WBEZ | The Vatican http://www.wbez.org/tags/vatican-0 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>. 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