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The [Monday] Papers

I was in Los Angeles over the weekend so I'm still catching up on the news I missed back here in Chicago. But I assume every pol is still corrupt, every company is still trying to rip you off, every employer is still abusing you, and mean people without hearts or souls are still trying to crush the beauties and treasures of this city for financial gain and ego gratification. Glad to be back!

Beachwood Baseball
You know what they call the Angels-Dodgers interleague games? The Freeway Series.

You know what they call the Giants-Dodgers series? Nothing. They play all the time.

You know what they call the White Sox sweeping the Cubs at The Cell? Revenge.


"One thing is certain as we bid adieu to the latest interleague interlude," our very own Jim Coffman writes in SportsMonday. "Neither the Cubs nor the White Sox will run away and hide with their divisions in the next month or two."


Find out why Jim Edmonds is like Ralph Malph and Scott Eyre is like Potsie in The Cub Factor.

Train in Vain
"The best that can be said about the level of safety on the Chicago Transit Authority rail system is that riders are not putting their lives in jeopardy," the Tribune reports.

Actually, that's a lot - a lot more than I expected. I kind of think the CTA is putting lives in jeopardy. But if true, maybe that should be a screaming front-page headline: "Report: Riding The CTA Not Life-Threatening!"

Blog Crawl
* Endless Supply of Weird Old Chicago Stuff on eBay.

* A CTA driver's view of bus bunching.

* What does an epidemiologist know about reducing violence in Chicago?

* "[Sam Zell is] falling back on his roots as a scavenger, dismembering the Tribune Company in what amounts to a vicious circle," Lynn Becker writes. "He's selling of the best assets to pay off debt, thereby dramatically reducing the cash flow available to service the remaining debt, which will be reduced by another wave of sell-offs of less valuable assets, with another reduction in cash flow, and so on and so on, down to zero.

"It's fascinating to watch - like witnessing the dissection of a pig - but odds are in the end the results will the same . You get a great show, you learn a lot, but all you're left with is a dead pig."

* "Is there anything the Park District has been doing well?" Mick Dumke asks of Erma Tranter.

North By Northwest
"I challenged people's sensitivities and the way they think," Mike North told Rob Feder last week.

I thought that was Don Imus's job.

Independence Rock
On July 4th, Sound Opinions hosts Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis will spin their favorite songs about America.

I Love L.A.
I mean, really, how great is this?


The Beachwood Tip Line: Another perfect day.


Posted on June 30, 2008

MUSIC - Holiday Hullabaloo.
POLITICS - Bank Profits Soaring.
SPORTS - Chicago vs. Michigan, 1903.

BOOKS - Dia De Los Muertos Stories.

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Chicagoetry: West Town Blues.

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