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January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
There's no such thing as a free CTA ride, especially not if you threaten the transit employees. A Chicago man was arrested Sunday afternoon at the Red Line Garfield train stop after he allegedly threatened to beat an agency employee who wouldn't let him ride the train for free, county prosecutors said. Travis Wade, 24, of the 1400 block of North Halsted Street, was charged with aggravated assault to a CTA employee and an unlawful weapons possession offense after police officers who were called to the train station found he was carrying a rifle, according to the police report.
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April 7, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Twin brothers were accused of robbery Sunday after one of them allegedly snatched a man's cellphone on the Brown Line and the other pretended to be a Good Samaritan to help him evade capture. Alvin and Quran Guyton, 18, of the 10100 block of South Aberdeen Street, were charged with robbery after police caught them fleeing the La Salle/Van Buren CTA station Sunday afternoon with a stolen cellphone, according to the police report. Quran Guyton was the brother who allegedly pulled the phone from the hands of its 21-year-old owner while he was riding the train,...
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April 7, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
Twin brothers were accused of robbery Sunday after one of them allegedly snatched a man's cellphone on the Brown Line and the other pretended to be a Good Samaritan to help him evade capture. Alvin and Quran Guyton, 18, of the 10100 block of South Aberdeen Street, were charged with robbery after police caught them fleeing the La Salle/Van Buren CTA station Sunday afternoon with a stolen cellphone, according to the police report. Quran Guyton was the brother who allegedly pulled the phone from the hands of its 21-year-old owner while he was riding the train,...
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January 13, 2014 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
There's no such thing as a free CTA ride, especially not if you threaten the transit employees. A Chicago man was arrested Sunday afternoon at the Red Line Garfield train stop after he allegedly threatened to beat an agency employee who wouldn't let him ride the train for free, county prosecutors said. Travis Wade, 24, of the 1400 block of North Halsted Street, was charged with aggravated assault to a CTA employee and an unlawful weapons possession offense after police officers who were called to the train station found he was carrying a rifle, according to the police report.
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November 1, 2011 | By Jason Steele, For RedEye
Warning: If you encounter me before 9 a.m. on a weekday, you will most likely get a cranky, snarky Jason. See, I have PTMCD: Post-Traumatic Morning Conversation Disorder. Not too long ago, I ran into a "friend" whom we'll call Tuck who loudly told me all about the hemorrhoid surgery he had just had the week prior. In great detail. At 8 o'clock in the morning. I had to listen to Tuck go on and on and on about the surgery and the aftereffects. This would have been barely tolerable on a drunken Saturday at a bar, but before work and before coffee?
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2011 | By Matt Pais and RedEye movie critic
*** (out of four) “Hey, kids! Wouldn't you love to see a movie that touches on the early days of filmmaking? You might learn about how frames are spliced together to create an illusion on screen! And there's lots of steam coming out of pipes and trains. In 3-D!” Fine. So this dignified family adventure from Martin Scorsese - yes, that Martin Scorsese - doesn't scream “Huge hit with short-attention-span kids,” despite the presence of, uh, some fun-looking wind-up toys.
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May 29, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
When a 23-year-old Virginia man visited Chicago this week, he wasn't sure how safe the big city would be, so he brought his grandfather's handgun with him, according to police officials. That decision, and the decision to lean across a pool table in Union Station's Metro Deli while wearing it in his waistband Tuesday afternoon, landed him in jail. James McManaway of Front Royal, Va., was arrested at the train station's bar and restaurant while he was drinking a beer and playing pool, according to the police report, after a...
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August 9, 2013 | By Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter and For RedEye
Next stop, the Mushroom Kingdom? Some CTA commuters might feel as if they've taken a warp pipe to Super Mario Land instead of an L train on Monday. Nintendo is teaming up with the CTA to transform a Brown Line train into the “Luigi Line” from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday. The special train will be wrapped in all green to match the color of the preferred outfit of Mario's super sidekick. Luigi himself is also expected to take the commute along with some Brown Line riders. Mama mia!
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July 31, 2012 | By Leonor Vivanco, RedEye
Chicago is an easy place to go car-free, said Jason Rothstein, author of "Carless in Chicago. " Before ditching the car, Rothstein, 40, of West Town, who has been car-free since 2006, gives a rundown of five things to consider. > > Take a trial run ahead of time. Leave the car parked for a few days or weeks and try to go through your regular routine without it. It could be cheap if you bike or take public transportation or pricier if you sign up for a car-sharing service. > > Consider whether it will be burdensome for you and other people...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 14, 2013 | By Lisa Arnett, @redeyeeatdrink
Hannah's Bretzel, a local mini-chain of European-inspired sandwich shops, plans to open a fifth location this spring in the West Loop at 555 W. Monroe St., about two blocks from both Ogilvie Train Station and Union Station. At 3,000 square feet, it is similar in square footage to the River North location, although it's a very different layout. “The one at LaSalle and Hubbard is very long and narrow. This one is going to be much more square,” said founder Florian Pfahler. He expects to have around 60 seats when the restaurant opens in March.
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November 1, 2011 | By Jason Steele, For RedEye
Warning: If you encounter me before 9 a.m. on a weekday, you will most likely get a cranky, snarky Jason. See, I have PTMCD: Post-Traumatic Morning Conversation Disorder. Not too long ago, I ran into a "friend" whom we'll call Tuck who loudly told me all about the hemorrhoid surgery he had just had the week prior. In great detail. At 8 o'clock in the morning. I had to listen to Tuck go on and on and on about the surgery and the aftereffects. This would have been barely tolerable on a drunken Saturday at a bar, but before work and before coffee?
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January 27, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
It's just too damn cold to be outside. That's why many Chicagoans use the pedway system downtown during the workweek. They'll walk through a maze of underground tunnels and overhead bridges to shield themselves from the subzero temps. The pedway connects to more than 50 buildings so workers can walk from the CTA's Washington Street train stop, Metra's Millennium station and underground parking garages near Grant Park to places including the government offices at the Daley and Thompson centers, Macy's and Block 37 shops, food courts, hotels by the river and Wacker Drive, and offices at the...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2013 | Matt Pais, @mattpais and RedEye movie critic
** (out of four) Four and a half years ago, something terrible happened involving cops and a group of 20-somethings at a train station in the San Francisco Bay Area. There are many worthwhile questions to ask in terms of why this event occurred. The disappointing, Sundance award-winning drama “Fruitvale Station,” however, strives only for an emotional response rather than an intellectual one. It converts a controversial and upsetting incident into a headline and, at times, an imperfect person into a shining martyr.
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