Today’s Headlines for Wednesday, May 18

  • Group Wants to Stop Route 53 Highway Extension Plan and Build a Multi-Use Trail (Daily Herald)
  • “Bike the 12th Ward” Ride is June 18
  • Logan Square Residents Protest Accelerated Gentrification on The 606 (Tribune)
  • Lucas Museum Opponents Aren’t The Elites You’re Looking For (Reader)
  • Robot Car Hits Man Mowing Lawn in West Chicago and Drives Off (Daily Herald)
  • Coalition With Active Trans Will Petition Metra Board Today for Rapid Service on Electric Line
  • Three Politicians Make Separate Announcements That TSA Will Get More Staffers (Sun-Times)
  • Man Dies and Two Former Bears Players Injured After Crashing into Tree in Barrington Hills (Daily Herald)
  • MPC: Call Springfield Legislators at 11 A.M. To Demand Infrastructure Fixes

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  • Mike C

    What’s robotic about the minivan hitting the man mowing the lawn?

  • J.B.

    I think it’s a joke about the phrasing in the article which makes it seem like a person was not responsible for driving the car into the pedestrian.

  • Cameron Puetz

    Given that self driving, or robotic, cars are a topic of discussion, it’s a bad headline.

  • ev_one

    I read the article thinking someone really was testing a self driving car. When I was done reading I realized the headline was ironic. I re-read the article and the driver wasn’t mentioned until the last paragraph, in the quote from police. I think the snarky streetsblog headline is justified snark.

  • BlueFairlane

    Hey … I hadn’t consider the possible upside to robot cars that they might talk streetsblog out of this fixation with imprescise language.

    I tend to think that people on the opposing sides of car culture are each making the wrong choice on this. Removing the automobile from the headline as streetsblog is wont to do undercuts the goal of illustrating the negative effect of cars on society, sort of a car culture version of a gun nut’s “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” It’s as if streetsblog is trying to say if it just weren’t for dumb people, cars would be fine, and I doubt that’s what John really believes.