In today’s Buzz we explore the spike in violence in Chicago, provide an update on the pending decision of whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail server, and check in with President Obama to get his thoughts on the ‘Obama Years” documentary.

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Right Now with Brian Southey (LinkedIn / Twitter)

What I’m Listening to – Jenny Lewis: Rabbit Fur Coat

What I’m ReadingThe Nasty Bits: Collected Varietal Cuts, Usable Trim, Scraps, and Bones by Anthony Bourdain

What I’m Watching – Inside the Green Berets

What I Want to Know from You – What are your plans for the holiday weekend?



10 shootings a day: Complex causes of Chicago’s spiking violence  To understand Chicago’s violence, start at Kostner Avenue and Monroe Street and walk west up a one-way stretch of graystones and brick two-flats. There on a boarded-up front door you’ll see the red stain of gang graffiti. On the cracked sidewalk below lies an empty heroin baggie. Hardened young men sit on a porch.

Lynch to Accept F.B.I. Recommendations in Clinton Email Inquiry, Official Says Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch plans to announce on Friday that she will accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director make about whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, a Justice Department official said. Her decision removes the possibility that a political appointee will overrule investigators in the case.

NPR’s Interview With President Obama About ‘Obama’s Years’ Steve Inskeep: You’ve been told, I think, that we are doing a documentary. We went across a good part of the country to places where you have given speeches over the years to just talk with people about how their lives have changed.

President Obama: That sounds great. I’m going to listen to this one.

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Matthew McConaughey to teach film at UT Austin this fall  The University of Texas in Austin announced Thursday that the worldwide known Texan celebrity Matthew McConaughey will be teaching Film at the university this coming up fall.

Pulse workers cope in different ways  The darkened venue on South Orange Avenue now shrouded by a chain link fence and a sheer cloth is not the Pulse Orlando that Brian Reagan knows.

Donald Trump Has A 20 Percent Chance Of Becoming President How do you predict a general election with Donald Trump? We can think of a few basic approaches. One of them is to assert that precedent doesn’t apply to this election and that Trump’s case is sui generis. It’s not clear where that leads you, however.

First new Portland-area highway in nearly 3 decades to open in Clackamas  The four-lane, 2.5-mile Sunrise Expressway extends the Milwaukie Expressway east to connect to Clackamas Highway.

Detroit’s new school system officially begins today  Officials have been working behind the scenes for months to prepare for the split of DPS.

A New Argument for More Diverse Classrooms  Perhaps no U.S. education secretary has had more personal experience with the power America’s public-school system has to lift up students who have the odds stacked against them than John King. At least when it works as intended.

British Political Turmoil Makes America’s Look Like Amateur Hour  “We have really everything in common with America nowadays,” Oscar Wilde wrote in the Canterville Ghost, “except, of course, language.” And, apparently, political intrigue.

Chattanooga Approves New Form-Based Code for Downtown  Chattanooga is the latest city to apply the form-based code methodology to a specific area of the city, including downtown and adjacent neighborhoods.

Mislabeled As A Memoirist, Author Asks: Whose Work Gets To Be Journalism?  Suki Kim wrote Without You, There Is No Us after working undercover as a teacher in North Korea. She says the response to her book is also a response to her identity as Korean and a woman.

How Libraries Can Help Map the History of Rural America Public libraries aren’t what they used to be—and for the most part, that’s a good thing. Over time, they’ve evolved into many different shapes and sizes. Their roles have also changed in order to stay relevant to the communities they serve.


Local Government Confidential

City Council approves ban on coal tar sealants The Alamo City became the largest in the nation Thursday to ban the use of coal tar sealants.  District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg proposed the ban in 2014 because of health concerns surrounding these sealants, which are often used to coat driveways and parking lots.

Transparency Bill Focuses on Local Government Meeting Records  Transparency legislation moving forward at the State Capitol would require local government entities to post all meeting agendas online via a prominent, direct link beginning in 2019.

Riverside still seeks city manager as interim leader readies to leave  Riverside City Council will have until July 8 to find a new city manager, or else the city will be without an administrative leader.