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The Weekend Desk Report

As part of our ongoing effort to regain your trust, this Weekend Desk Report will be 10% shorter.

Market Update
Still can't find anything for that hard-to-shop-for relative? Just in time for the holidays, it turns out Money can buy you Love.

Shrinking Feeling
Sure does seem like things are getting better here in Chicago. As long as you narrow your focus to include only what already works.

Maybe it's time to step up this piecemeal approach to shrinking the city by ceding the Southeast Side to Indiana. Oh wait, that's already happened.

Can't Pinch A Clinch
Could this be the weekend the division crown drops onto the Bears' scruffy heads? Or will the playoff picture remain hazy?

Finally this week, how is Ryan Fucking O'Neal the last person standing here?


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Angelic.


The Beachwood Holiday Party Weekend Report: Thanks again to everybody who came out, it was great! We've got just a few photos on our Facebook page seeing as how there were fugitives, spies and people whose spouses believed they were somewhere else among us.


The College Football Report: The College Football Report And The College Football Report Free Range Sacred Chicken Present The 2013-14 Bowl Season: Winners, Losers, Covers, Pushes, Overs, Unders, Best Dressed, Worst Buffet, Bowls You Didn't Know Existed, Bowls You Knew Existed But Had Forgotten, Most Obscure, Weirdest Sponsor, Best Destination, Worst Destination, Least Interesting, Best Match-Up, Awesomest Mascot, And The Debut Of The College Football Report Imaginary Bowl Game Series, Or The CFRIBGS As We Like To Call It.


The Blue & Orange Kool-Aid Report: Smokin' Jay Cutler.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Jim and Greg celebrate the holidays 'Sound Opinions-style' . . . with a big dose of metal! They talk to founding members of the pioneering heavy metal band Slayer on the 30th anniversary of its debut album, Show No Mercy. Plus, they review new albums from Norah Jones & Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Childish Gambino."


The Flying Saucer Weekend Brunch Report: Mmm, cowboy omelette . . . now with cash machine.


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.

From the Wheelhouse: The Christmas Tree Ship


Capt. Mark Stevenson gives a behind-the-scenes look at the people and history behind the Christmas Tree Ship as volunteers and the Coast Guard unload its cargo in Chicago.

Saturday at 9 a.m. (and Wednesday at 3 p.m.) on CAN TV19.


Food Purpose


Stay healthy during the holidays and learn how to prepare whole-food, plant-based, oil-free dishes with Chef Katie Simmons. Recipes include stuffed acorn squash and sweet potato casserole.

Saturday at 5 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Foundation Annual Conference

This conference explores the challenges and opportunities facing the Latino community, including public policy analysis, Latino leaders' reflections, and community voices.

Unlocking the Latina Factor


Maria Wynne, who is retiring as the CEO of Girls Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana at the end of the year, delivers a keynote address, "Unlocking the Latina Factor."

Sunday at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21.


The Affordable Care Act


Health care experts discuss new opportunities for promoting health insurance in the Latino community made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday at 10 a.m. on CAN TV21.


Leadership and Empowerment


Jesse Ruiz, vice president of the Chicago Board of Education, joins this panel moderated by state Sen. Iris Martinez and state Rep. Cynthia Soto.

Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on CAN TV21.


From JFK To The Present


Author Samuel Betances reflects on the legacy of JFK to the Present and how Hispanic influence in the U.S. translated into political power over time.

Sunday at 1 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Town Hall Meeting


Members of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus and the audience discuss the achievements of the past 11 years and weigh in on issues facing Latinos today.

Sunday at 3 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Steve Gadlin's Star Makers


Host Steve Gadlin looks for "tomorrow's stars of Hollywood and/or Broadway" on this variety show including everything from ukulele playing to rhythmic clapping and dog tricks.

Sunday at 10 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Posted on December 21, 2013

MUSIC - Madonna vs. Moderna.
TV - Sundays With The Military-Industrial Complex.
POLITICS - Private Equity In The ER.
SPORTS - Suspicious Betting Trends In Soccer.

BOOKS - China Holding Swedish Publisher.


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