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April 12, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco and RedEye
"Stop, take a breath and smile. " "What you do matters. Live with purpose. " "This is your life. Are you who you want to be?" "Yesterday does not define your today. " "Love is stronger than fear. " Who's behind some of these inspirational and hopeful messages found written in chalk on Chicago sidewalks? The local Chalk the Block movement has been popping up on sidewalks including Thorndale and Bryn Mawr avenues leading to 'L' stops for the past couple months thanks to the Community Christian Church in Edgewater.
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May 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The kidnapper demanded $2,000 to release her captive Sunday. But the woman, Monique Fitzgerald, 22, of Evanston, had actually kidnapped herself, county prosecutors said. Fitzgerald was charged with felony disorderly conduct after police discovered that the threatening text messages she had sent a friend demanding money turned out to be a ruse, and that she had never been in danger. When Fitzgerald's friend received text messages from her saying she had been kidnapped and would need $2,000 to be released, the friend called the police, who tracked the woman down to a...
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March 8, 2012 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
Since when did celebrity cellphones become a hacker's parad ise? Both Olivia Munn and Christina Hendricks suffered security breaches this week, eonline.com reports, joining the ranks of other starlets who just can't seem to keep their phones private. Although photos are the most commonly leaked item, we thought up some totally crazy, totally fake text messages that might also have shocked the world. damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana Miley Cyrus "Thx for the amazeballs Marley bday cake, gurlfriend!
ENTERTAINMENT
January 22, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
FX gets clever with its teaser for "The Strain," its upcoming horror series from writer/director Guillermo del Toro. Although the new teaser doesn't offer any actual series footage, it does convey the mood del Toro and FX want to set: creepy scary. The music and cinematography do all the heavy lifting in the teaser, titled "Eclipse. " As the skies above New York City grow ominously darker throughout the course of a solar eclipse. When the skies go completely dark, so do the city lights.
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January 8, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Looking for love this year? Or at least a date? You may get online to help you check off that New Year's resolution of finding a mate. The real question is will you get a message from that potential special someone? Well, dating site Plenty of Fish said that depends on a number of factors including age, education, and income among others. This month, the site said it processed 1.8 million messages over seven days from heterosexual users in the U.S. ages 25 to 35 to describe the most desirable men and women in 2014.
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May 19, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The kidnapper demanded $2,000 to release her captive Sunday. But the woman, Monique Fitzgerald, 22, of Evanston, had actually kidnapped herself, county prosecutors said. Fitzgerald was charged with felony disorderly conduct after police discovered that the threatening text messages she had sent a friend demanding money turned out to be a ruse, and that she had never been in danger. When Fitzgerald's friend received text messages from her saying she had been kidnapped and would need $2,000 to be released, the friend...
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January 11, 2012 | Anna Pulley and RedEye's sex columnist
I broke up with my long-term boyfriend recently, and am thinking about re-activating my OkCupid account soon. One thing I discovered in my last relationship is that I'm interested in exploring kinkier sex, as long as it's with someone I trust. My question is: How can I convey this on my profile? I feel like if I say it outright, I might attract a lot more skeezy guys or get explicit messages that I don't want. Should I mention it at all, or save the kink talk for when I meet men in person?
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November 23, 2011 | Anna Pulley and RedEye's sex columnist
I've been seeing one of my friend's exes. She was a very close friend years ago, but our relationship has dwindled. They were broken up for two years before we got together, but my friend was totally in love with him when they were dating, he broke her heart, and it took her a very long time to get over him, even when she has had other boyfriends, she was still hung up on him. I thought it was just going to be a fling, so I didn't think...
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January 22, 2012 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
Count me as a guy seriously bummed about Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos' ignominious exit from this year's NFL playoffs, but not for any football reason (although my opinion of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady shares a lot in common with how I view the pus-like fluid that accumulates in the chaffing fat rolls of hippopotamuses). No, I love Tebow and want him to succeed because he is one of those big, bold, brash, larger-than-life public figures who demonstrates so perfectly the utter vapidity and silliness of religion.
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August 22, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko and RedEye
Chicago bike messengers say the job isn't all Hollywood hype - but it ain't easy either Charlie Rifenburg knows how it feels to be chased on a bike during a delivery. The 33-year-old courier from Bridgeport wasn't trying to escape some evil conspiracy likeJoseph Gordon-Levitt does in the upcoming big-budget flick "Premium Rush;" he was evading a ticked-off downtown driver. But Rifenburg and other two-wheeled warriors of the road surely could get themselves out of the kinds of jams depicted in the movie, which opens Friday.
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January 8, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Looking for love this year? Or at least a date? You may get online to help you check off that New Year's resolution of finding a mate. The real question is will you get a message from that potential special someone? Well, dating site Plenty of Fish said that depends on a number of factors including age, education, and income among others. This month, the site said it processed 1.8 million messages over seven days from heterosexual users in the U.S. ages 25 to 35 to describe the most desirable men and women in 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Perhaps the molasses-slow, mockumentary-ish “Computer Chess” will connect with a small but rabid community. The critical buzz for writer-director Andrew Bujalski's (“Beeswax”) latest suggests as much. Thing is, great films about niche societies - like the spectacular doc “The King of Kong” - open up their worlds to a broader audience. That doesn't mean pandering; it means translating what makes their subjects special. In his black-and-white, early '80s-set look at a chess tournament and a group of men...
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July 10, 2013 | By Zach Stafford, @zachstafford and For RedEye
As a gay man, I receive a lot of text messages from other gay men. And as a gay man, I also receive a surprising number of text messages from straight men. So after many years of receiving these texts, I have become something of an expert in translating underlying meanings and messages. (Not that I'm alone here. Many gay men possess this same skill set. It's one of the things you learn from all those years in the closet, right along with how to dress and make a souffle.) So without further ado, here are my attempts to decipher the true meanings...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
The CW presented its 2013-14 TV schedule Thursday, adding five new dramas that keep to the network's focus on teens, heroes, vampires and the Amell family. The network previously announced “The Vampire Diaries” spinoff, “The Originals.” On Thursday it introduced “Reign,” the story of a teenage Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as “The Tomorrow People,” a super-hero story starring Robbie Amell, cousin of Stephen Amell, star of the CW's breakout show of the current season, “Arrow.” “Arrow” and “Tomorrow...
NEWS
April 21, 2013 | By Molly Fedick, @mollyfedick and For RedEye
To the men of Chicago: Stop texting women! I know, calling a girl sounds more terrifying than getting a prostate exam from Carrot Top. And for the half of you who aren't afraid but simply lazy, fine. But it's time for change. Today, I urge girls everywhere to embrace the hashtag #girlsagainsttexting. This is not a joke or a suggestion. This is an order. We as a gender must reclaim the power that technology has stolen from us. I want this hashtag trending until every man in Chicago realizes we no longer will put up with the communication equivalent of wearing...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 3, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four)   As judges and opposing attorneys flaunt their biases during frustrating courtroom proceedings, Rudy (Alan Cumming) exclaims, “Just because we are different does not make us bad parents.”   Rudy and his boyfriend, Paul (Garret Dillahunt), are trying to claim custody of Marco (Isaac Leyva), a teenager who happens to have Down syndrome and essentially as abandoned by his junkie mother (Jamie Anne Allman of “The Killing”). Inspired by a true story, the Chicago...
NEWS
July 10, 2013 | By Zach Stafford, @zachstafford and For RedEye
As a gay man, I receive a lot of text messages from other gay men. And as a gay man, I also receive a surprising number of text messages from straight men. So after many years of receiving these texts, I have become something of an expert in translating underlying meanings and messages. (Not that I'm alone here. Many gay men possess this same skill set. It's one of the things you learn from all those years in the closet, right along with how to dress and make a souffle.) So without further ado, here are my attempts to decipher the true meanings of real text messages I've received from gay...
NEWS
December 23, 2012 | By Dana Moran and Stephen Markley and RedEye
Ever get one of those text messages from the guy or girl you're crushing on, and it drives you crazy trying to figure it out? Of course you have. In the interest of promoting a greater dating dialogue, RedEye asked two singles to help out each other - and the dating public at large. Dana Moran and Stephen Markley swapped nine text messages they've received from the opposite sex and volunteered to translate the subtext of the other person's texts on behalf of his or her gender. We've done this exercise once before, and we're...
NEWS
December 23, 2012 | By Dana Moran and Stephen Markley and RedEye
Ever get one of those text messages from the guy or girl you're crushing on, and it drives you crazy trying to figure it out? Of course you have. In the interest of promoting a greater dating dialogue, RedEye asked two singles to help out each other - and the dating public at large. Dana Moran and Stephen Markley swapped nine text messages they've received from the opposite sex and volunteered to translate the subtext of the other person's texts on behalf of his or her gender. We've done this exercise once before, and we're doing it again!
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, for Redeye
Have you ever wanted to track down your favorite celebrity and ask them to make a message for your voicemail or anwering machine? Plenty of geeks have done that at sci-fi conventions, and most of the time the celeb is very gracious. Of course that tends to annoy all the other folks who are waiting in line to get an autograph, and quite frankly, I think it's presumptious to ask the celeb to do something so above and beyond what is normally done. That is, unless they are trying to raise money for Autism Speaks , which is the case in this...
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