Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Friday, October 7, 2016. Have a great weekend!
Friday will be relatively warm during the day, with a high of 68. It should be breezy and mostly cloudy, then will grow cooler at night, with temperatures in the 40s. [AccuWeather]
President Barack Obama is returning to Chicago during one of the busiest weekends of the year, with both the Cubs playoff games going on at Wrigley Field and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday. While making a rare stay at his family's home, Obama is set to attend a couple of fund-raisers and may vote early. There's also been speculation about whether he'll attend a Cubs game, though press secretary Josh Earnest told the Chicago Tribune this is unlikely—though the Sox fan in chief is wishing the Cubs well. [Tribune]
Formers Bulls star Derrick Rose appeared in court for the first time during a civil trial Thursday, the same day his accuser took the witness stand. The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, filed a $21.5 million lawsuit claiming that Rose and two friends, Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton, gang-raped her at her Los Angeles home in 2013. She cried while giving her testimony, prompting Allen and Hampton's lawyer to ask the judge to make her stop, which he refused to do: "I'm not going to order the witness not to cry any more than I'm going to order her not to breathe," U.S. district court judge Michael W. Fitzgerald said. No criminal charges have been filed against Rose or his friends, but authorities in LA are investigating the allegations. [Associated Press via ABC News]
The U.S. Department of Justice has arrested five Americans and 12 Thai nationals for allegedly bringing hundreds of women from Thailand to Chicago, Los Angeles, and other major U.S. cities, promising them a better life in the U.S. "Once in the United States, victims were allegedly placed in houses of prostitution, where they were forced to work long hours—often all day, every day," the DOJ said in a statement. [CNN]
The combination of the Cubs playing the San Francisco Giants in the first two games of the National League Division Series and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Sunday is bound to create a traffic apocalypse in Wrigleyville. Security precautions will be high for both events, and Alderman Tom Tunney has warned people to not drive near Wrigley Field over the weekend. [DNAinfo Chicago]