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The [Friday] Papers

1. Block Party Returns To Hideout After Two-Year Hiatus.

2. "The regulatory agencies in charge of finalizing some of the most controversial rules mandated by the financial reform law are leaning toward making them looser and more favorable to banks and other traders," ProPublica reports.

Obama's real class war.

3. "Environment Illinois [Thursday] released a new report finding dangerous levels of smog pollution in Chicago, the St. Louis area, and across Illinois. The new report, Danger in the Air: Unhealthy Air Days in 2010 and 2011, shows that Chicagoland residents were exposed to air pollution levels that make it dangerous to breathe on 10 days in 2010. In the St. Louis metropolitan area, there were 23 such days, ranking it the 7th smoggiest large metropolitan area in the country. Smog is a harmful air pollutant that leads to asthma attacks and exacerbates respiratory illnesses, especially among children and the elderly."

Obama's real class war.

4. The Business Of Michael Jordan Is Booming.

I wonder if he pays more or less in taxes than his secretary.

5. Goddard Schools throughout Chicagoland will participate in a national effort to make the Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Game of Simon Says in Multiple Venues, according to TribLocal Elgin.

The Chicago City Council holds the record for the Longest Game Of The Mayor Says.

6. Mini-Medical School Open To Community Members.

Evil mini-medical school?

7. "By the time Maxwell Gabriel allegedly crashed his taxi into a pedestrian, he had been stopped 22 times by police in the last 3 1/2 years," the Tribune reports.

"According to the citations, Gabriel had sped at twice the posted limit, blown through stop signs and caused three other crashes before the woman was hit while crossing Michigan Avenue in June. In all, he had racked up 34 tickets since 2008 - well beyond the city's three-a-year limit for flagging dangerous cabdrivers.

"But almost all the tickets were wiped from his driving record, allowing Gabriel to renew his taxi license year after year.

"That's because Cook County judges dismissed the vast majority of his tickets, as they have done with many other heavily ticketed cabbies, the Tribune has found.

"An analysis by the newspaper suggests that a far higher percentage of tickets are thrown out for cabbies on average than for regular drivers. The frequent court dismissals have repeatedly helped cabbies keep their chauffeur's licenses - including drivers who were later blamed for injuring or killing pedestrians."

8. "SkeeNation, a fan-run league for the classic coin-op game of skee-ball, expands to Chicago this week and has added a dedicated Web page to report and promote player activity in the Windy City," Vending Times reports. "The group is online at and on Facebook."

9. "Jerry Reinsdorf has launched another attempt to buy the Phoenix Coyotes," the Edmonton Journal reports.

10. The Chicago Foreclosure Logjam.

11. Troy Davis: American Sacrifice.

12. NPR saves All My Children.

13. The Week in Chicago Rock.

14. The Week in WTF.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Skin, teeth.


Posted on September 23, 2011

MUSIC - Madonna vs. Moderna.
TV - Sundays With The Military-Industrial Complex.
POLITICS - Private Equity In The ER.
SPORTS - Suspicious Betting Trends In Soccer.

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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