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The [Friday] Papers

I almost feel like I should apologize for continuing to pay attention . . . but Jesus Fucking Christ! Are you kidding me, CNN? Redford? Pulitzer Boy?

See what I mean here.

The Week In Juvey Justice
Common's Cause, Superpredator Superhype, Florida Follies, Karachi Kicks and more.

The Beachwood Radio Hour
Episode 2 is in production!

This week I'll discuss the latest in Chicago crime stats with Tracy Jake Siska of the Chicago Justice Project. You might be surprised at what we have to say.

As always, Jim "Coach" Coffman brings his usual insight to the sports front. We also have Cub Factor founder Marty Gangler playing a little free association with us this week.

A senior from Robeson High School delivers a brief review of Nicki Minaj's new single with local rapper Lil Herb, while J.J. Tindall drops some Chicagoetry on us.

The production should be a little smoother, though I really liked the first show otherwise.

Also on the boards this weekend, another episode of Beachwood International With The Angry Aussie. We'll take on this week's episode of Chicagoland, update last week's segment on Fake Cuban Twitter, and discuss the so-called Heartbleed Bug which has everyone changing their passwords to everything.

Train Tie-Up
"Come to the West Side of Chicago to find out why a power plant in Michigan is short of coal and a biodiesel maker in Brewster, Minnesota, can't get enough grain," Bloomberg reports.

"The answer is found near Western Avenue, where rail cars from Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. (ADM), the largest U.S. publicly traded ethanol producer, rest idle on the track above the Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway. A short drive away a burnt orange, yellow and black locomotive from Warren Buffett's BNSF railway sits on an overpass as motor traffic is snarled below.

"They can't move because increasing oil production from North Dakota's Bakken field, a record grain crop and unprecedented cold weather overwhelmed the U.S. railroad system. In part because of transport delays, coal inventories were down 26 percent in January from a year ago. A quarter of all U.S. freight rail traffic passes through Chicago, or 37,500 rail cars each day. The trip through the city can take more than 30 hours."

Yeah, well, now Warren Buffett knows how the rest of us feel.

Madigan's Millionaire Malarkey
"Michael Madigan's spokesman says the Illinois House speaker is withdrawing a plan to tax millionaires in the state," AP reports.

"Steve Brown is the Chicago Democrat's spokesman. He said Wednesday that Madigan blames Republicans who wouldn't support the proposal. Brown says Republicans 'prefer and protect millionaires over school children.'"

On the bright side, now Madigan has more time to work on this proposal.

Ice Cream Manna
"Illinois Sen. Jim Oberweis is introducing legislation to raise the minimum wage in Illinois for some workers," AP reports.

"The Sugar Grove Republican's proposal would gradually increase the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour by 2017. But the changes would only apply to workers who are 26 and older."

Which, coincidentally, does not presumably include most of the workers at Oberweis's stores.

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Let's see, what else is going on in Oberweis's life that he might wanna make a law about?

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Why 26 as the cutoff? It's not like 25-year-olds are considered teenagers, if that's the idea. Get those Oberweis employment records!

The Chicago Way
State Rep Indicted On Bank Fraud Charges Wins Local School Council Seat.

Beachwood Photo Booth: We Won The Cup
Portage Park remembers.

The Midwest's Best: The Polio President
Plus: Wild Child Winston Churchill.

The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Phantogram, Inertia, The Julie Ruin, Christina Perri, Yelawolf, and Krol Kleks.

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Posted on April 11, 2014


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