The [Monday] Papers
"Rock 'n' roll is a spectacle, and what more grandiose show is there than a raw descent into hell?" Oak Park writer Emily Hauser writes on today's Tribune Op-Ed page. "Here's the thing, though: The drugs, as The Verve once sang, don't work."
Yes, they love the El, but hate the CTA.
What's so maddening is that the CTA has a product that so many people have been so loyal to for so long despite the fact that it doesn't work very well. How many companies would kill for that kind of customer base? And yet, the CTA has managed to screw it up.
Of course, it's not just the CTA's fault. It's the mayor's fault for not safeguarding, nurturing and innovating such a vital city asset, though sometimes I wonder if he wouldn't rather see the El go away (he's currently enthralled with buses), outside of luxury express service to and from O'Hare, Midway, and the North Shore.
That would be a shame, but I have never seen in my measly 15 years in Chicago a time when so many folks, including myself, have just completed bailed on the El.
I'll tell you this: the Tribune metro section would be a helluva lot more interesting with Turner in it than Schmich.
"For about as long as the modern Games have existed, they have served as a stage for politics as much as sport. Berlin 1936 was Hitler and Jesse Owens. Helsinki 1952 was the beginning of the Cold War. Mexico City 1968 was the Black Power salute. The blood of 11 slain Israeli athletes stained Munich 1972. Moscow 1980 meant boycotts, as did Los Angeles four years later."
"Oh, you left out a bunch of stuff. First of all, you have to grease the local politicians for the sudden zoning problems that always come up. Then there's the kickbacks to the carpenters. And if you plan on using any cement in this building I'm sure the Teamsters would like to have a little chat with you, and that'll cost you. Don't forget a little something for the building inspectors. There's the long-term costs, such as waste disposal. I don't know if you're familiar with who runs that business but I assure you it's not the Boy Scouts."
"The next question for us is where to build our factory."
"How about Fantasyland?"
* "Mussolini would be proud of Chicago's parking system," declared David Gorodess, whose sedan was towed to the Wacker Driver pound last month from a spot on Lake Street, where he said he has parked every day without problem. "Certainly, cars are towed on time."
* "Heather Thome thought she scored 'rock star' parking when she grabbed a coveted open spot last April on inner Lake Shore Drive at Addison Street. But she was dismayed when she returned to find a police officer had just written a ticket for violating a parking ban from 4 to 6 p.m.
"'I asked him where the sign was,' said Thome, 35, a temp worker. 'He said there use to be a sign on "that" pole, and it hasn't been there for two years. My logical question was, 'How can you write a ticket?' And he told me he doesn't want to, but his boss tells him he has to go out every day and write tickets.'"
I've just gotten a kick out of the phrase "mixed grill" ever since I read The Corrections.
Bush plan to slow immigration working.
Sick Country Syndrome
How does that support the police version?
I'm not taking sides, I just want it explained to me. Was it the angle of the wound that indicated Harrison was turning when he was shot? Because I don't see the difference between being shot in the shoulder, the back, the butt, or the calf when it comes to the police shooting someone facing the other way.
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Posted on August 13, 2007
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