I only have a starting place with something I witnessed earlier in the day, so I have no idea where this post will go. Though I haven't done this type of post recently, my recollection is that I liked how these posts worked out sometimes, so I'll give this a try again.
At the bank today, I waited in an ATM line while a banker showed a man, probably about age 30, the various transactions he could perform with his new debit card. His appearance and accent suggested to me that he was an African immigrant.
The banker and the customer apologized for causing me to wait, but rather than feeling put out, I was moved by the scene. I was reminded of someone I wrote about a couple of years ago. Sadly, that man died suddenly of an undiagnosed congenital heart condition.
Well... I think it's a Ferrari. I don't pay close attention to cars and brands anymore, and I believe I've seen a similar horse logo on Porsches recently, but whatever it is, this shiny specimen parked in front of a crêperie caught my eye.
Seven-year-old Elijah Dace was walking home from school with his brother and sister in Morgan Park Wednesday afternoon when two gunmen jumped out from an alley, yelled "What you be about?" and opened fire, according to police.
The child ran, but was hit in the shoulder by gunfire. Police questioned a 16-year-old who was uncooperative.
The Tribune is reporting that the wife of a jailed biker says her husband was mistakenly arrested. If true, that matters because the 170+ people who were arrested are each being held on $1 million bond that they probably can't make, and bail reduction hearings might take months to complete because of the number of cases.
I've wondered if the police really had probable cause to arrest in each individual case, or did they sweep up everyone in sight out of necessity to get a very violent situation under control. I suppose that would be fine if bail wasn't automatically set at $1 million each without possibility of a bail reduction hearing for months.
I imagine that many of these cases will be dismissed because of lack of evidence against specific individuals.
In the meantime, it should be pointed out that the owners of the bar appear to be a-holes who at least bear significant moral responsibility.
There was a bar not far from us that had a long history of problems, including violence and a shooting inside the bar. For years, police and the city tried to persuade the the owners to do more to control conduct of the patrons until the state was finally persuaded to pull their liquor license.
I don't know how liquor licensing works in Texas, but revoking the liquor license seems like a reasonable approach. Of course, I'm sure there would be some flies in the ointment, like the possibility of the connected owners with political clout blocking effective action.
He's talking about transit cards you wave or tap against a reader at a turnstile. I'd say my first wave/swipe/tap also works about 70% of the time, though I never counted. I probably get second tap failure about 10% of the time. It's something you notice because tap failures can cause you to miss a train you're hurrying to catch.
Perhaps a more useful measurement would be to monitor a randomly selected group of turnstiles in the system, counting first swipe percentage for all users.
Why not shoot for 100% first tap success? I imagine that reader sensitivity would have to be increased to a point that it would cause accidental charges.
We watched the Mad Men finale last night. Prior to watching, I successfully avoided spoilers by clicking away from any articles about it. I'm glad I did. I was surprised by the ending, but found it satisfying, even if it left some ambiguity about the future of Don Draper.
I have some thoughts about the ending and will put something together for another post, but, prompted by a recent comment on an old Mad Men post (Sally's Period), I did some prep work before watching the finale.
CHICAGO, May 19 (Reuters) - A clinical psychologist will be appointed head of Chicago's Cook County Jail, the nation's second-largest jail where a third of the inmates are mentally ill, officials announced on Tuesday.
Nneka Jones Tapia will become executive director of the jail on May 26, county officials said. Tapia, who has been with the sheriff's office since 2013 and oversees mental health strategy, replaces Cara Smith, who will become chief strategy officer for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.
I've known quite a few psychologists who are employed at the jail or did clinical training there. As the Reuters article indicates, since the 1960s, the number of beds in Illinois psychiatric hospitals has declined from 35,000 to just 1500. With inadequate support for deinstitutionalization, many who would have been treated in psychiatric hospitals, now end up in Cook County jail or, as Sheriff Tom Dart has described it, "the largest mental health facility in the country."