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November 3, 2011 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It's time for a special episode of "Chicago Story. " Warning: it's a rerun. Someone is clearly on his way to greatness here, has a falling out, goes and achieves greatness somewhere else and returns here for the twilight years. Think Greg Maddux. Can't help but think of that one as Jerry Reinsdorf is wooing Tony La Russa. "Should never have fired him. " "Worst mistake ever. " "I wanted to make sure he landed on his feet. " I'll recap: Sox can La Russa, he goes on to win multiple titles with the A's and Cardinals.
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December 20, 2013 | By Tony Peregrin @TonyGrin and For RedEye
Whether it's The Advocate - America's oldest gay news magazine - anointing Pope Francis as Person of the Year for his more lenient views on homosexuality or Russian President Vladimir Putin signing a law criminalizing public discussion of gay rights and relationships, one thing is clear: 2013 was as gay as a clutch purse on Tony Awards night. Closer to home, the top 2013 LGBT news and cultural stories reveal a community that is both protective of its enclaves - as evidenced by the brouhaha over the proposed multi-story Out Hotel in Boystown - and passionate about equal rights, most notably...
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March 7, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
There currently is a petition on the White House's official website asking the government to change the national anthem to R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix). " Yes, you read that right. Ain't democracy grand? If you're not familiar with it, whitehouse.gov includes a section called We the People, a place to organize and sign petitions about issues that are important to you. If enough people support the petition, the White House will release a statement commenting on it. As of Thursday afternoon, the R. Kelly petition had only 7,500 signatures.
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December 8, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"Mob City" tells the story of Los Angeles gangsters in 1947, but Chicago's mob history helped Milo Ventimiglia create his character in Frank Darabont's miniseries. "It's funny. I kind of went back to stories and things that I heard from my father in Chicago," Ventimiglia said during a recent interview, adding that his father's side of the family came from Chicago Heights in thye south suburbs. The actor grew up listening to his dad's tales of the city's gangster past and used those stories to help fill in the blanks about attorney Ned Stax, one of the fictional...
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December 8, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
"Mob City" tells the story of Los Angeles gangsters in 1947, but Chicago's mob history helped Milo Ventimiglia create his character in Frank Darabont's miniseries. "It's funny. I kind of went back to stories and things that I heard from my father in Chicago," Ventimiglia said during a recent interview, adding that his father's side of the family came from Chicago Heights in thye south suburbs. The actor grew up listening to his dad's tales of the city's gangster past and used those stories to help fill in the blanks about attorney Ned Stax, one of the fictional...
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December 20, 2013 | By Tony Peregrin @TonyGrin and For RedEye
Whether it's The Advocate - America's oldest gay news magazine - anointing Pope Francis as Person of the Year for his more lenient views on homosexuality or Russian President Vladimir Putin signing a law criminalizing public discussion of gay rights and relationships, one thing is clear: 2013 was as gay as a clutch purse on Tony Awards night. Closer to home, the top 2013 LGBT news and cultural stories reveal a community that is both protective of its enclaves - as evidenced by the brouhaha over the proposed multi-story Out Hotel in Boystown - and...
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August 29, 2012 | By Brian Moore, @brithewebguy and Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey and RedEye
The Onion satirized Chicago's summer homicide rate, calling it a "hot new murder craze. " The story has been gathering lots of buzz, and we at RedEye had some differing views on it. Was it funny or tasteless? That's our great debate today. No one thinks homicides are funny on the personal level. Human beings are being gunned down in Chicago by the scores and those victims have mothers, fathers and friends who miss them. But attention should be drawn to the violence in our city by any and all means available, and if...
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December 15, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
The newest shoe in Bulls superstar Derrick Rose's AdiZero Rose 2 collection for Adidas has Chicago written all over it. From a map of the "L" on the sock liner to a metallic finish intended to mimic the look of a CTA train car, the city's favorite son keeps honoring his roots with the "Windy City" sneaker, available starting Dec. 15. Derrick Rose "is Chicago, born and raised," said Jack Gray, basketball category manager for Adidas. "It's ingrained in his DNA. " Gray said the team that...
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July 2, 2012 | By Quinn Myers and For RedEye
If there is a pool in your neighborhood that remains closed, you are not alone. And since the sun has seemed especially pissed off this summer, it is almost impossible to look at an empty pool and not wonder why in God's name it isn't full of crisp blue water.   Unless you keep up with Illinois Pool News, you might not know about the Illinois Swimming Facility Act. This new law requires all publicly accessible pools to have larger, unlockable drains, and has resulted in an $8 million renovation of all Chicago indoor and outdoor pools.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 9, 2012 | Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four)   Channing Tatum gets a bad rap, but the failings of “The Vow” lie primarily on his (often-bare) shoulders.   The Chicago-set story, inspired by true events but told like an ordinary, contrived slice of soap, brings an ocean of sorrow: Paige (Rachel McAdams) wakes up, following a brain injury-causing car accident and coma, with no memory of her husband Leo (Tatum). While she retreats to her parents (Sam Neill, Jessica Lange) and ex-fiance (Scott Speedman)
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March 7, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
There currently is a petition on the White House's official website asking the government to change the national anthem to R. Kelly's "Ignition (Remix). " Yes, you read that right. Ain't democracy grand? If you're not familiar with it, whitehouse.gov includes a section called We the People, a place to organize and sign petitions about issues that are important to you. If enough people support the petition, the White House will release a statement commenting on it. As of Thursday afternoon, the R. Kelly petition had only 7,500 signatures.
SPORTS
November 3, 2011 | By Bag Boy and For RedEye
It's time for a special episode of "Chicago Story. " Warning: it's a rerun. Someone is clearly on his way to greatness here, has a falling out, goes and achieves greatness somewhere else and returns here for the twilight years. Think Greg Maddux. Can't help but think of that one as Jerry Reinsdorf is wooing Tony La Russa. "Should never have fired him. " "Worst mistake ever. " "I wanted to make sure he landed on his feet. " I'll recap: Sox can La Russa, he goes on to win multiple titles with the A's and Cardinals.
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July 25, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink and Samantha Nelson and RedEye
Coffee is mandatory for many to start their day feeling human, but two new coffee shops - plus one more opening soon - are offering much more than just the basic cup. From a West Town cafe with a dog-friendly patio in the works to a Roscoe Village shop serving treats worthy of cronut-caliber obsession, these coffehouses have your caffeine fix covered and then some. Bad Wolf Coffee 3422 N. Lincoln Ave. 773-969-2346 Story: With gigs at Schwa and New York's Momofuku Ko on his resume, Jonathan Ory's roots may be in fine dining, but he recently switched gears to open this Roscoe Village coffee...
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October 10, 2013 | By Jack M Silverstein, @readjack and For RedEye
Chicagoans alive for the Michael Jordan era know how thrilling - and how difficult - it can be to pull off a three-peat. When the wheelchair portion of the Chicago Marathon kicks off Sunday, Paralympic gold medal winner Tatyana McFadden will be aiming for a pair of them. McFadden, a student at the University of Illinois and a three-time gold medal winner in the London 2012 paralympics, is the two-time reigning champ of the Chicago Marathon, as well as the reigning champ of both the Boston and London marathons.
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