Big news of the day is that Chi Trib two days in a row does not have the Dippy Three — Zorn, Schmich, Trice. Page 1 Metro section is pure metro news, with honest-to-(Censored) headline and columns and everything, all for Chicago news!
Keep in mind that Chi Trib is the ultimate corporate journalism product. No one is not expendable, just as no one is fired for incompetence. It’s a lifetime gig, hiring to retiring. They would not announce no more Dippy Three columns, they would just disappear them. Is this what’s happening? One tends to doubt it, but they can’t all be busy testifying at the libel trial, can they?