WBEZ | Drew Peterson http://www.wbez.org/tags/drew-peterson Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Drew Peterson sentenced to 38 years for murder http://www.wbez.org/news/drew-peterson-sentenced-38-years-murder-105667 <p><p>JOLIET, Ill. &mdash; A judge has sentenced Drew Peterson to 38 years in prison for murdering his third wife.</p><p>Will County Judge Edward Burmila imposed the sentence Thursday. The 59-year-old Peterson faced a maximum 60-year prison term.</p><p>Jurors convicted Peterson in September in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio. Neighbors found her body in a dry bathtub at her home with a gash on her head.</p><p>Peterson is also a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his 23-year-old fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, but hasn&#39;t been charged. Her disappearance is what led authorities to take another look at Savio&#39;s death and reclassify it from an accident to a homicide.</p><p>Fascination nationwide with Peterson arose from speculation he sought to use his law enforcement expertise to get away with murder.</p></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/drew-peterson-sentenced-38-years-murder-105667 Vaughn gets life sentence for killing wife, kids http://www.wbez.org/news/vaughn-gets-life-sentence-killing-wife-kids-104034 <p><p><em>(Updated: 11 a.m.)</em></p><p>JOLIET, Ill. &mdash; A suburban Chicago man was sentenced to life in prison on Tuesday for killing his wife and three school-age children in the family&#39;s SUV as they drove to an Illinois waterpark &mdash; allegedly so he could start a new life subsisting in the Canadian wilderness.</p><p>The sentencing of Christopher Vaughn, 37, came two months after jurors found him guilty of killing his 34-year-old wife Kimberly and their children on June 14, 2007. Each child was shot once in the chest and head while buckled in the back seat.</p><p>The judge sentenced to Vaughn to four consecutive life sentences with no possibility of parole. Vaughn did not make a statement in court.</p><p>Vaughn, who lived with his family in a spacious Oswego home, faced a mandatory life term for the killings. But the hearing in Joliet gave relatives a chance to confront him and to convey how much pain he caused.</p><p>The 2007 murders started out as a death penalty case, slowing the pace to trial. But Illinois has since abolished capital punishment, making life in prison the maximum penalty.</p><p>Vaughn murdered his family members, prosecutors say, because he saw them as obstacles to his dream of a new life in Canada. He posted wistful Internet messages about building a cabin and settling in the Yukon cut off from the world.</p><p>According to prosecutors, Vaughn woke his family on the day of the killings promising a surprise trip to a water park. But shortly after 5 a.m., he pulled off the road, shot his wife, then killed 12-year-old Abigayle, 11-year-old Cassandra and Blake, 8.</p><p>Abigayle was found holding a stuffed animal; Blake&#39;s wounds indicated he had raised his arm &mdash; to shield himself.</p><p>At trial, defense attorneys told jurors that Vaughn&#39;s wife was to blame, saying she was suicidal over marital strife. They suggested she shot her husband in the wrist and leg, then killed the children and herself.</p><p>Prosecutors balked at that theory, asking jurors whether it seems reasonable that a woman who disliked guns could have shot her husband twice, only grazing him each time, but fatally shot each of her children with a marksman&#39;s precision.</p><p>They contended that Christopher Vaughn shot himself to make it look like his wife carried out the attack, and told jurors that Vaughn showed little emotion after the shootings and was more interested in his damaged clothing than the fate of his family.</p></p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/vaughn-gets-life-sentence-killing-wife-kids-104034 The incredibly grating and annoying bias of Hawk Harrelson http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/incredibly-grating-and-annoying-bias-hawk-harrelson-102672 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120601129998.jpg" title="Hawk Harrelson, a better cheerleader than baseball announcer. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story</strong>: <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444180004578016652376246198.html">A recent study of Major League Baseball announcers</a> revealed something absolutely <em>shocking</em>: the White Sox crew is almost five times as biased as all other announcing crews. Of course, most of those comments can be attributed to Hawk Harrelson (while Steve Stone continues to be a consummate professional in the color commentary seat). Admittedly, there are issues with the study by the <em>Wall Street Journal</em>, not the least of which is that the sample size is simply one game. And yet it still perfectly nailed why Harrelson is, far and away, worse than all the other announcers. It doesn&#39;t take a full season of viewing to understand Hawk&#39;s bias and how that gets in the way of his ability to actually call a good, clean ball game. Admittedly, Len &amp; Bob aren&#39;t exactly the most dynamic pair on television (mainly because the team rarely gives them reason to be excited) and they have moments of hometown bias, but they&#39;re at least consistent in their abilities to be objective and call a good, clean ball game. It&rsquo;s <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/05/31/dont_ever_change_hawk_harrelson_not.php">no surprise</a> to see Hawk top the list nor that he absolutely <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/whitesox/2012/09/hawk-loves-being-homer-king-of.html">loves it</a>, too. I admit my own bias as a Cubs fan may be interfering here, but this goes beyond team allegiance. I know plenty of Sox fans who roll their eyes at Hawk. He lacks the humor of Uecker and the knowledge of Scully. Heck, Stone is a fantastic commentator in his own right who sometimes sounds like he barely restrain the urge to tell Hawk to shut it. As far as any correlating properties between bias and quality go, well, I&rsquo;m just going to leave <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/broadcaster-rankings-tv-intro-and-31/">this</a> and <a href="http://www.yardbarker.com/mlb/articles/white_sox_ken_hawk_harrelson_worst_announcer_in_all_of_sports_video/10736546">this</a> and <a href="http://www.gq.com/sports/lists/201007/five-best-worst-mlb-broadcast-booths#slide=10">this</a> right here.</p><p><strong>Also:</strong> With the teachers strike fading in the rearview, it seems both sides want to move on to other things, now. At a monthly meeting yesterday, both members of the CTU and the Board of Education <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-school-district-union-want-call-truce-102662">expressed their desire to move on</a> and enter into the redundant sounding &ldquo;truce of peace.&rdquo; Still, there are still tensions present as the union has <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/education/ct-met-cps-board-meeting-0926-20120926,0,6539719.story">asked for a list of schools</a> the Board plans to close, but the board denies the existence of such a list. And so as the struggle begins anew, the conversation continues as to who &ldquo;won&rdquo; the recent strike. <em><a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120925/BLOGS02/120929873/who-really-came-out-on-top-in-the-chicago-teachers-strike">Crain&rsquo;s Greg Hinz</a></em> points to <a href="http://www.nctq.org/p/tqb/viewStory.jsp?id=32759">a report by the National Council on Teacher Quality</a> that gives a slight edge to the Board over the CTU. As for the PR battle, even former mayor Richard M. Daley <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8824904">couldn&rsquo;t resist a few subtle digs</a> back at Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel had laid some of the blame for the tense situation between the Board and CTU at Daley&rsquo;s feet. Daley initially refused to comment on the situation but still snuck in a few shots at Rahm, saying, &ldquo;When I took over that, I didn&#39;t blame teachers. I said it&#39;s our responsibility to make a difference. It&#39;s not going to be done overnight. We had to make a difference.&rdquo; And, thus, Daley was the one who made the most sense which shows you how messed up the situation has been.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>Things keep getting weirder in the Drew Peterson case which is strange in itself since the trial has been over for weeks. In the wake of his guilty verdict, Peterson has already <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/learning-remember-911-102361">fired the one defense attorney</a> who actually knew what he was doing. Now, the rest of his defense team has asked for a delay in sentencing because <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-drew-peterson-lawyer-fight-delays-appeal-20120926,0,1468036.story">they&rsquo;re still squabbling amongst themselves</a>. The infighting is so bad, apparently, it&rsquo;s keeping the team from working sufficiently to complete a motion for a new trial. And, of course, the previously fired attorney was the one who did most of the work on those kind of motions. No matter how weak the state&rsquo;s case against Peterson may have been, his own team has done a pretty good job of digging his hole pretty deep without any outside help.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/21/health/jerome-p-horwitz-creator-of-azt-dies-at-93.html?ref=obituaries&amp;_moc.semityn.www">James Horwitz</a>, creator of the drug AZT, at the age of 93. Created in 1964, Horwitz originally intended to use the drug to treat cancer. After that didn&rsquo;t work, Horwitz set the drug aside until, in 1986, he earned federal approval to start treating AIDS patients with it (the drug is also used to treat hepatitis and herpes). Horwitz passed away on September 6 but word of his death didn&rsquo;t spread until last week.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>China <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/world/asia/china-shows-off-an-aircraft-carrier-but-experts-are-skeptical.html?_r=1">now has an aircraft carrier</a> but no planes capable of landing on said carrier.</li><li>The nation&rsquo;s SAT scores <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/national/2012/09/sat-reading-scores-are-lowest-theyve-been-40-years/57208/">are at their lowest level in 40 years</a> which is probably not at all related to the rise of things like <a href="http://www.planking.me/">planking</a>.</li><li>A proposed law in New Jersey <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/new-jersey-considering-adopting-snooki-law-to-avoi,85397/">dubbed the &ldquo;Snookiville Law&rdquo;</a> aims to regulate reality shows filmed in the state after the commotion caused by the <em>Jersey Shore</em> crew.</li><li>Want to look inside Einstein&rsquo;s brain? Thanks to an area medical museum, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/close-and-personal-albert-einsteins-brain-102652">there&rsquo;s an app for that</a>.</li><li>Gawker sets out to name <a href="http://gawker.com/5945855/the-search-for-the-most-racist-city-in-america-begins-today?tag=racist-city-census">America&rsquo;s most racist city</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking Ahead: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li>A state prosecutor is on leave <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-prosecutor-on-leave-after-accused-of-biting-adult-store-worker-20120925,0,7705102.story?track=rss">after a weekend incident</a> at an adult toy store when she showed up allegedly drunk and, when asked to leave the store, bit a worker on the leg.</li><li>First ward alderman Joe Moreno <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/09/25/alderman_moreno_responds_to_chick-f.php">is still not sure what he&rsquo;s going to do</a> about Chick-Fil-A&rsquo;s proposed restaurant in his ward which is a good enough reason for me to keep frequenting Popeye&rsquo;s.</li><li><em>Gapers Block</em> takes <a href="http://gapersblock.com/transmission/2012/09/25/wzrd_radio_in_exile/">a look at the ongoing kerfuffle at WZRD</a>, Northeastern Illinois University&rsquo;s radio station that was taken from the students this summer.</li><li>That&rsquo;s not the only issue at NEIU as the <em>Reader</em> <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/northeastern-illinois-university-culture-clash-heats-up/Content?oid=7507479">examines the controversy</a> surrounding the school&rsquo;s search for a new provost.</li><li>Yet another organization <a href="http://www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=2540182&amp;spid=">is calling for more police officers</a> on the streets of Chicago.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>The NFL <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8423928/nfl-statement-says-refs-made-right-call-end-game-green-bay-packers-seattle-seahawks">stands by the erroneous call</a> made by replacement refs during Monday night&rsquo;s game between the Seahawks and Packers that cost the Packers the game.</li><li>Sox Watch: A <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_25_clemlb_chamlb_1&amp;mode=gameday&amp;c_id=cws">bumbling 4-3 loss</a> to the Indians coupled with a Detroit win has dropped the Sox into a tie with the Tigers for first place.</li><li>A new Cubs-themed bar <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19636204/chicago-cubs-bar-and-grill-opens-at-ohare-airport">has opened up at O&rsquo;Hare</a> because spending hours stranded at the airport after a delay made you miss your connecting flight isn&rsquo;t enough suffering.</li><li>Notre Dame is <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/football/ncaa/09/25/notre-dame-michigan-series.ap/index.html">exercising an option</a> to get out of its ongoing rivalry series with Michigan; the last game between the two schools in their current deal will be 2014.</li><li>Yet another Canadian NHL team is apparently contemplating relocation to the U.S., <a href="http://www.seattlepi.com/sports/article/Bettman-mayor-try-to-calm-Oiler-relocation-fears-3893212.php">this time Edmonton to Seattle</a>.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Finally &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br />Because road rage PSA are both cuter and more effective when using British children.&nbsp;</p></div><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2i8NUfl7tW4" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 08:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/incredibly-grating-and-annoying-bias-hawk-harrelson-102672 Learning to remember 9/11 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/learning-remember-911-102361 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP553976738876.jpg" title="The 9/11 memorial in New York City (AP Photo/Newsday, Craig Ruttle, Pool)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong>&nbsp;While locally our attention has been turned towards the teachers strike, there was another story going on in the background: the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. As we put more distance between us and that horrible event in our nation&rsquo;s history, the day is finally starting to resemble other such days of remembrance. (This, of course, is from the perspective from someone who didn&rsquo;t live in New York, D.C. or Pennsylvania, nor lost a loved one that day; for those that did, 9/11 will always hold different meaning.)&nbsp;It&rsquo;s a strange transition, one our nation hasn&rsquo;t seen since Pearl Harbor; there were&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-11th-anniversary-ceremonies-911-20120911,0,5685500.story">fewer 9/11 families at the memorial</a>&nbsp;this year than ever before.&nbsp;Perhaps it&rsquo;s because the 11th anniversary doesn&#39;t mark a milestone or because the death of bin Laden takes an edge off. Or maybe we&rsquo;re finally moving forward, processing and learning from what happened rather than staying, immovable, in the past.</p><p>But as we move on, a new wave of creepiness is setting in. For example, yesterday I received an email about <a href="http://twitpic.com/ati5mq">a &ldquo;Patriot Day&rdquo; promotion</a> from FTD. After I shared this on social media, friends brought up similar examples of crass commercialism trying to profit from tragedy: <a href="http://consumerist.com/2012/09/is-this-911-casino-promotion-a-nice-tribute-or-just-tacky.html">a casino offering a $9.11 voucher</a> or the noted practice of &ldquo;<a href="http://www.regretsy.com/2011/09/07/never-forgetsy-2/">tragicrafting</a>.&rdquo; There is still a learning curve to creating the historical context of this day &mdash; but there&#39;s a line that shouldn&#39;t be crossed.&nbsp;While there are Veterans Day sales, there aren&rsquo;t any special Pearl Harbor Day mattress deals that I know of.&nbsp;NBC learned this lesson the hard way yesterday: The network was heavily criticized for&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5942303/as-other-networks-air-911-moment-of-silence-nbc-sticks-with-kris-jenner-interview-about-breast-implants">cutting away from the officially observed moment of silence</a> to interview Kris Jenner (aka Kim Kardashian&rsquo;s mother) about her new breast implants.&nbsp;So onward we stumble, fumbling around how we move forward and, to borrow the cloying phrase so often attached to the day, never forgetting.</p><p><strong>Also:</strong> The Drew Peterson saga just got weirder. Peterson <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-drew-peterson-fires-lawyer-who-opposed-savio-divorce-lawyer-as-witness-20120911,0,5205957.story?track=rss">has fired the one attorney</a>&nbsp;who fought hardest against the defense team decision that probably got him convicted. D-Pete attorney Steve Greenberg tried to convince lead attorney Joel Brodsky <em>not</em>&nbsp;to call Kathleen Savio&rsquo;s former divorce attorney as a witness. But Brodsky did so anyway, even after <em>the judge </em>warned him it was a bad idea; then in testimony, Savio&#39;s former attorney made the explosive claim that Peterson&rsquo;s now-missing fourth wife asked whether she could get more money in a divorce if she threatened to reveal Peterson&rsquo;s alleged role in Savio&rsquo;s death. So, to review: Drew Peterson fired the one attorney who seemed to know what he was doing. Because of course he did.</p><p><strong>And then:</strong> With the rash of mass shootings this year (including <a href="http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-shooting-in-chicago-5-taken-to-hospital-20120823,0,2799714.story">local mass shootings</a> that <em>don&rsquo;t</em> make the national media), one from two years ago made headlines yesterday: Amy Bishop, the University of Alabama-Huntsville professor charged with killing three colleagues and wounding three others during a faculty meeting in 2010, surprised many by <a href="http://blog.al.com/breaking/2012/09/post_880.html#incart_river_default">pleading guilty to the charges</a>. The speculation is that Bishop was angered by being denied tenure in 2009. Alabama state law requires a presentation of evidence to a jury even in the event of a guilty plea, so there will be an abbreviated trial later this month. While capital murder carries the possibility of the death penalty in Alabama, Bishop&rsquo;s plea deal means she won&rsquo;t face it whenever she&rsquo;s sentenced.</p><p><strong>Recovering:</strong> Jerry &ldquo;The King&rdquo; Lawler, pro-wrestling legend and commentator, following <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/09/wrestling-legend-jerry-lawler-suffers-heart-attack-during-live-wwe-show/">a heart attack he suffered during a live episode</a>&nbsp;of the WWE&rsquo;s weekly <em>RAW</em> show. A fellow commentator had to reassure viewers that Lawler&rsquo;s heart attack wasn&rsquo;t part of the show. After receiving treatment at the arena, Lawler was taken to a nearby hospital where he&rsquo;s in stable condition. For non-wrestling fans, Lawler is probably best known for his part in the bizarre &ldquo;feud&rdquo; he had with comedian Andy Kaufman, all of which was a typical Kaufman ruse; Lawler even portrayed himself in the Kaufman biopic <em>Man On The Moon</em>.<br /><br /><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>It was a tragic, violent day for Americans overseas. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and two other State Department officials&nbsp;<a href="http://news.sky.com/story/983922/us-official-killed-in-libya-prophet-protest">were killed at the U.S. consulate</a>&nbsp;there. Meanwhile, protesters in Cairo <a href="http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/09/11/warning-shots-fired-as-cairo-protesters-storm-u-s-embassy-walls/?hpt=hp_t1">stormed the U.S. embassy</a>&nbsp;in Egypt.</li><li>Someone has finally taken a &ldquo;<a href="http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2012/09/11/pot-enforcement-bad-for-kids-childrens-alliance/">do it for the children</a>!&rdquo; approach to legalizing marijuana.</li><li>A new report says conditions on Mars <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-mars-water-20120910,0,4424250.story">probably didn&rsquo;t support microbial life</a> as scientists once previously thought.</li><li>It&rsquo;s finally here: Apple will <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5930100/apples-next-iphone-the-complete-rumor-roundup">apparently introduce</a> the latest version of the iPhone today. But unless it has a built-in <a href="http://backtothefuture.wikia.com/wiki/Flux_capacitor">flux capacitor</a>, I don&rsquo;t want to hear about it.</li><li>I, for one, welcome <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/la-na-nn-south-dakota-skunks-20120911,0,6815786.story">our new skunk overlords</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Looking Ahead:</strong></p><ul><li>New census stats will likely show the nation <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2012/09/11/census-stats-likely-to-show-highest-poverty-rate-since-1965">has its highest poverty rate</a> since 1965.</li><li>A prisoner shot and injured by Elgin Police during an escape attempt <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19517755/prisoner-shot-during-escape-attempt-suing-elgin-police-for-6m">has filed a $6 million lawsuit</a> against the EPD.</li><li>Erineo &ldquo;Eddie&rdquo; Carranza, the man who owns the much-maligned Congress Theater, is the new owner of the beloved Portage Theater, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis/2012-09/portage-theater-what%E2%80%99s-eddie-102350">prompting our own Jim DeRogatis to wonder</a> exactly what Carranza has up his sleeve.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Get excited, Smashing Pumpkins fans. Billy Corgan&rsquo;s new teahouse <a href="http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2012/09/07/billy-corgan-opening-madame-zuzus-sept-13.php">opens this Friday</a>.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>Sox Watch: The Tigers gained back the game they lost Monday night, <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_11_detmlb_chamlb_1&amp;mode=gameday&amp;c_id=cws">beating the Sox 5-3</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;cutting the Pale Hose lead in the AL Central back to two games.</li><li>Michael Jordan <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/michael-jordan-completely-handed-keys-over-personnel-chief-161345865--nba.html">may have finally relinquished control</a> of personnel decisions over the struggling Charlotte Bobcats.</li><li>The Blackhawks <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19515758/blackhawks-agree-to-terms-with-defenseman-michal-rozsival">have signed</a> defenseman Michael Rozsival to a contract, <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nhl-lockout-looms-players-owners-175645595--nhl.html">assuming there&rsquo;s even a season</a>.</li><li>Hope for the North Side? <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/13466/soler-drawing-comparisons-to-sosa">Here&rsquo;s a nice profile</a> on Cubs prospect Jorge Soler.</li><li>Even Derrick Rose is <a href="http://chicago.sbnation.com/2012/9/10/3313504/derrick-rose-chicago-teachers-strike-cps">weighing in</a> on the teachers strike but still no word from the Bulls about those <a href="http://sports.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981621939">Kevin Love trade murmurs</a>.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Finally</strong><br /><br />Korean popstar Psy &ndash; like LMFAO without the layer of suzzy ick &ndash; is <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/09/11/get_your_gangnam_on_this_friday_fre.php">in the States</a> for some appearances following his mega-ultra-super viral hit &ldquo;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0">Gangnam Style</a>.&rdquo; And, thus, let the brilliant mash-ups begin.</p></div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/zPP5Bvtr2Dg" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/learning-remember-911-102361 The Drew Peterson jury's unanimous side-show http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/drew-peterson-jurys-unanimous-side-show-102258 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP887490605328.jpg" title="This man wasn't even the worst part of his own murder trial (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)" /></p><p><strong>Lead story:</strong> For the time being, Drew Peterson is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/jury-convicts-drew-peterson-3rd-wifes-death-102239">guilty of first-degree murder</a> in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. I say &ldquo;for the time being&rdquo; because I have a hard time believing that the defense won&#39;t appeal based on how incompetent the prosecution&rsquo;s presentation of its case was. Almost every day, it seemed, the judge considered a mistrial motion, and the lone hold-out juror <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-final-holdout-juror-it-was-only-the-hearsay-that-convicted-him-20120906,0,4038517.story">admitted he voted</a> to convict based solely on the controversial hearsay evidence. Thankfully, of course, I&#39;m not an attorney, so I could be totally wrong. But an hour or so before the verdict was delivered, the jury, whose fashion shenanigans have gotten plenty of notice, sent the judge a note <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/drew-peterson-jury-asks-judge-meaning-unanimous/story?id=17162521">asking him what the definition of &ldquo;unanimous&rdquo; was</a>. I&rsquo;d understand if they needed to be reminded of the rules involving a hung jury. But deciding a man&rsquo;s fate at a murder trial and not understanding what delivering a &ldquo;unanimous&rdquo; vote means obliterates all hope I had of ever getting a fair trial. . . at least in Will County.</p><p><strong>Also:</strong> The saga and <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14986406-761/anger-over-chief-keefs-tweet-mocking-rivals-murder-explodes-online.html">backlash</a> surrounding Chicago rapper Chief Keef continues to unfold. Thursday, the <em>Sun-Times</em> reported that slain rapper Lil JoJo <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/14964520-761/lil-jojo-tweeted-his-location-just-hours-before-he-was-slain.html">tweeted his location</a> shortly before he was killed; the paper also quoted the victim&#39;s mother, who blamed her son&#39;s death on his rap rivalry with Keef. Then&nbsp;<em>Pitchfork,&nbsp;</em>an outlet that had previously heralded Keef,&nbsp;<a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/47761-retracting-the-chief-keef-selector-video/?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PitchforkLatestNews+%28Pitchfork%3A+Latest+News%29">officially retracted</a> an episode of its &ldquo;Selector&rdquo; series that featured the young rapper <em>at a gun range</em>. The piece was a horrible idea; part of Keef&#39;s lore is his arrest for pointing a gun at a police officer. I had previously wondered how outlets who promoted Keef would reconcile that hype with his violent image. I guess now we know.</p><p><strong>And then:</strong> Yes, Barack Obama <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/convention-speech-obama-says-recovery-path-will-be-hard-our-challenges-can-be-met-102252">accepted</a> his party&rsquo;s nomination for president. Yes, his speech was heavy on policy and light on the typical oratory magic he&rsquo;s typically known for. Still, it was a solid speech.&nbsp;It&rsquo;ll be at least a week before polls reflect any change in perception based on the conventions, but having watched an inordinate amount of both, it feels like the Dems may have more momentum coming out of theirs. But there&#39;s still a long way to go and the debates will play a bigger role in pushing undecided voters than either convention.</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/obituaries/14974973-418/wgn-traffic-helicopter-reporter.html">John C. Camden</a>, former helicopter traffic reporter for WGN radio at the age of 71. Besides being a traffic reporter, Camden was an Air Force veteran and served as a Cook County sheriff for many years.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>The nation&rsquo;s fastest speed limit is now <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-texas-commission-oks-85-mph-speed-limit-on-new-road-20120906,0,1672530.story">85 mph</a>&nbsp;in, yep, Texas. Yeehaw.</li><li>Apple&rsquo;s plan for world domination continues as the company <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/07/technology/apple-plans-to-challenge-pandora-in-web-radio.html?_r=1&amp;hp">looks to challenge Pandora</a> with streaming Internet radio.</li><li>The show&nbsp;<em>Here Comes</em>&nbsp;<em>Honey Boo Boo</em> <a href="http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/honey-boo-boo-ratings-bill-clinton-tlc-368469">tied Bill Clinton&rsquo;s DNC speech in television ratings</a>, which makes sense when you live in a country where a jury of your peers deciding a murder trial doesn&rsquo;t know the meaning of &ldquo;unanimous.&rdquo;</li><li>The Mystery Hum of Seattle <a href="http://boingboing.net/2012/09/06/seattles-mystery-hum.html">has returned</a>.</li><li><a href="http://lifehacker.com/5940319/how-to-block-annoying-political-posts-on-facebook">Here&rsquo;s a way</a> to block all of those annoying political Facebook status updates.<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Looking Ahead:</strong></p><ul><li>Chicago Public Schools have <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/district-picks-schools-churches-stay-open-if-teachers-strike-102242">announced which schools will be open</a> to housing students if and when the teachers strike begins next week.</li><li><em>The Reader&rsquo;s</em> Ben Joravsky <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/daley-emanual-chris-christie-political-football/Content?oid=7362408">breaks down</a> why local Democrats may be the best friends local Republicans have.</li><li>Chicago Media Baron&trade; Robert Feder <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/chicago-media-blog/15666306/lewis-lazare-happy-to-be-back-on-the-business-beat">catches up with Lewis Lazare</a> about his new writing gig.</li><li>Just because Illinois will go for Obama in the election doesn&rsquo;t mean Romney is <em>totally</em> ignoring the state, as <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120906/BLOGS02/120909905/as-obama-awaits-his-big-night-romney-readies-chicago-area-trip">he plans to visit next week</a>.</li><li>Chicago Police have <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/09/06/police_transgender_policy.php">a new procedure</a> on how to handle transgender detainees.</li></ul><p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>Brandon Marshall <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-bears-marshall-agrees-to-weekly-tv-gig-20120906,0,6860168.story">has a new regular appearance gig</a> at NBC 5. What could go wrong?</li><li>Derrick Rose is now <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/derrick-rose-new-face-giordanos-pizza-chain-102240">an equity owner in Giordano&rsquo;s</a>. It&rsquo;d be a lot more interesting if he was equity owner of Connie&rsquo;s Pizza.</li><li>Things got a little chippy <a href="http://chicago.cubs.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_06_chnmlb_wasmlb_1&amp;mode=recap&amp;c_id=chc">between the Cubs and the Nationals</a> last night &mdash;&nbsp;the most spirit the Cubs have shown in ages.</li><li>It looks like those White Mamba rumors were half-true: He&rsquo;s retiring, but instead of becoming a Bulls assistant coach, <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/8345043/report-chicago-bulls-brian-scalabrine-retiring-boston-celtics-broadcast-booth">he&rsquo;ll be a broadcaster</a> for the Boston Celtics.</li><li>Sports journalist Jeff Pearlman <a href="http://chicagosidesports.com/when-chicago-went-sour-on-sweetness/">unloaded on members</a> of the Chicago media over their criticism of his Walter Payton book.<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Fin‚Äčally</strong></p><p>No matter your political alignment, one of the most inspiring moments of the entire year came at last night&rsquo;s DNC proceedings when former Arizona congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who <em>survived an assassination attempt</em>, led the crowd in the pledge of allegiance.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/cbFMHZprAmA" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/drew-peterson-jurys-unanimous-side-show-102258 Rahm's labor problem for liberals http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/rahms-labor-problem-liberals-102144 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP080606048389.jpg" title="Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel's relationship with President Obama could get tested with a teachers strike. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File) " /></p><p><strong>Lead story:</strong>&nbsp; The Democratic National Convention kicks off in full today in Charlotte, North Carolina, with the party hoping to grab momentum back from the GOP and get an early lead in the two-month sprint to election day. That shouldn&rsquo;t be hard: The response to the GOP convention <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/03/sept-2-split-verdict-in-polls-on-romney-convention-bounce/">seems tepid at best</a>. Among the speakers at the DNC tonight is our own <strike>beloved</strike> mayor, Rahm Emanuel. His appearance makes sense as he was secret-keeper to the Clinton administration and spent the first 20 months of the Obama administration as its attack dog. But Rahm&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-rahm-emanuel-obama-20120902,0,2231716.story">appearance</a> will come during the toughest time yet of his mayoral term, one that threatens to undermine the efficacy of his vocal support for the party. While he stands before the delegates gathered in Charlotte to call for Obama&rsquo;s reelection, he&rsquo;ll also be dealing with the <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-labor-day-rally-in-daley-plaza-in-support-of-chicago-teachers-20120903,0,7221105.story">very real potential</a> of a teachers strike beginning next week, something that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/threat-cps-strike-reaches-dnc-charlotte-102145">hasn&#39;t escaped</a> those in Charlotte.</p><p>The potential strike wouldn&rsquo;t be as big a deal if it weren&rsquo;t for the fact that Rahm&rsquo;s position on the matter doesn&rsquo;t jive with his party&#39;s. If anything, Rahm&rsquo;s hard-line position on the Chicago Teachers Union is indicative of tendencies that make him seem less Scott Waguespack and <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/romneys-plan-for-schools-sounds-like-rahms/Content?oid=6860548">more Scott Walker</a>. Not only should Democrats find it hard to reconcile Rahm&rsquo;s union stance with their party&#39;s platform (and union support for Obama <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/04/obama-democrats-labor-unions_n_948319.html">hasn&rsquo;t been as steady</a> as the party would like), but his <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/rahm-emanuel-meets-with-gop-and-mitt-romney-donors/Content?oid=6801482">relationship</a> with <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-05-22/business/ct-biz-0522-confidential-emanuel-20110522_1_mayor-rahm-emanuel-private-equity-aid">corporations</a> should also give them pause, no matter <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-01-20/news/ct-met-rahm-emanuel-gay-marriage-0120-20120120_1_mayor-rahm-emanuel-gay-marriage-political-support">how liberal</a> he may be on other issues.</p><p>After the great Eastwood/Chair debacle last week, the GOP will be on its toes, watching for the slightest slip-up or contradiction. And if <em>I</em> notice this, surely the GOP does, too. The Chicago GOP, the Washington Generals of politics, have <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Chicago-GOP-Wants-Emanuel-to-Cancel-DNC-Speech-168369196.html">called on Rahm</a> to skip the convention in favor of focusing on issues at home like the pending strike and, oh yeah, <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14899020-761/mayor-emanuel-defends-chicagos-handling-of-shooting-sprees.html">all of the shootings</a>. While that won&rsquo;t happen (though he is cutting <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/03/emanuel-cutting-short-trip-to-dnc-amid-teacher-contract-talks/">the trip short</a>), it&rsquo;s much more likely a teacher strike will. If the GOP is still looking for something to pounce on, they could do a lot worse than Rahm.</p><p><strong>Also:</strong> Bike crashes <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14787906-761/two-wheel-trouble-bike-crashes-in-city-up-38-over-the-past-decade.html">are on the rise</a> in Chicago. To anyone who rides a bike in the city, as I do, this is not a surprise at all. IDOT only recently started including doorings &mdash; crashes that occur with high frequency and cause serious injury &mdash; in their statistics. (Full disclosure: Both <a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/ramer-0">my editor</a> and I have been victims of doorings.) There&rsquo;s plenty of things to point to for the increased incidents (poor road conditions, police indifference) but hopefully more people pay attention to this study than <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-08-22/news/ct-met-kass-0822-20120822_1_city-bike-miles-of-bike-lanes-rahmfather">to John Kass</a>.</p><p><strong>And then:</strong> Four years after his suicide, David Foster Wallace is back <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/dt-max-biography-of-david-foster-wallace/Content?oid=7303700">in the public eye</a>&nbsp;thanks to <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/dt-max-every-love-story-is-a-ghost-story-a-life-of,84453/">a new biography</a>.</p><p><strong>RIP</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/02/arts/music/hal-david-oscar-and-grammy-winning-songwriter-is-dead-at-91.html?_r=1">Songwriter Hal David</a>, who passed away over the weekend at the age of 91 due to complications from a recent stroke. David, winner of Oscars and Grammy awards, co-wrote many popular songs over his career &ndash; including &ldquo;Raindrops Keep Fallin&rsquo; On My Head&rdquo; and &ldquo;What&rsquo;s New, Pussycat?&rdquo; &ndash; and had a successful stint co-writing hits with Burt Bacharach.</li><li>Chicago-born actor Michael Clarke Duncan, who died <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-0903,0,7426494.story">yesterday at the age of 54</a> from complications following a July heart attack. Duncan acted mostly in minor roles (notably in <em>Armageddon</em>) until he starred in <em>The Green Mile</em> in 1999, earning an Academy Award nomination.<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>Speaking of the Eastwood/Chair debacle, conservatives are <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/80591.html">trying to embrace the meme</a> and turn it on its head. Good luck with that, guys. We remember the last time <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCBfFMV5q78">someone tried that</a> and it ended so, so badly.</li><li>Power companies in the state of Louisiana <a href="http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/09/statewide_isaac_power_outages.html">are still struggling to restore power</a> to residents almost a week after Hurricane Isaac, which knocked out power to almost one million customers.</li><li>Once Louisiana gets its power back, residents can join in as the world buzzes about <a href="http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2012/09/tom-cruise-scientology-marriage-katie-holmes">Scientology&rsquo;s wife auditions for Tom Cruise</a>.</li><li>Because we&rsquo;ve all been waiting for it with bated breath: <a href="http://gothamist.com/2012/09/02/philosopher_kanye_west_ponders_the.php">Kanye West muses</a> on use of the word &ldquo;bitch.&rdquo;</li><li>Hey, <em>The Adventures Of Pluto Nash</em>, I&rsquo;ma let you finish but <em>The Oogieloves</em> had <a href="http://gawker.com/5939963/the-oogieloves-breaks-records-for-box-office-failure">the worst box office opening</a> of all time.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Looking ahead</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://deerfield.patch.com/articles/regional-police-report-drew-peterson-murder-case-drawing-to-a-close-cougar-sought-in-glencoe-and-more">Closing arguments</a> in the Drew Peterson case are today and that&rsquo;s great because when the biggest story of an already-surreal murder trial is <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-02/news/ct-edit-drew-20120902_1_peterson-jury-stacy-peterson-drew-peterson">the sartorial choices of the jury</a>, you know society is doomed.</li><li>There&rsquo;s joy over the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/activists-rejoice-coal-fired-plants-shut-down-102129">impending closure of local coal plants</a> but concern over what will happen to the factory workers who are about to lose their jobs.</li><li>Because the city doesn&#39;t have enough issues, the CPD is now <a href="http://www.wlsam.com/Article.asp?id=2525308">concerned with a possible uptick in meth</a>.</li><li>Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. finally <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19443939/rev-anthony-williams-to-run-against-jesse-jackson-jr-for-2nd-district">has some competition</a> for his congressional seat.</li><li>For your fall brewing: <a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/zekejmiller/white-house-releases-beer-recipes">some White House beer</a>.<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>It was a bad holiday for the White Sox as <a href="http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_02_chamlb_detmlb_1&amp;mode=recap&amp;c_id=cws">a sweep</a> at the hands of the rival Detroit Tigers left them in a tie for first place. But a Tigers lost yesterday coupled with a Sox win over the Twins puts the Sox one up this morning.</li><li>As a lockout looms for the NHL, a few Blackhawks stars are already <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/blackhawks/2012/08/toews_kane_may_consider_europe.html">entertaining the idea</a> of playing overseas this season.</li><li><a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/hot/?id=8311433">To play Urlacher or not to play Urlacher</a>: That is the question on the minds of Bears fan as the NFL season gets underway this week.</li><li>Might the White Mamba soon <a href="http://www.csnchicago.com/basketball-chicago-bulls/bulls-talk/Source-Scalabrine-in-line-to-join-Bulls-?blockID=763979&amp;#38;feedID=661">end his playing days</a> in favor of becoming an assistant coach?</li><li>While it may not have been the game local college football fans were necessarily focused on, <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/colleges/post/_/id/6670/bullock-rushes-to-forefront-in-iowa-win">Iowa edged Northern Illinois 18-17</a> before a crowd of 52,000 at Soldier Field on Saturday. A game with bigger BCS implications will happen at the stadium on October 6 when <a href="http://soldierfield.net/content/notre-dame-vs-miami">Notre Dame and Miami collide</a>.<br />&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Finally</strong></p><p>When you combine the hall-of-fame honey badger&nbsp;viral video with clips from the inexplicably popular reality show about Honey Boo Boo, the pint-size beauty queen from Georgia, you get magic. (Warning: some naughty language)</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/HTZwBg5m8Ho" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/rahms-labor-problem-liberals-102144 First tainted Gulf, now tainted gas for BP http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/first-tainted-gulf-now-tainted-gas-bp-102079 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP071025065989.jpg" title="BP is at it again. (AP/Charles Dharapak) " /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story:</strong> Oh, BP. It&rsquo;s okay. Really. By now, everyone&rsquo;s forgotten all about that teensy little oopsy-daisy you had in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. You know, the little spill wherein you dumped an <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/29/us/bp-feared-gulf-oil-spill-rate-of-3-4-million-gallons-a-day.html">estimated 206 million gallons</a>&nbsp;of crude oil into a delicate ecosystem? Wherein the <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-02-23/bp-oil-spill-haunts-gulf-business-owners-almost-two-years-after-disaster.html">economic effects linger</a> (but thanks for <a href="http://blog.al.com/live/2010/06/apologetic_bp_oil_spill_ads_ge.html">those ads</a>!) as does the threat of <a href="http://www.wlbt.com/story/19413041/isaac-could-stir-up-remnants-of-the-bp-oil-spill">oil churning up</a> every time a hurricane comes by? I mean, sure, it&rsquo;s understandable you&rsquo;d be nervous after that. But I wouldn&rsquo;t worry. No one will get <em>that</em> upset about you <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-bp-releases-list-of-stations-that-sold-tainted-gas-20120829,0,7287506.story">selling 4.7 million gallons of tainted gas</a>&nbsp;in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. That&rsquo;s way less than before! It&rsquo;s a good thing you&rsquo;re finding oil in other places,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ogj.com/articles/2012/08/bp-ieoc-make-nile-delta-shallow-gas-discoveries.html">like the Nile Delta</a>. Who needs the Nile Delta anyway? Not Gulf of Mexico wildlife or fuel injectors, am I right?</p><p><strong>Also:</strong> The defense in the Drew Peterson case <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-drew-peterson-trial-updates-son-to-take-stand-today-20120829,0,7102187.story">has rested</a>, meaning the jury could soon get the case, and then we&rsquo;d be all done with this thing one way or another, right? Wrong.&nbsp;While Peterson himself <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14802637-761/drew-peterson-wont-testify-in-his-trial-on-murder-charges.html">will not testify</a> at the trial, depending on how the jury finds, we won&rsquo;t be done with this thing for a while. A guilty verdict will only mean lenghty appeals. The prosecution&#39;s anctis&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;as well as that hearsay law&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;give the defense plenty of grist for that fight. A not guilty verdict means the prosecution will up their attempts to peg the Stacy Peterson murder on Drew, too, something that&#39;s hard to do without a body. The most fun outcome of all also feels the most likely: a mistrial. Then we get to do this dance all over again.</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>So now that the Chicago Teachers Union has <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/teachers-union-files-strike-notice-keep-contract-talks-moving-102072">made their ten-day strike announcement</a>, what comes next? First of all, a lot of tense waiting for parents over the next week. The strike notice means teachers could strike at the end of next week, but it&#39;s also a tactic they could use to force the city&#39;s hand to fire up negotiations. Said negotiations have been going on since last November. And while it&#39;s been 25 years since the last teacher&#39;s strike in Chicago, parents are obviously <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14806044-761/chicago-parents-fret-what-to-do-if-teachers-go-on-strike.html">still worried about what they&#39;ll do </a>if the strike does happen. Two seemingly movable forces are now primed for a fight that has an endpoint; it&#39;s just a matter of who&#39;ll blink first.</p><p><strong>Farewell:</strong> Tennis star Kim Clijsters,&nbsp;<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/matches-book-quickly-us-open-074059863--ten.html">who retired from the sport</a> after a loss at the U.S. Open Wednesday. The four-time Grand Slam event winner (three U.S. Open titles, one Australian Open title) knew it&#39;d be her last tournament going in. And while a second-round loss isn&#39;t exactly what she had in mind, she walks away one of the great hardcourt players of the last decade.</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>Hurricane Isaac moved ashore &mdash; slowly &mdash; and has weakened to a tropical depression. But the <a href="http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/08/pricetag_of_isaac_totals_more.html">clean-up is just beginning</a> in Southeast Louisiana, where early estimates <a href="http://www.nola.com/hurricane/index.ssf/2012/08/isaac_storm_surge_close_to_kat.html">put the storm&rsquo;s surge</a> almost on par with that of Katrina.</li><li>Paul Ryan had his moment in the spotlight at the GOP convention Wednesday night, accepting <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/30/us/politics/paul-ryan-accepts-republican-vice-presidential-nomination.html?_r=1&amp;hp">the vice presidential nomination</a> while delivering a speech that <a href="http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2012/aug/29/night-two-tampa-running-mate-and-more/">set fact checkers on fire</a>.</li><li>Meanwhile, President Obama proved he&rsquo;s the nerdy dad we suspected, taking to popular Internet forum Reddit <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/president-barack-obama-went-reddit-and-answered-dorkiest-questions-ever-102065">for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session</a>. It&rsquo;s pretty great to see a President embracing the Internet like this even if his answers were bland and predictable.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Remember the controversy over opening Wal-Mart stores in Chicago a few years back? Now that they&rsquo;re springing up across the city, <a href="http://cheezburger.com/6550728960">this little animation</a> shows how they&rsquo;ve spread across the entire country. Watch and try not to think of a plague spreading.</li><li>Outer space science continues to amaze as we now know that <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19408363">gravity waves can be seen</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking ahead</strong></p><ul><li>A Chicago Police officer <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/29/chicago-police-officer-shot-in-morgan-park/">was shot in the knee</a> while responding to a call last night in Morgan Park; his injuries aren&rsquo;t life-threatening. It&rsquo;s a sobering reminder of the number of police officers <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2010/07/08/police_officer_killed_outside_stati.php">killed</a> or injured in the line of duty in Chicago in recent years.</li><li>Even Alderman aren&rsquo;t spared during this violent year. James Cappleman (46<sup>th</sup>) has reportedly been attacked <em>twice</em> now, most recently by a <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14805402-761/ald-cappleman-i-was-chased-by-woman-with-knife.html">knife-wielding woman</a>.</li><li>Another round of trash pick-up changes <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/city-implement-next-phase-garbage-collecting-plan-north-side-102057">has been announced by the city</a>.</li><li>File under &ldquo;good news, maybe?&rdquo; &mdash; you&rsquo;ll soon be able to <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/illinois&amp;id=8790635">buy Powerball tickets online</a> in Illinois.</li><li>The biggest will-they-or-won&rsquo;t-they of the GOP convention: <a href="http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Ronald-Reagan-Hologram-to-Speak-at-RNC-167906195.html">the Reagan hologram</a>. Except it&rsquo;s not because <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/08/29/digital-domain-ceo-says-theres-no-hologram-reagan-in-the-works/">the &ldquo;news&rdquo; is satire</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>A bunch of Notre Dame players have gotten in trouble but Allen Pinkett <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/ncf/story/_/id/8314224/allen-pinkett-notre-dame-fighting-irish-need-bad-citizens-win">thinks that can be a good thing</a> because if anything can turn a collegiate sports team around, it&rsquo;s arrests.</li><li>Well, there&rsquo;s been at least one good thing about the Cubs this year and that&rsquo;s Darwin Barney&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-barney-sets-nl-single-season-record-for-errorless-streak-at-second-20120829,0,138112.story">record-setting defensive performance</a>.</li><li>It&rsquo;s official: the NFL <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/08/29/nfl-to-use-replacement-officials-for-week-1/">will use replacement refs for at least Week One</a> of the regular season. As if officiating couldn&rsquo;t get any worse&hellip;</li><li>The battle between the NHL players union and the league continues as the two sides <a href="http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/hockey/nhl/08/29/nhl-labor-talks.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a9&amp;eref=sihp">try to reach an agreement</a> on a new labor deal and sidestep another lockout for the league.</li><li>Were juiced balls partially<a href="http://deadspin.com/5937432/was-mlbs-juiced-era-actually-a-juiced+ball-era">&nbsp;to blame</a> for the explosion of home runs during MLB&rsquo;s so-called &ldquo;steroids era&rdquo;?</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally</strong></p><p><em>The Daily Show</em> correspondent Samantha Bee absolutely crushes it at the GOP convention.</p></div><div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"><div style="padding: 4px; text-align: center; "><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:cms:video:thedailyshow.com:418445" width="512"></iframe></div><p>&nbsp;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 09:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/first-tainted-gulf-now-tainted-gas-bp-102079 Peterson jury selection progresses on 2nd day http://www.wbez.org/news/peterson-jury-selection-progresses-2nd-day-101136 <p><p>JOLIET, Ill. (AP) &mdash; Twelve jurors have been selected in Drew Peterson&#39;s murder trial.</p><p>The full panel won&#39;t be seated until three more alternates have been picked.</p><p>Eight jurors were selected Monday, and the final members of the jury and one alternate were chosen by noon Tuesday.</p><p>Among those selected Tuesday was a part-time poet and a man in his 70s who takes flying lessons and who played baseball on his college team.</p><p>Peterson, a former suburban Chicago police officer, is charged with killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. Her death was ruled accidental until police began investigating the 2007 disappearance his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.</p><p>Opening statements are scheduled for next week.</p></p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 09:24:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/peterson-jury-selection-progresses-2nd-day-101136 Jury selection to start in Drew Peterson trial http://www.wbez.org/news/jury-selection-start-drew-peterson-trial-101106 <p><p>Jury selection is to begin Monday in Drew Peterson&#39;s long-delayed murder trial, in which prosecutors want the former suburban Chicago police officer&#39;s wives to effectively testify from their graves about his threats to kill them.</p><p>Peterson, 58, is charged with killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004. Her body was found in a dry bathtub in her home, her hair soaked with blood. The ex-Bolingbrook police sergeant also is a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, although he has not been charged.</p><p>The jurors are also likely to hear statements that the wives allegedly made to friends and relatives about threats Peterson made. Such hearsay is usually barred, but an appellate court ruled jurors can hear the statements.</p><p>Will County Judge Edward Burmila will vet would-be jurors starting Monday. A 200-person jury has been waiting three years for a trial to get under way. It was put off because of appellate court battles over the hearsay statements.</p><p>&quot;I&#39;ve never heard of anything comparable to this &mdash; a jury pool waiting around for so long knowing what case they&#39;re going to be in and the reliance on hearsay,&quot; said Gal Pissetzky, a Chicago defense lawyer with no link to the case.</p><p>Peterson was nervous but confident as he prepared to stand trial, said his lead attorney, Joel Brodsky.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s probably the most important event in his life,&quot; the attorney said. &quot;(But) Kathleen died in a household accident and there&#39;s nothing more than that.&quot;</p><p>In fact, jurors are likely to hear from a parade of pathologists who will dispute each others&#39; conclusions about how the 40-year-old Savio died. They will hear about her death being ruled an accident, her body being exhumed after 23-year-old Stacy Peterson&#39;s disappearance and the autopsy after which her cause of death was changed from accidental to homicide &mdash; and the continued dispute over those findings.</p><p>The legal saga surrounding Peterson and whether he used his status as a police officer to try to get away with murder has attracted national attention. Rob Lowe portrayed Peterson in a 2011 TV movie, &quot;Drew Peterson: Untouchable.&quot;</p><p>Vetting would-be jurors typically takes a few days, but extra time is sometimes required in high-profile cases to weed out those who come in with well-formed opinions. Opening statements at Peterson&#39;s trial in Joliet are slated for next Tuesday.</p><p>The defense raised concerns that some prospective jurors may have violated orders to avoid all news about Peterson. Among the questions in the 25-page questionnaire jurors filled out was whether or not they saw the TV movie, as well as what kind of newspapers they read, Brodsky, said Monday outside the courthouse.</p><p>Pissetzky wonders if those in the jury pool succumbed to temptations to peek at the news or search online about the case.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s like you tell a kid, &#39;Now, don&#39;t you eat that pie over there,&#39;&quot; he said. &quot;What are they going to do? Eat the pie!&quot;</p><p>One question that looms over the trial is how much Peterson&#39;s personality will influence the jury. Before his arrest, Peterson was often seen joking about a &quot;Win A Date With Drew&quot; contest, his missing wife&#39;s menstrual cycle and other topics that were widely seen as inappropriate.</p><p>Brodsky has said the three years that Peterson has been in jail and largely out of the public eye might help him because the memories of his behavior have faded somewhat.</p><p>On Monday, one of Peterson&#39;s other attorneys, Steve Greenberg, said he didn&#39;t think Peterson&#39;s likeability will be an issue.</p><p>&quot;Most people we represent are not likable. ... And some people don&#39;t like Drew,&quot; he said. &quot;But if 12 people want to convict him because they don&#39;t like him, then God help this country.&quot;</p><p>An appellate court ruled this year that jurors can hear witnesses say Savio and Stacy Peterson told them Peterson threatened them. There&#39;s apparently no physical evidence, so the hearsay is the heart of prosecutors&#39; case.</p><p>At a 2010 hearing to determine what hearsay a jury could hear, dozens of witnesses testified that Savio told them she feared Peterson would kill her and make it look like an accident.</p><p>Peterson, jailed since his 2009 arrest, pleaded not guilty. His attorneys say Savio&#39;s death was an accident and that Stacy Peterson &mdash; 30 years younger than Drew Peterson &mdash; ran off with another man and is alive. Authorities have said they believe she is dead, although her body has never been found.</p></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 11:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/jury-selection-start-drew-peterson-trial-101106 'Drew Peterson: Untouchable' premiers on TV http://www.wbez.org/story/drew-peterson-untouchable-premiers-tv-95714 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-20/AP Rob Lowe M. Spencer Green, File.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The notorious story of former suburban Chicago policeman and murder suspect Drew Peterson makes its movie debut Saturday on the <a href="http://www.mylifetime.com/movies/drew-peterson-untouchable/video">Lifetime channel</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>The real Drew Peterson is awaiting trial in the Will County Detention Center for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio. The Lifetime television version of Drew Peterson is played by actor <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000507/">Rob Lowe</a>.</p><p>Peterson's lawyer Joel Brodsky saw the movie and said it's a work of fiction and fantasy.</p><p>"Obviously they wanted him to be a menacing figure. And I think Rob Lowe in playing Drew Peterson was about as menacing as Mickey Mouse," Brodsky said.</p><p>The movie is coming out before Peterson's trial, a move Brodsky disapproves of.</p><p>"Apparently Lifetime thinks the right to a fair trial is less important than their profit motive," Brodsky said.</p><p>He worried the movie preceeding the trial will bias the jury. He's even gone as far as saying he'll try to move the trial elsewhere if the Neilsen ratings are too high in Will County, where Peterson is currently being detained.&nbsp;</p><p>But journalist Joe Hosey, who wrote<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Fatal-Vows-Tragic-Sergeant-Peterson/dp/1597776068"> the book </a>the Lifetime movie is based on, doesn't buy the argument.</p><p>"I mean, they poisoned the jury pool on their own a long time ago. Joel Brodsky and Drew Peterson made a mockery of a very serious situation in a very public fashion," Hosey said.</p><p>Hosey said he never would have imagined the handsome Rob Lowe as Peterson, but he was thrilled with the choice of actors and called the film "powerful." He's already seen it, but plans to watch it again with friends and family Saturday night.</p><p>As for whether or not Peterson will see the movie debut, too, Brodsky said.</p><p>"Drew is in jail, not a hotel. So what programs they have on the TV are up to the jail authorities," Brodsky said. "So he'll have to wait and see."</p></p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/drew-peterson-untouchable-premiers-tv-95714