STILL LOOKING FOR BRADLEY SISTERS
By MICHAEL SNEED email@example.com October 26, 2012 9:40PM
Diamond Bradley, now 21 is shown here in age-progressed photos from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. | Photos courtesy National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:39AM
A cold case update . . .
It is one of Chicago’s most heartbreaking cold cases: The disappearance of two young sisters, Tionda and Diamond Bradley, who vanished from their apartment complex near 35th Street and Cottage Grove Avenue 11 years ago.
“We have never given up on solving this mystery,” said a top police source. “Tionda would now be 21 — her sister would be 14. An extensive police search for them throughout their neighborhood and in a nearby forest preserve and lagoon brought up nothing, and leads in their case have been minimal,” he said.
Here are age-progressed photos of the sisters showing them as they would look today.
Chicken chat . . .
The Tweak ’em beat: Ald. Brendan Reilly, whose 42nd Ward encompasses the recently controversial Chick-Fil-A restaurant on Chicago Avenue, brought in 75 Chick-Fil-A sandwiches during the City Council lunch break during the City Council budget hearings on Friday to tweak Ald. Joe Moreno (1st), his fowl foe.
◆ Backshot: The fast-food chain has been the subject of national news coverage after Ald. Moreno said he would not allow the company to open a restaurant in his ward because of its CEO’s anti-gay views.
◆ Buckshot: Ald. Moreno changed his mind when Chick-Fil-A issued a statement saying they respect people of all sexual orientations — then changed it back last week when the chicken chain CEO reiterated his views.
◆ Biteshot: Sneed hears the aldermen gobbled up the grub, but Ald. Moreno was not there.
“If I had been I would have said, ‘Thanks. But since I am a vegetarian and I don’t think homophobia is funny, I’ll have to reject your gift.’ ”
Cop shop . . .
It’s dead: In case you were wondering, things didn’t end well for the dog belonging to former off-duty cop Anthony Abbate, whose brutal drunken assault on bartender Karolina Obrycka in 2007 was set off by his dog’s cancer diagnosis that day.
◆ To wit: Abbate, who rescued the Labrador mix from an animal shelter, treated the dog for a year until it lost its battle and had to be put down.
Biden blat . . .
A press fool: A recent comment by veep Joe Biden caught by reporters on the campaign trail: “You know what my dad used to say? ‘You only have one job: Keep the boys away from your sister.’ ”
Be still my tongue.
Bench press . . .
Drew Peterson’s attorney Joel Brodsky is now representing Steve Fanady, a retired CBOE trader who is accused of forging a Cook County judge’s name stamp on a phony divorce decree in order to get an ecclesiastical annulment from the Greek Orthodox Church.
Halloween decoration fanatic Mark Weyermuller, whose Wilmette yard is full of political figures for the holiday, just added a full-size Clint Eastwood figure replete with a chair.
Get it? Forget it.
Good deeds . . .
Goodness is ageless: Nick Curley, an 8-year-old boy from Norwood Park, is about to finish a remarkable journey this weekend.
◆ Nick has spent the past year skating at least five miles in 20 different ice rinks in and around Chicago, collecting donations to combat epilepsy in the memory of 4-year-old Danny Stanton (the Danny Did Foundation), who died during an epileptic seizure.
◆ He is set to skate his 100th mile Sunday night during intermission at a Chicago Wolves game at the Allstate Arena, where Nick will be joined by U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley and NHL Hall of Famer Denis Savard.
Vroom doom . . .
Gas-pedal lovers beware.
If the city’s upcoming speed cameras are anything like those in Washington D.C., this statistic may take the lead out of your foot.
◆ To wit: One speeding camera alone handslapped 116,734 speeders in 23 months, generating $11.6 million in fines, according to the Washington Post.
◆ The tally: Speeders caught by that single camera would fill every seat in the United Center, Soldier Field and all but a few thousand seats in Wrigley Field.
◆ Media baron Rupert Murdoch, whose news empire has come under fire for phone-hacking, tweeted: “Never be surprised by C Black’s language . . . Despite faults, very gutsy to fight.”
Sneedlings . . .
Saturday’s birthdays: Kelly Osbourne, 28; John Cleese (right), 73, and Roberto Benigni, 60 . . . Sunday’s birthdays: Bill Gates, 57; Randy Jackson, 56, and Fred Latsko, ageless.