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The [Wednesday] Papers

Last year's playoff series between the Cubs and the Cardinals felt a bit like the passing of the torch in the NL Central Division, even if the Cubs were a third-place wild card team and the Cards had won 100 regular-season games. That's because the Cardinals seemed to unwittingly acknowledge a shift in trajectories when they lost their composure while the Cubs maintained a steady and even joyous mindset unaffected by the pressures of the proceedings.

I wonder if the same thing is happening in reverse to the Blackhawks in their current playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.

To wit:

&:

And in Game 3:

Then again, the Blackhawks under Joel Quenneville have some sort of insane playoff record in Games 5, 6 and 7, so let's not count them out yet. But geez.

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It Ain't So
It's not as if racial slurs have never emanated from the stands at Wrigley Field, so the air of superiority that emanated from some local corners when this story first broke struck me as odd, and now there's this:

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EFF Sues Secret Court
"The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit Tuesday against the Justice Department to shed light on whether the government has ever used secret court orders to force technology companies to decrypt their customers' private communications, a practice that could undermine the safety and security of devices used by millions of people.

"The lawsuit argues that the DOJ must disclose if the government has ever sought or obtained an order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court requiring third parties - like Apple or Google - to provide technical assistance to carry out surveillance.

"The suit separately alleges that the agency has failed to turn over other significant FISC opinions that must be declassified as part of surveillance reforms that Congress enacted with the USA FREEDOM Act."

Free Speech, Winning Elections & Memory
Many political and cultural leaders feared that extending freedom of expression to agitators would undermine society. In Local Book Notes.

Celebrate Earth Day In The Forest Preserves!
Volunteer opportunities, educational programs and fun events.

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BeachBook
Still coping best I can with the new irritating embed code until I can find a solution.

This cab story is good, and I'm assuming it's true and not some old folk tale.

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Was I 'Raped Enough' To Call Myself A Survivor?

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Logan Square Gentrification Activists Take It To The Bank.

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Upcoming Book On CPD Unsurprisingly Finds Systemic Issues.

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Clinton & Goldman: Why It Matters.

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Crisis In Brazil.

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A Vodka Diet Coke Is Not A Cocktail.

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Guardian's Homan Square Investigation Reveals Investigation Of Music Bootleggers. (I dunno, the cops probably just wanted to sweat them for info and found a pretext for doing so. But who knows.)

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Brix Smith-Start's Bonkers Life.

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McDonald's Testing Different Big Mac Sizes.

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TweetWood
A sampling.

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