This issue of Chicago Public Square steps away from the regular drumbeat of the news because your proprietor is otherwise engaged, warping young journalistic minds during the Northern Illinois Scholastic Press Association convention today at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.
THE THING ABOUT BILL O’REILLY.
■ Media critic Jack Shafer says “the underplayed story of the week is the easy ride being given to his bosses.”
■ The Onion: “O’Reilly Tearfully Packs Up Framed Up-Skirt Photos From Desk.”
YOUR TECH PUTTERING TO-DO LIST.
■ Eight steps to cut the cable TV cord.
■ If you’re a Macintosh user, download Apple’s newly-free competitor to Microsoft Office, iWork (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote).
STAN LEE’S FAREWELL TOUR.
At the age of 94, the Marvel Comics guru who co-created Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and hundreds of others is making what he says is his final round of comics convention appearances, including Chicago’s C2E2 con this weekend.
■ Hear him reflect on a literally legendary career in this sit-down from 1998. (Photo: Gage Skidmore.)
■ 10 things I learned from Marvel Comics written by Stan Lee.
■ X-Men artist John Byrne interviewed (with a cameo by Bill Murray).
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