North Chicago, IL based Abbott Laboratories Inc, B. Braun Medical Inc. and Roxane Laboratories Inc., have agreed to pay a combined $421 million to settle a federal civil lawsuit. The U.S. government alleged the drugmakers were involved in a scam that deliberately inflated drug prices reported to Medicare and Medicaid programs.
Dec. 7, 2010
"Rich Daley looks forward to his new internship with Radio M."
"Mayor Daley! I had no idea you dabbled in decals! Good work!
"Hey, Malatia!! I want my money back!"
Our good friend and colleague Bill Healy was down at the station last week and caught the Mayor Daley entourage outside our studios. Daley was speaking at Navy Pier about Winter Wonderland. Bill attempted to get the mayor to come up for an interview but Daley's people gave the old 'we're pressed for time' routine. Bill asked if he could snap a picture, and before he could say cheese, Mayor Daley was game. Bill snapped the photo and the Mayor's people reminded Bill that he could only use that photo for 'fair coverage'. What's more fair than a caption contest?
Be respectful. You can rip on the mayor, but please be nice to WBEZ. Best caption wins a Car Talk mug.
Dec. 7, 2010
Top story: Mr. Jerry Roper (head of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce) is pushing the state to approve - and for Governor Quinn to sign off on - a casino in Chicago. He says the best spot? Block 37. How awesome would that be? After 20 years of trying to figure out what to do with that lot, they go with a combo TV studio and casino. Hey, better than an ice rink, right?
And even though casinos are controversial because they prey on the poor, ravage local economies and bring in unsavory business operations, you have to give this one a look because of the name-play opportunities! Casino 37!? Best name for a casino ever. Why? Because Roulette only goes up to 36. BOOM. That name-play alone should get it through the IL House.
And think of the negative effect a casino could have on that area. If I had to kill time, I would no longer go to the Macy's food court/kitchenware area.
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In today's episode: legal wrangling begins over who will stay on Chicago municipal ballot; super-duper hand sanitzer from Chicago's western 'burbs; CigarGate 2010.
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Dec. 7, 2010
To the tune of the Andy Williams chestnut:
It’s the most wonderful time of the year
All the critics are listing
And everyone’s wishing
Their favorite albums appear
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Here is the first installment of my countdown to the best album of 2010.
Delayed for more than a year, this busman’s holiday by Danger Mouse, Mark “Sparklehorse” Linkous, and director David Lynch doesn’t really do Linkous justice as one of his last statements to the world: A big part of the appeal of Sparklehorse was the distinctive delivery of his songs.
About 7.7 million Americans struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, which is caused from exposure to a traumatic emotional or physical event. Much is still unknown about PTSD, but it can last a lifetime and is notoriously hard to treat. However, new findings out of Northwestern University might bring us one step closer to stopping the disorder in its tracks.
“These obstacles motivated us to design this experiment and try to intervene,” said Jelena Radulovic, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and Dunbar Scholar at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Radulovic headed a study that has pinpointed where PTSD occurs in the brain and has come up with a way to prevent it from developing in the first place.
Using an animal model, Radulovic’s team replicated the disorder in mice by creating stressful events that triggered chronic “exaggerated fear responses.” When traumatized mice were exposed to the place of initial trauma, they would freeze up 80-90% of the time.
Dec. 7, 2010
We've just had our first snow, and for a Minnesota boy like me, that means one thing: soup. But finding Minnesota wild rice soup is nearly impossible in Chicago. That's why I try to make it to one of the three area Soupbox locations when it gets cold out. They have a rotating list of about a dozen hot soups everyday, (fingers crossed for wild rice), always served with a giant wedge of bread. What could be more satisfying on a chilly day?
Dec. 7, 2010
A month has passed since the city publicly announced it would demolish the old Michael Reese Hospital main building--going back on its promise to preserve the historic structure.
The bulldozers haven't yet moved in, though. So for now, the 1907 structure just sits there cordoned off under the cold, open sky, surrounded by a 37 acre vastness created by the demolition of every other Reese building but this one, the modernist Singer Pavilion and a concrete parking garage.
Below the parapet above the main entrance--beauty:
You wish for a better end for a building like this---as in, no end at all.