WBEZ | Police tech http://www.wbez.org/tags/police-tech Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Fare enough? CTA hearing tonight http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/fare-enough-cta-hearing-tonight-106010 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/ct-met-getting-around-0311-20130311,0,6080901.column" target="_blank"><img alt="CTA fare machines (Vxla, on Flickr)" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CTA%20fares.jpg" style="height: 206px; width: 256px; float: right;" title="CTA fare machines (Vxla, on Flickr)" /></a><b>CTA PRICE CHANGES.</b>&nbsp;A public hearing tonight gives you a chance to say your piece about higher fees that could accompany new fare card options for CTA and Pace riders. For one thing, the <i>Tribune</i>&#39;s Jon Hilkevitch reports, those Ventra cards that for months have been &quot;coming soon&quot; come with <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/ct-met-getting-around-0311-20130311,0,6080901.column" target="_blank">a &quot;dormancy fee&quot; that&#39;ll drain away your money if you don&#39;t use &#39;em enough</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18723847-761/wells-street-bridge-ready-for-cta-l-riders-monday-morning.html" target="_blank">Purple and Brown Line service returning to normal</a> after bridge work.<br />* Customer accused of <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-prosecutors-woman-attacked-cta-driver-trying-to-take-bathroom-break-20130310,0,5935147.story" target="_blank">attacking CTA driver taking bathroom break</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b>LONG ARM, BIG DATA.</b> Increasingly cheap technology and easy access to social-network profiles stands to make <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/mar/09/facebook-arrested-evgeny-morozov-extract" target="_blank">police work easier and more productive</a>. But that makes civil libertarians nervous.<br />* U. of C. law prof: &quot;If we really care about rights, <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/view_from_chicago/2013/03/dna_at_the_supreme_court_the_case_for_a_universal_database.html" target="_blank">we should mandate DNA testing ... of everyone</a>.&quot;<br />* ACLU: Drones make possible <a href="http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-criminal-law-reform/we-already-have-police-helicopters-so-whats-big-deal" target="_blank">new forms of privacy-invasion</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/technology/businessinsider/article/How-Twitter-Knows-So-Much-About-You-Before-You-ve-4342501.php" target="_blank">Twitter knows bushels about you</a> before you even sign up.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b>DISARMING NEWS.</b>&nbsp;The percentage of U.S. homes with guns is down over the last 40 years -- in all regions of the country -- according to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/us/rate-of-gun-ownership-is-down-survey-shows.html?hp&amp;_r=0" target="_blank">a new national survey</a>.<br />* NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he aims to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3460_162-57573442/bloomberg-pushes-background-checks/" target="_blank">&quot;level the playing field&quot; against the National Rifle Association</a>.<br />* Neil Steinberg on gun-rights advocates&#39; opposition to drones: &quot;On the one hand: The government cannot be trusted to identify a person as being so much of a threat he should be killed. On the other: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/steinberg/18760728-452/rands-drone-diatribe-also-true-for-guns.html" target="_blank">Any random citizen can</a>.&quot;<br />* President Nixon considered&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/ap-enterprise-nixon-pushed-for-gun-control-once-considered-banning-all-handguns/2013/03/09/97ff5aa0-88e2-11e2-b412-2e8596e7c927_story.html" style="font-family: Georgia, 'Times New Roman', serif;" target="_blank">a ban on all handguns</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><iframe align="right" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="144" mozallowfullscreen="" scrolling="no" src="http://www.hulu.com/embed.html?eid=agulkduufwyyjhov8fartw" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="256"></iframe><b>FUNNY THINGS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED OVER THE WEEKEND.</b><br />* The return of about <strong><a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/03/10/snl_recap_justin_timberlake_gets_promoted_to_the_five_timers_club/" target="_blank">everyone who&#39;s ever hosted &quot;Saturday Night Live.&quot;</a></strong> (Or so it felt.)<br />* President Obama, his &quot;<a href="http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/03/09/17253545-at-gridiron-dinner-obama-spoofs-sequester-biden-rubio" target="_blank">joke writers ... placed on furlough</a>,&quot;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/obama-jokes-nate-silver-marco-rubio-gridiron-dinner-2013-3">joking about Bob Woodward and Nate Silver</a>.<br />* Silver revealing whom he&#39;d like to <a href="http://gigaom.com/2013/03/10/how-a-bad-fantasy-baseball-team-turned-nate-silver-into-americas-top-data-nerd/" target="_blank">see as himself in a movie</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><b>2 QUESTIONS MOST OFTEN ANSWERED INCORRECTLY IN THIS BLOG&#39;S LATEST NEWS QUIZ.</b></span></p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><em>*&nbsp;The New York Times shuttered its blog about _____.<br />*&nbsp;Chicago&#39;s murder total for February was _____.</em></span></p></blockquote><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/news-quiz-not-affiliated-wait-wait-dont-tell-me-105961" target="_blank">Take the quiz now</a></strong> and improve those averages, won&#39;t you? </span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><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>.<br />* Get this blog by email, free. <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">Sign up here</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>.</em></span></p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/fare-enough-cta-hearing-tonight-106010