The [Tuesday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
And in cabbie assault news not involving Patrick Kane . . .
"Chicago's estimated 12,000 taxi drivers are calling for a day of prayer and meditation Tuesday to highlight hardships they face every day," the Tribune reports.
"That includes Karl Clermont, 33, a driver who said he still doesn't know which Chicago police officer refused to pay his $8 cab fare and pulled a gun on Clermont on April 23 at Armitage and Damen Avenues."
And now, back to Patrick Kane, who just last week was lauded in his hometown for being a model citizen.
Then again, the Buffalo News is reporting that the cabbie alleging he was assaulted by Kane isn't exactly a real winner.
Can we also insist that Gov. Pat Quinn become subject to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act?
* Olympic Vultures Circling. Hey Tulsa, back off!
Today in Duh
1. It's 2009 and this is still subject to debate? My God, for how many decades are we going to pose this as a question? You might as well wonder if smoking is dangerous to your health.
2. Is it even remotely questionable that the media cares more about white people; particularly affluent white people whom they want - unlike poor black folk - as customers? Every last one of us who has been in a newsroom knows it's even more callous than this. If only the public knew . . .
3. Reflecting the attitudes of the communities in which crimes took place? What does this mean - that blacks are more accepting of crime? Or does media coverage reflect the attitudes of . . . the media?
Coming tomorrow: I prefer real friends to Facebook friends!
And the day after that: Political corruption: Just bad apples?
Yes, but Elkhart is filled with poor white swing voters. Why should Obama discover Chicago's ghettos now?
Boyz in the Hood
Take that with your school reform and shove it.
Driving Bill Banks
"In all, it took more than two months to obtain documents about a government program operating all over the region. It should take seven days under the existing loophole-ridden law."
Maybe if we start prosecuting public officials who withhold public information with, oh, let's say treason, things might change.
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Posted on August 11, 2009
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