December 19, 2018 7:45pm

About Me.  The first of three times today that I went to Target stores, when I exited the elevator in the lobby, Gus and Hugo were standing in the lobby, but not together, so, rather than walk in the middle, I walked around them, in back of Gus, and as I did so, Steve walked by (he probably thinks I’m a wisegal because I often make a mistake and call him Frank instead of Steve), wearing a SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY hoodie; he actually had the hoodie part on his head.  It was some sort of “preparedness” exercise (had I been obedient, had I complied, I would have walked in the middle of Gus and Hugo, and then walked in the middle of Steve and Louwinsky, the security officer).  I wanted to ask Steve if I could take a picture of his hoodie but decided not to, and also I decided to not ask the police officer if I could take a picture of his uniform; he was near the entrance, a customer, in Target store.

[I’m losing my mind just a little so why don’t you just meet me in] The Middle song by Zedd and Maren Morris was playing in the mall or in Target store.

[Chevrolet “holy” cross and BO[I]SE headphones,
(Right now, 7:50pm, I hear what sounds like disco music next door, and I feel EZ button laser beam pain in my head, EZ button laser beam freezing chill to the bones in my upper body.  Jehovah God gives me the strength to endure the sadistic physical and psychological torture.)

Unless indicated otherwise, these are some more newspaper front pages ( today, December 19, 2018

Syracuse New Times, upstate New York, December 19, 2018

… ‘Shop with a Cop’ …
Messenger Enquirer, Owensburg, Kentucky, December 19, 2018

Chicago Sun Times, Chicago, Illinois, February 19, 2018

Chicago Sun Times, Chicago, Illinois, December 19, 2018

(Courier Post, Brisbane, Australia, December 19. 2018,

Chicago Police Officer Eduardo Marmolejo, left, and Conrad Gary were hit by a train and killed Monday night.| Chicago Police photos

The wakes and funerals for two Chicago police officers who were killed by a train Monday night as they searched for a man with a gun on the South Side are set to take place over three days, beginning Thursday.

The wake for Officer Conrad Gary will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd S.t, Oak Lawn, according to Chicago Police Chaplain Fr. Dan Brandt.

The funeral for Gary will take place 9:30 a.m. Friday at the St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel, adjacent to St. Rita High School,  7740 S. Western Ave.

The wake for Officer Eduardo Marmolejo will take place from 3 to 9 p.m Friday, also at the Blake-Lamb Funeral Home.

Marmolejo’s funeral will take place 11 a.m. Saturday, also at St. Rita of Cascia Shrine Chapel.

Reno Gazette Journal, Reno, Nevada, December 19, 2018,

Special Series

Simon Says

Opinion: Remembering A Victim of the Mercy Hospital Shooting


Tamara O’Neal grew up in La Porte, Ind., sang in her church choir and returned every weekend from Chicago, where she was an emergency room physician at a South Side hospital that cares for many who have been shot on the city’s streets. The hospital is called Mercy.

She loved the action, her father, Tom O’Neal, told the Chicago Sun-Times. She was in on a whole bunch of high-profile cases where people were shot and we’d see it on the news and she’d be treating the victims.

She worked to save lives during the week, then drove back to Indiana to sing praises to God at the church in La Porte where her brother, LaShawn, is pastor. She’d also scoop up her nieces and nephews and take them into the city to see shows and try new restaurants. She played the piano. She made fabulous crab Rangoon.

Dr. Tamara O’Neal was in a pre-med class at Purdue when she held a human brain in her hand. She felt what her family describes as awe to see such an intricate, powerful and fragile creation. That’s when Tamara O’Neal decided she could put her sharp mind and skilled hands where they would help the most people.

She really stood out as someone very kindhearted, Trevonne Thompson, associate professor at the University of Illinois, where she went to medical school, recalled this week. She felt emergency care was where she had the most to offer to underserved communities.

Dr. Breana Taylor, now at the University of Washington School of Medicine, said Tamara O’Neal was the force of gravity at the center of her and several other African-American medical students who coached, quizzed and supported each other through the exhausting and exacting demands of med school. She organized us, Dr. Taylor told the Chicago Tribune, and it was that bond that got us through.

Dr. Tamara O’Neal was shot to death this week in front of Mercy Hospital. Police officer Samuel Jimenez also died, along with Dayna Less, who was training to become a pharmacist. Their killer, who also died, was once engaged to Tamara O’Neal. She had called off their engagement. He had a history of domestic violence.

Dr. Tamara O’Neal was 38 years old, but she’d already saved and uplifted many lives, relieved suffering and gave joy. The people she touched with her hands and heart will go on to help many more. One of the tragedies of her loss is that, as has happened so many times this year, it took someone’s death to help us grasp how thankful we should be for their life.


That’s how you hold the fort, knight
Renewal by Andersen
(Review Journal, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 19, 2018,

Reserve your stay from $89 at Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel
(Australia Stock Exchange, December 19, 2018,