The [Friday] Papers
* "The I-35W Bridge is about as 'Minneapolis' as it gets," our very own Don Jacobson writes in his Letter From Minneapolis. "Anyone who was raised here feels its place at the heart of who and what we are as a city."
* I share some thoughts I've had as well upon watching the non-stop television coverage about a bridge that was personal to me, in What I Watched Last Night.
* Bridge collapse photos from The Minnesota Daily
Mmmm, pork chops . . .
Berwyn should embrace the legacy of Cermak Plaza, and realize how lucky it is to have had it.
"I offer this as a public service to those of you who read this curiously (but typically) coy item in a certain gossip column this morning: 'Hmmm . . . (I hear) a local TV network general manager just gave U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean a $500 campaign contribution and listed the station's address. Guess who? The big question: Will that give the station a problem when covering Bean's next election? Nawww.'"
A bigger question: How does Ahern still have his job?
There's a Yellow Pages heiress?
It occurs to me that most wealthy families built their fortunes in the most mundane ways possible. Consider, for example, the great toilet paper heiresses of our times! Maybe that's why rich people are so boring and have such bad taste. And then they marry other rich people with bad taste and create even worse offspring.
The Many Moods of Neil Steinberg
"I would have voted for Daley, warts and all. I always did. The corruption doesn't bother me - what city doesn't have corruption?"
"We need to realize that dunderheads greasing their pals in Washington and Springfield leads to dwindling maintenance dollars, which means, every now and again, American taxpayers plunging into rivers to their deaths."
Mary Does Michelle
Oh Lord! Asked and answered - a million times!
I sure hope Mitchell has more than this in her hip pocket.
And it's hardly a "rare" interview; Michelle was trotted out before the nation's media outlets about a month ago in a big PR push to "introduce" her to voters.
1. You worked in the Daley administration. Explain your ties to the mayor and his allies, and what role that has played in your husband's career.
2. Are you proud of the job Todd Stroger is doing?
3. Does is it make you uncomfortable to hear your husband preaching to black men about the importance of being attentive fathers when you have spoken about 'not expecting to be a single mother' because Barack has always chosen to spend so much time on his career?
4. If your husband wasn't running, would you vote for Hillary Clinton?
5. What do you see as the top three differences between Hillary and Barack?
6. One of your main roles at the University of Chicago Hospitals is to encourage folks in your emergency room to seek care elsewhere. Based on your experience, what is your prescription for solving the health care crisis in this country?
7. Have you seen Sicko?
8. Is Barack's health care proposal truly offering universal coverage? Most analyses, including those from friends of the campaign, say it does not.
9. How do you square Barack's campaigning as a change agent with all the profiles of him that describe him as a cautious, conservative, ultra-pragmatic legislator?
10. Did he talk a lot about his opposition to the war at home with you outside of the campaign trail? When did he first voice his views to you? What did he say?
The Beachwood Tip Line: Heiresses welcome.
Posted on August 3, 2007
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