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The Weekend Desk Report

Here's a confession you probably aren't expecting: ESPN first started televising the draft in 1980, when I was in ninth grade. I stayed home from school at least a couple times before I graduated to watch.

The Beachwood Radio [Sports] Hour
Winston vs. White.

Plus: Daft Town; Publix Enemy Number One: Kevin White Is Right; Bulls Got Next; Blackhawks Go Wild; Sox Suck; and Maddon's Magic.

Audio TrackNotes: Worst Derby Field Ever?
Our money's on Dortmund to win and Mr. Z to lose.

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The Beachwood Radio [News] Hour.

The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: The Replacements, Linear Downfall, Smoking Popes, . . . And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Death Cab for Cutie, Purge, Haken, Zella Day, Manic Street Preachers, and Europe.

On The Errormark
Natasha Julius can't be with us this weekend but she did send a note to Beachwood HQ earlier this week regarding WBEZ's latest on Aramark:

"I will never understand how anyone falls for the privatization scam. Oh sure, a for-profit company that exists to maximize its own profits and minimize its expenses is definitely going to deliver both savings AND amazing service. Bullshit. You might get one if you're lucky, but it's all but guaranteed to come at the expense of the other."

Chicago Is History
"Though Chicago has won the battle to house President Barack Obama's library and museum, it appears extremely likely that it won't be getting something else: either the residence of the soon-to-be former president and first lady, or the offices of the the foundation that may be the center of his future professional life," Greg Hinz reports for Crain's.

I'm not sure if the best reponse here is "Oh boo-hoo" or "Snap!"

Frankly, I don't need the Obamas to live here to validate my existence.

"The same source who last night confirmed to me that the library will go on the South Side and will be run in conjunction with the University of Chicago - a formal announcement is expected the week of May 11 - now tells me that the Obama Foundation will be based in New York."


"Obama may follow the pattern of [Bill] Clinton, who put his library back home in Little Rock, Ark., but established the foundation associated with his Clinton Initiative and other activities in the capital of the western world, New York.

"In Clinton's case, he had an excuse: His wife, Hillary, was to become one of New York's U.S. senators. But I'm sure the Obamas will come up with a good explanation."

Why do they need to "come up" with a good explanation? The truth is self-evident: New York is not only a global capital but a far more sophisticated and fun place to live - especially if you have money. Do we really need the Obamas to conjure a falsehood to make us feel better about being left behind?

"Meanwhile, multiple sources say the president is not expected to travel to Chicago the week of May 11 for the formal announcement."

After all, the campaign is over.


"Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Ill., who was at a meeting with Obama at the White House on Thursday to discuss a pending trade deal, said he hadn't been told 'definitively' that Chicago would be chosen for the library site," the Tribune reports.

But "I had people tell me that I'll be happy with the decision," Quigley said, adding that the message has been communicated to him "weekly for the last month."

I'd say that's definitive.

"I'm going to be cautiously optimistic," he said. "After we got the NFL draft, everything else is anticlimactic."

Only because the library won't have a Sweetness Simulator.

Reel it in, Mike.


"Friends of the Parks, which has filed a federal lawsuit attempting to block plans for the proposed Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on parkland near Soldier Field, remains opposed to placing the library anywhere on parkland," the Tribune reports.

"On Friday the organization released a statement urging the library foundation to place the structure on 11 acres at 55th Street and King Drive, vacant land that is part of the U. of C.'s Washington Park proposal.

"Friends noted that as a young community organizer Obama came to Friends of the Parks and asked how the two could collaborate to add park space on the South Side."

Italics mine, because that is so Obama.

"We admire your record as a champion of the environment, including the park system in your hometown," the organization's statement read. "Please leave us the double legacy of a world-class library and world-class parks. Find a site that does both."


Friends of the Parks vs. Friends of the Perks.

The Sound Opinions Weekend Listening Report: "Jim and Greg celebrate Mother's Day with their favorite Songs About Mom. And what happens when bands become brands?"

The CAN TV Weekend Viewing Report: Chicago Theatre Review.

"Join award-winning director David Zak of Pride Films & Plays for an examination of Book of Merman and other works produced by the LGBT arts organization, in this show from producer Ed Buckley."

Saturday at 3 p.m. on CAN TV19.

* Nearly Half Of Obamacare Exchanges Struggling.

* Cops Shut Down CNN Broadcast In Baltimore; Reporter: 'Are We Under Martial Law?'

* The Boy Who Was 'Too Good' To Play Youth Baseball Never Got To Grow Up.

* MLK: A Time To Break Silence.

* What MLK Really Thought About Riots.

* In Bronx, Art Fills An Abandoned Neighborhood Landmark.

* Commander-In-Drone.


A sampling.




The Weekend Desk Tip Line: Foundationally.


Posted on May 2, 2015

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SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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