WBEZ | Comets http://www.wbez.org/tags/comets Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Congratulations, Mayor... um... Bloomberg http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/congratulations-mayor-um-bloomberg-105778 <p><p><a href="online.wsj.com/article/AP6eb7df0373e54f7ebd3cdbbae9844eda.html" target="_blank"><img alt="Mayor Bloomberg in 2009, by Boss Tweed, on Flickr" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bloomberg.jpg" style="height: 170px; width: 256px; float: right;" title="Mayor Bloomberg, by Boss Tweed, on Flickr (2009)" /></a><strong>WELCOME TO CHICAGO, NEW YORK&#39;S 6TH BOROUGH.</strong> The woman most likely to replace Jesse Jackson Jr., representing Chicago&#39;s South Side in Congress, is <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/clout/chi-2nd-congressional-district-jackson-20130226,0,4718425.story" target="_blank">State Rep. Robin Kelly</a> -- the winner of yesterday&#39;s Democratic primary and&nbsp;<a href="http://firstread.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/27/17114921-bloomberg-scores-victory-on-guns-in-illinois-race" target="_blank">the choice of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg</a>, whose political fund <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/brown/18500540-452/brown-new-york-mayor-michael-bloomberg-put-robin-kelly-top-of-the-heap.html" target="_blank">spent millions to help her win</a>.<br />* <em>The Nation: </em>Defeated candidate Halvorsen &quot;<a href="http://www.thenation.com/blog/173110/voters-send-loud-anti-nra-message" target="_blank">undone by her association with the NRA</a>.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-sources-jesse-jackson-jr-memoir-20130226,0,789819.story" target="_blank">Jackson Jr. reportedly writing memoir</a> to &quot;clear up his legacy.&quot;<br />* Democratic congressman <a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/02/rep-keith-ellison-explodes-on-fox-news-host-sean-hannity-157971.html" target="_blank">goes medieval on Fox News&#39; Sean Hannity</a>.</p><div><strong>&#39;BANNING CONCEALED-CARRY ON PUBLIC BUSES AND TRAINS ... BASICALLY MAKES IT IMPOSSIBLE FOR A PERSON WITHOUT A CAR TO EXERCISE THE RIGHT OF SELF DEFENSE WITH A FIREARM.&#39;&nbsp;</strong>The <em>Tribune</em>&#39;s Eric Zorn: &quot;I get why so many folks don&#39;t want more guns on trains (I say more because there surely are already quite a few guns on trains), <a href="http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/" target="_blank">but ...</a>&quot;<br />* Illinois House OKs <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/carousel/x930805405/Republicans-delay-Illinois-House-hearing-on-firearms-bill" target="_blank">limits on right to carry concealed weapons</a>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>PAPER! HEY, GET YER PAPER!</strong> Tribune Co. is exploring <a href="http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-tribune-newspapers-20130227,0,3990940.story" target="_blank">the possibility of selling its newspapers</a> -- including the one from which it gets its name.<br />* North Carolina newspaper editor who received threats after requesting gun-permit information on county residents&nbsp;<a href="http://jimromenesko.com/2013/02/26/editor-who-made-request-resigns/" target="_blank">is quitting</a>.<br />* Universities of Missouri and Nebraska are teaching journalism students <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/26/two-universities-operate-drones-and-teach-journalism-students-how-to-use-them" target="_blank">how to operate drones</a>.<br />* How many recent college grads are <a href="http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/02/heres-exactly-how-many-college-graduates-live-back-at-home/273529/" target="_blank">really living back with their parents</a>?</div><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size:22px;"><span style="font-family: georgia, serif;"><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);"><em>Get this blog by email, free.&nbsp;</em></span><a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank"><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);">Sign up here</span></a><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);">.</span></span></span></p><hr /><p><iframe align="right" frameborder="0" height="144" scrolling="no" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:cms:video:colbertnation.com:424180" width="256"></iframe></p><div><strong>INCOMING.</strong> A newly spotted comet may&nbsp;<a href="http://science.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/26/17107085-comet-just-might-hit-mars-in-2014" target="_blank">slam into Mars next year</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2013/02/25/asteroid-apocalypse-why-scientists-worry-about-2036-planet-buster.html" target="_blank">&quot;Nation buster&quot; asteroid</a>&nbsp;could clobber this planet in 2036.<br />* <strong>Stephen Colbert: </strong>&quot;<a href="http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/424180/february-26-2013/michio-kaku" target="_blank">Can we <em>lubricate</em> the earth in any way?</a>&quot;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>WANT MORE TWITTER FOLLOWERS?</strong> <a href="http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/205411/science-reveals-what-really-increases-twitter-followers/" target="_blank">Georgia Institute of Technology researchers</a> who analyzed the reactions to half a million tweets say one key is to follow the &quot;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wui-PNqJrxs" target="_blank">Rule of Thumper</a>.&quot; They conclude: &quot;<a href="http://comp.social.gatech.edu/papers/follow_chi13_final.pdf" target="_blank">Expressing negative sentiments in tweets is the second most harmful factor to growing a Twitter audience</a>.&quot;<br />* Is Twitter <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323384604578328303487784818.html" target="_blank">worth $10 billion</a>?</div><p><img alt="Artwork from DC Comics" src="http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/images/news/topstories/2013/02/26/hi-852-robin-rip.jpg" style="width: 256px; height: 144px; float: right;" /></p><p><strong>RED, RED ROBIN.</strong>&nbsp;History repeats itself this week:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/story/2013/02/26/robin-killed.html" target="_blank"><strong>Robin, the Boy Wonder</strong>, will die</a>&nbsp;in the pages of Batman comics.<br />* TV&#39;s Robin, Burt Ward: &quot;<a href="http://www.tmz.com/2013/02/27/batman-robin-killed-burt-ward/" target="_blank">It&rsquo;s a terrible choice</a>.&quot;<br />* 8 ways <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/240595/8-absolutely-ridiculous-ways-comic-book-characters-have-been-brought-back-from-the-dead" target="_blank">comics characters have come back from the dead</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/fantastic-four-seth-grahame-smith-424697" target="_blank">&quot;Fantastic Four&quot; set for movie reboot</a>&nbsp;with script polished by author of&nbsp;<em>Pride and Predjudice and Zombies</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter</em>.<br />* University of Connecticut Dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences (an expatriate Chicagoan) on &quot;Downton Abbey&quot;: &quot;<a href="http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2013/02/down-with-the-abbey/" target="_blank">The plot makes it unwatchable</a>.&quot;</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong></em><br /><em>* Suggestions for this blog?&nbsp;<a href="mailto:cmeyerson@wbez.org?subject=Things%20and%20stuff">Email anytime</a>.</em><br /><em>* 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? 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