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I have to go to the doctor this morning. I just haven't been able to get caught up this year, it's just one thing after another. Now, apparently, it's another.

Please enjoy, however, today's Music post: Beatles Hair-Dos Banned.

The [Tuesday] Papers
Here's an idea: A giant turkey leg stand. Or a food truck that hawked giant turkey legs. Or just a little storefront called Giant Turkey Legs.


True? (If you look real hard between the ad garbage, you'll find an answer to the question "Where do giant turkey legs come from?"


Like this
, but year-round.


Giant Turkey Leg.


Giant Renaissance Turkey Leg.


Giant Turkey.

Ginned Up
The Chicago South Side vs. the New York Southside.

Dumb Grid
Man Goes Without Power For Eight Days Because ComEd Won't Believe That His Power Is Out.

How To Stay Interested In The Cubs
"The betting public is correct when moving the money line in CHICAGO CUBS games 53.8% of the time over the last 3 seasons."

Cheesy Economy
Several Pizza Chains Hit 52-Week High.

Cidey Sense
"Following the sale earlier this year of Goose Island, Chicago's largest brewery that was started by his father, John Hall, in 1988, Greg Hall already knew what he'd turn to to follow up a successful career as the company's brewmaster: cider," Eater Chicago reports.

"While Hall has set up his office in Roscoe Village, he plans to contract brew the cider at a soon-to-be-selected Michigan winery until he builds out his own facility in southwest Michigan, where real estate is more affordable than in Chicago. The business needs between $3 million and $5 million to get off the ground, some of which Hall is self funding. He is currently in talks with investors who are interested in getting involved in the business."

Lumber Bowl
"San Antonio, Texas-based 900 Global pulled off the biggest upset in the five-year history of the Lumber Liquidators PBA Tour's summer series special events, winning the Manufacturers Cup to conclude the GEICO PBA Team Shootout at 10pin [Chicago] bowling lounge," AHN reports.

"The finals of the annual summer-season team competition aired Sunday on ESPN, capping a series of 15 half-hour programs.

"Sparked by anchor bowler Steve Jaros of suburban Yorkville, Ill., No. 4-seeded 900 Global defeated Brunswick, 206-194; defending champion Storm Products, 258-255, and top-seeded Ebonite International, 215-191, for a three-match sweep of the Baker Team format stepladder finals."

Chicago Hot Dog
"Joey Chestnut hoisted the Mustard Belt for the fifth straight time Monday while chants of 'Joey, Joey' ascended from the crowd and Chestnut reigned once again as Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest champion," ESPN reports.

"Chestnut downed 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes at the July 4th annual event held at the famous Coney Island in Brooklyn. Patrick Bertoletti, of Chicago, Ill., hung tight early but finished second with 53 hot dogs."


"Patrick 'Deep Dish' Bertoletti is an American competitive eater from Chicago," according to Wikipedia. "He is ranked second in the International Federation of Competitive Eating. Bertoletti is known as one of the 'young guns' of competitive eating."


In action.

Dance Off
"Citing 'bewildering circumstances,' the Joffrey Ballet's executive director and chairman of the board jointly sent a letter dated July 1 informing the company's dance corps that 'we have, with great reluctance, been forced to cancel the beginning of our 2011-2012 season,'" the Tribune reports.

"The drastic action - which constitutes a lockout not dissimilar to what the NFL is facing - is the result of an ongoing, unresolved contract negotiation between the ballet company and the dancers union, the American Guild of Musical Artists, which also represents major companies such as American Ballet Theatre in New York.

"'All dancers and other AGMA-represented employees must immediately remove their personal possessions from the Joffrey Tower,' the letter instructed. 'Please turn in your key passes.'"

Flat Mirth
"Some people believe the world literally revolves around them. It's a belief born not of selfishness but faith," Manya Brachear reports for the Tribune.

"A small group of conservative Roman Catholics is pointing to a dozen biblical verses and the Church's original teaching as proof that the Earth is the center of the universe, the view that prompted Galileo Galilei's clash with the Church four centuries ago.

"The relatively obscure movement has gained a following among a few Chicago-area Catholics who find comfort in knowing there are still staunch defenders of original Church doctrine."

Well, plenty of Chicagoans believe that Rahm Emanuel is a reformer - as is the president whose current chief of staff is Bill Daley. I don't know which is crazier.

The Weekend in Chicago Rock
You shoulda been there. And there. And there.

The Ghost of Dusty Baker
And other notes from the weekend in sports.

Midseason Grades
For the Cubs.

A Classic Crosstown Conversation
Direct from Aisle 237.

Brought To You By Unocal
The way televised Cubs games opened in 1988.

Top Chicago Chef Shills For Toothbrush
And floss.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Rinse and spit.


Posted on July 6, 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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