The [Wednesday] Papers
I'm not ignoring the Jonylah Watkins tragedy, I just don't have anything original to say about it at this point.
And there's no good way to segue out of that into the rest of the column, but I trust you can handle the jarring transition.
Bad Luck of the Draw
"There was not one African-American male in the randomly-selected group, prompting strong commentary from Beavers' defense team and a request that the pool be dismissed."
Well, that seems odd. But the jury poll was randomly selected, so I suppose that might happen every once in awhile.
Outside court, Beavers' attorneys called the process "rigged."
"I've been trying cases down here 52 years. I have never seen a case where I represented a black (male) defendant and they sent out 50 jurors, 50! 50 jurors! And not one single black man," said a highly agitated Sam Adam Sr. "Now don't tell me that was an accident."
So out of all the cases Adam has tried in 52 years, this is the one the powers-that-be decided to rig. Huh.
"Some place in this so-called federal system," he said, "this was all rigged."
The so-called federal system? You mean like this?
Or maybe Adam just wants folks who do get on the jury to believe that his client is guilty of a vengeful conspiracy.
That's always the last defense of a political scoundrel.
This strikes me as a bit underplayed - the Cheap Trick venture got a lot of hype when it was first announced (and even since then). At the same time, this is likely just the first bit of the news apple; let's see what kind of pick-up it gets.
Upon Further Review
The so-called civil rights division, that is. It's almost like it's rigged.
"Yet, even though construction firms have stepped up their hiring to meet this new demand - indeed, the 28,000 new construction jobs in January accounted for nearly a fifth of all the jobs created that month - construction payrolls, according to USA Today, are unchanged from 2010 at 5.5 million.
"The reason? Builders cannot find the right workers for the jobs at hand."
Smelling Like Rose
Just like his grades and test scores were once on fire.
"It's all mental for Derrick Rose now," Mark Potash writes for the Sun-Times
Starlin Castro vs. Alexei Ramirez
QT Programming Note
The Beachwood Tip Line: Cheap and tricky.
Posted on March 13, 2013
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