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The [Thursday] Papers

1. City Animal Shelter Seeking Help With Influx Of Rescued Cats.

"The number of rescued cats at Chicago's Animal Care and Control shelter reached a high of 300 earlier this week, leaving some at risk of being euthanized if temporary homes aren't lined up quickly enough," Chicago Tonight reports.

"The shelter's cat population is the highest of the year but also normal for late summer, when mother cats are having their second or third (and final) litters of the season."

2. The Most Notorious Towing Company In Chicago - Maybe In America - Gets The Boot.

"In a city known for gangsters, bootleggers and corrupt politicians, residents will tell you the most reviled actor on the North Side is a tow-truck company," Douglas Belkin writes for the Wall Street Journal.

"For more than half a century, Chicagoans have said Lincoln Towing Service - known locally as the Lincoln Park Pirates - has hauled away cars for no reason, overcharged motorists to get them back and taunted owners who complained."

3. Chicago Doesn't Air Council Committee Meetings. That Could Change.

"Chicago's lack of committee broadcasts and recordings seems out of place in this day and age. The Better Government Association's Policy Team surveyed local and national cities. We found both broadcasting, and at the very least, recordings of meetings are done in some of the largest cities in the country, including New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Dallas. We also found Chicago's neighbors, like Skokie, also were broadcasting, as were other local governing boards like Cook County and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District. (Scroll down to see who puts what on the air.)

"Los Angeles' program has been around for about seven years. A spokesperson for the city clerk's office for L.A. said their broadcast program was not just about transparency, it also ensured Americans with Disabilities Act compliance. According to Patrice Lattimore from the Council & Public Services Division, 'the feedback has been positive. The audio streaming allows the public easier access to the meeting . . . (and we are able) to reach more younger crowds.'"

4. Conferences Relocate To Show Solidarity With Striking Chicago Hotel Workers.

"The Democratic Attorneys General Association, which was scheduled to host 200 people at the JW Marriott this week for its fall quarterly policy program, decided to move the event to show solidarity with workers who have been on strike for a week."

And:

"The Midwest LGBTQ Health Symposium, which has more than 500 people registered, is also being moved from its original hotel venue to 'stand with workers,' organizer Howard Brown Health announced to participants this week.

"The conference, which takes place Saturday and Sunday, will now be held at Malcolm X College. Howard Brown declined to disclose the name of the hotel that had been set to host the symposium."

That's weird. Why?

5. The Vikings Must Avoid A 'Chicago Choke' Against The Packers.

"While everyone else is talking about quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers' stunning victory on Sunday night, the Vikings should know it was less miracle play than legendary choke on the part of the Chicago Bears," Mike Greizer writes for FanSided. Minnesota should also be careful to avoid the same result."

6. Chicago Police Reform Plan Unveiled.

Make no mistake: The consent decree should be part of Lisa Madigan's legacy, not Rahm's. She made it happen; he was dragged kicking and screaming.

7. Illinois Responds To Hurricane With National Guard Soldiers.

Just 10 of 'em. Hmmm.

8. The Story Of A Headless Pedophile In Aurora Was Fake.

Um, what?

9. Science Proves That Diner Coffee Is Weak And Terrible.

Science can suck it.

10. For Thousands of Years, Humans Coexisted With The Largest Birds That Ever Lived.

Science!

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New on the Beachwood today . . .

Evidence Of Kavanaugh Perjury Mounts After Durbin Releases More "Confidential" Documents
"This is a theme that we see emerge with Judge Kavanaugh time and time again - he says one thing under oath, and then the documents tell a different story," said Durbin.

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book Censored In Illinois Prisons
"A superb work of history . . . the film rights have been optioned to TriStar."

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Illinois Suicide Prevention Summit
"The summit will cover the four strategies of AFSP's Project 2025: the prevention of suicide in health care systems, in emergency departments, in the corrections system and by firearm owners."

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ChicagoGram

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ChicagoTube

Portrait of a Chicago Professor.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

By Barbara Res, Trump's former longtime vice president of construction.

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Lettuce Police You.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Lettuce, cheddar, bread.



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Posted on September 13, 2018


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