The [Monday] Papers
"Seven-year-old Aaron Pointer spoke his last words from the back of an ambulance," Natasha Korecki writes for the Sun-Times today.
"'I . . . am . . . tired . . . of . . . breathing,' the asthmatic boy gasped, taking breaths between each word, according to a nurse's report.
"From the front seat of the ambulance, worried mother Sharese Pointer waited and waited, hoping at any minute they'd arrive at the hospital.
"It would be the third hospital in 11 hours that her son was taken to after he suffered an asthma attack at home early in the morning of Sept. 13, 2010."
Go read the whole heartbreaking story.
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"So when the Bears failed to turn this NFC North Division rivalry into a slowdown game Sunday, they simply couldn't match the Packers at the positions that matter most.
"Quarterback? No contest, Aaron Rodgers over Jay Cutler. Receiver? The Bears don't have anyone who can make plays like Greg Jennings or a difference maker with the talent of tight end of Jermichael Finley, whose three touchdown catches announced his return to a prime role in coach Mike McCarthy's scheme
"No, when the Packers shut down Bears halfback Matt Forte, all that was left was determining the margin, which the Packers held at 27-17 in front of 62,339 spectators at Soldier Field, the same stadium where the Packers won the NFC championship eight months ago."
Or, as our very own Jim Coffman writes today:
"There isn't anything special about the Bears right now . . . The Packers on the other hand, couldn't be more special. They're so special they make you want to puke."
"We should have won by a larger margin that we did," Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji said.
Ouch. But true.
On the other hand, it's one game. And the last two games are two games. Atlanta was one game It's not that yesterday's loss isn't worrying for the Bears, it's just that it's a long season and we all (should) know by now not to get too high after wins and too low after losses.
"The three-year [state] investigation began with tips from distributors, who also operated gas stations and couldn't fathom how their rivals were selling fuel so cheaply."
"The switch to a better communications system has been delayed since Motorola got a no-bid contract in March 2006 under what the city's chief internal watchdog has said were questionable circumstances."
"The Chicago inspector general says that top officials of the Office of Emergency Management and Communication ignored the rules and simply handed out a $23 million contract for new digital radio equipment to a vendor of their own choosing," Chuck Goudie reported for ABC 7 last October.
"Even 'more troubling,' says the inspector general, city officials then falsified documents to cover their tracks."
From the Tribune:
"Chicago, which makes do with its half-century-old analog system, is the largest city in the country that doesn't equip every firefighter with a radio."
Fake Plastic Trees
Maybe they'll have to shorten the school day so the fields get enough use to justify the expense.
Yeah, well, every other comment I tried seemed too obvious.
"After his family moved to Wilmette, [Rahm Emanuel] attended public schools: Romona School, Locust Junior High School, and New Trier West High School."
Yeah, well, some schools are less public than others.
And two of three CPS teachers.
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Posted on September 26, 2011
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