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Group led by ex-alderman, unions acquires Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — An investment group led by a former Chicago alderman and a coalition of labor unions are the new owners of the Chicago Sun-Times, officials announced Thursday in an unusual deal that revived questions about media ownership and influence over coverage.

Officials with ST Acquisition Holdings LLC, including former City Council member Edwin Eisendrath and representatives from the Chicago Federation of Labor, detailed the agreement at a news conference, billing themselves a "unique alliance" to preserve a newspaper that's faced financial troubles over the years.

"We believe in protecting the institution of journalism itself as well amplifying the diversity of voices and perspectives of Chicago stories, both locally and nationally," said CFL President Jorge Ramirez, who will serve as chairman of the newspaper and who noted the city's strong union roots. "We're turning this paper back over to its people."

Eisendrath, who left the City Council in 1993 when he was appointed to a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development post, submitted a bid last month after Sun-Times owner Wrapports LLC announced it would enter into discussions with Tronc Inc., which owns the rival Chicago Tribune, to acquire the paper.

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Jay Z To Bail Out Incarcerated Dads For Fathers Day

Mogul Shawn “Jay Z” Carter has one thing on his agenda for Father’s Day: to tackle issues surrounding the criminal justice system and the bail industry, TIME reports.

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Carter recently penned a poignant TIME magazine essay, in which he delves into the criminal justice system’s impact on inner city residents, in places like his native Brooklyn. He vows to use his platform to change the flawed system.

“If you’re from neighborhoods like the Brooklyn one I grew up in, if you’re unable to afford a private attorney, then you can be disappeared into our jail system simply because you can’t afford bail,” Carter wrote. “Millions of people are separated from their families for months at a time — not because they are convicted of committing a crime, but because they are accused of committing a crime.”

In the TIME piece, Carter says working on the documentaries, “Time: The Kalief Browder Story,” really opened his eyes to the corrupt realities of the bail bond industry; he states that it’s unfair that Blacks and Latinos are over-policed and then forced to scrape up funds for their release before trial. Carter writes that this circumstance is “devastating to families.”

He also highlights Ava Duvernay, Glenn Martin and Ruthie Gilmore’s contributions to pushing the conversation surrounding the flawed justice system forward.

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ISPs, GOP Used Health Care Debate to Distract From Privacy Vote


Thursday Jun 01 2017 08:20 EDT

Large broadband providers and the GOP used public concern over the ongoing health care debate as a distraction to help them kill broadband privacy protections back in March, the Washington Post reports. The plan, strategized for months by major broadband providers, involved using the Congressional Review Act to kill the FCC's broadband privacy rules, which were slated to take effect last month.

ISP lobbyists shopped the idea around, and ultimately found buyers in Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Arizona Senator Jeff Flake.
Both are major recipients of Comcast, AT&T and Verizon campaign contributions.

"The (ISP lobbying and policy) groups gave Flake $22,700 in donations, compared with an average $4,510 they gave other senators between January and April," notes the Post. "The groups gave Blackburn $20,500, compared with the $2,045 average donated to other House members in the same time. That is about three times the amount of money Flake and Blackburn received from those groups during the first quarter of last year."

GOP lawmakers found their effort easier because Silicon Valley companies like Google, once considered a champion of consumer causes, also supported killing the protections.

Before the 2016 elections, the 21-year-old Congressional Review Act had been used only once, in 2001. But ISPs knew that the maneuver would allow Congress to kill the consumer protections with a simple majority vote in the House and Senate. And because the public at the time was currently concerned about the possibility of 24 million people losing health coverage, it managed to quickly eek through before the lion's share of the public was even aware.

"Trump and the Republicans are doing so many different things on parallel tracks, the news media and activists can’t follow it all," Trump adviser and former House speaker Newt Gingrich tells the paper. "This is by design."

What exactly we're designing here isn't entirely clear. The rules had broad bipartisan support, and even many Trump supporters urged the President to veto the demolition of the rules (he declined). And many of these same lawmakers have now shifted their focus toward killing net neutrality protections -- again at giant ISP lobbyist behest. Meanwhile few (if any) of these lawmakers want to do much about the core cause of most of these problems: a lack of real broadband competition in most American markets.

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Twins get accepted into 40 colleges between them, receiving $900K in scholarship offers


A pair of twin high school seniors are making their family proud after the two have been accepted to 40 colleges between them, earning over $900,000 in scholarship offers.

Akhya C. and Akhea S. Mitchell both attend Troup County Comprehensive High School in LaGrange, Georgia, earning a 4.5 GPA and a 3.9 GPA respectively.

Due to their stellar grades and involvement in various student organizations, the two were able to afford to apply to 42 colleges in total for about $200, their mother, Kalitha Reynolds, told ABC News.

Along with using the Common Application -- which allows students to apply to up to 700 colleges and universities for a flat rate that ranges from $25 to $90 -- the Mitchell twins also took advantage of college fairs, they told ABC News.

"We started out by attending college fairs and taking advantage of free applications on site," Akhya, who is one minute older than her sister, said. "And some colleges offer days where the application was free so we took advantage."

The two credit a school organization called She's D.O.P.E. for helping them navigate the college application process.

Chicago student gets accepted into 23 black colleges, offered $300K in scholarships
94-Year-Old woman fulfills lifelong goal of graduating from college

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Trump Just Quietly Hobbled Obamacare While You Were Distracted

President Trump’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare have been a complete failure so far, and the plans Republicans put forward never even came close to fulfilling Trump’s campaign pledge to deliver a health plan that would cover everyone at a lower cost.

Each failure has brought complaints from Trump and his allies that their failure is the fault of Democrats who refuse to work with them on their sinister plans that would leave over 24 million people uninsured.

Then Trump, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan warned us that Obamacare is going to collapse if they don’t act.

Now, with ObamaCare working and millions thankful it hasn’t been destroyed by political assassins, the new Trump strategy is to destroy it just to prove the Republicans are right.

The latest Republican concocted changes are straight off a wish list put forward by big insurance companies who want fewer regulations, more freedom to do as they wish, and greater profits.

They were quietly released while most Americans were more concerned about Trump’s bombing in Syria, political battles with Russia and the threat of nuclear war with North Korea.

“Many of the changes announced Thursday follow recommendations from insurers,” reports the Los Angeles Times, “which wanted the government to address shortcomings with HealthCare.gov markets, including complaints that some people are gaming the system by signing up only when they get sick and then dropping out after being treated.”

That, of course, flies in the face of reality. A tenet of Obamacare is that everyone is required to sign up or face financial penalties, which keeps churn down. That is why under Obamacare, the number of people in the U.S. with health insurance exceeds 90 percent for the first time ever.

Here is the laundry list of the changes announced today to cure Obamacare the way Dr. Frankenstein would:

The annual sign-up period is being cut in half, so insurance companies don’t have to spend as much time marketing. Experts on consumer needs say this will only insure fewer people sign up.
Curbs on “special enrollment” options which allow people to sign up outside of the enrollment period. Insurers say this just encourages people to sign up only when they are sick. ObamaCare advocates say it is another way to limit sign-ups during the year.

Insurance companies for the first time have the right to withhold medical insurance and services to anyone who isn’t fully paid up on their past premiums, no matter what their circumstances. In other words, when the consumer is in the worst possible situation, the insurance companies can cut them off completely.

Insurers have more flexibility to design special policies for young people, who tend to be healthier and use the insurance benefits less. This takes the balance out of the system so that people who are healthy and working don’t have to subsidize people who are old and sick. It is another way to ensure the system fails.

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