WBEZ | Chicago toilets http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-toilets Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Jail for JJJ? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/jail-jjj-105396 <p><p><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18059047-761/sneed-exclusive-pending-jesse-jackson-jr-plea-deal-includes-significant-jail-time-source-says.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Sandi and Jesse Jackson Jr., Aug. 26, 2008. (WBEZ)" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/JJJ.jpg" style="height: 234px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife Sandi (WBEZ/August 26, 2008)" /></a><strong>JAIL FOR JJJ?&nbsp;</strong>A plea deal on the table for ex-Rep. <strong>Jesse Jackson Jr.</strong> would include &quot;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18059047-761/sneed-exclusive-pending-jesse-jackson-jr-plea-deal-includes-significant-jail-time-source-says.html" target="_blank">significant jail time</a>,&quot; a source tells the&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em>. Another source tells the paper Jackson&#39;s wife, <strong>Sandi</strong>, &quot;feels like she was thrown under the bus&quot; by Jackson Jr.</p><p><strong>STORM WARNING.</strong> As a fresh <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/weather/stories/Winter-Storm-Watch-Issued-For-Lake-McHenry-Counties-190037811.html" target="_blank">round of winter weather</a> menaces Chicago and points east, <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2013/02/06/airlines-waive-fees-as-blizzard-menaces-northeast/1897609/" target="_blank">airlines are offering flexible rebooking waivers to passengers</a> for the next few days,&nbsp;<em>USA Today</em> reports.</p><p><strong>CTA UPGRADES. </strong>The Chicago Transit Authority&#39;s planning to buy <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-cta-to-spend-2-billion-for-846-new-rail-cars-20130206,0,1482382.story" target="_blank">up to 846 new rail cars</a> for up to $2 billion. And the plan includes a request for new seating designs, which could improve on <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-10-22/news/ct-met-cta-seats-survey-1022-20121022_1_scoop-seats-transit-riders-active-transportation-alliance" target="_blank">the widely criticized &quot;scoop seat&quot; benches</a> in the batch of cars the CTA&#39;s deploying this year.<br />* <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/investigations/chicago-transit-authority-one-day-pass-190138201.html" target="_blank">The increase in the CTA&#39;s one-day fare hurts the poor</a> (NBC Chicago&#39;s Carol Marin and Don Moseley).</p><p><strong>FLUSH WITH SUCCESS.&nbsp;</strong>The City of Chicago says&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18054592-761/malfunctioning-hygienic-toilets-working-again-at-ohare-city-says.html" target="_blank">those supposedly hygienic O&#39;Hare International Airport toilets</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;<em>weren&#39;t</em>&nbsp;hygienic are hygienic now, the&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em>&nbsp;reports.</p><p><strong>TESTS PROTESTED.&nbsp;</strong>Chicago parents -- inspired by&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/01/will-the-standardized-testing-boycott-spread-to-chicago" target="_blank">Seattle teachers&#39; boycott of a standardized test</a>&nbsp;-- are&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/06/chicago-parents-and-teachers-unite-against-standardized-testing" target="_blank">demanding Chicago schools cut their reliance on tests</a>&nbsp;and reveal just how much the 22 tests the district administers now cost.</p><p><strong>&#39;WE DON&#39;T MIND YOU KNOWING ABOUT SHIT WE DO ONCE WE DON&#39;T DO IT ANY MORE.&#39; </strong>On &quot;The Daily Show,&quot;<strong>&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/wed-february-6-2013-ed-whitacre" target="_blank">Jon Stewart mocks President Obama</a> over drone attack policy secrecy.<br />* Journ prof: U.S. news organizations&#39; failure to reveal drone base location in Saudi Arabia was <a href="http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/02/06/newspapers-accused-of-shameful-complicity-for-hiding-existence-of-secret-u-s-drone-base/" target="_blank">&quot;shameful&quot; and &quot;craven.&quot;</a></p><p><strong>&#39;CONGRESS IS FULL OF COWARDS.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>And that, <em>Salon</em>&#39;s John Tierney says, is what&#39;s behind <a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/06/congress_not_email_destroyed_the_postal_service/" target="_blank">the U.S. Postal Service&#39;s meltdown</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/netflix-mail_n_2632397.html" target="_blank">Netflix&#39;s DVD business could benefit</a> from elimination of Saturday mail.<br />* How to lower your cable TV bill:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/timothylee/2012/06/06/comcasts-obnoxious-price-discrimnation-strategy/" target="_blank">A phone call every six months</a>.</p><div><strong>&#39;SO MUCH FOR GOOD/TALENTED GUY WITH A GUN BEING ABLE TO STOP MENTALLY ILL GUY WITH A GUN.&#39;</strong> That tweet about the killing of &quot;American Sniper&quot; Chris Kyle triggered <a href="http://mediadecoder.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/06/things-get-rough-on-twitter-over-gun-debate/" target="_blank">death threats for a <em>Mother Jones</em> co-editor</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>JOB ONE: BOOST U.S. STRATEGIC CARABINER RESERVES.</strong> President Obama&#39;s <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/obama-to-nominate-ceo-of-outdoor-equipment-giant-rei-to-become-interior-secretary/2013/02/06/da9d2dcc-7007-11e2-ac36-3d8d9dcaa2e2_story.html" target="_blank">pick to head the Interior Department</a>: REI chief Sally Jewell.<br />* Chicago TV news veteran&nbsp;<a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/16051216/white-house-promotion-reminds-avila-of-chicago-roots" target="_blank">promoted to White House beat</a>.</div><p><strong><object align="right" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0" height="292" id="flashObj" width="400"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=2146795786001&amp;linkBaseURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.space.com%2F19662-earth-like-planets-orbit-nearby-red-dwarf-stars-say-scientists-video.html&amp;playerID=1403109806001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAFR6xVM~,85KKOZyvPf6qwFANvqEzo9EFltY58YnJ&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed align="right" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashvars="videoId=2146795786001&amp;linkBaseURL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.space.com%2F19662-earth-like-planets-orbit-nearby-red-dwarf-stars-say-scientists-video.html&amp;playerID=1403109806001&amp;playerKey=AQ~~,AAAAAFR6xVM~,85KKOZyvPf6qwFANvqEzo9EFltY58YnJ&amp;domain=embed&amp;dynamicStreaming=true" height="292" name="flashObj" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" seamlesstabbing="false" src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1" swliveconnect="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="400"></embed></object><strong>IF WE RUIN THIS PLANET, REPLACEMENTS MAY BE SURPRISINGLY NEAR.&nbsp;</strong></strong>New findings from the Kepler space telescope suggest <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/06/earth-like-planets-are-ri_n_2632324.html" target="_blank">billions of Earth-like planets may be as close as 13 light years</a> -- &quot;practically next door,&quot; an astronomer tells <em>The Huffington Post</em>.<br />* Possible &quot;<a href="http://www.livescience.com/26909-comet-ison-nasa-spacecraft-photos.html?cid=dlvr.it" target="_blank">comet of the century</a>&quot; -- to pass the sun in November -- photographed by NASA probe.</p><hr /><p><strong><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em></strong><br /><em>* <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/its-news-quizzin-time-105270" target="_blank">News quiz</a> tomorrow. 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