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July 25, 2012 | Ernest Wilkins and RedEye
(Before I go forward, let me address something. There are a lot of people on the Internet with nothing to do. Thus when something happens in the news, they feel the need to make broad sweeping tweets and craft rambling-ass blog posts about "their take" on whatever is going on. These people are the worst and shoud be shot from cannons. This post is a very calculated attempt to not be that.) I love me some Chick-fil-A. Seriously, it used to be a bonafide treat for me when I visited my grandma down south.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 2012 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
The second season of the Starz political drama "Boss" opens with Chicago Mayor Tom Kane in the desert, staring off over the barren wasteland of scorched earth. The scene serves as apt metaphor for the situation the boss finds himself in after the series' tumultuous first season: He stands alone as a man at war with his family, fellow politicians and the press, and even his own mind, which is losing its battle against the ravages of Lewy Body Dementia. As the new season begins ( 8 p.m. Friday, Starz; 3.5 star out of 4 )
SPORTS
November 4, 2012 | RedEye
The Bears really do look like they can do it all. In Sunday's 51-20 win at Tennessee, they became the first team in NFL history to have a touchdown pass, touchdown run, interception return touchdown and blocked kick touchdown in the same quarter. This one was over before you could say "Houston Texans" - the Bears' next opponent - which gave fans time to ponder how this team can get better. Yes, even at 7-1, the Bears have work to do if they're going to make a serious run at the Super Bowl.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
**1/2 (out of four) It's pretty incredible that Steven Spielberg got the real Abraham Lincoln to play himself in “Lincoln,” a recounting of the first few months of 1865 as the president worked to pass the 13th Amendment and end the Civil War. What? That's not the real Lincoln? Hell if Daniel Day-Lewis doesn't pass for Honest Abe to a degree that's downright astonishing. With a beard, makeup and the right clothes, the lanky Day-Lewis already kind of looks like America's 16th president.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Niki Fritz, @fritzfrack and For RedEye
Twenty years ago, reporters dubbed 1993 the Year of the Woman, after a glass-ceiling-cracking, record-shattering SIX women became U.S. senators. I was 7 and ecstatic with the news. I remember putting on my power scrunchie and marching into my first-grade classroom ready to dominate. Suddenly those "I can do anything boys can do" picture books made sense. My future was not limited to being a teacher or a mommy. I was going to be the president of the United States, mainly because I thought it would be cool to have people drive me around in a limo with American flags on it. To my 7-year-old self, the year of the woman meant a lifetime of possibility.
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | Stephen Markley
Today I launch my official campaign to get Bruce Springsteen on the $1 Trillion coin that President Obama will have to have the Treasury mint and deposit at the Fed. Let me first say that while it is certainly a preposterous idea to mint a trillion dollar coin so that the government can pay its bills, the more preposterous idea is to keep playing games of chicken with the debt ceiling every two years and allowing the Jihadi wing of the Republican party...
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Niki Fritz, @fritzfrack and RedEye
I know things are supposed to be all Valentine's Day-y, with streets chock-full of pink hearts and movie posters for that new Katherine Heigl movie, "The Big Wedding," but let's take a break from all that love and fun to talk about something super not fun but also super important: violence against women. I know, I warned you it wasn't going to be fun. This week, the Senate passed a bill reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act, placing the focus square on the House. VAWA was enacted in 1994 to protect women, who are the primary victims of abuse, from all forms of violence.
NEWS
February 17, 2013 | By Stephen Markley, @stephenmarkley and For RedEye
I get obsessed with things that are really funny. Funny things, you see, make certain chemicals in your brain go all goofy, thus giving you joy. That's why I follow politics, because the comedic value of politics is of titanic, gobsmacking proportions. Case in point: the media and conservatives' sincere belief that Florida Senator Marco Rubio can reach young and minority voters because he likes Tupac. This is so hysterical I almost fell out of my chair into another chair just so I could fall out of that one too. What is it with tragically unhip political parties and their inability to process the difference between being cool and being a dweeby shill for plutocrats and multi-national corporations?
NEWS
April 25, 2013 | By Hector Luis Alamo Jr., @hectorluisalamo and For RedEye
Ending his recap of a recent Cubs loss, a local TV sports anchor said, "D'you know what Cubs fans have to look forward to this summer? Lollapalooza. " My wife, a Sox fan, wondered how I could still get excited about the prospect of going to games at Wrigley Field. "The place is broken down," she said, "and you're only going there to watch them lose. " It's true. I've been to Wrigley plenty of times, but I can count on one hand the number of times I've seen the home team win. Yet even on the countless losing days, I always walked away smiling, knowing I'd be back in no time.
NEWS
May 14, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, For RedEye
After Jason Collins leaped out of the closet in a Sports Illustrated cover story, the NBA player was lauded for the courage of his declaration - becoming the first active male athlete in the four major professional sports to come out as gay. Others remained unimpressed. "Collins is a hero?" conservative pundit Ben Shapiro tweeted. "Our standard for heroism has dropped quite a bit since Normandy. " "Courage" and "heroism" are words we don't quite know what to do with. They've been uttered too often in vain to describe celebrities headed to a drug/alcohol/sex addiction rehab center (sorry, that's self-preservation)
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