The [Friday] Papers
1. Banned in Illinois: These license plates.
2. Top 10 Airlines in the World: None of them are American.
3. "Charlie Sheen's unusual phrases are spurring a race to the U.S. Trademark office by entrepreneurs hoping to cash in," the ABA Journal notes.
For example, one nutritional supplement maker is apparently planning to market Adonis DNA.
4. "The indoor basketball court isn't the only thing Scottie Pippen left behind when he sold his 21-room Highland Park mansion in 1996," Highland Park Patch reports.
"The retired Chicago Bulls forward left rooms filled with furniture and art for the 13,000-square-foot home's new owners, in addition to t-shirts, basketballs and other Bulls memorabilia signed by players like Michael Jordan and Pippen himself.
"This weekend, Sheryl Rue-Borden hopes to sell all of it.
"'It's a big job, this is the biggest one I've ever done,' said Sheryl Rue-Borden, a Prudential Rubloff real estate agent who's organizing the estate sale at the 2320 Shady Lane property. 'I'm thinking of doing a map.'"
6. How un-Shark-like of Joe Lopez. Or is it?
7. "The proposed sale of the Coyotes to Chicago businessman Matthew Hulsizer suffered another setback this week when the Goldwater Institute, a conservative watchdog, said it would file a suit to block the city of Glendale's plan to give Hulsizer $100 million to complete his $175million purchase," the Montreal Gazette reports.
8. "I resent the fact that people have to ask their government in writing for public information," Phil Kadner writes.
"Almost every document these days is stored in a computer.
"But if you want a copy of a school superintendent's contract, for example, you'll be asked to file a request in writing with school officials that includes your name and home address.
"That's not the law in Illinois. It doesn't require a written form to be filed unless the government entity is going to turn you down and you're going to have to file an appeal.
"The only real purpose for making people file in writing, in person or via e-mail is, as far as I can tell, intimidation."
9. "The coterie of officials at America's biggest racing event pulled a collective choke," our man on the rail Thomas Chambers writes.
10. The Week in WTF: From Pat Quinn to Harry Teinowitz's pot.
11. Newz From Da Hood: The Wild, Wild West Side of Chicago.
12. The Week in Chicago Rock: They played at a venue near you.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Wet, wild and woolly.
Posted on March 18, 2011
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