The [Wednesday] Papers
"Federal safety investigators blamed last year's CTA Blue Line derailment on poor track conditions that grew out of faulty inspections, falsified reports and systematic failures in the transit agency's management of track maintenance and inspection," the Sun-Times reports.
Meanwhile, Mayor Richard (Manager of the Year) Daley is in Paris riding bikes.
"Inoperative emergency call boxes in the tunnel the day of the accident and outdated subway maps at the CTA control center caused confusion about the eight-car train's location in the tunnel, between the Clark/Lake and Grand/Milwaukee stations in downtown Chicago, the [National Transportation Safety Board] report said," according to the Tribune's account.
"The disorder fueled a 22-minute lag in the Chicago Fire Department's arrival to evacuate the approximately 1,000 passengers aboard the evening rush-hour train."
And: "More than 80 percent of inspection records were missing for the Blue Line, the board's report noted."
And: "CTA tracks are supposed to be inspected twice a week, but one track inspector told a safety board investigator that he had inspected his assigned area only once in five months."
Meanwhile, the Daley Administration announced, according to a radio report this morning, that cabbies with two complaints against them will be called to City Hall for a good talking-to.
And the CTA doomsday clock is at T-minus 4 days.
"While our mayor tours the globe touting Chicago's many charms, he neglects less glamorous chores closer to home that have as much bearing on our chances of winning and successfully hosting the Olympics," Crain's said in an editorial this week. "First, there's the issue of public transit funding for Chicago and the surrounding region. Mr. Daley has invested little of his own political capital in the fight in Springfield this summer for money to stave off deep service cuts by the Chicago Transit Authority."
"That was 18 years ago.
"The report focused on the Cook County sheriff's office, and how high-ranking sheriff's officials 'sabotaged investigations of brutal, execution-style murders and covered up evidence of possible crimes of other law enforcement officials, and judges."
If it weren't for the feds, Kass concludes, the Outfit wouldn't have to worry about murder cases.
Because the local authorities, for some strange reason, aren't going to solve them.
Only 20? Maybe progress is being made.
His Eminence's Domain
The city aims to take control of development in the neighborhood in a way that may force out independent businesses in favor of chain retailers, big boxes and high-rise condos.
Because gentrification isn't an inevitable natural phenomenon, it's a policy.
"Sun-Times Media Group CEO Cyrus F. Freidheim, who led Chiquita from March 2002 to April 2004, told the Sun-Times board in March that he was a part of a group of current and former Chiquita employees who might be subject to a federal investigation."
In a separate announcement, Gangster Disciples Inc. announced it had struck a deal with Freidheim to provide protection for the newspaper's delivery trucks.
Decoder Ring Wanted
Over/Under on how long it took him to write it: 17 minutes.
"You'd think the artists and the radicals, the malcontents and the visionaries, college students and tree-worshipping cultists would be the most patriotic of all, understanding that it is this great country that accepts their deviation, while in many other places they would be stoned to death or, more likely, never even exposed in the first place to the ideas that so overwhelm them."
One word: Huh?
Oh, I get it: Neil loves America but hates Americans.
Hero of the Week
"That was the worst job," Giese said. "I'm not going to knock anyone selling cars, but for me personally . . . that was tough. I sold five or six cars in two months, so I was going to get fired anyway. I was telling people, 'This isn't a good deal at all.' I couldn't rip them off."
The Beachwood Tip Line: Suspend disbelief.
Posted on September 12, 2007
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