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Situational awareness: Chicago has eliminated exceptions in its "Welcoming City" ordinance that allowed the police to cooperate with ICE if a suspect was in a gang database or had a felony conviction.
Remember Boston's "Big Dig," a 16-year project to "depress" an elevated highway called the Central Artery (by relocating it underground) and bore a new tunnel under Boston Harbor?
- I was a cub reporter in Boston at the start of it, when my friend and mentor Matthew L. Wald wrote this NYT story in which he noted that the ugly highway "had few fans except for pigeons." (A line I adapted in the Port Authority item above.)
- My favorite "Big Dig" dig: The late George Keverian, who was speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives when Gov. Mike Dukakis ran for president in 1988, used to say, "Mike Dukakis could depress the Central Artery just by talking to it." Then he would add, "He could bore the third harbor tunnel."
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