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Chicago Shoots Past 700 Homicides For The Year

After spending the day at the family’s place in Wisconsin getting ready for “Old Man Winter,” I arrived home to learn that homicides in Chicago have shot past 700 for the year. Here’s what HeyJackass.com, “Illustrating Chicago Values,” is showing as I type this Friday evening:

Year to Date
Shot & Killed: 630
Shot & Wounded: 3296
Total Shot: 3926
Total Homicides: 703

ABC 7 Chicago is reporting over on their website:

The city surpassed the 700 homicide total for the first time since 1998.

A total 0f 704 homicides were reported that year, a number likely to be surpassed in 2016 as the city appears on pace for 750 homicidal deaths. That includes 10 people who were shot or otherwise assaulted in prior years, but died in 2016.

Last year the city recorded 473 homicides for the entire year…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“704 homicides… a number likely to be surpassed in 2016”

How about “a number likely to be surpassed this weekend“?

A comment on the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop surmised liberals will blame “climate change” for this carnage.

City Hall included among the blamethrowers?

Calls for more gun “control” and outside agency intervention in three, two, one…

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

“Chicago Sees 700 Homicides In A Year For First Time Since 1998.” ABC 7 Chicago. 18 Nov. 2016. (http://abc7chicago.com/news/chicago-sees-700-homicides-in-a-year-for-first-time-since-1998/1614560/). 18 Nov. 2016.

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Friday, November 18th, 2016 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Weather No Comments

Taxing Time For Chicagoans

The elections are over. So it’s time for “higher/new fees, fines, and taxes,” as I routinely point out in Survival And Prosperity.

Chicagoans found out yesterday what kind of impact City Hall’s latest “revenue enhancements” will have on their personal finances. Julian Crews, Dan Ponce, and Dana Rebik reported on the WGN-TV Chicago website Wednesday:

The Chicago City Council voted unanimously to pass Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.2 billion 2017 budget Wednesday…

For taxpayers, the hardest pill to swallow in the budget may be a nearly 30 percent increase on water and sewer bills. The hike will be phased in over four years, and is expected to raise nearly $240 million to help shore up the municipal workers pension fund.

But the big impact to taxpayers will come in the form of a tiered increase in property taxes to fund police and fire pensions approved by the Council last year.

Other new fees include:

7-cent fee for all plastic AND paper bags to encourage people to bring reusable bags to the grocery store.
3.5 percent amusement tax for tickets to concerts, sporting events and musicals…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Crews, Ponce, and Rebik also pointed out coming higher fees with parking rates downtown, around Wrigleyville, and at both Midway and O’Hare airports. More parking meters will be popping up in the Loop and in city neighborhoods as well.

Anyone who’s been paying attention might have observed a disturbing trend lately with Chicago’s fees/fines/hikes. John Byrne and Hal Dardick reported on the Chicago Tribune website this morning:

The average family will pay nearly $1,700 more a year to the city and Chicago Public Schools than they did before the mayor took office in 2011 once all of Emanuel’s tax and fee increases take full effect. There’s been a series of property tax hikes. There was a water and sewer rate increase, plus a new tax on top of that. Not to mention a new garbage hauling fee, 911 phone tax hike, vehicle sticker fee increase and a tax on cable television…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“$1,700 more a year… than they did before the mayor office in 2011”

Ouch. Byrne and Dardick added:

Even with all of that, taxpayers may be asked for more money in the coming years. Emanuel’s plans for shoring up long-neglected city worker pension funds will require the city to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars more by the early to mid-2020s

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

In the meantime, the reporters calculated the “typical” Chicago homeowner ($250,000 residence) can expect to see their tax bill rise another $400 in 2017.

As a former resident of Chicago, I can understand why people would want to live there. That being said, Chicagoans have been required to “pay to play.” And that trend might not be their friend if that Tribune analysis plays out.

For those choosing to remain in the “City By The Lake,” it might be wise for these individuals to take a good, hard look at their finances to figure out if they can keep residing there should the cost of living continue its upwards trajectory.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Crews, Julian, Ponce, Dan, and Rebik, Dana. “City Council unanimously passes $8.2 billion budget, including new taxes and fees.” WGN-TV Chicago. 16 Nov. 2016. (http://wgntv.com/2016/11/16/chicago-city-council-expected-to-pass-mayors-2017-budget-today/). 17 Nov. 2016.

Byrne, John and Dardick, Hal. “The tab on Emanuel’s series of tax hikes: $1,700 a year for the average family.” Chicago Tribune. 17 Nov. 2016. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-chicago-city-council-budget-vote-met-1117-20161116-story.html). 17 Nov. 2016.

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Chicago Water Treatment Plant Breach Worrisome?

Back on August 16, 2014, I wrote on Survival And Prosperity:

Chicago residents and those from surrounding suburbs who get their tap water from the city really should consider setting aside an emergency supply of water if they haven’t done so already…

This was mentioned in light of a Chicago Sun-Times piece about security concerns at Chicago’s James W. Jardine Water Purification Plant- the largest water treatment plant in the world.

Water plant security in the “Windy City” was in the news again right before the weekend. Brad Edwards reported on the CBS 2 Chicago website on November 10:

Clean drinking water is essential for our health, so when a man with a foreign passport is discovered trespassing in a protected Chicago water plant, the FBI and Homeland security are alerted.

Authorities say Shahroon Augustine entered the Eugene Sawyer Water Purification Plant with a duffle bag, containing a passport from Pakistan.

He was charged with trespassing, then vanished…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Was this simply a case of criminal trespassing, or something more sinister? Regardless, unauthorized parties having access to a portion of Chicagoland’s supply of drinking water isn’t a good thing.

Once again, those potentially-affected really should consider socking away an emergency supply of H20 if they haven’t done so already. And it’s something that can be done relatively inexpensively.

You can read the entire article on the CBS 2 Chicago site here.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Chicago Tallies 37 Shot, 5 Killed This Weekend Amid Police Crackdown

The Chicago Police Department reported at least 37 people were shot and 5 killed in Chicago this past weekend, despite a well-publicized crackdown by the CPD and other agencies. Elizabeth Matthews reported on the FOX 32 Chicago website last night:

Over the weekend, Chicago police teamed up with state and federal officials in an effort to crack down on an explosion of violence in the city.

The crackdown comes after an especially deadly October. Already this year, more than 680 people have been shot dead in Chicago.

Police targeted three areas: Auburn-Gresham, Lawndale and Austin. A Chicago Police spokesperson told FOX 32 Chicago that they had made multiple arrests, and had taken one of the city’s most dangerous offenders into custody on the West Side…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Well, casualties keep mounting. Still, this initiative seems like one more step in the right direction. CBS 2 Chicago added over on their website earlier today:

Police said they made headway in the fight against gun violence with some important arrests…

The officers who made the arrest were part of the department’s “Strategic Anti-Violence Mission,” which began Friday night. The effort involved traffic stops, police serving arrest warrants, and officers visiting people they believe can leave the gang life if provided the proper resources

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Could it be the City of Chicago is actually acting on intelligence Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson reportedly has on about 1,400 individuals behind 85 percent of the gun-related violence?

It will be interesting to find out if this “Strategic Anti-Violence Mission” is just a one-off or something sustained.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Matthews, Elizabeth. “CPD teams up with FBI, Cook County Sheriff and Illinois State Police to fight violence.” Fox 32 Chicago. 13 Nov. 2016. (http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/local/217319466-story). 14 Nov. 2016.

“Chicago Police Team Up With Feds To Target Violence Crime.” CBS 2 Chicago. 14 Nov. 2016. (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/11/14/chicago-police-team-up-with-feds-to-target-violent-crime/). 14 Nov. 2016.

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Monday, November 14th, 2016 Crime, Government, Public Safety, Self-Defense No Comments

Chicago Could Lose Billions In Federal Funding Under Trump Administration

It’s a real possibility that the city of Chicago will lose out on billions of dollars of federal funds in the coming years due to its unabashed opposition of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, its official policy of providing “sanctuary” to illegal aliens, and political grandstanding at a time when serious problems plague America’s third-largest city.

At the same time, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn’t sound too concerned. Byrne reported on the Chicago Tribune website Wednesday:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday predicted that President-elect Donald Trump would work with Chicago rather than penalize a city where many officials and voters opposed his candidacy.

Emanuel, who worked in the Clinton White House, was outspoken in his support for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the campaign. Yet the mayor said he doesn’t think the incoming president will seek retribution, perhaps by cutting Chicago out of federal funding for infrastructure and other big-ticket projects.

“I’m not worried about Donald Trump trying to somehow penalize Chicago,” Emanuel said at a City Hall news conference minutes after Clinton gave her concession speech.

Still, Emanuel noted that he won’t exactly have the Republican president’s ear…

I’m not sure President-elect Trump will listen to me, but I would say that you’re president for all of America, and that includes your third-largest city in the country,” said Emanuel, who was Obama’s first White House chief of staff…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

I’m not sure President-elect Trump will listen to Rahm either.

And considering opponent Hillary Clinton received 83.63 percent (865,075 votes) of the votes in Chicago (source: DNAinfo) in Tuesday’s contest, I don’t believe Mr. Trump thinks he owes the “Windy City” any special favors.

In addition to being full of Clintonistas, Chicago is a well-known “Sanctuary City” for illegal aliens. As Dorothy Tucker noted on the CBS 2 Chicago website yesterday:

President elect Donald Trump… threatened to cancel federal funding to sanctuary cities.

In Chicago, that’s an anticipated $1.33 billion for 2017- money that is used for everything from building bridges to feeding students. It’s money Trump supporters don’t want the city to lose just to protect illegal immigrants…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Tucker added this:

Mayor Emanuel has indicated he’s committed to Chicago remaining a sanctuary city…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Drip. Drip. Drip.

That’s the sound of federal funds to the “City By The Lake” drying up.

Finally, there’s this little bit of political grandstanding more characteristic of a the ruler(s) of some “Banana Republic.” Fran Spielman reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website back on November 1:

Chicago may well have earned Donald Trump’s unflattering ‘war zone’ label after piling up 17 homicides last weekend and 633 already this year.

But don’t tell that to a City Council filled with Democrats.

On Tuesday, the Council followed through on its promise to strip the Republican presidential nominee of an ego tribute he covets: the honorary ‘Trump Plaza’ designation outside the 96-story Trump International Hotel & Tower on the Chicago River that bears his name in huge, white letters

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

If rabid opposition and Sanctuary City-status didn’t already motivate U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to steer federal funds to other areas of the country, it’s a pretty good bet this stunt was the icing on the cake.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Byrne, John. “Emanuel ‘not worried’ about Trump retribution, but some aldermen are.” Chicago Tribune. 9 Nov. 2016. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-donald-trump-react-met-20161109-story.html). 11 Nov. 2016.

Ali, Tanveer. “How Every Chicago Neighborhood Voted In The 2016 Presidential Election.” DNAinfo. 9 Nov. 2016. (https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/numbers/president-vice-president-every-neighborhood-map-election-results-voting-general-primary-illinois). 11 Nov. 2016.

Tucker, Dorothy. “‘Sanctuary City’ Status May Hurt Chicago With Trump Administration.” CBS 2 Chicago. 10 Nov. 2016. (http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2016/11/10/chicagos-sanctuary-city-status-could-be-a-problem-with-trump-administration/). 11 Nov. 2016.

Spielman, Fran. “Council votes to remove Trump Plaza designation.” Chicago Sun-Times. 1 Nov. 2016. (http://chicago.suntimes.com/politics/council-votes-to-remove-trump-plaza-designation/). 11 Nov. 2016.

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Mob Beats Older Trump Supporter In Chicago?

I came across two shocking videos this morning allegedly showing a mob of young African-American men beating an older Caucasian Trump supporter on Kedzie Avenue (if I read the street sign correctly) in Chicago:


(Warning: Violence, Language)
YouTube Video

In this second video, it appears one of the attackers drives away with the victim’s car, with the victim being dragged through the streets as his hand is caught in the vehicle’s window:


(Warning: Violence, Language)
Vidme Video

Snopes.com has come out saying that according to the Chicago Police Department, the intersection beatdown this guy received resulted from a traffic altercation, not politics.

As this is the City of Chicago we’re talking about here, even if politics were the cause, there are those who wouldn’t put it past “The Machine” to explain this incident away as stemming from a “traffic altercation.”

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

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Chicago Weekend: 58 Shot, 11 Killed

“This Weekend’s Stupidity…

Final Stupidity Tally: 12 killed, 47 wounded
2015 weekend tally: 4 killed, 20 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 8 killed, 13 wounded…”

-HeyJackass! website Monday afternoon. Please note that one of their “kills” from the past weekend was a police-involved shooting.

The unseasonably warm weather continued in Chicago this past weekend.

As did the lethal shooting gallery.

Megan Crepeau reported on the Chicago Tribune website Monday morning:

For the second weekend in a row, more than 50 people were shot in Chicago as the number of homicides this year rose to more than 50 percent above the same period last year

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“More than 50 percent”

Actually 55 percent, according to the headline of that Tribune piece.

HeyJackass! (“Illustrating Chicago Values”) claims there have been 679 “total homicides” in the city so far this year.

Across town on the website of the Chicago Sun-Times Monday, Fran Spielman noted:

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $8.2 billion 2017 budget sailed through a City Council committee Monday along with the $50 million revenue package needed to help pay for it and the mayor’s promised police hiring surge

In fact, the biggest question surrounding the annual spending plan is whether the mayor can deliver on his ambitious promise to hire 970 additional police officers over the next two years

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“970 additional police officers over the next two years”

Some might refrain from referring to these prospective new hires as “additional police officers” once retirements and necessary promotions among existing Chicago Police Department personnel are factored in.

Still, I suspect each new body helps and they couldn’t come online soon enough, as the CPD still suffers from a well-publicized manpower shortage (first blogged about here) while combatting an epidemic of gun-related violence not seen in the “Windy City” in years.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Crepeau, Megan. “Homicides up 55 percent in Chicago after another violent weekend.” Chicago Tribune. 7 Nov. 2016. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-weekend-shootings-violence-20161107-story.html). 7 Nov. 2016.

Spielman, Fran. “Emanuel’s $8.2B budget, $50M revenue package clear first hurdle.” Chicago Sun-Times. 7 Nov. 2016. (http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/emanuels-50m-revenue-package-expected-to-clear-first-hurdle/). 7 Nov. 2016.

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 Crime, Government, Public Safety No Comments

Chicago Suffers Deadliest Weekend So Far In 2016: 59 Shot, 17 Killed

Over this past weekend I noticed there was quite a bit of reporting about Chicago shootings/murders in the local news. But I didn’t expect the final tally to be the deadliest weekend in the “Windy City” so far this year with 59 shot and 17 killed. From the Chicago Tribune website this morning:

The last weekend of October was the deadliest so far this year in Chicago, including among its victims an eighth-grade honors student and twin 17-year-old boys, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune.

Seventeen people were fatally shot in the city between Friday afternoon and early Monday, an extraordinary toll even in a year that is far outpacing last year in shootings and homicides

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Two disturbing details about this latest orgy of violence caught my eye. Tribune staff added:

This past weekend there were shootings in every area of the city but the Far North and Northwest sides, according to police. Of the 17 people who were killed, seven were younger than 20

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Just last week I blogged about the City of Chicago supposedly having knowledge of who’s behind most of the shootings/murders. From an October 26 post:

Violence-weary Chicagoans might want to focus what remains of their energy on something Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson has reportedly noted about the shootings/murders. From the Associated Press back on August 28:

About 1,400 people are driving 85 percent of the city’s gun violence. He added that the city has gotten very good at predicting who will be the perpetrators and the victims of gun violence…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“About 1,400 people.” Sounds like the City of Chicago has a pretty good idea of who’s behind much of this (future) violence.

Yet bodies are still piling up.

So what exactly is the City doing with this information to stem the growing carnage?

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The question still stands.

Many Chicagoans will tell you the shooting gallery is mostly confined to certain parts of the city known for such violent crime. Since the Chicago Police Department said “this past weekend there were shootings in every area of the city but the Far North and Northwest sides,” going forward it will be interesting to see if there’s a sustained spillover of such violence into the “safer” city neighborhoods.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Source:

“Deadliest weekend in Chicago this year: 17 killed, 42 more wounded.” Chicago Tribune. 31 Oct. 2016. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-weekend-shootings-violence-20161031-story.html). 31 Oct. 2016.

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Monday, October 31st, 2016 Crime, Government, Public Safety 1 Comment

Chicago Identifies 1,400 People Behind 85 Percent Of Gun Violence, Yet Bodies Still Piling Up

Long-time readers of Survival And Prosperity know I’ve been been sounding the alarm over Chicago’s violent crime problem for years now. In 2011, I started blogging about the “wilding” going on downtown. A year later, I began writing regularly about the shootings and murders.

Even though I’ve placed the blog in a holding pattern for the past few months while attending to family and other pressing obligations, I’ve done a pretty good job of staying on top of the local news. And crime- particularly shootings and homicides- often dominated the headlines during that break.

So what’s going on with gun-related violence in the “Windy City” these days?

I spotted the following on the Chicago Tribune website Monday:

Six people were killed and 31 others were wounded in shootings in Chicago over the weekend as the number of homicides this year climbed to nearly 200 above the same period last year, according to police and data compiled by the Tribune…

So far this year, there have been at least 614 homicides in Chicago and at least 3,560 people have been shot, according to Tribune data.  This time last year, there were 416 homicides and at least 2,495 people shot

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

The popular HeyJackass! website (“Illustrating Chicago’s Values”) claims an even higher tally, with 3,584 people shot and 623 total homicides in Chicago so far this year.

What’s going on with gun-related violence? A lot, apparently.

And it doesn’t sound like all that gun control is working out too well for “Beirut By The Lake.”

No surprise there, as criminals, by definition, don’t follow the law.

Instead, violence-weary Chicagoans might want to focus what remains of their energy on something Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson has reportedly noted about the shootings/murders. From the Associated Press back on August 28:

About 1,400 people are driving 85 percent of the city’s gun violence. He added that the city has gotten very good at predicting who will be the perpetrators and the victims of gun violence…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

“About 1,400 people.” Sounds like the City of Chicago has a pretty good idea of who’s behind much of this (future) violence.

Yet bodies are still piling up.

So what exactly is the City doing with this information to stem the growing carnage?

One almost might be afraid to ask.

Still, it begs asking. “For the children.”

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

“37 shot in Chicago over weekend as homicides climb nearly 200 above this time last year.” Chicago Tribune. 24 Oct. 2016. (http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-37-shot-in-chicago-over-weekend-as-homicides-climb-nearly-200-above-this-time-last-year-20161024-story.html). 26 Oct. 2016.

“2 Chicago men charged in shooting of NBA star Wade’s cousin.” Associated Press. 28 Aug. 2016. (http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4b24187eed834a21b669f8eb4f02ab74/2-chicago-men-charged-shooting-nba-star-wades-cousin). 26 Oct. 2016.

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Chicago Police Department Manpower Shortage Latest

“Chicago readers take note: The ‘thin blue line’ that exists in the Windy City will likely remain that way for the foreseeable future. Carry on accordingly.”

Survival And Prosperity, October 3, 2011

With the help of the popular Chicago police blog Second City Cop, I became aware several years ago of the manpower shortage going on in the Chicago Police Department.

Subsequently, I started blogging about the situation from time to time.

As shootings in the city march past 2,300 for the year, attention is being drawn to Chicago’s “cop shortage” again. Fran Spielman reported on the Chicago Sun-Times website on July 20:

After three shootings this week in a gang-ridden South Side ward that includes Englewood and Back of the Yards, Ald. Ray Lopez (15th) is demanding that Emanuel finally make good on his 2011 campaign promise to hire 1,000 additional police officers.

In the meantime, Lopez wants Chicago Police officers now working in pairs for their own safety to get reinforcements from the Illinois National Guard, the Illinois State Police, the Cook County Sheriff’s office or all of the above

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

No DHS or other federal agencies?

On the subject of paying for more police, Alderman Lopez brought up taxes. Spielman added:

When Lopez was asked where he would find the money to hire 1,000 more police officers, he offered to raise property taxes- again.

That’s on top of the $588 million property tax increase approved last fall for police and fire pensions and school construction and the $250 million increase the Board of Education is about to approve for teacher pensions…

Remember what I’ve been saying for years now about new/higher fees, fines, and taxes for Chicagoans?

With news yesterday that the Fraternal Order of Police is urging its members to turn down all requests for “non-mandatory overtime” over the fast-approaching Labor Day weekend, Second City Cop blogged:

It is most certainly is a message to the administration- “Hire more cops!” seems to be what we’re reading. And that’s a perfectly appropriate message to be sending to the city- the Department is badly understaffed

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

By Christopher E. Hill
Survival And Prosperity (www.survivalandprosperity.com)

Sources:

Spielman, Fran. “Shooting of 6-year-old girl revives demand for 1,000 more cops.” Chicago Sun-Times. 20 July 2016. (http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/shooting-of-six-year-old-resurrects-demands-for-1000-more-cops/). 26 July 2016.

SCC. “OT Boycott Gets Media Coverage.” Second City Cop. 26 July 2016. (http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/2016/07/ot-boycott-gets-media-coverage.html). 26 July 2016.

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