The [Tuesday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
The papers are mourning the passing of Pontiac and I, too, will join in that mourning, though I always preferred Chevy's Camaro (my first and most-beloved car was a green 1975 model) to the Firebird and the Trans Am, even if the Trans Am was a killer name that really said it all.
The Tribune and Sun-Times both list the pop culture presence of these models, as well as the Pontiac GTO. My top three:
The Tony Cole Show
I'm sure there's room for him in John Daley's insurance firm. They hire patronage workers, don't they?
Because the steakhouse busboy (I guess he wasn't even waiting tables) Stroger hired and then promoted - twice - to work alongside the chief financial officer of the country's 19th largest unit of government not only had a history of allegations of abusing women but, the Tribune reports today, was getting his rent paid by taxpayers by claiming he was a Hurricane Katrina victim. While the county was paying him $60,000 a year. And, the Trib reports, he used a fake Social Security number to get his apartment.
Meanwhile, the Sun-Times reports that Cole was paid by the county while he was in jail. Both times.
Item: Religious Leaders Back Medical Marijuana
Punch Line: Nah, too easy.
Dude, I saw Jesus on my toast this morning!
You can bet that if the entire magazine featured black artists without a single white person, the editors would have noticed.
"In 2003, during Blagojevich's first year as governor, Secretary of State Jesse White told him, 'I've known [former Gov. George Ryan] for 30 years. He never lied to me once. You've lied to me 15 times in six months'."
White's experience was not unique - in fact, Blagojevich's dysfunctions as well as an actual federal investigation were such an open secret that it's a step too far to even use the word "secret;" it was just open. And yet Democratic leaders (including the highest leader of the land who exhorts you to believe) backed Blagojevich's re-election in 2006. Along with Stroger's election that year to Cook County board president.
And we've been paying the price ever since.
Name those aides!
No, seriously. Name them.
And Then There's . . .
And with Bea Arthur's death this week, now is a good time to re-read our very own Kathryn Ware's awesomely brilliant series about the debut season of Maude. You can start here and then look at the links at the bottom for the whole thing.
"The site is being cast in the mold of a newsweekly magazine and daily paper, as opposed to quick, off-the-cuff blog posts. The company has tapped former NYT reporter Melinda Henneberger as its editor. The site has about 21 other journalists on its staff . . .
"With all the layoffs across the newspaper industry the past few months, Moe told me that AOL has been able to take advantage of a 'once-in-era opportunity to hire the best people coming out of the newspaper industry over the next 18- to 24 months'."
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Posted on April 28, 2009
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