WBEZ | larry trotter http://www.wbez.org/tags/larry-trotter Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Local bishop stages mock crucifixion of his own granddaughter to protest teachers strike http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/local-bishop-stages-mock-crucifixion-his-own-granddaughter-protest <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/trotter_bishop_crucifixion.jpg" title="Larry Bishop mock-crucifies his granddaughter (Still via ABC 7 video)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong> Let&rsquo;s say you&rsquo;re a minister who isn&rsquo;t happy about the teachers strike (which, hey! is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/node/102502/">now over</a>!). One might assume, being a man of God, that you&rsquo;d offer to help negotiations or open up your church to host out-of-school children. But if you&rsquo;re Bishop Larry Trotter of the South Side&#39;s Sweet Holy Spirit Missionary Baptist Church, you protest the strike by <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/18/minister-crucifies-granddaughter-over-teachers-strike/">staging a mock crucifixion</a> using your four-year-old granddaughter. (<a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8815197">ABC 7 notes</a> that other men helped hold the girl up and that she wasn&rsquo;t actually just &ldquo;dangling&rdquo; from the cross, so there&rsquo;s that.) About his symbolic gesture Trotter said, &ldquo;Our children are being neglected. Their hope is being crucified. Their education is being crucified and their future is being crucified.&rdquo; He didn&rsquo;t take sides, though, blaming everyone involved &ndash; Mayor Emanuel, the school board and the teachers union. Still, you have to admire the Bishop for sticking to the adage &ldquo;show, don&rsquo;t tell.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>Just when you thought it was safe to move on, Jon Burge is back in our lives. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-police-torture-20120919,0,253070.story">Five new cases</a> of alleged torture under the disgraced former police commander have been assigned to judges by the Illinois Torture Relief and Inquiry Commission. And there are still dozens more <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/hope-burge-torture-victims-still-prison-96080">Burge-related cases</a> for the commission to go through. The problem, as our own <a href="http://www.wbez.org/first-torture-commission-cases-may-be-last-102505">Rob Wildeboer reports</a>, is that funding for the commission has been halted. David Thomas, former executive director for the commission, said the commission needs around $250,000 a year for the next three years to finish the job. Given the findings of previous Burge-related investigations &ndash; not to mention <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/burge-trial">Burge&rsquo;s own trial</a> &ndash; and a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/four-men-chicago-cleared-1994-rape-and-murder-102444">number</a> of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/yet-another-exoneration-reflects-ongoing-disturbing-trend-102101">other cases</a> in Chicago in which the convicted were later exonerated, the state needs to fund the commission to finish the work if it ever hopes to fully escape Burge&#39;s tainted legacy.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>Because, as we&#39;ve already seen this morning, nothing fuels calm, rational discourse like religion, a new study by a Harvard scholar <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-religion-jesus-marriagebre88h1cm-20120918,0,1549833.story">claims Jesus may have been married</a>. Karen King, Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard Divinity School, shared the discovery, based on information written on a small piece of papyrus; the writing includes the phrase, &quot;Jesus said to them, my wife.&rdquo; Not surprising, this has a lot of people kind of upset because it doesn&rsquo;t fit into the typical Western view of Jesus as a tall white, single dude with a long flowing beard (like any number of indie rockers out of Brooklyn). King also pointed out that historical evidence has failed to disprove Jesus&rsquo; long-disputed relationship status. Jesus couldn&rsquo;t be reached for comment but the relationship status on his Facebook profile reads, &ldquo;it&rsquo;s complicated.&rdquo;&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; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong><a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000063643/article/steve-sabol-president-of-nfl-films-dies?module=HP11_headline_stack">Steve Sabol</a>, president of NFL Films, at the age of 69 from brain cancer. Steve, along with his father Ed, helped&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/rip-steve-sabol-driving-creative-force-behind-nfl,85118/">revolutionize the way</a>&nbsp;football games are filmed and presented. Most football fans are well acquainted with their&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjbw6WSFqEw">Super Bowl recap films</a>,&nbsp;but Sabol&rsquo;s work went beyond that &ndash; his writing, production and creative oversight garnered him dozens of Emmy awards.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/233461/mitt-romneys-claim-that-47-percent-of-americans-dont-pay-taxes-true-or-false">Fact-checking</a> Mitt Romney&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/romney-unplugged-causing-headaches-supporters-102478">now-infamous secretly taped speech</a>.</li><li>The Russians are hiding a <a href="http://io9.com/5944142/russia-admits-to-having-trillions-of-carats-worth-of-diamonds-hidden-in-an-asteroid-crater">boatload of diamonds in an asteroid crater</a> because that&rsquo;s what Russians do.</li><li>Berlin <a href="http://www.news.com.au/travel/news/welcome-to-berlin-sorry-no-entry-for-hipsters/story-e6frfq80-1226476268583">doesn&rsquo;t want you</a>, hipsters.</li><li>Jon Stewart and Bill O&rsquo;Reilly <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/you-can-pay-5-to-watch-jon-stewart-and-bill-oreill,85069/">will have a debate showdown</a> available via pay-per-view on the Internet later in October.</li><li><a href="http://gizmodo.com/5944411/iphone-5-meta+review-a-better-iphone-in-every-way">Reviews of the new iPhone</a> are rolling in, which I&rsquo;m sure will result in total agreement across Internet message boards.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking Ahead:</strong></p><ul><li>The CTA&rsquo;s new Express Bus service has a new name: &ldquo;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/cta-announces-new-rapid-transit-jeffery-jump-bus-102494">Jump</a>.&rdquo; Van Halen and Kris Kross will fight to the death in a cage match to determine whose song gets to accompany promo material.</li><li>Chicago: one of the nation&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120915/ISSUE01/309159977/how-chicago-became-one-of-the-nations-most-digital-cities">most digital cities</a>.</li><li>A&nbsp;<a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/09/18/muhammad_ali_interview_post.php">fantastic interview with Muhammad Ali</a>&nbsp;conducted by a New Trier High School student in 1967 has surfaced.</li><li>A Chicago Police officer has been arrested on&nbsp;<a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8815093">charges of accepting a bribe</a>&nbsp;to&nbsp;dismiss a criminal case.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>Jay Cutler <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8395148/chicago-bears-jay-cutler-bumped-jmarcus-webb">has sorta backpedaled</a> on his treatment of offensive tackle J&rsquo;Marcus Webb during the Bears drubbing at the hands of the Packers last week.</li><li>It&rsquo;s been such a bad year for the Cubs, even <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-talk-revolution-cubs-0919-20120918,0,7185905.story">their fictional titles are being taken away</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>The Toronto Blue Jays&rsquo; Yunel Escobar <a href="http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8395863/toronto-blue-jays-yunel-escobar-suspended-three-games-gay-slur-eye-black">was suspended for three games</a> for the homophobic slur he had written in his eye black in Spanish during a game on Saturday.</li><li>The Chicago Baseball Museum is now <a href="http://chicagobaseballmuseum.org/">a thing</a>.</li><li>Sox Watch: <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_18_chamlb_kcamlb_1&amp;mode=recap&amp;c_id=cws">A win over the Royals</a> keeps the Sox three 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;</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally</strong><br />How did Mars go from a watery, Earth-like surface to its current red desert state? By losing its atmosphere. And how did <em>that</em> happen? Watch below and learn.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/GLrzH-Rnr1c" width="560"></iframe></p></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></p> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/local-bishop-stages-mock-crucifixion-his-own-granddaughter-protest