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  • Memo by former Metra CEO alleges proliferation of patronage requests

    Memo by former Metra CEO alleges proliferation of patronage requests
    When Metra CEO Alex Clifford asked about his chances for keeping his job, he received a bruising reply from the rail agency's board chairman, according to a memo that offers a snapshot of political clout as allegedly practiced in Illinois. Clifford...
  • Officials' Children Get Plum Summer Jobs At State Agency

    Rosemary Bove, the $101,000-a-year state official who manages Connecticut's five "Welcome Centers" on interstate highways, didn't have to look very far for at least a couple of the young people who were hired in May to work in 13 highly-coveted summer...
  • FDA slow to issue guidelines on arsenic in rice

    FDA slow to issue guidelines on arsenic in rice
    After tests found worrisome levels of arsenic in American rice last fall, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced it would test 1,000 additional samples by the end of the year and issue recommendations "promptly." Nearly 10 months later, the...
  • Records dispute does not stop report about heroin

    Records dispute does not stop report about heroin
          The western suburbs saw a dramatic spike in fatal heroin overdoses over the summer, the subject of today’s report on www.chicagotribune.com and in the Sunday Chicago Tribune. Heroin deaths are rising across the suburbs, an indicator of a...
  • City contract seekers donate to Emanuel despite his own ban

    City contract seekers donate to Emanuel despite his own ban
    Leaders of a tech firm seeking a city contract donated $15,000 to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's campaign fund, despite Emanuel's own executive order banning contributions from vendors trying to get city business. The donations linked to a company that uses...
  • DOT's Summer Payroll Full Of Employees' Kids, Adding To Questions; NYC Uses 'Jobs Lottery'

    Twenty-nine of the 56 summer workers at the state Department of Transportation this year have the same last name as a full-time DOT worker or official — increasing the appearance that, despite denials, family connections and favoritism play a role...
  • Anthony Weiner's Latest Sexting Scandal and Politics of the Public Apology

    Anthony Weiner's Latest Sexting Scandal and Politics of the Public Apology
    When Anthony Weiner continued to flaunt his dong across the Internet after a sexting scandal cost him everything, he didn't just betray his long-suffering wife (again). He also laid a blow to all of us sex-positive people who rushed to his defense when he...
  • Eric Schlosser's 'Command and Control' probes the safety of nukes

    Eric Schlosser's 'Command and Control' probes the safety of nukes
    To know where you are, it helps to know where you've been, right? So early in his deeply reported, deeply frightening story of America's massive nuclear arsenal, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety,"...
  • No, we don't have a right to pry into the private lives of celebrities

    What do we, the public, have the right to know about celebrities? This past week, Prince Fielder, the Tigers' superstar, was defended by a teammate, Torii Hunter, during a radio interview. Hunter suggested that Fielder, who has struggled at the plate,...
  • W&M's Driscoll vigilant, but Tribe still committed to evolving CAA

    Nothing has occurred recently, William and Mary athletic director Terry Driscoll said this week, that would prompt the school to consider bolting the Colonial Athletic Association for a new conference. Driscoll pays attention to the landscape and said...
  • William T. Vollmann, Unabomber suspect, opens his FBI file

    William T. Vollmann, Unabomber suspect, opens his FBI file
    Literary fans know William T. Vollmann as a National Book Award-winning author; the FBI knew him as Unabomber suspect S-2047. In the September issue of Harper's, Vollmann explores his FBI file in a brilliant, chilling essay about America and privacy,...
  • Iranian parliament pursuing lawsuit against CIA for 1953 coup

    A week after declassified CIA documents came to light verifying that the U.S. spy agency was behind a 1953 coup in Iran, parliamentarians in the Islamic Republic voted Tuesday to fast-track a lawsuit against Washington for interfering in Iranian...