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Welcome to the Reader's morning briefing for Thursday, November 2, 2017.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago will learn from the deadly terror attack in New York City and "adapt its emergency response plan to accommodate the growing threat of vehicular attacks," according to the Sun-Times. Sayfullo Saipov, 29, used a rented truck as a weapon and mowed down bikers in Manhattan's Tribeca neighborhood Tuesday afternoon, leaving eight dead. "Every incident anywhere in the world. Not just New York. Paris, Barcelona. We learn something," Emanuel said Wednesday. "Take a look at New York. It's not different in kind or type to what happened in Barcelona. A vehicle being used [as a weapon]. And also in France in a public way. We always take anything that happens and the people at OEMC—with police, with fire, with our federal partners—run simulations and learn from that incident and what other things that we have to do to adapt and change." [Sun-Times]
The family of a west-side teenager who was found dead in a hotel freezer in Rosemont in September appeared on the Dr. Oz Show Tuesday. Infamous former Headline News television personality Nancy Grace also appeared, saying she is "outraged" by the Rosemont Police Department's investigation into Jenkins's death. The case became a national news story partly because of intense social media speculation about her mysterious death, but the police ruled it accidental. "There's parts of this puzzle that don't add up," Oz said. " There could be something sinister at play." [Sun-Times] [Tribune]
Former president and first lady Barack and Michelle Obama are no longer taking selfies with fans. They say they would rather make eye contact and have a real conversation with fans. "For Michelle and myself, no selfies," Obama said at the two-day Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday. "This seems trivial, but it's not. One of the weird things about being president is I found people were no longer looking me in the eye." Instead of introducing themselves, people frequently approach the Obamas already in a position to take a selfie. "To see young people organizing in states all over the country through social media is amazing," the former president said. "But [if you are] blocking yourself from having a conversation or seeing somebody and recognizing them and listening to them because you are so busy trying to get a picture . . . then you are, I think, in some ways, contributing to what separates us rather than trying to break through." [DNAinfo Chicago]
Billionaire Citadel founder Ken Griffin has donated $125 million to University of Chicago, even though he is not an alumnus. The university's prestigious economics department, which has produced 29 Nobel Prize winners in the field, will be renamed the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics. "Over the past century, the faculty and students have challenged the status quo to produce pioneering research and path-breaking ideas," Griffin said in a statement. "I am proud to support the extraordinary work of the Economics Department and a university so fundamentally committed to free expression, fierce debate and intellectual pursuit." It is the second-largest gift in the university's history. [DNAinfo Chicago]
The Chicago Police Department is asking for the public's help to solve the 2004 stabbing death of 31-year-old Kevin Clewer. Clewer was found dead in his home in the 3400 block of North Elaine Place on March 24, 2004. He was last seen walking nearby with person of interest in the case, one "Fernando," who has been described as Hispanic, about 25, and around five-foot-seven, with a slim athletic build. [Tribune]
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is in Chicago for the Obama Foundation Summit and stopped by the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture to promote his new song to raise money for Puerto Rico. Written by Miranda after Puerto Rico was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, "Almost Like Praying" features vocals from Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, and other artists. "Thank you for keeping Puerto Rico in your thoughts and prayers, and hopefully, responding with your wallets, or your supplies or however possible," he said at the museum. [DNAinfo Chicago]