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Northern Trust's No-No

Yes, we heard about the soirees thrown by Northern Trust last week, but seeing as though the bank received a measly $1.6 billion in TARP money, and there were no facials to speak of, we didn't so much give a rat's A. Others beg to differ, calling the thing an idiotic outrage, and surely Rep. Elijah Cummings is working on some zingers for the organizers of the thing in a Congressional holding room where Barney Frank keeps his people locked up and riled up (Maxine Waters is there, being spoon-fed a cocktail of uppers and downers, as is Rep. Rosa DeLauro, chewing on a piece of leather) so here it is, strangely courtesy of TMZ:

- Wednesday, Northern Trust hosted a fancy dinner at the Ritz followed by a performance by the group Chicago.
- Thursday, Northern Trust rented a private hangar at the Santa Monica Airport for dinner, followed by a performance by Earth, Wind & Fire.
- Saturday, Northern Trust had the entire House of Blues in West Hollywood shut down for its private party. We got the menu -- guests dined on seared salmon and petite Angus filet. Dinner was followed by a performance by none other than Sheryl Crow.
There was also a fabulous cocktail party at the Loews. And how's this for a nice touch: Female guests at the Chicago concert all got trinkets from ... TIFFANY AND CO.

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