This morning, I arrived at the State and Grand underground station to find several blocks around Illinois and Clark St in Chicago closed because of a suspicious package. Earlier today, a building at O'Hare was evacuated because of a suspicious package.
At first I thought it was a TV or movie shoot, but I asked a reporter who told me what was going on. I took a few photos at a distance, but didn't have the right lens and, anyway, I can't upload photos right now. Maybe I'll post something later.
Anita Sarkeesian, a feminist cultural critic, has for months received death and rape threats from opponents of her recent work challenging the stereotypes of women in video games. Bomb threats for her public talks are now routine. One detractor created a game in which players can click their mouse to punch an image of her face.
Not until Tuesday, though, did Ms. Sarkeesian feel compelled to cancel a speech, planned at Utah State University. The day before, members of the university administration received an email warning that a shooting massacre would be carried out at the event. And under Utah law, she was told, the campus police could not prevent people with weapons from entering her talk.
A Chicago man whose high-speed crash killed a passenger over the weekend was convicted of another death while driving drunk on the South Side two decades ago, Cook County prosecutors alleged Tuesday.
Dwayne Montgomery, 37, who has a history of DUI convictions, had a blood alcohol content nearly four times the legal limit after the Saturday afternoon crash, prosecutors said. He has never been issued a driver's license, according to the Illinois secretary of state's office.
Montgomery crashed into a light pole about 1 p.m. while driving his girlfriend's Dodge Intrepid at high speed in the 8100 block of South Chicago Avenue, shearing off the passenger side of the car and severing his passenger's right arm, Assistant State's Attorney Alex Molesky said. The car then went airborne and struck a parked Honda Pilot, she said.
Just speculating, but Montgomery might have a drinking problem.
A home with prime views of the third and fourth holes at Whitmoor Country Club has been vacant for two years because of a creepy crawly problem. The home was infested with between 4,500 and 6,000 brown recluse spiders, according to one estimate. The previous homeowners abandoned the 2,400-square-foot atrium ranch after years of pesticide treatments didn't curb the invasion. The home went into foreclosure and hasn't sold, apparently because no one wanted to live with its history.
Blue-and-orange striped tarps covered the house this week as an exterminator blasted the spiders and eggs with 200 pounds of sulfuryl flouride gas, pumped in at 67 degrees below zero.
I just read Rot Riot and Rebellion, about the founding and first decades of the University of Virginia. Those early UVA students make today's college students look like models of responsibility and decorum. They were so bad they made Thomas Jefferson cry.
Yesterday, I received a recorded phone message from a credit card company after a suspicious transaction was flagged. Turned out to be nothing, but the message amused me.
The message pronounced my first name with an American accent and my last name with an Italian or Spanish accent, similar to the way NPR people conspicuously pronounce Spanish names with a Spanish accent. I listened to the message several times and the pronunciation sounded more Italian than Spanish to me, but it could have been a machine attempt at Spanish.
Indeed, as an aside: English dog, is a relatively new word which replaced Germanic hund. It has its origin as the name of a specific breed, doc-ga and the etymology is quite interesting, mainly because it's unclear. Needless to say, it's not a coincidence that dog, pig, hog, frog and stag all end in a g from this archaic -ga suffix.)
I wouldn't say that it's needless to say. I'd have never made the connection.