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The [Wednesday] Papers

And here we go . . .

* Lupe Fiasco: Obama Is The Terrorist.

* Lauryn Hill, California Wives, Hellblinki and more in The Weekend in Chicago Rock.

* "Fans of the Cubs and White Sox had better hope there is something to this hot weather home run business," our very own Dan O'Shea writes in Fantasy Fix. "Our hometown teams have two of the most disappointing sluggers in the league right now in Aramis Ramirez and Adam Dunn. The way they both look right now, I'm not sure even a string of 100-degree days will get them going.

"It's a good bet, though, that with the turning of the calendar to June, we'll start seeing more round-trippers, maybe even by some guys who aren't usually among the league leaders. Here are a few candidates."

* "In four innings, Peavy demonstrated the three modes of this year's Sox team: great, awful, and just plain unfortunate," our very own Dmitry Samarov writes in Outside Sox Park.

* "A complex algorithm performed by The Cub Factor staff using all historical data made available by Major League Baseball has determined that it is going to take a real GM to fix this mess," our very own Marty Gangler writes in The Cub Factor. "And the Cubs don't have one."

* "You won't ever catch me saying 'We weren't sure it was a good idea but we said it would be okay for her to play in a travel league with a ridiculously far-flung and never-ending schedule because she loves the sport so much,'" our very own Jim Coffman writes in SportsMonday: Winning The Weekend. "Parents who express these sorts of sentiments need to be told, among other things, 'Yes and she would love to have chocolate cake for dinner and stay up until 2 in the morning.' Clearly the key is to set the right limits. And if anyone knows exactly what those are, please let me know."

* "At this point, Lillibridge is the game's greatest bargain while Dunn is the biggest flop," our very own Roger Wallenstein writes in this week's White Sox Report. "It's simply dandy that Lillibridge isn't who we thought he was; that Beckham and Morel are beginning to look like they belong; that the pitching has improved; that Paulie and A.J. are "all in"; that Ramirez likes warm weather; and that Pierre occasionally makes a great catch. [But] without Dunn looking more like the Big Hurt and less like the Brent Lillibridge of past seasons, this team is destined to remain right where it is."

Programming Notes
The Papers will likely return on Thursday, though I'm still working off a temporary dead-laptop solution and not a permanent one. Thanks for your patience.

The [Tuesday] Papers
Still having computer problems. Apologies to readers and writers. Hope to be back soon. Will try to get somewhere to check e-mail today as well.

The [Monday] Papers
My laptop died this morning - and then somehow I miraculously brought it back to life. I wonder what it saw on the other side.

As a consequence, however, today's Beachwood will be a little late - later than usual, these days.

In order to maximize your reading day, here's a tip: I start posting in the Sports section, then move to Music and the rest of the site. I do The Papers last. So even if it looks like the same old thing out front, new posts are appearing elsewhere on the site as I go.

And in case the whole Beachwood edifice crashes, remember I'll be back behind the bar tonight. At least the bar doesn't freeze up, though sometimes it spins.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Edificial.


Posted on June 8, 2011

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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