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Updated: November 25, 2012 11:51AM

Sneed Exclusive...

Cop Shop...

Bang. Bang. Sneed hears Police Supt.Garry McCarthy may have this to say about the proliferation of gun violence in the city when he is queried by the City Council Wednesday. ◆The shocker: During the first six months of this year, Chicago police recovered 6,000 firearms, which is three guns to every one gun recovered in LA and nine guns to every one gun recovered in New York (per capita) during the same period of time. ◆The reason: In the state of Illinois, there is no requirement to report loss, theft or transfer of a gun once it is sold from a gun shop. “It’s outrageous,” said a police source. “There is no accountability.”

Top tip...

President Barack Obama will make history when he casts his vote this week. Sneed is told Obama will be the first sitting President to cast his early vote in person when he hits Chicago Thursday — after swinging off his whirlwind tour of the swing states. ◆The location: Will it be the Martin Luther King Community Center? ◆The sideshot: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who will be in town when Obama arrives, leaves Saturday to stump for the President in Ohio — and heads back to town Sunday night.

The Ozzie File...

Yer Out! Word Ozzie Guillen just got fired from the Florida Marlins netted this comment from his son, Oney, who is known for running his mouth — and was previously forced to resign as a White Sox scout because of a barrage of acerbic tweets about team manager Kenny Williams.

Oney tweeted simply: “Oh, well.”

Fire Power!

American Indian activist Russell Means, who died this week, defied the federal government to the very end. ◆To wit: Means told South Dakota’s Rapid City Journal: “I’ve told people after I die, I’m coming back as lightning. When it zaps the White House, they’ll know it’s me.”

The Romney File...

Sneed is told Mitt Romney tamped down his bellicose button during Monday night’s debate with President Obama not to offend “undecided female voters in the Midwest,” according to a Romney source.

Tagg’s Mitt...

It sure looked like Mitt Romney’s son Tagg was apologizing to President Obama for the punching remark when they talked onstage after Monday night’s debate. ◆Getting Tagged: Tagg claims he was so mad when President Obama called his dad a liar during the second debate he wanted to punch him — telling a radio show he wanted to “jump out of your seat and you want to rush down to the stage and take a swing at him.” ◆Sight seen: The two sure looked buddy-buddy as the families greeted each other, with Tagg standing right next to the President, who slapped him on the back.


Hey, Knuckleheads: How much you wanna bet basketball star Charles Barkley, a big gambler, was whoopin’ it up and buyin’ rounds for the bar at Chicago Cut during the Sunday night football game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cincinnati Bengals because he had placed a bet on the Steelers? Betcha betcha...

Gaga Gab...

Singer Lady Gaga, aka Stefani Germanotta, just got a botanical boost.

◆Translation: A Duke University botanist just named a new genus of ferns after the pop singer.

◆The newly named ferns: Gaga germanotta and Gaga monstraparva, aka “Little Monster”, which is what the singer calls her fans.

Corgan’s heroes...

Pumpkin patter: While attending the Chicago Bears’ winning game Monday night against Detroit Lions, Smashing Pumpkins lead singer Billy Corgan mentioned to a Bears employee he was playing a concert in Detroit Tuesday.

◆The buckshot: The Bears responded by stamping him out a Corgan jersey with the number one, which Corgan said he would wear during the encore -- just to rub a little salt in the city’s wounds.



Wednesday’s birthdays: Kevin Kline, 65; Drake, 26 and F. Murray Abraham, 73.

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