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Updated: January 14, 2014 1:11PM



A fur piece. . .

It’s a wrap: Patti Blagojevich, wife of imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, just got an early Christmas present.

◆ To wit: The state’s former first lady just got her missing fur coat back.

◆ Fur flap: The coat was one of 400 fur coats and stoles stored at the shuttered Chicago Fur Outlet being returned by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office. The company, which offered a variety of services including cleaning and repairs, closed in August.

◆ Fur goodness sake: State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s office filed a lawsuit this week against the fur outlet for failing to return the toppers.

Click ‘em. . .

President Barack Obama isn’t the only head of state with a photo flap coming out of the memorial for South African legend Nelson Mandela.

◆ To wit: South African sign language interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie, whose hand jive gibberish story went viral after the memorial, has a picture at his house showing him on duty next to South African President Jacob Zuma, according to the Johannesburg Star.

Nick ‘em. . .

Legendary South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s home was robbed while he was attending the Mandela memorial; the second time in four months burglars have broken into Tutu’s home.

A Jarrett jot. . .

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, the only member of the top tier of Obamacare rollout advisors not to apologize for the fiasco, is flying high.

◆ Translation: Jarrett occupied a seat on Air Force One with the Obamas, Hillary Clinton and former President George W. Bush to Nelson Mandela’s funeral.

A Madoff memo. . .

Go figure: In case you missed it, Bernie Madoff, prisoner #61727-054 serving 150 years in a federal pen for bilking billions from his investors, makes $40 a month doing menial prison jobs -- including working the prison’s computer system!

Gridiron gab. . .

Scribble scrimmage! Former President George W. Bush, our 43rd president, penned some encouraging words to University of Alabama kicker Cade Foster (#43), who missed three kicks in Alabama’s 34-28 loss to Auburn in November’s Iron Bowl.

◆ Translation: Bush’s personal note read: “Dear Cade (#43), Life has its setbacks. I know! However you will be a stronger human with time. I wish you all the best- Sincerely- Another 43 George Bush.”

Gridiron gab II. . .

Ring! Ring! Northern Illinois University’s star quarterback Jordan Lynch, a graduate of Mount Carmel High School and one of six Heisman Trophy finalists, got a phone call Thursday morning from Gov.Pat Quinn, a Fenwick grad, wishing Lynch good luck -- and dispatching a reminder: “Once a Catholic Leaguer, always a Catholic Leaguer!” (The Heisman winner is announced in New York Monday.)

A Nigella note. . .

A London lip slip: Brit Prime Minister David Cameron’s huge thumbs up this week to embattled foodie Nigella Lawson, who is embroiled in a fraud trial involving two of her former assistants -- got him thwacked Thursday by the trial judge for not zipping his lip.

◆ Fan ban: Cameron gushed to the press he is on “Team Nigella” and is a “massive fan” who likes her recipes.

Holiday musings. . .

◆ Bow wow: Our irrepressible State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, an avid dog lover, has now rescued 2,000 pets through her Comptroller’s Critters program, which allows all Illinois shelters to post adoption-eligible pets on the comptroller’s website.

(Check out www.ioc.state.il.us/index.cfm/about-our-office/comptrollers-critters1/ for available pets.)

◆ Wow wow: The latest incarnation of “A Christmas Carol” at the Goodman Theatre is terrific -- with a boffo performance by actor Larry Yando as Ebenezer Scrooge.

I spy. . .

Pucksters Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw and Niklas Hjalmarsson all got huge cheers when they walked into the dining room at Chicago Cut after their Philadelphia Flyers massacre Wednesday night.

Sneedlings. . .

Friday’s birthday: Taylor Swift, 24; Jamie Foxx, 46, and Kathleen O’Reilley, ageless.



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