Chicago, airlines nearing $8.5 billion deal to dramatically expand O’Hare – Chicago Tribune

Emanuel administration, airlines nearing multi-billion dollar deal to dramatically expand O’Hare…………………….

Chicago, airlines nearing $8.5 billion deal to dramatically expand O’Hare – Chicago Tribune
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“If you even dream of beating me you’d better wake up and apologize.”

On February 25, 1964, Cassius Clay, who later became Muhammad Ali, won the world heavyweight title fight against champion Sonny Liston in Miami Beach, Florida.

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Thoughts on What Is Driving Gun Violence in Chicago

Here’s a follow-up about low bonds being set for gun offenders arrested in Chicago and Cook County. Of particular interest are the statistics quoted in the article that show how the bond amounts have dropped significantly while the amount of offenders released back into the community wearing Electronic Monitoring devices has increased dramatically since the adoption of bond “reforms” by the Chief Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court. A lengthy read, but an important one if you want to get a handle on what’s driving gun violence in Chicago.

Hopefully someone is getting the message.,amp.html

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Gun Control Republicans Should Consider: GRVOs

This is common practice in the Illinois courts with regards to orders of protection in domestic violence situations.

Gun Control Republicans Should Consider: GRVOs
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Manafort Left an Incriminating Paper Trail Because He Couldn’t Figure Out How to Convert PDFs to Word Files

So here’s the essence of what went wrong for Manafort and Gates, according to Mueller’s investigation: Manafort allegedly wanted to falsify his company’s income, but he couldn’t figure out how to edit the PDF. He therefore had Gates turn it into a Microsoft Word document for him, which led the two to bounce the documents back-and-forth over email. Manafort’s inability to complete a basic task on his own seems to have effectively “created an incriminating paper.

Luckily, Gates knew a way to convert the PDF to another file type so Paul could edit it. If you’re curious and want to convert a PDF to a Word doc, you can use Adobe Acrobat. Here’s how:

1. Open a file in Acrobat.

2. Click on the Export PDF tool in the right pane.

3. Choose Microsoft Word as your export format, and then choose Word Document.

4. Click Export. If your PDF contains scanned text, Acrobat will run text recognition automatically.

5. Name the Word file and save it in a desired location.trail.”……………………………………..

Manafort Left an Incriminating Paper Trail Because He Couldn’t Figure Out How to Convert PDFs to Word Files
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Fla. shooting survivor: Cops don’t want to face down AR-15s

“The first priority on an active school shooting is to stop the killing. You don’t wait for the SWAT team, you don’t hide behind a car. If you’re armed, whether as a school resource officer or first patrol officer, you go after and engage the shooter.”

If the deputy had military experience then the shooter would have been dead in 30 seconds. No soldier I know…

A student at the Parkland, Fla. high school where 17 people were killed in a mass shooting last week told MSNBC on Saturday that police officers should not be judged for not wanting to face down an attacked armed with an AR-15 when armed with handguns.In an interview on MSNBC, student David Hogg defended Scot Peterson, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School school resource officer and Broward County Sheriff’s deputy accused by Preside…
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Bath Township School Bombing: Why Have We Forgotten It?

On May 18, 1927, a man blew up a Michigan school. It remains the deadliest attack on a school in U.S. history, but it is often forgotten.
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5 Takeaways From the Release of the Democratic Memo – The New York Times

The Democratic memo released on Saturday was written to counter Republican claims that law enforcement officials had abused their powers.
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Mental Health Issues Plagued The Parkland, Florida Shooting

In World War I, the British and French shot hundreds of soldiers for cowardice after they deserted. Only years later was it was recognized that many of those soldiers were suffering from what we now call PTSD. Their problem was psychological, not moral.

A lot of our ideas about cowardice come from our ideas about war. In war, the willingness to kill is considered a virtue. So is the willingness to die. Refusing to live up to those standards is dishonorable.

When Nikolas Cruz walked into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School with a semi-automatic rifle one recent afternoon and started firing, Scot Peterson, a sheriff’s deputy stationed at the school, would have charged after him, drawn his own weapon and brought Cruz down.

Or better yet, would have talked him down.

However it happened, in that better world at least some of the 17 students and teachers killed in Parkland, Fla., would still be alive.

Several headlines have said Trump flat-out called Peterson a coward.

But “coward” is a word Trump likes.

Calling someone a coward is one of the worst possible insults.

A coward is the opposite of a hero. Cowardice is the antonym of courage.

A hero confronts the attacker head-on, runs into the burning building to save the baby, speaks truth to power regardless of the peril. The coward cowers.

Cowards are not merely weak; they’re deemed shameful. They have not only failed, their failing is deemed immoral, contemptible, damnable.

We toss the word at others like a poison dart, rarely turning it on ourselves.

But how many of us can be sure of our own courage? Most of us never have it tested in dramatic, public, physically dangerous ways. We can only know what we hope we’d do, the sacrifice we hope we’d make, when the bullets or the fire or the interrogation squad came.

“Cowardice, as distinguished from panic,” Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.”

I’m not entirely sure what that sentence means, but the distinction between cowardice and panic is important.

The word “cowardice” implies a choice, a selfish decision made out of fear and with disregard for others. Panic, as one dictionary puts it, is “sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behavior.”

The key word there is “uncontrollable.”

Some of what we call cowardice is beyond choice. It’s a self-preserving reflex of the brain and body, nothing at all to do with morality. Some people are better constituted than others to metabolize fear.

Sometimes what we call heroism is just adrenaline in action too, as much a physical response as a moral one.

Who knows what Scot Peterson was thinking as he stood outside that high school while a rifle went off repeatedly inside? He may have made a conscious, selfish choice, or he may have panicked. We can wish that people trained to serve and protect wouldn’t panic, but they’re human, and it is only human to protect our own lives.

And who knows whether his intervention would have saved anyone?

The Parkland shooting shows us, once again, that the threat from disturbed people with easy access to guns is real. We’d be smart to worry less about the so-called cowardice of one deputy and more about the cowardice of politicians afraid to pass the laws and funding to address the mental health issues this country is facing.

Scot Peterson will spend the rest of his life wearing his badge of shame.

As a country, we need to face and start to confront the issues of mental health, including an educational system which is dealing in a poor way with the mental health of their students.

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Springfield Bishop Paprocki repeats: Senator Durbin is not to be admitted to Holy Communion

In an unusual move, a bishop — Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois —has posted this public statement on the diocesan website:

I agree completely with His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, who called the U.S. Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “appalling.”

Fourteen Catholic senators voted against the bill that would have prohibited abortions starting at 20 weeks after fertilization, including Sen. Richard Durbin, whose residence is in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. In April 2004, Sen. Durbin’s pastor, then Msgr. Kevin Vann (now Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange, CA), said that he would be reticent to give Sen. Durbin Holy Communion because his pro-abortion position put him outside of communion or unity with the Church’s teachings on life. My predecessor, now Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, said that he would support that decision. I have continued that position.

Canon 915 of the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law states that those “who obstinately persist in mani­fest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” In our 2004 Statement on Catholics in Political Life, the USCCB said, “Failing to protect the lives of innocent and defenseless members of the human race is to sin against justice. Those who formulate law therefore have an obligation in conscience to work toward correcting morally defective laws, lest they be guilty of cooperating in evil and in sinning against the common good.” Because his voting record in support of abortion over many years constitutes “obstinate persistence in manifest grave sin,” the determination continues that Sen. Durbin is not to be admitted to Holy Communion until he repents of this sin. This provision is intended not to punish, but to bring about a change of heart. Sen. Durbin was once pro-life. I sincerely pray that he will repent and return to being pro-life.

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