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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Police chief Eddie Johnson on the violence: ‘I’m just sick of it,’ and other Chicago news

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click to enlarge Chicago Police Department officers investigate a shooting. - ASHLEE REZIN/SUN-TIMES
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  • Chicago Police Department officers investigate a shooting.

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

  • Weather: Rain is possible

It will be humid Tuesday, with a high of 82 and a low of 71. A rain shower is possible in the morning. [AccuWeather]

  • Eddie Johnson on the violence: "I'm just sick of it"

After another violent weekend, Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson said he's "sick" of the bloodshed. "There's no other way to describe it," he said at a press conference Monday. "I'm just sick of it." At least 52 people were shot and nine were killed over the weekend, according to the Tribune. [Tribune]

  • Cubs DJ fired for 'irresponsible music selection'

The Cubs DJ who played the Prodigy's "Smack My Bitch Up" when relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman left the mound Sunday has been fired by the team. Chapman allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired eight shots during a 2015 domestic violence incident, and was suspended by the MLB for 30 games. The team apologized for the "irresponsible music selection." [Tribune]

  • Double Door can stay in its current location through the end of 2016

A judge has ruled that famous Wicker Park music venue the Double Door can remain in its current spot at least till the end of the year. Hope for the club's extended future isn't completely dead: "We still hope to work things out in that building," co-owner Sean Mulroney said. [Tribune]

  • The reason for the CTA's gambling ban: the shell game

CTA riders who listen to the announcements know that gambling isn't permitted on public transportation. It might be hard to imagine train and bus riders making wagers, but there's a reason for the rule: the shell game. WBEZ's Curious City investigates. [WBEZ]

  • Black Dog Gelato vs. Amorino: the Gold Coast gelato crisis

Amorino gelato from Paris is the gelato of choice in the Gold Coast, not local Black Dog Gelato. Bow Truss Coffee in Mariano Park has been serving Wicker Park-based Black Dog Gelato for a few weeks, but it's so unpopular a petition is circulating to replace it with gelato from Amorino, a shop at 838 N. State. "We don't deserve what is being offered right now as dessert," resident Judi Steinreich told DNAinfo Chicago. Bow Truss owner Phil Tadros likened the feud to The Twilight Zone and "almost sitcom horror." [DNAinfo Chicago]


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