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For your ears: Smart City, new Wasted Words

For your ears: Smart City, new Wasted Words

Two audio items for you this week- :: Editor RJ White has a piece from The City Desk on this week’s “Christmas in the City” edition of public radio’s Smart City. It’s an amalgamation of some briefer holiday pieces over the years and he reads it slowly and with a pronounced Midwestern accent. Also on…

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The City Desk on public radio’s “Smart City”

The City Desk on public radio’s “Smart City”

The new episode of Smart City™, a wonderful public radio program covering urbanism and city life, features a reading by Leonard Pierce of one of his pieces from The City Desk. It is even referred to as a “special treat.” But of course it is. We all knew this. So- listen on your local station…

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Concession Speech of Mayoral Candidate Leonard Pierce

Concession Speech of Mayoral Candidate Leonard Pierce

9:42PM, November 4, 2008 Ladies and gentlemen, members of the press, Bill – hey, Bill. I’ve been asked, in light of the fact that I appear to have lost the race to become mayor of our fair city, to make a concession speech. This I am all to happy to do, as I have no…

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The Concession Speech of Mayor Joseph Wilders

The Concession Speech of Mayor Joseph Wilders

10:57PM, November 4, 2008 Ladies and gentlemen, fellow citizens, Democrats of our fair city, and all of you who have worked so hard with me these last four years: it is time to move on. We extend our congratulations to Councilwoman Cosgrove, who fought a hard campaign and achieved victory after initially being considered a…

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The Blotter: Who Will Protect Gotham Now?

The Blotter: Who Will Protect Gotham Now?

As a public service, The City Desk periodically offers up selected items culled from local police reports. (Note: More violent, standard items do not frequently show up here, as they are covered in the local papers with regularity.) 7:29 AM 700 block of Westmont Street: 26-year old man found sleeping in backyard hot tub of…

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Odds-On Favorite Retires From Column

Odds-On Favorite Retires From Column

This week, the News celebrates the 50th anniversary of its longest-running feature, the “I Make the Odds” column penned since July of 1958 by Harvey Preakston. Preakston, a graduate of City College and the son of former rugby impresario Reginald Preakston, joined the paper in 1955 as a young sports reporter who was assigned to…

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The Blotter: Potato Guns Are Surprisingly Illegal

The Blotter: Potato Guns Are Surprisingly Illegal

As a public service, The City Desk periodically offers up selected items culled from local police reports. (Note: More violent, standard items do not frequently show up here, as they are covered in the local papers with regularity.) 7:23 am 3700 block of Pennsylvania Avenue: A group of students are arrested after carrying Davidson High…

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Local Swedish Icon Actually Italian

Local Swedish Icon Actually Italian

Ever since its inception in 1952, the Hjalmar Marklund Annex to the Central Branch of the Municipal Public Library has been a point of pride for the city’s library system, and one of the United States’ leading collections of Swedish-American art and literature. Occupying the entire fourth floor (with the exception of the Pal Hutley…

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This City is Not Very Good at New Year’s

This City is Not Very Good at New Year’s

Our city’s reputation for somewhat slipshod urban planning is as much a part of its character, for better or for worse, as is government corruption in Chicago, gridlock in Los Angeles, and chili with spaghetti in Cincinnati. The city particularly seems to lose its grip around New Year’s: :: In 1994 at the Artemis Nightclub,…

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The City’s Letters to Santa

The City’s Letters to Santa

This week, the Journal-Clarion will mail, free to its subscribers, a small soft-cover book entitled The Kringle Memoranda. The book is a handpicked collection of children’s letters to Santa, which the newspaper has been printing in a special supplement in the week before Christmas since 1922 (when it was still the Journal-American). The volume, with…

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