Gabatron Morning Briefing – 7-25-16: Lightning Crashes

One of the EL lines in Chicago was struck by lightning on Sunday. It caused part of the station to actually collapse on the tracks. That’s one thing I’ve never run into on the Red Line.

Verizon will reportedly buy Yahoo for $5 billion on Monday. High school-aged Keith would have thought this was big news.

Police in Tampa arrived at a park to close it for the evening and found 150 people wandering aimlessly playing Pokemon Go. 149 of them dispersed without incident, but one of them absolutely refused to leave. They ended up having to tase him.

Athletes from all over the world converged on Rio for the 2016 Olympics. The tried to check in only to find out the Olympic Village was still uninhabitable for humans. There were reportedly blocked toilets, leaking pipes, exposed wiring, darkened stairwells where no lighting has been installed and dirty floors. How is Chicago looking now, IOC?

Attention K-Mart Shoppers: Kmart employees believe the company is nearing bankruptcy and is in the process of shutting down all its stores. The chain has closed one third of its stores in the last decade, and sales have been cut in half in the same time period. Would you miss them? The last time I made use of a K-Mart was as parking for a Cubs game, and even that was several years ago.

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