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The Weekend Desk Report

Upon reading the actual decision by a National Labor Relations Board officer, I can say with complete confidence that the media analysts are getting the story about Northwestern football players being designated employees of the university exactly wrong.

I explain on this week's Beachwood Podcast. Also: also discuss the latest episode of Chicagoland. Also, Tuffy and the Angry Aussie once again dissect the sad sack that passes for doco-journalism that is Chicagoland.


Opening Day, Ray
"Baseball returns to Chicago on Monday, bringing with it the promise of better weather, lazy afternoons at the ballpark and, inevitably, a handful of rowdy fans celebrating with too many beers," the Tribune reports.

"With that in mind, police met Friday afternoon with bar and restaurant owners from the area surrounding U.S. Cellular Field in Bridgeport."


That reminds me of an article I wrote for the Tribune in 1993 about White Sox bars. I met two women along the way who became my Sox Side tour guides - including getting me in to the Stadium Club, as the article mentions. They also introduced me to the Redwood Lounge.

In another bar, a group of guys told me they were close to kicking my ass - or at least chasing me out - when they heard I worked for the anti-union Tribune, but then they noticed I was wearing union sneakers (Converse, I believe) and drinking union beer.

I had a few beers during the reporting, naturally. When I returned to the newsroom, editors asked if I was okay to write the story. I do believe I couldn't have been better.

I still have some White Sox swizzle sticks I swiped from somewhere, probably the Stadium Club, along with some cheap White Sox coasters. One of the women gave me her phone number, and somehow I lost it - to my immediate regret.

It's baseball, Ray!


* The Score's Les Grobstein Apparently Dropped A Deuce On-Air During His Overnight Shift.

* On Being A Poor Student At An Elite University.

* Missing The CIA's Translations Of Foreign News Reports.

* In Beverly, Integration Is No Accident.









The Weekend Desk Tip Line: We're No. 2.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Since 1969 The Allman Brothers Band has captivated fans with its virtuosity, soul and unique blend of rock, jazz, blues and psychedelic rock. In what might be its last year as a band, Jim and Greg discuss its complicated history with Allman biographer Alan Paul. Then they review the new album from Atlanta garage rockers The Black Lips."


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: La Casa Norte


Sol Flores and Christina Obregon of La Casa Norte discuss how the organization serves as a catalyst for families confronting homelessness to find assistance and transform their lives.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on CAN TV21 / Es Espanol on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Perspectivas Latinas: Casa Aztlán


Executive Director Carlos Arango shares how Casa Aztlán serves as an educational and social center for the community, providing cultural activities, educational services and community organizing for immigrants' civil rights.

Saturday at 8 p.m. on CAN TV21.


CAN TV Complete Coverage: Creative Chicago Expo

CAN TV provides complete, unedited coverage of the 2014 Creative Chicago Expo keynotes. These speakers are all Chicagoans who've gained national and international acclaim for pioneering new strategies in their creative fields.

Designer Maria Pinto


Maria Pinto, whose unique designs were worn by Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey, launched her own ready-to-wear line with a successful Kickstarter campaign and currently has work on display as part of the permanent collection at The Field Museum in Chicago.

Sunday at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21.


Chef and Restaurateur Carrie Nahabedian


Carrie Nahabedian opened NAHA in Chicago, which won a James Beard Award and Michelin stars four years in a row, making her one of only 10 female chefs in the U.S. to earn a Michelin star.

Sunday at 10 a.m. on CAN TV21.


Producer Robert Teitel


Robert Teitel produced some of the most successful urban films and television series' in motion picture history, including the comedies Soul Food, Barbershop and Beauty Shop.

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


Posted on March 29, 2014

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