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NEWS
October 8, 2012 | By Tracy Swartz @tracyswartz and RedEye
In with the cold, out with the dew. Commuters are used to the October swap of flip-flops for tall boots and light cardigans for puffy coats, but this year's annual switch comes with a twist. On the rail side, the controversial rail cars with the aisle facing seats have been introduced on the Green and Pink lines and they are scheduled to debut in November on the Red Line. Riders have long complained that the rows of seats are not favorable to those wearing multiple layers or carrying extra baggage for holiday travel.
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SPORTS
September 30, 2012 | By Matt Lindner and For RedEye
Relax, White Sox fans, Robin Ventura isn't going anywhere anytime soon. "I plan on being here for two more years, unless they don't want me here for two more years," the Sox manager said matter-of-factly prior to Sunday's game. Unlike those of his predecessor Ozzie Guillen, Ventura's pregame media sessions are known more for being innocuous than controversial. However, Ventura raised eyebrows Saturday when asked if he could see himself managing the Sox for decades much like Walter Alston and Tommy Lasorda did with the Dodgers.
NEWS
September 30, 2012 | Stephen Markley
When I began using the music program Spotify sometime last year, it changed my music-listening life. With literally any and all of the world's recorded music now available in a five second search, it was like suddenly having the Holy Grail as your morning coffee cup. I took the scrolling list of my Facebook friends on the right side of the player as a strange addendum to this revolutionary new program. After all, what did I particularly care what my friends were listening to? So what if Chad Peterson was listening to this or Laura Beatty Muteti listening to that?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Kate Bernot and RedEye
2 for $25: Covo Gyro Market 1482 N. Milwaukee Ave. 312-626-2660 On an early date, you may not yet know whether your paramour is a picky eater. Should you take him to an ethnic restaurant, there's a chance he'll spend more time fussing with the food than locking eyes with you. In Wicker Park, it's Covo to the rescue. The new counter-service Greek restaurant from the owners of nearby Division Street eatery Prasino is nearly identical in set-up to a Chipotle, meaning the entire menu is customizable.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2012 | By Andy Downing and RedEye special contributor
When the Tom Schraeder & His Ego frontman started planning a release party for “Chicago, I Love You,” the latest album from his namesake band, he forgot one important detail: to complete the record itself. Instead, Schraeder left the album on the backburner as a concert he initially conceived as single-day event grew into a free music and arts festival that will take over Lincoln Park bar Lilly's for an entire month beginning Saturday, Sept. 1. It includes performances from Schraeder, Mars Williams, Brighton, MA, a DJ set from Pat Sansone of Wilco and much more.
NEWS
August 10, 2012 | By Waymon Hudson and For RedEye
I happened to be on a vacation in Europe when the horrendous news of the shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater showing Batman broke. BBC news covered the shooting of 71 people and the killing of 12 nonstop. But beyond the horror of the story itself, I was struck by the tone of the international reporting--every news story ended with incredulity that the shooter had gotten his two handguns, shotgun, assault-style rifle and high-capacity clips legally. It's not a tone seen in mainstream media reporting in the U.S., where the issue of gun control is the third rail of politics.
NEWS
August 9, 2012 | By Renee Pinckney, For RedEye
After more than 90 years since its closure, the House of Glunz is wiping the dust off of The Glunz Tavern and re-opening for business. The tavern, located at 1202 N. Wells St., was originally founded in 1888 by Louis Glunz I and was a popular gather spot in the Old Town neighborhood before it closed just prior to the Prohibition. Barbara Glunz and her son, Christopher Donovan, both owners of the historic House of Glunz, said after giving it much thought for a long time, they decided to re-open the tavern.
NEWS
August 8, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Following Climate Week on Off the Markley, I promised I would write something really, really silly . As an incredibly smart, political, tuned-in friend told me: “I don't really read your blog when you're talking about climate change or whatever. I like when you talk about things like belly-button lint.” I know. I promised the Stupidest Column Ever. And it's incredibly tempting to renege in this final slot of the week and address something real. After all my admonitions about climate week have only gained further credence with an apocalyptic monsoon wrecking havoc in the low-lying Philippines with 60 percent of Manilla deluged, 72 people dead and nearly 850,000 displaced.
SPORTS
August 5, 2012
RedEye asked Chicago athletes for their thoughts on the relationship between sex and sports, and whether they abstain from sex before competing.   Danny Downes 26, UFC fighter Seeing that I'm a responsible Irish Catholic boy raised on the South Side of Chicago, I have no knowledge of such a conundrum. I am getting married [Aug. 4], though, so it may soon become an issue. From all the scientific evidence I have seen, the no sex before competition because "it will make your legs weak" is pure myth.
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