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The [Monday] Papers

Still catching up, here's a few lighter items and today's Beachwood offerings. Almost back to full strength, thanks for your patience.

Brand X
"State Treasurer Dan Rutherford's office is paying nearly $2 million to a Chicago consulting firm to re-brand and market a program the Pontiac Republican said just months ago was exceeding expectations," the Daily Herald reports.

"The state will pay Henson Consulting a total of $1.98 million over three years to 're-brand and market the Cash Dash program in the state treasurer's unclaimed property division,' per the state contract."

I'll do it for free right now: Change the name from Cash Dash to Unclaimed Money Could Be Yours! Done.


Here's the Henson Consulting team.

"The sprawling Chicago Vocational Career Academy is in line for a significant renovation that would include a new addition, athletic facilities and demolition of portions of the architecturally-significant campus, according to documents made public last week," Lee Bey writes on his WBEZ blog.

Click through to see what this means for the "faded architectural jewel" - and to see Bey's photos.

Beachwood Field Trip?
"If you've ever wanted to 'come on down' and be the next contestant on The Price is Right, you have a chance for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with CBS's most popular game show," CBS2 reports.

"On Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., CBS 2 will be hosting a Price is Right contestant search at Savers, at 1231 N. Gary Ave. in Carol Stream."

The Bleeding Heart Bakery Report
Going, going, gone.

Liriano Is Geico
In The White Sox Report.

See also: This preview of Liriano's first White Sox start - against the Twins.

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Including Chicago!

Cliches Burning
I know it's TV, but do people really live lives this, um, dramatic? And studied? And intense? I don't think even firefighters do, but maybe it's just me. Maybe my life is lacking. Anyway, Chicago Code was about the way things work in Chicago, and the characters involved. Chicago Fire is about a bunch of pretty characters who are placed in a firehouse under some quaint romantic notion that there are still, um, fires.

Or do these shows represent our fantasies of what we want life to be like? Men and women of honor! Flaws! Death that is just a dramatic device in the story of life! Everyone sort of triumphing in a grim way in the end! Yay!

The Olympics Are Ridiculous
"The Olympics cannot be about what NBC has been serving up in prime time so far," our very own Jim Coffman writes in SportsMonday.

"Surely in this hyper-connected day and age there has to be more acknowledgement paid to the fact that events have already happened. Can't the prime time coverage be real good highlights and analysis packages?

"Instead we get swim races and gymnastics competitions in which the announcers don't know what happened but we do. This isn't working!"

Caped Crusaders
Our Cubs as the superheroes they really are, not who they purport to be. In The Cub Factor.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Working.


Posted on July 30, 2012

MUSIC - Millions Of New Guitar Players.
TV - "One America News" is AT&T.
POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
SPORTS - Tonyball, Bears On The Run, Eyes On The Sky & More!

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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