Top 10 stories of the week…

Putting the Kavanaugh fiasco aside, we look for other stories of lasting importance…

Fargo schools tell 60 kids: Stay home until you get vaccinated
Valley News Live

Chicago cop guilty of murder
The Guardian
cop— The white Chicago police officer who shot black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times in an encounter captured on dashcam video footage has been found guilty of second-degree murder.
— After a second day of deliberation, the jury brought a verdict in the highly sensitive case, which will inevitably be divisive in a city struggling to overcome racial tension between black communities and a predominantly white police force.
— The jury was instructed that first-degree murder would carry a sentence of 45 years to life, while the sentence for second-degree murder ranged from probation to 20 years. Van Dyke was also found guilty on 16 counts of aggravated battery that carried sentences of six to 30 years. He was found not guilty of official misconduct.

Buses on demand
How one city fights Uber to save public transit
Motherboard
— Belleville, Ontario is piloting the on-demand technology on its night bus route. Riders can call in or use an app to schedule pickups days before their trip, or just a few minutes prior. They get an automatic confirmation, and the time the bus is scheduled to arrive to pick them up. Passengers can also flag down a bus, and the driver can register their ride on the spot.
— Belleville city officials are loving it so far. “We don’t have to do that full loop around the city hoping somebody gets on board.”

Rail safety rules killed, oil spill fears revived
McClatchy— The Trump administration has repealed a safety regulation governing trains that carry large quantities of oil, sparking new fears among Washington state officials and environmental activists that devastating oil spills could be more likely.
— The Department of Transportation announced last week that trains carrying flammable liquids such as crude oil and ethanol would no longer be required to install electronically controlled pneumatic braking systems, an Obama-era rule instituted to decrease the chance of train derailments.
— Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, a Democrat, blasted the decision as a “reckless disregard for the life and property of all who live or work along the rail tracks” that transport oil.
–“I fear the day we witness a destructive or deadly derailment that could have been prevented with readily available technology,” he said in a news release.
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THE BIG HACK
How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies
Bloomberg
… Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community. Elemental’s servers could be found in Department of Defense data centers, the CIA’s drone operations, and the onboard networks of Navy warships ….
… investigators found that the chips had been inserted at factories run by manufacturing subcontractors in China.
… The chips had been inserted during the manufacturing process, two officials say, by operatives from a unit of the People’s Liberation Army.  China’s spies appear to have found a perfect conduit for the most significant supply chain attack known to have been carried out against American companies.

LITTLE ROCKET MAN’S A BIG THIEF
AP
— U.S. security firm FireEye raised the alarm Wednesday over a North Korean group that it says has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars by infiltrating the computer systems of banks around the world since 2014 through highly sophisticated and destructive attacks that have spanned at least 11 countries. It says the group is still operating and poses “an active global threat.”

NY Times: Trump got $413M from his dad, much from tax dodges
AP
— The Times says Trump and his father, Fred, avoided gift and inheritance taxes by setting up a sham corporation and undervaluing assets to tax authorities. The Times says its report is based on more than 100,000 pages of financial documents, including confidential tax returns from the father and his companies.

THE OPPORTUNITY ATLAS
Does the place you grew up have much to do with your opportunities?
This map says it does…opportunity-map-seamus_wide-a8388226711bd93beb71bc8f956e5f0725b1c012-s800-c85

Hundreds of jailed migrant kids moved, in the night, to tent city
NY Times
— In shelters from Kansas to New York, hundreds of migrant children have been roused in the middle of the night in recent weeks and loaded onto buses with backpacks and snacks for a cross-country journey to their new home: a barren tent city on a sprawling patch of desert in West Texas.

No Cash Needed At This Cafe. 
Students Pay The Tab With Their Personal Data
NPR
— To get the “free” coffee, university students must give away their names, phone numbers, email addresses and majors, or in Brown’s lingo, concentrations. Students also provide dates of birth and professional interests, entering all of the information in an online form.cafe1

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