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By Margaret Lyons in News on Oct 4, 2007 12:23AM

The Mississippi county where Emmet Till was murdered issued an official apology today. One of Till's relatives, who attended the ceremony, said, "Back in 1955, Tallahatchie County did nothing to help us. This is all they can do, and we appreciate it and accept." Mississippi State Senator Dave Jordan, who's trying to pass a bill getting the entire state to apologize, said "Mississippi once had a clean dress on, but her underclothes were dirty. Now, it shows we have cleaned her up and given her a bath in terms of race relations." That's ... the weirdest metaphor ever.

State Senator Debbie Halvorsen is running for Congress. She wants Jerry Weller's spot.

LTH forum has posted the winners of their food photo contest. The nomination thread is a lot more interesting than the winner thread.

Yesterday's Metra derailments were due to wear, tear and a fluke coincidence and aren't connected to each other or the recent theft of 30 railroad spikes.

If you've always wondered how much a mall on the Mag Mile costs, now you have your answer. $515 million.

And in other real estate news, office space downtown is in high demand, with an average asking rental rate around $36.28 per square foot.

Keep an eye out for Chicagoist's own Laura Oppenheimer, who's attending the Top Chef live finale tonight. She'll have a recap and reactions up later this evening.

"Self-Fulfilling Prophecy" by Ankylosaur.