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You can't stop the Bieb; you can only hope to contain him. Swedish police found drugs and a stun gun on Justin Bieber's tour bus in Stockholm, but it's unlikely charges will be filed because police could not link the "small amount of narcotics" to any one person, latimes.com reports.
(Red Eye, Page 64) Source: Red Eye
Medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in Colorado, but employers in the state can lawfully fire workers who test positive for the drug, even if it was used off dute, according to the court ruling Thursday. The Colorado Court of Appeals foudn there is no employment protection for medical marijuana users in the state since the drug remains barred by the federal government. Police departments have been especially concerned since officers are sworn to uphold both state and federal laws.
(Sun Times, Page 16) Source: AP
The City Council's Progressive Caucus moved Thursday to hold Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the campaign promises he made to strengthen and expand the inspector general's powers and give the watchdog unfettered access to city documents.
Emanuel has made it clear he has no intention of introducing a legislative remedy to an Illinois Supreme Court ruling that could tie Inspector General Joe Ferguson's hands and insulate Emanuel and his staff from investigation.
Ferguson has fired back by warning of "increased waste, fraud and misconduct" by city employees and contractors.
On Thursday, four members of the City Council's now splintered Progressive Caucus - Bob Fioretti (2nd), Roderick Sawyer (6th), Scott Waguespack (32nd) and John Arena (45th) - stepped into the middle of that fight.
They unveiled a series of ordinances that would grant the inspector general's office the ability to control its own personnel and "serve, enforce and defend" its own subpoenas; guarantee the inspector general "no less than 1 percent" of the city budget, and compel the city to cooperate with office's audits, program reviews, and hearings in addition to investigations.
Sawyer noted that candidate Rahm Emanuel made all of those promises - and more - in December 2010 at a joint news conference on ethics with Ferguson's predecessor, David Hoffman.
(Sun Times, Page 12) Source: Chicago Sun Times
Some may disagree whether George W. Bush was a "uniter, not a divider," as he liked to say, but he did get all five living presidents together for the dedication of his presidential library.
At Thursday's event in Dallas, Democratic former Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton praised Bush for his initiatives in Africa, and Bush defended his record.
"The political winds blow left and right, polls rise and fall, supporters come and go, but in the end, leaders are defined by the convictions they hold," Bush said at the ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center. "My deepest conviction, the guiding principle of the administration, is that the United States of America must strive to expand the reach of freedom."
Bush has said he is aware that the opening of his presidential library would reopen debates over the Iraq War and the policies he pursued after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. History will show, he said at the dedication, that he always stuck by his convictions.
"A free society thrives when neighbors help neighbors and the strong protect the weak and public policies promote private compassion," Bush said. "As president, I tried to act on these principles every day. It wasn't always easy and certainly wasn't always popular ... but when future generations come to this library to study this administration, they're going to find out that we stayed true to our convictions."
In an interview, the former president said he knows that the center's dedication will rekindle the debate about his presidency, and he conceded the library is in part an effort by him and supporters to influence history's verdict.
But he predicted visitors would find it "more objective" than they might have imagined, and he showed little interest in revisiting flashpoints like Iraq, Hurricane Katrina or the 2008 financial crisis, or the scorn with which many look back at the Bush presidency.
"You know, I'm really not that concerned about why people did what during my presidency," he said. "I'm more concerned about being an effective person for the rest of my life."
(Red Eye, Page 3) Source: CNN
Burger King is expanding its delivery service to Chicago.
The Miami-based chain first rolled out delivery in Washington, D.C., early last year and new offers it in the Houson, Miami and New York areas as well.
Whether Burger King's delivery service will prove popular enough to pick off customers from its rivals remains to be seen, with the service still fairly limited for now.
Burger King says it is also adding the delivery service to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The company says about 20 restaurants will participate in the Chicago and Los Angeles area, and 15 in the San Francisco Bay area. The chain has about 13,000 restaurants globally, with about 7,500 in North America.
Customers can place orders online or by phone between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. and orders must be a minimum of $10.
According to the company's delivery website, bkdelivers.com delivery service is listed for the 2828 W. Belmont location in Chicago and the 1829 Dempster Street in Evanston.
A representative for Burker King Worldwide Inc. said delivery boosts sales at restaurants where it's available but declined to provide further details.
(Today's Sun Times, Page 4) Source: Associated Press