Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard star in Empire. Credit: 20th Century Fox

Welcome to the Reader‘s morning briefing for Thursday, February 4, 2016.

  • Weather: Colder but a little bit of sun

It’s going to get colder, with a high of 32 and a low of 21. There will be some clouds but the sun will peek through. Fortunately, there’s no chance of rain or snow. [AccuWeather]

  • Men’s rights activists rally in Rogers Park cancelled

Followers of highly controversial blog Return of Kings were set to meet near Devon Avenue and Sheridan Road on Saturday evening. But on Thursday morning, ROK leader Roosh Valizadeh announced that since he “can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend . . . there will be no official Return Of Kings meetups.” [DNAinfo Chicago]

  • Chicago isn’t exactly Hollywood, but the film industry loves it

With high-profile shows like Empire, Chicago Fire, and Chicago PD filming all over town, Hollywood is cashing in on Chicago. An impressive 543 film projects took place in the city last year, a 22 percent increase over 2014. Even more projects are expected in 2016, including the fifth Transformers movie and at least seven TV series. [ABC7 Chicago]

  • Independent Police Review Authority sued by Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is suing IPRA, the agency responsible for investigating police shootings, in order to access records of its investigation into Rekia Boyd’s death. Boyd was fatally shot in 2012 by off-duty Chicago Police Department detective Dante Servin. He was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter charges in April 2015 after the judge in the case said he should have been charged with murder. [WGN]

  • University of Chicago professor resigns after sexual misconduct allegations

Jason Lieb, a high-profile molecular biologist, stepped down after the university called for his firing over alleged sexual misconduct. He is accused of making “unwelcome sexual advances to several female graduate students” and of having “engaged in sexual activity” with a student who was too drunk to consent. [New York Times]

  • DePaul won’t hold annual Barristers’ Ball at Trump Tower

After losing the Iowa caucuses, there’s more bad news for Donald Trump—he’s losing business in Chicago too. Students at DePaul University College of Law voiced their outrage to administrators about the Barristers’ Ball being held at Chicago’s Trump Tower. Now the school is going to pay a fee to get out of the event and move it to a different venue not owned by the GOP presidential candidate. [NBC Chicago]