WBEZ | Mark Grace http://www.wbez.org/tags/mark-grace Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en CTA's Ventra fare scheme suffers riders' blowback http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/ctas-ventra-fare-scheme-suffers-riders-blowback-106040 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-critics-cta-favors-profits-over-poor-20130311,0,4375730.story" target="_blank"><img alt="Quincy Station, Brown Line to Kimball, (vincent desjardins, on Flickr)" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CTA%20flickr.jpg" style="height: 200px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Quincy Station, Brown Line to Kimball, (vincent desjardins, on Flickr)" /></a><b>&#39;THIS IS NO MORE THAN A DOG AND PONY SHOW.&#39;</b> That&#39;s one CTA rider&#39;s protest, as quoted in the <i>Tribune</i>, at <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-critics-cta-favors-profits-over-poor-20130311,0,4375730.story" target="_blank">last night&#39;s hearing on a new fare payment system set to take effect this summer</a>, if the CTA board OKs it in a vote Wednesday.<br />-- <i>DNAinfo.com Chicago</i>: <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130311/chicago/red-light-cameras-issuing-parking-tickets-city-asks-bidders-for-details" target="_blank">Chicago considers using red-light cams to spot parking violators.</a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>GOOD AND WET.&nbsp;</strong>Yes, Chicago&#39;s winter has become wetter than usual. Yes, that&#39;s good news for farmers. No,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18785057-761/recent-snow-rain-is-good-news-for-illinois-farmers.html" target="_blank">it&#39;s not good for people who live near rivers</a>, as the&nbsp;<em>Sun-Times</em>&nbsp;explains.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b>&#39;THE MEDIA&#39;S GREATEST FAILURE IN MODERN TIMES.&#39;</b>&nbsp;Newsweek&#39;s Washington bureau chief, Howard Kurtz says reports questioning the evidence or rationale for war in Iraq&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/11/opinion/kurtz-iraq-media-failure/index.html" target="_blank">&quot;were frequently buried, minimized or spiked.&quot;</a><br />* Conservative website&nbsp;<a href="http://www.breitbart.com/" target="_blank">Breitbart.com</a>&nbsp;falls for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/03/11/breitbart_the_daily_currant_conservative_outlet_tricked_by_same_satirical.html" target="_blank">a parody website&#39;s report that Paul Krugman of&nbsp;<i>The New York Times</i>&nbsp;filed for bankruptcy</a>.&nbsp;<br />* Song celebrates&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wnd.com/2013/03/look-whats-happened-to-women-of-fox-news/" target="_blank">&quot;the girls on Fox News.&quot;</a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b>HISTORIC DECISION.</b>&nbsp;In what could be a break for Senate Democrats, Dick Durbin&#39;s decided to run for another term, which could make him <a href="http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/11/in-a-break-for-senate-democrats-durbin-to-run-for-re-election-in-illinois/" target="_blank">the first Illinois Democrat to win four terms</a>.<br />* &quot;Ward Room&quot; blog: &quot;Durbin is so popular <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Durbin-History-Re-election-196949721.html#ixzz2NGQlLf9s" target="_blank">he&rsquo;ll win even if he&rsquo;s caught robbing Lincoln&rsquo;s Tomb</a>.&quot;</span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);"><em style="font-family: georgia, serif;">Get this blog by email, free.&nbsp;</em></span><em style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);">Sign up here</span></a></em><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);"><em style="font-family: georgia, serif;">.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>VATICAM. </strong>Watch <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/videogallery/74761998/live/Watch-live-Cardinals-meet-to-elect-new-pope" target="_blank">live video from the Vatican</a> for a sign the new pope has been chosen.<br />* Eric Zorn: <a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2013/03/who-might-be-the-next-pope-i-dont-care.html" target="_blank">&quot;Who <i>might</i> be the next Pope? I don&#39;t care!&quot;</a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b>&#39;MY 9-YEAR-OLD SAID: &quot;WHERE, BACK TO THE SLAMMER?&quot;&#39;</b>&nbsp;Ex-Cub Mark Grace says that, when he has to leave early to return to his work-release sentence at an Arizona jail,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0312-cubs-mark-grace-chicago--20130312,0,6063500.story" target="_blank">his son gets it.</a></span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b>ARE YOU WHAT YOU LIKE?</b> A new <a href="http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/03/06/1218772110.full.pdf+html" target="_blank">report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a> concludes <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/la-fi-tn-on-facebook-you-are-what-you-like-says-scientific-study-20130311,0,6158934.story" target="_blank">your Facebook &quot;likes&quot; reveal a lot about your personality</a>.<br />* Simpler test on Web <a href="http://youarewhatyoulike.com/" target="_blank">diagnoses personality with a single click</a>. (Approach with caution: It found this blogger &quot;shy and reserved.&quot; Also -- snicker if you will -- &quot;well organized.&quot;)</span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em></span><br /><em style="font-family: georgia, serif;">* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.</em><br /><em style="font-family: georgia, serif;">* Follow us on Twitter:&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/wbez" target="_blank">@WBEZ</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/meyerson" target="_blank">@Meyerson</a>.<br />* Looking for the most recent WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz? <a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">Here you go</a>.</em></p></p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/ctas-ventra-fare-scheme-suffers-riders-blowback-106040 Capt. Kirk vs. Reddit, Red Line Alert and Gunning for Chicago http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/capt-kirk-vs-reddit-red-line-alert-and-gunning-chicago-105452 <p><h3><a href="pandodaily.com/2013/02/10/william-shatner-calls-out-reddit-for-racism-and-hate-mongering/" target="_blank"><img alt="Shatner, Reddit mascot Snoo. (Photo illustration: William Shatner at Loyal Studios &amp;quot;Star Trek&amp;quot; Behind the Scenes by Bob Bekian, on Flickr; Reddit mascot image)" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/KirkVs.Reddit.jpg" style="float: right; height: 211px; width: 300px;" title="Shatner, Reddit mascot Snoo. (Photo illustration: William Shatner at Loyal Studios &quot;Star Trek&quot; Behind the Scenes by Bob Bekian, on Flickr; Reddit mascot image)" /></a><em><strong>[Note: Looking for last week&#39;s news quiz? <a href="http://cpm.polldaddy.com/s/wbez-meyerson-news-quiz-no-5" target="_blank">It&#39;s here</a>.]</strong></em></h3><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>CAPT. KIRK vs. REDDIT. <a href="http://www.reddit.com/user/williamshatner" target="_blank">William Shatner</a></strong> -- new to Reddit -- is <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/ideasfortheadmins/comments/18536m/turning_off_private_messages/c8bocrt" target="_blank">in his words</a>, &quot;<a href="http://pandodaily.com/2013/02/10/william-shatner-calls-out-reddit-for-racism-and-hate-mongering/" target="_blank">apalled [sic] by some of the immature, horrifically racist, sexist, homophobic &hellip; posts</a> that are just ignored.&quot;<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/10/ron_paul_sues_supporters_for_control_of_ronpaul_com/" target="_blank">Ron Paul vs. RonPaul.com</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<em>New Republic:</em>&nbsp;How Republicans came to be&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newrepublic.com/article/112365/why-republicans-are-party-white-people#" target="_blank">the party of white people</a>.</p><p><strong>GUNNING FOR CHICAGO.&nbsp;</strong>President Obama&#39;s coming home later this week to &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-obama-hadiya-pendleton-20130210,0,964750.story" target="_blank">talk about the gun violence</a>.&quot;<br />* Obama&#39;s trip <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/18146944-418/lynn-sweet-obamas-chicago-trip-to-spotlight-failure-of-emanuel-mccarthy-to-curb-gun-violence.html" target="_blank">will spotlight Emanuel&#39;s failures</a>, Lynn Sweet explains for the <em>Sun-Times</em>.<br />* Illinois, Indiana teaming up for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/APNewsBreak-Ill-Ind-to-pair-for-guns-summit-4266851.php" target="_blank">guns summit this week</a>.<br />* NBC News devoting <a href="http://openchannel.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/10/16912259-death-takes-no-holiday-tracking-gun-violence-over-one-long-january-weekend?chromedomain=usnews&amp;lite" target="_blank">week to coverage of gun violence</a> in America.</p><p><strong>RED LINE RED ALERT.</strong> Police have issued a warning about a rash of armed robberies along the CTA&#39;s most popular train line. The victims? <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130210/chicago-citywide/cops-warn-of-armed-robberies-on-red-line" target="_blank">Commuters openly using cell phones and other electronic devices</a>.<br />* CTA moving toward <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-02-09/news/ct-met-cta-train-cameras-0210-20130210_1_rail-cars-cta-rail-twitter-jhilkevitch" target="_blank">HD security cameras on all trains</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/10/midwest-highspeed-rail-hu_n_2657446.html" target="_blank">High-speed rail would benefit hundreds of Midwest companies</a>, report says.</p><p><strong>EX-CUB BEHIND BARS. </strong><a href="http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/region_phoenix_metro/central_phoenix/mark-grace-former-diamondbacks-announcer-reports-for-jail#ixzz2KXxYvbRg" target="_blank">Mark Grace has reported to an Arizona jail</a> to begin serving time for driving under the influence.<br />* Pearl Jam becomes <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18118996-761/pearl-jam-is-fastest-wrigley-field-concert-sell-out-ever.html" target="_blank">fastest Wrigley Field concert sellout ever</a>.</p><p><strong>CHEW ON THIS.&nbsp;</strong>A hundred-year-old <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130210/mckinley-park/old-wrigley-gum-building-could-house-big-box-store-under-development-plan" target="_blank">South Side building once home to a Wrigley gum factory</a> could become a major retail space.<br />* <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130210/hyde-park/study-says-renting-families-priced-out-of-hyde-park" target="_blank">Families that rent have been priced out of Hyde Park</a>, study says.</p><p><strong>A WRIST iPHONE?&nbsp;</strong>The company&#39;s working on <a href="http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/disruptions-apple-is-said-to-be-developing-a-curved-glass-smart-watch/" target="_blank">wristwatch-like devices made with flexible glass</a>, according to sources quoted by <em>The New York Times</em>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Are you getting this blog by email? 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