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August 26, 2012 | By John Giokaris, @johngiokaris and For RedEye
Party's on in Tampa! Well, as soon as Isaac blows through, it is. For years, I've heard from seasoned vets that if you ever get a chance to go to a national political convention - go! The energy is electrifying, they say. The personalities you come across are magnetic, and there are tons of amazing-looking singles there partying every night. So when I was offered the opportunity to work at this week's Republican National Convention in Florida, I jumped at the chance. Plenty of Millennials like me will be in attendance, either working backstage or in the crowd screaming louder than a Bears fan after a Matt Forte touchdown.
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December 5, 2012 | Stephen Markley
“Ah, so this is something we will all have to deal with now,” I thought. This after waking up Wednesday morning to discover that both my Twitter and Facebook accounts had been hacked and were sending people all kinds of strange messages. I was alerted to this fact simultaneously by my friend Cord (not a celebrity) and celebrity writer Jon Ronson (totally a celebrity), who tweeted me that he'd gotten a “dodgy DM” from me. Indeed, it appeared as if my hacker had hacked my hacking virginity to direct message some 200 or so people with messages like, “you ar famous now ahah” and “what r u doing in this?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 15, 2012 | Andy Downing, For RedEye
If you think winter in Chicago is brutal, try visiting Mongolia in February. Local indie rockers Canasta did just that recently, spending ten days touring the remote country as part of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' Arts Envoy Program. While there, the band performed concerts and participated in seminars with local artists and musicians--all while struggling with temperatures that averaged around 25 degrees below zero. "I would say a lot of the trip was closer to roughing it than I'm used to," said singer Matt Priest, 36. "So some of that caught me off guard.
NEWS
February 2, 2012 | By Scott Bolohan, For RedEye
Dude No. 1: "Oh man, check it out! A 'Ferris Bueller' commercial!" Dude No. 2: "That's so six days ago. " This isn't an ad for a phone. It's a conversation that probably will happen Sunday during the Super Bowl. As a sporting event, the Super Bowl isn't all that great. I can't even tell you who won two years ago. But it's the biggest TV event in our country - and a huge part of it is the ads. According to Nielsen, more people watch the game for the commercials than the actual football/Madonna lip-synching.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2012 | Anna Pulley and RedEye's sex columnist
It's summer, and because it's hookup season , let's do this week's advice column hookup-style, i.e. quick 'n' dirty? Yeah, you like it. My girlfriend likes it rough. Is it considered a faux-pas to leave bruises? If she asks for them, it's fine. Just try to avoid the areas that are highly visible. Despite what's shouted in the throes of ecstasy, people still have to go to work the next day. This will spare your lover the "So you're wearing a scarf indoors in June, why?"
NEWS
August 1, 2012 | By Ernest Wilkins, RedEye
Men's magazines are always telling guys to be "alpha males," some sort of super-being who rocks thousand-dollar double-monk loafers while dating models and cultivating shredded abs. It isn't the most believable lifestyle, and emulating it will only leave you broke and unhappy. Or will it? The thing is, all guys can summon right qualities - funny but sensitive, aggressive in the sack but attentive, etc. - when they need to. The key is moderation and balance. It's not a perfect science, but I think I've figured out the formula to being the best man you can be. If 100 percent equals the ultimate awesome male, then here's how it should break down.
NEWS
August 5, 2012 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
The Olympics has its dull moments, but nothing could top the dullness of the summer events currently upstaging the Olympics at every turn. I refer, of course, to the Umbrage Games. People love taking offense, and this summer we've had two telling examples of Umbrage Gone Wild. Recently, Chick-fil-APresident Dan Cathy said something moronic, and we all had to get incensed about his homophobia. Then Mayor Emanuel hinted he wants to ban Chick-fil-A from Chicago, and we had to get upset about freedom of expression.
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November 1, 2012 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
There's a monster in my living room. It just sits there, its dark, blank face staring. I feel it in my bones - it's plotting against me. People on the street know it as "the TV. " I know it as the evil succubus that wants my very soul. I keep clear of it most of the week. But on certain evenings I'm compelled to sit before it, a root beer in one hand, Funyuns in the other. That's when I finally lock eyes with it and succumb to its hypnotic glow. It tells me when to laugh and I do. It tells me when to cry and I do. It tells me when to say, "Oh, no she didn't!"
NEWS
April 29, 2014 | By Ryan Smith and For RedEye
It was to be my small, lofted Shangri-La. My Fortress of Urban Solitude. After weeks of scouring the hellish depths of Craigslist's real estate section and nearly every apartment-hunting website known to man, I'd finally unearthed my dream bachelor pad. I felt like Gollum from "Lord of the Rings" with a hankering for weathered hardwood floors and spiral staircases instead of magical rings. My first instinct was to sign the lease as quickly as I could click a ballpoint pen, but then came a nagging voice in the back of my head.
NEWS
March 22, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
Despite what you might have heard, it's not impossible to be a vegan in Chicago. "It's much easier than most people think it is," said Annie Fosnacht, a 35-year-old Edgewater resident vying to be PETA's Sexiest Vegan Next Door. Fosnacht and fellow Sexiest Vegan contestant LaQuesha McClain say the city has any number of vegan-friendly restaurants including Lakeview's Chicago Diner, Lincoln Park's Urban Vegan and Native Foods Café in the Loop. "There are plenty of places here in Chicago where you can go that offer vegan food," McClain said.
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