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The [Wednesday] Papers

"Everybody knows Rudolph was the last reindeer to join Santa's crew, but few people know about the department store copywriter who brought his story to the world," Jessica Pupovac reports for NPR.

"The year was 1939, the Great Depression was waning and a manager at Montgomery Ward in Chicago decided that the store should create its own children's book for the annual holiday promotion."

Click through for the rest of the story.

Jailhouse Rocks
"Francis Cardinal George plans to celebrate Christmas with a Mass at the Cook County Jail and by visiting hospitalized children," AP reports.

It's gonna be busy there.

Santa Chuck
Waitress Gets $1,100 Tip After Giving $1,000 To Wrong Man.

Chicago resident Chuck Behm did the deed.

Pardon Us
"Thirty-eight people have been granted clemency by Gov. Pat Quinn for crimes that date back decades," AP reports.

"Quinn announced Tuesday that he also denied another 129 petitions for clemency."

Holiday News Dump
Quinn Appoints Jackson Son, Wife Of Ex-Staffer.

Paging OSHA
4,300 Pounds Of Sheet Metal Fall On Employee In Libertyville.

Housing Bubble
He should have rented.

QB Quandary
Josh McCown isn't sure he'll play next season.

A Is For A------
Christians and atheists spar on Daley Plaza.

Morton Grove Library Rejects Check From Atheist
Says he is a hate group.

And The Winner Is . . .
The BGA's Top Ten Investigations of 2013.

Anonymous Donor Pays For Nebraska Bridge
Check came from his Chicago attorney.

Eke Into Playoffs
Bears have the 8th-best Christmas tree in the league.

Dear Megyn Kelly
Santa black, bad.

Plus, Free Agents
For Joe Girardi, Every Day Is Christmas.

Happy New Year
New Taxes, Fee Increases For Chicago In 2014.


Another Christmas Miracle


It Was The Year Of Butter Stamos


The Beachwood Tip Line: Tippling tippers tipsy.


Posted on December 25, 2013

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