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[ • 10 Jan 2018 • No Comment ]
For nearly 40 years, Milt Rosenberg was the smartest man on the radio. As host of “Extension 720,” the University of Chicago psychology professor presided over a two-hour nightly meeting of the minds on Tribune Broadcasting news/talk WGN AM 720.The program attracted a national following by virtue of WGN’s powerful signal at night and later reached a worldwide audience through multiple digital platforms. Milton J. Rosenberg died Tuesday of pneumonia and its complications after entering the...


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[ • 8 Jan 2018 • One Comment ]
Barack Obama may be the pride of University of Chicago, but a lot of heavy hitters there are strongly opposing current plans for his library. More than 100 U of C faculty members who say they support the location of an Obama Center near the campus nevertheless are opposing plans for it on economic and preservation grounds. They say the center’s proposed location lacks room to jump-start economic development, and its footprint will consume parts of historic Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance....


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[ • 5 Jan 2018 • No Comment ]
Among the traditional year-end look-backs, dictionaries and other word watchers have been identifying a “word of the year.” Some choose new, made-up words, other select on the basis of widespread usage. Oxford Dictionaries nominated the unlikely “youthquake.” Dictionaries.com selected “complicit,” quite on target, as was Merriam-Webster’s choice, “feminism”–an oldie but goodie.   I, being more verbose, have selected seven, primarily political,...


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[ • 28 Dec 2017 • No Comment ]
CHICAGO–Add to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s costly problems with his still unreformed police department and a school system now with its fourth CEO in  seven years, the Office of the Corporation Counsel–his law department–has been riddled with a series of unethical and boneheaded actions that make you wonder how some of its lawyers got out of school.  (If, that is, all their misdeeds were unintentional.)     Recently they had to withdraw a cruel suit against the estate of...


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[ • 26 Dec 2017 • No Comment ]
If you just read the Tribune headline, you might assume that a concealed carry holder was robbing someone and shot him during the robbery. Reading the story, however, the reverse is true: “Concealed Carry Holder shoots robber”, is the accurate headline here that the Tribune flubs.
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[ • 20 Dec 2017 • No Comment ]
With no public attention, “implicit racial bias” training for Illinois teachers became state law on July 1. Be concerned. The issue is whether the training, which is mandatory and unfunded, will be another self-defeating chapter in identity politics, dominated by those who inflame racial division in the name of “equity.” Public Act 100-0014 provides that “each school board shall require in-service training for school personnel to include training to develop cultural...


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