The [Friday] Papers
First, some housekeeping.
* We still have some tweaking to do, but our Beachwood Novelties store is now open for business.
* I'll be filling in as barback tonight at the Beachwood Inn and back to my regular bartending shift on Monday night. Stop in, say hello, bend an elbow and sing a few songs.
* Tindall on Kindle: A Hole To China.
* Ballots From The Dead: Selected poems from our Chicagoetry series.
* And, of course, our Beachwood memberships.
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"The healthcare real estate investment trust is also assuming $1.6 billion in debt.
"Ventas Inc. says the deal will make the company the largest owner of senior housing communities in the country. The Chicago company owns nearly 600 assets in 44 states."
I have nothing funny or insightful to say about this, I just thought it was interesting. Here's who they are.
Party Tours You
"The delegates were treated to a mini version of the Chicago Lawn Community Showcase tour on a San Francisco style trolley riding through the Marquette Manor, Chicago Lawn and West Lawn neighborhoods.
"While most communicated through interpreters, some spoke English very fluently, especially when trying to talk their hosts into allowing them to go inside the Tootsie Roll plant."
My favorite part of the story, though, is this passage:
"And they were full of unexpected questions. While passing Marquette Park some of the questions were, 'How does this park work? Who takes care of this land? How do the streets stay clean?'
"And expected questions arose: 'What is an Oreo? Is that plane going to hit us?'"
"The Wisconsin Department of Tourism says the northern half of the state is reporting past peak conditions - with most of the leaves already on the ground.
"But peak color is reported in Iowa and Crawford Counties in southwestern Wisconsin."
The Fastest Guitarist Alive . . .
"After a report of a garage break-in that night where an offender stole beers and smoked cigarettes in the garage, police said they were able to literally follow a the trail of the same brand of cigarettes and beer. Empty beer cans and cigarette butts were found first in the garage, then at the location of the vehicle theft and finally where the truck was found."
Wash 'n' Dry
You just have to feed them every 15 minutes.
"An executive of a Libertyville real estate agency, Brooks Kellogg, who lives in Chicago, met at the airport Tuesday with an undercover agent he thought was a hit man, according to an FBI affidavit.
"Kellogg is accused of paying the agent $2,000 in cash to murder a Florida man who had sued Kellogg for $2.5 million over a real estate deal. A hearing for another lawsuit for $500,000, filed by the same Florida man, was set for Wednesday in Steamboat Springs, Colo., according to the court document."
They've Got Wood
"Beginning in 2002 and lasting until January 2009, banking executive Glenn J. Kozeluh obtained money from customers by falsely stating the money would be placed as investments to collateralize loans to buy small banks, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District court. Instead, Kozeluh used the money for personal expenses, the complaint said."
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Posted on October 22, 2010
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