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The [Wednesday] Papers

"Wal-Mart said earlier this week that they don't have plans to move into a space in the densely populated East Lakeview neighborhood, but now there is word they might be eyeing another site in a Bucktown area corridor that is already loaded with big-box stores," CBS2 reports.

I have a feeling that over the course of the next year nearly every neighborhood in Chicago will be terrorized by rumors and reports of a Walmart moving in. Some of them may even be true.

Maybe Some Change Will Trickle Down To Us
"President Obama notched two hard-fought legislative victories this year with the passage of the healthcare and financial-services reform bills," The Hill reports.

"But the wins for the White House didn't necessarily translate to defeats for the affected industries.

"Both of those laws - massive reconfigurations of America's healthcare and financial services sectors - had niches and loopholes carved out by lobbyists for various companies, sometimes protecting or even boosting their firms' bottom lines."

Pat-Down Shakedown
"Midway gets its first full-body scanner."


Does it work on contracts?

Compare and Contrast
Sun-Times: Rahm Emanuel On The Hot Seat.

Tribune: Emanuel Keeps Cool During 11 Hours Of Residency Questions.

Beachwood: Rahm Answers "Fuck You" To Every Question But Only In His Head As He Outwardly Remains Merely High-Strung.


The Ten Best Questions From The Rahm Emanuel Residency Hearing.

Wisconsin Miracle
Virgin Mary was a cheesehead.

Cult Band
"This will be my sixth Christmas spent without my daughter, Juanita 'Nita,'" Joanne Robinson writes in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald.

"I have been denied access to her for well over five years because I don't belong to the Love Holy Trinity Blessed Mission, a cult headquartered in Chicago but with Dubuque ties."


Love Holy Trinity's Wikipedia entry.

This Year's Best Holiday Gift Guide
Is in the Beachwood.

Push Poll
Mayoral candidate who has been the focus of the vast majority of news coverage leads early name-recognition poll if you don't count the margin of error, which otherwise places Undecided in the lead.

Brain Dead
"Portfolio recently released a list (warning: PDF) of their 'brainiest' cities, and now anyone who has access to the Internet has access to proof of 43 cities apparently having 'more brainpower' than Chicago," the A.V. Club Chicago reports.

Just 43? Daley must've held out the River Wards until finding out how many votes he needed to at least get into the top 50.

West Chicago Park District #83 Cheerleaders Take First Place At State
Um, they're third-graders.

Did He At Least Leave A Note?
"A Linn County [Iowa] inmate who was freed over the weekend to attend his grandfather's funeral in Chicago has not returned," AP reports.


From the Cedar Rapids Gazette:

"Court records show Baylis has an extensive criminal history. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 28 on a first-degree robbery charge after he and another man allegedly used an air pistol to rob a man in Marion. After the incident, police chased the car Baylis was driving down Interstate 380 until he ran over stop sticks in Cedar Rapids, according to a police report."


Here's what's maddening: The stories I've looked at only say that Baylis "was supposed to be back on Monday." Was he not chaperoned? Did they rent him a car? I mean, c'mon!

Yankees Sign Mark Prior
Reunited with Larry Rothschild and his towels.

I Am Now!
"Are you flying on Southwest Airlines today? If yes, you get free Corona beers on your flight," Jaunted reports. "If no, you obviously don't get free Corona beer, but you can still take advantage of the reason for the pleasing.

"Today is the first official day of Southwest's complete partnership with Mexican low-cost carrier Volaris. From today, you can book Volaris flights on and Southwest flights on Volaris, if you so desire. But most importantly, the airlines are now codesharing; you'll be able to hop a Southwest plane to Chicago and from there, a Volaris jet to Guadalajara, for example, and have it all land on one itinerary.

"To celebrate this, Southwest is handing out free Corona on all their normal flights around the USA, but only today, December 15."


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Posted on December 15, 2010

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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