The alleged David Cameron-Brexit-O'Hare-pizza connection, and other Chicago news

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Newly resigned British prime minister David Cameron - PETER BYRNE/PA VIA AP
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  • Newly resigned British prime minister David Cameron

Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Monday, June 27, 2016.

  •   Weather: Hot and sunny

The sun will be shining and it will be hot, with a high of 87 and a low of 62. [AccuWeather]

  •     Brexit will be forever tied to David Cameron and O'Hare airport pizza

You'll never look at O'Hare pizza the same way. The idea of a Brexit referendum, which led to Great Britain's impending split from the European Union, may have been born at a pizza place at O’Hare International Airport (many believe it was the Pizzeria Uno in Terminal Three). When Prime Minister David Cameron was in town for the NATO summit in 2012, several social media users spotted him eating with former British foreign secretary William Hague and chief of staff Ed Llewellyn at O'Hare before a flight back to London. It was during that fateful meal that the group decided to hold the Brexit referendum, according to the Financial Times and the Daily Mail. The O'Hare pizza connection is still controversial: the Chicago Aviation Authority is denying that Cameron, who resigned after the referendum, ever stepped foot in a O'Hare, even though multiple eyewitness accounts back up the story. [Slate]

  •      Activists are not pleased that police shut down Pride at Montrose

Pride at Montrose was supposed to promote HIV awareness and testing with a fun atmosphere featuring musical acts and an important dose of health education following Sunday's annual Pride Parade. But the Chicago Police Department shut the event down about two hours after it started, according to Erik Glenn, the executive director of the Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus. LGBT and HIV activists were not happy that the police cut the event short. It's unclear exactly why it was shut down; reportedly it had to do with security barricades being too short. [Windy City Times] [DNAinfo Chicago]

  •    Shooting of three-year-old leads to a truce between Woodlawn gangs

When three-year-old Devon Quinn was shot in Woodlawn on Father's Day, Corey Brooks took action. Brooks, the pastor at New Beginnings Church, decided to broker a truce between gangs in order to stop the violence. "We had everyone sit across from one another and tried to work everything out," he said. [DNAinfo Chicago] 

  •     Mysterious political powerhouse Raj Fernando draws GOP ire

Chopper Trading founder, mega-political donor, and Democratic superdelegate Raj Fernando has found himself at the center of a controversy regarding State Department e-mails and the International Security Advisory Board. The 2011 appointment of the Bucktown resident to the board has become a source of controversy in the presidential race between former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. "Hillary Clinton appointed a top donor to a national security board with top-secret access even though he had no national security credentials," Trump said of Fernando. [Sun-Times]

  •     BJ the Chicago Kid makes his mark on Marvin Gaye rerelease

It's been 45 years since crooner Marvin Gaye made his mark with the unforgettable song "What's Going On?" In honor of its birthday, Motown rereleased the original song on a vinyl record, which includes a new duet version of the song with BJ the Chicago Kid's vocals added in. It's worth checking out for both BJ and Marvin Gaye fans. [Pitchfork]


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