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SPORTS
August 6, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins @ernestwilkins and RedEye
Meet the 10 folks you're going to be losing your $5 buy-in to this year. The Serious One From trade request e-mails on Saturday nights at 11 p.m. to being the only person in the history of Yahoo! Sports to actually use the "Smack Talk!" feature, this pinnacle of American achievement just wants you to know that while this may be a game, it ain't a game, honey. The Outsider Oh! Your father-in-law plays fantasy football too? What's that? Your cousin wants to play, even though he got wasted on Crown and hit on my girlfriend at your wedding?
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SPORTS
July 25, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
This weekend's Blackhawks Convention has been sold out for a while, so a hearty congratulations if you snagged passes with your 17 open browser windows. The area around the Hilton Chicago will be surrounded in red and black, and I guarantee you'll find these seven people in the crowd. Make a checklist and tweet a pic of each with the hashtag #HawksConventionScavengerHunt and maybe the RedEye sports editor will send you something cool! Or he'll insert an editor's note after this sentence saying “no, Alex.” (Editor's note: Nice try, Alex, but we can do without a thousand photos of Dave Kaplan.)
NEWS
July 17, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
How do you handcuff someone who is resisting arrest? (It's not easy.) How tall should police horses be? (15.2 hands.) Where do Chicago's police dogs come from? (The Czech Republic, via Pittsburgh.) These are among the lessons being taught at the police department's Chicago Police Academy this summer. The academy, created by CPD to give Chicagoans a crash course on police work, is running from June 4 to July 30, at the police force's West Loop training facility. Most of the two-dozen participants joined through their local community policing (CAPS)
NEWS
June 6, 2013 | By Ernest Wilkins, @ErnestWilkins and RedEye
After living in Chicago for a while, you come to notice patterns. You see the same people on your daily commutes, you frequent the same bars and you find yourself talking about the weather 80 percent of the time. What about the stuff we see every day but don't talk about? There are a lot of things that occur in Chicago that most--if not all--of us are aware of, yet we don't discuss them. Allow me to fix that. Here's 10 things everyone thinks about Chicago but no one will admit. 1: You can become very successful in this city just by keeping status quo. There was a saying back in the Richard J. Daley era about the strategy of the Democratic "machine.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) If you think a thriller about people gleefully, legally killing each other sounds chilling, try this on for size: During the screening I attended for “The Purge,” many audience members laughed at this examination of human nature and clapped and cheered when a non-violent father must finally take lives himself. The movie's not perfect, and it means for us to support James (Ethan Hawke of last week's “Before Midnight”) and his family, but please.
NEWS
May 27, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, though a quick look at a thermometer may cast doubt on that theory. Nevertheless, summer tourism season means more crowds on the CTA. The uptick in ridership means an increase in the likelihood of spotting these five unsavory character types on buses and trains. Though the weather's a bummer (for now), don't let these CTA riders ruin your summer. > > Fanny Pack Jack: Tourists are easy to spot. Look for the confused stares, the crumpled maps and the duck move.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) To an extent, any look behind the scenes of the adult film industry carries with it a certain level of judgment. You don't often see a documentary about finance that asks white-collar types, “So, how did you wind up in a place like this ordinary office building?” Obviously, acting in films whose names I can't print here involves a different routine than the usual 9-to-5. At the end of the day, though, it's both a cliche and a generally unrecognized fact that the men and, more lucratively, women with NSFW filmographies and typically alliterative names have families and histories and experiences that all humans have.
NEWS
April 24, 2013 | By John Hickey, @johnnyjhickey and For RedEye
First and foremost, the people of Boston are in our thoughts and prayers for their courage during the events of the past couple of weeks. When any tragedy strikes, the bottom dwellers of society usually are the ones whose voices are heard the loudest. Here are eight types I've encountered. Colin the Comedian Overheard: "Sounds like the marathon was a blast this year. " I'll out myself first. When I read there was a blast heard near the finish line, I posted a snarky tweet about how marathoners couldn't hear it over the sound of them patting themselves on the back.
NEWS
April 16, 2013 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
After Kate Napleton heard about the explosions at the Boston Marathon, all she could think was so many people had to be hurt. That's because she knows there always are hordes of people at the finish lines. She crossed the finish line at the Chicago Marathon in 2009 and plans to do so again this October. "Obviously what happened yesterday in Boston was horrific and terrible and you're sitting there thinking, 'I want to do something. What can I do?' " said Napleton, 27, of Old Town.
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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