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In his photaken Feb. 14 2011 Chicago Blackhawks CEO Rocky Wirtz poses front painting his grandfather Arthur Wirtz Chicago. Wirtz

In his photo taken Feb. 14, 2011 Chicago Blackhawks CEO Rocky Wirtz, poses in front of a painting of his grandfather Arthur Wirtz in Chicago. Wirtz was interviewed by The Associated Press on the challenges that will face Chicago's next mayor. The election is Feb. 22, 2011.(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Updated: October 20, 2012 6:22AM

Puck Luck ...

The Wirtz way: Sneed is told Blackhawks chief Rocky Wirtz has something up his Christmas sleeve.

◆ To wit: Wirtz is not only nixing layoffs and pay cuts for employees during the NHL lockout but he’s not canceling the team’s annual employee Christmas party should the lockout extend through December.

◆ Translation: Rocky is sticking it out without penalizing his employees, even though other teams in the league are making cuts.

The Carter file ...

James Carter IV , grandson of former President Jimmy Carter, is a “Chip” off the old block.

◆ Translation: The youngest Carter, who’s received Dem backslaps for unleashing a damaging video of Mitt Romney describing Obama supporters as “victims” who feel entitled to handouts, is as politically active as his father, President Carter’s son “Chip.”

◆ Backchat: “James is a political junkie who trolls the Internet looking for anti-GOP ammo,” said a top Carter source. “He located the person who videotaped the Romney speech and got it to Mother Jones for publication,” the source added. “He’s very loyal to his grandad, who Romney has been criticizing.”

Pew News ...

Sneed has learned Cardinal Francis George, who is battling a recurrence of cancer with his first batch of chemo, has had to reduce his workload and was forced to cancel his trip next month for the synod in Rome.

◆ Sneedless to say, websites soliciting suggestions for his replacement if he retires is a low blow. Wouldn’t it be considered a Christian act for the Voice of the Faithful to stifle a trifle while the cardinal fights for his life?

Strike lite ...

Read, Color and Draw: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart had a novel way for his four public school children to sit out the strike.

◆ Explanation: He took them to work at the Daley Center and his other office near the jail where they quietly sat reading, coloring and drawing portraits of Dart’s staff.

The fashion follies ...

Olympic gold medal winner Conor Dwyer, a Loyola Academy grad whose name is emblazoned on banners in his Winnetka hometown, didn’t have his legs dangling over a swimming pool last week. He was spotted sitting near actress Jessica Alba and fellow Olympian Ryan Lochte at the Ralph Lauren fashion show in New York.

Tips & Twaddle ...

◆ Comedian Tom Dreesen had the swell set in guffaws Friday night at the surprise birthday party for real estate guru Barry Mansur tossed by wife, Traci, at Lux bar. Attendees included: Shelley and Bill Farley, Ted Tetzlaff and Peggy Lombardo, Marty and Jack Higgins.

◆ New York Jets QB Tim Tebow says he has not ruled out a run for political office after his football career is over. Be still my tongue.

Cop Shop ...

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy is finally closing a barn door left open at the Chicago Police Department.

◆ Translation: Following the injury of two police horses being sprayed and bashed by a fire extinguisher after being let loose from stable stalls by an unknown assailant Sunday night, McCarthy has ordered permanent equine protection.

◆ Quoth our top cop: “I’m just sorry it happened on my watch. I had no idea there was no overnight protection for our police horses. We are probing this very seriously and looking at all neighborhood video.”

I Spy ...

Actor Billy Zane at Chicago Q Monday night...Alfonso Soriano at Rosebud Steakhouse Saturday...Cubs honcho Theo Epstein and family at Crosby’s Kitchen Sunday.

Sneedlings ...

Wednesday’s birthdays: Jeremy Irons, 64; Jimmy Fallon, 38; Twiggy, 63, and Chuck Jordan, ageless.

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