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The [Friday] Papers

I will be out on business today, so there won't be a new Papers column. Speaking of business, however, The Beachwood Reporter's one-year anniversary is this week, so I'll leave you with some links to stories from our very first week, as well as some links from current offerings that are worth your time. And many, many, many thanks to everyone who has supported this project and, in particular, our members, who have helped keep us alive.

Also: we are still looking for the right person to fill the post of business manager, not just for the BR, but for new sites to be launched this year. Business experience not necessarily required; the position will oversee advertising and marketing. The job can be as large as someone wants, or divided into smaller pieces depending. Compensation for now is restricted to possible revenue-sharing and/or stock. We're still an all-volunteer operation, after all. But if you help us change that, you will be rewarded.

And now . . . one-year ago in the Beachwood.

* "Chicago in Song: (Mostly) A Wretched Place." From Mac Davis to the Doors, it's not pretty.

* "The Little Giant Ladder." It's really 24 ladders in one - it's like having an entire garage of ladders.

* "Cub Fan, Bad Man." Was fun-loving Harry Caray actually a miserable human being? Excerpts from Steve Stone's book sure make it seem that way.

* "Tribune Air." Where red-eye flights are short and stupid. Also, the unique characteristics of Daley Air, Blago Air, and Beachwood Air.

* "Cab #1717." We forget what true cleanliness smells like. This cab reminds you.

* "Poll Positions: The Daley Skew." Seventy percent of voters polled don't believe the mayor when he says he wasn't aware of criminal wrongdoing in city hiring. But the papers refuse to say voters therefore think the mayor is a liar.

* "The [Tuesday] Papers." While the Daley poll story was our first stab at our front-page news roundup, this was the first to use the Papers moniker. At the time, naming a street after slain Black Panther Fred Hampton was the big story.

Here are ours.

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In Today's Reporter
* Alt-country lost a great when Kirk Rundstrom of Split Lip Rayfield succumbed to cancer last week. See Don Jacobson's spot-on tribute.

* If you missed the Fred Asparagus Saga, you can still catch up with this account of a riveting television career.

* Can just anyone flag down a van cab for a trip anywhere? We ride cab #2574 to find out.

* Also, you can find our last two days' of Papers columns about the city elections here and here.

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