The Nooner | Chicago news and beyond | October 28, 2011
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The Nooner: Chicago news and beyond
Today’s news is about a film festival in Englewood
Englewood Film Festival kicks off today
The Washington Post has a great Associated Press story about a film festival debuting in Englewood this weekend. The man behind it, filmmaker and Englewood native Mark Harris, has sunk $5,000 into it that he knows he won’t make back. Here’s hoping that this is the start of a great annual tradition.
ACLU sues Chicago Police Department
It’s never a good sign when the American Civil Liberties Union sues your police department. The Illinois ACLU filed a suit alleging delayed response times on 911 calls in Chicago’s black and Hispanic neighborhoods, as compared to in mostly white ‘hoods. In response, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said that he’s still working on redeploying more police officers to higher-crime neighborhoods.
Armed robbery the day after police superintendant’s visit
I promise I’ll quit talking about policing issues in a secundo here. But first, this: A rally was held recently at the Ukrainian Cultural Center to try to keep the 13th Police District station open. Police superintendent Garry McCarthy even showed up to address the crowd. The following day, a man was robbed at gunpoint in the Cultural Center’s parking lot, at 1:30 in the afternoon. The 13th District station is still slated to close. No, I don’t know how to solve this problem, either.
Redbox raising fees
Chicago-based Redbox has a Halloween trick in store for movie renters: They’re raising fees. The $1 movie fee goes up to $1.20 on Monday; they blamed the price hike on an increase in debit-card processing fees. I’d be more likely to blame it on competitor Netflix’s recent price increase and the Netflix/Qwikster debacle. Up until December 1, you can dodge the extra 20-cent cost by renting online before you go pick up your movie at a Redbox kiosk.
How to drink yourself to death
In light of the coroner’s report that Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning, CNN’s health blog looked into the details of exactly how one goes about drinking oneself to death. Winehouse’s blood-alcohol level was .416; the legal limit for driving is .08. So, whoa. What I didn’t know before I read this story was that longtime alcoholics and/or drug users are actually in more danger of dying of alcohol poisoning, because their threadbare livers can put up less of a fight.