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Ben Bradley and Karen Jordan


PLEASE TELL me why it took a Connecticut jury four days of deliberation (over 11 hours) to come to the conclusion that Steven Hayes should go to Death Row for the self-confessed vicious robbery and brutal rape and murder of a suburban housewife and her two daughters, ages 11 and 17, during a 2007 home invasion in New Haven that made national headlines-

This demon seed didn't deserve that much deliberation by the 12 jurors given the heinous crimes as well as setting fire to the house, too. Hayes, who had an accomplice, will be sentenced Dec. 2.

I CAN ONLY hope this two-legged animal never gets a chance to harm anyone else whether in hell or in prison. Given all the violence in this country, it is time for politicians and government to take some of that money they are manufacturing in the basement of the White House and build more jails. Some folks are just too messed up and prone to violence to be rehabilitated and need to be put away.

Given the state of the economy, people must become more vigilant about protecting their homes and lives. Home invasions can be particularly brutal because you and your family are at the mercy of the thugs.

Yeah, I said it!

THE EIGHTH ANNUAL JOHN DRURY High School Radio Awards, named for the late WLS-Channel 7 premier anchor, will be held Saturday at North Central College in Naperville. The emcee this year is Channel 7 reporter/anchor Ben Bradley, who says "it is an enormous honor for me because when I was in grade school, John Drury was one of my heroes, and I got the chance to come to the ABC-7 newsroom and meet him in person.

"I had a picture taken with John, which was blown up and given to me -- and is something I always cherished,'' said Bradley. ''That's why getting the opportunity to report at the same station as John years later is just a dream come true." The awards are a competition of high schools and their radio stations from around the country. Drury died in 2007 of Lou Gehrig's disease at age 80.

ALSO, Channel 7 anchor Karen Jordan emcees the fourth annual Chicago Training Center gala at the University Club of Chicago on Friday.

THE INFLUENCE of Bristol Palin's mom, controversial politico Sarah Palin, and the Tea Party folks definitely are keeping Bristol in the "Dancing With the Stars" competition. Rick Fox certainly was a casualty and was a far better dancer than Levi Johnston's baby momma.

THE ITALIAN Agenda: The Italian American Industrial Executives Hall of Fame induction luncheon is Friday at the Italian Cultural Center in Stone Park with emcee Jack LaBrasca. The honorees are Hostmark Hospitality Group's Bud Cataldo and Packaging Personified's Phyllis Muccianti. . . . The Italian American War Veterans of Illinois having their "Veterans Day" mass Saturday at Shrine of Our Lady of Pompeii. Veterans Day is today!

CHI-TOWN SIGHTS: The popular LaScarola eatery was busy with celebs recently, including basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, renowned filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro ("Hellboy" movies, "Pan's Labyrinth"), actor Ron ("Hellboy" star) Perlman, WBBM-Channel 2's Walter Jacobson, Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas and WFLD-Channel 32's Amy Freeze. . . . Les Coney, the Sox' Kenny Williams and actor Delroy Lindo, who is in town filming "The Chicago Code," relaxed at the Mr. Brown Lounge reggae eatery.

THE BUZZ: The handsome out-of-the-closet singer Ricky Martin signing his new book Me at Borders on North Clark on Friday . . . JPMorgan Chase chairman Bill Daley co-hosting the Christ the King Jesuit College Prep School reception on Nov. 16 at the Chase Tower . . . Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez will be among the awardees at the Windy City Woman of Color event Saturday at Hotel Sax . . . Get-well wishes to Mario Lavorato in La Grange. . . . Carson's Ribs on Wells is closed for renovation and reopening around Nov. 18.

HEADLINERS: R&B artists Monica (engaged to L.A. Lakers guard Shannon Brown), Chrisette Michele and Musiq Soulchild at Arie Crown Friday . . . Singer Morris Gearring at Davenport's Piano Bar Monday.

BIRTHDAYS: Dr. Anne Wolfe, Amy Jacobson and belated to Merry Green and Coach Roy Curry. On Friday: Neil Young. On Saturday: Joe Mantegna, Billy Siegel, Jimmy Kimmel and Lorenzo Clemons. On Sunday: Dominic Di Frisco, Ald. Gene Schulter and CNN's Roland Martin. On Monday: Ald. Helen Shiller.

Well, that's Stella in the City!