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The [Monday] Papers

By Steve Rhodes

Note: Whether you made it to the Chicago Media Future Conference on Saturday or not, there's some goodies to avail yourself of over on their website, including audio of the panels, a live-blog of the proceedings, and a Twitter stream. I haven't had time to write up my thoughts on the conference, but hope at some point this week.

Twinkie Town
I was on the Jackson Blue Line platform early Saturday evening and it was mobbed with Twins fans in town for the weekend series against the Cubs. A busker started playing an old Replacements song and I had a bit of a moment.

Our very own Jim Coffman wasn't so lucky with the Twins fans he ran into.

"I know that visiting Cub fans can be annoying elsewhere in the country, especially up at Miller Park," Coffman writes in SportsMonday. "But then they leave and you have the place to yourselves again, don't you Brewers fans? At Wrigley at this time of year in particular, it seems like every time we North Siders turn around we're running into packs of opposing fans. Interleague play in particular brings out the visiting hordes, giving them the still relatively rare opportunity to see their squads at the finest ballpark in the land. And of course we always have the delightful White Sox and their gracious manager in for a series in the middle of it all."

Can O' Corn
"Every year, without fail, Hawk tells one story in particular on-air during the Sox' visit to Wrigley Field, in which some young player signs with the Cubs hoping to win a World Series, falls a little too deeply in love with the bright lights and taverns of Rush Street, struggles on the field, then hears from an elder statesman of baseball how the Cubs will never win a World Series until they stack their team with married men who never go out," our very own Andrew Reilly writes in The White Sox Report. "He updates the names to reflect recent Cub roster moves, which seems odd by itself, but even more perplexing considering Rush Street, by most estimates, hasn't been much fun for anyone outside of Schaumburg in a good 30 years."

Crosstown Classic
Is it possible for the Cubs and Sox to both lose two out of three to each other this week?

Sweet and Sour Lou
"Lou is down three points on the Sweet-O-Meter because he had to fire Gerald Perry due to bats colder than his Falstaff," our very own Marty Gangler writes in The Cub Factor. "And just like your real crazy drunk uncle, Lou knows it wasn't Aunt Edith's fault that your goofy cousin fell into that abandoned mine and almost died. But the cops have to blame someone so she is going to take the fall. Someone had to go down."

Academic Inquiry
From a Tribune editorial on Sunday titled "U. of I., Still Hiding":

"In countless other instances, information is blacked out or pages are missing, with no explanation or clue as to what is being withheld. Asked to justify those redactions, the university flatly refused. 'Your request would mean that the Illinois FOIA requires us, in response to any inquiry by a requesting party, to go line by line, word by word and explain why each redaction was made,' general counsel Thomas Bearrows wrote.

"Actually, that is what the law requires."


Do the right thing, U of I. Haven't you seen those Liberty Mutual commercials?

Daley Heads For The Hills
His trip to Switzerland has obviously long been scheduled, but that doesn't mean it didn't fit into his media strategy to escape questions about his nephew.

Echo Chamber
"The mayor confirmed a report this week in the Chicago Sun-Times that his nephew Robert Vanecko had ignored Daley's advice to end his involvement with DV Urban Realty Partners, a real estate investment company Vanecko co-founded," the Sun-Times reported last week.

Yes, the mayor confirmed a report leaked by people close to the mayor.

Isn't this sort of like Cheney and Rumsfeld leaking reports about WMDs and then going on TV and saying, "See, it's right here in the New York Times!"?

Cole Miner
Just forward his Cook County checks to the jail.

Rape Rage
Would this be the case if men were predominantly the victims or if police chiefs were predominantly women?

The Gay Rights Gamble
"It is a virtual certainty that the Supreme Court will split 5-4 over [gay] marriage equality," Beachwood legal correspondent Sam Singer writes. "As to which side will attract the five-vote majority, analysts are uncertain."

Cab #2564
"At one point I thought he was shooting me nervous glances, but he was really just checking all his mirrors."

A Brief Guide To The Baldwins
The brothers and the band.

X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes
"There are few film buffs who don't have some affection for Roger Corman, the shlockmeister from American International Pictures who produced careers for budding filmmakers almost as fast as he did movies," our very own Marilyn Ferdinand writes at Ferdy on Films.. "No one would confuse an AIP film with great art, but Corman's sense of the bizarre and sensational, his ability to make decent B pictures for so little money, and his knack for attracting some pretty decent talent has earned our respect. X is one film from his vast oeuvre I hadn't caught up with until our local revival house showed an outstanding print of it last night. It is a surprisingly compelling, even moving picture. It might even be the best Corman ever made."


The Beachwood Tip Line: See-through vision.

Posted on June 15, 2009

MUSIC - Millions Of New Guitar Players.
TV - "One America News" is AT&T.
POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
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BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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