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Expect a 'few hundred' more police officers at the Pride Parade, and other Chicago news

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Paradegoers at the 2015 Chicago Gay Pride Parade - JAMES FOSTER/FOR SUN-TIMES MEDIA
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  • Paradegoers at the 2015 Chicago Gay Pride Parade

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, June 17, 2016.

  •   Weather: A beautiful Friday  

It's supposed to be gorgeous Friday, with a high of 78 and a low of 64. The sun should be out, and there's little to no chance of rain. [AccuWeather]

  •      Police will increase security at Pride Parade with a "few hundred" more cops

Chicago Police Department superintendent Eddie Johnson announced that there will be a "few hundred" more officers patrolling the upcoming Pride Parade, although there's no credible threat to the parade or the city at this time. More cops will also be deployed to the lakefront, CTA stations, and popular downtown areas. In the wake of the recent Orlando mass shooting, 44th Ward alderman Tom Tunney asked revelers to be respectful during the parade and called for "less alcohol, less displays of immaturity." [DNAinfo Chicago]  

  •     Lucas Museum officials looking to LA or San Francisco location  

With Friends of the Parks continuing to block plans for the Lucas Museum to build a site on Chicago's lakefront, museum officials are in "very serious" talks about locations in Los Angeles or San Francisco, according to the Sun-Times. Negotiations are reportedly going forward at a Los Angeles site owned by the University of Southern California (George Lucas's alma mater) and at Treasure Island, San Francisco's "landfill turned naval base." [Sun-Times]

  •    Chicago police officer allegedly referred to Obama with racial slur

The Independent Police Review Authority has recommended firing a cop who allegedly referred to President Barack Obama with "an offensive racial remark" (reportedly the N-word) during a 2015 visit to Chicago. The unidentified cop made the comment in front of other CPD officers, and one of them complained to IPRA. After investigating the incident, the agency was able to confirm it had happened, but had concerns about other officers it believes heard the remark despite denying it during interviews conducted as part of the investigation. [Washington Post]

  •     Man reportedly shot dead while filming himself on Facebook live video

Gun violence took a disturbing turn as 28-year-old Antonio Perkins reportedly live-streamed his own shooting death Wednesday. Video surfaced on Facebook that allegedly shows Perkins getting shot while hanging out with friends in North Lawndale and drinking from a bottle as the bullet hits. [Sun-Times]

  •      Tigers will be leaving Lincoln Park Zoo to make way for new lion house

Lincoln Park Zoo is investing heavily in lions and will eventually replace its tigers, Pavel and Molly. During planned renovations to the historic Kovler Lion House, the zoo will add more lions to the exhibit and remove the "asocial" tigers. The change doesn't mean that tigers won't return to the zoo at some point in the future, according to CEO Kevin Bell. "We hope someday to build a tiger habitat, probably at the south end. But for now, we want to have a bigger pride of lions," he said. [DNAinfo Chicago]


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