Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/27/19)

Chicago’s next mayor will be 1 of 2 black women

Chicago will elect its first black female mayor April 2, after Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle advanced to a runoff election on Tuesday. Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, and Preckwinkle, the Cook County Board president, led a field of 14 candidates running to replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is retiring after two terms. The most famous name on the ballot was William Daley, the brother and son of former Chicago mayors Richard M. Daley and Richard J. Daley and, like Emanuel, a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama. Lightfoot, a political outsider, is also the first openly gay woman to run for Chicago mayor. Turnout was low, at about 27 percent of registered voters. 

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Green Book came out on top at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday, winning the Best Picture award. The night’s other winners included: Roma’s Alfonso Cuaron for Best Director and Best Cinematography; The Favourite’s Olivia Colman for Best Actress; Bohemian Rhapsody’s Rami Malek for Best Actor; If Beale Street Could Talk’s Regina King for Best Supporting Actress; Green Book’s Mahershala Ali for Best Supporting Actor; Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse for Best Animated Feature; and Lady Gaga, Mark Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, Andrew Wyatt, and Benjamin Rice won for Best Original Song for A Star is Born’s “Shallow.” Spike Lee won the first Oscar of his career, taking home the Best Original Screenplay award for BlacKkKlansman.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/21/19)

Jussie Smollett arrested and charged with filing false report on own assault

The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday charged Empire actor Jussie Smollett with filing a false police report when he said last month he was the victim of an alleged assault. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said prosecutors filed a felony disorderly conduct charge against Smollett, which could result in one to three years in prison if he is convicted. Smollett also could be forced to pay for the investigation into his police report. Smollett told police last month that two masked men attacked him in Chicago, shouting “racial and homophobic slurs,” pouring a chemical on him, and wrapping a rope around his neck. Two brothers once considered suspects told police Smollett paid them to pretend to assault him. Police say Smollett turned himself in on Thursday.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/20/19)

Alabama newspaper editor calls for Klan to ‘ride again’ in D.C.

The editor of a small Alabama newspaper, the Linden Democrat-Reporter, wrote an editorial published Tuesday calling for “the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again” against Democrats and liberal Republicans “plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.” The editor, Goodloe Sutton, confirmed that he wrote the Feb. 14 editorial. “If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we’d all been better off,” Sutton said. When asked what he meant, Sutton alluded to lynching, saying, “We’ll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.” When asked whether invoking a white supremacist group and calling for lynching Americans was appropriate, he replied: “It’s not calling for the lynchings of Americans. These are socialist-communists we’re talking about. Do you know what socialism and communism is?”

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/19/19)

Roger Stone late Monday took down an Instagram post with a crosshairs symbol next to the head of U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the judge overseeing his criminal case in Washington, D.C., and filed a notice of apology with the court. The photo and comment were “improper,” he acknowledged, and he “recognizes the impropriety and had it removed.” In the post’s caption, Stone, a longtime Republican operative and adviser to President Trump, wrote that Special Counsel Robert Mueller used “legal trickery” to ensure that his criminal trial for lying to Congress, witness tampering, and obstruction went before Berman Jackson. He said in a subsequent post that he did not intend to threaten the judge.

Getting Up To Speed with Oursociety911 (02/18/19)

Iranian and Chinese hackers appear to have resumed attacks on U.S. businesses and government agencies, The New York Times reported Monday. The recent targets of Chinese spies included Boeing, General Electric Aviation, and T-Mobile, according to an intelligence briefing summary read to the Times. Security experts believe that the hackers stepped up their efforts after President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal last year, and as trade tensions escalated with China. Iran’s recent attacks have been broader than previously reported, targeting U.S. banks, businesses, and government agencies and prompting the Department of Homeland Security to declare an emergency order during last month’s government shutdown.