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[ • 9 May 2017 • One Comment ]
Spurred by the soaring number of complaints about rats, city officials launched a pilot program that used dry ice to suffocate rats underground that Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams told aldermen in October was “effective, especially near parks and pets.” Crews put dry ice — frozen carbon dioxide — into rat burrows and sealed the holes with dirt and newspaper. As the dry ice warmed into a gas, it suffocated the trapped rats, leaving them to decompose in the...


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[ • 3 May 2017 • No Comment ]
With the presidential runoff coming up Sunday, despite all polls and political logic, just about every French person I speak to is concerned that somehow Marine Le Pen, the far-right “populist” may upset centrist Emmanuel Macron, who finished more than two points ahead of her in the first round. But they wouldn’t be French if they weren’t worried. The big concern is that Jean-Luc Melenchon, the far-left populist  who tied for third in the first round, is the only figure...


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[ • 2 May 2017 • One Comment ]
From Chicago FOP Blog A bombshell federal court ruling that a former Cook County State’s Attorney and one of his former top assistants will be deposed in a key landmark wrongful conviction case gone wrong has been virtually ignored by press throughout the Chicago area. The news media, once generating near-hysteria at the release of Anthony Porter from death row in 1999, has blacked out the story, including an announcement last week that former Cook County State’s Attorney Dick Devine and prosecutor...


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[ • 30 Apr 2017 • 2 Comments ]
Wilmette resident Mark Weyermuller and his lawyer, Daniel J. Kelley have continued their Illinois State Board of Elections complaint against the self-styled ‘Wilmette Friends’ political action committee, amending their initial claims with further evidence. Weyermuller and Kelley have asked that the $15,000 spent by political film maker Paul Traynor be investigated for linkages to the ‘Wilmette Friends’, via the similar composition of their organizers and researchers.  The...


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[ • 27 Apr 2017 • No Comment ]
The fuse has been lit. When and if the bomb goes off, prestigious Chicago institutions — Northwestern University, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, prominent media outlets — and people — a sitting judge, a former state’s attorney, prominent journalists — will have more than egg on their faces. That’s why it’s hard to imagine that a lawsuit filed against Northwestern and onetime prominent journalism Professor David Protess on behalf of a man wrongfully...


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[ • 25 Apr 2017 • No Comment ]
PARIS–As I write this, the first-time, center-left candidate Emmanuel Macron has about 24 percent of the vote vs. Marine Le Pen’s 22 percent in the first round of the French presidential elections, remarkably close to the past month’s polling. Several of the remaining nine candidates, left and center-right, rushed to endorse him against the ultra-right-wing Le Pen, giving him a distinct advantage in the runoff two weeks hence. There was a huge 80 percent turnout Sunday, with...


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