Lead Story: On Sunday, protests surrounding the controversial film Innocence of Muslims reached Chicago. Rather than the violent outbursts we’ve seen overseas, this protest was a relatively small, peaceful demonstration. But don’t look for any mention of it in the local media. The closest thing I’ve seen is a paltry 58-word post on ABC 7’s website that completely left out the "who" and "where." Instead, we get this and this. There has been some coverage of local reaction to the film, so it's not as if the story been completely ignored here. But the poor reporting on yesterday's protest is a huge missed opportunity. If you want to inform readers about the world around us, inform readers about the local angles of stories of international import instead of ignoring it like a problem that doesn’t bother us because it's all happens too far away.
Also: We're coming down the home stretch now: Election Day 2012 is just six weeks from Tuesday and both candidates appeared in separate interviews on 60 Minutes Sunday night. The first debate is just ten days away. There's a lot of ground left to cover, but things are looking better and better for President Obama. Mitt Romney's campaign was, of course, hit hard last week by the September Surprise of his now-infamous "47 percent" remarks. But even conservative golden boy Paul Ryan took a hit last Friday when his promise to an AARP audience to repeal Obamacare was met with boos. If Nate Silver's numbers are to be believed — and history tells us Silver's work is worth following — then Obama seems to be slowly pulling away (and the Dems have a chance to keep control of the Senate). But as I said, a lot can happen in six weeks; my colleague Achy Obejas outlines seven things the Dems need to watch out for during that time.
And then: The Bears had little trouble dispensing of the St. Louis Rams 23-6 behind a sterling performance from a stout defense. The Rams were held to only 160 total yards, including just 59 on the ground (stand out runningback Stephen Jackson only had 29 yards). The offense, though, continued to struggle find its rhythym, amassing only 274 yards of their own. Quarterback Jay Cutler again struggled to a 58.9 QB rating, throwing for only 183 yards and an interception and his receiving corp continued to be plagued by dropped passes. Cutler tried to dismiss the performance, saying, in essence, a win is a win and fans and the media should stop their whining. But given what the offense is capable of — we saw it in week one against the Colts — it's not out of the question for fans to expect more. Still, the Bears are 2-1 and have a chance to prove their mettle on national television next week when they take on Dallas on Monday Night Football.
- Police in Houston shot and killed a wheelchair-bound, pen-waving double amputee.
- The fight against breast cancer evolves as researchers have determined four different types of the disease.
- There is a bacon shortage in Britain. This is not a drill. I repeat: There is a bacon shortage in Britain.
- If you have peanut butter purchased from Trader Joe’s, don’t eat it.
- The great Zimbabwe Toilet Flush of 2012.
- So long CTU strike, hello CSO strike.
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unveiled plans for the former sites of the Crawford and Fisk coal power plants.
- Police continue to search for suspects in the killing of an Evanston teen.
- Things suddenly don’t look so good for the Portage Theater’s new lease on life. Jim DeRogatis has more on that drama.
- Groupon is facing a round of job cuts under new leadership.
- The upcoming Chicago Police sergeant’s exam in 2013 could be the largest in the world.
- It’s a big week for golf fans in Chicago as the Ryder Cup comes to Medinah. Everyone else can continue ignoring the sport.
- Sox Watch: Mired in a losing streak, the Pale Hose hold a slim one-game lead over Detroit.
- Don’t look now but Notre Dame has cracked the top ten of the Associated Press’ college football poll.
- Training camp for the Bulls is approaching as the team continues to negotiate contract extensions with both Coach Thibodeau and Taj Gibson.
- Apparently there is an upcoming Dennis Rodman documentary and it’s being directed by Penny Marshall.
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