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The [Monday] Papers

"The highlight of the trial of retired Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge could come Monday, when a former detective who worked under Burge is expected to testify that he saw Burge coerce a confession from a robbery suspect by placing a plastic typewriter cover over his head to prevent him from breathing," the Tribune reports.

"Michael McDermott was granted immunity from prosecution and ordered to testify for the government at Burge's federal trial on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying in a 2003 civil suit about his use or knowledge of torture against criminal suspects.

"McDermott is expected to be one of the final witnesses for the government as it nears the end of its case."

Moral Calculus
"In a series of interviews with the Tribune, museum leaders defended their pay as in line with the nature of the work, which involves protecting the bottom line just as intensely as their for-profit counterparts," the paper reports.

"Experts in executive compensation concurred, saying the pay is important to recruit and retain talent that ranges from former political operatives to corporate executives to accomplished scholars."

Executives are in a position to defend their pay - and experts will always concur. But the rest of the workforce is told to accept that life isn't fair and they should be happy to just have a job, much less be fairly compensated. It's disgusting.

"'I work for a board of trustees full of tough businesspeople that says, 'Ted, how do we stay on top?' said [Shedd Aquarium CEO Ted] Beattie, who had base pay of $395,177 and total compensation of $894,752 in the most recent federal filing, for 2008."

Oh waah. You work for a board of trustees whom all grease each other, Ted.

"Several Chicago museum executives accurately noted that their salaries also are less than those in the corporate world and those of museum presidents in New York, whose base salaries can top $1 million."

A) Less than which salaries in the corporate world? There's a broad range and everybody's salary is less than those at the top.

B) Then go work in the corporate world.

C) Museum presidents in New York make more because they live and work in . . . New York.

Try again.

"But the ups and downs of museum leaders were illustrated last month when [Art Institute President James] Cuno and art lovers shared a satisfying spread of cake to celebrate the first anniversary of the Art Institute's Modern Wing, Cuno's signature achievement as its president.

"Yet, just days later, the Harvard Ph.D. and author had to announce a less palatable bit of news: the museum was laying off 65 employees as a dwindling stock portfolio hit the institution's bottom line."


Question to Cuno: Is that moral? Do you feel any twinge of guilt?

Drug Thugs
"The wars between Mexico's drug cartels are closer than you think, Senate candidate Mark Kirk says," the Sun-Times reports.

"'The West Coast [of Mexico] Sinaloa Cartel has been attacking the East Coast Juarez Cartel. We should feel somewhat concerned about this because the Juarez Cartel is our guys - they control the drug trade in Chicago,' Kirk says, only half-joking, to audiences on the campaign trail."

I did not know that.

"'I talked to someone who served as the lieutenant for the Juarez Cartel in Chicago in the '90s,' said Tony Payan, a political science professor at the University of Texas El Paso who studies the cartels. 'He his wife and kids lived in a posh house in Deerfield, Ill., and from there, he received the drugs, managed the distribution of money. He was fortunate enough to step away from the business without any repercussions.'

"The Sinaloa cartel aims to cut into Juarez territory in Mexico and Chicago. U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald indicted 11 alleged Sinaloa-affiliated drug traffickers in Chicago last year."


"The Sinaloa Cartel (Pacific Cartel, Guzman-Loera Cartel) (Spanish: Cartel de Sinaloa) is a Mexican drug cartel primarily operating out of the states of Baja California, Sinaloa, Durango, Sonora and Chihuahua," according to Wikipedia. "The cartel is also known as the Guzman-Loera Organization and the Pacific Cartel, the latter due to the coast of Mexico from which it originated, other names include the Federation or Golden Triangle . . .

"The cartel is primarily involved in the smuggling and distribution of Colombian cocaine, Mexican marijuana, methamphetamine and Mexican and Southeast Asian heroin into the United States. It is believed that a group known as the Herrera Organization would transport multi-ton quantities of cocaine from South America to Guatemala on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel. From there it is smuggled north to Mexico and later into the U.S. Other shipments of cocaine are believed to originate in Colombia from Cali and Medellin drug-trafficking groups from which the Sinaloa Cartel handle transportation across the U.S. border to distribution cells in Arizona, California, Texas, Chicago and New York."


"Mexico Seems To Favor Sinaloa In Drug War: NPR."


Al Jazeera reports the same.


For everything the north gives, it exacts a price in return.


Keeper of the Cup
"His name is Mike Bolt, and he's the guy who guards hockey's silver chalice, which is preparing to go on a 100-day odyssey with the members of the Blackhawks," Sneed reports.

"[T]he furthest I've been is Magnitogorsk, Russia, at the request of Evgeni Malkin from the Pittsburgh Penguins. That's where he's from . . . He just wanted to take it home.

"It's also been on a mountaintop in British Columbia; kids have been baptized in it; it's been fishing; tossed in rivers; stuffed with popcorn for kids to eat in movie theaters; filled with dog food, and [Thursday] night, it traveled to a bunch of bars . . . one of them I think was called Gibsons."


"Even NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman once took him aside and said, 'You've got an awesome job,'" writes Kevin Shea for the Hockey Hall of Fame in an extended report.


From Time:

Can I pour beer in it? No, only players can do that.

Do people ever try to sneak by you to pour beer in it?
They try. They don't succeed.


How much beer can it hold?
The Stanley Cup can hold 14 cans of beer.

Wow, you knew that fact off the top of your head.
Well, it's seen a lot of beer. When the Rangers won [in 1994] the Cup did a lot of barhopping. That was back when it didn't have a personal escort. I don't want to go into details, but some damage happened to the Cup, so the job I have was created the next year. The Rangers were the straw that broke the camel's back.

Wait, what happened?
I can't say.


Errors and imperfections . . .


SportsMonday: The Cup at Wrigley.

The Cub Factor: Lou Piniella Outclassed.

The White Sox Report: Kenny Hendry.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Fitting.


Posted on June 14, 2010

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