The Nooner | Chicago News and beyond | October 17, 2011
The Nooner: Chicago news and beyond
Today, Occupy Chicago gets arrested, Syl sues and an old guy runs a marathon.
Doing it in the park, doing it after dark
Chicago is the home of the Chicago Seven, the MC5 playing "Kick Out the Jams" to stoned anti-war protestors in the Days of Rage. So we're not going to let that second city status apply to our OWS protests, are we? While OWS has spread internationally, the New York contingent still tends to get the lion's share of the press. But, look here, who's protesters are getting arrested by the hundreds? Ours! Which city stands to make thousands in fines from the arrests? Ours!
Sunday evening, Occupy Chicago, the Occupy Wall Street-inspired group marched form LaSalle and Jackson to Michigan Avenue and Congress at Grant Park as part of an international day of action launched by United for Global Change. More than 2000 participated in the evening march, but many failed to leave the park after 11pm when police warned that the park would be closed and they would be enforcing a curfew. Between 1am and 3am, approximately 175 were arrested, and some have already been released. Take that New York rebels!
In other OWS news, the movement has raised $300K.
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Don't mess with Syl
You would think at this stage in the hip-hop game, Kanye West's lawyers would know about clearing samples. But somehow, someone didn't clear "Different Strokes" on the deluxe version of Kanye West's "The Joy" off the deluxe edition of Watch the Throne (the tune was originally an outtake from Kanye's last solo album, also uncleared.) Johnson, who has had his music anthologized by the Chicago-based Numero Group, learned the hard way about uncleared samples, but has gotten used to getting paid and credited by the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan and Kid Rock. Christ, the guy has 'em on speed dial to keep those clearances coming in. A few days ago, Johnson announced he was suing Chicago's most boastful rapper for illegal use of an excerpt from his classic track—already sampled by Michael Jackson, NWA and others. We at the Nooner hope that this can be worked out soon to everyone's satisfaction.
If you're like me, creaky joints, a sore back or the weather are sometimes all the excuses you need to skip your morning run and watch more cartoons. Here's a story that will make it harder to justify all of that. A 100-year-old gentleman ran the Toronto Marathon on Sunday, his eighth, and he set a Guinness World Record doing it. So stop your whining and run, youngin.
There's just too much harsh truth in this Cracked story on why we live in an age of book burning. It's not so much the censorship or the ultra-religious wingnuts as the fact that books are largely being destroyed these days for a variety of reasons, one being that they are simply a real pain to give away. The author seems to indicate he was once instructed to destroy a 17th C. edition of a Shakespeare text rather than take it home or, you know, sell it.
Frosting on the beater
Though it is not my instinct to make light of a domestic abuse situation, Gawker has already done it, so I'm just passing it on here. A Chicago woman attacked her husband with cupcakes and got arrested. There's more to it, but you won't remember anything other than "woman attacks husband with cupcakes."
Shameful state of our wallet
Here's a splash of cold water in your Monday morning face, Illinoisans. Budget woes for the state of Illinois are so severe that it sometimes takes almost 120 days for our state to pay its bills. The state owes something north of $5 billion in outstanding debts, much of that to small businesses in Illinois. The bright side? Your credit card bill looks like chicken feed.