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The Weekend Desk Report

Weekend Desk Editor Natasha Julius is on a mission of national import. She returns next week.

They're Our Future
Sec. of State Hillary Clinton Announces CPS Students Will Be Studying In China.

So they can work there someday.

Occupy Crete
"Elected officials in Crete claim they're worried about protesters from Chicago's NATO Summit invading their quiet suburb next month," Phil Kadner writes in the SouthtownStar.

"That's the excuse they're using for proposing an ordinance that would require organizers of any public protest to purchase $5 million in insurance, obtain a parade permit in advance and pay for security costs of $70 an hour for a police car and $200 an hour for a village fire truck."

Even protest is being privatized.

Why Companies Merge
"CEO Jeff Smisek saw his compensation soar to $14.7 million last year from $4.4 million in 2010 as United Continental Holdings Inc. completed its first full year as a merged airline," Crain's reports.

And how well did Smisek manage the merger?

"The parent of United Airlines lost $448 million in the first quarter as it dealt with higher fuel prices and hiccups in its integration with Continental Airlines," AP reports.

If only United's losses reached $500 million - Smisek may have made even more!

Demon Young
"A northwest suburban man was at the center of a fracas in New York that landed drunken Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young in jail early Friday on a hate-crime charge, authorities said," the Sun-Times reports.

"Shank and three companions were entering the hotel after giving $25 to a Jewish panhandler wearing a yarmulke and Star of David.

"Young then shouted 'fucking Jew,' prompting Shank's group to tell the ballplayer to calm down, police said."

The new anti-Semitism: Hating Jews for not having money.

The Need For Speed
"A man pulled over by Naperville police for going 111 mph in a 45 mph zone told the officer he was in a hurry because he was 'trying to go have sex with a girl he liked,' police said," the Naperville Sun reports.

He only drives 110 to have sex with girls he doesn't like.


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Emerging media.


The Flying Saucer Weekend Brunch Report: Rainy day cures.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Rock Report: "Paging the Rock Doctors! Jim and Greg offer up another round of musical healing for some patients in our audience. They also remember Levon Helm and review the solo debut from Jack White."


The CAN TV Weekend Viewing Report: CAN TV brings you local, relevant issues from Chicago's neighborhoods and communities. See what's happening around the city in education, the arts, government, cultural events, social services and community activities.

Perspectivas Latinas: Family Focus/Nuestra Familia


Mariana Osoria of Family Focus explains how its community-based programs help parents and caregivers gain confidence as the primary educators of their children.

Saturday, April 28 at 7:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
30 min


RCN Franchise Renewal


The Chicago City Council approves a new franchise agreement for cable company RCN.

Sunday, April 29 at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr


Ask Not What Occupy Can Do for You


Participants in the Occupy Chicago movement share firsthand accounts of its origins, actions, and plans for the future.

Sunday, April 29 at 10 a.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr 30 min


Iran's Influence in Latin America


Financial Times Midwest Bureau Chief Hal Weitzman shares his perspective about the United States' possible role in countering Iran's influence in Central and South America.

Sunday, April 29 at 11:30 a.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr


Applied Words/Social Activism


Writers and academics explore how poetry, prose, plays, and other creative writing can effect change in a communities' behavior or perspective.

Sunday, April 29 at 12:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr 30 min


Debtors' Prisons: Are Creditors' Abusive Collection Tactics Resurrecting?


Attorney Larry Smith and Loyola law professor Lea Sheppard discuss new debtors' prisons and the rise of abusive collection practices.

Sunday, April 29 at 2 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr 30 min


Action to Close Tamms: "I Am a Mom" and "I Am a Man"


Protestors demand the closure of the Tamms supermax prison in Southern Illinois for its use of solitary confinement and sensory deprivation.

Sunday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
30 min


Posted on April 28, 2012

MUSIC - Millions Of New Guitar Players.
TV - "One America News" is AT&T.
POLITICS - When Wall Street Came To My Mobile Home Park.
SPORTS - Tonyball, Bears On The Run, Eyes On The Sky & More!

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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