At the very moment the commissioner of the NBA is holding up the New Jersey Nets as a case study of basketball’s impoverishment, the former owner of the team is crowing about 10 percent returns and the new owner is boasting of “explosive” profits. After the end of last season, one imagines that David Stern gathered together the league’s membership for a crash course on lockout etiquette: stash the yacht in St. Bart’s until things blow over, dress off the rack, insist on the ‘93 and ‘94 Cháteau Lafite Rothschilds, not the earlier, flashier, vintages. For rich white men to plead poverty, a certain self-discipline is necessary. Good idea, except next time he should remember to invite the Nets.
“It was getting to be 7 o’clock and you don’t want school buses and firearms on the scene”—Police Lt. Jim Sweatt, on the black bear killed in Portland this morning. Secondary key quote: “The meat will be distributed to soup kitchens.”
My car was vandalized when I was working in Hyde Park (the windshield was smashed). At the time, I was living in Wicker Park and it was after dark so I wanted to drive home. Took the Chicago cops 2 hours to get to me and then they made me wait in the back of their car while they filled out the report. Then they stopped filling out the report and watched an episode of The Wire. An entire episode. While I was in the back of their policecar.
So… did you get like, totally sucked in and forget all your problems?
Please don’t change and force me to read about things I don’t want to read about, and inadvertently send emails to people I don’t want to email, and generally pull me down a rabbithole of oversharing to my overly connected digital world.
“By doubling the prices, they effectively cut the overall happiness by 50 percent,” said senior Miguel Melgar, one of the protest organizers. “Happiness can be measured in units and those units are measured in cookies.”
Hazel Johnson came up in this article about new efforts by her daughter Cheryl to hold corporations to air and water contamination limits in Southeast Chicago. I always like learning about badass environmentalists who are also female and black!
Texas’ Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, Don Clemmer, later testified that his office didn’t have the resources to investigate allegations of sexual abuse at a TYC facility in Ward County because at the time the local agent was busy investigating charges of voter fraud by a 68-year-old Hispanic woman.