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The [Monday] Papers

1. Chicago's Favorite Library Books.

"In Chicago, millions of books and people pass through the Chicago Public Library's 80 locations each year. In 2018 alone, 10.5 million books, DVDs and other materials were circulated throughout the city," the Tribune reports.

"With so many books to choose from in the library system, what are Chicagoans reading the most?"

I'll skip the fiction selections - you can click through to see those for yourself - and go right to the good stuff:

"The top nonfiction title of 2018 was Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury, about the Trump administration, which was checked out 4,110 times. The rest of the most popular books were memoirs or biographies. Tara Westover's Educated: A Memoir and Becoming by Michelle Obama, as well as I'll Take You There, a biography of Mavis Staples by Greg Kot, and Hillbilly Elegy, a memoir by J.D. Vance, rounded out the top five."

I wonder if next year Soulless, the R. Kelly book by Jim DeRogatis, will be on the list.

2. Nugget News.

"Wendy's spicy chicken nuggets are back," the Sun-Times reports.

"The chain announced on Twitter last week that the beloved spicy nuggets would be returning a week earlier than expected."

I didn't know that their spicy nuggets were beloved. I thought that was their shakes.

(Checks story.)

Oh yeah, it's a Chance the Rapper thing, which is why it's news overseas too.

Dude, you're a global superstar, if you're gonna bring something back, make it bigger than Wendy's spicy chicken nuggets, like, say, the Great Beer Palace or Tommy La Stella.

3. QB 2B.

"Trubisky hasn't exactly passed the eye test since camp began," the Tribune's Dan Wiederer reports. "For every flash of brilliance, there's been a warning sign or two that 2019 may remain a bit of a roller coaster for the offense. There have been too many interceptions, too many throws that are off the mark and too many days where the quarterback and his offense have been uneven. Yes, they're playing against that aforementioned elite Bears defense. And yes, training camp will always have some trial-and-error dynamics at play. But to the naked eye, Trubisky has looked like a developing middle-tier quarterback and far from an MVP candidate."

4. Deadly Shedd Mystery.

"More than 30 stingrays died at the Shedd Aquarium early this year, but officials have not figured out why and have replaced the fish with catches from the Gulf of Mexico," the Tribune reports.

Wait. Shouldn't they find out what caused the deaths before putting new fish into the same environment?

(Reads story.)

Wait. Shouldn't they find out what caused the deaths before putting new fish into the same environment?

5. Can I Get My Nickel Back?

From a private Facebook page:

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From the comments:

"Someone told me they had two Nickelback tickets on the passenger seat in their car. Someone smashed the window and left two more."

An oldie but a goodie.

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New on the Beachwood today . . .

20 Ways Trump Is Consciously Following Hitler's Template
"A younger Trump, according to his first wife, kept and studied a book translating and annotating Adolf Hitler's pre-World War II speeches in a bedside cabinet . . . The English edition of My New Order, published in 1941, also had analyses of the speeches' impact on his era's press and politics. 'Ugly and appalling as they are, those speeches are masterpieces of demagogic manipulation . . . '"

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New from the Beachwood Sports Desk . . .

SportsMonday: Sky Dogs
It's August, and the winnin' ain't easy.

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The White Sox Report: Field Of Reality Checks
'Maybe I needn't be such a sourpuss. This game will make lots of people curious, engaged, and gleeful. But just who will get to see it, and for how much?'

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TrackNotes: Finding The Arlington Million
Because money is where you find it.

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U.S. Gold Medalists Raise Fists, Take Knees
Responding to 'a president who spreads hate.'

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The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #264: Measuring Maddon's Managing
He doesn't suck, but he does seem to grind up bullpens and talk a lot of shit. Plus: Cubs Media Meatheads Set The Tone; Cubs Hunger Games; Time For Theo To Move on?; Rickey Bunteria; Missing Trubisky; Boynton Beach Bingo; and Schweinsteiger!

I'm solo on this one, people! And check out the Show Notes.

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ChicagoReddit

These towing companies are getting out hand from r/chicago

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

Orquesta La Solución ‎- Desde Mi Barrio En Chicago (Ebirac, 1973) Full Album [Latin/Salsa]

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BeachBook

Interactive Border Wall Mural Tells Stories Of Deported.

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Behind The University Of California's 'Admission By Exception' Side Door.

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TweetWood
A sampling of the delight and disgust you will find @BeachwoodReport.

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Posted on August 12, 2019


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