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March 25, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Pour one out for caffeinated Four Loko.  The once popular beverage is no more, according to a Tuesday press release from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Phusion Projects LLC, the Chicago-based maker of the drink, has agreed with the Attorney General's Office to cease all production and sales of the caffeinated malt beverage, after the office alleged it was marketed to underage youth and encouraged underage drinking.  “Phusion used marketing and sales tactics that glorified alcohol use and promoted binge drinking,” Madigan stated in the release.  The company said...
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March 25, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Pour one out for caffeinated Four Loko.  The once popular beverage is no more, according to a Tuesday press release from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Phusion Projects LLC, the Chicago-based maker of the drink, has agreed with the Attorney General's Office to cease all production and sales of the caffeinated malt beverage, after the office alleged it was marketed to underage youth and encouraged underage drinking.  “Phusion used marketing and sales tactics that glorified alcohol use and promoted binge drinking,” Madigan stated in the release.  The company said...
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March 18, 2014 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
We were somewhere near Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs finally began to wear off. When I told my editor I would deliver him a column about the bachelor party I attended this past weekend in Las Vegas, I thought, "Sweet, I'll rip off some Hunter Thompson, crack a really tired "Hangover" joke, collect my columnist fee and be on my way. " What I forgot was that I hate Las Vegas and Las Vegas hates me. What the hell is with that...
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March 18, 2014 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
We were somewhere near Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs finally began to wear off. When I told my editor I would deliver him a column about the bachelor party I attended this past weekend in Las Vegas, I thought, "Sweet, I'll rip off some Hunter Thompson, crack a really tired "Hangover" joke, collect my columnist fee and be on my way. " What I forgot was that I hate Las Vegas and Las Vegas hates me. What the hell is with that...
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November 30, 2011 | Emily Van Zandt and Brian Welk and RedEye
All it takes is a 2 a.m. visit to a strip on Hubbard, Clark, Halsted or Milwaukee to know exactly how Chicago drinks: hard. The city has a documented reputation. Nearly 20 percent of adults age 18 or older in Chicago have engaged in binge drinking in the previous month, according to a report last year from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while the state isn't currently No. 1 in overdoing it -- that classification goes to Wisconsin -- the Land of Lincoln does come in at No. 5 in the Centers' nationwide rankings.
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December 26, 2012 | By Kate Bernot and RedEye
It's 11 p.m. at your favorite bar on a Saturday night. Music's blasting, some people are shouting in slurred voices and you're waiting in a packed line to order your first drink. Now imagine doing this stone sober. For many people, showing up to a crowded bar without a buzz doesn't have much appeal. But a Swiss study that will be published in February found that drinkers aged 18-26 who pregame consumed twice as much alcohol over the course of a night than those who only drank at a bar, and that pregame drinkers were more likely to suffer blackouts and engage in unplanned...
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January 13, 2012 | By Jessica Cantarelli and RedEye
The buzzword from Episode 2 of "Jersey Shore 5" was definitely "anxiety. " And no, not because I was having an anxiety attack (from watching the show), but because our favorite Staten Island guido, Vinny, was. Thursday's episode started off with the gang heading to Aztec, where Situation ran into Paula, a DTF who first appeared on the show during Season 1 when she was unconsciously having sex with Situation. Cut to the next day, Jenni, Sammi and Vin are scheduled to work at the Shore Store, making T-shirts with offensive remarks about Italian...
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July 2, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey and RedEye
When you think of beer pong, some images and phrases probably come to mind: frat parties, sticky floors and next-day hangovers among them. But luxury? High design? If Joseph Mollo, a 22-year-old recent DePaul University grad, has anything to say about it, that could be the new face of beer pong. Mollo, an entrepreneurship major at DePaul, designed a poplar-and-cast-iron beer pong table with a sleek curved surface and LED lights to highlight those red Solo cups. "If I tell people I make an $800 beer pong table and I don't have a picture, they...
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February 10, 2012 | By Jessica Cantarelli, RedEye
Episode 6 of "Jersey Shore Season 5" featured the essential combination to a good episode in an otherwise catastrophic season: less Situation, more Meatballs and JWoww emoting with her plastic surgery face. The episode begins with Situation on the phone with his boy Unit, who unfortunately is in Miami with Mark (omg is Unit CHEATING on the Situation?), so the abberific duo cannot bust the lid on Snooki to G-Yanni. The phone call quickly turns to a conversation about two characters we have not met: Deena's sister and Situation's brother, who...
SPORTS
May 6, 2014 | By Jake Bressler, @jabressler and For RedEye
This could only happen in the Windy City. The one awful series in this legendary NBA first round involved your Chicago Bulls. Fortunately, the Blackhawks are starting to look like favorites to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. And we're approaching the stage of the playoffs when beards transition from quirky to downright creepy. -Patrick Kane scored two goals Friday night in a Game 1 win against the Minnesota Wild. He's also sporting his annual “Business in the front, party in the back” spring hairstyle.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2011 | Emily Van Zandt and Brian Welk and RedEye
All it takes is a 2 a.m. visit to a strip on Hubbard, Clark, Halsted or Milwaukee to know exactly how Chicago drinks: hard. The city has a documented reputation. Nearly 20 percent of adults age 18 or older in Chicago have engaged in binge drinking in the previous month, according to a report last year from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And while the state isn't currently No. 1 in overdoing it -- that classification goes to Wisconsin -- the Land of Lincoln does come in at No. 5 in the Centers' nationwide rankings.
NEWS
June 28, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
Puking penalty. Vomit violation. Upchuck charge. Whatever they call it, cabdrivers in Chicago soon will have a new tool to deal with over-served customers who leave a mess in their vehicles. Under a measure going into effect Sunday, they can add $50 to the fare of any customer who vomits after entering. The fee is one of a handful of new rules that cover matters including flag pulls, placards and green cab initiatives. It is not part of a police ticket or any sort or official violation that could be traced back to the driver.
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