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The [Friday] Papers

Text I sent to a diehard Bears fan last night: "They won't win another game this season."

Oops.

So this one goes out to me.

Heads Up
"It's not necessarily a crime for a police dispatcher to warn drug dealers about law enforcement activity, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday," AP reports.

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Hey, I'm not a lawyer, but whatever happened to aiding and abetting?

Christmas Sweater
"Naperville Wants Every Resident (All 145,000) In Holiday Card."

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Including this one?

Roland's Right
"Burris Farewell: Lack of Blacks in Senate 'Unacceptable.'"

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It's apparently acceptable to Barack Obama, who wanted Lisa Madigan to succeed him.

Rahm's House
"Rahm Residency: Emanuel Presents More Evidence For Eligibility."

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Mails dead fish marked "Exhibit A" to election officials.

Vote Note
"Increasing your midterm vote totals, but losing? Turns out it happened in Illinois, too," Nick Bogert reports for the Examiner.

Big Ben's Journalism Lesson
"I don't think I've ever been to the City Hall press room," the Reader's Ben Joravsky tells Chicago magazine. "I don't even have a press pass."

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And yet, who is the far superior and more indispensable reporter, him or Fran Spielman?

Waiting For Arianna
"It's likely that [Waiting for Superman] would not have attracted any debate (or attention) at all if it had not been rolled out with the loudest, most ridiculously overblown media campaign since the Octomom," local education reform activist Julie Woestehoff writes.

"But since we all had this piece of propaganda shoved in our faces for days and days via Oprah, NBC, and even the Huffington Post (which refused to publish my essay on Arianna Huffington's role in all this), yeah, there has been some 'disagreement.' Take, for example, the 50 or more well-written, thoughtful slams at [filmmaker Davis] Guggenheim in response to his request for teacher feedback."

Chapman's Folly
"I don't know Steve Chapman," David Andriesen writes at CBSSports.com. "He might well be a heck of a guy. But Steve Chapman is out of his mind.

"A member of the editorial board for the Chicago Tribune, Chapman wrote in Thursday's edition that it's time to consider just tearing down Wrigley Field, an idea so misguided I don't even know where to start."

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I don't either, except to say that Chapman probably wrote the piece just before grabbing a Starbuck's and catching the Metra to a soulless suburb where he picked up some Boston Market for dinner and caught a rerun of Forrest Gump.

New Schools, Old Story
"The new South Shore High School is taking shape at the corner of east 75th Street and south Jeffery Boulevard, but CPS officials still haven't made clear who will attend the new school - the subject of a fierce community debate," Sarah Karp reports for Catalyst.

"At issue is whether the students at the four existing small schools inside South Shore High will get a chance to go to the modern steel-frame building, as some parents want. Or whether the new school will be just that, a new school reserved for a fresh mix of students."

Best Buys
"Boom. Digital advertising turned in another record period, hitting $6.4 billion in the U.S. in the third quarter, a 17% increase from the same quarter last year, according to the Interactive Advertising Bureau and PriceWaterhouseCoop," Ad Age reports.

The Week in Chicago Rock
You shoulda been there.

Retro Chicago
Eyewitness News.

Casting Couch
"Kelsey Grammer To Star As First Daley In Cable Series."

Producers haven't decided who will play son Richie, but they've narrowed the choices down to two candidates.

Quinn vs. Quade
Compare and contrast.

The Week In Comic Books
Batman returns with an awesome wicked new suit.

Zell's Way
"Sam Zell is asking U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Kevin Carey to order that all parties to the Tribune Co. bankruptcy who want to sue him for his role in the company's 2007 buyout be informed that they will lose their cases if they sue," All Access reports.

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Zell then declared martial law. Please report to Tribune Tower for chip implantation immediately.

The Week in WTF
Find out who most aggrieved us.

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Bend our ear.



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Posted on November 19, 2010


MUSIC - The Weekend In Chicago Rock Including Riot Fest Highlights.
TV - No Rehabilitating Vietnam.
POLITICS - Trump's Farmer Heavily Subsidized.
SPORTS - The Cubs' Season In Verse.

BOOKS - Dots & Dashes.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Certified Angus Beef® Honors Chicago Stars.


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