The [Monday] Papers
The papers today are refreshingly absent of George Ryan juror news. Hey, even I could use a break.
But if you want to catch up on the weekend's developments, please see The [Sunday] Papers and find out why I think judge Rebecca Pallmeyer seems naive, and why jury foreperson Sonja Chambers seems unbelievable in her varied explanations of why she didn't answer truthfully on her jury questionnaire when it came to past legal entanglements.
And while you're in our Papers archive, check out our Weekend Desk Reports, brought to you every, um, weekend by the fabulous Natasha Julius. If you've been missing them, they're worth going back to.
Now on to The [Monday] Papers and some left over non-Ryan newsbits from the weekend.
And Kamin delivers, ferociously.
"And so, the Big Lie about Soldier Field is finally and officially exposed," Kamin begins, and it just gets better from there, as Kamin skewers Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Soldier Field rehab team who insisted that their renovation was designed to save "one of Chicago's great landmarks."
A landmark that, officially, is no more.
Or Maybe It's Blair's Bungle
He has a point. It's only because of Blair Kamin's nitpicking that anyone noticed the changes.
- Tim Willette
[Editor's Note: Shouldn't that Tribune headline be Just Desserts?]
[UPDATE 2:34 P.M: The answer is No! The Tribune got it right, according to an Eric Zorn column from 1994. The column isn't linkable, but in it Zorn says: "The proper spelling, when one wishes to express that an outcome is particularly apt and fair, is 'just deserts.' One s.
"A little research in the dictionary (one of which I do already own) reveals three distinct meanings for a word spelled 'desert.' The first is 'barren landscape' and is pronounced DEZ-ert. As in, 'I lost my camel in the desert.'
"This meaning traces back to the Latin verb 'deserere,' to abandon. This is the same root of the second meaning of 'desert,' 'to leave in the lurch.' Pronounce it deh-ZERT when you say, 'Don't desert me next time, you faithless camel.'
"The third meaning . . . is 'a fitting reward; that which is deserved.' We also pronounce this word as deh-ZERT, but its Latin root is 'servire,' to serve. The prefix, 'de,' acts as an intensifier, so the sense of the word is of a thing that is properly served. Think of the far more common word, 'deserve.'"]
[MORE IMPORTANTLY: Zorn has culled relevant excerpts from the Sonja Chambers transcript in his new post "The Forewoman Vs. The Coffee Shop Owner: Who's Telling The Truth?"]
Because folks like Jim Durkin are working so hard on our behalf.
Impeaching the Press
Which is obviously worse than a Republican Congress impeaching a president on obscure grounds.
"This is absolutely ridiculous," John McGovern, spokesman for U.S. Speaker of the House and Illinois congressman Dennis Hastert, told the paper.
Because it takes a lot more than lying us into a war to get Hastert to support an impeachment.
Straight Talk Express
So what was so wrong with what Clinton said?
Aren't Bush's lawyerly answers about how he has the authority to ignore our eavesdropping laws because they are old and inconvenient far worse? Just for starters?
Yet, it's still Bill Clinton - whom I never voted for - who still gets the brunt of it even in stories about Richard M. Daley and the city clerk's office.
"[W]atching a decline in attendance, the Art Institute wisely realized it could no longer use the voluntary arrangement."
So, when attendance is in decline you raise the price of admission?
That's almost like raising the price of the newspaper to fight off declining circulation.
New Media Madness
Is that the same decline that started with the newspaper industry itself consolidating until there were monopoly papers in virtually every American city?
Or the decline that somehow hampered the ability of the full-time professional monitors to, oh, get it right in the country's most crucial hour - the run-up to a war?
Or is just that the monitors don't like being monitored?
The paper did the same thing a few years ago with Bears medallions. I asked then-editor Michael Cooke about it back then and instead of just saying, "Yeah, we did it because we're the Sun-Times and we'll do anything for a buck," he tried to convince me that "This is a big story in Chicago!"
Cooke, who went on to preside over a short and unsuccessful stint editing the Daily News in New York before slinking back to Chicago, is back in the Hollinger fold working mostly on coordinating the company's suburban papers.
There's probably something to say here about the decline of professional monitors, but I think you can figure it out on your own.
- "Arrest in Gospel Musician's Killling"
Page Three headlines Monday in the Sun-Times:
- "Remember Him? 'Forgotten' Bin Laden Has New Tape"
Essential Sunday Reading
Get the low-down on that bad heroin going around.
Crucial A-list celebrity tattoo news you don't want to miss. Really!
The R. Kelly trial may finally begin this summer.
Professional monitors hardly need the Internet to hasten their decline. They've been doing quite well at declining on their own for years.
The Beachwood Tip Line: Off like a prom dress.
Posted on April 24, 2006
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