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The [Wednesday] Papers

BREAKING: Is Tom Dart out?

We'll update our Mayoral Odds later today.

Mope Dope
"A suspect was charged early this morning in connection with the theft of several of the hefty pay-and-display parking boxes from city streets," the Tribune reports.

"[Jeffrey] Kaput was pulled over late Monday at 5518 W. Augusta Blvd. by an Area 5 robbery mission team after police had received a description from a witness of a car that had collided with one of the LAZ parking boxes, according to a police report."

He was also charged with misdemeanor possession of a crack pipe, so maybe not the folk hero we hoped for, but he certainly couldn't have acted alone, could he?

Windpocalypse!
* Chiclone! Scary! Ugly! Massive! Shocking!

* Song of the Moment: The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

Baker Bummer
"A Mississippi businessman has been awarded $103 million in a lawsuit against the Chicago-based law firm that he accused of defrauding his oil and gas business," AP reports.

"Lavon Evans Jr. filed the lawsuit in Jones County Circuit Court in Mississippi in 2008. It sought $150 million in damages from attorney Joel Held, who worked at the Dallas office of the Baker & Mackenzie law firm."

Wausau Wonderland
"A Chicago man has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for supplying over five-million-dollars worth of cocaine to an operation in Wausau," the Pierce County Herald reports.

Worst Candidate He Has Seen In Years
Find out who Ray Hanania is talking about.

Runner-Up?
"Unlike [Green Party candidate Ronald] Lawless, [Cook County Commissioner Earlean] Collins has run no ads and placed few, if any, yard signs in Austin. She has no campaign web site and a scant Facebook entry under her name contains no photo or wall posts. She declined to fill out campaign questionnaires for both the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times - both of which have endorsed Lawless," AustinTalks reports.

"The commissioner's office did not respond to two requests for an interview. On the third request, her scheduler said he was unable to schedule a phone interview at this time; he said AustinTalks could call back later in the week to try again to make an appointment, but that he was 'not going to promise anything.'"

Audubon High
"Another North Side elementary schools is poised to extend into a high school. On the agenda for the October board meeting comes the proposal to expand Audubon Elementary School in Roscoe Village so that it will now include a high school," Catalyst reports.

"The Audubon High School follows behind Alcott High School for the Humanities and Ogden International High School, both of which opened in Fall 2009. Alcott Elementary and High School are in Lincoln Park; while Ogden Elementary School is on the Gold Coast, but the high school is located in West Town.

"These three high schools are among new public schools in the city, although they serve students in areas that were not identified as needing performing options in a 2004 report done by the Illinois Facilities Fund. That report was supposed to set the stage for the Renaissance 2010 initiative, which was Mayor Richard Daley's project to improve education by opening new schools.

"There are no South Side schools that serve children from kindergarten through 12th grade. On the West Side, Spry School has an elementary and high school."

Remembering Cabrini-Green
A Chicago Reporter photo gallery.

Campaign Cash
"With a week to go until the Nov. 2 election, 10 legislative races - three of them in the suburbs - have passed the $1 million mark in terms of fundraising dollars, putting them among the most expensive campaigns in Illinois history," the Daily Herald reports.

Deer Tacos
"Chicago area residents can participate in a unique anti-hunger program this week," AP reports.

"The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is bringing its deer donation initiative back to the area. The 'Target Hunger Now!' initiative encourages hunters to bring venison to food banks. Then state officials have it cooked into such items as venison tacos and chili."

Ryan's Renaming
"Changing the title from Ride-Along to The Chicago Code reflects our belief that this is more than just a cop show," Shawn Ryan tells New York magazine. "It's about the not just the police but politics, the Midwest, history, government corruption and the city's code. Plus adding 'Chicago' to anything is always a good idea."

Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report
"Like a personal timepiece made of stone, last Sunday's afternoon affair against the Washington Redskins was a hard watch," our very own Carl Mohrbacher writes.

Fantasy Fix
"I like [Matthew Stafford's] chances against the Washington secondary, which has only looked good against Jay Cutler this year and terrible against everyone else," our very own Dan O'Shea writes.

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The Beachwood Tip Line: Timeless.





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Posted on October 27, 2010


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