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The point of rating tragic news??

Maybe I’m missing the point completely, but The Chicago Tribune online lets people rate news stories on a 1-5 star scale.  There’s no explanation as to what people are rating.  So, I assume the ratings are based on pertinance of information, coherence of information,  amount of information, level of enjoyment/dissatisfaction and/or level of journalistic reporting.  Whatever the assumption, it comes across as really tacky when tragic news stories are rated on this ambiguous five-star scale. 

Man, 23, shot, killed on Southside

Woman’s body in street near Marina Towers

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Lollapalooza 2009 Rumors

Chicago is way excited about two things right now:  the 2016 Olympics bid and Lollapalooza.  I have compiled some rumors/facts and welcome any other rumors people have heard, especially concerning the $60 festival tickets, as they eventually jump to close to over $200.

  1. Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode, Kings of Leon and Jane’s Addiction are rumored to play.
  2. The ever-elusive $60 souvenier tickets go on sale this week.  An email was sent, I believe, Monday stating this.  Last year, the tickets sold out in either 1 minute or 10 minutes.  Ridiculous.
  3. My personal prediction was that Coldplay is going to play, but their tour schedule has since filled up, with dates on both August 7th & 9th.  They still could play August 8th, but I’ve heard that bands can’t have a show for a certain amount of days before and after they play Lollapalooza.
  4. Last I heard, which was probably on the Chicago Tribune, is that Chicago is one of the front runners for the Olympics bid, but recently someone important, whom I can’t remember his name or title, withdrew his association with the bid. 
  5. When I look at the evaluation scores, Chicago is third. 

**Update [2:41 pm]:  The $60 tickets came and went at 2:05 pm this afternoon.  Last year, they sent an email right before they released the tickets.  The year before, an email a day in advance.  And this year, no warning.  I don’t think my mind/blood pressure can handle this again next year…

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Olympics Lolzs

Spain’s Olympic basketball teams posing for photos pull back skin of eyelids

Spanish star Calderon defends poses as ‘respect’ for Chinese

The controversial image

The controversial image ( El Mundo photo / August 13, 2008 )

BEIJING — The Spanish men’s and women’s basketball teams posed for pre-Olympics photos in which their members are pulling back the skin of their eyelids in a racially offensive manner, causing controversy just as Madrid battles Chicago for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The photo appeared as an advertisement for a courier company that sponsors the Spanish Basketball Federation, which didn’t immediately respond to a phone call because its offices were closed overnight.

A spokeswoman for the Spanish Olympic Committee based here said her organization had nothing to do with the photo, which appeared in the Spanish daily sports newspaper Marca before the Spanish national team traveled to China.

Spain, the defending world champion in men’s basketball, held a closed practice here Wednesday. Meanwhile, several Chinese-rights organizations decried the photos.

“It is unfortunate that this type of imagery would rear its head during something that is supposed to be a time of world unity,” said George Wu, deputy director for the Organization of Chinese Americans in Washington, D.C.

Spain has been involved in previous racial incidents involving sports. FIFA, soccer’s ruling organization, fined the Spanish Football Federation $90,000 in 2004 after Spanish fans shouted racist chants at black English players.

Spanish fans also taunted English driver Lewis Hamilton earlier this year, prompting the governing body for Formula One to initiate an anti-racism campaign.

The New York Times reported the Spanish national teams are sponsored by Li-Ning, the footwear company owned by Chinese Olympic hero and torch lighter Li Ning. In his blog at elmundo.es, national team stalwart Jose Calderon wrote of that association and his team’s “great respect for the East and its people.”

Calderon defended the gesture.

“One of our sponsors asked us to make, as a ‘wink’ to our participation in Beijing, an expression of Eastern eyes,” he wrote. “We felt it was something appropriate and that it would always be interpreted as an affectionate gesture. … Whoever wants to interpret something different, totally confused.”

 

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