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The [Fourth of July] Papers

"An Indiana man will be hard to miss when he kicks off the Fourth of July Children's Parade for the Chicago History Museum," AP reports.

"Frank Birdsall is riding his unicycle in Thursday's 54th annual parade. The LaPorte County resident has been a one-wheeled entertainer for more than three decades and has won championships for his unicycle tricks."


"Back in the early '80s, Birdsall worked at a bike shop too, Al Smith's Cycling in the Chicago area," the LaPorte Herald Argus reports. "But that was before his entertainment job became too lucrative."

Birdsall is originally from Oak Park.


Birdsall as Uncle Sam.

Cup Of Meat
"In celebration of the Stanley Cup's visit to Chicago talk show Windy City Live, the meat-crazy geniuses at Chicago-based grilling organization ManBQue built a true-to-size replica of the hockey trophy entirely of meat," The Score of Dublin reports.

"The base of the sculpture, dubbed the 'Manley Cup,' was made of ground beef, and the top was made of woven bacon, according to Zagat. The two pieces were held together by hot dogs."

Something to shoot for at your barbecue today.

Click through for photos.

Mell Smell
"After nearly four decades in office, Ald. Richard Mell submitted his resignation letter effective July 24, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office confirms," WGN-TV reports.

I'll have more on this in the days to come, but for now:


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* George Ryan's Day Of Independence

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Posted on July 4, 2013

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