Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Wednesday, July 6, 2016.
- Weather: Showers and a thunderstorm
After a streak of pleasant weather, today’s forecast calls for things to get stormy. With a high of 88, a low of 72, and a 60 percent chance of a thunderstorm, be sure you have an umbrella on hand. [AccuWeather]
- CPD to investigate sexual assault allegations involving Pittsburgh Pirates infielder
The Chicago Police Department is investigating major-league baseball player Jung Ho Kang in an alleged sexual assault incident that took place when the Pittsburgh Pirates were in town last month. The victim, a 23-year-old Chicago woman, says she met Kang through Bumble, a location-based dating app that allows only females to initiate conversations. Kang has not been charged with a crime, and his status with the Pirates remains unchanged; however, the team has been made aware of the investigation. “We take allegations of this type extremely seriously,” Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. [Tribune]
- Ex-cop admits Wrigleyville scheme to avoid property taxes
Former suburban police officer Richard Zasiebida is facing claims that he underreported his 2009 income to the IRS, dodging more than $140,000 in property taxes—a crime that could land him in prison for up to three years. But if Zasiebida testifies against former Skybox on Sheffield co-owner Marc Hamid, who also faces multiple fraud counts, prosecutors may ask to put him away for less than a year. [Sun-Times]
- American Airlines tests automated security lanes to speed things up at O’Hare
In light of the Transportation Security Administration’s long screening lines, which caused delays at O’Hare earlier this year, American Airlines plans to install automated screening technology this fall. Chicago will be among the first cities testing the technology, alongside Dallas, Los Angeles, and Miami. The new lanes will be available only at Terminal Three, out of which American flies. [Tribune]
- Brooklyn’s Paulie Gee’s makes its way to Logan Square
New York pizza company Paulie Gee’s is to open its first location in Chicago Thursday, outfitted with a bar and seats for 80 people, at 2451 N. Milwaukee. The chain is known for its Neopolitan-style wood-fired pizzas, cooked in traditional domed ovens crafted by third-generation builder Stefano Ferrera and imported from Italy. In honor of its Chicago debut, the company is introducing exclusive square-cut, Detroit-inspired slices: Logan Squares. [Chicago Eater]
Correction: A previous version of this post mistaken stated that Richard Zasiebida had previously been charged with mail fraud. Marc Hamid, not Zasiebida, has been charged with fraud.