News Briefs

News Briefs

By Kevinisha Walker


With Gov. Pat Quinn expected to sign the gay marriage bill next week, one Springfield Bishop plans to offer prayers for “exorcism in reparation for the sin of same-sex marriage” at the same time. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield said he will offer the prayers intended to cast out evil at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in the state’s capital Wednesday. In a statement issued last week, Paprocki said, “It is scandalous that so many Catholic politicians are responsible for enabling the passage of this legislation and even twisting the words of the pope to rationalize their actions despite the clear teaching of the church.”

During one of last week’s episodes of the Daily Show, Jon Stewart called Chicago-style deep dish pizza “tomato soup in a bread bowl” or an “(expletive) casserole” that should be served with “canned onion rings on top.” And when referring to how cold and windy Chicago winters can be, Stewart wondered whether Chicagoans “cut it open and climb inside of it … to keep warm.” Many disgruntled fans of Chicago-style pizza took to the Daily Show’s Facebook page to comment on Stewart’s critiques—and many of their comments were too explicit to print. But one Chicago-style pizza sympathizer admitted, “Actually, crispy onions sounds kinda good on a pizza.”

CTA’s mysterious hardware or software problems last week resulted in an estimated 15,000 free rides for customers who were waved through the gates after showing station attendants their Ventra cards, the transit agency said. The agency attributes the problems to a “Ventra back-office server.” The CTA, along with Ventra, said they still could not find the source of the problem. But CTA officials said the agency will bill Ventra contractor, Cubic Transportation Systems, Inc.,  for the lost fare revenue, which could amount to $33,750 assuming all rides were based on the full $2.25 fare.

After admitting that he smoked crack cocaine a couple weeks ago, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is under huge pressure to quit. However, he said he’s getting help for a drinking problem and did not indicate that he might step down. The drug rumors came this spring when reporters with the Toronto Star and the U.S. media blog Gawker said they saw a cellphone video that appeared to show the mayor smoking crack cocaine. Ford denied the claim for months, but admitted earlier this month he used crack “in one of my drunken stupors.” Afterwards, he admitted that he bought illegal drugs and had driven while intoxicated with alcohol.



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