Seven Days

Despite hoping to "stay useful to the department," quadriplegic officer James Mullen, who was permanently disabled in the line of duty, is unceremoniously retired from the Chicago Police Force. Police spokesman Paul Jenkins never puts on the gloves, stating, "We're not an employment service. We are a police department."

Mayor Daley hits the ring and punches police spokesman Paul Jenkins' time card "out" for the last time. Regarding Jenkins' comment the day before about disabled officer James Mullen, Da Mare claims, "Everyone is outraged by this statement."

A U.S. District judge rules that the Illinois State Police discriminated against whites by giving preference to minorities on entrance exams. The plaintiff's attorney plans to seek back pay and seniority for white applicants passed over between 1975 and 1990.

Police officials save face and create a position for paralyzed officer James Mullen to enable him to keep working. The job, to help set up a private foundation to fund special departmental programs, is still being formalized, but Mullen has already accepted the post.

Charles Vaughan, the lone civilian indicted along with seven Austin police officers in the robbing of an undercover agent last December, pleads guilty and agrees to turn state's evidence. For his trouble, Vaughan stands to have his thirty-three-month mandatory sentence for robbery cut in half.

Lots of cash and the wily bidding of Chicago art dealer Richard Gray brings the Tyrannosaurus rex fossil "Sue" to the city's Field Museum. Purchased at an auction for more than $8 million, the fossil is one of only twenty-two T-rex bone piles discovered.

Upon concluding WLS-TV Channel 7's Sunday 10pm news, weekend sports anchor Mark Schanowski announces the Baltimore Orioles will face the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series, reporting that the Bronx Bombers had done away with Cleveland, 3-2. In fact, the Indians had won the game more than a half-hour earlier by the same score.


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