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The [Friday] Papers

"The judge overseeing the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich says he was duped by the governor's defense team in the last trial," WBEZ reports.

Um, just arrive on Planet Earth, judge?


Meanwhile . . .

"The complexity of the trial we found daunting," jury foreman James Matsumoto told the Tribune.

Yeah, well, it took them six days to find the verdict forms so I don't have a lot of sympathy. Probably still puzzling over how to work the vending machines.

Park Place
"The park is there to cover the political sins of the past," John Kass writes.

"The Park District - which is controlled by City Hall - spent $10 million to build the park. There's a reason it cost so much.

"It is the site of the old Stearns Quarry. And park officials said much of the money went toward environmental remediation, a fancy way of saying somebody had to clean it up, because for decades it was a dumpsite.

"It was a dumpsite when the mayor was a child and it was a dumpsite for years and years afterward, as the Hired Truck kings dumped debris into the quarry. They dumped construction waste and ground-up vehicles and other junk.

"And when the scandal broke, the mayor said he was amazed, and didn't know anything about it, though his trucking boss buddies from Bridgeport and Chinatown had been dumping there for decades."


Given his 22 years in office, can't we say definitively that no Chicago mayor has told more lies than Richard M. Daley? Stick that in your legacy book.

Lawsuit Pending?
"The error at the U. of C. that contributed to [Sun-Times Media CEO] Tyree's death falls into a category some health industry groups refer to as a 'never event,' which means it was a preventable situation," the Tribune reports.

"He died two days [after admittance] from an air embolism following the removal of a dialysis catheter while he was being treated for pneumonia. The catheter was removed incorrectly by a physician's assistant, federal officials said Thursday."

That's What She Said
"Sears Roebuck and Co. and one of its companies have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Chicago against a Georgia online company for selling a sexual enhancement product marketed under the 'DieHard' brand name," the Tribune reports.

"Sears and KCD IP LLC, an affiliate of Sears which owns trademark rights to 'DieHard,' charge that RockHard Laboratories LLC and RockHard Laboratories Holdings LLC infringed on its trademark and caused its reputation to suffer from the online marketing of RockHard's topical desensitizing spray."


You had me at RockHard Laboratories.

Oak Park Sucks
"[S]tand-alone taverns and bars that do not serve food are not allowed."

Urges Ousting Incumbent
Obama Says He's Best Prepared To Move Economy.


See also: Here We Go Again.

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Posted on April 15, 2011

MUSIC - Millions Of New Guitar Players.
TV - "One America News" is AT&T.
POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
SPORTS - Tonyball, Bears On The Run, Eyes On The Sky & More!

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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