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The Weekend Desk Report

"It's been a week of celebration in Gary for what would have been Michael Jackson's 54th birthday," WBEZ reports. "Fans from near and far have descended on MJ's boyhood hometown.

"Just a couple of years ago, former Gary Mayor Rudy Clay announced plans for a $300 million museum and performance arts center to honor Jackson's legacy and memory.

"But two years after that announcement before media lights and cameras, the plan is dead. Chelsea L. Whittington, spokeswoman for current Gary Mayor Karen Freeman Wilson, says without a funding plan, the museum cannot be built."

Which is a tribute to Neverland of its own.

Flaming Retardants
"The world's major manufacturers of flame retardants officially cut ties today with an industry-funded front group that waged a deceptive campaign to fuel demand for the chemicals in household furniture, electronics, baby products and other goods," the Tribune reports.

The move may mark the end of the Citizens for Fire Safety Institute, but the Coalition for Keeping Our Women and Children Safe From Fire is being organized as we speak.

Vagina Chronicles
Chicagoland's self-professed expert in ladyparts has resigned his job as Rich High School's girls basketball coach in order to devote himself full-time to his studies.

Ridin' Dirty
The college football season kicks off this weekend and that means the world's best College Football Report returns to the Beachwood to chronicle the most colorful - and criminal - rituals you will find in any segment of America. There are morals here, amidst the amoral.

Buckling Up
Seat-belt use in Illinois is at an all-time high, which is what happens when potholes are at an all-time high.


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Flame retardant.


The Flying Saucer Weekend Brunch Report: The Flying Saucer will be open from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Our holiday hours on Monday will be 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Jim and Greg revisit their conversation with The Apples in Stereo's Robert Schneider about the Elephant 6 recording collective. Plus, they review Anastasis, the new record from longtime 4AD band Dead Can Dance."

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.

Community Forum: Little Walter Foundation


Alex Ruiz of The Little Walter Foundation highlights how the organization celebrates the legacy of blues legend Little Walter by inspiring children to be involved in the Aats.

Saturday, September 1 at 7:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
30 min


The Sounds of History: Jazz Concert Series Tribute to Miles Davis


This celebration of jazz legend Miles Davis includes live performances by The Bobby Irving Quintet with Orbert Davis & Corey Wilkes.

Sunday, September 2 at 9:30 a.m. on CAN TV21
2 hr 30 min


Art of A Community Speaks Across Generations


Artist Barbara Jones of AfriCobra discusses the history of art on the South Side and at the South Side Community Art Center with photographer and archivist Skyla Hearn.

Sunday, September 2 at 12 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr 30 min


Bringing Nature Home


University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy highlights ways homeowners can maintain their landscapes to support wildlife and protect biodiversity.

Sunday, September 2 at 1:30 p.m. on CAN TV21
1 hr 30 min.


Town Hall Meeting: Issues of Movies & Violence


How do depictions of violence in movies impact our culture and the people in it? Tribune movie critic Michael Phillips and psychologist Dr. Daniel Freedman explore this issue in light of recent tragedies.

Sunday, September 2 at 3 p.m. on CAN TV21
2 hr


Stop the Violence Parade


Local organizations and residents march against gun violence in their communities.

Sunday, September 2 at 5 p.m. on CAN TV19
30 min


Chicago Clergy Coalition Unite to End Violence


Local clergy and family members of Chicagoans killed by gun violence launch a petition drive calling for stricter gun laws, including an assault weapons ban and increased oversight of handgun purchases.

Watch Online

Sunday, September 2 at 5:30 p.m. on CAN TV19
1 hr


Chicago Teachers Union Announces Notice of Intent to Strike


Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis announces the filing of a 10-day intent to strike notice.

Watch Online

Sunday, September 2 at 6:30 p.m. on CAN TV19
30 min


Posted on September 1, 2012

MUSIC - Who's Next In Chicago Rap.
TV - Tribune-Nexstar Deal Is Bad News.
POLITICS - Charter Schools Should Talk More About Racism.
SPORTS - The Ex-Cub Factor.

BOOKS - Wright Brothers, Wrong Story!

PEOPLE PLACES & THINGS - Hologram Arcade Machines.

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