Big fire hits Chicago
CHICAGO'S LOSS. The city's cleaning up after its biggest fire "in many years," in the historic Central Manufacturing District, Chicago's first office park. [Correcting earlier post, which conflated two separate fires, one from 2006. Thanks, Bernie Tafoya.]
[UPDATE] PEARL JAM @ WRIGLEY FIELD. After a day of teasing on Twitter, Pearl Jam confirms a July 19 show in Chicago.
TWEETS FROM A SHOOTING SPREE. As a gunfight unfolded on a Texas college campus, one student communicated with friends, family and reporters using Twitter.
* Human rights organization developing app to confirm authenticity of photos, audio and video shared from mobile phones.
SO: SHOULD TEXAS COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE THE RIGHT TO CARRY CONCEALED WEAPONS ON CAMPUS? A state senator pushing the idea says he stands by his proposal to give them just that.
* NRA chief blasts Obama plan for gun control, alluding again to armed protection for Obama's kids.
* Jon Stewart on display of weapons during Inaugural festivities: "Jesus, that's a lot of guns."
AN OVERTIMELY REPORT. City of Chicago numbers show a police communications operator in the Office of Emergency Management made $91,116 in overtime over 10 months last year, for total earnings of $169,000 -- about $1,000 more than the annual salary of her boss.
* White House announces "National Day of Civic Hacking," when cities -- including Chicago -- and federal agencies encourage computer programmers to gather in quest of ways to liberate government data and create useful apps. NASA's making its space stats available, too.
* The Onion: "NASA Continues Search For Planet Capable Of Supporting NASA."
* Why is it called "Graph Search"? Because of the social graph.
* Still, "the name 'Graph Search' is horrendous."
AS FORETOLD HERE. A new study has found the first evidence of football-related brain damage in living NFL veterans with cognitive and emotional problems.
* (What's left of) The week ahead.
* Soundtrack for preparation of this issue: Songs from "Freaks and Geeks."
* The countdown to this week's news quiz is ON: