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Chicago in the national news: 10/13

Our‚  media blogger, Robert Feder has done it again. His post commenting on The Tribune's most recent scandal has been picked up by David Carr at The New York Times, The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism's website and by Poynter Online's Romenesko blog. Carr's Media Decoder reports that the string of controversies at The Tribune comes at a particularly bad time, just when they had a chance at getting out of bankruptcy. Gawker calls Lee Abrams "the stupidest man in America not currently starring in an MTV reality show," despite his apology. This afternoon, Carr notes, Abrams was suspended indefinitely and without pay from his job as The Tribune's Chief Innovation Officer. The Illinois Senate race continues to make headlines in the press. The big weekend event was the debate between Republican Mark Kirk and Democratic Alexi Giannoulias on NBC's "Meet the Press." The race has been contentious from the start, but the newest TV ads from both parties are making news. Politico discusses what they call "integrity-themed attacks" in the form of televised campaign ads used by the Senate contenders .‚  The latest commercials are filled with accusations that arose from the debate on Sunday. Despite the very public mudslinging from both sides, the blog notes that the candidates are pretty much neck-in-neck in the polls. Giannoulias has 44% of the votes and Kirk has 43% support according to the most recent Rasmussen Reports. It's official. Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler has been cleared to play ball notes The AP. Cutler, who suffered a concussion in a New York Giants game on October 4th, was unable to play in last week's game against the Carolina Panthers. The Bears are up against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday and Cutler is expected to be playing. Hancock Tower builder, Robert Tishman, died on Monday. The 94 year-old real-estate developer co-founded Tishman Speyer Properties in 1978, which is among the largest real-estate companies in the world says The New York Times. His company has been valued at over $50 billion.

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