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The Weekend Desk Report

For completists, there was no column on Friday.

1. Motormouth Gets A Lot Of Mileage On Fuel Filler Door Question.

2. Company Accused Of Diluting Chesapeake Blue Crab Meat With Imported Crab.

Few things say local like the Chesapeake blue crab.

It has scuttled its way into Maryland's tourism slogan and is part of the region's signature dish, proudly touted on menus and in markets as a taste of the Bay in an era when "eat local" has become the mantra of foodies.

But a few years ago, a tipster reached out to authorities with an unsavory allegation: A major Virginia seafood supplier was selling packages of premium Chesapeake blue crab meat cut with cheaper foreign crab. It wasn't even the same species.

In an unusual probe, federal agents fanned out to markets across Virginia, Delaware and North Carolina, scooping up crab meat from Casey's Seafood and sending it out for the type of DNA analysis more common in rape and murder cases.

The results would reveal the tip of what authorities say is a massive fraud worth millions of dollars, one so large it has shaken the food industry and raised questions about just how much of the iconic food labeled as local comes from the Chesapeake Bay.

3. Is Positionless Baseball MLB's Next Big Thing?

Note: This is about the Brewers, not the Cubs.

4. Jeff Bezos's $150 Billion Fortune Is A Policy Failure.

"He needs to spend roughly $28 million a day just to keep from accumulating more wealth."

5. The Guardian Digs Into The Dangers Of Working For Amazon.

"He needs to spend roughly $28 million a day just to keep from accumulating more wealth."

6. What It Takes To Be A Trial Lawyer If You're Not A Man.

"[A]t least 90 percent of her courtroom opponents are male, and that they file a 'no-crying motion' as a matter of course."

7. Construction At IIT Unearths Remains Of Historic Mecca Flats Apartments.

[B]lack residents of Mecca Flats pushed back against plans to tear down the structure, which had been built in 1891 for visitors to the World's Fair of 1893. A Tribune report from 1891 celebrated the Mecca's opulence - it was to be the "largest apartment house west of New York." Decadent rotundas would characterize the space, though none would offer entrance for servants, reports noted.

After the World's Fair, however, building management chose to rent exclusively to white tenants. Two decades later that policy changed, however, and middle-class black families began moving to the Mecca, which became synonymous with the glamour and grandeur of the black metropolis. Residents worked as porters and peddlers, machinists and manicurists, tailors, tanners, clerks and cooks, historians say. At night, the area's bustling nightlife, eventually immortalized by jazz musicians, took over.

Decades later, around the time of World War I, Mecca Flats had fallen into disrepair, its demise accelerated by the poverty and overcrowding Brooks details in In the Mecca. And though black residents and black state legislators fought for years to preserve the space, IIT, which acquired it in the early 1940s, ultimately demolished it in 1952 to expand its campus.

8. CHI PRC's DIY Adult Collage Night.

9. Blue Monday August 2018.

Featuring the Blue Ribbon Glee Club.

10. Artists Transform 'Sick And Dying' Chicago Trees.


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The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #212: The Cubs Are Weird
Win big, lose ugly. Plus: It's Time, White Sox. And: Hall Of Bears Mirrors.




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Tugboat at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

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Weekend BeachBook
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How Goop's Haters Made Gwyneth Paltrow's Company Worth $250 Million.


How A Notorious Gangster Was Exposed By His Own Sister.


The New Season Ticket, Seat Optional.


Weekend TweetWood
A sampling.




The Beachwood Tronc Line: Troncapalooza.


Posted on August 5, 2018

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