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WBEZ reporter Mike Puente checked in with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon with his NWI report. This segment focused on the recent opposition to an immigrant detention center in Hobart, a judicial override to the legislature’s gay marriage ban, and the current status of Chicago’s own little BP oil spill.

WBEZ Northwest Indiana Reporter Mike Puente checked in with the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams about the proposed extension of the South Shore train line and gives an update about regulating pet coke dust on the southeast side.

State Treasurer and potential Republican candidate for Illinois Governor, Dan Rutherford held a news conference today to defend himself against accusations that he was sexually harassing a former top deputy. While Rutherford is insisting that this will not affect his run from the Republican Primary for governor, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams discussed the updates and asked why it is that we end up with politicians who have criminal tendencies?

That’s why it makes me mad that ‘he who shant be named’ [Chris Brown] one, I’m mad that I feel sad and bad for him. And I think it’s because of this re-framing that happens.Because of the hyper masculinity and because of the hyper-sexualization that happens for young boys -there’s 4 people who have this have happened to, because I also know people who have had very early sexual experiences, that there is no room for men to say that this was a traumatic thing. That you have to re-frame it as a positive thing for yourself. There’s no room for you to say that this was a damaging thing, this messed me up in some way. No, it can ONLY be a positive thing. “

- AMp host Molly Adams on Chris Brown’s recent revelation to UK Guardian on losing his virginity at 8 years old

Gaylon Alcaraz, executive director of the Chicago Abortion Fund, joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as they discussed “He Who Shant Be Named” [Chris Brown’s] recent interview with the Guardian where he rooted his troubles back to being exposed to pornography and losing his virginity during his childhood. The Council of Feminist Thought discussed how being coerced into sex has been taboo for men, and how men are framed to cover their pre-mature sexual experiences up as a positive and normal thing when in fact, that has not always been the case for young boys.

As The New York Daily News reports, Wallace, Woodfox and a third inmate, Robert King, were dubbed the “Angola 3” in 1997, “when a young law student and a former Black Panther discovered the three black inmates were still in solitary confinement — in 6-by-9-foot cells for 23 hours a day — after more than two decades.” King was released in 2001.

The Daily News writes that Wallace and Woodfox “organized inmate protests against rape, violence and inhumane conditions at Angola.”

"They were charged and convicted of the 1972 stabbing of white prison guard Brent Miller, 23, reportedly knifed more than 30 times in a prison riot.

"Both men said they were innocent from the start, arguing they were framed for their politics and protests. Supporters say no physical evidence ties the men to the murder."

The Federal Government is America’s largest employer, with more than 2 million civilian workers and 1.4 million active duty military who serve in all 50 States and around the world. 

But Congress has failed to meet its responsibility to pass a budget before the fiscal year that begins today. And that means much of our Government must shut down effective today. 

I want you to know that I will keep working to get Congress to reopen the Government, restart vital services that the American people depend on, and allow public servants who have been sent home to return to work. At my direction, your agencies should have reached out to you by now about what a shutdown means for you and your families. 

Today, I wanted to take a moment to tell you what you mean to me-and to our country. 

Morning Chooljian: WBEZ Morning Reporter Lauren Chooljian stops in with the news to look forward to and a little weekend round up.

Anti-TV Guide: Every Monday, Maggie Dziubek reviews the moving pictures that reveal themselves in an episodic way only on the Internet. This week: What’s Trending, a Youtube show whose topic is… YouTube. Also, the show’s broadcast history is a parable of new and old media’s rocky relationship.

Constitution USA: Our friend upstairs, Peter Sagal, host of Wait,Wait, Don’t Tell Me has a TV show premiering Tuesday night. It’s called Constitution USA and in it, he drives around on a Harley Davidson, seeing how Americans are living life around the law.

City Movies: Urbanologist Max Grinnell drops in to play clips from films that prominently feature a city in a non-speaking role. What are your favorite movies that capture the essence of a city, from the States out to the world?

Free neighborhood parking on Sundays part of meter settlement - Chicago Sun-Times

Why is it down from the $61 million that Chicago Parking Meters originally claimed?

Under former Mayor Richard M. Daley, City Hall allowed the meter company to do the calculations on how much it should be reimbursed. But Emanuel says the city always had a right to make those calculations itself, and when the bills began to soar, he ordered aides to check the math.

Last summer, City Hall spent more than $300,000 to develop software that allows it to crunch the meter company’s numbers and compare them with the city’s records regarding out-of-service meters. The software was used to study more than tens of millions in parking transactions that Chicago Parking Meters turned over to the city a year ago.

According to the city’s analysis, the company overstated the percentage of time that meters were out of service — in some cases by as much as 15 percent. As a result, the company has been putting in for far higher reimbursements than it should get, the analysis found.
For example, the company claimed it was owed $25.5 million for out-of-service meters.

The city’s analysis pegged that figure at $3 million.” 


There Are Almost No Chechens in the United States—Here’s Why

Chechens have a horrific, bloody history. Hundreds of thousands of people died in two wars with Russia in the 90s and early 2000s, and the capital, Grozny, was nearly leveled to the ground. There were claims that Russia was attempting ethnic cleansing. “Not a single night goes by without someone disappearing. Masked men come into homes and take people away,” one resident told a Boston Globe reporter in 2003. 

Unlike people from Iraq, Somalia and other hotbeds of strife, however, very few displaced Chechens resettled in the U.S., despite the fact that the decade of conflict caused 350,000 Chechens to flee from their homes.

So why are there so few Chechens in America? Mainly, because we don’t resettle Chechen refugees here.

Read more. [Image: Reuters]