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The Weekend Desk Report

"Thursday night's premiere of the Robert Redford-produced Chicagoland didn't give CNN the primetime boost it was looking for in terms of ratings," Lori Rackl reports for the Sun-Times.

"The docuseries debut finished third among cable news networks nationally in total viewers for the 9 to 10 p.m. (Central) hour."

Which just goes to show, if you run something against Rahm - anything - he finishes last.


"In fact," Wopular notes, "it came a distant third in terms of total viewership compared to its cable news time-slot rivals. The debut Thursday of the cable news network's heavily promoted eight-part documentary series drew 227,000 viewers among adults 25-54 with 629,000 total viewers."

By comparison, Rahm won election in 2011 with 323,546 votes.


Nielsen did not provide numbers for how many viewers were journalists.


UFC Fight Night 35 on Fox Sports 1 - Rockhold vs. Philippou - also pulled 629,000 total viewers. So there's that.

Bag Job
"Broadened Chicago Ban On Plastic Bags Gaining Steam."

Effort seeks to formalize the Brown Paper Bag as the Official Bag of Chicago.

Lite Snack
"GOP Lieutenant Governor Candidates Debate On TV."

A) Three are against it.
B) Just one household watching.
C) They all stood on one in an effort to attract attention.

Frat Scat
"Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the oldest and largest U.S. college fraternities, said on Friday that it would eliminate its member initiation practices, following a number of hazing-related deaths and other incidents," Reuters reports.

"Starting Sunday, the fraternity with 14,000 undergraduate members across the country will end pledging, according to a statement from SAE, based in Evanston, Illinois."

There'll be plenty of time to be sadistic once members graduate into Corporate America, the fraternity said.


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Scatty.


Beachwood Podcast No. 4
Cracking the Chicagoland Code. Plus: Crimea's Pop-Up Parliament, Anchor Meltdown at RT, and The Mel Reynolds Conspiracy.


Who's With Me?


Obama Promises $4 Trillion Of Empty Rhetoric


* What Happens When You Opt Your Kids Out Of Standardized Tests.

* How Working In Washington Taught Me We're All A Little Like RT.

* The Undisclosed Truth About The Washington Post's Experts On Venezuela.








The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Allen Toussaint is a singer, songwriter, producer and all-around legend. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer joins us this week to talk about his 60-plus year career in music and how New Orleans is in everything he does. Jim and Greg also talk with Morgan Neville, the now Oscar winning director of 20 Feet from Stardom."


The Flying Saucer Weekend Brunch Report: Shrimp strong.



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: Community Health Partnership Of Illinois


Susan Bauer, Monserrat Gonzalez and Joel Gramirez of the non-profit Community Health Partnership of Illinois discuss the health services they provide for migrant Latino farmworkers in Illinois.

Saturday at 8 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Talking Trash: Waste, Sprawl And The Future Of The Seas


Steven Corey of Columbia College takes a look at how environment waste, including the urbanization of shores and dumping of waste into oceans, pollutes waterways but can be prevented.

Sunday at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21.


Fracking And Public Health


Ann Alexander of the Natural Resources Defense Council speaks about how fracking affects the health of people living nearby by using chemical solutions to extract oil from the ground.

Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on CAN TV21.


Reflections On Milwaukee's Food Desert


Young Kim, the executive director of the Fondy Food Center in Milwaukee, highlights efforts to address food insecurity in the 21st century.

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


Posted on March 8, 2014

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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