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Friday on the progressive beat

Local news of interest to progressives today:

Mayor Daley steps in to try to avert CTA cuts
Fear of backlash from disgruntled riders may have prompted Daley to put aside his aversion to unions and call an afternoon meeting.

Parking co. gets paid when spaces aren't available
Just when you thought the parking privatization fiasco couldn't reach further depths ...

Gillespie defends its honor
Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th Ward) joined Gillespie Elementary School's principal and more than 100 teachers, students and supporters in defending another institution targeted for turnaround

Race: Are we over it?
Not really, according to participants at "Real Talk On Race," a panel discussion held just blocks from Obama's Kenwood home.

MCC talk on Gitmo stays collegial
McHenry County College hosts a talk by Marc Falkoff, a Northern Illinois University criminal law professor who represented 17 Guantanamo detainees — under protest by "love it or leave it" crowd.




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    At least 550 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza in the third week of the war
  • Pro-Russia guards
    President Obama criticizes pro-Russian rebels for blocking off the MH17 crash site
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  • National Guard at Texas border
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border
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    The unlikeliest US politician comes to the defense of Russia's president, Vladimir Putin
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    Apple is gearing up for the iPhone 6, orders tens of millions of units
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