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July 30, 2013 | By Zach Stafford, @zachstafford and For RedEye
If you walk into a Boystown bar on any given day - especially during the summer - and ask the bartender for his most popular drink, nine times out of 10 he'll serve you a vodka soda. Vodka is to Chicago gay men as beer is to Chicago Cubs fans: invariably linked. However, a storm is brewing over vodka - specifically Russian vodka - as Russian President Vladimir Putin advances a startling anti-gay movement in his country. But is vodka really the fight we should be picking? Ummmm ... no. Russian legislation does things like ban gay couples from adopting, criminalizes gay "propaganda" - whatever that means - and even allows police to arrest tourists they suspect to be homosexuals.
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NEWS
August 25, 2012 | Stephen Markley
Just to be clear, the epic classic of campaign literature "The Great Dysmorphia: An Epistimelogical View of Ingesting Hallucinogenic Mushrooms at a 2012 Republican Presidential Debate" is available now for Kindle, iTunes, and Nook. You should buy it. We had the launch party the other night, and if you were there, thank you so much for your attendance, throwing your panties, and dropping multiple roofies into my drinks throughout the night. Much appreciated. More importantly, you need to watch the YouTube trailer for the book , which is the brain child of myself and carried out with incredible verve by Chicago comedian Hank Thompson (check him out here )
NEWS
January 15, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
Mayor Rahm Emanuel will join journalists and policymakers for a discussion about guns hosted by the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics on Tuesday night called "The Politics of Guns in America. " The university's Institute of Politics, directed by political adviser and U. of C. alum David Axelrod, event is a response to last month's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn. The panel will be moderated by NBC correspondent Tom Brokaw, who is an avid hunter, and will include Mayor Emanuel; Steve Chapman, editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune; former U.S. Representative Steven LaTourette; and Jens Ludwig, director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. "The Institute of Politics' programming brings politicians, policymakers and others with divergent views to campus to address controversial issues in a solution-oriented manner.  The panel [Tuesday]
ENTERTAINMENT
November 28, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
Fans of "Justified" have a solid date to return to Harlan County: Jan. 17. FX announced its mid-season schedule Monday, opening with the Season 3 premiere of the neo-Western "Justified" on Jan. 17. The animated spy comedy "Archer" will begin its third season two days later on Jan. 19, and will be paired with a new animated comedy called "Unsupervised. " "Justified" ended its second season with Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) going back to his illegal ways by making a play for the Bennett clan's criminal enterprises, and thus putting him in conflict with his old buddy, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant)
NEWS
August 28, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin and For RedEye
One Englewood resident is hoping a film fest can be one weapon in the fight against Chicago violence. Mark Harris, the man behind the second annual Englewood Film Festival, wants to send a positive message with the Oct. 26-28 event. "Our message is that there is a way out, and violence doesn't have to be the answer," he said. "I think art can change a life. " After receiving virtually no support from local businesses, politicians or community leaders leading up to last year's festival, Harris has turned to the internet for help funding the fest.
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey and RedEye
Sonya Blade, the blonde badass from the “Mortal Kombat” video game, wants a seat on a county board in a Chicago suburb. Scratch that. The former Playboy model who played Sonya, Kerri Branson, is running for  Kane County Board. And she's not embarrassed to chat up her video game past, which recently exploded onto gaming websites like Kotaku. “I thought once the public got wind of it, they might be a little bit interested,” Branson admitted. “I was actually hoping that somehthing like this may happen, so even if I don't win, I might create awareness for some of the issues [I support]
SPORTS
September 30, 2013 | By Alex Quigley and For RedEye
The fan overreaction that follows the first Bears loss of the season is as predictable as leaves changing color and local politicians getting indicted. After reading my timeline Sunday afternoon, I'm convinced Twitterbots generate at least half the Bears-related tweets out there. It doesn't even matter what year it is. "Fire [name='current.coach.Bears']!" "Put in [name='backupQB.current' NOT IF name='grossman.rex']!" "[print='This is not TRUE BEARS FOOTBALL!!!' IF date=> 01-26-1986]"
ENTERTAINMENT
April 3, 2014 | By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol and RedEye
David Letterman will retire from CBS's "The Late Show" sometime in 2015, he said during a taping of Thursday's show. "What this means now is that Paul and I can be married," Letterman cracked, speaking of his band leader, Paul Shaffer. The former Indiana weatherman, who made Top Ten lists and Stupid Pet Tricks favorite bits on the show, said his first call was to CBS chief Les Moonves. "He and I have had a relationship for years and years and years, and we have had this conversation in the past, and we agreed that we would work together on this circumstance and the timing of this circumstance," he said.
NEWS
January 18, 2012 | By Joseph Delisi, RedEye special contributor
2012 already feels different than past years. With the alleged Mayan apocalypse predictions looming closer, with the future of the country soon to be in the hands of an uncertain figure, with activism and the Occupy movement shaking things up, change is certainly present on people's minds and faces. But here comes old man winter, in extraordinary fashion, bringing days of snow just after days of spring-like weather. Even the weather seems uncertain. The seemingly obvious certainties, like winter, four more years of Obama, and the decline of these left-wing yahoos that compose the Occupy crowd, don't seem so certain anymore.
NEWS
August 1, 2012 | Stephen Markley
To catch up with climate week, check out these previous posts on the heat of 2012 , the commitment to warming , and tax-and-dividend policy . I'm ending this week-long series of posts on climate change with two pleas, the first of which is to Justin Bieber. Biebs, look buddy, I saw you on the cover of the same Rolling Stone in which Bill McKibben wrote his piece on the terrifying new math of global warming . I think there's an opportunity here. What's the rest of your life going to be, man?
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