Sunday Times.


Nelson Mandela and Muhammad Ali.


A private foundation started by the late Walmart mogul Sam Walton and his wife has contributed heavily to the Illinois State Charter School Commission and to two charter operators whose schools the state agency has blocked the Chicago Board of Education from closing over poor student performance, records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show. Even in the complex history of public education in Chicago, the situation involving the two charters, the Chicago Public Schools, the charter commission and the Arkansas-based Walton Family Foundation is unusual. Sun-Times.




Three recent surveys from highly rated polling firms (Marist College, Field and Public Policy Institute of California) show Bernie Sanders just 2 points behind Hillary Clinton in California. Clinton is ahead by double digits, however, in other polls, including one that has her up by 18 percentage points. It’s making for another confusing finish in a primary season that has already had plenty of them. And it’s an indication of how little we know about how Hispanic Democrats (and Asian-American Democrats) are voting this year.

Our polls-only model, taking all the various polls into account, gives Clinton a 5 percentage point lead, and translates that into a 86 percent chance of her winning California. Even though Clinton has led in every poll, that seems overconfident given the generally mixed track record of the polls in the Democratic primaries this year, and I’d happily take Sanders at the 6-to-1 odds the model offers. Nate Silver 




At least 33 cities across 17 US states have used water testing “cheats” that potentially conceal dangerous levels of lead, a Guardian investigation launched in the wake of the toxic water crisis in Flint, Michigan, has found.

Of these cities, 21 used the same water testing methods that prompted criminal charges against three government employees in Flint over their role in one of the worst public health disasters in US history.

The crisis that gripped Flint is an extreme case where a cost-cutting decision to divert the city’s water supply to a polluted river was compounded by a poor testing regime and delays by environmental officials to respond to the health emergency.

The Guardian’s investigation demonstrates that similar testing regimes were in place in cities including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit and Milwaukee. The Guardian




Chicago Reporter

2 Replies to “Sunday Times.”

  1. Fred,
    What I do not understand is why a friend of a friend, a 27 year old guy, who went to trade school found a job that lets him work as many hours as he wants up to 14 hours a day 7 days a week because they cannot find folks to take the training and fill the jobs. This is a very well paying union job with benefits etc. nothing special here, just an honest hard working kid. Please ‘splain in light of the above statistics.

    1. I post a graph of data with a link to an entire article, the first in a series, that explains the history and current situation with Black unemployment in this city and you tell me the story (unsubstantiated) of ONE person and then ask me to explain it to you. Anonymous. With not even a return email. Well. Obviously it is because he is an honest, hard working kid and all those unable to find jobs since the so-called recovery are not. Isn’t that your point? Hey. Don’t let facts get in the way of your racism. It seems to work for you.

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