The [Thursday] Papers
Still slightly hobbled by my ISP issues, but I'm reporting live again today from the Beachwood's Palmer Square bureau. Beachwood HQ should be up to full speed later today.
Nonetheless, we have a new Over/Under, the wildly popular football column by the wildly popular Eric Emery; and in case you missed it yesterday, a new Periodical Table featuring Rick Rubin, Tina Fey, loud eyeballs and the conservative U of C scholar who found the White House's abuse of power too much to bear, as well as a 9/11 poem by our poet-in-residence, J.J. Tindall. Plus, the Beachwood debut of longtime local personality Chicago Ed Schwartz.
And now, on to the news.
We all know, though, that the governor keeping his word about anything is:
A) A crapshoot.
"Representatives of Blagojevich and legislative leaders would not confirm the meetings were held."
Officials from the governor's office would also not confirm that Blagojevich was, in fact, the governor nor rumors that he was an android.
Apparently, though, we can't afford alternative policing.
"Park officials say that even if Chicago doesn't win its bid for the Games, demand for harbor space will make the sites successful. Slip revenues from pleasure boats would cover construction costs, parks Supt. Timothy Mitchell said."
A) And if not, Mitchell will pay the difference out of his own pocket. Er, I mean, you will.
That's the same godson being pursued by Las Vegas police in an alleged kickback scheme.
BREAKING NEWS 10:16 A.M.: Orlando Jones Found Dead.
The list includes deputy governor Sheila Nix, chief operating officer John Filan and CTA board chairwoman Carol Brown.
"We don't need no stinkin' disclosure forms," a source close to the governor said.
Top 10 Dealbreakers
"There are 10 dealbreakers for me. And guess what? My ex had all of them. (Except No. 6.)
Well, nine of 10 ain't bad.
Grow Up Now
It might also be smart for the Sun-Times at this point to steal a page from RedEye and give itself away free at train stations.
The Sun-Times chastises the political hacks who have sent the CTA into crisis but the paper hasn't exactly done its part, covering transportation and state budget issues on the cheap just like those they criticize.
Ultimately, it would have been more effective if the Sun-Times put a photo of the mayor riding bikes in Paris on the front page with its editorial and amended its cover language to "Mayor Daley, Fix the CTA Now!"
He should be in Springfield not only fighting for his constituents - us - but facing the music for allowing the system to deteriorate so badly under his watch.
The opening to today's superior Tribune editorial on the CTA: "Transit riders, stand down. Your crisis has been rescheduled for Nov. 4."
The Beachwood Tip Line: Stand up.
Posted on September 13, 2007
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