Aamer Madhani USA TODAY Published 9:44 PM EST Jan 23, 2019 CHICAGO – Over the last four decades, federal prosecutors have racked up more than 1,700 corruption convictions of elected officials, government employees and contractors, a whopping toll of graft and malfeasance that’s left longtime Chicagoans accustomed to the sight of public servants taking perp walks on the evening news. Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, ex-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and disgraced public schools chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett are among the many who in recent years have done or are still doing time in the federal penitentiary for using their office to enrich themselves. More than 30 Chicago aldermen – members of the City Council – have been convicted of political corruption since 1973. Another, Willie Cochran, heads to trial in June to answer charges of wire fraud, bribery, and extortion. Federal … [Read more...] about Chicago: Political corruption charges shadow mayor’s race
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Charisse Jones and Edward C. Baig USA TODAY Published 3:45 PM EST Dec 27, 2018 Robots roaming the aisles. Windows that allow you to tap and shop while the store is closed. You don't have to wait on the store of the future. In many ways, it's already here. Retailers ramped up the tech this holiday season, offering mobile checkout and apps that pinpoint the exact spot to find the toy you were looking for. But the bells and whistles are more than a seasonal perk. From holograms that greet shoppers at the door to a robot that alerts workers when products are running low, technology has become a prime battleground in the fierce fight to woo shoppers year round. "How do you create a shopping experience in store that Amazon created as a precedent online?" says Justine Santa Cruz, senior vice president of retail and enterprise at Satisfi Labs, a software technology company. "Now every consumer expects a certain type of ease when they're shopping, … [Read more...] about Amazon competitors bring out robots and holograms
Vladimir Putin is breathing new life into the chicken that kept Russians fed in the dying days of communism. The project is a hedge against potential U.S. food sanctions and a challenge to the two western breeders that supply all of the nation’s commercial strains.After a series of setbacks that included a mysterious outbreak of avian flu and the forced culling of 200,000 test fowl last year, the revamped Soviet broiler is finally ready for market trials, according to Vladimir Fisinin, the 78-year-old head of the Russian Poultry Union and one of the developers of the proprietary line.The goal is to fill any shortfall created by U.S. curbs on shipments of the eggs and chicks that eventually become Russia’s main source of protein. The U.S. hasn’t threatened to include food in the penalties it started imposing in 2014, at least not publicly. But Fisinin, who was born on a collective farm in Siberia on the eve of World War II, said his country needs … [Read more...] about Putin Resurrects Soviet Super Chicken as a Sanctions Defence
In Mac Warner’s 23 years in the U.S. Army, he experienced firsthand the hurdles of voting from abroad. “On a hillside in Afghanistan, it’s hard to get mail, it’s hard to ship it out,” he says.As West Virginia’s secretary of state, Warner wants to help deployed service members to more easily cast a ballot—only 20 percent of the state’s overseas military personnel voted in 2016. He also wants to bolster election security.In the state’s primary in May, Warner got his wish. A pilot program enabling voting via a blockchain network allowed his son Scott—an Army first lieutenant in Vicenza, Italy—to cast a ballot with his smartphone. “In the same amount of time that I could’ve pulled up and watched a YouTube video,” Scott Warner says, “I actually got to go perform my civic duty.”West Virginia is testing the new method, which uses blockchain technology to store and secure digital votes, at a time of … [Read more...] about Is Blockchain Technology the Future of Voting?
If oil prices are “to high,” as President Donald Trump tweeted over the weekend, there’s one obvious culprit – a supply side of the global market that’s looking, um, to tight:Consider the position of King Salman bin Abdulaziz, for instance.Saudi Arabia likes to have around 1.5 million to 2 million barrels of capacity a day of crude production spare to help balance out kinks in the oil market – probably one reason the U.S. president hit on that figure.It’s debatable whether so much is really on hand, however. While there’s a certain amount of smoke and mirrors around exactly how much the kingdom can produce, output of 10.15 million barrels a day at present is only 500,000 barrels or so below the record figure struck in mid-2016. True export capacity will be around 11.5 million barrels daily until a new port on the Red Sea lifts it to a total 15- million-barrel figure, Reuters quoted Saudi … [Read more...] about Trump Must Be Careful With His Oil Price Wishes