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The [Monday] Papers

1. Brilliant journalism.

2. Rhymefest Will Tandem Jump With Parachute Team To Open Chicago Air & Water Show.

This would be better if we could vote on his tandem partner, though I would have a tough time choosing between Rahm, Billy Corgan or Keanu Reeves.


"Rhymefest continues a tradition of notables making the giant leap with the Golden Knights for the air show opening ceremonies."


"Previous tandem jumpers with strong Chicago ties have included former Cubs catcher David Ross (2017), former Chicago Bears player Charles 'Peanut' Tillman (2016), actor and Lake Forest High School grad Vince Vaughn (2011),and comedian/actor Bill Murray (2008)."

I did not know that. Or at least I don't remember any of those.

3. Cold As ICE.

"One of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's closest City Council allies on Monday accused the Chicago Police Department of violating the Welcoming City Ordinance in a way that led to the arrest, detention and possible deportation of an undocumented mother of three," the Sun-Times reports.

Ald. Danny Solis (25th), chairman of the City Council's Zoning Committee, is so incensed by the Aug. 1 raid at a Pilsen mini-market at 18th Street and Ashland Avenue, he's joining forces with the Resurrection project to file a complaint with the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

The mini-market - descended upon in an 8:30 a.m. raid that, according to Solis, included 25 police officers and 15 police vehicles - is diagonally across the intersection from the Resurrection Project.

Solis said he got a briefing on Friday with Karen Konow, commander of the Police Department's Vice/Asset Forfeiture Division involved in the raid.

According to Solis, Konow explained that the Department of Homeland Security has a branch that deals with counterfeit items and that's why she asked Homeland Security to be part of the raid. Konow could not be reached for comment.

"They're not supposed to do any effort-even with a warrant-that collaborates with Homeland Security or ICE . . . A woman who was a clerk there ended up being handcuffed and taken into custody with Homeland Security," the alderman said.

"This woman who has three kids - 21, 17 and 16 - is now in custody and likely to be deported. If this happened because the Police Department violated a city ordinance, then I think it is outrageous and that's why I'm calling for an investigation."

Although police had a warrant to search the market, Solis questioned the priorities that allowed that amount of police resources to be devoted to an investigation of alleged counterfeit products being sold at the mini-mart.

"They collected fake t-shirts and hats from 8:30 in the morning 'til 2 in the afternoon. I mean - don't we have a lot of crime going on? Gang bangers and drug dealers? And we need to do this?" Solis said.

Rahm Emanuel may have declared Chicago a Trump-free zone, but his police department certainly hasn't.

4. White House: It's In 'Public Interest' For Staff To Skirt Ethics Rules To Meet With Fox News.

5. David Bote Won't Change His Approach After Hitting An 'Ultimate Grand Slam.'

Um, why would he?


New on the Beachwood . . .

Arne Duncan, Unreliable Narrator
"Regrets? He's had a few, but not too many. And even these lack much self-reflection. He's not a politician, he admits, but he has strong opinions about public policy, bolstered mainly by vignettes and anecdotes. A good story goes a long way, and issues often rise or fall on the policy agenda as much on the basis of stories as on hard evidence. This is the essential contradiction of Arne Duncan: He claims to be driven by data, but he prefers a good [false] story."



A Conservative's Conservative Before He Was Nominated And An Open-Minded Jurist After
"[T]he case made for [Brett] Kavanaugh before the president officially announced the nomination differs markedly from the case made for Kavanaugh after the president officially announced the nomination."

A lesson for the media in parroting political rhetoric.



The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #213: Bears Fail Audition
First play says it all. Plus: Our Internet Doppelgangers; Stan Mikita's Legacy - Including The Donuts; Confirmed: The Cubs Are Weird; Pundits Renew Bryce Harper Takes; David Bote McBoteface; Authentic White Sox Fans; Roquan Smith Stalemate; Chicago Fire Tease; and Dan Bernstein's Native Ads.



Last Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Butcher Babies, Toots and the Maytals, Bitter Thoughts, Four Rifts, Potions, Golden Donna, Some Kind of Nightmare, HotLips Messiah, Mystery Actions, and 2Minute Minors.



Keep 'Em Down On The Farm
Our very own Roger Wallenstein thinks it's right that we got Ryan LaMarre instead of Eloy Jiminez.






Chicago Spirit Brigade at Edgewater Edgefest.



The $289 Million Verdict Against Monsanto Doesn't Prove Roundup Causes Cancer.


Eight AT&T Buildings And 10 Years Of Litigation: Shining A Light On NSA Surveillance.


David Letterman Just Can't Figure Out Why He Never Had Women Writers.


The 'Steely-Eyed Killer' Who Became A Star On Fox News - Then Lost It All.


A sampling.








The Beachwood Tronc Line: Merge and acquire.


Posted on August 13, 2018

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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