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The [Tuesday] Papers

"Gravel crunching beneath their wheels, cars and pickup trucks pulled up at twilight around the one-room schoolhouse in Bernadotte Township," the Tribune reported in late December (that I'm just catching up with) as part of its "The Price of Pork" series.

A powerful pork company was planning a 20,000-hog confinement near the storied Spoon River in western Illinois, and a dozen neighbors were gathering to fight for their creeks, clear air, one-lane roads and rural way of life.

They exchanged greetings in the dim light inside, some squatting to fit onto children's chairs.

"We'll call the meeting to order," began retired schoolteacher Stuart Harrison, 74.

Efforts like this one have largely failed during the past two decades as pork producers constructed more than 900 new swine confinements across Illinois, often brushing aside farm families' concerns about sickening odors, road damage, depletion of wells and fouling of creeks.

But this network of farmsteads set amid rolling hills has become the newest battleground where small-town residents are trying to fend off a leading U.S. pork producer.

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Reminder:

"In its August investigation, 'The Price of Pork,' the Tribune found hog waste spills accounted for nearly half of the 1 million fish killed in Illinois water pollution incidents from 2005 to 2014, killing at least 492,000 fish and impairing 67 miles of rivers and waterways. No other industry came close to causing that amount of damage, the Tribune reported.

"Also, decomposing swine waste releases chemicals including ammonia and hydrogen sulfide that are vented from the sheds along with animal dander and fecal dust, causing respiratory illnesses for people downwind, public health studies have found."

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Black Lives Matter (Pray For Chicago)
I'm for real. Can't you see I'm tryin'?

What We Can Learn About Hate Crimes From The UK
A surprise about who commits them.

Chicagoetry: Reservoir Dogs
Like a Senate, or a City Council.

The Weekend In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Deal's Gone Bad, Naked Raygun, Faade, Knuckle Puck, Within The Trenches, Strangers Among Us, Pains, Bone Jugs, Toys That Kill, Fuck You Idiot, Canadian Rifle, Annie Saunders & Jack Levee, Anthony Janas, HIDE, and Night Terror.

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From the Beachwood sports desk . . .

Yabba Dabo Do
That was Final Three Games of the World Series Maddone-esque.

Clemson Confetti
Whoever that dude is making snow angels on the field, he's our favorite.

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BeachBook

800 Call In Sick To St. Charles East.

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How Nutella Plans To Trick You Into Thinking It's Healthier Than It Is.

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Dells Showman Tommy Bartlett Dies.

Note: This story is from 1998. Trying to remember what led me to it - maybe it was on the Trib site today!

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Huh. This is from 3:41 p.m. today:

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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Today Ricketts would sue and buy the tree.

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The Beachwood Tronc Line: Lead me on.



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