The [Thursday] Papers
"If the Cubs were expecting an air-conditioned version of their friendly confines Wednesday night, they must have been sorely disappointed," the Arizona Republic reports.
"A rowdy Diamondbacks contingent made up the vast majority of the sellout crowd at Chase Field, and the video board even presented a spoof of a lonely Steve Bartman, the poor soul who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time four years ago at Wrigley Field.
"As it should, home-field advantage belonged squarely to the home team, and the Diamondbacks, exhibiting the same qualities that won them 90 games in the regular season, got great pitching, just enough offense and a thank-you-very-much pitching change to take command of this National League Division Series with a 3-1 win in Game 1 in front of a sellout crowd of 48,864."
Beachwood Cubs Coverage
* What Britney Spears had to do with last night's game. Our very own Marty Gangler explains. In The Cub Factor.
* The Cubs and Radiohead. Our very own Joel Boehm expounds at Agony & Ivy.
NEW! 10:36 A.M: Joel Boehm has a new post at Agony & Ivy. Says Boehm: "Baseball is a game of rhythms, and last night, the Cubs stepped out of the rhythm of the game, I thought, a risk that wasn't worth taking, and they paid the price."
"But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales's arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency.
"The new opinion, the officials said, for the first time provided explicit authorization to barrage terror suspects with a combination of painful physical and psychological tactics, including head-slapping, simulated drowning and frigid temperatures.
"Mr. Gonzales approved the legal memorandum on 'combined effects' over the objections of James B. Comey, the deputy attorney general, who was leaving his job after bruising clashes with the White House. Disagreeing with what he viewed as the opinion's overreaching legal reasoning, Mr. Comey told colleagues at the department that they would all be 'ashamed' when the world eventually learned of it."
By the way, unless something has changed over the last few years, my understanding is that Comey is pretty much U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald's best friend.
No Joy in Obamaville
Says one donor: "The patience of some supporters is wearing thin."
Law & Daley's Order
"Daley said he'll leave it to Corporation Counsel Mara Georges to interpret the legal requirements concerning a list of officers who have had the largest number of complaints lodged against them over the last five years.
"'That would be up to her,' the mayor said. "She is a lawyer. I'm not the lawyer for the city."
See, it's out of Daley's hands.
"'You want more and more people using public transportation,' he said."
Was the mayor out of town or something when the latest news about the CTA broke?
"Cook County Board President Todd Stroger this week hired the girlfriend of his powerful ally, Commissioner William Beavers, for a coveted county job. But after the Chicago Sun-Times began inquiring Wednesday about the hiring of Patty Young, she was taken off the payroll. Both Young and Beavers initially denied she was a county employee, but other employees confirmed she had been working there. Young later said she decided not to accept the job in the county Purchasing Department - where she would have reported to the wife of Stroger's best friend - because it didn't pay enough."
Like A Virus
Thank You Big Media
The Beachwood Tip Line: A dry heat.
Posted on October 4, 2007
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