WBEZ | todd akin http://www.wbez.org/tags/todd-akin Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Illinois is the nation's latest abortion battleground http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-10/illinois-nations-latest-abortion-battleground-102814 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/abortion_protest.jpg" title="Anti-choice protesters set up a protest across the street from a Northwest Side family planning clinic (Photo by Marcus Gilmer/WBEZ)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story: </strong>Abortion took center stage at times during this election, and thanks in no small part to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/rep-todd-akins-ridiculous-legitimate-rape-comments-101812">the wrong-headed words</a> of U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin, it seems a new battleground for the debate has emerged over the past few weeks: Illinois.&nbsp;Two weeks ago, after 17 years of skirmishes and injunctions, the state&rsquo;s controversial abortion notification law &mdash; requiring patients 17 years old or younger to notify their parents before having an abortion &nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/illinois-abortion-notific_n_1901354.html">went before the Illinois state supreme court</a>. Then, late last week, an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Ill-court-backs-pharmacists-on-morning-after-pill-3886082.php">Illinois appellate court ruled</a>&nbsp;that two pharmacists could refuse to fill prescriptions for the Morning-After pill if it interfered with their &ldquo;conscientious convictions,&rdquo; saying the pair were protected by the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act. (<a href="http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/22/14026790-court-illinois-cant-force-pharmacists-to-give-morning-after-pill?lite">An executive order</a>&nbsp;signed in 2005 by former Gov. Rod Blagojevich had forced pharmacists to fill all prescriptions.)</p><p>It was against this backdrop that anti-abortion protesters gathered Monday night at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-planned-parenthood-vigil-20121002,0,1759244.story">for a prayer vigil</a> to mark the five-year anniversary of the clinic&rsquo;s opening. The clinic had been a lightning rod of controversy when it opened and the vigil falls during anti-choice protesters &ldquo;<a href="http://40daysforlife.com/index.cfm">40 Days For Life</a>&rdquo; campaign.&nbsp;Though it&#39;s no question which way the state will go in the upcoming election, the schism between liberal, urban Chicago and more conservative downstate areas will continue to widen over this issue well after the election, setting the groundwork for some interesting local elections down the line.</p><strong>Also: </strong>Monday was a big night for the Bears: The team came away with <a href="http://www.chicagobears.com/gameday/game/2012/regular4/">a 34-18 victory</a> over the Dallas Cowboys, playing in a stadium with so many Bears fans it sometimes felt like a home game. The Bears defense had yet another stout performance, forcing five Cowboys interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns (by Charles Tillman and Lance Briggs). While the offense took a while to get going, it clicked well when it did with Jay Cutler throwing for 275 yards (138 of those to Brandon Marshall) and two touchdowns. At 3-1, the Bears remain tied with the Vikings atop the NFC North division and head to Jacksonville this weekend for their next game.&nbsp;<br /><p><br /><strong>Announced: </strong><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/15492582-421/macarthur-foundation-bestows-23-genius-grants.html">The 23 new MacArthur Foundation &quot;genius&quot; grant recipients</a>,&nbsp;including Northwestern University historian Dylan C. Penningroth, who is researching pre-Civil War slaves who owned land. Other recipients include Claire Chase, flutist and co-founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble in Chicago, Punch Brothers mandolin player extraordinaire Chris Thile and acclaimed writer Junot Diaz.</p><p><br /><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>A Louisiana man became the nation&rsquo;s 300<sup>th</sup> death row prisoner <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-dna-evidence-20121001,0,2977942.story">exonerated by DNA evidence</a>.</li><li>Todd &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; Akin <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/todd-akin-women-pay_n_1928534.html">said he didn&rsquo;t vote for the Ledbetter Bill</a> to secure equal pay for women because, well, freedom.</li><li>The Supreme Court is back in session and is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/10/01/162110683/high-court-takes-up-human-rights-on-first-day-back">taking up a human rights case</a> involving Nigerians seeking asylum.</li><li>Seth MacFarlane <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/seth-macfarlane-is-hosting-the-oscars,85895/">has been tapped to host</a> the 2013 Academy Awards, which should keep the censors busy (hopefully, anyway).</li><li>So an Iranian news agency <a href="http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/iranian-news-agency-claims-onion-report-it-ran-by-mistake-is-essentially-true/?partner=rss&amp;emc=rss&amp;smid=tw-nytimes">ripped off a story from <em>The Onion</em></a>, claimed it was true, then apologized for plagiarism yet still sorta claims it&rsquo;s true. Which makes total sense because, you know, Iran.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking Ahead</strong></p><ul><li>There&rsquo;s <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/politics/2012/10/wls-tv_gm_anti-duckworth_ad_still_under_review.html">confusion over whether or not</a> WLS refused to air an anti-Duckworth ad or deemed it unsuitable for airing.</li><li>Now even IDOT <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-idot-asks-for-publics-input-to-map-future-road-projects-20121001,0,435718.story">is asking for public feedback</a> to help them make future plans.</li><li>Chicago Media Baron&trade; Robert Feder <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/15740946/wls-host-don-wade-comes-out-of-surgery-%E2%80%98really-well">has the latest on WLS-AM host Don Wade</a>, who is recovering from surgery to remove a growth from his brain.</li><li>There are <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120929/ISSUE01/309299973/tenants-flee-suburban-office-parks">a lot of empty offices</a> in suburban office parks.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>The White Sox were officially elimanted from the 2012 MLB playoffs Monday night courtesy of <a href="http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=321001107">Detroit&#39;s win</a>, and thus completing the team&#39;s epic collapse.</li><li>Meanwhile, the Cubs <a href="http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/recap?gameId=321001116&amp;teams=houston-astros-vs-chicago-cubs">hit the infamous 100-loss mark</a> for the first time in 46 years after losing to the Astros.</li><li>The Bulls have done the right thing and <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/8449078/chicago-bulls-tom-thibodeau-agree-four-year-extension">re-upped with Coach Thibs</a> for four years.</li><li>Mayor Rahm Emanuel <a href="http://www.wbez.org/emanuel-mum-where-he-wants-depaul-basketball-team-move-back-city-102800">wants DePaul to play their basketball games</a> in the city proper again but isn&rsquo;t giving any specifics as to where he wants them to play.</li><li>Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8447831/indianapolis-colts-coach-chuck-pagano-leukemia">has been diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia</a> and will take a leave of absence from the team.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally</strong><br />Next time your kids ask you why the sky gets dark at night, you can give them a real answer other than what my parents told me, which was that Jesus turned off the sun so we could hide safely from the dragons. That&rsquo;s Alabama for you.</p></div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/gxJ4M7tyLRE" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-10/illinois-nations-latest-abortion-battleground-102814 Possible teacher strike casts shadow over approaching school year http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/possible-teacher-strike-casts-shadow-over-approaching-school-year-101836 <p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_Photo_Sitthixay_Ditthavong.jpg" title="A student reflects the general mood between teachers and the city. (AP/Sitthixay Ditthavong)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story:</strong> Even though school is in session for some Chicago Public Schools and a tentative deal between the city and the teachers union was reached earlier this summer, a strike still looms: Chicago Teachers Union members <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-teachers-take-contract-case-to-schools-20120820,0,3561254.story">picketed six schools yesterday</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;pickets <a href="http://action.aft.org/c/468/p/salsa/web/common/public/content?content_item_KEY=10295">will continue throughout the week</a>. The pickets came after a 30-day &quot;cooling off&quot; period, implemented after July&#39;s tentative agreement between the union and the city, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/district-union-prepare-possible-strike-101823">expired over the weekend</a>. A&nbsp;strike could be announced at a special delegate session on Wednesday (though the CTU doesn&#39;t need such a vote to declare a strike).&nbsp;Due to a ten-day lead time required between the announcement of the strike and the beginning of the strike, the CTU <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/14611166-418/cps-union-both-prepare-for-possibility-of-teachers-strike.html">would have to announce a strike</a>&nbsp;by Thursday if they wanted to start before school begins Tuesday, September 4&nbsp;for the remaining two-thirds of CPS students. It seems that despite the previous agreement and progress in contract talks, the CTU is fully preparing to strike; if it turns out to be a bluff, it&#39;s a fully-armed one at that.</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>The media and the public brought hellfire and fury <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/rep-todd-akins-ridiculous-legitimate-rape-comments-101812">down</a> on Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, the GOP&rsquo;s senate candidate in that state. It&rsquo;s no surprise that by the afternoon Akin <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-missouri-rep-todd-akin-says-he-misspoke-on-rape-and-pregnancy-20120819,0,512566.story">tried to backpedal</a> so fast you thought he had a flux capacitor. But his <a href="https://i.chzbgr.com/completestore/12/8/20/-UT3h4yQXE-a04_J2C0png2.jpg">dumbassery</a> damage was done: Even members of his own party are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Latest-News-Wires/2012/0820/Republicans-urge-Akin-to-leave-Senate-race">calling on him to drop out</a> of the race. RNC Chair Reince Priebus even said that Akin had best stay away from next week&rsquo;s convention in Tampa. A&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/08/21/159501649/as-deadline-to-drop-out-nears-rep-akins-best-defender-is-his-opponent">deadline today</a> that would make a candidate switch easier is at 6 p.m.; still, Akin is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politicususa.com/fox-news-freaks-todd-akins-refusal-quit-mo-senate-race.html">refusing to drop out</a>,&nbsp;ensuring that his campaign will likely go down in flames.&nbsp;</p><p>Look, I know politics is an insane business, but when even members of the Tea Party are embarrassed and <a href="http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/20/tea-party-express-calls-on-akin-to-step-down/">want you to drop out</a>, you done goofed up, son. Lest I leave this conversation without eviscerating Akin some more, I&rsquo;d be remiss not to point out <em>The Onion</em> <a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/i-misspokewhat-i-meant-to-say-is-i-am-dumb-as-dog,29256/?ref=auto">doing what they do</a> oh so brilliantly.</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>It&rsquo;s been a year of crazy weather already so of course <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/71893874/Weather/Interview-with-waterspouts-storm-chaser">we saw a bunch of</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/mfl/?n=waterspouts">waterspouts</a>&nbsp;over Lake Michigan yesterday. The city was never really in danger of tornados and waterspouts aren&rsquo;t uncommon (besides being pretty weak to begin with) so it looked more apocalyptic than it really was. The Spielberg version of <em>War Of The Worlds</em> was on TV this weekend and lightning triggered the alien attacks on our world then so if these waterspouts result in some kind of extra-terrestrial war, well, I warned you.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong>Comedienne and actress <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/rip-phyllis-diller,84044/">Phyllis Diller</a>&nbsp;died Monday at the age of 95. As usual, <em>The A.V. Club</em> <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/rip-phyllis-diller,84044/">memorializes her</a> better than I ever could. And <a href="http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-0821-scott-death-20120821,0,5115040.story">memorials</a> for director Tony Scott continue to <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/21/movies/tony-scott-made-movies-as-a-maximalist.html">roll in</a> as the shock of his apparent suicide sinks in.</p><p><strong>Elsewhere: </strong>Rosie O&rsquo;Donnell is <a href="http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/20/rosie-odonnell-happy-to-be-alive-after-heart-attack/">recovering from a heart attack</a> &hellip; Remember years ago when Augusta National faced some heat over no female members? Well, that&rsquo;s no longer a problem as the club <a href="http://espn.go.com/golf/story/_/id/8284599/augusta-national-admits-condoleezza-rice-darla-moore-first-two-female-members">has now admitted two</a>, including Condoleezza Rice &hellip; Our own DeRo writes about&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-08/what-words-mean-101817">the impact of lyrics</a> in the wake of the Pussy Riot travesty &hellip; The RNC convention stage <a href="http://www.wtsp.com/news/topstories/article/269178/250/RNC-stage-is-unveiled">was unveiled</a> and it gives the Olympic Opening Ceremonies a run for its money &hellip; Speaking of the Olympics, the British Royal corgis are <a href="http://gawker.com/5936165/royal-corgis-bloody-up-princess-beatrices-beloved-terrier">taking their Olympic blues out</a> on other dogs &hellip; Our cool interactive graph shows you <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/10-years-cta-red-line-use-shows-increased-ridership-not-all-stations-101804">ridership numbers for the Red Line over the past ten years</a>, just in time for the <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-06-05/news/ct-met-emanuel-red-line-20120606_1_red-line-stations-garfield-station-cermak-chinatown">big South Side shut down</a>&nbsp;of 2013!&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Looking ahead: </strong><em>The</em> <em>Sun-Times</em> <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14622305-761/will-chicago-areas-men-only-country-clubs-follow-augustas-lead.html">wonders</a> if area men-only clubs will soon follow Augusta National&rsquo;s lead &hellip; If things didn&rsquo;t look bleak before for Groupon, they do now,&nbsp;<a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443989204577599273177326912.html">as investors bail</a>&nbsp;on the company &hellip; Edwards County is <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19325546/-exclusive">shunning the state&rsquo;s concealed weapon ban</a> &hellip; Beware <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Tainted-cantaloupe-sickens-17-in-Illinois-3801575.php">tainted cantaloupes</a> &hellip; The city is finally, slowly <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-dips-toe-%E2%80%98bus-rapid-transit%E2%80%99-101834">moving towards bus rapid transit</a> &hellip; <em>Chicago Magazine</em> <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/September-2012/The-Unsolved-Murder-of-Maywood-Police-Officer-Tom-Wood/">revisits the unsolved murder</a> of a suburban police officer &hellip; The violent weekend <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-august-chicago-homicide-20120821,0,4821017.story">tied this year&#39;s record for killings in a single day</a>&nbsp;on Saturday and pushed this month&#39;s murder count past last August&#39;s tally already ... Chicago Media Baron&trade; Robert Feder <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/15616221/cbs-2-celebrates-bill-walter-with-cupcakes-and-no-comment">has a great write-up</a> about the triumphs and struggles of CBS 2&rsquo;s mega-pairing of Kurtis &amp; Jacobson, two years later.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sports: </strong>Great, Stan Van Gundy runs his mouth and <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bulls/post/_/id/9743/stan-van-will-rose-be-next-star-to-bolt">probably triggers</a> the Great Derrick Rose Panic &hellip; Ozzie <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/20/source-ozzie-marlins-to-visit-u-s-cellular-field-next-season/">could be returning to the South Side</a> via interleague play next year &hellip; <a href="http://chicagosidesports.com/can-horse-racing-catch-up/">A great feature</a> for local horse racing fans &hellip; The Chris Rusin Era <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120820&amp;content_id=37034740&amp;notebook_id=37034742&amp;vkey=notebook_chc&amp;c_id=chc">begins</a>, Cubs fans! We have hope! Again! &hellip; There are some pro teams in the area that win titles: the Chicago Bandits <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120820/sports/708209640/">begin their title defense</a> when the National Pro Fastpitch softball tournament starts on Thursday in Rosemont &hellip; <em>Deadspin&rsquo;s</em> annual NFL preview with a, well, different perspective, <a href="http://deadspin.com/5935713/why-your-team-sucks-2012-chicago-bears">tackled the Bears yesterday</a>.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Finally: </strong>I am blessed with a younger sibling (hi, <a href="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8438/7828686280_6cf78c2b72_o.jpg">Cynthia</a>!) and back in the day, we tortured each other. Which makes me love this prank that much more.</p></div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/c-DTQPBUJJ4" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 21 Aug 2012 09:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/possible-teacher-strike-casts-shadow-over-approaching-school-year-101836 Rep. Todd Akin's ridiculous "legitimate rape" comments http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/rep-todd-akins-ridiculous-legitimate-rape-comments-101812 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/todd_akin_ap.jpg" title="(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, file) Rep. Todd Akin, MO" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story:</strong> In case you didn&rsquo;t hear, or if you did and needed to have a rage stroke again, Rep. Todd Akin, the GOP candidate for Senate in Missouri, <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-legitimate-rape.php">implied that most women</a> who are victims of &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; don&rsquo;t get pregnant.</p><p>Setting aside for the moment Akin&rsquo;s use of the phrase &ldquo;legitimate rape,&rdquo; let&rsquo;s look at what he said and why he&rsquo;s wrong. In <a href="http://fox2now.com/2012/08/19/the-jaco-report-august-19-2012/#ooid=84cTVvNTqIw6Oot8JC0mYfPqHQAjRcwb">an interview KTVI-TV</a>, Akin, who is a 60-plus-year-old white man and reportedly has never been raped, pregnant, or even has a uterus, said, &ldquo;First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it&rsquo;s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.&rdquo; Just like his colleague <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/12/jon-stewart-rips-jon-kyl-planned-parenthood_n_847920.html">Arizona Senator Jon Kyl</a>, Akin fudged with numbers to misrepresent science and facts to further his agenda.</p><p>As <a href="http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-legitimate-rape.php">Talking Points Memo</a> points out, <a href="http://www.ajog.org/article/S0002-9378(96)70141-2/abstract">a 1996 study</a> revealed about five percent of rapes resulted in pregnancy. That <em>is </em>a small percent, but that doesn&rsquo;t take into account other scientific things like rapist&rsquo;s completion of the sexual act, the victim&rsquo;s use of birth control, the victim&rsquo;s fertility or ability to get pregnant, and a myriad of other factors. At least when Kyl lied he used numbers, no matter how made up they were; Akin just pulled this assertion out of thin air and doesn&rsquo;t even pretend to back it up with &ldquo;sources.&rdquo;</p><p>The point is, it <em>does</em> happen and, more importantly, women don&rsquo;t really have a choice in the matter.</p><p>Which brings us back to Akin&rsquo;s notion of &ldquo;legitimate rape.&rdquo; Him being a Republican, Akin was using this moment of <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/la-pn-missouri-rep-todd-akin-says-he-misspoke-on-rape-and-pregnancy-20120819,0,3932522.story">diarrhea of the mouth</a> as a means to say no one should have abortions ever. And he did it the old-fashioned way by undermining rape victims with his use of &ldquo;legitimate rape&rdquo; and implying if a woman gets pregnant because of rape, well, it&rsquo;s not really rape and it&rsquo;s her fault anyway.</p><p>Apparently, Akin thinks women possess a magical ability to point a wand at their womb and go, &ldquo;Expelliarmus!&rdquo; (Not surprisingly, Akin was a co-sponsor of the GOP House bill <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/01/republican-plan-redefine-rape-abortion">that wanted to redefine rape</a> as a means to limit abortion funding.) It&rsquo;s one thing to fudge numbers to support your cause but it&rsquo;s another thing altogether to be an old white guy trying to tell women what they can and can&rsquo;t do with their bodies and in the process make <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2010/04/26/icp_define_miracles.php">Insane Clown Posse</a> look like Nobel laureates. And the kicker? He&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/senate/mo/missouri_senate_akin_vs_mccaskill-2079.html">leading in the polls</a>. Good night, America, it&rsquo;s been swell.</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>It was another violent weekend in Chicago as <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/14588101-418/6-dead-36-wounded-in-weekend-shootings.html">at least 36 people</a> were shot across the city over the weekend, killing <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-shootings-roundup-0820-20120820,0,3880376.story">at least six people</a>. The violent weekend followed a public debate in which <a href="http://gawker.com/5934608/chicagos-shootings-didnt-happen-in-a-movie-theater-but-its-still-the-worlds-deadliest-city">Gawker shed a national light</a> on the city&rsquo;s shootings. Not that everyone agreed with their perspective. <em>Chicago Magazine&rsquo;s</em> Whet Moser, one of the sharpest journalists in the city, <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/August-2012/Gawker-Glosses-Chicagos-Murder-Problem/">picked the Gawker story apart</a> and then revisited the oft-cited notion that Chicago is <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/August-2012/Chicago-More-Dangerous-Than-Kabul-Or-Not/">more violent than Kabul</a>. (For what it&rsquo;s worth, <em>Mother Jones</em> <a href="http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2012/08/no-chicago-not-more-dangerous-afghanistan">also tackled</a> this &ldquo;fact.&rdquo;) And Moser closed the week with this look at the way the CPD is now trying to tackle violence by <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/August-2012/Garry-McCarthy-Talks-I-Bond-and-the-CPDs-Own-New-Violence-Interruption/">refusing I-bonds</a> for gang members.</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>Sad news from Lombard where Bill Mueller, village president since 1993, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/lombard/ct-met-lombard-president-dies-20120819,0,5971672.story">died over the weekend</a> from complications stemming from the West Nile virus. Mueller was also suffering from blood cancer that weakened his immune system and made him susceptible to such diseases. <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120818/news/708109607/">He&rsquo;s the second mayor</a> in DuPage county to die this year following <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20120417/news/704179666/">the April death</a> of West Chicago&rsquo;s Mike Kwasman.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong>Singer and songwriter <a href="http://www.contactmusic.com/news/scott-mckenzie-dies_1396427">Scott McKenzie</a> who sung the popular 60&rsquo;s hippie anthem, &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bch1_Ep5M1s">San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair)&rdquo;</a> and, over 20 years later, co-wrote the Beach Boys hit &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JmG-cLf4adU">Kokomo</a>.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere: </strong>Romney advisers confirmed the presumed GOP presidential candidate&rsquo;s campaign is <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/romney-advisers-confirm-it-were-running-a-just-trust-me-campaign/2012/08/17/6235b23e-e88d-11e1-936a-b801f1abab19_blog.html">adopting a &ldquo;Just Trust Me&rdquo; tagline</a> because they couldn&rsquo;t think of anything else that&rsquo;s both so perfectly ridiculous and condescending</p><p>The Tampa Police <a href="http://www2.tbo.com/news/republican-national-convention/2012/aug/18/3/tampa-police-arrest-16-in-prostitution-crackdown-b-ar-467988/">are ensuring</a> no one is going to have any fun at the RNC because if <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/79865.html">the GOP parties when it&#39;s overseas</a>, goodness knows what Florida will do to them.</p><p>I am originally from Alabama and <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ala-man-fights-to-keep-wife-buried-in-front-yard-city-wants-remains-moved-to-cemetery/2012/08/19/4fa14ab6-ea13-11e1-866f-60a00f604425_story.html">the story of a man</a> fighting authorities over the right to bury his dead wife in his front yard in no way surprises me.</p><p>The story of San Francisco Giant star Melky Cabrera&rsquo;s steroid suspension <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/baseball/exclusive-daily-news-uncovers-bizarre-plot-melky-cabrera-fake-website-duck-drug-suspension-article-1.1139623#ixzz2400k9ftd">has taken a really bizarre turn.</a></p><p>A <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8779052">good reason</a> to not leave the keys in your fire truck.</p><p>Members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot <a href="http://stereogum.com/1129602/pussy-riot-putin-light-up-the-flames/mp3s/">recorded a new single</a> in response to the two-year sentence handed down to three of its members last week.</p><p>Guys, the Mars rover Curiosity <em><a href="http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/08/mars-curiosity-rover-fires-first-laser">fires laser beams</a></em>!&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Looking ahead: </strong></p><ul><li>News broke late last night that film director Tony Scott <a href="http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/19/tony-scott-dead-suicide/">committed suicide</a> in Los Angeles yesterday, allegedly by&nbsp;<a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/tony-scott-death.html">jumping off a bridge.</a></li><li>The <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8779243">shooting death of Megan Boken</a> garnered headlines this weekend and the investigation continues to unfold.</li><li>Popular Logan Square restaurant Longman &amp; Eagle <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/08/19/longman_eagle_fails_restaurant_insp.php">failed a recent health inspection</a> but is quickly moving to get a clean check-up.</li><li>The jury is picked and opening statements in the Christopher Vaughn trial <a href="http://www.wgnradio.com/news/ct-met-christopher-vaughn-trial-0819-20120820,0,4970337.story">are slated to get underway</a>.</li><li>Police continue to <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/19/man-shot-by-cops-charged-after-refusing-to-drop-knife-following-loop-crash/">investigate a strange accident</a> in the Loop over the weekend wherein a man purposely crashed his car into another, tried to stab the driver of the other car, and then stabbed a security guard who responded to the crash.</li><li>The state&rsquo;s pension reform <a href="http://www.wbez.org/illinois-lawmakers-fail-approve-pension-overhaul-101803">continues</a> to be a hot mess and Gov. Quinn <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/quinn-says-hell-start-grassroots-campaign-pension-reform-101806">is trying everything</a>.</li><li>And <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120818/ISSUE01/308189980/burned-out-the-droughts-far-reaching-ripple-effect">the drought worsens</a>.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Sports: </strong>There <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/bears/post/_/id/4677230/bears-not-reading-too-much-into-preseason-games">were some hiccups</a> on Saturday but holy moly did the Bears&rsquo; offense look sharp on the first few drives in their victory over the Redskins &hellip; Chris Volstad, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0820-cubs-reds-chicago--20120820,0,4019332.story">now 24 games without a win</a> but at least the Cubs have <a href="http://chicago.sbnation.com/2012/8/17/3250594/starlin-castro-contract-extension-chicago-cubs">re-upped Starlin Castro</a> &hellip; Kobe Bryant <a href="http://deadspin.com/5936088/heres-kobe-bryant-playing-electric-guitar-scoring-68-points-in-15-minutes">went to China</a> &hellip; The hottest sports team in Chicago is the Fire <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/fire/post/_/id/2520/fire-win-third-straight-contest">who have won three straight matches</a> &hellip; The White Sox <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_08_19_chamlb_kcamlb_1&amp;mode=recap&amp;c_id=cws">were swept by the Royals</a> over the weekend but thanks to two straight Tigers losses, they remain 1.5 games up on Detroit.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Finally: </strong>Olympic withdrawal still got you down? Enjoy the below video full of 8-bit fun (and check out more <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/celebrate-the-olympics-with-this-8bit-montage,83156/">here</a>). [via <em><a href="http://www.ohhaveyouseenthis.com/2012/08/more-8-bit-sports.html">Have You Seen This?</a></em>] &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p></div></div><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/47182418?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/rep-todd-akins-ridiculous-legitimate-rape-comments-101812