WBEZ | credit cards http://www.wbez.org/tags/credit-cards Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Hackers hit government site, threaten 'chaos' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/hackers-hit-government-site-threaten-chaos-105172 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/anonymous-ussc-hacked-3-620x349.png" alt="" /><p><p><em>Four things (plus!) for Monday, Chicago:</em></p><p><strong><a href="http://www.zdnet.com/us-sentencing-website-hacked-into-video-game-asteroids_p3-7000010385/#photo"><img alt="Hacked government site (ZDNet image)" src="http://cdn-static.zdnet.com/i/r/story/70/00/010385/anonymous-ussc-hacked-3-620x.png?hash=BQEyAQAuLm" style="width: 300px; height: 169px; float: right;" /></a>&#39;THIS TIME THERE WILL BE CHANGE, OR THERE WILL BE CHAOS.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;That&#39;s been the warning from the &quot;hacktivist&quot; group Anonymous over the weekend, as it&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-hacks-us-sentencing-commission-distributes-files-7000010369/">took control of the U.S. Sentencing Commission website</a>&nbsp;-- not once but twice, the second time <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-re-hacks-us-sentencing-site-into-video-game-asteroids-7000010384/">turning it into a version of the old arcade game &quot;Asteroids&quot;</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;-- to protest what it calls a &quot;twisted and distorted perversion of justice,&quot; which it blames for the suicide of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/why-did-the-justice-system-target-aaron-swartz-20130123" target="_blank">Chicago-born Internet activist Aaron Swartz</a>.<br />* New rule outlawing smartphones&#39; unlocking (so they can be used on other carriers) is &quot;<a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/01/the-most-ridiculous-law-of-2013-so-far-it-is-now-a-crime-to-unlock-your-smartphone/272552/">The Most Ridiculous Law of 2013</a>&nbsp;(So Far)&quot; --&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic.</em><br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/01/27/the-perfect-murder-how-facebook-will-kill-the-phone-as-we-know-it/">Facebook could kill the phone as we know it</a>&nbsp;--&nbsp;<em>GigaOM</em>.</p><p><strong>&#39;PUBLIC BROADCASTING FINALLY SACKS UP AND HIRES A REAL MAN WHO WILL TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA.&#39;&nbsp;</strong><em>Wonkette</em> examines <a href="http://wonkette.com/498660/public-broadcasting-finally-sacks-up-and-hires-a-real-man-who-will-tell-the-truth-about-obama">a controversial hire by Georgia Public Broadcasting</a>.<br />* In one interview, Obama says he <a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112190/obama-interview-2013-sit-down-president">might not let his son (if he had one) play football</a>.<br />* And in another, he and Hilary Clinton get along &quot;<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/obama-clinton-end-marriage-of-convenience-with-60-minutes-lovefest-20130127">like an old and happily married couple</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/01/24/at-cnet-morale/">PEOPLE ARE PISSED OFF</a>.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>An insider says CNET staffers aren&#39;t swallowing parent company CBS&#39; decision to ban coverage of products targeted for legal action by CBS.<br />* New WBEZ ad campaign urges listeners to &quot;<a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/27/make-babies-urges-saucy-public-radio-campaign/">Make Babies</a>&quot; -- for the &quot;2032 Membership Drive.&quot;<br />* Nice emails sent by <a href="http://deadspin.com/5979052/all-the-nice-emails-we-got-from-our-moms-after-publishing-our-manti-teo-story">the moms of the reporters who cracked the Manti Te&#39;o story</a>.<br />* Departing New York Times editor <a href="http://paidcontent.org/2013/01/24/new-york-times-editor-to-take-75000-twitter-followers-out-the-door-with-him/">takes 75,000 Twitter followers with him</a>.</p><p><strong>YOU&#39;LL GET A CHARGE ...&nbsp;</strong>A legal settlement between credit card companies and merchants means that, as of yesterday, sellers are free to tack up to <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Business/credit-card-fees-effect-sunday/story?id=18316310">4 percent extra onto your purchase price</a> if you choose not to pay with cash.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* See that Comments space below?&nbsp;</em><em>It&#39;s waiting for you to weigh in.&nbsp;</em><em>What about those Anonymous guys? Are they heroes, or just vandals? Should the president get busy and have a son? Should he let him play football? Wouldn&#39;t it be nice to see a young Barack Obama Jr. ante up for WBEZ&#39;s 2032 Membership Drive?</em><br /><em>* Get the latest from WBEZ by email.&nbsp;<a href="http://services.chicagopublicmedia.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&amp;SURVEY_ID=13561">Sign up here</a>.</em><br /><em>* Soundtrack for preparation of this issue:&nbsp;<a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/from-the-archives-aaron-swartz">WBEZ&#39;s 2001 interview with Aaron Swartz</a>,&nbsp;then a visionary&nbsp;14-year-old.</em></p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/hackers-hit-government-site-threaten-chaos-105172 New City Comptroller lays down the law on city expenses http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-12/new-city-comptroller-lays-down-law-city-expenses-89018 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-12/Amer Ahmad.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last month, <a href="http://www.thecha.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Housing Authority</a> President Lewis Jordan <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/jordan-says-credit-cards-overshadowed-cha-work-87854" target="_blank">announced his resignation</a> after questions were raised about his use of a government-issued credit card. Mayor Emanuel ordered a <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-emanuel-city-credit-cards-20110712,0,5521209.story" target="_blank">review of credit card use</a> and reimbursement throughout the city and at its sister agencies, and the city’s comptroller Amer Ahmad found some troubling results. Ahmad has authored a new employee reimbursement plan and he joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to explain how his plan responds to these findings.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Mercury Program, "Re-inventing a Challenge for Machines" from the release from the vapor of gasoline (Tiger Style)</em></p></p> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 14:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-12/new-city-comptroller-lays-down-law-city-expenses-89018 Lewis Jordan to step down as head of Chicago Housing Authority http://www.wbez.org/story/lewis-jordan-step-down-head-chicago-housing-authority-87843 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-03/CHA_Jordan_022508_26(Lrg).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Lewis Jordan will step down as CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority on June 30th, following questions about his use of official credit cards.&nbsp; Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel had recently reappointed Jordan as the head of the CHA, a position he's held since 2007.</p><p>Jordan became the center of controversy during the last two weeks when it was revealed that he used CHA credit cards to purchase gift cards and flowers for employees and spent nearly $15,000 during a three year period on business-related meals.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, Mayor Emanuel refused to give Jordan a vote of confidence, and also removed two cars and the security detail that had previously been at Jordan's disposal.&nbsp;</p><p>The Emanuel administration is currently conducting a review of credit card use across all of its departments and agencies.&nbsp;</p><p>As CEO of the CHA, Jordan was charged with completing the controversial $1 billion dollar Plan for Transformation, which led to the demolition of the city's high rise public housing complexes and calls for the replacement of mixed-income neighborhoods in their place.&nbsp; The plan is scheduled to be completed by 2015 under a revised timeline.</p><p>Prior to taking over the CHA, Jordan ran the Housing Authority of Cook County, as well as the housing program in Rockford, IL.</p><p>Last month, the CHA announced it was considering a controversial policy requiring all residents of public housing in the city to undergo drug tests and remain drug free as a condition of tenancy.&nbsp; Currently, only residents of mixed-income developments are required to submit to such tests.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 20:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/lewis-jordan-step-down-head-chicago-housing-authority-87843