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Herbert Pulgar 15  freshman Lawrence Hall Youth Services holds his winning design for city sticker  contest.  |

Herbert Pulgar, 15, a freshman at Lawrence Hall Youth Services, holds his winning design for the city sticker contest. | Rich Hein~Sun-Times

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Updated: April 16, 2012 8:17AM



Second chance . . .

Sneed has learned Herbie Pulgar, the 15-year-old kid whose award-winning Chicago city sticker design was yanked amidst allegations of gang signs in his art, is getting another chance.
◆ To wit: “I hired him to design a T-shirt,” said former Fox News producer Jason Erkes, who runs Chicago Sport & Social Club.

◆ $$$$: “I called Herbie’s mom weeks ago when he was still bummed out due to all the controversy. The shirt will be given out to 20,000 of our spring participants. And he’ll be compensated, but he signed on not thinking he’d get a dime. I think the kid totally got shafted.”

The Blago beat . . .

Sneed hears prison consultant John Webster, who advises people on how to handle the adjustment of living behind bars, received a call several months ago from a man seeking his services on behalf of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

◆ “I turned him down right off the bat,” said Webster, a former lawyer who spent 13 months in prison for lying to the FBI. “I’ve never viewed him as the kind of person who would listen to anybody and I think it would have been a waste of his money and my time,” Webster told Sneed.

◆ “I choose my clients very carefully and I hate to say it, but if I don’t like you, I’m not going to take your money. I was offended by how he conducted himself. The people I work with have to show some level of responsibility that they committed a crime. You’ve got to admit you screwed up. But without that, you’re never going to get it.”

Top tips from Webster:

◆ “I think he’s going to have a hard time in prison. It’s going to take him a little while to grasp that he’s not above anyone anymore.”

◆ Spending time with friends and loved ones before going to prison is like “going to a wake or a funeral with no one dying.”

◆ Final shot: “He’ll be able to write a book inside prison but would not be able to publish it until his release.”Casting call . . .

Ego’s galore: A while back presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich quipped he would cast actor Brad Pitt to play him in a movie. Now comes word former presidential hopeful John “Game Change” McCain would cast actor Ben Affleck to portray him.

I don’t think his running partner had a choice.

Da Bears . . .

Apt title: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the Bears latest high-priced acquisition who was just accused of punching a 24-year-old woman outside a New York nightclub last week, made a documentary about his struggles living with borderline personality disorder titled: “Brandon Marshall: Borderline Beast.” It’s scheduled for release this spring.

The Brit visit . . .

◆ The Name Game: At least one Brit tabloid newspaper used nicknames for first lady Michelle Obama (“Mobama”) and Brit Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha (“Samcam”) when describing the outfits they wore during the Brit state visit.

◆ Hoop scoop? Prime Minister Cameron quipped he may install an office basketball hoop at No. 10 Downing Street following his Air Force One transport to a March Madness game in Ohio.

◆ The kicker: Perchance the reason for a photo op when our basketball-obsessed president visits England in the near future?

◆ Divot data: Our golf-obsessed president also included Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy on the U.K. VIP state dinner list. Natch.

Tipsville . . .

Sneed hears a crew from “60 Minutes” was in town Tuesday to interview Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez on questionable convictions in murder cases; specifically two cases in which Alvarez dismissed murder charges against 10 prisoners. All 10 are now out of prison.

Sneedlings . . .

I spy: Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford celebrating his Tuesday night on-ice portrayal of a stone wall at Chicago Cut Steakhouse . . . Today’s birthdays: Terence Trent D’Arby, 50; Fabio, 53; Judd Hirsch, 77; Bret Michaels, 49; Mike Love, 71; Sly Stone, 69; Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 79; Margo Howard, 72, and Dina Demetrio, priceless.



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