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The [Wednesday] Papers

"Documents filed by the Attorney General's office indicate new evidence has been uncovered against several former Penn State officials, including Graham Spanier and Gary Schultz," KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh reports.

"In documents obtained by KDKA-TV investigators, the Attorney General's Office indicates former vice president Schultz kept a secret file with allegations regarding Sandusky and sex abuse. This comes after an NBC report alleges Spanier did not report alleged abuse because it would be humane to Sandusky to not report the matter."

Spanier grew up on Chicago's South Side, though his biography somehow leaves out a migration to the North Shore (see the item Graham Cracker in this column).

Criminal Injustice
In "Prosecutors Readily Use DNA To Convict, But Not To Clear A Convict," Peter Neufeld of the New York-based Innocence Project tells the Tribune that prosecutors in Cook and Lake counties are among the few in the country who consistently challenge DNA results indicating a suspect is innocent.

Related: Cook County Leads Nation In Wrongful Prosecutions.

Served Cold
Remember when Rahm Emanuel told Karen Lewis to fuck off? She just replied.

Infrastructure Distrust
"The former city inspector general named by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to the new board that will help rebuild Chicago says he expects the panel to meet in public, comply with public records law and subject itself to scrutiny from the city watchdog office he once ran," the Tribune reports.

"David Hoffman, whom Emanuel named to the five-member board of his infrastructure trust Monday, said it doesn't matter that the mayor rejected the idea of having the panel covered by state transparency laws."

You know what? It does matter - unless the politically ambitious Hoffman is personally put in charge of responding to records requests and keeping meetings open to the public.

Instead, Hoffman's already been marginalized.

"I don't know how that would work, having these meetings, as we work through these issues, be open," says board chairman James Bell.

"I think we will have some of those meetings where it will be counterproductive to do everything in the open," says Ald. John Pope, the city council's representative on the board.

Then there's Diana Ferguson, who is identified as a former Sara Lee executive but not by her more recent former position as the obfuscating chief financial officer of CPS.

Finally, there's labor leader Jorge Ramirez, identified in February by the Sun-Times as a member of Rahm's inner circle.

Mission accomplished.

How 'bout I give Groupon $1,000 to go away.

Bizzaro Baseball
I'm not sure what planet Fox Sports senior baseball writer Ken Rosenthal resides on, but on this one the Cubs are anything but reluctant to start a long-term rebuilding process.

In fact, the time-frame for the rebuilding process they've begun is so long they oughta close Wrigley Field for repairs until 2017 when they're ready to field a real team again.

Chicago's On Fire Right Now
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Bath Salts Gone Wrong
Chicago Dude takes it out on produce aisle.

Media Giants At It Again
They really don't want you to know who buys campaign commercials and for how much.

Cubs For Sale
In Fantasy Fix.

Keynote Genius
In BookNotes.


The Beachwood Tip Line: Revenge, dish.


Posted on June 13, 2012

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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