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December 5, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
That was fast.  If you've been to the Violet Hour in the past few months, you've probably noticed the mural of a leaping deer in a forest on the outside of the 1520 N. Damen Ave. bar in Wicker Park. In a video posted last week by @seemax , a time lapse of the entire spray-painting process is shown, and it tells us two things. Artist  Benjamin Oakley Wilson is awesome, and that October--when the video was shot--was really warm, judging by the clothes passers-by are wearing.  Also, the music-- a cover of The Sugar Hill Gang's "Apache" by The Incredible...
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May 12, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The definition of graffiti depends on whom you ask. Anything scrawled with paint pens, spray paint, markers and even shoe polish on private or city property is blight, according to Debbie DeLopez, a program manager at the city's Graffiti Blasters. The definition is different for Jenna Johnson, 19, of the South Loop, who sees it as art. “I do it to make people question the world around them,” said Johnson, who identifies her work with the tags “Ghost” and “Spirit.” “To be curious, to make a statement.
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May 12, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
The definition of graffiti depends on whom you ask. Anything scrawled with paint pens, spray paint, markers and even shoe polish on private or city property is blight, according to Debbie DeLopez, a program manager at the city's Graffiti Blasters. The definition is different for Jenna Johnson, 19, of the South Loop, who sees it as art. “I do it to make people question the world around them,” said Johnson, who identifies her work with the tags “Ghost” and “Spirit.” “To be curious, to make a statement.
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December 5, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
That was fast.  If you've been to the Violet Hour in the past few months, you've probably noticed the mural of a leaping deer in a forest on the outside of the 1520 N. Damen Ave. bar in Wicker Park. In a video posted last week by @seemax , a time lapse of the entire spray-painting process is shown, and it tells us two things. Artist  Benjamin Oakley Wilson is awesome, and that October--when the video was shot--was really warm, judging by the clothes passers-by are wearing.  Also, the music-- a cover of The Sugar Hill Gang's "Apache" by The Incredible...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
“Hell on Wheels” stars Common and Anson Mount sport “300”-worthy torsos during a brawl in the Western's next episode - but don't suggest to Common that those abs were spray-tanned on. “No, we don't spray, man,” the Chicago native told me, laughing, during our interview earlier in the season. “We work out, man. We don't spray.” In “Bread and Circuses,” airing at 9 p.m. Dec. 4 on AMC, Common's Elam Ferguson, a former slave now working for the Union Pacific Railroad, challenges his foreman, Cullen Bohannon (Mount)
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February 22, 2013 | By Melanie Zanona and For RedEye
> > Determine whether the trauma scene needs to be professionally cleaned or if it can be done on your own. (If you decide to hire a professional, talk to your insurance company and research cleaning services.) > > Make sure the police are done collecting evidence before touching a crime scene. A police department supervisor will usually notify the property owner and take down all tape and barriers when they are finished. > > Wear proper protective gear. If you are dealing with blood, rubber gloves will be necessary, but if you are dealing with chemicals...
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May 13, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A man was caught trying to steal more than $300 worth of goods from an Uptown drugstore Saturday, according to police officials. But before he could be arrested, he allegedly pepper-sprayed himself in the face. Two CVS drugstore employees told police they saw Dustin Cullins, 25, of the near South Side, stuff hundreds of dollars worth of products into a backpack on Saturday. The employees detained Cullins in a security room, according to the police report, and he told them he was willing to return the merchandise.
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April 26, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A home repair scam is better than burglary. That's what a suburban man allegedly told police officers after being arrested Thursday afternoon for taking money from Ashburn residents for home repairs he never made. Among those residents was a 91-year-old woman who suffers from dementia, officials said Friday. The woman wrote J.R. Miller, 28, two checks for a total of $9,400 after he allegedly offerered to do repair work around her chimney and her house also and seal her foundation...
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May 14, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Michigan man allegedly pepper sprayed three police officers Tuesday evening after throwing his sunglasses on the floor of Metra's Millennium Station and stomping on them during rush hour.  Adam Thomas Slagter, 19, of West Olive, Mich., was arrested at the East Randolph Street station shortly after 5 p.m. Three officers approached him and asked him to pick up his broken sunglasses, and he responded by fighting with them, according to the police...
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December 5, 2011 | By Georgia Garvey, RedEye
This is no Segway tour of Chicago. It doesn't include Navy Pier, the Bean or Millennium Park. And you won't make a stop at American Girl Place. But if you follow novelist and Chicago resident Marcus Sakey, host of the new Travel Channel show "Hidden City," you might learn more about the City of Big Shoulders. Sakey sinks his teeth into legendary stories, ones that have become the basis for songs, movies and TV shows. Actors including Leonardo DiCaprio and Johnny Depp have played characters based on the key players in the crimes he highlights.
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May 13, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A man was caught trying to steal more than $300 worth of goods from an Uptown drugstore Saturday, according to police officials. But before he could be arrested, he allegedly pepper-sprayed himself in the face. Two CVS drugstore employees told police they saw Dustin Cullins, 25, of the near South Side, stuff hundreds of dollars worth of products into a backpack on Saturday. The employees detained Cullins in a security room, according to the police report, and he told them he was willing to return the merchandise.
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April 26, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A home repair scam is better than burglary. That's what a suburban man allegedly told police officers after being arrested Thursday afternoon for taking money from Ashburn residents for home repairs he never made. Among those residents was a 91-year-old woman who suffers from dementia, officials said Friday. The woman wrote J.R. Miller, 28, two checks for a total of $9,400 after he allegedly offerered to do repair work around her chimney and her house also and seal her foundation...
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February 22, 2013 | By Melanie Zanona and For RedEye
> > Determine whether the trauma scene needs to be professionally cleaned or if it can be done on your own. (If you decide to hire a professional, talk to your insurance company and research cleaning services.) > > Make sure the police are done collecting evidence before touching a crime scene. A police department supervisor will usually notify the property owner and take down all tape and barriers when they are finished. > > Wear proper protective gear. If you are dealing with blood, rubber gloves will be necessary,...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2011 | By Curt Wagner and RedEye
“Hell on Wheels” stars Common and Anson Mount sport “300”-worthy torsos during a brawl in the Western's next episode - but don't suggest to Common that those abs were spray-tanned on. “No, we don't spray, man,” the Chicago native told me, laughing, during our interview earlier in the season. “We work out, man. We don't spray.” In “Bread and Circuses,” airing at 9 p.m. Dec. 4 on AMC, Common's Elam Ferguson, a former slave now working for the Union Pacific Railroad, challenges his foreman, Cullen Bohannon...
NEWS
July 31, 2012 | Amanda Boleman and For RedEye
As temperatures continue to blaze on and mosquitoes become more prevalent, the Chicago Department of Public Health is continuing to take action against West Nile Virus with a spraying to kill adult mosquitoes in several communities throughout the city and urging Chicagoans to take their own common-sense precautions. “A hot, dry summer increases the risk of West Nile Virus infection,” said Dr. Bechara Choucair, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. “The level of virus we're finding is considerably higher than what we have seen in past years at this point in the...
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July 30, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A man was arrested on the University of Chicago campus early Monday morning after he assaulted a police officer responding to an emergency call, county prosecutors said. University of Chicago police officers responded to a call from an emergency phone operated by the university at 5428 S. Kimbark Ave. in Hyde Park just before 4 p.m. Monday, prosecutors said. The moment one officer arrived at the location, near Nichols Park, a man allegedly attacked him, according to the police report, taking him to the ground and trying to gain control of his gun. Joshua...
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