Wednesday’s Mini-Report, 7.27.16

Today’s edition of quick hits:
 
* Prosecutors in Baltimore “have dropped the remaining cases against the three officers to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray, bringing the case to an end without a conviction. Officer Garrett E. Miller’s trial was slated to start Wednesday with Sgt. Alicia D. White to begin in October.”
 
* No end in sight: “Turkey’s government has ordered the closure of dozens of media outlets – including news agencies, television channels, radio stations and newspapers – as part of its widespread crackdown in the wake of a failed coup attempt on July 15.”
 
* Doing nothing remains the right call: “The Federal Reserve left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Wednesday, but it issued an upbeat assessment of economic conditions that suggested a growing chance that it would increase rates later this year.”
 
* 35 years later: “John Hinckley Jr., the would-be assassin who almost killed President Ronald Reagan, will be freed after 35 years in a mental hospital, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. The judge granted Hinckley, 61, permission to live full-time in the home of his mother in Williamsburg, Virginia, after finding that his continued treatment at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C., is ‘no longer clinically warranted or beneficial.’”
 
* Orlando: “Pulse Nightclub, a queer club that became the location of the worst mass shooting in American history, is slated to become a permanent memorial for the 49 individuals, most of them queer people of color, who lost their lives on June 12 when an armed shooter opened fire.”
 
* I’ve always liked Jackson Park: “The Obama Presidential Library has found a home. Sources told The Associated Press and Chicago Tribune Wednesday that the president has settled on Jackson Park, a green area of more than 500 acres on Chicago’s South Side, east of the University of Chicago. Jackson Park beat out rival Washington Park, another South Side green space rumored to have been in the running for the institution.”
 
* Apparently, not everyone liked the First Lady’s convention speech: “Responding to Michelle Obama’s remark at the Democratic National Convention that the White House was built with slave labor, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh said the First Lady should probably just get over it.”
 
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Wednesday's Mini-Report, 7.27.16