The [Wednesday] Papers
By Steve Rhodes
"The roster of 449 inmates at the U.S. Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility - dubbed the Supermax - includes a Sept. 11 conspirator, Zacarias Moussaoui; the would-be 'shoe bomber,' Richard Reid; the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, Ramzi Yousef; and a former Chicago gang member accused of aiding terrorists, Jose Padilla," the Tribune reports.
"The cells here also house the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski, of south suburban Evergreen Park, and Timothy McVeigh's accomplice in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, Terry Nichols.
"But if having terrorists imprisoned a 10-minute walk from your home is a safety risk, there's no sign of that in Florence, Colo., a rural community about 110 miles south of Denver.
"'We still leave our doors unlocked at night,' former Mayor Bart Hall said."
Board of Mr. Ed
"Unless, of course, you work for the Chicago Board of Education. The board's reimbursement process is now shrouded in mystery ever since former board president Michael Scott used his board credit card to take his wife to Copenhagen for Chicago's 2016 Olympic bash."
Grilled Cheese Candidate
"If McKenna does call, I fully expect him to order a grilled cheese sandwich and Campbell's cream of tomato soup. That would certainly distract me from asking whether he's the one candidate Chicago Mayor Richard Daley would like to see in the governor's mansion."
DuPage County is bigger than six states, county board president Bob Schillerstrom tells Kass in today's column.
Does that mean "paid for"?
I've had queries before about who was paying for Rackl's worldwide travels while the paper sunk into financial oblivion, but I've never found the time or energy to follow up. But this is basic stuff. You don't do it. Not if you're a pro, that is.
Does Royal Caribbean's "sponsorship" of Rackl's on-site visit mean she went in the tank for the company? Not necessarily. I'm sure the ship is as awesome as described. But Royal Caribbean's "sponsorship" meant they got a story in the Sun-Times that might not otherwise have appeared. And they got the story under a presumably respected byline.
Worse, there is absolutely nothing in the story that couldn't have been had by sitting in Chicago and reviewing the press materials.
The new ship is newsworthy, and times are tough, but there are a lot of other ways to write about it on the cheap - simply a chart listing its amenities, or perhaps a fun history of cruise ships, or maybe a "how do they do it" piece - than to let a company "sponsor" your coverage.
Daley's Big Oprah Joke
A Chicago Thanksgiving
That New Runway Is Really Loud
"Music-wise I can't put my finger on it, but there is a certain thing out here that's hard to explain. Maybe it's because it's down to earth and not a lot of bullshit. The music is more matter-of-fact."
Saving Jay Cutler
Jolie vs. Obama
"She hates him," a source close to the U.N. goodwill ambassador tells the magazine.
Wow. I guess I would care more if she ever actually made a good movie.
- via This Week In Education
World's Greatest College Football Report
The Pope's Nose Awards
"Zhu Zhu Pets, a line of five furry interactive hamsters (pronounced Zoo Zoo) have been selling so briskly they have gone missing from retailers' shelves for weeks. The little hamsters are so popular, Toys 'R' Us is using them as a Black Friday marketing centerpiece. Every Toys 'R' Us will have 100 of the furry bots for sale at midnight when the stores open for Black Friday shopping, with a limit of one per customer.
"Walmart and Target aren't even bothering to advertise it in their circulars anymore as the shelves empty as soon as the little critters arrive. And the play pets' $8 price tag has risen accordingly. On eBay and Amazon, just one pet is now going for $60 to $100, if you can even find them at all."
The Beachwood Tip Line: Dark and moist.
Posted on November 25, 2009
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