News pickup: Retired cop stops "L" beating; Morgan St. station opens quietly

As Chicago gets back to normal after "NATO-armegeddon" ends, we summarize some news events from over the last few days.

Retired cop foils robbery on Green Line train. The retired Oak Park police commander had his eye on two teens from the time they entered the Green Line train at Clark and Lake, due to their obnoxious behavior. As the train approached Cicero Avenue stop, he saw one of the teens start punching a 17-year-old girl while grabbing for her iPod. That's when 62-year-old Clemet Harbour, Oak Park's first black detective, ran down the aisle, grabbed the teen and tumbled to the floor with him, according to a Forest Leaves report. The robber slipped out of his hoodie sweater. The teen got away. And Harbour got a hoodie. Thanks for the effort.

Morgan Street station opens quietly. There were no dignitaries. No grip and grins with Rahm and Forrest. Just a beautiful, gleaming Morgan Street station opening quietly last Friday to serve riders on the Green and Pink lines. As usual, GridChicago had some nice photos, including the one I'm using here by Steven Vance.

CTA ridership down for NATO weekend, Monday. Not surprisingly, the CTA reports that ridership was down over the weekend and on Monday, due to most residents steering clear of the Loop and surrounding areas because of the NATO summit. Now it's back to normal. We hope.

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  • "ridership was down over the weekend and on Monday, due to most residents steering clear of the Loop and surrounding areas because of the NATO summit."

    Weekends like these are why I really wish we had something like the Circle Line. Avoid the crazies in the loop and avoid the bus.

  • Well, if you follow the link to the CTA webpage on Morgan station, the embedded Google map doesn't have an icon for the station. Google Maps doesn't show an icon for Oakton station yet either. Oddly enough, the aerial view (but not the Street View) of both locations shows the station already in place.

    In short, both stations are like Schrodinger's cat, they simultaneously exist and don't exist from Google's point of view. :-)

  • In reply to jbredin:

    By the way, I didn't just kvetch here. I did report the errors to Google.

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