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One 17-year-old's reason for cosmetic surgery, as relayed to us by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery: "For years, all I saw in the mirror was this nose looking back at me."

Reporters should avoid covering scientific controversies the way they would Chicago politics, says Mike Moore, editor of the Quill and of Health Risks and the Press, which is reviewed in Info (July 1990), the newsletter of the U.S. Council for Energy Awareness (formerly the Atomic Industrial Forum). "Reporters in Chicago build journalistic careers on looking for the grease, the underlying clout, the fix that presumably lies beneath the mysterious deals that characterize everyday political life in Chicago.... [But] when scientists disagree sharply over the meaning of the same or similar evidence, those disagreements may have nothing to do with whether Scientist A is a consultant to Company B or that Scientist C has been funded by a grant from Foundation D....While there may be a little of the Chicago alderman in all of us [speak for yourself, fella!], perhaps that is less true of scientists than of many other classes. In science reporting, the journalistic aphorism ought to be, 'Follow the paradigm, and you'll find the story.'" Especially if the paradigm is money.

How about a second career with the Convention and Tourism Bureau? Robert Wilson, chief of the Chicago IRS office's Criminal Investigation Division, on his retirement and imminent departure for Grand Junction, Colorado (Tribune, August 9): "You name it, and it's here--organized crime, drugs, political corruption, money laundering. I'll miss it."

You can have the evidence or you can have your dog. When a neighbor's rottweiler (loose) began mauling her small wirehaired terrier (tied up) for the second time in eight months, Miki Meyer of suburban LaPorte, Indiana, grabbed her video camera and started filming. The terrier died of its injuries. Meyer had criticized police for doing nothing after the first attack, and she told the local newspaper that "police told her it would be to her benefit to have concrete evidence of such an attack--which is why Meyer said she grabbed a video camera on Monday afternoon and began filming when she realized her dog was being killed" (LaPorte Herald-Argus, August 3).

Has this guy taken the Lake Street el lately? According to the Chicago Industrial Bulletin (July/August 1990), "The future of the American economy isn't going to be decided on Wall Street, but right here on the west side of Chicago..."

"We don't need Leo Buscaglia or some other low-life coming into our grade schools messing with our children's lives," writes Rich Shereikis in the Illinois Times (August 9-15), reacting to the study that showed U.S. kids by far the least competent in math of those tested, but by far the most impressed with their own competence. "It's okay for kids to think well of themselves. But the role of the school should be to give them the skills and resources to make that opinion justified."

"Self-employed MBAs are using the principles they learned in school on a somewhat smaller scale than they may have envisioned as students," writes Richard Frisbie in the Uncommentator (July 1990). "Instead of Business, Government and the International Economy (an actual Harvard course), they have to be concerned about less global matters. The corporate jet is a leak in the office roof. International negotiations consist of trying to get roofers of various ethnic backgrounds to do something about it."

Do you have the heart for a transplant? Heart transplantee Robert G. Clouse explains in Human Ecology, published by the Lutheran General Health Care System in Park Ridge, why psychological evaluation beforehand is important: "There have been cases of men getting worried and depressed after they learned they were carrying a heart transplanted from a woman. Bigots have worried they might receive a heart from a person of another race. And doctors have reported some patients wondering if the donor 'had Jesus in his heart.'"

"Drug treatment programs have just not caught up with the fact that cocaine is also a woman's drug," says Pat O'Keefe of the National Association of Perinatal Research and Education in Chicago--but according to Voices (Summer 1990), newsletter of Voices for Illinois Children, "the gears are beginning to shift in Cook County with the scheduled opening of a comprehensive treatment program specifically for pregnant women by the fall." It will be located at Mary Thompson Hospital.

5,999,800 to go. According to the Illinois Department on Aging, "Only 200 of the nation's 6 million employers offer any assistance with eldercare, with 100 of those simply providing long term care insurance."

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): illustration/Carl Kock.

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