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The [Tuesday] Papers

1. One World Trade Center Is Ruled Tallest Building in U.S.

Chicago's Hurt Feelings Named Most Insecure In U.S.

2. Smokey Bear.

"On Wednesday, former Cowboys and Bears receiver Sam Hurd will likely be sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking," Michael McKnight writes for MMQB.

"Is he the cocaine kingpin the government has made him out to be, or the victim of an overzealous prosecution and excessively harsh narcotics laws? An exclusive 22-month investigation reveals how it all went wrong for one of the NFL's most promising and well-liked young talents - and why there's more to Hurd's downfall than we've been led to believe."


The opening:

"At 7:35 p.m. on Dec. 14, 2011, Sam Hurd's black Escalade arrived in a light rain outside a Morton's restaurant in Chicago and backed into a street space near the entrance. The Bears' receiver, then 26, had driven to the steak house following practice to meet with two Mexicans who moved cocaine for one of their country's most violent cartels, the Zetas - a murderous army known for beheading its enemies and dumping their bodies on public streets.

"It had been a tense workday for the Bears, who had just lost three games in a row after starting the season 7-3, and after practice Hurd had called one of the Mexicans, Manuel, and asked if he and his cousin would come to Hurd's suburban Lake Forest home instead of dining out. But Manuel (not his real name) had gently insisted on the restaurant, suggesting the Morton's near O'Hare because the traffickers were headed that way to pick up cash from an incoming courier."


Hurd, who played college ball at Northern Illinois University, says he smoked pot every day that he was a Bear.

3. RedEye Got Me To Click.

A rare event, but it happens to the best of us.

4. Tribune Names Hyatt Sixth Best Workplace In Chicagoland.

Climate-controlled work environment cited.

5. Chicago State Tries To Shut Down Faculty Blog.

Maybe just turn some hot lights on them instead.


"Last year, Chicago State University briefly required that all professors have prior approval to talk to any reporter, use social media or engage in most forms of public communication," Scott Jaschik reports for Inside Higher Ed.

"Facing complaints that the policy was inappropriate and illegal, the university backed down.

"But the university - where administrators have frequently clashed with faculty members - this week is demanding the shutdown of a faculty blog that has been highly critical of the university. The chief lawyer for the university sent a 'cease and desist' letter to the professors who run the blog demanding that they shut it down."

The blog, of course, posted the letter. Long live blogs!


FYI: I believe the Tribune broke the story.

6. Boeing Caught In The Act.

"The Washington state legislature on Saturday passed a measure to extend nearly $9 billion in tax breaks for Boeing through 2040 in an embattled effort to entice the company to locate production of its newest jet, the 777X, in the Seattle area," Reuters reports.

As we suspected when we saw the strange matchbook and lipstick-stained collar: Boeing is cheating on us.

7. The Old Town School of Folk Disco.

8. The Political Odds.

Updated to reflect recent events.

9. Blackhawks Croak Bullfrogs.

10. NSA Surveillance Driving U.S. Writers To Self-Censor.

11. Sculptures On The Boulevards.


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Posted on November 12, 2013

MUSIC - Madonna vs. Moderna.
TV - Sundays With The Military-Industrial Complex.
POLITICS - Private Equity In The ER.
SPORTS - Suspicious Betting Trends In Soccer.

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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