Welcome to the Reader’s morning briefing for Friday, February 19, 2016.
- Weather: High in the 50s
This weekend is going to be beautiful, and Friday is no exception. The high will be 55 with a low of 40, so don’t be surprised to see what’s left of the snow melt. The warmish temperatures will stick around, with a high of 52 on Saturday and a high of 45 on Sunday. [AccuWeather]
- Stanley Cup-winning Blackhawks honored by Obama at White House
For the third time in six years, the Blackhawks visited the White House to celebrate their Stanley Cup victory with President Barack Obama. Obama welcomed his hometown hockey team with a ceremony and said he hopes they can squeeze in one more championship during his final year in office. [Tribune]
- Serial stowaway strikes again, arrested at O’Hare
Marilyn Hartman, 64, has tried multiple times to get on flights without a ticket at Midway and O’Hare airports, and once even successfully boarded a flight from San Jose, California, to Los Angeles without a boarding pass. She was arrested again on Wednesday afternoon for trespassing at O’Hare and charged with a felony for violating probation and a misdemeanor for trespassing. [Sun-Times]
- Is the Trump Tower’s property tax deal too good?
Donald Trump hired Alderman Ed Burke’s law firm, which saved him millions of dollars in taxes, according to an investigation by WGN. Trump, still the leading GOP candidate for president, also donated $10,000 to the Cook County Democratic Party while the building was under construction and has since donated $5,000 to downtown alderman Brendan Reilly and $50,000 to Mayor Rahm Emanuel. [WGN]
- William Calloway recognized for requesting Laquan McDonald video
Activist William Calloway, who partnered with freelance journalist Brandon Smith to file a Freedom of Information Act request for the release of the now infamous Laquan McDonald video, has been honored for his work by NBCBLK as one of the 28 most “notable black entrepreneurs, policy makers, athletes, entertainers, activists, and artists” under age 28. Calloway told NBC that he’s now working to build a community center in his neighborhood. [NBC News]
- Bulls trade Kirk Hinrich and not Pau Gasol before NBA trade deadline
Despite rampant speculation that the Bulls would trade six-time NBA All-Star Pau Gasol to another basketball team before the trade deadline on Thursday afternoon, Gasol will stay with the Bulls for the rest of the season. The only deal the Bulls made was trading Kirk Hinrich to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for a draft pick. [Tribune]