Remembering Michael Scott -- And Asking Questions

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Questions Swirl Around Michael Scott's Untimely Death NBC
"We
know what the ME ruled," said Police Superintendent Jody Weis during a
press conference. "But there are a lot of questions out there."

Isolated location no place for such a public man to die Tribune (John Kass)
The
place where he fell is a no-man's land along the North Branch of the
Chicago River, a difficult place to reach, especially for a 60-year-old
stumbling around in the pitch darkness, over uneven ground, with no
light and no moon.

Shaken friends, colleagues offer comfort to family suffering 'unimaginable grief' Sun Times
A
procession of shaken friends visited his West Side condo. An ashen
Mayor Daley, his friend of 30 years, emerged to say, "It's a shock to
everyone."

Scott's upbeat attitude makes death shocking Sun Times
"I
have met with Michael Scott over the years and I have never seen a
suicidal tendency in his spirit," said Conrad Worrill, a longtime
professor at the Jacob Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies at
Northeastern Illinois University.

Scott sought big profit on city deal Sun Times
Michael
Scott and his partners had hoped to make at least $600,000 through a
city-financed deal to build affordable and market-rate housing in Ald.
Isaac "Ike" Carothers' ward, city records show.
But the far West Side project hasn't gone as planned. 

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  • suicides don't always leave notes or give warnings, according to this wbbm segment

    http://www.wbbm780.com/Sometimes--no-red-flags-before-suicide/5694968

  • here's a profile of scott that i wrote in early 2002 when he was just being brought back to work with duncan -- includes a bit more about his history with mayor washington and his first unsuccessful stint on the board

    http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/news/index.php?item=989&cat=23

  • daley on the suicide / murder question:

    http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/clout_st/2009/11/mayor-richard-daley-mourns-loss-of-trusted-ally-michael-scott.html

  • From Fred: John Kass' column really sums up my thoughts on this. It just does not make sense to any of us who knew Michael Scott. I am not a conspiracy person, but I cannot see Michael going through this process. Nobody can, none of his friends. Many of us have known people who have killed themselves. Michael Scott would be at the bottom of the list of potentials. Although I find it laughable that people are implying the mayor is involved, there is just something that is missing.

  • more on the M.E.'s assessment of cause of death: http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/11/medical-examiner-no-question-scotts-death-a-suicide-1.html

  • Sources: Detectives agreed Scott killed himself, but brass balked
    Evidence leaves no doubt Scott killed himself, coroner self
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    November 17, 2009
    BY MARK J. KONKOL Staff Reporter

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/1888668,scott-autopsy-111709.article

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