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The [Friday] Papers

For completionists, there was no column on Thursday.

An unexpectedly boozy long night on Wednesday screwed up the start of my latest long Weekend at Benny's, and I've been trying to catch up ever since. Almost there.

I'm working on a column to post later today or as a Weekend Desk Report and, as of this writing, at 1 p.m., I just finished recording The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #261 with Jim "Coach" Coffman. I'll have that up later today.

5:51 P.M. Update: It's up!

In the meantime, here's some placeholder stuff because I hate seeing "The [Wednesday] Papers" up there when it's Friday.



Stockpiling of alcohol causing problems for Chicago housewives - Lietuva Newspaper July 18, 1919 from r/chicago





Yvette Young demos the Caroline Guitar Co. Somersault Lo-Fi Modulator at Chicago Music Exchange.



Volkswagen Cheated On Pollution Standards And Made Thousands Of Kids Sick.


University Of Minnesota Creates New Reggae Institute.


Windy City Rehab Teaming Up With New Contractor To Resolve Permit Violations.


Martha Plimpton Has Left Steppenwolf.


A sampling.




First, there was nothing "Chicago" about it, which is fine, but why not just call the show PD? Second, it was like NYPD Blue-lite. I revere NYPD Blue, but there was so much more meat on the bone on that show, from the original, crack writing to the innovative-at-the-time "jiggly" cameras, to the expert direction. And, of course, the performances. Chicago PD is like NYPD Blue for the masses, so to speak, not that NYPD Blue wasn't quite popular, but it was like a dumbed-down version that took old-fashioned, unambiguous police stories and tried to fit them into a toned-down version of NYPD Blue's creative frames. In other words, a defanged NYPD Blue. Also, the characters were totally unbelievable. I miss the underrated Chicago Code, which needed more time to sort out its flaws. That was a "Chicago" show - and one that could have played nationally if deployed correctly.


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Posted on July 19, 2019

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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