Gabatron Morning Briefing – 1-22-16: Who (Didn’t) Let The Dogs Out?

A Florida man tried to go back into his burning house to rescue his dogs against firefighters orders. The firefighters tackled him and then sheriffs deputies arrested him for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest for disobeying their orders. Would you risk arrest to go rescue your dog?

A Connecticut high school student has been pulled out of classes and reported to police for substituting “ISIS” for the “United States of America” during the Pledge of Allegiance. He hasn’t been charged with any sort of a crime, but the case has been turned over to the Department of Homeland Security. An attorney representing the school and Board of Education says the boy’s dismissal was “out of an abundance of caution.” The boy’s mother says the decision was “irrational.” Discuss…

A Chicago firefighter is organizing an effort to collect 1,500 cases of water for the folks in Flint, MI. Eric Washington says that the stories out of Flint remind him of growing up on the south side and being short on resources.

A couple of tent cities have popped up under overpasses in the city. A group is actually raising money to buy tents and basic supplies for homeless people. Some people are saying they are doing valuable work, helping those in need. On the other hand, they aren’t actually helping make the situation better, they’re just giving them tents to live in.

According to the TSA, a total of 32 firearms were recovered from carry-on bags at O’Hare and Midway airports in 2015. There were 16 at both airports. How in the Sam Hill could you actually think it was a good idea to put a gun in your carry-on? Even if you’re an “Am I Being Detained?” Libertarian, you know you can’t do that.

Dumbest criminal in the history of Chicago: A man with a gun demanded that a woman give him $1,000, so she complied the only way she could… by writing him a check. As you might imagine, he was captured a short time later.

Say goodbye to puddle jumpers. United is going to replace it’s smaller 50 seat aircraft with more brand new Boeing 737’s. They say passengers want more of the features that bigger planes have, life first class seating and in-flight WiFi.

A Pittsburgh man’s obituary says that in lieu of flowers, he would ask that they not vote for Donald Trump. He was a 70-year old chiropractor, who passed away last week.

Keith Conrad got his first job in radio in Huntsville, Alabama the day after the 2000 Presidential election when he was a freshman in college. He’s produced radio shows in Huntsville, Milwaukee, WI, Atlanta, GA and finally back in his hometown of Chicago. Currently he lives in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood steps away from the Red Line. The train goes by so often you don’t even notice it. Keith has been dabbling in the Internet arts for a while now, in various roles both professional and just for fun.

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