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The Weekend Desk Report

For completists and the historical record, there was no column on Friday.

1. "Several Illinois car title lobbyists declined to comment for this story, and none of the corporate offices returned WBEZ calls or e-mails," Natalie Moore reports.

Read/listen to her piece to find out why.

2. "Four years ago, Illinois passed the first in a series of discipline reforms meant to reduce student suspensions and expulsions from public schools," Kalyn Belsha reports for the Chicago Reporter.

"But the 2014 law hasn't had the outcomes legislators intended."

3. Redditor: Canadian Geese Are Ruining The New Lakeshore Path. I Was Taking It To Work Every Day Now It's Just Too Gross.

4. Janus Apparently No Longer Loves His State Job, Hires On With Illinois Policy Institute.

5. "Wishing for supporters of Donald Trump to find their hearts, their brains or their patriotism is a fool's errand. We are, as the president has said many times, 'a stupid country,' and every day of this presidency proves his point," Timothy Egan writes for the New York Times.

"I haven't always felt this way, and it pains me to say this. There's still a golden opportunity in November for the non-stupid majority to be heard. But it's time to abandon some of the stories we tell about ourselves as a people."

I've been sayin' . . .

6. Prosecutors Quietly Dropping Dozens Of Criminal Cases Tied To Two Indicted Chicago Cops.

And this isn't even about that other cop whose corruption is wreaking havoc in the courts . . .

7. Generation Wealth.

From the director of The Queen of Versailles, which I highly recommend.

8. A Fiery AIDS Activist Finally Gets His Due With Exhibitions Of His Art And Videos.

9. Maybe Rosewood Is His Sled.

10. People Can't Find The Stars They Paid To Name - And They're Calling Astronomers For Tech Support.

This outfit is out of Glenview. From Wikipedia:

"International Star Registry of Illinois started in 1979 by John and Phyllis Mosele. The company claims to have named about 2 million stars since its formation and published these names in a series of books. It has been organizing their business of naming stars for people for decades. The present owner of the company is Rocky Mosele, one of John and Phyllis Mosele's twelve children."


New on the Beachwood . . .

The Week In Chicago Rock
Featuring: Roger Clyne, Anoushka Shankar, Smilin' Bobby, Whitney Rose, DinosaurJr., Purling Hiss, Heresiarch, Anders Osbourn, Panic! AtTheDisco, Belinda Carlisle, Disposable Teens, Rob Zombie, Eddie And The Arsons, Ice Box Band, and Better Days.



Immigrant Infants Too Young To Talk Called Into Court To Defend Themselves
'One judge asked for a crying baby to be removed from the courtroom. She was informed the baby was the next respondent on the docket.'

This particular incident happened during the Obama administration, btw. And this video is from 2016:


'Traveling While Black' Guidebooks Getting Renewed Attention
"In the summer of 2017, the NAACP issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri . . . "



Sinclair-Tribune Deal Really Dead?
It looks that way, even as FCC chair Ajit Pai remains under investigation. Perhaps that's why he killed it?

Either way, Tribune Media looking for a way forward . . .


The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #210: Jabari Parker Already Grinding Coach Coffman's Gears
Someone get the young man some help. Plus: Viva La World Cup!; Rarity: Home Run Derby > All-Star Game; The Good/Bad News Cubs; White Sox Reportedly Still Playing; There Is A Thing Called The Chicago Pro Hockey League, And Jonathan Toews Is Playing In It; Coach Coffman Couldn't Be More Excited About Bears Training Camp!; and Schweinsteiger!

Now with repaired audio!






"Chicago, Chicago" / Jeannie Bennett


Weekend BeachBook

Alt-Right Troll To Father Killer: The Unraveling Of Lane Davis.


Bill Would Ensure All Wisconsinites Could Watch Packers Games.


Pitchfork three years ago this weekend.


Weekend TweetWood
A sampling.




The Beachwood Tronc Line: Just (don't) ask.


Posted on July 21, 2018

MUSIC - Chief Keef Changed The Industry.
TV - Vizio's Best Product Is You.
POLITICS - UIC: Soda Taxes Work.
SPORTS - More McCaskey Malpractice.

BOOKS - All About Poop.


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