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Taylor Rooks appreciation post.

At 23, Taylor is making a name for herself as a talented journalist/host/correspondent on the rise.

And she’s our own Big Ten reppin’, STL and Chicago reppin’, Illinois alumna.

Mothman in Chicago?

The Mothman is said to be a harbinger of death and tragedy and is famous for its reign of terror in Point Pleasant, West Virginia from November of 1966 to December of 1967. But could it have returned 50 years later? Residents of Chicago have been reporting a “flying humanoid” in their city for most of the year, and many believe it is the Mothman.

There is actually believed to be three flying creatures, one fathered creature with glowing red eyes, one that resembles a large owl, and another that is said to look like a large bat. Its entirely possible that there is just one creature and witnesses are just describing what they think they saw, or there really could be three. Most of these sightings take place near Lake Michigan which is also known for its UFO sightings, which was another one of the strange phenomena that occurred in Point Pleasant

Is Chicago about to be the victim of an upcoming tragedy? Or do these flying creatures have no intention of being harbingers? The Mothman was spotted before the Silver Bridge Collapse, the Chernobyl Disaster, and there are some claims of sightings before the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Are these creatures here to warn us yet again? Only time will tell.

August 8, 1917 - African-American Groups Protest Racism and Segregation in the US Military

Pictured - The American military was segregated in both World Wars. In World War One, African-Americans contributed dis-proportionally to the war effort, but were subjected to unending racism by military authorities and often assigned to menial tasks.

When the United States entered World War One in 1917, its military had 10,000 black soldiers. Black Americans had served in the military since the Civil War, and as “Buffalo soldiers” on the frontiers and against the Spanish, but they were relegated to their own units, usually staffed by white officers.

At America’s entry into World War One, many more African-Americans joined up. They came with various motives: many wanted to prove they could fight as well as any other, that they deserved to be treated equally or “as a man”, to escape racism and poverty at home, or maybe just because they were bored. Meanwhile 13% of draftees were black, despite blacks making up only 10& of the population. Yet for many the American military would only extend the racism they faced at home.

Many African-American units were sent to train in the Jim Crow south, where southern white drill instructors tormented them. Not all branches of the American military allowed black men to serve; the Marines refused black recruits. The National Guard tried to address the problem by prohibiting black soldiers from training in the south. This attempted solution dodged the root cause and sparked uproar with groups like the NAACP, the National Association for hte Advancement of Colored People, a civil rights group formed by W.E.B. DuBois.

These groups protested racism in the military in major American cities. “We protest against any order by the government based upon race discrimination,” the Chicago Tribune reported a spokesman saying.

“We demand the same treatment and training for all United States soldiers regardless of race or color. Let our government stand for one country, one flag, one duty for all citizens and for real democracy in our own country as well as for democracy in Europe.” 

  • crow: has a history of concussions
  • crow: takes a weber slapper clean off the mask
  • crow: drops like he's been... shot...
  • crow: looks wobbly and out of it getting up
  • concussion spotter: yeah you can stay in

A photo essay by photojournalist Michelle Kanaar.

Making It Work: Life on Minimum Wage

Maria Garcia, 37, came to the United States from Mexico when she was 16. She came, as she says, to work. Six years ago she left her husband and started supporting her six children on her own while earning a little more than minimum wage. Garcia’s story illustrates what it looks like to support a family on less than $10 an hour working more than full-time.

The minimum wage in Chicago is currently $8.25 an hour, but recently, the City Council voted to increase Chicago’s minimum wage to $10 in 2015, then to $13 an hour by 2019. However, Garcia is striving for more than just a livable wage. “My dream is to study and have a career… so that my children will be proud of me and so that I can fulfill my dream of being a social justice worker.”

The U.S. cities that gained the most workers over the last 12 months

One of the great things about social media is that it gives us access to data that previously didn’t exist or was difficult to collect.

Take, for example, LinkedIn’s monthly report on employment trends called the Workforce Report. They look at which industries are hiring, where people are moving for jobs, and so on. Click here for the June 2017 edition. 

Note that architecture/engineering hiring appears to be up nationally, which is usually a positive leading indicator.

I’ll leave you all to go through the report, but I did want to pull out a few of their maps and one of their takeaways. Below are maps of the cities that lost the most workers and gained the most workers over the last 12 months.

The established trend of people moving from colder northern cities to warmer amenity-rich cities seem to play out here.

That said, one of their “key insights” is that fewer workers today are moving to the San Francisco Bay Area. Since February 2017, there has been a 17% decline in the net number of workers.

They blame housing affordability (ahem, lack of supply). People are simply turning to other great cities like Seattle, Portland, Denver, and Austin. They’re growing and cheaper.

One of the other cool things about the report is that you can drill down into individual cities to see where people are moving from. I looked up Miami and Chicago just to do a quick comparison. 

Not surprisingly, Miami is seeing a significant contingent from South America. What’s interesting about this random comparison is how international Miami is and how regional Chicago is in terms of their draws.

I would love to see similar data for Canada. This is valuable stuff.

The Rain(7)

Warning: child of harm, mention of child’s injury 

Pairing: Bucky Barnes x fem! child! reader 

Summary: Bucky finds a child in the rain. After noticing a few weird things about her he decides it’s best if she stays with him. Now their on the run.

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“Question, where did the kid come from and why is it here?” Tony asked taking a seat and looking at the kid who had their face glued to the window. I’m not cleaning that. 

“she was with Bucky” Steve said taking a seat in front of Tony

“Great so he’s kidnapping kids now”

“the way she was kicking and screaming for him. I don’t think so”

“Stockholm syndrome. Has she said anything”  Tony looked up her record, from Chicago hasn’t been reported missing.

“she said that the Prince over there was a ‘mean cat’ and also ‘why it took so long for everyone to notice her’ “ Sam said looking at (y/n) who was waving at workers. She was so adorable.

“what do you mean” Tony asked 

“The task force that was sent to kill Barnes didn’t notice her and opened fire. And the Prince of kittens over there practically flung her off Barnes’s back” Sam explained what he saw and what (y/n) told him. Little lady’s day started off at  the park and by the afternoon she almost had a bullet in the back.

Steve honestly was shocked he didn’t see Prince T’challa throw her and he was pissed that the task force open fire on her. Mr. Ross would be hearing from him.

“wait, wait you’re telling while Barnes was running away from gun fire she was with him” Tony said 

“yep” there was a clatter as (y/n) place all the bullets that had managed to hit her on the table. On the bus she had discreetly removed all the bullets from her Velcro vest which she wore under her shirt. There were a total of 12 bullets. She was hit 12 times.

After placing the bullets on the table (y/n) went back to sticking her face on the window. Everyone was silent  as the bullets rolled across the glass table, obviously used. (y/n) had said nothing about being shot she was completely silent the whole way here joking and smiling with Sam. She seemed fine at the time.

“are you okay?” Sam asked kneeling to her size 

“yeah, I mean but scratches still her but I’ll be fine” (Y/n) mumble against the window.

“What scratches, Can I see them” (y/n) nodded removing her jacket a large claw mark could be seen going down the back of her shirt. (y/n) pulled the shirt over her left shoulder “he was a very bad cat. We should cut his claws” on her shoulder were four long gashes two of them steadily bleeding.

“holy sh- um okay you need a band aid want to go with me to get one?” Sam tried to get her to go to the infirmary

“no thank you” she said 

“listen kid you’re hurt  and-” (y/n) wasn’t even listening “Tony stop, Natasha please can you get one of the doctors to come down here” Steve asked  Natasha went off to get a doctor and pay the new king of Wakanda a visit while doing so.

The doctor came down and was surprise to find himself stitching up a child he was even more surprised when she didn’t cry or flinch. Most children had to be given medic or put under in order to get stitches. But this little girl was so fascinated with computer on the other side of the window she barely even notice him stitching her.

“so, kids what’s your name?” Tony asked as the doctors stitched her up “business ….non ya business”  (y/n) laughed at her own little version of James Bond 

“well Ms. Business where are you from” Tony decide to play along with her 

“San Frantokyo” 

“San Frantokyo, is it nice there”


“Do you have family in there”

“Big brother (b/n), he’s cool”

“I bet he is. What about your parents?”


“no parents?”

“………” Tony knew from her record that her father was still alive but figured it was a topic she did not want to venture into

“I see you’re friends with Mr. Barnes, where did you meet him?”

“in his apartment”


“ I was outside sleeping then I woke up in his apartment. He was nice made me a sandwich and gave me some plums. He is very nice.

“well nice people don’t blow stuff up” Tony mumbled under his breath thinking she wouldn’t here

“And they can’t be at two places at once.”

Bucky didn’t do it you poop head.

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An ex-police commander who oversaw the torture of more than 100 black men in Chicago police custody walked out of federal prison Thursday, after serving just three and a half years of his sentence.

Jon Burge left the minimum-security prison in North Carolina to report to a halfway house in Florida until his sentence officially runs out in February of 2015, the Chicago Tribune reports.

After the 66-year-old was convicted in 2011 of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying about police torture, several members of the Chicago City Council called for a reparations fund of $20 million – roughly the amount Burge and his “midnight crew” of detectives have cost Chicago taxpayers over the years in legal defense fees and settlements alone. Aldermen renewed those calls on Thursday, saying it’s time for the city to “make amends.”

Anthony Holmes was one of the victims Burge personally tortured – with methods including electric shock – into giving a confession to a murder he says he didn’t commit. Holmes, who is now pushing 70, spent 30 years behind bars as a result and has yet to see any compensation because the statute of limitations on the torture has run out.

“At least he’s got a pension,” Holmes said of Burge, according to DNAinfo Chicago. “We came out of there with nothing.”

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan tried to strip Burge of his $4,000-a-month police pension, but couldn’t overrule a police pension board vote.

As Burge prepares to start his life again as a free man, In These Times took a look at how much the disgraced commander has cost taxpayers through the years


I think I’m finally able to articulate what’s bugging me so much about Shaw as a YCP ambassador. 

I remember when he got suspended for using that homophobic slur, and how angry I’d been. But I also remember a story about a reporter from Chicago who was openly gay, who Shaw had always been kind to. I cannot for the life of me find the article now, so you’ll have to take my word for it, but Shaw made an extra effort to seek out that reporter afterwards and apologize, knowing that his words would have hurt him. The reporter went on to write about how he truly believed that Shaw didn’t have a problem with the LGBT community; he just needed a lesson in awareness of how words can hurt. 

Now, Shaw wants to make amends for what he’s done. I think that’s great. I’m a huge believer in the ability of a person to grow and realize the error of their ways and change for the better. That all said, this is not the way to do it

The incident is still fresh in everyone’s minds, and from the apology until now, Shaw has done absolutely nothing to convince us he’s changed. And yet, here he is, openly expressing welcome for any teammate to approach him should they ever need it. I’m inclined to believe Shaw is genuine in this, and that he is trying to be a better person. But we haven’t SEEN that from him yet. An open invite to talk is just words. It hasn’t proven anything. I think, if Shaw had actually taken some initiative to provide support for the LGBT community before this, like attend a pride parade for example, then the situation would be different. But he hasn’t done anything like that. Shaw doesn’t feel safe to talk to just yet. And he probably won’t until he proves it some other way. Just because he wants to be approached doesn’t mean he will be, or that he will even be seen as approachable. And at the end of the day, it’s not about what he wants; it’s about what’s best for the LGBT players

So: I think it’s fantastic that Shaw wants to help and support LGBT athletes through YCP. I think it can be proof that a person can learn from their mistakes and fight back against the rampant homophobia inherent in the culture of the league. But he hasn’t proven anything yet, and until he does, he’s not a safe bet for the LGBT community.