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The [Wednesday] Papers

Mark Brown has another column for the Sun-Times today on the law clerk fired for pretending to be a judge who is just months ahead of actually becoming a judge, which I wrote about Tuesday. I just want to show you one part and remind you that it's 2016:

Northwestern law professor Stephen Lubet, a judicial ethics expert who offered a fairly harsh assessment of the two women's conduct in my initial column on this subject, has since softened a bit.

Lubet now says this matter shouldn't cost them their judicial careers.

Now let me tweak that a bit:

Northwestern law professor Stephen Lubet, a judicial ethics expert who offered a fairly harsh assessment of the two women's conduct in my initial column on this subject, has since softened a bit.

Lubet now says this matter shouldn't cost them their judicial careers.

See the difference? I mean, readers might be wondering.

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Also, maybe a phone call to Lubet to ask about his change of heart.

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The Trib does this a lot too, in lieu of linking from the text of articles:

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The problem? The "Related" links are often not placed anywhere near the place that tells readers what it is referring to - the actual words in the text! It's like randomly sprinkling footnotes throughout an article.

And that system only really allows for one, maybe two, links. It's a newspaper convention - For more, see Page 3!

Finally, as I've written repeatedly for more than a decade, using links in one's work changes the narrative structure of that work, and thus the writer's mindset when writing. For the better, I might add. Way better.

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In other words, Brown and his colleagues are still writing for a newspaper instead of a website. It's collective slow-motion suicide, a profession stubbornly gorging on cyanide day after day after day while the antidote sits on the shelf.

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It's so depressing having to address these basics at this late juncture in the game. But that's where we're (still) at.

No-Show Boats
"This year's Venetian Night boat parade has been canceled because of a lack of participants but a fireworks show will still be held, according to a Navy Pier official," the Tribune reports.

Did they burn all the boats or something? I seem to remember something like that.

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Best Venetian Night boat ever.

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Meanwhile, Venetian Night was a success last weekend in Watertown, Wisconsin, but you need a subscription to read about it.

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Teen Concussion Rate Rising Significantly
Increased participation in sports or increased awareness?

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BeachBook

Obamacare Is Faltering For One Simple Reason: Profit.

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Checking The Math On The Pentagon's ISIS Body Counts.

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Illinois Sues Controversial Drug Maker Over Deceptive Marketing Practices.

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'We Are Chicago' Trailer.

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Posted on August 31, 2016


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