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December 3, 2013 | By Corey Beasley and For RedEye
Virgins: They Are People, Too. Did you know 100 percent of people were once virgins? It's true. And now Psychology Today has another interesting statistic about these mysterious creatures. According to one study, a full 3 percent of adult Americans say they will wait until marriage to have sex. That's about ten million people keeping their pants on until the big day (or, presumably, the night after the big day, but if you've been waiting that long, I'd do it in the limo on the way to the reception too)
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November 21, 2013 | By Stacey Andeen @curvesandnerves
When I was in college, I had a seasonal job waiting tables at an enormous chain restaurant in a giant suburban mall that rhymes with "Schmoodfield," and I'm reasonably certain you can all guess how awesome that was. Shockingly, given that I had to deal with so many wealthy suburban families and their awful children during my summer and winter breaks, it wasn't the worst job I've ever had. But the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's were completely...
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November 14, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
A video posted to YouTube on Thursday appears to show three adults blocking Loop traffic as they dance on top of an SUV along with young children.  A Chicago Police News affairs spokesperson initially said police were not immediately aware of the incident, but as of 5 p.m. Thursday, there was no such incident recorded by police that they were aware of. The video appears to have been taken in the middle of the LaSalle and Monroe Street intersection....
ENTERTAINMENT
November 11, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
If you're a 21st century Chicago artist and your name isn't Kanye, Common, Lupe or Fall Out Boy, your album doesn't debut in the Billboard Top 10. Sadly, it just doesn't happen. The exciting exception is EDM trio and north suburban Northbrook-bred Krewella, whose debut full-length “Get Wet,” anchored by massive singles “Live for the Night” and “Alive,” launched at No. 8 when the album dropped in September. Jahan Yousaf, who shares vocal duties in the group with her younger sister Yasmine, says they didn't celebrate that achievement - selling out shows she likens to action movies means more to her than charts and numbers - but they'll definitely celebrate after the tour-capping hometown show Nov. 16 at Aragon, a venue few local acts have the audience to play.
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September 16, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye Sound Board
Last night, Drake's new album "Nothing was the Same" leaked a week before it is supposed to be released. With it brings a deluge of thinkpieces and reactions of all shapes and sizes. This kind of thing isn't new, however. When big albums drop, just like during award shows and major sporting events, there's a need to want to share the experience with others on Twitter. I can speak from experience, as I spent far too much time tweeting the night "Take Care"  and "MBDTF" leaked. Having been all of these people at one time, I'd like to introduce you to the people you meet on Twitter when an album leaks.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye
Let's get this in the open: Eddie Murphy's singing career is, but for one shining moment, a complete and utter failure. The man who single-handedly saved SNL and is widely considered one of the best stand-up comedians of all time has released three musical albums and they all...well, underwhelmed to say the least. On Wednesday, Murphy (who also joined Twitter the same day) released his first single, “Red Light” featuring Snoop Dogg/Lion/Wolverine, from his new all-reggae album “9.” - The song is harmless if not catchier than expected and already is one of Murphy's 5 best songs ever.
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September 3, 2013 | RedEye
Social justice, live music, food trucks… and everything in between. The first-ever Festival of Joyous Rebellion will take place on Saturday, September 7, from 12 to 6 P.M. at 810 N. Milwaukee Avenue. The festival, which is organized by the National People's Action Campaign (NPAC), offers a little bit of everything. “We tried to find things that would fit in with the spirit of NPAC,” said Jeff Pinzino, a Beverly resident and organizer of the festival, which will include live performances by musicians, comedy troupes and spoken word artists.
NEWS
August 27, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
(A previous version of this story contained a link to data from the neighborhood website  http://crimeinboystown.blogspot.com/  that was erroneously attributed to RedEye.) Depending on whom you ask, crime in Lakeview is on the decline, a longtime problem, or poised to climb dramatically. Earlier this summer the local police commander, Elias Voulgaris, announced that one of Lakeview's beats, dense with bars and bordered by foot-traffic heavy Belmont Avenue and Halsted Street, is leading the city in robberies.
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August 21, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Keisha Allen knows that the challenges of being a homeless transgender woman in Chicago are steep. On top of navigating a burdened homeless-services system to find food and shelter each day, she and many women have also faced prejudice, ignorance and harassment from the people who run the agencies and shelters as well as those who inhabit them. "My experience at the shelters here in Chicago is almost, I want to use the word dangerous, for a trans woman of color," Allen said. Earlier this year, Allen was placed in the men's section of one West Side housing facility, in a room with eight men who would "gawk and make disrespectful comments directed at my sexuality," she said.
NEWS
August 20, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Ryan Goldman's dream was to find a way to Burning Man, the annual art festival held in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada. But with a job in retail and a recent move to Chicago behind him, money was tight. His solution? Ask people for cash online. "Honestly, if I saw someone that posted [a campaign like mine], I would say, 'Why would I give you money for that?' " said Goldman, 23, of Lakeview. "Why just give someone money?" But people do. Goldman raised just short of $100 - about $400 less than his goal - mostly from friends and family, in a campaign titled "Bring Ryan to the Playa.
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