Today’s Morning Buzz goes back in time to the “Little Ice Age,” covering a period from approximately 1300 to 1870 AD.

Ice skating on the river Thames

Right Now w/ Ben DeClue (Twitter / LinkedIn)

What I’m Reading: The Little Ice Age

What I’m Watching: The Critical Film Studies” episode of Community

What I’m Doing: Getting back into the office after a nice four day weekend.

Winter landscape with ice skaters


One Student Tries To Help Others Escape A ‘Corridor Of Shame’: An unlikely leader rises in a poor, rural Southern school district.

Once A National Hero, Syria’s Lone Cosmonaut Is Now A Refugee In Turkey: Mohammed Faris traveled on the Soviet space station nearly three decades ago, becoming so famous that Syria’s president was jealous of him. Now he’s one of the many Syrians who’s fled to Turkey.

Golden State To Face Cleveland In A Rematch Of The NBA Finals: Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson carried the Warriors back to the finals, as Golden State rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat Oklahoma City 96-88 in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

Winter skating on the main canal of Pompenburg

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The Hunters In the Snow


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Uber And Lyft Are Threatening To Leave Chicago: Uber’s Chicago general manager Marco McCottry said, “If this ordinance were to pass, ride-sharing as we know it would no longer exist in Chicago.”

The Average Renter Can’t Afford A Chicago-Area Two-Bedroom, Study Says: You have to make $22.62 an hour to afford a typical Chicago area two-bedroom, and local renters make, on average, $17.03.

Illinois Has The Highest Unemployment Rate In The Country: Unemployment is at 6.6 percent right now, and Illinois’ state budget crisis isn’t helping.

Most Chicago Single-Family Homes Are Selling Below Their Asking Price: Homes in hot spots like Wicker Park, West Town and Logan Square still fetch a premium, though.


Women Spend More Time in Traffic Than Men: On average, women spend longer in traffic than men—perhaps because of the gendered division of labor that still exists in many households.

What If Buses Could Pass Over Cars?: The latest from China: a concept for street-straddling buses that cars could pass underneath. The giant vehicles could improve worsening traffic and already-dire pollution levels, taking the place of many conventional buses.

Broward County, Florida to Select from Four Sales Tax Options on November Ballot: They could opt for a one percent, 30-year infrastructure tax, a .75 percent, 20-year transportation sales tax, approve both, or reject both. The two competing measures arise from differences between the county’s 31 cities and county commissioners.

North Korea’s Failed Missile Launch: North Korea attempted to fire a missile on Tuesday, but the launch ultimately failed.  The missile fired off from the country’s east coast, near the city of Wonsan, at around 5 a.m. local time, several news agencies reported, citing South Korea’s military for the information.

Local Gov Confidential

States unsure of cost of new overtime rules: Review of Obama administration directive is underway for state, cities, universities and private sector.

St. Charles fire chief quits to take chief’s job in Portland, Ore.: Mike Myers began as St. Charles chief in late 2014 after retiring as Las Vegas fire chief.

Field builder drops lawsuit against Vianney; clash with Kirkwood, residents over lighting remains: Vianney president says he hopes to resume talks with Kirkwood officials, neighbors over field lighting.

Jennings mayor booted from office: City Council unanimously agree on four of seven charges.

Carr Square residents vent anger at city over planned homeless shelter: Both city officials and residents agree: Nobody wants a homeless shelter in their neighborhood.