The [Tuesday] Papers
The drought of 2012 is already legend, its destruction of corn, soybeans and most crops well-documented," the Sun-Times reports.
"But there is one cash crop in Northern Illinois that has fared OK during the drought, albeit a small one - grapes.
"It turns out drought is not as hard on grapes used in making wine as it is on corn, soybeans or even the bluegrass in people's lawns."
And that's good news for the state's winemakers. Click through for the rest.
"The civil filing would cap a two-year review by the Illinois attorney general's office, prompted by Tribune reporting on the Chris Zorich Charitable Foundation. The newspaper reported in June 2010 that Zorich's charity was in disarray and that Zorich didn't have bank statements that could account for the charity's unspent funds."
It's not a pretty chapter in what was once the storybook arc of Zorich's life.
Speaking of Storybook Arcs
"Part of the formula, he says, is keeping costs low. He doesn't take health insurance or do any billing. When patients arrive, there are no forms to fill out. Just tell the doctor what's wrong, and he'll do his best to help. If he can't, he'll send you to someone who can."
Health care crisis solved.
McCarthy played dumb.
"That's a drumbeat people have been beating for years," he said. "NYPD has a very, very, very, very stringent method of reviewing if those numbers are accurate. If they're not, careers are ended. How do you do that? I don't understand. That's virtually impossible."
Hardly. Just look at Milwaukee, "where thousands of violent assaults were not included in the crime rate since 2006."
Garry McCarthy knows full well how crime stats are manipulated, whether he's participated in it, condoned it or tried to uncover and fix it. If he doesn't, he has no business being the police chief of Chicago. But then, playing dumb and lying ought to be a disqualifying factor too.
It's not the first time McCarthy has played dumb - or exhibited massive dumbness. During the NATO protests, he said he had no idea what kettling was and seemed befuddled by the notion that agents provocateur might be employed by the authorities to discredit dissent.
McCarthy also said that the city had just experienced one of the lowest crime rates for a July in 30 years.
"That's a direct result of the implementation of a number of components of our anti-gang strategy," he said.
Speaking of Agents Provocateur
"The move is the latest effort by an American exchange to plumb for new ventures. As their core business has come under pressure and margins shrink, industry leaders have been expanding into lucrative areas like overseas markets and derivatives trading. CME, whose $18 billion market capitalization makes it one of the most valuable market operators in the world, now makes most of its profit from derivatives.
"CME has been particularly aggressive, using a combination of deal-making and creating new platforms."
Shouldn't they be regulated by the gaming commission instead of the SEC?
"Chances are, you actually do. You also may recall the long, rambling speech at graduation."
Um, no. I have no clue who the valedictorian was. I doubt many others do either - if they do, that's sad. And speeches? I suppose there was at least one, but again, no clue. In fact, I'm pretty sure I didn't know who the valedictorian was or remember a speech the day after graduation - if not ever.
I don't know what world the Tribune editorial board lives in sometime, but I like mine a whole lot better.
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Posted on August 21, 2012
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