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The [Friday] Papers

Once I'm moved in next week I'll do a little write-up about the new Beachwood HQ. We here at Beachwood are committed to doing less with more, and that philosophy is guiding this move. Our strategic plan puts us closer to the kind of beers readers like in an environment that is not trying to monetize your every move. We're also rearranging our relationship with lenders and their collection personnel.

So stay tuned. The Papers returns on Monday, though I'm already foreseeing exhaustion preventing a full re-flowering of this column until midweek.

We are planning extra special podcast editions this weekend.

Meanwhile . . .

A Bailout Botched By Centrists
ProPublica delivers the goods - again - in a companion podcast to its piece last week placing blame for lack of financial reform squarely on the shoulders of Barack Obama.

It's important to note how Obama's true nature is revealed and indeed was on display from get-go; when you hire Tim Geithner, Arne Duncan and Ray LaHood into your cabinet and Rahm Emanuel (followed by Bill Daley) as your chief of staff, after running a campaign promising transformational change, well, the jig oughta be up.

We need to see clearly who our elected leaders are - be it president or mayor - and not who they pretend to be. When the media fails to do its job in that regard, the media becomes an obstacle to democracy, not a conduit, and it ought to be held to account every bit as much as as those it covers.

TrackNotes: Murderous Marketers
"It defies bedrock common sense that nobody at Churchill Downs was capable of anticipating that something like Never Tell Lynda's death would happen," our very own Tom Chambers writes.

"But then, Churchill is infiltrated with MBAs and marketing experts who know nothing about horses or racing. It's never about the horses or the racing with these people."

Beachwood Photo Booth: Signpost
Out of the light at Milwaukee and Belden.

The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Barry Gibb, Bane, Assault & Battery, Mo, Lacuna Coil, and Barton Cummings.


The Week In Juvenile Justice
Ballistic Taco Mayhem, Georgia Turnover, Macon County Continuum, U of C's Trauma and more.


* Southwest Fined For Advertising $59 Atlanta-Chicago Fares That Didn't Exist.

* Local High School Students Denied Diplomas For Throwing Caps In Air.

Also: administrators raid Barry Manilow's wardrobe.

* Karen Lewis Says CNN Tried To Stage Chicagoland Scenes With Her.

* Local Documentary Producers Were In The Midst Of Making A Maya Angelou Film.

* U of C Refuses To Provide South Side With A Trauma Center.

* Snowden Responds To Release Of E-Mail By U.S. Officials.

* The Best Reporting On Guns In America.











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Posted on May 30, 2014

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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