WBEZ | Michael Sneed http://www.wbez.org/tags/michael-sneed Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Scandal brewing: Did Rahm not make a bet with the mayor of Miami? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-20/scandal-brewing-did-rahm-not-make-bet-mayor-miami-86820 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-20/AP110518096901.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-20/AP110518096901.jpg" title="What did you bet, mayor! We demand the truth! " width="341" height="512"></p><p>We are not even one week into the new Emanuel administration and we might have our first scandal. No, it's not casinos. And no it's not TIFs. It's worse. I have reason to believe that Mayor Emanuel did NOT place a bet with the Miami mayor over the Heat v. Bulls Eastern Conference Final.&nbsp; I have watched hours of the City that Works channel and I haven't seen any program featuring Emanuel presenting various Chicago gifts as loot. No Robinson's Ribs. No Eli's Cheesecake. No Vitners.</p><p>C'mon. Everyone knows that the Chicago mayor has three job responsibilities.</p><ul><li>Using the gavel at the City Council meetings</li><li>Taking visiting dignitaries to the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant</li><li>Making bets with other mayors over sporting events</li></ul><p>The <a href="http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20110515/news/705159904/">famed mayor's press office did not immediately respond with comment</a>. Typical. Now maybe they did make a bet behind closed doors without public input. If that's the case, so much for this new transparent government. This will not stand. You hear me? THIS WILL NOT STAND! If this is the new way of doing business in Chicago, hundreds of Chicagoans (and light news media) will be crushed.&nbsp;</p><p>Now to his defense, he wasn't 'technically' mayor yet. Neither was Daley (game was on Sunday). But wouldn't a true leader assume control early to make a bet with another city over a sporting event?</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: You know, I usually rip on Sneed in this column, but she has a good scoop today: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/5454095-452/daleys-selling-house.html">Daley is selling his house</a>. For a million bucks. Which you would gladly pay, because you would love the absolute power of showering where Daley showered.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Is it me or whenever you hear news of the <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&amp;id=8138851">Rana </a><a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&amp;id=8138851">terror trial</a>, you automatically start singing the chorus of Rihanna's hit "What's My Name?" Maybe it's just me.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/U0CGsw6h60k" width="527" frameborder="0" height="329"></iframe></p><p><strong>D story</strong>: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/5474025-417/rod-blagojevich-defense-plans-witnesses-of-some-prominence.html">Blagojevich's defense team</a> says they are going to call some high-profile witnesses as part of their defense. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2iAzvUakFs">God, I hope it's Darryl Strawberry</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Beauty.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: The Cubs and Sox won yesterday as we await Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which I heard won't be played til July. This is super annoying, NBA. How is it that the Mavs and the Thunder played with one day in between? <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-spt-0520-bulls-chicago--20110519,0,3478980.story">The wait is killing our momentum</a>. Here's hoping this series goes 7. Why? Because I want it to be epic. One of those series they show on ESPN Classics. And I want it to be a jumping off point for a decade-long rivalry between LeBron James &amp; Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. How great would that be. A new Packers/Bears.</p><p>Also, the <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/5480299-419/cubs-seeking-a-bosox-injection.html">Cubs head to Fenway park this weekend</a> for an interleague series against the Red Sox. First time they've been to Fenway since 1918.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: This is the top photo on <a href="http://www.reddit.com/">Reddit today</a>. Camouflage!</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-20/reddit-camouflage.png" title="" width="500" height="387"></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 20 May 2011 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-20/scandal-brewing-did-rahm-not-make-bet-mayor-miami-86820 Finally, the Catholic church blames sex abuse on hippies. Finally. http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-18/finally-catholic-church-blames-sex-abuse-hippies-finally-86699 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-18/taj-gibson-dunks-on-dwyane-wade.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hey, I think The View is a rerun this morning, so if you're looking for something to watch, Rahm is presiding <a href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/City_Council_Video_Archive.php">over his first City Council meeting</a>. Hopefully, Joy Behar will co-host.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/Woodstock_redmond_hair.JPG" style="width: 495px; height: 339px;" title="Hey man, I'm thinkin of becoming a priest. (Photo/Wikipedia)"></p><p><strong>Top story</strong>: The Catholic Church <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/18/us/18bishops.html?_r=1&amp;ref=us">just put out a huge 5-year study on sexual abuse</a>. They spent $1.8 million on it. Are you ready to read why priests molest kids? The '60s. That's right, the study contends that priests were confused and stressed by the sexual revolution and that is what caused sexual abuse. Social problems from 30 years ago caused (continues to cause) abuse.</p><p>Right. Because tens of millions of people lived through that revolution and never touched a kid. So how do you explain that, church? Give me a break. Are they going to put Gracie Slick behind bars? I'm offended on behalf of all the long hairs out there. If this stands, then who knows what else you will be blamed for. Why not peg the economic collapse in 2008 on them? Al-Qaeda seems to lay around and smoke hookahs all day. Very suspect. And was Bartman a hippie? Someone please give me an argument that makes sense for this study. I just don't see it. Shame on The New York Times for even reporting on this without a counter argument. I just want a pundit to say "Are you f***in' kidding me?" in The New York Times. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/5430163-452/oprah-wants-maria-shriver-on-her-network.html">Sneed should be having a field day today</a>. All these celebrities, all these dinner reservations! All these famous out-of-towners soaking up our nightlife after the Oprah show! And not to mention the Bulls/Heat celebs running around town. So what does she have? Tom Hanks had his reservation canceled at RL before the big show because Oprah wanted Hanks to be a surprise guest. And that was it. The rest was inauguration hangover bulljunk and some bit about Fergie. COME ON, Sneed. This was your opportunity to shine, newspaper column style. A colleague made the argument that maybe it was too late, due to the Oprah show going to 11 p.m. Sorry, but that's when gossip happens. Bands, actors and athletes are here to perform. They only do fun stuff after they perform. That's the reason for the gossip columnist. Forget it, I'll find it out online.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Yesterday, I witnessed West Loop gridlock before the big Oprah show at the United Center. I live over there, so I see all the traffic from Bulls and Blackhawk games and I will say that the traffic and crowds heading to the UC last night were way more intense. But instead of packs of dudes wearing Blackhawks jerseys walking west, it was packs of middle aged women in black leather coats criss-crossing traffic. Best part? After the show, all the West Loop bars were empty. No post-game for Oprah. It was...refreshing.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: It might be time to adjust the classic 'April showers bring May flowers.' Sucky, sucky, sucky weather.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: I guess MJ wowed the crowd at Oprah last night. But I think most Chicagoans were excited to hear that MJ was indeed in town. That means we might see our superstar in attendance tonight for Game 2 at the United Center. How great would it be to have MJ and Scottie sitting next to each other court side. And then throw in Beyonce, Tom Cruise, Vince Vaughn and Ronnie Woo-Woo? Who needs Com Ed when you have this much star power.</p><p>The Taj Gibson dunk has been posterized. And better yet, the monster jam over Dwayne Wade has gone viral. Millions of basketball fans have shared the You Tube link and now artist Ryan Hurst made this poster, which is being sold for bedrooms across America:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="600" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/taj-gibson-dunks-on-dwyane-wade.jpg" title="" width="400"></p><p>Is it possible for this dunk to get representation in Hollywood? Perhaps Ari Emanuel could scoop up the dunk and get it a reality TV show.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: My buddy snapped this photo last week. Playing to two crowds: People who hate terrorists and love Hawk Harrelson. I wonder if this novelty t-shirt is 50 percent off yet.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="669" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-18/binladen-hegone.jpg" title="" width="500"></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 18 May 2011 14:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-05-18/finally-catholic-church-blames-sex-abuse-hippies-finally-86699