WBEZ | CTA fares http://www.wbez.org/tags/cta-fares Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Honors due for Internet activist Aaron Swartz http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/honors-due-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-106089 <p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><a href="www.theverge.com/2013/3/13/4099792/aaron-swartz-to-receive-posthumous-freedom-of-information-award-for" target="_blank"><img alt="Aaron Swartz" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Swartz.jpg" style="height: 240px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="Aaron Swartz (Flickr/Sage Ross)" /></a><strong>GONE, NOT FORGOTTEN.</strong> Chicago native and Internet activist <strong>Aaron Swartz</strong>, who committed suicide early this year as he faced prosecution for the theft from MIT of millions of online documents, <a href="http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/13/4099792/aaron-swartz-to-receive-posthumous-freedom-of-information-award-for" target="_blank">will be honored Friday with the&nbsp;James Madison Freedom of Information Award</a>.<br />* From January: WBEZ&#39;s Robin Amer wrote after Swartz&#39; funeral, &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/after-aaron-104940" target="_blank">I am drained from crying</a>.&quot;</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>REMEMBER ALL THOSE PROTESTS EARLIER THIS WEEK ABOUT HIGHER FEES IN THE CTA&#39;s NEW FARE SYSTEM?</strong> The CTA board has approved the plan anyway&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-cta-new-fare-system-0314-20130314,0,3927444.story" target="_blank">even though some board members themselves seemed not to understand it</a>. So your existing Chicago Card is headed toward the scrap heap. But you might be able to <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/cta-tattler/2013/03/cta-board-oks-ventra-fare-system-fees/" target="_blank">get one of the new Ventra cards free</a>.<br />* CTA prices headed up for <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/18830536-761/cta-oks-price-hikes-for-passes-for-college-students-fees-geared-toward-tourists.html" target="_blank">college students, tourists</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.chicagonow.com/cta-tattler/2013/03/google-changes-maps-to-add-colors-of-cta-transit-lines/" target="_blank">CTA train line colors</a>&nbsp;added to Google&#39;s Chicago maps.<br />* <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/18833407-418/mayor-rahm-emanuel-restructures-parking-tax-to-flat-rate.html" target="_blank">Mayor Emanuel proposes overhauling parking taxes</a> to lower rates on cheaper spots, raise them on premium spaces.</span></p><hr /><p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><span style="font-size: 20px;"><em><span style="color: rgb(165, 42, 42);">New WBEZ Meyerson News Quiz tomorrow.<br />Catch up on last week&#39;s and other previous quizzes&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/news-quiz" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></span></span></p><hr /><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>CLINTON-OBAMA TICKET? </strong>Speculation for the 2016 presidential race: <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/03/will-michelle-obama-lean-in/63056/" target="_blank">Hillary + Michelle</a>.<br />* <em>Mother Jones:</em> &quot;<a href="http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/03/it-turns-out-obama-doesnt-hate-whitey-after-all" target="_blank">Turns Out That [President] Obama Doesn&#39;t Hate Whitey After All</a>.&quot;<br />* Bipartisan budget bill would <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/congress/congressional-aides-catchall-spending-bill-would-make-some-gun-protections-permanent/2013/03/13/73bd5eba-8c2c-11e2-adca-74ab31da3399_story.html" target="_blank">make permanent four longstanding gun protections</a>.</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>ON TWITTER, NEW POPE&#39;S NO OBAMA.</strong> No matter how many tweets you read yesterday about the new pope, they weren&#39;t enough to break <a href="http://mashable.com/2013/03/13/pope-francis-twitter/" target="_blank">the record 20 million sent the night President Obama won reelection</a>.<br />* Twitter&#39;s next frontier? <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57573859-94/twitter-acquires-we-are-hunted-readies-standalone-music-app/" target="_blank">Music</a>&nbsp;-- with <a href="http://allthingsd.com/20130313/twitters-music-app-will-let-you-watch-too-with-help-from-vevo/" target="_blank">an emphasis on sampling</a>.<br />* Google Reader, we hardly knew ye.&nbsp;<a href="http://venturebeat.com/2013/03/13/rip-google-reader-heres-what-to-use-instead/" target="_blank">And that was the problem</a>. Or&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/google-is-closing-google-reader-2013-3" target="_blank">did Twitter kill it</a>?<br />* <em>Gawker:</em> &quot;<a href="http://gawker.com/5990395" target="_blank">If You Wear Google&rsquo;s New Glasses You Are An A__hole</a>.&quot;<br />* Is&nbsp;<a href="http://buzzmachine.com/2013/03/13/ny-times-technobias/" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em>&nbsp;technophobic</a>?</span></p><p><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/arts/nprs-generation-listen-seeks-audiences-in-their-20s.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=1&amp;" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="http://media.npr.org/assets/img/2013/03/05/gl_logo-01-7392926b4517db03c70609d80acca8f50d796c14-s2.png" style="width: 150px; float: right; height: 113px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid;" /></a>&#39;WERE YOU STRAPPED INTO YOUR CAR SEAT AND FORCED TO LISTEN TO NPR IN THE &#39;80s AND &#39;90s?&#39; </strong>That&#39;s the hook <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/13/arts/nprs-generation-listen-seeks-audiences-in-their-20s.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=1&amp;" target="_blank">NPR&#39;s using to promote itself</a>&nbsp;at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, courting loyalty among a demographic it calls &quot;<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thisisnpr/2013/03/07/173507717/npr-generation-listen-join-the-tribe" target="_blank">Generation Listen</a>.&quot;<br />* Meanwhile, WBEZ, which has been encouraging those former &quot;backseat babies&quot; to &quot;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/02/19/wbezs-spring-ad-campaign-youve-come-a-long-way-babies" target="_blank">Go Make Babies</a>&quot; of their own, is planning a &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/member-meet-90%E2%80%99s-time-machine-edition-105518" target="_blank">Member Meet-up: &#39;90s Time Machine Edition</a>.&quot;</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;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> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-03/honors-due-internet-activist-aaron-swartz-106089