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The Weekend Desk Report

Subtle reminder to all Weekend Desk readers: Mother's Day is a week from Sunday. Don't fuck it up.

Market Update
Only in Chicago can you tighten the noose by making the Loop bigger.

Derby Odds
Since when did Chrome become the undisputed leader in speed?

Chicago Blue
A team of scientists will take on the gargantuan task of dissecting a massive, bloated heap on the brink of catastrophic collapse. So maybe there's hope for TIF reform after all.

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In related news, embattled Toronto mayor Rob Ford has reportedly flown to Chicago in his quest to control his baser appetites. And by "baser appetites," we mean city council.

Droning Along
Finally this week, did anyone consider that the so-called "drone over Schaumburg" was, in fact, just kinda, you know, Schaumburg?


The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Home base.


Weekend Sports Special: Secret To Success: A Derby Win And Racing's Doping Addiction.


The Beachwood Radio Hour #5: Kentucky Derby Edition: Lost Faith In A Ruined Sport.

Plus: White Parents Don't Send Their Kids To Chicago Public Schools. Xerox Is Watching You. Remembering DJ Rashad. The Consterning Case Of Chicago's Best (14-Year-Old) Rapper. Our Magic City Council. The Chicago Newsroom vs. Chicagoland.

Honorary Mention: Dick Mell and Patti Blagojevich doing what they do.

Music: Yo La Tengo, Sons of Hippies, When Wealthy Fell, I Am Icarus, Eleven Fifty Two.

Note: Will be re-posted Monday in our People, Places & Things section with Show Notes, but if you want Kentucky Derby handicapping you better listen now!)


Beachwood International with The Angry Aussie No. 12: The Hippest Trip Around The Globe.

This week: Rob Ford in Chicago. Gerry Adams in the dock. The Ukraine on the edge. The election in India that America is ignoring. So you think you're better than Donald Sterling. Mel Reynolds: The Movie. Blame it on Rio.


The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Without Chess Records, there'd be no Rock 'N' Roll. Jim and Greg take stock of the history and legacy of the legendary blues label. Then they review new albums from Blur & Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, and the food-obsessed R&B singer Kelis.


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: Rape Victim Advocates


Every six minutes someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. Liliana Vargas of Rape Victim Advocates shares how the organization helps survivors and works to end rape.

Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on CAN TV21 / En Espanol Sunday at 4 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Perspectivas Latinas: The Chicago Cuatro Festival


Orlando Rivera, founder and director of the Chicago Cuatro Festival, highlights the organization's work preserving the sounds and history of Puerto Rico's national instrument, the Cuatro.

Saturday at 8 p.m. on CAN TV21 / En Espanol Sunday at 4:30 p.m. on CAN TV21.


Chicago Gaming Expansion Hearing


Community members weigh in on State Rep. Bob Rita's (D-Blue Island) proposal to create a state-owned casino in Chicago.

Sunday at 9 a.m. on CAN TV21.


LIFT Keynote Address: Kirsten Lodal


LIFT founder Kirsten Lodal gives insight into her work starting and running a national anti-poverty nonprofit.

Sunday at noon on CAN TV21.


Shattered Hopes: Obama's Failure To Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace


Author and activist Josh Ruebner discusses obstacles facing the United States' diplomatic efforts in the Middle East and President Obama's inability to help form a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

Sunday at 1 p.m. on CAN TV21.


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