WBEZ | White House http://www.wbez.org/tags/white-house Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Worldview: Syrians and Americans name casualties of the Syrian conflict in front of the White House http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-13/worldview-syrians-and-americans-name-casualties-syrian-conflict-front <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP871636273174.jpg" style="height: 411px; width: 620px;" title="In This April 21, 2014, file photo, provided by the anti-government activist group Aleppo Media Center, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, shows a Syrian man holding a girl as he stands on the rubble of houses that were destroyed by Syrian government forces air strikes in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/Aleppo Media Center AMC, File)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195724583&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Syrians and Americans gather in front of the White House to remember victims of the Syrian conflict</span></font></p><p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-b61bc9b5-14c6-e918-eecc-362641ea060f">Syrians and Americans have gathered in front of the White House this week to remember the victims of the conflict in Syria as it heads into its fifth year. They are reading the names of the estimated more than 200,000 people who have been killed since the outbreak of the Syrian revolution on March 15, 2011. On Friday they&rsquo;ll be remember the children who have been killed.&nbsp;</span>Lina Sergie Attar is in DC for the event. She joins us to talk about the conflict and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:<a href="https://twitter.com/AmalHanano"><em>&nbsp;</em></a></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/AmalHanano">Lina Sergie Attar</a> is the co-founder of the <a href="https://twitter.com/karamfoundation">Karam Foundation.</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195725629&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Why won&#39;t the United States adopt the metric system?</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-ce80c653-14c9-63d3-be89-32c5eee31151">Just about every country in the world, apart from the U.S., Liberia and Myanmar, measures temperature in Celcius rather than Fahrenheit and measures length in centimeters and meters rather than inches. The &nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/metric/upload/HR-596-Metric-Law-1866.pdf">Metric Act of 1866</a> legalized the use of the Metric System in the U.S. but, unlike most other countries, the U.S. never went to a mandatory system using Metric. We came close in the 1970&rsquo;s but the legislation didn&rsquo;t go through. Still, industries and consumers in the United States are actually using it all the time. Elizabeth Gentry is the Metric coordinator at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Her office helps facilitate the use of the Metric System of measurement, known today as SI. She explains how it all works.</p><p><strong>Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Elizabeth Gentry is metric coordinator at NIST, the <a href="https://twitter.com/usnistgov">National Institute of Standards and Technology, a &nbsp;part of the U.S. Department of Commerce.</a></em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/195726634&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe><font color="#333333" face="Arial, sans-serif"><span style="font-size: 23.9999980926514px; line-height: 22px;">Weekend Passport: The Immortal Beloved Flamenco Drama</span></font></p><p>Each week global citizen Nari Safavi helps listeners plan their international weekend. This week we&rsquo;ll tell you about a musical performance that combines flamenco with classical music. Soniché drops by to give us a taste of what people can experience in&nbsp;<em>The Immortal Beloved Flamenco Drama</em>&nbsp;, which opens tonight at the Chopin Theatre.</p><p><strong>Guests:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><em>Nari Safavi is one of the co-founders of the <a href="http://www.pasfarda.org/default.aspx">PASFARDA Arts &amp; Cultural Exchange</a></em></p><p><em><a href="https://twitter.com/GeorgeLepauw">George Lepauw</a> is the founder, president and artistic director of the <a href="http://www.internationalbeethovenproject.com/about/whos-who/">International Beethoven Project</a></em></p><p><em>Soniché are an international flamenco group based in Chicago.&nbsp;</em></p></p> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 15:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-03-13/worldview-syrians-and-americans-name-casualties-syrian-conflict-front Hotel workers protest Hyatt heir's cabinet nomination http://www.wbez.org/news/hotel-workers-protest-hyatt-heirs-cabinet-nomination-107283 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Pritzker Unions.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A picket line stretched for roughly two blocks in front of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in the south Loop. The demonstration was organized by Unite Here, which represents Hyatt Hotel workers.</p><p>Hyatt is a major source of the Pritzker family wealth and Penny Pritzker currently sits on their board. The union says that a Commerce Secretary&#39;s first concern should be good jobs for Americans but that is not what her work with Hyatt demonstrates.</p><p>The union says the workload for housekeepers is unreasonable and results in injuries.</p><p>Lesley Newson was still in her housekeeping uniform when she showed up to the rally.</p><p>&quot;A lot of us sustain back injury, some have neck or shoulder pain,&quot; she said.&nbsp;</p><p>Cathy Youngblood works at a Hyatt in West Hollywood and has been traveling the country speaking out. She is angry that Hyatt has been hiring more temporary workers at minimum wage and without benefits.</p><p>&quot;Hyatt is leading the industry in the race to the bottom,&quot; Youngblood said. &quot;We think Hyatt could do better. We think it&rsquo;s time for Hyatt to change.&quot;</p><p>In a written statement Hyatt said that Unite Here is spreading misinformation in order to get publicity.</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/shannon_h" target="_blank">@shannon_h</a></em></p></p> Tue, 21 May 2013 07:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/hotel-workers-protest-hyatt-heirs-cabinet-nomination-107283 Deportation protesters use ‘lockboxes,’ slam Durbin http://www.wbez.org/news/deportation-protesters-use-%E2%80%98lockboxes%E2%80%99-slam-durbin-107166 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Stephanie%20Camba%201%20scale.jpg" title="Stephanie Camba, right, and six other unauthorized immigrants on Tuesday block a street near a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Broadview, a suburb of Chicago. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)" /></p><p>Police sawed through plastic pipes on Tuesday&nbsp;to pry apart seven protesters at an immigration detention center near Chicago. The protesters, all in the United States without legal permission, demanded a halt to deportations as Congress considers allowing most of the country&rsquo;s 11 million unauthorized immigrants to apply for legal status.</p><p>President Barack Obama&rsquo;s administration has increased deportations to roughly 1,100 a day, a record pace. Removals have continued as the Senate Judiciary Committee works on a sweeping immigration bill drafted by a bipartisan group that includes Dick Durbin (D-Illinois). The protesters called on Durbin to push Obama to suspend the removals.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had over a million families separated because of deportations,&rdquo; said protester Stephanie Camba, 22, a Filipina who said her parents brought her to the United States when she was 11 years old. &ldquo;This bill is not enough if it&rsquo;s not going to stop deportations. It should be deportations being stopped first.&rdquo;</p><p>The protesters, backed by about 100 supporters, held each other using chains and locks inside three-foot segments of polyvinyl chloride tubes &mdash; civil-disobedience setups knowns as &ldquo;lockboxes.&rdquo; The protesters sat down in a street to block vehicles from the center, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in suburban Broadview.</p><p>ICE holds immigrants awaiting deportation in the center before loading them into vans and buses that carry them to flights from Chicago&rsquo;s O&rsquo;Hare International Airport.</p><p>A statement from Durbin&rsquo;s office in response to the protest says the senator was &ldquo;instrumental in pushing the administration&rdquo; to allow many young unauthorized immigrants to apply for work papers and a deportation reprieve under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an Obama policy initiated last year.</p><p>Durbin, the statement adds, is also working on the immigration bill as a member of the Senate panel. &ldquo;The hope is that next month the full Senate will begin debate on this common-sense, compromise proposal that will provide millions of immigrants with an accountable path to citizenship,&rdquo; the statement says.</p><p>After police cut through the pipes, Broadview officers arrested the protesters, charged them with disorderly conduct and released them.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/cmitchell-0">Chip Mitchell</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s West Side bureau reporter. Follow him on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1">@ChipMitchell1</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>, and connect with him through <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chipmitchell1">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChipMitchell1">LinkedIn</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 14 May 2013 18:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/deportation-protesters-use-%E2%80%98lockboxes%E2%80%99-slam-durbin-107166 Time for a Chicago murder commission? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/time-chicago-murder-commission-105342 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/kernercomission.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><strong><a href="http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/exhibit/Centennial/centennial_turmoil.htm" target="_blank"><img alt="National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma)" src="http://www.ou.edu/special/albertctr/archives/exhibit/Centennial/WKWB%208/kernercomission.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 137px; float: right;" /></a>CALL FOR A MURDER COMMISSION.&nbsp;</strong><em>Chicago Magazine</em>&#39;s <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/February-2013/Should-the-Government-Respond-to-Chicagos-Murder-Problem-With-a-New-Kerner-Commission/">Whet Moser says Newt Gingrich may be on to something</a> when he calls for hearings on Chicago&#39;s violence. Moser suggests as a model President Johnson&#39;s <strong>National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders</strong>, more popularly known as the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerner_Commission" target="_blank">Kerner Commission</a>&nbsp;--&nbsp;which concluded, among other things, that &quot;<a href="http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.org/docs/kerner.pdf">white racism is essentially responsible for the explosive mixture ... accumulating in our cities since the end of World War II</a>.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://guns.periscopic.com/" target="_blank">Animated graphic</a>&nbsp;shows years of human life&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2013/02/years-guns-take-away-human-lives/61768/" target="_blank">2010 gun violence claimed in the U.S.</a><br />* Is <a href="http://www.nextnewdeal.net/women-are-less-safe-gayle-trotter%E2%80%99s-world" target="_blank">a society with more guns safer for women</a>?<br />* Mark Konkol: &quot;Dear Fellow Chicagoan: <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130131/chicago-citywide/dear-fellow-chicagoan-you-are-not-snitch" target="_blank">I know you saw the guy who shot and killed Hadiya Pendleton</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>WHEN THE PRESIDENT CAN HAVE YOU KILLED.&nbsp;</strong>NBC News has a copy of <a href="http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/020413_DOJ_White_Paper.pdf" target="_blank">a secret Justice Department memo</a> that it says concludes &quot;<a href="http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/04/16843014-exclusive-justice-department-memo-reveals-legal-case-for-drone-strikes-on-americans" target="_blank">the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens ... even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.</a>&quot;<br />* American Civil Liberties Union lawyer: The memo &quot;<a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/justice-departments-white-paper-targeted-killing" target="_blank">manages to underscore ... the recklessness of the government&#39;s central claim</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>THE FAMILY THAT&#39;S PROBED TOGETHER ...&nbsp;</strong>Former&nbsp;Ald. Sandi Jackson is now the target of her very own federal investigation, independent of the investigation until now primarily aimed at her husband, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18014137-761/exclusive-feds-now-investigating-former-ald-sandi-jackson-sources.html" target="_blank">a source tells the&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em></a>.<br />* After questions about $44,000,&nbsp;<a href="http://Contact Subscribe E-paper TV Weekly Reader Services Advertise with Us Select a Publication or Site 19°F Mostly Cloudy Good Morning Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Site All Papers YAHOO! Register for free | Login Home Autos Homes Jobs Pets Auto Show Good to Know Daily Splash Cause &amp; Event Year in review: 2012 Politics blog Season Pass Sunday Splash News Sports Business Opinions Lifestyles Columnists Entertainment Travel Ebert Classifieds Sweet Obits Sneed Ald. 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Sign up&nbsp;<a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/time-chicago-murder-commission-105342 Chicago artists help deck the halls at the White House http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-artists-help-deck-halls-white-house-104127 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/whitehouseart.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago artist and designer David Lee Csicsko is known for the whimsical mosaic characters greeting riders at the Belmont &quot;L&quot; station.</p><p>For the White House this year, he designed stained-glass medallions that look like wreaths for the East Corridor and 10-foot-tall white wooden trees for the East Garden.</p><p>A stained-glass rose he designed hangs in the window of the State Dining Room. While decorating the room, staff members took down a famous painting to avoid scratching it.</p><p>&ldquo;So all of the sudden I looked over at the back of the Lincoln portrait, and this rose I had designed was shining brightly on the back of the Lincoln portrait,&quot; Csicsko said. &quot;It was just this incredible connection to artistry and history. It was very, very special.&rdquo;</p><p>Csicsko got the chance to tell First Lady Michelle Obama about all of his designs at the farewell reception.</p><p>&ldquo;One of my friends shouted out that we were from Chicago and I had done the windows,&quot; chuckled Csicsko. &quot;She said she was very excited to show the President and her daughters all of the work on the house.&quot;</p><p>Paper artist Jami Darwin Chiang said seeing her work go from her studio in Chicago to the White House was an amazing experience. Chiang and other artists helped decorate the famed Blue Room Christmas tree with their designs. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;You meet so many people that are from all different parts of the country that literally join forces to transform the White House in five days,&rdquo; Chiang said.</p><p>Cscisko said seeing everyday people working together in rooms where heads of state normally convene was an enlightening experience.</p><p>&ldquo;It just really felt like this was the people&rsquo;s house,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 16:13:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/chicago-artists-help-deck-halls-white-house-104127 How to create jobs with really trying http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/how-create-jobs-really-trying-100573 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/_wR3LhFlgGo" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Outsourcing is an economic trend so present in the minds of the American people that we made a movie about it. And a TV show. Whether industrial manufacturing or IT call centers, if it&#39;s cheaper to do it in India or Mexico, American CEOs will send it there.&nbsp;</p><p>But if the White House has it their way, outsourcing&#39;s days (much like<a href="http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/05/13/outsourced-cancelled-by-nbc/92523/"> NBC&#39;s <em>Outsourced </em>days</a>) will soon be over. Earlier this year, President Obama made insourcing &ndash; the economic trend in which American companies return their business to American soil &ndash; an official initiative, holding a business leaders&#39; forum to talk about what kind of incentives would convince them to move the production side of business back.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/insourcing%20AP.jpg" style="float: right; width: 300px; " title="President Obama shakes hands with Tim Bryan, center, chairman and CEO of Galax.e Solutions, during a forum on ‘Insourcing American Jobs’ in January. (AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)" />One of those business leaders was Tim Bryan, CEO of Galax.e Solutions, a software company. Bryan swears by worker proximity, and says the work his company does is just too complicated to allow management and employees to be separated by thousands of miles anymore. GalaxE opened its new office in Detroit where, to ensure there are enough skilled workers to fill it, Bryan partners with local community colleges to provide training programs.</p><p>Bryan says the sucess he&#39;s had in Detroit could be recreated anywhere in the country, but Don Kettl, Dean of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, is skeptical. Jobs are definitely returning, Kettl says, but not in the numbers that they left. He predicts the change to come will involve a small number of new jobs for more skilled workers at higher pay, and that we need to focus on retraining programs like the one Bryan set up in Detroit.&nbsp;</p><p>Election season is heating up and we&#39;ve already heard President Obama hit Romney on his history at Bain Capital.&nbsp;&ldquo;Gov.&nbsp;Romney&rsquo;s commitment to outsourcing is not just part of his record, its part of an overwhelming economic vision,&rdquo; Mr. Obama said at a rally in New Hampshire last week, reported the <em><a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jun/25/obama-doubles-down-on-bain-attacks/">Washington Times</a>.&nbsp;</em>This growing theme of the Obama campaign suggets we&#39;ll hear more about insourcing before November rolls around. Monday on <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>, we talk with Brian Deese,&nbsp;special assistant to the president on economic policy, about how the White House plans to encourage this so-called trend. Call 312.923.9239 with questions.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 08:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-07/how-create-jobs-really-trying-100573 Bill Daley to step down as White House chief of staff after 2012 election http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-daley-step-down-white-house-chief-staff-after-2012-election-93064 <p><p>CHICAGO — White House chief of staff Bill Daley says he'll return to Chicago after the 2012 election.</p><p><a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Raw_Video__One-On-One_With_Bill_Daley_Chicago-131475648.html">Daley tells WMAQ-TV in Chicago </a>he has committed to stay with President Barack Obama in Washington "through his re-election" and "then my wife and I will be back in Chicago." Obama chose Daley to be his White House chief of staff in January. Daley replaced Pete Rouse, who was interim chief of staff and did not want the position permanently. Rouse replaced Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</p><p>Bill Daley's brother, Richard M. Daley, is Chicago's former mayor. The Daley brothers are sons of Richard J. Daley, who was Chicago's mayor from 1955 to his death in 1976.</p><p>Bill Daley served as commerce secretary under President Bill Clinton and ran Al Gore's 2000 presidential campaign.</p></p> Tue, 11 Oct 2011 21:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/bill-daley-step-down-white-house-chief-staff-after-2012-election-93064 Axelrod: Emanuel was 'never' close to being fired by President Obama http://www.wbez.org/story/axelrod-emanuel-was-never-close-being-fired-president-obama-92349 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-23/Axelrod Obama Emanuel - AP Charles Dharapak.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new book claims President Barack Obama was close to firing Rahm Emanuel before his chief of staff left to run for Chicago mayor. But the president's top strategist says the book is littered with fiction.</p><p>Ron Suskind's <em>Confidence Men</em> quotes an unnamed source saying Emanuel "would have been fired" if he hadn't moved back to Chicago when former Mayor Richard Daley announced his retirement.</p><p>Obama strategist David Axelrod - now back in Chicago - was in the White House at the time, and says Emanuel was "never" close to losing his job.</p><p>Axelrod says Emanuel provided strong leadership in the White House, and the president appreciated that.</p><p>"Rahm was a enormously positive force in the White House and much of what we accomplished, particularly in those early days when we were teetering on the brink of a depression, was absolutely pivotal. And the president recognized that," Axelrod said.</p><p>"Rahm provided strong leadership in the White House and that was well appreciated by the president," Axelrod said.</p><p>A spokeswoman for Emanuel declined to comment.</p><p>Suskind also describes the White House headed by Emanuel as a "boys' club," in which women had little power. Axelrod dismisses the suggestion.</p><p>"I'm not going to comment on docu-dramas," he said. "The fact is that there were so many just flat-out errors of fact in that book that reflect the overall, which is that it's just not an accurate picture."</p><p>That's a characterization also made by a White House spokesman. The author is standing by his book.</p><p>Axelrod made his comments to reporters on Thursday in Chicago, after headlining a fundraiser for congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth is running for the Democratic nomination in Illinois' 8th congressional district, against Raja Krishnamoorthi.</p><p>Axelrod said his endorsement for Duckworth does not mean the president will follow suit.</p><p>"No, I don't expect [he will get involved]," Axelrod said. "He doesn't involve himself in primary campaigns, and these are two friends of his, but obviously - you know, he appointed Tammy to a leadership position in his administration, so he has a high regard for her."</p><p>Duckworth, who won the Purple Heart for her service in Iraq, was an assistant secretary in the federal Department of Veterans Affairs under Mr. Obama.</p><p>The president also has ties to Krishnamoorthi, who advised Mr. Obama during both his 2004 U.S. Senate campaign, and the 2008 presidential election.</p></p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 20:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/axelrod-emanuel-was-never-close-being-fired-president-obama-92349 Drug use among Chicago arrestees highest in U.S. http://www.wbez.org/story/drug-use-among-chicago-arrestees-highest-us-87960 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/pot_Getty_Sean Gallup.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A new White House report puts Chicago inmates at the top of a national list for drug abuse. The report states that 83 percent of males arrested in Cook County last year tested positive for at least one substance. The Office of National Drug Control Policy analyzed 10 major cities for the study. Chicago ranked in the top spot.<br> <br> Daphne Baille, spokeswoman for Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities, said the results aren't surprising.<br> <br> "This is a trend that has been going on for decades in Chicago," she said. "We know that the vast majority of people who are arrested indeed have illicit substances in their system, and this is a result of our 40 year war on drugs that has continued to criminalize this health problem, rather than treating it."<br> <br> Chicago has placed above the other nine cities in the annual study for the past four years. The cities are Denver, Atlanta, Portland, Ore., Indianapolis, New York, Charlotte, N.C., Washington D.C., Sacramento, Calif., and Minneapolis.</p></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 20:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/drug-use-among-chicago-arrestees-highest-us-87960 Mike Huckabee: 'All The Factors Say Go, But My Heart Says No' http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-05-14/mike-huckabee-all-factors-say-go-my-heart-says-no-86555 <p><p>Scratch Mike Huckabee's name from the list of potential Republican presidential nominees seeking to challenge President Obama.</p><p>The former Arkansas governor and present-day Fox News Channel host <a href="http://video.foxnews.com/v/4694936/huckabee-i-will-not-seek-the-republican-nomination/">said on his show</a> on that cable outlet that he won't compete for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination.</p><p>Huckabee said he ruled out a run despite many indications he could do well in the race for the nomination — widespread grassroots support and polls that showed that he had broader appeal to just social conservatives and also a good chance of winning primaries and caucuses.</p><p>"All the factors say go; but my heart says no," Huckabee said. "And that's the decision that I've made. And in it I've finally found some resolution."</p><p></p><p>Huckabee, who did unexpectedly well in his 2008 presidential bid, winning the Iowa caucuses, said his wife and children expressed support for a him to make the race, in fact urged him too.</p><p>And he indicated many others had expressed not just support but the desire to work on his behalf.</p><p>But, speaking in terms that would readily connect with many of the evangelical Christians who had hoped he would be their standard bearer in the 2012 White House race, the former Baptist preacher said in was only in the quiet moments of reflection did his decision become plain.</p><p>"... I do know this. That under the best of circumstances, being president is a job that takes one to the limit of his or her human capacity. For me, to do it without the confidence that I was undertaking it without God's full blessing is simply unthinkable."</p><p>The decision allows Huckabee to continue making money at a brisk pace from his contract with Fox as well as the radio segment he produces for ABC Radio. Huckabee also travels the nation giving paid speeches.</p><p>He did say he will continue to travel to speak up for candidates and causes he believes in.</p><p>Staying clear of the race also spares Huckabee from attacks from both Republicans and Democrats alike on his record as Arksansas governor. For instance, as governor he commuted the sentence of Maurice Clemmons, a convict who later killed four Seattle police officers. Clemmons likely would have been Huckabee's Willie Horton, only worse. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1305433932?&gn=Mike+Huckabee%3A+%27All+The+Factors+Say+Go%2C+But+My+Heart+Says+No%27&ev=event2&ch=129828651&h1=2012,White+House,It%27s+All+Politics,Mike+Huckabee,Media,Politics,U.S.,Home+Page+Top+Stories,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=136318484&c7=1014&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1014&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110514&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=131551086,130357600,129828651,126944287&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Sat, 14 May 2011 21:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/2011-05-14/mike-huckabee-all-factors-say-go-my-heart-says-no-86555