MAN MURDERED IN CHICAGO LAWN BY GUNFIRE

by J. J. Quincannon, The Chicago Times

On the Southwest Side of Chicago, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot early Sunday morning. 

Around 12:40 a.m., the man was outdoors with a group of friends in the 6300 block of South Campbell Avenue when an unknown gunman in a silver sedan fired rounds at him. 

According to CPD, he was hit in the upper chest and sent to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn where he died later. 

The individual has yet to be identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.  According to CPD, there was no description of the shooter.

METRA TO ADD BICYCLE FRIENDLY RAIL CARS

Consolidated Press News File

May 16, 2021

CHICAGO – Metra to add rail cars that can accommodate bicycles.  The bike rail cars began operating on the Rock Island and BNSF lines on Saturday, according to Metra.  The cars can accommodate 16 bicycles instead of the 5 that Metra had been operating.

The bike cars will be available on weekday and weekend trains and are identifiable by a bright blue and grey color scheme on the exterior and a large white bicycle decal next to the exterior doors.  The initiative also emphasizes Metra’s dedication to environmentally friendly “green” transportation choices.

RAPPER LIL REESE RIDDLED WITH BULLETS IN GUNFIGHT AT PARKING GARAGE

by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

May 16, 2021

During a gunfight Saturday at a parking garage on a busy Near North Side block, rapper Lil Reese and two others were wounded.  According to Chicago police, the men were “. . . all shooting at each other. . ” around 9:50 a.m. inside a parking garage in the first block of West Grand Avenue.

Police sources said 2 men, ages 27 and 28, were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital with gunshot wounds.  The younger man was hit several times and was critically injured, while the older man was grazed in the eye and was listed in good condition.  One of the injured men, according to a police source, was rapper Lil Reese, whose legal name is Tavares Taylor.

According to police, a third man, 20, was transported to Stroger Hospital in good condition with two gunshot wounds to his knee.

Taylor has been shot twice since November 2019, when he was shot in the neck in the south suburban community of Country Club Hills.

Witnesses who did not want to be identified mentioned a “weird” sequence of events in the garage of a luxury high-rise condominium in a busy town.

Taylor’s PR staff declined comment if the gunfight was a publicity stunt and as of Saturday afternoon, no one has been charged in the gunfight.

STELLANTIS “FIAT CHRYSLER” TO LAYOFF 1,600 ILLINOIS WORKERS AT BELVIDERE PLANT

Consolidated Press News File

May 15, 2021

BELVIDERE, IL — As automakers continue to be troubled by a global shortage of semiconductors, 1,600 jobs are being cut at a Jeep Cherokee factory in Belvidere Illinois.

Stellantis, formerly known as Fiat Chrysler, announced on Friday that one of the two work shifts at its Belvidere Assembly Plant would be eliminated as of July 26.  The Belvidere plant has been closed since late March, with Stellantis constantly delaying its reopening, which is now scheduled to take place later this month at the earliest.

The recent chip shortage, which was triggered by semiconductor makers moving their factories to more lucrative consumer-electronics processors has forced the closure of a number of other auto plants, including those operated by General Motors and Ford Motor Company in recent months.

Baked Ziti

Cooking with Anatole, The Chicago Times

May 14, 2021

Today mon ami, we savor the taste from the botte d’Europe.  One of mama’s favorites we enjoy the conforts of Baked Ziti.

Mon ami, let us prepare the ingrédients and as always choose only the best!

  • 2 lb. Ziti
  • 2 lb. low moisture Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
  • 2 lb. Ricotta Cheese
  • 10 cups of your favorite homemade tomato sauce (or Anatole’s special recipe)

Anatole’s instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Bring your favorite pasta pot of water to a roaring boil and add a pinch of salt and tsp. of olive oil.
  • Add Ziti to boiling water and cook the recommended time or to taste and drain well.
  • Return Ziti to pasta pot and add 4 tbsp. of olive oil and 4 cups of tomato sauce; mix well.
  • Add 1 lb. of Ricotta Cheese to Ziti and mix well.
  • Use appropriate size baking pan or pot that will hold Ziti and added ingredients.
  • Coat bottom of pan or pot with a layer of tomato sauce.
  • Evenly spread half the Ziti into your baking pan or pot.
  • Evenly spread 2 cups of tomato sauce and a good layer of Mozzarella Cheese.
  • Add remaining Ziti to pan or pot and repeat the process above.
  • Then coat the top layer with Mozzarella Cheese along with a drizzle of olive oil.
  • Place pan in oven at 400 F for 15 min.  Then reduce heat to 350 F degrees and bake for 20 min.  Remove from oven and let rest for 10 to 15 min.
  • Remember mon ami, you can add more desired ingrédients to your liking.

Anatole’s Critique:

Excellente saveur, yet lourd dans l’estomac, no?  No worry, Anatole always has room for more.  Bon appétit, mon ami!

INFLATION ON THE RISE: APRIL WHOLESALE PRICES SURGE 0.6% IN APRIL

Consolidated Press News File

May 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Wholesale prices rose 0.6 percent in April, shocking economists and providing more proof that inflation pressures are beginning to mount as the world emerges from a pandemic-induced recession.

The increase in the producer price index, which tracks inflationary pressures before they hit customers, was more than twice the 0.3 percent increase expected by economists.  The rise came after a significant 1% increase in March, according to the Labor Department.

Wholesale prices have increased by 6.2 percent in the last year, the highest increase since the data was first collected in 2010.

Food prices increased by 2.1 percent in April, the largest monthly rise since a similar increase in October last year.  The cost of airline services and food retailing services increased by 0.6 percent.  The rise in the total cost was responsible for two-thirds of the increase in wholesale prices.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy prices, increased by 0.7 percent in April, indicating widespread price pressures as demand rises with the economy’s reopening.  Core wholesale inflation has increased by 4.1 percent in the last year.

Officials from the Federal Reserve, including Chairman Jerome Powell, argue that recent price rises are only temporary as the economy reopens and are not a warning of out-of-control inflation.

However, rising prices have jolted Wall Street, which has now dropped three days in a row and seen the largest one-day decline in the S&P 500 since February.