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The [Monday] Papers

In case you missed it:

* The Beachwood Radio Hour #61A: Grateful Dead Edition.

Let there be ungentrified songs to fill the air: What the media and David Axelrod get wrong.

* The Beachwood Radio Hour #61B: Beachwood Does Tinder.

Like or Nope? Plus: Covering Chicago Violence In The Worst Possible Way; Really Reassessing Obama's Legacy; and Beachwood Funnies.

* The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #59: What Cubs Kids?

One is not a wave. Plus: The Crushingly Boring Crosstown Classic; Jeff Samardzija Vu; Patrick Sharp Is Still No Longer A Blackhawk; World Cup Carli; and Elena Delle Donne Deserves More Stardom.

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New on the site so far today:

* The Cub Factor: Bot Day.

Teen Titans Edition: All I know is pain.

* The White Sox Report: Remain Calm.

Don't be fooled - wave the white flag.

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Now let's take a look at some items in the news.

"Chicago Public Schools on Monday unveiled dire financial projections for the coming school year, warning that cuts will be even worse than those announced earlier this month if pension relief is not granted in Springfield," the Tribune reports.

I'm sure the situation is dire, but just based on historical fact, I don't find any projections from CPS to be credible.

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"'We're trying to keep cuts from the classroom door, (but) we're not keeping them from the school door,' CPS interim CEO Jesse Ruiz said."

As I wrote earlier this month, there's really no such thing as keeping cuts from the classroom.

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"A video published this week as part of a lawsuit against the Chicago Police Department shows police flooding a street on Chicago's West Side," WBEZ reports.

"A large officer identified in court papers as Brett Kahn extends a telescoping baton and walks in a circle yelling at residents, 'Get out of the street or you're going to jail! Get out of the street or you're going to jail!'"

If you click through, you can watch the video for yourself.

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"The officer approaches a man identified in court papers as Jeremiah Smith, who is standing a couple feet from the curb. Officer Kahn grabs him by the shirt and, seemingly unprovoked, punches him in the head. Smith goes down and is handcuffed. A woman holding a small child near Smith puts her hand to her mouth in shock, and residents can be heard on the video yelling expletives at the police.

"Chicago police say the incident is under investigation but won't say whether Officer Kahn is on the job, or on leave, or desk duty or anything else. The police department's Office of News Affairs referred reporters to IPRA, the Independent Police Review Authority, but a spokesman for IPRA says they don't make employment decisions. He said CPD is indeed the appropriate source for that information."

I propose a new city slogan: "Welcome to Chicago - You'll Have To File A FOIA For That*."

*Which we will deny after a lengthy delay. Have a nice day!

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"With his decision to pull his request for a $500 million loan from the teachers' pension fund, Mayor Emanuel has ended his brief but entertaining experiment in financing public education by turning teacher into loan sharks," Ben Joravsky writes for the Reader.

"The deal fell apart because the teachers insisted that the mayor fortify the loan with collateral - like leases to Chicago Public Schools property - in case the city didn't make good on its loan payments."

I, for one, would have enjoyed watching Chicago's teachers repossess school property - such as the 50 or so schools closed by Rahm - as the city defaulted on its loan. Maybe the teachers could have re-opened those schools!

Now, is there a way to repossess the parking meters?

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"The Central Intelligence Agency's health professionals repeatedly criticized the agency's post-Sept. 11 interrogation program, but their protests were rebuffed by prominent outside psychologists who lent credibility to the program, according to a new report," the New York Times reports.

"The 542-page report, which examines the involvement of the nation's psychologists and their largest professional organization, the American Psychological Association, with the harsh interrogation programs of the Bush era, raises repeated questions about the collaboration between psychologists and officials at both the C.I.A. and the Pentagon.

"The report, completed this month, concludes that some of the association's top officials, including its ethics director, sought to curry favor with Pentagon officials by seeking to keep the association's ethics policies in line with the Defense Department's interrogation policies, while several prominent outside psychologists took actions that aided the C.I.A.'s interrogation program and helped protect it from growing dissent inside the agency . . .

"The report, which was obtained by The New York Times and has not previously been made public, is the result of a seven-month investigation by a team led by David Hoffman, a Chicago lawyer with the firm Sidley Austin at the request of the psychology association's board."

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BeachBook
* 54 Rays Die After Malfunction At Brookfield Zoo.

* Whatever Happened To That Riverfront Lighting Contest?

* The Largest Financial Crime In History That The Media Would Like You To Forget.

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Back in black.



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Posted on July 13, 2015


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POLITICS - Charter Schools Complicit With Segregation.
SPORTS - USA Gymnastics Bans Illinois Coach.

BOOKS - The Randomness Of Harvard Admissions.

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