But Michigan and its largest city are reaching for more. From Fortune: How Detroit plans to become this summer's vacation hotspot.
From my post at Da Tech Guy:
I walked its streets--the tragedy of Detroit.
Hillary Clinton is running for president. Colin Powell is not running for president. The rules in 2004 were completely different. They're complete different guidelines. Sir, the guidelines were repeatedly strengthened in 2005, in 2006, in 2007 — 20011. Hillary Clinton was operating in a different world. Can we please stay to the issue of what Hillary Clinton did or didn't do and not talk about Colin Powell?
I — I think, first of all, we’ve shown that it is — it is different. And, secondly, I think it's, frankly, a red herring, sir, and I would expect more from you.Yes a red herring. Oh, if you wish to purchase a red Donald Trump hat, click on the Amazon ad below. The Blogger Laureate of Illinois makes a tiny commission and it costs you nothing extra.
|Near Lake Shore Drive and Ontario|
|Chicago's South Side earlier|
Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday vetoed a bill that would have saved Chicago $843 million over five years and staved off what Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called an “unnecessary tax increase” — by giving the city 15 more years to ramp up to a 90 percent funding level for police and fire pensions.More...
Top mayoral aides were livid. They likened it to a "declaration of war" on Chicago and Emanuel, akin to President Gerald Ford flatly declaring in 1975 that he would veto any bill calling for "a federal bail-out of New York City" and instead proposing legislation that would make it easier for the city to go into bankruptcy.
After the veto, Emanuel said in a statement: "With a stroke of his pen, Bruce Rauner just toldBut taxpayers are already taking a hike, Rahm. Chicago was the only one of the nation's biggest municipalities to lose population last year. The city's population is the lowest it's been since 1920 and Houston may knock Chicago into fourth place among US cities in a decade or so.
Smelley got into an argument with the girl's father, according to investigators, at around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday outside of a home on Fairmount Drive, in a neighborhood along Kelly Road just south of 8 Mile roads.
The father and daughter were sitting in a car when Smelley took out a gun and fired one shot, according to police. The bullet missed the man he was arguing with, but hit the little girl in the head. The father rushed the girl to the hospital, but authorities said Thursday morning that she had died from her injuries.
Neighbors have said the fight was sparked by a spilled drink.
"Back in the day if there was a fight, the winner went to jail and the loser went to the hospital. Now it seems that the winner, we end up getting in custody and the loser ends up in a casket," Assistant Police Chief Steve Dolunt told WWJ. "I'm tired of that. And especially when it comes to kids, I have no use for an individual that would have total disregard for a child’s life."
Misdemeanor charges have been filed in the beating of Joseph Kromelis, a fixture on downtown Chicago streets who is known to many as "The Walking Man."UPDATE 7:30am: I heard on WLS-AM that because Kromelis isn't pressing charges, authorities can't charge McCarlton with anything more serious. Again, I'm not a lawyer. On the other hand, what if Kromelis was beaten so badly that he ended up in a coma?
Perry McCarlton, 41, was charged with reckless conduct even though Kromelis was reluctant to press charges, police said.
Kromelis told police he was on Lower Wacker around 11 a.m. Tuesday and said "Hi" to someone he passed. That man began punching and hitting him with a bat, police said.
A Central District sergeant responding to a battery call saw McCarlton straddled over Kromelis, struggling with the bat, according to a police report. A witness told the sergeant the suspect also tried to throw Kromelis over a railing to the pavement about 20 feet below
His name is Joseph Kromelis. He's a street peddler who prefers to keep to himself and walk the city, every day and in every kind of weather. "It's just a way of life for him," said his sister-in-law, Linda Kromelis, from Michigan.
That's what Joseph Kromelis was doing around 11 a.m. Tuesday when he was attacked. He told police he was on Lower Wacker and said "Hi" to someone he passed. That man began punching and hitting him with a bat, Chicago police said.
A Central District sergeant responding to a battery call saw the attacker straddled over Kromelis, struggling with the bat, according to a police report. A witness told the sergeant the suspect also tried to throw Kromelis over a railing to the pavement about 20 feet below.
|DePaul Student Center, where|
Yesterday's speaker was invited to speak at DePaul, and those who interrupted the speech were wrong to do so. Universities welcome speakers, give their ideas a respectful hearing, and then respond with additional speech countering the ideas. I was ashamed for DePaul University when I saw a student rip the microphone from the hands of the conference moderator and wave it in the face of our speaker.
Hillary Clinton disregarded various State Department guidelines for avoiding cybersecurity risks, an internal audit found Wednesday.
The inspector general's 78-page analysis, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, cites "longstanding, systemic weaknesses" related to the agency's communications. These started before Clinton's appointment as secretary of state, but her failures were singled out as more serious.
Despite guidelines to the contrary, Clinton used mobile devices to conduct official business on her personal email account and private server. She never sought approval from senior information officers, who would have refused the request because of security risks, the audit said.
"By Secretary Clinton's tenure, the department's guidance was considerably more detailed and more sophisticated," it concluded. "Secretary Clinton's cybersecurity practices accordingly must be evaluated in light of these more comprehensive directives."
|Marathon Pundit in|
Albuquerque police say bottles and rocks were thrown at a Donald Trump rally there Tuesday night, shattering a glass door as tensions between protesters and police escalated.AP says burning T-shirts--oh, fire spreads, you know--were thrown by the loons, trash cans were overturned, and barricades were overrun.
Despite initial word of gunshots, Albuquerque's police department said on Twitter that there was "no confirmation" of gunshots.
"There is no confirmation that any gunshots were fired, contrary to reports. Possible damage to Convention Center Windows by pellet gun," the department tweeted.
|Chicago's Wild 100s|
A Far South Side man has been charged with a hate crime in an attempted robbery where a man was stabbed Sunday night on the Washington Street Bridge in the West Loop neighborhood.Coincidentally I was just a few blocks from the racist creep's home earlier that day. It's part of the area of Chicago known as the Wild 100s. It's an apt moniker. Near the site of where the picture on top was taken an obese thug in an Indianapolis Colts shirt chased after me while screaming "Hey buddy! Hey buddy!"
Leroy Willis, 45, of the 11000 block of South Wentworth Avenue, was charged Tuesday morning with one felony count of aggravated battery, one count of a hate crime and aggravated attempted robbery, police said.
The victim said he had stopped to look at the Chicago River shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday, when a man rushed up, stabbed him twice and said, "I hate 'expletive' white people. Give me your wallet."
The victim started yelling, prompting a passersby to call 911 while he tried to grab the steak knife from the attacker and slammed him to the ground, holding him until officers arrived, according to a police report.
As part of the probe, the officials said, investigators have scrutinized McAuliffe's time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative, a vehicle of the charitable foundation set up by former President Bill Clinton.A Chinese national, Wang Wenliang, contributed $120,000 to McAuliffe's campaign. Foreigners are barred by law federal law from contributing to campaign funds. Wenliang also contributed $2 million to the Clinton family slush fund, formerly known as Clinton Foundation.
There's no allegation that the foundation did anything improper; the probe has focused on McAuliffe and the electoral campaign donations, the officials said.
Spokespeople for the Justice Department and the FBI declined to comment.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, McAuliffe said he was "shocked" by the investigation and that it "has nothing to do with the Clinton Foundation."
|Abandoned Corktown home, Detroit|
The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus is calling for an investigation of a mixup that occurred at a San Diego Padres game Saturday night, when a recording of a woman's voice was played over 100 male chorus members who took the field to perform the national anthem.Investigation? Puh-leaze!
The anthem is not always performed live, and this was an instance where a taped version was to be played with the performers on the field. Saturday was scheduled as a "Pride Night" game, aimed at engaging lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baseball fans. Members of the chorus said they were shocked and embarrassed by the incident, and want to find out how it happened.
"I really want to believe that it was an error," said Bob Lehman, executive director of the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus. "But the first thought was, did they do this on purpose?"
Hillary Clinton on Saturday slammed Republican rival Donald Trump as a politician beholden to the gun lobby and said a Trump presidency would mean "more kids at risk of violence and bigotry."Uh, no. Hillary. And Trump, a billionaire who has largely self-funded his historic campaign for the presidency so far, isn't beholden to anyone.
|Englewood last month|
|The former Packard plant in Detroit|
Man goes beyond his own decision, gets caught up in a mechanismHouse Speaker and state Democratic party boss Mike Madigan--I'm looking at your direction as people continue to flee the Land of Lincoln, especially your base in Chicago.
Of swindlers who act like kings and brokers who break everything.
A "completely innocent" woman outside a Starbucks at 35th and State was shot and killed Friday afternoon, while another man, a gang member who was the intended target, was critically injured in a shooting just down the block from Chicago Police headquarters that shows "how brazen" the most violent people in the city have become, Chicago's top cop said.Guns aren't the problem in Chiraq--street gangs are.
"This incident right here highlights what I've been saying for the past month and a half about how brazen these violent offenders are," Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at news conference shortly after the shooting. Coincidentally, Johnson and his top brass had been holding a news conference at police headquarters about a mass arrest of gang members around the time of the shooting.
Nelson, of the 4900 block of South Vincennes, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died at 4:33 p.m., authorities said. She had been a communications operator for 311 City Services since 2002, according to a statement from the Office of Emergency Management and Communications.
|Dan Ryan Expressway on Sunday|
|Illinois' Blogger Laureate,|
Marathon Pundit, in Harvey
Harvey Mayor Eric J. Kellogg has agreed to pay a $10,000 fine and never again participate in a municipal bond offering to settle civil fraud charges stemming from a hotel development scheme.That's it? A fine?
"Through the 2008, 2009, and 2010 Bond Offerings, Harvey engaged in a scheme to divert bond proceeds for improper purposes," according to the complaint filed by the Securities Exchange Commission. "As part of the scheme, Harvey made misrepresentations and omissions to investors about how bond proceeds would be used and the risks associated with investments in Harvey's municipal bonds."
The purported purpose of the bond offerings was to provide funding to develop and construct a Holiday Inn Hotel, the SEC alleges. The bonds were to be repaid from tax revenue streams dependent upon the existence of the hotel, such as Harvey's hotel-motel tax and sales tax.
But instead of using the money raised through the bond offerings on the hotel project, city officials diverted at least $1.7 million in investors’ money into the city's general operation accounts, including payroll, the SEC said.
|Red Gate Woods, Willow Springs, Illinois|
|Abandoned West Side|
Chicago, the only city among the nation's 20 largest to see population loss in 2015, could be overtaken in a decade by Houston as the third-most-populous city if the trend continues, experts said.Related posts:
The city of Chicago lost about 2,890 residents between 2014 and 2015, bringing the city's population down to 2,720,546, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Numbers made available in March showed the greater Chicago area, which includes the city and suburbs and extends into Wisconsin and Indiana, lost an estimated 6,263 residents — the greatest loss of any metropolitan area in the country.
The population decline in the Chicago metropolitan area is the first since at least 1990, according to census data.
|Abandoned SW Detroit home|
For the first time since before the Civil War, Detroit is not among the nation's 20 most populous cities.From my post at Da Tech Guy:
Detroit's population was 677,116 as of last summer, a loss of 3,107 residents from the previous year, according to estimates released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
That's the smallest decline in decades, but it was enough to drop the city to 21st in the nation, surpassed by Seattle, Denver and El Paso, Texas.
The last time Detroit wasn't a Top 20 city by population was the 1850 census, when it ranked 30th, according to the bureau. In 1940, it was the fourth largest city behind New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.
Hannity then asked why the Times hadn't dug into Bill Clinton's past.There is credible evidence that Bill Clinton is a rapist.
'Are they going to interview Juanita Broaddrick? Are they going to interview Paula Jones? Are they going to interview Kathleen Willey?' Hannity asked, ticking off the names of women who have accused Bill Clinton of inappropriate behavior through the years.
'In one case, it's about exposure. In another case, it's about groping and fondling and touching against a woman's will,' Hannity continued.
'And rape,' Trump inserted.
|From the Lopez Facebook page|
An Evanston police officer used a tourniquet last month to help save a 17-year-old boy’s life after the teenager was shot in the northern suburb.#AllLivesMatter.
At 2:33 p.m. April 21, officers responding to a call of a person shot in the 1900 block of Jackson Avenue found the teenager bleeding heavily from a gunshot wound to the leg, according to Evanston police.
One of the first officers at the scene, Officer William Arzuaga from the department’s problem solving team, applied a tourniquet in an attempt to stop the bleeding, police said. The teenager was then taken to NorthShore Evanston Hospital, where it was learned that the bullet severed an artery and required extensive surgery.
|Abandoned Detroit high school|
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit says it may go after the state pensions of 13 former and current Detroit Public School officials after they have been sentenced for their crimes in a $2.7 million bribery scheme.Related posts:
Gina Balaya, spokeswoman for U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade, said Tuesday the federal government still does not have legal standing to request the forfeiture of their pensions, as previously reported by The News.
"However, once the defendant has been sentenced and restitution ordered by the district judge, the government can and will take steps to enforce the restitution order, which may include garnishment of their pensions," Balaya said.
|Marathon Pundit at Mammoth Cave|
Hillary Clinton squeaked out a narrow win over Bernie Sanders Tuesday in the Democratic presidential primary in Kentucky, a state she had won overwhelmingly in 2008 against Barack Obama.
With 99.7 percent of the precincts counted, Clinton led by about 1,800 votes.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes' office said at 10:30 p.m. that 769 votes in two precincts in Jefferson County had not yet been counted.
Even if Sanders captured all those votes, he could not catch up with Clinton, Grimes’ office said.
A baby bison that was put in a car by tourists because it looked like it was cold and needed help had to be put down, officials at Yellowstone National Park said on Monday.In related news, another clueless tourist was gored last week at Custer State Park in South Dakota after getting too close to a buffalo.
The father and son, who were visiting Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, loaded the animal into their trunk last week and drove it to a ranger station after taking a photograph that prompted a backlash on social media.
The newborn had to be euthanized because its mother had rejected it as a result of 'interference by people', officials said.
'In this case, park rangers tried repeatedly to reunite the newborn bison calf with the herd. These efforts failed,' the park said in a statement on its website.
Angelina Jolie Pitt, the UN refugee agency's special envoy, has warned that the international humanitarian system for refugees is breaking down.Angelina--the world's refugee system collapsed a year ago.
Ms Jolie Pitt has been speaking as part of the BBC's World on the Move day of coverage of global migration issues.
She warned against a "fear of migration" and a "race to the bottom" as countries competed to be the toughest to protect themselves.
Earlier, the UNHCR's head said the refugee crisis was now a global issue.