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November 26, 2012 | Elliott Serrano, For RedEye
It's probably my favorite commercial on television right now. And you have to admit that it's a brilliant piece of marketing. A man is about to leave on a business trip and is saying goodbye to his wife and two daughters. The wife holds up her Galaxy S3 phone to share a video with her husband - one that the children have made for him to "watch on the plane. " Cute, right? It's a pretty straightforward way to show how the phone can share videos instantly. But that's not the good part.
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NEWS
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 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.
CLASSIFIED
April 16, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
The mom who insists on sitting in during her son's job interview. The dad who calls an employer to ask why his daughter didn't get the job. These are the kinds of stories experts say are increasingly common in a sputtering economy as more parents become involved in their kids' career searches and development. As the unemployment rate hovers around 9.6 percent in the Chicago area, recent surveys show desperate moms and dads are going to extremes to give their children an edge, inserting themselves into a rite of passage that recent college graduates traditionally have undertaken on their own. Experts say parental involvement, especially in a tough job market, can sometimes work in a candidate's favor.
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 .
ENTERTAINMENT
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 way to years of drama while trying to get away.
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.
NEWS
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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