Sales of Chicago commercial buildings plunged in 2019: 'Everyone was asking me what's wrong with Chicago'
Investors cast a wary eye on Chicago last year, causing commercial property sales to plummet amid worries about property taxes, and adding to already mixed signals about the city’s real estate outlook.Sales of office, apartment, hotel and industrial buildings in the city totaled $8.07 billion in 2019, down from the post-recession peak of $16 billion a year earlier, according to Jones Lang LaSalle.With the dollar sales volume cut in half, last year was the worst year for commercial property sales since 2013, when transactions totaled $7.55 billion.It was a far different story for the U.S. as a ...
Commentary: Sanders, Bloomberg and the threat of anti-Semitism
Bernie Sanders, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, is a Jewish socialist. One of his major challengers, Michael Bloomberg, is a Jewish billionaire who made his fortune on Wall Street.What’s wrong with this picture?You don’t have to be a Jew or a historian — and I’m both — to know the answer. Across the past century, anti-Semites have reviled Jews as both rapacious capitalists and as revolutionaries against capitalism. That makes no sense, but prejudice rarely does. Add to the mix Donald Trump, who has traded in his own anti-Jewish rhetoric, and you have a formula for ...
New York Daily News
SC poll shows Biden in stronger position days before First in the South primary
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A poll released Monday by Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling gave former Vice President Joe Biden a more comfortable lead in South Carolina ahead of this week’s First in the South primary.While polls over the last month have placed U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders — the front-runner nationwide — within striking distance of Biden in South Carolina, Public Policy Polling gave the former vice president a 15-percentage-point lead over the Vermont independent.“Plenty could happen to change things in the next five days, but for now it looks like Biden’s position might be shoring ...
The State (Columbia, S.C.)
Nation and world news briefs
Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to new charges in criminal court in ChicagoCHICAGO — Almost a year to the day after Jussie Smollett was first brought up on charges accusing him of staging a bizarre hate crime on himself, the former “Empire” actor pleaded not guilty in a new criminal case connected to the incident.Smollett pleaded not guilty to six counts of disorderly conduct before Judge James Linn. A new indictment earlier this month alleged Smollett made four separate false reports to Chicago police in the aftermath of the Jan. 29, 2019, incident near Smollett’s residence in Chicago’s ton...
Tribune News Service
Former Texas tennis coach Michael Center sentenced to 6 months in college admissions scandal
AUSTIN, Texas — Former University of Texas men’s tennis coach Michael Center was sentenced to six months in prison Monday for accepting $100,000 in 2015 to help the son of a Silicon Valley venture capitalist get into the school by falsely designating him as a skilled athlete worthy of a scholarship to play for Center’s nationally ranked program.Center, 55, received the sentence in a federal courtroom in Boston from U.S. Judge Richard Stearns, in whose court Center pleaded guilty last April to a single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.Center is the 15th pe...
Key California reservoir to be drained due to earthquake risk
SAN JOSE, Calif. — In a dramatic decision that could significantly impact Silicon Valley’s water supply, federal dam regulators have ordered Anderson Reservoir, the largest reservoir in Santa Clara County, to be completely drained starting Oct. 1.The 240-foot earthen dam, built in 1950 and located east of Highway 101 between Morgan Hill and San Jose, poses too great of a risk of collapse during a major earthquake, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates dams, has concluded.“It is unacceptable to maintain the reservoir at an elevation higher than necessary when it can be reduc...
The Mercury News
Wrongly convicted Kansas man to receive $1.6 million, certificate of innocence, state announces
TOPEKA, Kan. — Lamonte McIntyre, who served 23 years for murders he did not commit, will receive a certificate of innocence and $1.55 million as part of settlement of his mistaken conviction lawsuit, the Kansas Attorney General’s office said in a news release.Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Monday that an agreed resolution of the lawsuit had been reached and approved in Shawnee County District Court.McIntyre, who is now in his 40s, was arrested at age 17 in 1994, tried and convicted of murdering Doniel Quinn, 21, and Donald Ewing, 34, who were killed with a shotgun as they sat in a ca...
The Kansas City Star
Dahleen Glanton: If Michael Bloomberg is the Democratic nominee, African Americans will take one for the team and vote for him
Nearly every day, something ugly is exposed about Michael Bloomberg’s past. In a normal presidential election year, such a steady drip of racist and misogynistic vitriol would have doomed a candidate from the start.But we are living in a different political environment now, where a candidate’s viability is determined solely by whether he or she can defeat Donald Trump in November. Everything else, including one’s moral fortitude, seems less important.When it comes to Bloomberg, Democrats are demanding a lot from African Americans. Those who are convinced that he is the only one who can go toe-...
University of Michigan officials knew about sexual misconduct allegations, but didn't act in 3 incidents
DETROIT — Faculty members at the University of Michigan raised concerns during the hiring process of a noted opera singer in 2015, going so far as to wonder who was going to tell him to keep his hands off male students, according to depositions included in court filings.The previously unreported depositions, included in a mid-January lawsuit filing in U.S. District Court in Detroit, detail how faculty raised issues as singer David Daniels was being brought to Ann Arbor. Years after his hiring, an internal U-M investigation found in 2018 that Daniels had sexually harassed more than 20 students,...
Detroit Free Press
Editorial: Reject Trump's justice meddling
The rule of law is essential to the enduring strength of the nation and its economy.Voters should keep that in mind as they consider whether to reelect President Donald Trump, whose efforts to undermine the judicial system’s legitimacy are deeply troubling.This is not a partisan issue. Attacking the courts and hyper-politicizing prosecution is intolerable regardless of who is in office.In recent weeks, Trump smeared the courts, pardoned a rogues’ gallery of notorious lawbreakers and prodded prosecutors to go easy on a thuggish crony caught lying to Congress. Then he declared himself chief law ...
The Seattle Times