sua rede de lojas de conveniência Select (e tem feito outras propagandas nessa linha). Parece que a Shell sabe que ser também uma rede de lojas, que agrega valor à sua marca e ao seu negócio principal, é positivo. Parece que o Ben van Beurden, presidente mundial da Shell e um dos principais generais do aprofundamento aceleradíssimo da privatização do sistema Petrobras, discorda da avaliação do novo presidente da Petrobras, embora provavelmente vá bater palmas nos bastidores, porque tem interesse na privatização da BR. A privatização da BR não está começando. Desde o Bendine na presidência da Petrobras, ela vem sendo feita. Alguns modelos foram colocados na mesa, como a venda de 25% da BR e do seu controle acionário.
A luta petroleira, mesmo muito aquém do necessário, que culminou com uma greve parcial de 5 dias na BR, em agosto de 2016, que ajudei especialmente a construir, foi um dos elementos que freou essa privatização. Acabou sendo feito um IPO em 2017
(…/br-distribuidora-estreia-na-bolsa-ne…), que já significou um passo largo privatista. Agora o desafio é ainda maior.
Juntando o outro alvo diretamente anunciado, a logística, que afeta diretamente a Transpetro (a Nova Transportadora do Sudeste (NTS), já foi quase inteiramente vendida pra canadense Brookfield e a Transportadora de Gás Associada (TAG) está sendo preparada pra venda), e a manutenção da política de preços dos combustíveis atrelada à cotação internacional do barril e, sobretudo, do dólar, temos parte considerável do quebra-cabeças montado.
A transformação da Petrobras de uma empresa integrada de energia, do poço ao posto (e ao poste e ao plástico), levando em consideração os interesses estratégicos do povo brasileiro, numa empresa completamente privada e desnacionalizada, mesmo que mantenha parte do seu capital com o Estado brasileiro, basicamente de exploração e produção de petróleo e gás em parte do pré-sal, voltada sobretudo pra fornecer essas matérias-primas energéticas especialmente estratégicas pras transnacionais dos países centrais do capitalistas e pra esses países, de modo mais amplo. Cada vez mais, transformada numa Vale (privatizada), que arruína o povo brasileiro pra beneficiar grandes acionistas mundo afora e que, dentro da (i)lógica do capitalismo ultra-liberal globalitário, pode inclusive aumentar seus lucros com os crimes econômicos-ambientais-sociais que comete (…/rompimento-de-brumadinho-…).
Pra garantir esse projeto, a hierarquia da Petrobras aprofunda a lógica do mito da meritocracia, que anda de mãos dadas com o mito da neutralidade da técnica. Na prática, premia quem se alinha, na prática, com a política ultra-liberal. Os trabalhadores que são críticos na prática no dia-a-dia vão ser punidos (uma parcela já o vem sendo). Com isso, a hierarquia busca extirpar qualquer resistência interna minimamente consistente. Qualquer semelhança com a Vale (privatizada) não é mera coincidência.

Antony Devalle é integrante do grupo de base Inimigos do Rei e diretor Sindipetro-RJ

          Nice antique Dr GRAVES Dentist Unequaled TOOTH POWDER bottle from 1800s - Chicago Illinois by LastChanceAntiques      Cache   Translate Page      

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A 3.5" tall clear-glass tapered/square-shaped antique TOOTH POWDER bottle embossed, "DR. E. L. GRAVES' / UNEQUALED / TOOTH POWDER / CHICAGO".

This is a very old DENTAL bottle for the MOUTH TEETH GUMS TOOTH, an early hand Blown Into Mold bottle (BIM) with a tooled top, dating it back well over ONE CENTURY OLD, a good 100 years old + PLUS, probably ca. late 1800's.

This bottle is in PRISTINE SPARKLING CLEAN condition. NO cracks, chips, dings, damage, etc.

This is just a great looking antique bottle, note the wide mouth so that you could insert a tooth brush for the powder or sprinkle it on a tooth brush. The bottle still has dry hard wax around the cork and glass to make a seal and it still is full of powder. We used to think that Tooth Powder was the forerunner of tooth paste but it wasn't the forerunner of tooth paste, it was an alternative. Like so many of these products, they weren't just for cleaning the teeth but they also claimed to cure all diseases of the MOUTH THROAT TEETH, and GUMS and anything else remotely connected to the teeth. This one even mentions "CURES soft and Bleeding Gums. MAKES FILLINGS LAST'.

And, as much as I hate to put this in my listing, this problem is on the increase, so here goes ... PLEASE, please DO NOT steal ANY of my LISTING INFORMATION; my title, description, item specifics, PICTURES, or format. I continue to have problems with defiant sellers stealing my work AND presenting it as their own-

IMPORTANT NOTE: WE purchase antique bottles and have the resources, knowledge, time, and ability to travel, to purchase entire bottle collections. Whether it be just one (1) or a collection into the 1000's, no amount is too large or small as we've been in the business for going on three (3) decades !

          Old sentimental Flavoring Extract bottle - The KIND YOUR GRANDMOTHER Used - Sherer Gillett Co - 100 + year old antique by LastChanceAntiques      Cache   Translate Page      

24.99 USD

A 5 3/4" tall clear-glass rectangular-shaped antique FLAVORING EXTRACT bottle from CHICAGO.

This bottle is actually embossed "THE KIND YOUR / GRANDMOTHER USED / SHERER-GILLETT CO. / CHICAGO".

This is a super old mold blown (ABM) cork-top bottle, a good 100 years old, to put it in perspective, ONE CENTURY OLD! Now this IS old!

This bottle is in PRISTINE SPARKLING CLEAN condition. It has NO cracks, chips, dings, damage, etc!

This is an old food coloring or flavoring extract type bottle, like vanilla extract, something along these lines.

The 2nd picture shows the bottle with colored liquid in it so that the embossing would be easier to see but in the end, I think the 1st picture shows it better!

As much as I hate to put this in my listing, this problem is on the increase, so here goes ... PLEASE, please DO NOT steal ANY of my LISTING INFORMATION; my title, description, item specifics, PICTURES, or format. I continue to have problems with defiant sellers stealing my work AND presenting it as their own-

IMPORTANT NOTE: WE purchase antique bottles and have the resources, knowledge, time, and ability to travel, to purchase entire bottle collections. Whether it be just one (1) or a collection into the 1000's, no amount is too large or small as we've been in the business for going on three (3) decades !

          The Hurry Up: Trey Leroux Wasn't “Starstruck” by Ohio State's Offer, Buckeyes Make Two More Cut Lists      Cache   Translate Page      
The Hurry Up is your nightly dose of updates from the Ohio State football recruiting trail, keeping tabs on the latest from commits and targets from around the country.

Trey Leroux Isn’t “Starstruck”

As was documented in yesterday’s story about three-star Norwalk, Ohio native Trey Leroux’s commitment to Ohio State, Leroux had just received his offer after visiting Ohio State and watching spring practice March 8. He chose to commit to that offer on March 11. Norwalk High School head football coach Todd Fox said, though, that Leroux didn’t make his commitment because of a “starstruck” Ohio State offer.

Fox said Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa had done a good job of developing a relationship with Leroux since the spring of 2018 and that Leroux needed one look at how Ohio State ran its program and practices before deciding he new where he wanted to go.

“We sat down and talked over the weekend a couple times, and we talked about how maybe he needed to wait and think it through,” Fox said. “But as the weekend went further, he just said, ‘There’s no thinking. I know what I want to do.’”

Leroux was searching for a place that felt like home, where he could be treated like part of a family and develop as a player, Fox said, and some other schools had been providing that type of a feeling for Leroux. He had offers from schools like Indiana, Purdue, Rutgers and other non-Power 5 programs. He had been receiving interest from schools like Notre Dame, Michigan State and Michigan but none of the schools had pulled the offer trigger on the 6-foot-8 Ohioan.

“Most kids in Ohio dream of playing for Ohio State, but he’s learned a lot through this process and that there are things other than that out there,” Fox said. “It’s not just a starstruck Ohio State offer. It was, ‘Okay, all the things I want, Ohio State offers.’”

Fox said one of the things that stood out to Leroux was a one-on-one conversation with new head coach Ryan Day, where Day made Leroux feel as if he would be entering a familial atmosphere.

“He really made him feel like, ‘Okay, this is a guy that wants me. They want me to be a part of this program and part of this family,’” Fox said. “That’s what he was looking for.”

Leroux, at 6-foot-8, 320 pounds, has a lot of shaping up to do before he graduates, and Studrawa and Day have communicated to Fox and Leroux that they look forward to seeing how he can change his body before he even steps foot on campus in 2020. Fox said the change from his sophomore season to his junior season was already impressive, but the change that can and is already happening between his junior and senior seasons could be exponential.

OSU Makes The Cut for Two Others

In the same day that four-star Colorado offensive tackle Reece Atteberry included Ohio State in his top-five schools, the Buckeyes were included in two more cut lists Monday evening — No. 1 2020 safety R.J. Mickens’ top-11 and four-star 2020 Kentucky offensive tackle John Young’s top-seven.

Mickens is the No. 42 player overall and is coming off of his fourth visit to Clemson. While clearly having enough interest in Ohio State to include it on his cut list, Rickens is very high on Clemson and a few other schools. The other schools included were Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, Nebraska and Miami (FL).

Ohio State junior cornerback Jeffrey Okudah tweeted at Mickens and four-star Arlington cornerback Jalen Kimber to encourage the two Texas corners to choose Ohio State. Okudah is the only Texas cornerback on the 2019 Ohio State roster.

Young included a slew of midwestern schools in his top-six, as Ohio State was joined by Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Purdue and Georgia (obviously not a midwestern school). Young has a lot of interest in Kentucky but has said he isn’t ruling out Ohio State and Greg Studrawa. He holds his Ohio State offer high on his list and plans to commit sometime in the summer.

College Admission Scheme Hits IMG Academy Director

IMG Academy director Mark Riddell was charged with taking SAT and ACT exams for money, per this report in the Miami Herald. The charge is part of a larger, nationwide story that detailed the cases of 33 parents who paid to have stand-ins for their children on college entrance exams, ensuring that their children were admitted into schools like USC, UCLA, Texas and others.

The report by the Miami Herald touched on the fact that Riddell had been involved in the mail fraud since 2011. There is one case that was detailed from 2018 that explained how Riddell traveled from Tampa to Houston to take an ACT exam for a student the same day and then flexed by guessing he'd scored a 35 out of 36. He scored a 35 and was paid $10,000 after taking the exam in his hotel room. The test administrator was paid $5,000. 

IMG Academy is known widely in throughout US high school athletics as one of the most successful schools to push athletes into Division I programs. While no students were listed in the reports as of yet, IMG has several alumni that have had college and professional success, including former Alabama running back and current Dallas Cowboy Bo Scarbrough, current New York Giant Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Florida State quarterback Deondre Francois. It's most notable alumni are through baseball though, where nine-time MLB All-Star Gary Sheffield, Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto and Chicago Cubs pitcher Kyle Kendrick all played.

          Urban African Americans are 'startlingly' more likely to live in trauma deserts, researchers say      Cache   Translate Page      

  • Chicago's South Side didn't have a trauma care unit until last year; the last closed in 1991.
  • Whether immediate trauma care or long-term mental health care, access to facilities is limited in minority neighborhoods.
  • Since the University of Chicago's Level 1 Trauma Center opened, there's been a seven-fold reduction in the disparity in the city's access to care.


Imagination is one of our most fertile sources of creativity and positive emotional health. The ability to imagine many possibilities during a Rorschach test is indicative of a functional mind open to the possibilities. Unfortunately, trauma stamps out those possibilities. Some veterans, due to traumatic physical or emotional experiences, are unable to portend future scenarios; instead, they replay their personal reel of history over and over.

This phenomenon is not exclusive to war. As a massage therapist friend used to say, "Your issues are in your tissues." Again, this covers the gamut of physical and emotional malaise. Access to health care — immediate in the case of emergency trauma; long-term for chronic mental health conditions — should be universally provided in wealthy nations such as America. But it is not.

We live out trauma in crippling ways. Victims of sexual and physical abuse often find it difficult to imagine a future brighter than their past. Everyone carries the sordid influence of history; if our background involves traumatic incidents, the likelihood we'll become "stuck" greatly increases the possibility that we'll never overcome those instances. They become defining moments in our psychological outlook.

Long-term trauma can result from accidents or intentional attacks: gunshot wounds, heart attacks, muggings, spousal abuse, child abuse. You need not be the victim for repeated incidents to affect your mindset. Living in an environment where repeated instances create chronic trauma affects how your view your future, which is why trauma can be geographical as well.

Last week, I wrote about food deserts, neighborhoods at least one mile from retail grocery stores that offer fresh fruits and vegetables in cities and 10 miles away in rural areas. Limited access to healthy food feeds into obesity rates (among other health problems); it also inspires psychological malaise, as nutrition is influential in outlook.

The Fight For Trauma Care on Chicago's South Side

Food deserts predominantly affect minority populations. Correlation seems implausible. In a media age where "reverse racism" is treated by some outlets as a serious cause of concern, data are sobering reminders that we've not progressed that far in creating an equal playing field. Trauma is another indicator, in accident and attacks as much as systemic mental health challenges.

Let's consider immediate trauma care. A new study from the University of Chicago Medicine, published last week in Journal of the American Medical Association's Network Open, asked one pressing question: Is there an association between race/ethnicity and access to trauma care in U.S. cities? Their answer is yes.

This research was inspired by the university's new Level 1 Trauma Center, which has led to a seven-fold reduction in the disparity in the city's access to care, which the team calls trauma deserts — urban communities at least five miles away from an emergency services.

Located in Hyde Park, the last trauma center in Chicago's south side was closed in 1991. The new center is part of the university's $270 million overhaul. The 18 surgeons and specialists employed at the center were hired to address chronic violence and other health issues in the neighborhood.

Access to such care, according to the study's first author, Elizabeth Tung, is racial in nature:

"So much of the advocacy for the trauma center was framed in terms of racial equity. But we realized no previous studies had addressed trauma access through the lens of race/ethnicity — not just looking at Chicago, but comparing our city to other communities as well."


The team investigated trauma deserts in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. They focused on African-American census tracts to pinpoint communities where trauma care is lacking. In Chicago, 73 percent of census tracts featured predominantly black populations; in Los Angeles, that number jumped to 89 percent; in New York, it was only 14 percent. The researchers noted that in Chicago trauma deserts also greatly affected the Latino population, though that was not the case for New York or Los Angeles.

Before the Level 1 Center opened last May, African-Americans in Chicago were 8.5 times more likely to live far away from trauma access than white census tracts. That number has been reduced to 1.6 times (seven-fold decrease) thanks to the new center.

The paper's senior author, Monica Peek, commented,

"Even though we had a sense that this was a racially divided issue, the data confirmed that this was the case in a significant way. It was pretty startling."

African-Americans (along with Latinos and Asians) are less likely to have access to mental health facilities as well. This is not a separate phenomenon from access to emergency services. The American deserts share similar qualities: lack of access to holistic medical treatment and healthy food. Again and again, these deserts exist along racial lines.

As the researchers conclude, more emphasis needs to be placed on institutions and governments that serve these communities:

"The distribution of trauma centers along racially disparate lines may raise concerns about the legacy of structural inequality that places black lives at higher risk in U.S. cities. Trauma care planning should explicitly address racial equity in the financing of life-saving resources."


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          James Scores 36 Points In Lakers’ 123-107 Win Over Bulls      Cache   Translate Page      
LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday night and end a five-game losing streak.
          “It’s Like A Dump”: South Side Movie Theater Draws Attention For Trash Oustide      Cache   Translate Page      
The thaw isn't the only thing giving signs of spring. It's also putting piles of trash on display. Residents say it's especially repugnant near one South Side movie theater. 
          Southwest Allows Customers With Upcoming 737 Max 8 Flights To Rebook      Cache   Translate Page      
The United States is one place you'll still find Boeing's 737 Max 8 planes in service even with flight attendants, ground crews and the unions that represent them urging otherwise. 
          CTA Blue Line Train Strikes Car On Tracks      Cache   Translate Page      
A car was struck by a westbound CTA Blue Line train Tuesday night in Rosemont. 
          Alternative program touts help in teacher shortage, but lawmaker scoffs      Cache   Translate Page      
Although Teach for America is a national nonprofit organization, in Illinois it works exclusively in the Chicago Public Schools system.
          Just Sayin’: Not even Illini, Cats can spoil a Big Ten tournament in Chicago      Cache   Translate Page      
Sanity and order have returned to the Big Ten’s contribution to March Madness, which commences Wednesday at the United Center.
          Sound-Bar shut down after shooting left employee dead, another man hurt      Cache   Translate Page      
Chicago police temporarily shuttered Sound-Bar Tuesday after the popular River North nightclub was deemed a public safety threat.
          Developer Invenergy proposes large solar-plus-storage project in Wisconsin      Cache   Translate Page      
Wisconsin State Journal: The developer of a proposed solar farm in Iowa County is planning a second solar farm in Kenosha County that could feature the first utility-scale battery storage in Wisconsin. Chicago-based Invenergy last week submitted an engineering plan for a 200-megawatt solar farm with a 50-megawatt battery component. That’s larger than any battery […]
          Tatiana Suarez Vs Nina Ansaroff Set For UFC 238      Cache   Translate Page      
A major strawweight fight between Tatiana Suarez and Nina Ansaroff has been announced for UFC 238 on June 8th in Chicago. Suarez first entered the UFC after winning The Ultimate Fighter Season 23 and she’s now racked up four victories in a row inside the Octagon, defeating Amanda Cooper, Viviane Pereira, Alex Grasso and most […]
          Hospitals have ‘holy grail of personal data,’ yet their spending lags on digital security      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO When most people go to the hospital, data security is the last thing on their minds. Theyre in pain, anxious and unsure. They want to be treated and return to their lives.Yet sometimes patients still have cause to worry months after they leave the hospital. Theyre discovering that data they gave to health systems Social Security numbers, birth dates, health insurance information, medical information and credit card numbers have been compromised in breaches.In the past two years, 27 Illinois health care providers and companies have reported data breaches involving at least 500 patients. That includes a recent incident at Rush that may have exposed the information of 45,000 patients.Yet health care providers, in general, tend to spend less on data security than companies in other industries. The shortfall is all the more glaring considering the sensitivity of the data, some experts say.Health care providers spent about 5 percent of their total information technology budgets on security last year, according to Gartner, a global research and advisory company. By comparison, banking and financial services companies spent 7.3 percent, retail and wholesale spent 6.1 percent and insurance spent 5.7 percent. Across 13 industries measured, the average was 6 percent.
          LeBron James scores 36 as Lakers beat Bulls to snap five-game losing streak      Cache   Translate Page      

LeBron James had 36 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lakers overcame a 20-point deficit to beat the Chicago Bulls 123-107 on Tuesday night and end a five-game losing streak.

James played 33 minutes and showed no signs of letting up with the Lakers barely hanging on in the playoff race. He took over...

          Small Round Johnston's Chocolate Bazar Pink and Yellow Striped Candy Tin by buckeyesandbluegrass      Cache   Translate Page      

13.00 USD

This vintage small round Johnston's Chocolate Bazar candy tin has pink and yellow stripes along with blue na dgreen accents and a pattern of confetti on the lid. It measures 5" in diameter and is 2" tall, not including the metal knob. The base reads Johnston's Chocolate Bazar, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Oakland. The small tin has some dents and dings and scuffing of the detail, and there is a whitish smudge on the lid - please see photos. The lid fits very tightly.

We estimate the cost of shipping from coast to coast, and all shipping includes delivery confirmation; most includes insurance. We will refund any difference greater than $2 between the shipping charges paid and the actual cost of shipping, and will always combine shipping whenever possible.

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          2018 Toyota Avalon Review, Release date      Cache   Translate Page      

Unveiled in Chicago, the new 2018 Toyota Avalon stepped up in style with more functionality and convenience across the line. Still offered in XLE, XLE Plus, XLE Premium and touring, the new 2018 Toyota Avalon model is still a satisfying car to drive and offers a more lively response. It is quite attractive, sleek and

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          Bears to reportedly sign Pro Bowler Cordarrelle Patterson      Cache   Translate Page      
Unlike last March, the Chicago Bears have been pretty inactive during the early stages of the NFL’s legal free-agent tampering period. Instead, the team lost stud safety Adrian Amos and could also lose slot corner Bryce Callahan. Fortunately, general manager Ryan Pace decided to add another skill-position player for Mitch Trubisky on offense. According to […]
          Technical Sales      Cache   Translate Page      
IL-Chicago, Job Description WHO WE ARE: Trelevate has recently been recognized by Inc 5000 as one of America's top performing companies. In 2016 we were awarded Best Places to work. We believe that People are the difference. Trelevate is a one-stop resource for customizable, turnkey sales strategies utilizing proven solutions that best fit our client’s goals. At Trelevate, we train our elite full-time sales f
          Sales Representative      Cache   Translate Page      
IL-Chicago, Job Description WHO WE ARE: Trelevate has recently been recognized by Inc 5000 as one of America's top performing companies. In 2016 we were awarded Best Places to work. We believe that People are the difference. Trelevate is a one-stop resource for customizable, turnkey sales strategies utilizing proven solutions that best fit our client’s goals. At Trelevate, we train our elite full-time sales f
          Dudes at the Bar      Cache   Translate Page      
Groups of dudes at the bar:

The Scumbags

The Recently Divorced

The Committed Ones

The Nice Normal Ones

...On my VACAY to visit my bff, C, we have met one of each of these....

I'll start with the scumbag. A former bball player from USC from about 6 years ago. 1....who were a horrible team.'re washed're seriously going to use that as a pick up line?

But whatever, I'll talk to you because I'm drunk and it's funny. Mind you, this man was a whopping 6'10....and I'm pushing 5'2. I spent most of the night running away from him, but when it came down to it, I took his number. He told me there was a party the next night & we were trying to make some connections. BIG MISTAKE. This man has been texting me all day & all night. He knows that I'm from up North, and my ETA back home is...TOMORROW. He wanted one thing. He managed to call me sexy 4 times in 24 hours, ask me if I wanted to see his penis, and begged me to go on a "date." But, I like to lead an interesting life, so I led him on until he realized around 9 PM that I would not be coming over. Our last text:

Me: I thought Southern boys were gentleman....
Scumbag: I'm from Chicago


Example 2: The recently divorced. We have met two that stuck out in my mind. Divorce one was a recently graduated starting football player for USC. He was extremely attractive, funny, and a total douche. I hated him, but once again, it was too good to pass up. Turns out his wife "cheated on him." To me, that sounds like "I cheated on my wife and got caught." Got his # for the sake of the number game C and I were playing. We started this after we realized that the douches flocked to us at this bar. Deleted that # as soon as I left.

Divorce 2: Not quite a divorced man, but close enough. Teacher in Cali. His live in girlfriend was married to someone else. Wow, sucks. Totally believed this guy because he reminded me of Marshall from How I Met Your Mother. His friend was a friend of Cs, so we were together most of the night. Started friendly, and by the end of the night he was a hot mess giving me the details & I was giving him advice. He didn't seem like a creep, and he knew I was leaving as well, so I gave him by number because I thought we could be great friends. I'm a drunken dumbass. So far today, he has blown up my phone to ask me to a. lunch. b. dinner c. drinks. Can't take a hint. Turns out even nice guys hit a low and need a rebound. It won't be me, Buddy.

The Committed Ones.

We met dudes at the bar. They were married. They hit on us, and I hate them. I call them the uncommitted committed. Then, there are the sweethearts who are really out with their friends just to hang out. Obviously, I did not speak to them because they were busy being good people.

The Nice Normal Ones...
that are single. Unfortunately, I did not meet any of these either. Nonexistent?

The moral of the story: I was on vacation to hang out with my bff. ALL of the dudes that we talked to came up to us...we hadn't went out of our way at all. At one point, dudes were grabbing us by the arms to pull us in. They were actually doing this to multiple girls, and it gave me a horrible perspective on most men. Why does this shock me?

I guess it upsets me more than it shocks me. I still care in some way about all of my exs. They've all done one negative thing to me at some point, but I've given it back. Although they weren't perfect, I never expect them to act this way. Now that I've seen even the "nice ones" being douche bags, it makes me a little nervous about those who we think that we know. IF I have this mind set though, I will drive myself crazy. I'm going to stay positive, and find a guy that DOESN'T live at the bar.



ps...I won the # game
          Human Resources Assistant      Cache   Translate Page      
IL-Chicago, This position exists to provide administrative and technical support to the Human Resources Department. This position is responsible for assisting the HR staff in the following areas: contingency staff placement, recruitment process, performance management process. This position is also responsible for assisting with employee special events and special projects as assigned by the Human Resources M
          Foreign Investors Will Likely Continue U.S. Buying Spree in 2019      Cache   Translate Page      

U.S. real estate continues to look attractive to foreign investors from around the world.

Mega-deals helped spur foreign investment in U.S. commercial real estate to a near record level in 2018, and many are watching to see if that momentum can carry over into 2019.

According to research firm Real Capital Analytics (RCA), cross-border acquisitions of U.S. commercial real estate surged to $94.9 billion last year, jumping 73percent over the $55.3 billion reported in 2017 and nearly on par with the $100 billion recorded in 2015. That spike in volume shows continued confidence in the U.S. real estate market.

Investors are attracted to the stability and growth factors surrounding the U.S. economy, the ability for predictable cash flow and the strength of property fundamentals, notes Chris Ludeman, global president of capital markets at real estate services firm CBRE. “It also underscores the belief that the U.S. is not expected to experience any sort of economic downturn in the next 12 to 24 months, whereas the flow of capital in other parts of the world [is] a little more tenuous in terms of economic output,” he says.

Several sizable entity-level transactions provided a strong lift for that cross-border sales volume, including Brookfield’s nearly $15 billion acquisition of GGP and a second purchase of Forest City for $11.4 billion. Unibail-Rodamco also purchased mall operatorWestfield with U.S. assets that were valued at about $8 billion. “Those entity-level deals were really the headline behind that extremely strong volume,” says Maggie Coleman, managing director in the international capital markets group of real estate services firm JLL.

Platform level deals tilted the scales pretty significantly last year, notes Alex Foshay, vice chairman and divisional head of international capital markets at real estate services firm Newmark Knight Frank. “We don’t see any reason why that trend shouldn’t continue, and I think it will make up a very significant part of activity in 2019” he says. One potential target for international capital in the coming year could be REITs that are trading below net asset values, which could allow major overseas investors to come in and take significant positions in REITs at a discounted cost, he adds.

Capital expands outside of core markets

There has been a noticeable drop-off in volume coming from Chinese investors due to the tighter monetary policies in that country, but other investor groups are stepping into that gap. Canadians are typically one of the most active investors in the U.S. real estate market, and thanks in large part to Brookfield, the Canadians took credit for about half of all foreign-led acquisitions last year, according to RCA.

Singapore was also a major player in 2018, with $4.2 billion in acquisitions, which put it third behind Canada and France for cross-border acquisitions, notes Coleman. “There were some large-scale deals that Singapore entities purchased, and we certainly expect them to remain active in the U.S. going forward,” she says. Singaporean investors are looking to the U.S. for diversification, as well as the ability to capture higher yields in a relatively stable environment.

Foreign capital continues to move beyond core gateway markets and into other property types aside from office and hotels, such as industrial, multifamily and alternatives that include medical office, healthcare and data centers among others. “The story that has been most interesting in the last few years that seems to be gaining momentum is the flow of capital into strong growth cities other than gateways,” says Ludeman. That doesn’t mean that foreign capital sources are not interested in gateways, but foreign investors are recognizing that there are more attractive cities around the U.S. outside of those select markets, he adds.

In addition, more capital is targeting multifamily assets. Last year, there was an estimated $15 billion in foreign capital acquisitions in the multifamily sector, which represents about a 30 percent increase compared to the prior year, according to JLL.

Canadian investors were the dominant buyers in the multifamily space last year, and overseas investor pool for that asset class is expected to broaden significantly. “We are seeing the demand for multifamily rising in Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and from certain investors in Europe,” notes Foshay. International investors are attracted to the strong performance metrics, and they also see it as a good inflationary hedge given the shorter term leases, he adds.

Hedging costs shift strategies

One of the biggest factors impacting international capital flows over the last 18 months is the increase in hedging costs for investors that seek to guard against fluctuations in the value of the dollar. Some major investors around the world, notably South Korean institutions and German pension funds, are required to hedge on currency values based on their own domestic laws.

Hedging costs spiked about 18 months ago due the Fed’s increase in interest rates, while other central banks around the world have yet to follow suit. “Those investors have seen the returns generated on their investments severely impacted by, at times, up to 250 basis points,” says Foshay. Hedging costs have retreated in recent months to about 150 basis points, but it is still causing those groups to look to higher yielding, emerging markets versus gateway cities.

For example, Samsung SRA Asset Management recently acquired the US Bank Tower in Denver and Commerz Real from Germany bought the National office building in Chicago. NKF is in the process of executing the sale of Micron’s headquarters in San Jose to Maury Trust of Japan for $430 million. Eighteen months ago, all of those groups were focused on gateway CBD office markets, and now they are looking at markets where they can make higher returns to compensate for the cost of hedging their investment, notes Foshay.

One of the biggest potential challenges ahead for international investment activity are rising interest rates that would increase hedging costs. However, interest rates have moderated in 2019. The 10-year Treasury, which was up well over 3 percent in 2018, has settled back around 2.7percent in recent weeks. In addition, the relatively flat yield curve between the 2-year and 10-year Treasury has widened slightly, easing concerns about a potential inverted yield curve.

“We have yet to see any caution exhibited by global capital coming into the U.S. for reasons other than hedging costs,” says Ludeman. “The sound economic footing that the U.S. is in relative to other economies around the world continues to be a positive. So, I think we’re in good shape for 2019.”

          Chicago Front – Wade depuis trois raisons seulement voté quasi – distrait l’espace!      Cache   Translate Page      
Chicago Front – Wade depuis trois raisons: seulement voté quasi – distraction d’espace!Génial!La nuit du 27 octobre Sina Sport locale, Chicago Bulls dans la maison de 105 à 99 contre Boston Celtics, obtenir l’inauguration de 16 – 17 de la saison.Les médias locaux avant que les taureaux, il n’y a pas de raison, ne prenez […]
          Smollett team: Court cameras would show state's flimsy case      Cache   Translate Page      
CHICAGO – A lawyer for Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that she would welcome cameras in the courtroom during the "Empire" actor's trial on charges accusing him of lying to the police, saying there has been a lot of leaked misinformation and cameras would allow the public to "see the evidence and the lack thereof."

Attorney Tina Glandian made the comments during a brief hearing Tuesday in Cook County criminal court, during which both sides agreed that cameras would be allowed at the next hearing in the case, which is scheduled for Thursday. During that hearing, the case will be assigned to a trial judge who then likely will ask Smollett to enter a plea.

During the hearing, which was held after local news organizations requested that cameras be allowed in the courtroom, Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. said that the new judge will decide whether to allow cameras in the courtroom during subsequent hearings and the trial.

After the hearing, Glandian told reporters that evidence has been presented against Smollett that is "demonstrably false."

"We welcome cameras in the courtroom so that the public and the media can see the actual evidence and what we believe is the lack of evidence against Mr. Smollett, and we look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out," she said.

Smollett was charged last month with one count of misconduct – the felony in Illinois that people are charged with when accused of lying to police – because he allegedly lied to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago on Jan. 29. Last week, a grand jury indicted him on 16 counts of the same crime.

Prosecutors allege that Smollett, who is black and gay, enlisted the help of two other black men and staged the Jan. 29 attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career. Those men have admitted to police that they took part in the staged attack for Smollett, who paid them $3,500.

Smollett's attorneys have called 16 counts "prosecutorial overkill." The actor, who is free on bond, maintains his innocence.

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