Here’s A Very Important Story That The Mainstream Media Isn’t Really Covering

Last month, thousands of parents, teachers, school workers, and community members protested a proposed closing of 54 schools in the city of Chicago next fall. It's the latest in a series of attempts to close public schools, open charter schools, and generally turn education into a for-profit business, all with little fanfare from the media and even less open, democratic discussion. I think we can change that.

Here’s A Very Important Story That The Mainstream Media Isn’t Really Covering

At 1:43, a speaker mentions TIFs (tax increment financing), a controversial method that's been used in Chicago to generate funds for urban redevelopment. If you're interested in boning up on your public financing (And, really, who isn't?), check out this great series in the fantastic Chicago Reader.

Mama instincts can be strong, regardless of species. That's why breastfeeders will often have a milk letdown reflex when they hear a baby crying, even if it isn't their own. It's why we get stories of cross-species caregiving when a baby animal gets abandoned. And it's why a video of a mama deer running to a crying human baby's rescue is so endearing. (Please high-five me for not typing "endeering.")

Hanna Burton of New Lexington, Ohio, shared the video on TikTok with the caption "When you almost have to throw down with a momma deer because your baby starts crying outside." The video has been viewed more than 27 million times and liked more than 6 million.

According to Fox 2 KTVU, Burton was hanging out on her deck with her 5-week-old son, Charlie, when the deer encounter occurred. Charlie was lying on fluffy blankets and having some tummy time when he began to get fussy. As Charlie cried and Burton started to console him, a deer came bounding into the yard toward the deck. Burton immediately picked up Charlie, calmly saying, "No, no. This one's my baby. It's not yours."

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