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The [Monday] Papers

"Chicago blues will soon have a downtown museum dedicated to telling its story. The Chicago Blues Experience, a privately run, 50,000-square-foot facility, is slated to open in spring 2019 near Millennium Park," Crain's reports.

Not to be too obvious, but shouldn't the museum be in, oh, say, Bronzeville, where it might spur some economic development in a neighborhood that needs it, not to mention closer to its roots - perhaps a walking tour could be included. Nobody ever learns, the city suffers, and people scratch their heads at the seemingly unsolvable problems we have that are eminently solvable.

Or am I missing something?

Don't Need A Weatherman
"When the temperature in Chicago hit 70 degrees in February this year, meteorologists were having a ball," Jake Smith reports for WBEZ.

"It just keeps getting better and better!" exclaimed Steve Baskerville of CBS Chicago.

But when Curious Citizen Mark Mesle saw all that sun in the forecast, he had mixed feelings. "It was a beautiful day and I went to the park," he admits. "But I also just genuinely worry. I have a 2 ½ - and a 4 ½ -year-old [child]. And it scares the hell out of me in terms of, what's this going to be like in 2050? Are they going to be OK?"

In other words, the unseasonably warm weather had Mark thinking about climate change. But those meteorologists he saw on the news weren't mentioning it - which Mark (who runs a website that encourages people to contact their local meteorologists about climate change) saw as a missed opportunity.

"Few people I know can name a climate scientist in Chicago, but almost everybody knows Tom Skilling, or their local meteorologist. And they have credibility," he said.

So WBEZ asked six local meteorologists if they were talking about climate change on the air, and if not, why not. What an excellent idea!

Sadly, only one meteorologist - Skilling - cooperated.

Of the other five, "Two of them declined to talk about the politically-charged issue on-the-record, and three more ignored our calls and e-mails."

My only complaint is that WBEZ didn't name those five. I can't for the life of me understand why you wouldn't hold them to account the way we do other, non-media public figures.

But click through and read what Skilling said - I'm certain you'll find it instructive in several ways.

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Call Out For The Cub Factor
Folks, Marty Gangler will not be able to write The Cub Factor column this season. If interested, let me know.

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Call Out For LTR
Folks, I'm single again (it was complicated). If interested, let me know.

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From the Beachwood Sports Desk . . .

TrackNotes: On Saturday, We Saw 'The Greatest Horse Since Secretariat'
A horse, and a race, of a lifetime.

The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #145: The Butt Fumble Bears
Lake Forest, Loserville. Plus: The Butt Fumble Bulls; Jerry Krause Was Right; Blackhawks Grinding Against Bad Teams; The Charmed Life Of Clean-Living Kris Bryant; Cubs Playing Match Game With Starters; Joe Maddon's World Series Managing Even Worse Than We Thought; Contracting Tim Anderson; Fire Get Schweinsteiger; A Team To Root For; and UIC's Tiny Dance.

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BeachBook
A sampling.

And Now A Few Words On Behalf Of The Worst Writer In Chicago.

I added some additional commentary in the Facebook comments.

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Don't Fight Lies With Lies.

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Chicagoans Take Triple Hit On Old Wrigley Factory, Courtesy Of Ald. Patrick Daley Thompson.

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Chicago Cops Who Escaped Punishment For Serious Wrongdoing Because Officials Lost Track Of Their Cases.

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White Sox Prospect Yoan Moncada Eats Up to 85 Twinkies A Week.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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Read the comments, replies and documentary evidence offered under the tweet, please.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Last resort.



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