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Pat Bruno, Former Chicago Sun-Times Critic, Passes Away

Pat Bruno, Former Chicago Sun-Times Critic, Passes Away

The long-time restaurant critic in the Chicago food scene died Tuesday

Former Chicago Sun-Times restaurant critic Pat Bruno passed away Tuesday night after a three-year battle with brain cancer. Bruno was 79.

The longtime writer and personality in the Chicago food scene was known for his love for Italian food and pizza, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, penning five cookbooks under the name Pasquale Bruno, with one dedicated solely to pizza.

Bruno got his start in college in Vermont, working as a waiter, cook, bouncer, and bus driver, then spent four years in the Air Force before working with Sears in Chicago. He eventually became a partner in a chain of cooking stores called Cook's Mart. Through his career, Bruno hunted for truffles, had some lemonade with Elvis, and taught Oprah to toss pizza dough.

"I never had a chance to break bread with the man," ABC 7's food reporter Steve Dolinksky told Time Out Chicago, "but what I wouldn't have given to go on a pizza binge around town with him."

New Charges For Former Sun-Times Columnist Jay Mariotti

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Former Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist and ESPN personality Jay Mariotti was back in court this week, facing new charges after he confronted his ex-girlfriend the same day a court ordered him to stay away from her.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports

He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three felony charges – stalking, corporal injury on a spouse or domestic partner, and assault by means likely to produce great bodily injured. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of disobeying a court order.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in state prison. His next court date is June 1 before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Keith Schwartz.

In addition to confronting his ex-girlfriend at a restaurant Sept. 30 — the day he pleaded no contest to one count of misdemeanor domestic violence — prosecutors said he argued with his former girlfriend again outside a Venice, Calif., restaurant April 15. He allegedly pulled a chunk of her hair out and grabbed her cell phone, while shouting at her, prosecutors said.

As part of a deal reached in the original case with the Los Angeles city attorney’s office, six other misdemeanor counts against Mariotti were dismissed — four domestic-violence-related counts, grand theft and false imprisonment.

In September of las year, Mariotti was charged with pushing and shoving his girlfriend in their Venice, Calif., apartment. When officers arrested Mariotti in August 2010, they noticed cuts and bruises on the woman.

The incident stemmed from a running argument between the couple that started at a club in Santa Monica after Mariotti accused his girlfriend of flirting with another man.

Police said the argument continued at the couple’s Venice-area apartment, where Mariotti allegedly pushed and shoved the woman. During the altercation, Mariotti grabbed her arm, leaving marks, according to police sources.

In that case, Mariotti avoided jail time and was instead placed on three years’ probation and required to perform 40 days of community service. He was ordered to complete a 52-week domestic violence course and stay away from the victim. He could face county jail time in connection for violating probation.

The sports columnist quit the Sun-Times in 2008 and went to a sports website run by AOL.

Never one to mince words, Mariotti set his bridge to the newspaper world aflame in a conversation with CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker at the time.

“I’m going to be completely honest with you, the profession is dying,” he said in August 2008. “I don’t think I’m breaking any news here.”

His comments prompted angry responses from across the local media. Legendary Sun-Times movie critic Roger Ebert accused Mariotti of “shouting” at his readers, and “stomping your feet when owners, coaches, players and fans didn’t agree with you.” He called Mariotti’s columns 𔄙,000-word rants.”

“On your way out, don’t let the door bang you on the ass,” Ebert said in concluding his Aug. 28, 2008, letter.

Also upon Mariotti’s resignation, sports columnist Chris De Luca called him “the venom-spewing columnist” who was acting like “a scorned lover.”

Briefly: War critic complains after police halt rally

NEW YORK — The antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan said Tuesday that she was slightly hurt in a scuffle when the police broke up a rally.

Sheehan, whose son died in the Iraq war, said she was jostled when officers intervened and arrested an organizer, Paul Zulkowitz.

Zulkowitz was charged with using amplification without a permit at the rally Monday in Manhattan.

"I was speaking and someone grabbed my backpack and pulled me back pretty roughly," Sheehan said in a telephone interview. (AP)

Venezuelans seek refuge after coup fails

Former top Venezuelan military officers accused of trying to remove the country's president, Hugo Chávez, in a 2002 coup are seeking refugee status in Colombia.

Rear Admiral Hector Ramírez, who was named Venezuela's defense minister during the failed two-day coup, is one of nine former or current officers seeking refuge in Colombia, the local media reported Tuesday.

If convicted of rebellion in Venezuela, the officers face as much as 30 years in prison. (AP)

Former publisher pleads guilty to fraud

A former Chicago Sun-Times publisher, David Radler, pleaded guilty Tuesday of participationin a scheme to siphon $32 million from Hollinger International, the newspaper's parent company.

Radler, who resigned from the newspaper post in 2003, entered the plea in U.S. court in Chicago.

Radler was indicted Aug. 18 along with a former executive of the company that owns The Sun-Times and the Toronto-based Ravelston company, on five counts each of mail fraud and two counts of wire fraud. Ravelston was owned until this year by Conrad Black, who was not charged. (AP)

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Debra Fahrforth, the mother of 12-year-old Joey Chlopek, who was shot by a Chicago police officer in 1992, with a photo of her and her son. Pat Nabong/Sun-Times

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Top story

Nearly 30 years ago, her 12-year-old son was killed by a Chicago cop. ‘Do I think anything’s changed? No, I think it’s even worse today.’

A young boy is handed a gun by someone older, chased down a Southwest Side alley by a police officer and shot to death.

It’s a series of events now commanding the attention of Chicago, which had been anxiously awaiting the release of police body-camera video of the fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo.

But a similar scenario played out nearly 30 years ago when an officer shot and killed a 12-year-old boy in Brighton Park — the youngest Chicago police shooting victim in recent memory.

Debra Fahrforth still doesn’t believe her son had a gun, as police said, when an officer shot 12-year-old Joey Chlopek the afternoon of June 6, 1992.

“I’ll never believe what the cops said about that day. My boy was jumping over the fence” when he was shot, said Fahrforth, 60.

It was nearly three decades ago, but she lives with it every day, surprised it didn’t prompt her to take her own life.

“When he died, I died,” she said.

The police said Joey was shot after pointing a .22-caliber pistol at a plainclothes officer, David Jarmusz, during a foot chase. Shot three times in an alley, Joey collapsed in a backyard in the 3000 block of West 38th Street.

Other than Jarmusz, there were no witnesses.

More news you need

  1. The inspector general’s latest quarterly report includes several allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment by city employees. In one allegation, a city truck driver allegedly exposed himself and masturbated inside a city-owned vehicle in broad daylight.
  2. Illinois officials today reported 166,885 more doses of COVID-19 vaccines going into arms, the state’s second-best day for vaccination numbers yet. More than twice as many Illinoisans have been vaccinated than infected with COVID-19 since last year, as city prepares to expand eligibility.
  3. Former Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club boss Orville “Orvie” Cochran got the green light last month for early release from a five-year racketeering conspiracy sentence. Prosecutors fought against the decision, arguing Cochran – who had been on the run from 2001 until his 2017 arrest – had already gotten off easy given the length of his sentence.
  4. “Buzz” Palmer, an ex-cop and organizer who co-founded Chicago’s Afro-American Patrolmen’s League, has died at age 84. Palmer also headed the city’s Sister Cities program during Mayor Harold Washington’s administration.
  5. The University of Chicago will train U.S. Army surgeons, nurses and other emergency care specialists at its South Side trauma center starting later this year. The move is part of an Army initiative to partner with trauma centers around the country to train military medical personnel.

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A bright one

Groups give warm meals, helping hand to homeless living under Kennedy Expressway

The smell of fresh Middle Eastern cuisine wafted through the air below the Kennedy Expressway Thursday, past a row of tents, lines of cars and several members of local community groups who came out to lend a hand to the area’s homeless.

Georgia Doty Comprehensive Health and Zakat Foundation of America, teamed up to bring the warm meal, as well as groceries, sanitary products and PPE to those who live under the overpass near West Fullerton Avenue in Bucktown.

Volunteers set out food for the homeless to take under the Kennedy Expressway at West Fullerton Avenue in Bucktown on Thursday. Anthony Vazquez/Sun-Times

Don Doty, president and CEO of Georgia Doty Comprehensive Health, which works to provide health awareness and education, said as a disabled veteran, he is committed to providing essential resources and services to underserved populations.

He said the event marked the first of many his group has planned this year.

Claudia Martinez, program manager at Zakat Foundation of America, said during Ramadan it provides fresh meals to the homeless every week in different locations. The group appeals to Muslims who look to give back during this time of fasting.

“Our campaign is, ‘Feel the hunger to do good,’” Martinez said. “ . It’s important for us to be in our city and involved.”

From the press box

Don’t assume Carlos Rodon’s no-hitter against the Indians was a fluke – White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz says the 2014 top-3 draft pick, if healthy, “could be one of the best pitchers in the American League.”

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Yesterday, we asked you: If you live with roommates, how has the pandemic affected your relationship with them? Here’s what some of you said.

“We had to adjust to all doing something — cooking everyday, saving as much as possible, work around the house. Fixed the yard, painted the house, planted our own food and got fat.” — Milan Salvatore

“I’m married but it made us get closer to God and not to take anything for granted. Always tell your loved you love them.” — Nunise Holmes

“Does a husband and pets count? . Our life didn’t really change the only thing nice is the roads we very quiet and no people out!” — Kris Michelle Walenga Tchoryk

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The 1990s

In mid-1991, veteran crime reporter Art Petacque, who had won a Pulitzer Prize in 1974, left the paper. Almost 10 years later, Dennis Britton, who had been the paper's editor at the time of Petacque's retirement, told the Chicago Reader that Petacque's departure, which was described at the time as a retirement, was involuntary. "I had problems with some of the ways Art pursued his job," Britton told the Reader. [ 21 ]

In September 1992, Bill Zwecker joined the Sun-Times as a gossip columnist from the troubled Lerner Newspapers suburban weekly newspaper chain, where had written the VIPeople column. [ 22 ]

In September 1992, Sun-Times sports clerk Peter Anding was arrested in the Sun-Times ' newsroom and held without bond after confessing to using his position to set up sexual encounters for male high school athletes. [ 23 ] Anding was charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault and possession of child pornography. In September 1993, Anding pleaded guilty to arranging and videotaping sexual encounters with several teenage boys and fondling others. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison. [ 24 ]

In 1993, the Sun-Times fired photographer Bob Black without severance for dozens of unauthorized uses of the company's Federal Express account and outside photo lab, going back more than three years and costing the company more than $1,400. [ 25 ] In February 1994, however, Black rejoined the paper's payroll after an arbitrator agreed with the paper's union that dismissal was too severe of a penalty. [ 26 ] At the same time, the arbitrator declined to award Black back pay.

In 1993, longtime Sun-Times reporter Larry Weintraub retired after 35 years at the paper. [ 27 ] Weintraub had been best known for his "Weintraub's World" column, in which he worked a job and wrote about the experience. [ 27 ] Weintraub died in 2001 at age 69. [ 27 ]

In February 1994, the Adler & Shaykin investor group sold the Sun-Times to Hollinger International for about $180 million. [ 28 ] Hollinger was controlled, indirectly, by Canadian-born businessman Conrad Black. After Black and his associate David Radler were indicted for skimming money from Hollinger International, through retaining noncompete payments from the sale of Hollinger newspapers, they were removed from the board, and Hollinger International was renamed the Sun-Times Media Group.

In 1994, noted reporter M.W. Newman retired from the Sun-Times around the age of 77. [ 29 ] Newman, who died of lung cancer in 2001, had been with the Sun-Times since the Chicago Daily News closed in 1978 and had focused his efforts on urban reporting. [ 29 ] Among other things, Newman had been known for coining the term "Big John" to describe the John Hancock Center and the expression "Fortress Illini" for the concrete structures and plazas at the University of Illinois at Chicago. [ 29 ]

On March 23, 1995, the Sun-Times announced that beginning April 2, 1995, veteran Sports Illustrated writer Rick Telander would be joining the paper and writing four columns a week. [ 30 ] [ 31 ]

On March 24, 1995, the Sun-Times published an editorial by Mark Hornung, then the Sun-Times ' editorial page editor, that plagiarized a Washington Post editorial that had appeared in that paper the day before. [ 32 ] Hornung attributed the plagiarism to writer's block, deadline pressures and the demands of other duties. [ 33 ] He resigned as editorial page editor, but remained with the paper, shifting to its business side and working first as director of distribution and then as vice president of circulation. [ 34 ] In 2002, Hornung became president and publisher of Midwest Suburban Publishing, which was a company owned by then-Sun Times parent company Hollinger International. [ 35 ] In June 2004, Hollinger International placed Hornung on administrative leave just two weeks after Hollinger revealed that the paper's sales figures had been inflated for several years. [ 36 ] Hornung resigned from the company four days later. [ 37 ]

On May 17, 1995, the Sun-Times ' food section published a bogus letter from a reader [ 38 ] named "Olga Fokyercelf" that Chicago Tribune columnist (and former Sun-Times columnist) Mike Royko called "an imaginative prank" in a column. [ 39 ] In that same column, Royko criticized the paper's food writer who edited the readers column at the time, Olivia Wu, for not following better quality control. The Wall Street Journal then tore into Royko with an article of its own, titled, "Has a Curmudgeon Turned Into a Bully? Some Now Think So. Picking on a Food Writer." [ 40 ] Although the Sun-Times began hiring a free-lancer to edit the space and look for double entendres, [ 41 ] another one made it into the same column on July 26, 1995, when the section published a letter from a "Phil McCraken." [ 42 ] "This one was a little more subtle," a reporter outside the food department told the Chicago Reader. [ 41 ]

From September 1996 until May 2000, fictional editions of the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper were prominently featured in the CBS television series Early Edition. The series followed the adventures of a man who mysteriously receives each Sun-Times the day before it is actually published, and who uses this knowledge to prevent terrible events each day.

In 1998, the Sun-Times demoted longtime TV critic Lon Grahnke, shifting him to covering education. [ 43 ] Grahnke, who died in 2006 at age 56 of Alzheimer's disease, remained with the paper until 2001, when he retired following an extended medical leave. [ 44 ]

In 1999, longtime Sun-Times columnist Ray Coffey retired around the age of 70. [ 45 ] He died in 2008. [ 45 ]

A month-by-month look back at 2013

It was a year of major changes: gay marriage, pension reform, Obamacare. There were CEO switcheroos at Groupon and Accretive, the IPO market made a comeback, and OfficeMax and U.S. Foods headed for the exits.

Some of the year's happenings are moments to treasure. Some we'd rather forget. Take a look back.

A TRAGIC LOSS: Chicago's murder wave stirs many emotions, but none so much as the killing of a bright teenager, Hadiya Pendleton, who is in the wrong park, just a few blocks from the home of Barack and Michelle Obama, at the wrong time. She is shot just days after appearing in the president's second inaugural parade, and her death draws international attention to Chicago's gun violence problem. Her passing is noted in the president's February State of the Union address.

INSPIRING COMEBACK: Aided by a cane and a whole lot of intestinal fortitude, Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., slowly but surely climbs the Capitol steps to mark his return to Congress almost a year after suffering a debilitating stroke.

A COMICAL NOTE: Second City and the Lyric Opera of Chicago show they can make beautiful music together. "The Second City Guide to the Opera," featuring Renee Fleming and Patrick Stewart, plays to a sellout crowd.

TECH TRACTION: The University of Illinois looks to move its research firepower closer to the state's economic center of gravity with plans for a $100 million-plus UI Labs in Chicago.

DREAMLINER NIGHTMARE: Flaming batteries and emergency landings force U.S. authorities to ground all Boeing 787s until April.

RICKETTSES' WRIGLEY REDO: After more than two years of pushing for public financing to renovate Wrigley Field, the Ricketts family changes course at the Cubs Convention by announcing that they'll fund the project themselves with a series of regulatory concessions from the city and the Lakeview neighborhood.

PHANTOM GIRLFRIEND: Notre Dame star linebacker and Heisman Trophy finalist Manti Te'o draws a national spotlight off the field after sports blog Deadspin reveals that both the death and the existence of his girlfriend were part of a hoax.

JEWEL SELLS: Jewel-Osco kicks off a tumultuous year for Chicago's grocery industry by bouncing to its third owner in 13 years, as investors led by New York's Cerberus Capital Management fork over $100 million in cash and assume $3.2 billion in debt to acquire the Itasca grocer and four other chains from Supervalu Inc. of Eden Prairie, Minn.

NO MORE RED INK? Tribune Co. finally lifts itself out of bankruptcy after four years and hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees.

Chicago’s revered dining scene recently lost a key ingredient: Experienced, trustworthy critics

Joe Flamm was a line cook at Girl & the Goat when it received three stars, and a sous-chef at Spiaggia when it got four stars, in high-praise notices from restaurant critic Phil Vettel of the Chicago Tribune. A native of the city’s South Side who has been working in restaurants since he was 15, the chef remembers racing to pick up copies of those and other Vettel reviews with the same excitement he had grabbing issues of the newspaper after, say, the Chicago White Sox won the 2005 World Series.

“The Tribune review was a huge deal,” a gauge to see “how you compared to the greats and where things aligned,” says Flamm, 35, a “Top Chef” champion who is poised to open his maiden restaurant April 20. Named after his grandmothers and more than two years in the making, Rose Mary will showcase Croatian and Italian dishes in Fulton Market.

“I would have loved to get a Phil Vettel review under my belt,” says the chef, imagining a splash on the front page of the Tribune’s Dining section.

His wish comes too late. The critic retired in January after an epic 31 years as Chicago’s eater-in-chief. No starred reviews have appeared since. The following month, Steve Dolinsky, another popular taste maker, exited the review ranks when he left ABC 7 and his “Hungry Hound” food segment after a 17-year run that introduced viewers to many of the city’s culinary gems.

“It’s sad to see Phil and Steve go,” says Sarah Grueneberg, the James Beard award-winning chef at Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in the West Loop. “They were such great champions of our food scene, and people have been following them for decades.”

To Karrie Leung, founder of PR and marketing agency KLPR, the loss of local reviews has an outsize impact: From a national perspective, it “removes Chicago from that playing field,” she says. “When you lose critics, people you know and trust, that’s a hard pill to swallow.”

Who raves or rants about restaurants in town might seem like small potatoes amid an ongoing pandemic. Yet as diners continue to look to restaurants for comfort and the city is opening up, in-depth reviewing feels paramount. Vettel, a former president of the restaurant awards committee of the James Beard Foundation, goes so far as to say that without a strong voice and sufficient resources to bring its dining scene attention, Chicago risks “becoming a flyover city.”

Grueneberg laughs when she says “our hobbies are sports, food and alcohol,” but a serious case could be made for Chicago as a top-tier place to eat, drink and be merry — and for why the nation’s third-largest city needs passionate chroniclers of the dining scene who know what they’re talking about and have the resources to offer their educated opinion, free of outside influence.

The opposite of that, says Dolinsky, also a regional academy chair for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants: “the same six or seven recommendations from Instagrammers looking at well-known restaurant groups” that can afford to offer comped meals or other perks. Both Dolinsky and Vettel had budgets to dine out and declined freebies.

Count me a fan of Chicago. In search of the country’s best food cities in 2015 — a year-long project that examined creativity, community, ingredients, shopping, service and tradition in each market — I ranked Chicago seventh out of 10 destinations. The city offered top-notch everyman food (my weakness was hot dogs “dragged through the garden”) as well as fine dining on par with the country’s best.

While it’s had some detractors, the Windy City is second only to New York for the recognition it has received from the James Beard Foundation, more than 80 culinary awards. Save for the pause created by the pandemic, Chicago has hosted the foundation’s glitzy annual gala since 2014, and will continue to do so through 2027.


Kendra Smith. | Provided photo

I started with the police report.

Her name was Kendra Smith. Kendra . She was 44, five-feet-four, 116 pounds, with long, brown hair and hazel eyes.

She worked for Summit Design & Build in the West Loop, supervising construction of the rooftop deck at the Luxe. An “exceptional worker,” her boss told the detective investigating her death. No, he had no hint she was having problems.

At 5:18 a.m., Kendra had entered the building by a side door and climbed the stairs to the roof, the police report said.

She stood beside a table for a few minutes and placed her wallet, keys, business cards and iPhone on the roof. Then, she walked to the edge and sat. A security camera captured it all.

It was 5:33 a.m. She stayed on that ledge for more than two hours till she jumped.

In the “Notes” application on her phone, she left a message, asking emergency responders to call and let her mother know.

The detective found text messages, too.

One was sent at 4:28 that morning to a roommate who lived with her and her boyfriend: “Well I’m sure you [two] have conjured everything in the book about my mission my suicide mission. Please take care of each other I paid Comed and peoples gas there will be more information forth with.”

Another, sent a minute later to her 35-year-old boyfriend: “I love you more than life itself but [you’re] too young to deal with this and I’m tired [please] only remember the good times your girl K I truly love you.”

In a nearby parking lot, a police officer found her red, 2013 Toyota Corolla with a bottle of thyroid medicine inside.

The detective spoke with Kendra’s boyfriend, who told him they’d met two years before through a running club, started dating and moved in together. Kendra was suffering from kidney failure and possibly cancer, the boyfriend said. She was stressed over work and about their relationship, he told the detective.

The police report on Kendra Smith’s death ran nine pages. Still, it left more questions than answers.

The answers, it turned out, were complicated.

CPD head calls for firing of 7 officers for lying about Laquan McDonald shooting

CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson called for seven officers to be fired for lying about the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald Thursday, the same day the man who shot McDonald, former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke, appeared for a status hearing as he awaits trial on murder charges.

Johnson’s move comes only several days after the city’s Inspector General Joe Ferguson delivered a scathing report concerning how the matter was handled internally by the Chicago Police Department. Among Ferguson’s findings: at least five of the seven officers lied in their reports, stating that McDonald was coming at officers in a threatening manner with knife in hand.

Video released a year after McDonald’s death showed he wasn’t threatening Van Dyke before the officer shot him 16 times at close range. The officers’ reports appeared to contradict what can be seen on the video. Van Dyke was later charged with first-degree murder.

Johnson’s desire to fire the seven cops also comes less than a week after Deputy Chief David McNaughton, who signed off on a ruling that said the shooting was justified, resigned. The Sun-Times reports that McNaughton was one of several members of then-superintendent Garry McCarthy’s executive committee who reviewed the video.

Also in that group: former interim superintendent John Escalante, who was then Chief of Detectives. The department announced Monday he was stepping down to take a job as the Chief of Police at Northeastern Illinois University.

In a statement, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said: “As the city takes these important steps to hold individuals accountable, we must also recommit ourselves to partnering together to rebuild trust between our police department and our residents.”

At Thursday’s Chicago Police Board meeting, Board Vice President Ghian Foreman said they are still awaiting the formal charges from Johnson against the officers and any formal action from the board could be months away.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Real Library Rules

This is a funny post on mental floss, featuring nine very specific library rules, complete with photos of the signs to prove they are real.

1. Keep the door closed due to bats
2. No Balloons! (I love this one. that would be my rule everywhere)
3. Deface Material, Face Hard Time
4. No Unzipped Clothes
5. No Chewing on Headphone Cords.
7. No Bathing
8. No Reshelving, Even By Library Majors
9. No Use of Library as a Commercial Business

Turning 50

I'm not the only one turning 50 this year. Sports Illustrated found some random bald guy to put on their cover too.

Today's Best Tweets

Here are some tweets that caught my eye today.

GeorgeStephanopoulos &#[email protected]
[email protected]'s response to the water bottle frenzy: "God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human." #sotu

Lizz Winstead &#[email protected]
So is waterbottling a thing now?

Gawker &#[email protected]
A supercut of Marco Rubio dry mouth noises. Just so goddamn thirsty.

Jimmy Greenfield &#[email protected]
Dems loved Obama's SOTU while GOP didn't. What were the odds?

Bob Nightengale &#[email protected]
Alex Rodriguez may be out of sight with a nearly barren locker, but unfortunately, #Yankees can't keep him out of mind

Deadspin &#[email protected]
Disgruntled goalie scores on his own net, flips off coaches, skates off the ice forever:

The Onion &#[email protected]
[In Focus] Use Of Organic Peanut Butter Adds Two Minutes To Local Man's Life

Huffington Post &#[email protected]
10 things a man will say if he wants to cheat

Los Angeles Times &#[email protected]
Popes as next-door neighbors in the Vatican. That brings up all kinds of questions.

Roger Ebert &#[email protected]
Remember when motorized wheelchairs were going haywire because of cell phones? Smart Ass Cripple does!

As the Rupert Turns

It seems like there is no end to the number of arrests in that phone hacking case in England. More of Rupert's people have been arrested. From Bloomberg.

"News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal is widening after London police arrested six more former journalists at its now-defunct News of the World tabloid and uncovered a new conspiracy to intercept voice mail. Three men and three women suspected of hacking phone messages in 2005 and 2006 were arrested today and some homes are being searched, the Metropolitan Police Service said in a statement. Two of the people arrested currently work at News Corp.’s other U.K. tabloid, the Sun, Britain’s best-selling daily title."

I don't think the American press has come to grips with the scope of this thing. "Journalists" are going to jail, and not for refusing to divulge their sources--for breaking the law.

Helping the Follicly Challenged

An interview with Balding Handbook author David Stern. (scroll down inside the box to click play)

The Republican Response

This moment is the only thing people will remember from Marco Rubio's response to the State of the Union last night. I thought he was reaching for a chart of some kind, but no.

I'll remember one other thing, and it also has nothing to do with the content of his speech. He was obviously sweating profusely (Albert Brooks-style) because he had to wipe the sweat off the side of his head at least four or five times.

If you missed the speech, I'll try to re-create it for you. "Blah blah blah. Obama is a meanie to us. (Wipe Sweat). Blah blah blah. Obama is to blame for everything. (Wipe Sweat). Blah blah blah. Where is my water bottle?"

SNL is going to have a field day with this, and so will Letterman, Leno, Kimmel, Conan, Ferguson, Fallon, Stewart, and Colbert. And that has nothing to do with his politics. Comedy is non-partisan. Or as Steve Martin once famously said: "Comedy is not pretty".

If it's funny, it's funny. He is going to be roasted.

The Ron Paul Minute

Ron Paul is coming to a radio near you. From Radio Ink this morning.

"Courtside Entertainment CEO Norm Pattiz announced late last night that former Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul will make his national radio and podcast debut this coming Monday. 'Ron Paul's America' will be twice daily one-minute commentaries from Paul with his sidekick Charles Goyette."

Norm Pattiz is the former head of Westwood One. I wrote a few national radio specials for him in the early 00s. He required us to say "Executive producer: Norm Pattiz" as the last words of every special, even though he had absolutely nothing to do with writing or producing them. I always thought that was a little strange. I'll be interested to see if he does the same thing at the end of Ron Paul's America. By the way, Mr. Paul, I know that two minutes a day doesn't sound like much, but two one minute commentaries will be much harder than you think. After one month, you'll have pontificated on 60 different topics. Now what? I hope this Charles Goyette is a good writer, because Norm Pattiz isn't going to help you.

Hackers Attack EAS

I know that hackers have a lot of time on their hands, and they think it's funny to hack into things that nobody in a million years would have thought of hacking into, but the Emergency Alert System? That seems like an odd choice. From Tom Taylor's NOW column.

"It wasn’t just KRTV television and its sister CW affiliate in Great Falls which reported “dead bodies rising from the grave and attacking the living.” A poster on the Montana Board of says “they also hacked into Utah, via KSL Radio. It was stopped by live air staff on the main channels, but was auto-forwarded on the HD-2s.” The Great Falls Tribune says the alert there showed “a scrolling warning for various Montana counties, and a voice-over claimed there were ‘dead bodies rising from the grave’. and urged people to use caution.” Radio World says “the ‘zombie’ bogus alerts also aired on two television stations in the Upper Peninsula” of Michigan. The FCC and FBI are on the case."

OK, I take it back. This one is pretty funny. Still an odd choice, but at least it was done with flair.

Ash Wednesday

Today is the beginning of the Lent season, Ash Wednesday. Don't tell people that they have a little schmutz on their foreheads.

September 26, 2014

French Restaurants in Chicago: a 75 year retrospective,1924-1999

Eventually they moved the restaurant to 3348 Sheffield. I believe that it closed in the late 1990’s


Hi Stephane,
I found your blog while searching for confit de canard. Do you know if you can buy this in Silicon Valley?

As the comments aren't published immediately, can you send me an email if you know where to find confit de canard? (and don't publish this comment. )
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My son Stéphane received a request from you regarding possible suppliers of Confit de Canard in Silicon Valley where he lives and works.
He asked me to send you the following answer:

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