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November 17, 2011 | By Jen Kim, For RedEye
When my mom joined modern-day society, my world changed. It happened when I saw a familiar message pop up on Facebook. "Jen's mom" wants to be friends with you. Do you accept? That lady in the picture looked an awful lot like the lady who gave birth to me, but there was no way she knew what Facebook was. She didn't even know how to turn on a computer. With an immediacy of a wild mongoose, I clicked "no" and closed my screen, hoping the friend invite was just a glitch in the universe - a momentary black hole whose vortex happened to be in the center of my little apartment.
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May 22, 2014 | By Jen Kim @thisjenkim and For RedEye
Breaking up is hard to do. Unless you're a woman, that is -- because most of the time, we're the ones doing the dumping. According to a report in Psychology today, women have initiated nearly 70 percent of divorces in the past century. Am I surprised? Not at all -- and here are a few reasons you shouldn't be either: 1) Most of the time, we know what we like. 100 percent of the time, we know what we don't like. This includes: being cheated on, being called fat or eating the same $6-for-a-large pizza every night.
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May 10, 2012 | By Grant Yanney, For RedEye
We went to Disneyland together. And Disney World. Twice. There were summer sports camps. A trip to SeaWorld. White Sox, Bears and Bulls games. Not just regular-season basketball - I'm talking playoff games during the Michael Jordan era. She also bought me encyclopedias. (Reading is an adventure. Hey, it brought me here.) Yes, my mom did that. As Mother's Day approaches Sunday, we should admit it: Sometimes the greeting cards get it right. Mothers have a special place in all of our hearts, and unabashed mom-lovers have no shame.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) If you still want to see the PG-rated “Moms' Night Out” after learning that it includes a tattoo parlor manager named Bones (played by country singer Trace Adkins) offering God-focused parenting advice in a prison waiting area, please go for it. You probably will love the movie. Me, I almost slid off my seat. Not from laughter - from being pummeled with so much manic noise that it felt like being trapped in a shrillness simulator. “Moms' Night Out” tries to have fun with three women's attempt to give themselves a break but does a remarkable job of sabotaging anyone trying to...
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November 4, 2013 | RedEye
WHSV in Virginia reports: A mother who dressed up her 7-year-old son as a Ku Klux Klan member for Halloween said the costume is family tradition. Jessica Black made the costume for her son, Jackson, who told WHSV that he thought it was "cool. " Get the full story: whsv.com . Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2012
Crain's Chicago Business reports: The mother of Chicago restaurateur Paul LoDuca is suing him, alleging he's keeping information from her about his business, in which she is a partner. Mr. LoDuca owns Adobo Grill in Old Town and Indianapolis, Vinci on North Halsted and Pikk's Tavern in Valparaiso, Ind., all under the DaVinci restaurant group. Read the full story at Crain's Chicago Business .
NEWS
December 21, 2011 | By Tracy Swartz, RedEye
Marcos Ceniceros, 25, is part of a growing movement - back to Mom and Dad's house. In November, Ceniceros moved into his parents' Brighton Park home after living on his own for two years in Albany Park. Ceniceros said he's trying to save money to finish his sociology degree at DePaul, and the best way to do that was to take on two new roommates: His folks. "It takes some getting used to again," said Ceniceros, who first moved out at age 23. "[My parents] don't want me to be drinking in the house.
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February 22, 2012 | By Nikki Lynette, For RedEye
Nikki Lynette is a Chicago musician and ChicagoNow blogger. Here is an excerpt of a column she posted Wednesday . I remember my mom using makeup to cover up bruises my father had inflicted on her while drunk and/or high. I remember her pretending as if everything was fine at family events. I remember the arguments that almost always led to fights, and in spite of having lived through that hell the night before, my mom still woke us up on time, got us washed, dressed, fed, and off to school every day. The years of drama that my mom dealt with as my dad's wife gave...
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December 20, 2012 | By Bryan Crawford and Jack Silverstein and For RedEye
Professional athletes are just like us when hit comes to holiday shopping. Well, except for the fact that they can afford gifts that are out of reach of the average person. But it's always cool to find out how what athletes buy for people. RedEye talked to the Bulls and Bears to find out the most expensive gift they've purchased for someone during the holidays.   BULLS Taj Gibson: I bought some expensive shoes for my girlfriend made by some Italian designer. They cost somewhere like $4,000 or $5,000.
NEWS
August 18, 2013 | By Jen Kim, @thisjenkim and For RedEye
We can thank China for many trends: orange chicken, poorly dubbed kung-fu action flicks and cheap Louis Vuitton knockoffs, to name a few - all things that have become important fixtures in the average American's life. However, there is one recent trend from China that I don't foresee hitting U.S. shores anytime soon. With a law that went into effect in July, the Chinese government now requires adult children to frequently visit their elderly parents and ensure their financial and spiritual needs are met. This law, called the "Law of Protection of...
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January 30, 2014 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
* (out of four) I don't know if Playgirl Forum exists. If it does, the ridiculous story behind “Labor Day” may have been ripped straight from the archives. Despite starring Kate Winslet and being written and directed by Jason Reitman (“Up in the Air”), the film boils down to a daytime soap about Stockholm syndrome. Escaped and bleeding convict Frank (Josh Brolin) forces divorced shut-in Adele (Winslet) and her teenage son, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), to take him in. That may sound scary.
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November 4, 2013 | RedEye
WHSV in Virginia reports: A mother who dressed up her 7-year-old son as a Ku Klux Klan member for Halloween said the costume is family tradition. Jessica Black made the costume for her son, Jackson, who told WHSV that he thought it was "cool. " Get the full story: whsv.com . Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page . 
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October 14, 2013 | By Dana Moran and RedEye
If you've seen any of Margaret Cho's stand-up, you know that she LOVES talking about her mother. Like, obsession level. On her 2001 tour, “I'm The One That I Want,” she details a message her mom left on her answering machine. “ARE YOU GAY?? ARE YOU GAY?? ... If you don't pick up the phone ... that mean you gay. Only gay ... screen call.” (This misses a lot in the translation; you really need to see the facial expressions.) Twelve years later, the 44-year-old Cho (who's married and bisexual, by the way)
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August 18, 2013 | By Jen Kim, @thisjenkim and For RedEye
We can thank China for many trends: orange chicken, poorly dubbed kung-fu action flicks and cheap Louis Vuitton knockoffs, to name a few - all things that have become important fixtures in the average American's life. However, there is one recent trend from China that I don't foresee hitting U.S. shores anytime soon. With a law that went into effect in July, the Chinese government now requires adult children to frequently visit their elderly parents and ensure their financial and spiritual needs are met. This law, called the "Law of Protection of Rights and Interests of the Aged,"...
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May 7, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Yesterday at 11:30 a.m. I knew the following about Farrah Abraham: 1. She had a child at a young age. 2. That child helped her snag a role as a featured person on MTV's "Teen Mom," a show a lot of women I know watch to make themselves feel better about their own lives. 3. Her name is Farrah Abraham. Last night, that all changed with my viewing of "Farrah Superstar: Backdoor Teen Mom. " The celebrity sex tape game is nothing new. You can make a direct argument that it's the sole reason the Kardashian family is the omnipresent monolith that it...
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January 21, 2013 | By Ashlee Rezin@Ashlee_Rezin and For RedEye
Like many Chicagoans, Candace Polk's day begins around 8 a.m. when she takes her daughter to school, then continues at work with continuous emails, phone calls and meetings. Unlike most Chicagoans, however, some of Polk's meetings are with local celebrities and their representatives. That's the life of an owner of an event and public relations company to the stars. Polk, 41, a single mother of four, runs Glitz PR & Marketing runs her business out of her South Loop home. "I eat, live and drink this industry," said Polk, a...
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June 13, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
My dad died when I was 14. I was going to start eighth grade the next day. My mom and I were coming home from school shopping when she got the call. I remember everything about that day. The smell of the new shoes I got. Noticing how much bigger I actually was than my mom when I hugged her. How ridiculously thirsty you get after crying a lot. It was easily one of the worst days of my life. Part of me wanted to write this column about how Father's Day doesn't get its fair shake stacked against other holidays, but that's not the point, really.
NEWS
May 22, 2014 | By Jen Kim @thisjenkim and For RedEye
Breaking up is hard to do. Unless you're a woman, that is -- because most of the time, we're the ones doing the dumping. According to a report in Psychology today, women have initiated nearly 70 percent of divorces in the past century. Am I surprised? Not at all -- and here are a few reasons you shouldn't be either: 1) Most of the time, we know what we like. 100 percent of the time, we know what we don't like. This includes: being cheated on, being called fat or eating the same $6-for-a-large pizza every night.
SPORTS
December 27, 2012 | By Jack M Silverstein and For RedEye
From Derrick Rose's Poohdini to Brian Urlacher's barbed wire to Dennis Rodman's ... entire upper body, Chicago athletes have shown a taste for tattoos. The Bears are no different, and while Urlacher's barbed wire bicep may be the best known body art among current Bears, he is barely adorned compared with many of his teammates. Among these are Gabe Carimi and D.J. Moore, who share a passion for images, meaning and ink. RedEye sat down with both players at their homes earlier this season and got the stories behind their tattoos.
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December 20, 2012 | By Bryan Crawford and Jack Silverstein and For RedEye
Professional athletes are just like us when hit comes to holiday shopping. Well, except for the fact that they can afford gifts that are out of reach of the average person. But it's always cool to find out how what athletes buy for people. RedEye talked to the Bulls and Bears to find out the most expensive gift they've purchased for someone during the holidays.   BULLS Taj Gibson: I bought some expensive shoes for my girlfriend made by some Italian designer. They cost somewhere like $4,000 or $5,000.
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