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TV Reporter's Revenge Against Videobombers Is Comedic Gold

Fri, 2014-07-18 15:07
You might want to think twice the next time you flash a double peace sign or try to pull off your own Erykah Badu-style ambush of a live television news shot. At least if you're in Chicago.

While on location at the Taste of Chicago food festival, WGN Morning News reporter Pat Tomasulo was up to his old tricks, setting up a fake live shot and interviewing any unsuspecting onlookers who tried to force their way into the shot. The result? Well, let's just say Tomasulo wasn't asking about the fest's signature turkey legs.

Watch the hilarious hijinks above. We give extra kudos to Donna, who's reportedly still providing main-stage services for "1972 prices." And Rodrigo? We're glad people have been "really cool about it," but you really might want to think about that safe word.

Tomasulo also spoke with a whole other batch of videobombers at the Taste, if you just can't get enough.

I'm Serving Life Without Parole for a Non-Violent Drug Charge

Fri, 2014-07-18 14:31
My name is Euka Wadlington and I am serving my 15th year of a double life sentence in prison, but I am a non-violent drug offender.

I am a 48-year-old father of five children, including two grandchildren, and I am from the southside of Chicago. From childhood to adolescence, I worked at a hardware store (repairing broken windows, changing locks, and fixing bicycles), as a DJ (house parties, high schools, social clubs, and halls), and I delivered sandwiches part time for a deli.

But one bag of drugs led to the next, and before I realized the depths of what I was engaging in. It was a foolish endeavor which led me into the trappings of the lifestyle. During this time, I was ignorant to what drugs do to people or communities.

Eventually, I was picked up two minor drug charges, which led to my first incarceration. Both charges ran concurrently and I served close to a year in prison. Before I went to prison, my common law wife had my first child. I was released to a work release center, successfully completed the program and re-entered society. I returned home with intentions of getting my life together with my family.

About a year later, we had another child and I was offered the opportunity to run a small nightclub in Clinton, Iowa. As the months ensued, more of Clinton's residents frequented the club and partied together. Although I was not fully involved in other people's drug transactions, I realize and accept that I was responsible for influencing drug activities there. In my mind back then, I was doing nothing wrong because I made little or nothing as a profit. But in the eyes of the law and reality, I am just as guilty as the person who was making the actual drug transaction. Therefore, I broke the law.

Once I left the club scene in Clinton, I returned to Chicago with borrowed money from a friend named "Mark" to lease a car wash. But the owner found a buyer so it didn't work out, so at that point I obtained my commercial driver's license landed a job driving trucks. But due to a bad accident in the company's truck and being traumatized by the results, I never returned back to work.

In the fall of 1996, my wife had another child, and I started falling behind in bills. I returned to Clinton, Iowa and talked to the club's owner again about new ideas of managing the club. As I leased it out for parties, I repaired most of the damage to the club. In the early months of 1997, the club was raided for drug and guns by Clinton County Police. No drugs or guns were found on or around the property of the club. About a month later, I was pulled over by Clinton Police for a routine traffic stop, and I was accused of being the "big-fish" (drug kingpin), and was given a harsh warning to leave their town -- no citation was issued. I left Clinton and went back to Chicago -- now unemployed. I fell into deep financial pressures with enormous pride mixed with shame which caused me and my family to become homeless. I moved my family into an abandoned apartment on the east side of Chicago.

Refusing to reenlist in the drug-selling lifestyle, I started working construction and other odd jobs to feed my family. Unfortunately, one night after driving home from work feeling mentally fatigued, I fell asleep in the car with the radio blaring. Neighbors called the police and they responded. I was awakened by the Chicago Police. They searched the vehicle and found a handgun underneath the driver's seat. I was arrested and sent to the Cook County Jail. I ended up with two years probation for the gun case. I went back to the construction company and worked overtime to maintain coming bills.

In 1998, the government enlisted the services of my friend Mark to reestablish contact with me for the purpose of inducing me to sell as kilogram of cocaine to a DEA agent who was posing as an Iowa drug dealer. My first response was "I'm not on that page." For months I was being pressured and reminded of an old debt I owed him. Eventually I agreed to make the deal. My intention was to scam the guy for the money, disappear a few days, then send Mark half the money for a returned favor. As a result, I met Mark and the agent at a hotel where I was arrested. No drugs or guns were found at the time of my arrest. I declined the offer to cooperate and/or setup other drug dealers. Later that year I was indicted by the federal grand jury.

A year later, I was sentenced under the then-mandatory "sentencing guidelines" to two concurrent life sentences without parole. I was confined in maximum-security institution for my first decade in prison then moved to a medium security prison. I have been working in the Education Department helping other inmates obtain their GED and/or better themselves as upstanding citizens through multiple classes, including Lifestyle Intervention.

Since my incarceration, I have come to understand the negative impact of illegal drugs on society and I deeply regret my participation in the drug trade. From this experience, I have grown and come to accept my responsibility for the negative effect that my actions had on my community and perhaps even the youth that came after me. My impact did not dawn on me until I started seeing younger men entering prison who thought like the younger me. These young men did not realize that the road of opportunism they were traveling upon leads to only two conclusions: prison or death.

I am trying through my various classes to express this to them. I do not do this for acclaim or reward, but because I wished when I was first incarcerated, someone would have sat me down and explained the terrible pitfalls of continuing down this road. I have much remorse for the wrongdoings and poor choices made in my life. I profoundly apologize for my behavior.

I have pursued every educational opportunity available to me that did not interfere with my job assisting other inmates who are pursuing their GED and/or preparing for their future beyond prison.

Despite the lack of any reasonable hope of release, I am demonstrating my commitment to becoming a better productive member of society in whatever way I can.

I wish I could someday care for my ailing mother and stepfather, support my teenage and young adult children, and work to help ex-offenders successfully reintegrate into their communities, and influence those around me to not make a bad choice by joining a gang, robbing, stealing or killing. This way, I could not only help enhance public safety and save a child from going to prison, I could influence a potential college graduate and reduce potential damage to society. Those poor choices of mine represented the dangers of selfish thinking. Those are the choices that I will never make again. Instead, I've chosen to represent change, respect, and redemption. I have chosen to show people, myself included, that rehabilitation is possible. Because of my life sentences, I can only hope to have the opportunity to share my experience, newfound wisdom, and unique perspective with others who could benefit from it on the outside.

When the judge sentenced me to life for each charge -- two life sentences for non-violent offenses, I felt my sentence was totally unfair. There should have been multiple factors beside drug quantities to determine the severity of my sentence. However, I sincerely hope that the time I have served with no reprimands (15 years plus) shows that I am ready to commit to a life of serving the betterment of society.

Euka and his daughter

10 things to know about Bruce Rauner's budget plan for Illinois

Fri, 2014-07-18 14:09
The third installment of Rauner's "Bring Back Blueprint" outlined the candidate's "Jobs and Growth Agenda" and followed up on previous sections that focused on cutting waste and reforming the system for granting tax breaks to large corporations.

1) End the 2011 temporary tax hike

Rauner plans to reduce Illinois income tax rates over four years to 3 percent for individuals and 4.8% for businesses -- the levels of both taxes before the 2011 tax increase raised them to 5 and 7 percent, respectively. They are scheduled to drop to 3.75 percent and 5.25 percent on Jan. 1.

2) Reform the sales tax

To compensate for the state revenue that would be lost by lowering income taxes, Rauner plans to "modernize" the sales tax to include certain non-medical and non-professional services, such as storage, travel agencies, lawyers, and janitorial services, among others.

3) Freeze local property taxes
Noting that Illinois has the second highest property tax rates in the country, Rauner proposes freezing property taxes statewide unless local voters approve an increase through by referendum.

See seven other major points of the plan and Rauner's entire proposal at Reboot Illinois.

As Rauner continues to present his case to Illinoisans about why they should elect him as governor, the investigation into current Gov. Pat Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative has been delayed. A bipartisan panel chose to hold off the probe for 90 days. It remains to be seen how fully the inquest into the anti-violence program, which some detractors say was a "slush fund," will affect Quinn's reelection efforts.

Women's Rowing Team's Naked Calendar Briefly Banned On Facebook

Fri, 2014-07-18 14:04
Students from the Warwick women's rowing team decided to strip down for charity -- and found themselves held up to a double standard.

This week, Facebook banned the group's page citing "inappropriate content" -- but allowed an identical page for the men's team's naked calendar to remain.

(Some images may be considered NSFW.)

Following in the tradition of Warwick's men's rowing team, who have been selling naked calendars since 2009, the women's rowing team shot their first nude calendar in 2013 to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support -- creating quite a splash.

Calendar organizer Sophie Bell told The Huffington Post that the team's Facebook page had received numerous complaints regarding images from the 2013 calendar, before the page was temporarily deleted this week. "Facebook has unpublished our page a few times since we created it, due to what it deemed 'inappropriate images,'" she told The Huffington Post.

Team members felt that they were being unfairly punished.

"We have worked hard to create a tasteful and artistic calendar in which the girls bodies are strategically covered," rower Frankie Salzano told HuffPost. "The photographs we feel are an accurate representation of an athletic female body, something to be celebrated and not shunned, especially because there are Facebook pages that are degrading to the female form."

“All of the girls are strategically covered up and our calendar has been praised for [that]," recent Warwick graduate Hettie Reed told HuffPost UK. “The photos are no different from the holiday snaps of men and women that appear on everyone’s Facebook feeds."

After receiving hundreds of messages from supporters of the Warwick team, Facebook overturned the ban on the page early Friday morning. A post on the updated page reads:
We are so pleased that our tasteful nude calendar which we all are proud to be a part of is has rightfully removed its label of being pornographic, explicit and a violation of the terms of facebook and we thank each and every one of you for your part in it!

The 2014 calendar is available here.

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms Are Quietly Becoming The New Thing At Colleges

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:41
A popular student center at Northwestern University is the latest college campus facility to embrace gender-neutral bathrooms.

New to campus this fall will be a pair of such restrooms -- sometimes called "all-gender" restrooms -- at the school's Norris University Center.

"These are two gender-open bathrooms where students of any gender can go in, and use the restroom, and feel safe, regardless of gender expression or gender identity," Michelle Margulis, president of NU's Rainbow Alliance LGBT student group told CBS Chicago.

The number of gender-neutral bathrooms has grown in just the past few years, in city-run facilities, workplaces and, most commonly, college campuses. There are more than 150 schools across the U.S. that have gender-neutral bathrooms, according to the University of Massachusetts Amherst's LGBTQ organization The Stonewall Center.

Just this month, Illinois State University re-labeled their "all family" restrooms to "all-gender," a move Michael Shane McCreery of the school's Office of Equal Opportunity, Ethics and Access said "evidences the university’s efforts to have an inclusive environment.”

In Northwestern's case, installing a non-gendered bathroom was out of consideration for the comfort of non-gender conforming students rather than safety concerns, Margulis said.

Still, safety and access concerns are what commonly prompt schools to adopt gender-neutral bathrooms. According to the Transgender Law Center, non-binary or trans students have been barred from using the restrooms at their schools while others have been attacked or harassed in restrooms of malls and grocery stores.

Forcing trans or non-binary students to use a traditionally gendered restroom "repeatedly 'outs' them to other students or employees and stigmatizes them daily by singling them out and prevents them from having critical peer experiences," Sasha Buchert, staff attorney for the Transgender Law Center, told HuffPost via email. "Trans and gender nonconforming students should be focusing on their education or getting their job done well, and not about which bathroom they can use."

Activists maintain the goal is not to make bathrooms "just" for trans and non-binary people, but to make spaces that are safe and accommodating for everyone. Disability rights activists have also come out in support of gender-neutral bathrooms, which typically feature a lockable single-stall unit that has better accessibility for people with disabilities -- especially those who may also require help from an assistant or family member who is not of the same gender.

Advice to a Young Man Who Wants to Go Places

Fri, 2014-07-18 13:37

When I dropped out of school at 19 to start my first job in Hollywood, I didn't know anything and I had no idea where I'd end up. Thankfully, I was attached to some smart and forgiving people who let me learn under them. I suppose I also had good instincts. Within a few short years, I'd become a bestselling author, the director of marketing for a publicly traded company and got to work on a ton of cool projects. I've hired my fair share of people now (fired them too) and having been through the ringer of young-person-just-starting-out-in-a-new-field close to a half dozen times, I figure I know it well enough to talk about it.

It goes like this: You're scared but overconfident, clueless but eager to learn, just glad to be given a shot and you don't want to screw it up. I tried to think of a few things I wish I'd been told when I was just starting, things that would have saved me some tough lessons. These are the things I still tell myself.

They are:

Calm down.

Assess the terrain. Sit there and observe. Figure out who the dominant personality types are, what makes them tick and how things really work. Don't act, don't give your opinion, don't do anything until this has been done. When you understand the people, politics and the business (eg, the terrain) then you can begin to get to work.

Always say less than necessary.

The point isn't just to prove that you're capable, but also that you're sane. In fact, if you had to pick between the two, being well-adjusted the better one. You can teach people how to do things. You can't make them normal. In other words, leave your crazy at home.

Stay on the radar. Your excuses need to be just not-flimsy enough that they don't seem completely full of shit. If it passes that test, then any question, any update, any offer to worth using to stay in the frame.

Don't be too good at being an assistant (or an intern). In fact, the whole point is to be too good to be wasting your time and other people's time at administrative shit that you mess up anyway.

Remember, most people on the Internet are losers and outsiders. "Don't go expecting Plato's Republic," Marcus Aurelius would remind himself. Don't go expecting Seth Godin, Jeff Jarvis or [insert industry blogger here]. Whatever you do, don't quote them. Your job is to successfully mitigate their vision of how the World Magically Should Be with how it Realistically Is. If you can do that, you're more revolutionary than they will ever be.

If you're working all the time -- that is, if you don't get to leave the office until midnight and got there at 5 a.m. -- you're doing something wrong. You're either working for an idiot who is going to burn you out, or you're the idiot and you haven't figured out the short cuts. For a while I had 3 full time jobs (ones you'd have killed for) at the same time. I wasn't working all hours of the same, I just did them simultaneously.

Steer clear of the charlatans, lifers, and the toxic. You become who you know.

On the same note, you can probably skip most of the "social" activities the job requires. Introductory calls, lunch meetings, parties and conferences are usually a waste. Don't be friendless and don't be rude, but these things are mostly collective effort to waste time and forget how unhappy everyone is. Besides, being the conspicuous absence can help build your reputation, if done right.

Ask yourself: "Am I saying this because I want to prove how smart I am or am I saying this because it needs to be said?" When you're just getting started, it's usually the former.

Forget credit. Fucking forget it so hard you're glad when other people get it instead of you. After all, that's your job -- to make other people look better.

Save your money. The smaller your nut each month, the less pressure you'll feel to put up with stupid shit. It gives you the luxury of not being dependent on the system. It lets you see through it. (see: The Dress Suit Bribe)

Write your own rules. Forget the bullshit ones (dress code, hours, hierarchy etc), follow the critical ones (getting results, never offend the wrong person) and do whatever you want. Seriously.

Educate yourself. No one is ever going to teach you enough or hand it to you on a platter. Books and articles, and ask questions -- an endless amount of them. People love to give advice and they love people who they don't feel they have to drag to the next level.

Make it happen. Nobody cares what it will take, what problems this causes for you, what personal stuff you have going on. Just get it done. You can tell us what you went through...after.

Have an exit strategy. Know how this all fits into your grand strategy, this is the Start-Up of You. But also have the easily explainable, non-threatening goal that you tell people so you can maneuver in peace. If you're working at a management company, don't tell everyone your goal is to be a stand up comedian. The grand strategy is just for you.

Don't expect anyone else to understand. It's your job to find a release and an outlet for the stress and the feelings. Never forget: the crazy stays at home.


Most importantly, remember that you are not special. There were a million other kids on this path before you and there will be another million after. Most of them either went nowhere or turned out to be nothing. Even the successful ones might still flame out or be assholes. What does this mean? It means don't get high on yourself. Don't tell yourself a story. Be quiet, work hard, and stay healthy. It's not ambition or skill that is going to set you apart -- notice I didn't mention those things a single time. It's safe to assume you've already got them covered. What will set you apart, what is rare, is humility, diligence and self-awareness.

One last thing. You can always email me (as many of you have taken it upon yourself to do). I've been there. I'm still there in some ways. But like I said, I've been through this ringer more times and with more riding on it than most people. I'm happy to help.

Ryan Holiday is the bestselling author of The Obstacle Is The Way, Trust Me, I'm Lying and Growth Hacker Marketing. Find out more at

Dancing Around HIV: When Do You Know If You've Ever Done Enough?

Fri, 2014-07-18 11:43
On July 12 and 13 I participated in the Ride for AIDS Chicago. It was an amazing and unforgettable experience, with 430 riders and crew trekking 200 miles over two days from Evanston, Illinois, to Elkhorn, Wisconsin, and back. The ride raised over $840,000 in support of Test Positive Aware Network (TPAN) and its community partners, to help fight HIV/AIDS and eliminate stigma.

This was my first AIDS ride ever, and the 11th year of the Ride for AIDS Chicago, and I've worked for TPAN for almost 22 years. So some might ask, "What took you so long?"

I could provide a number of responses, such as, "I could never ride 200 miles," "There were conflicts in my schedule," or, "I've always volunteered in some capacity." But I don't really have a good reason why I've never taken part.

I do know that the for last few years, during opening and closing ceremonies, I've witnessed a spirit and camaraderie among riders and crew that made me more than a little envious, and secretly I longed to be part of it. I could see it, but I couldn't touch it, because I had to experience the ride to fully understand what it meant.

For anyone who takes part in a ride like this, it's personal. For me the ride came to be about my friend Eugene, who died of AIDS in 1989, when he was only 30 years old. Eugene and I were good friends when we were both just coming out in the late '70s in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I remember I would pick up Eugene in my old Cutlass, and we'd hang out with friends or go to work together at the Carousel, one of only two local gay bars, where I was a DJ and he was a waiter.

Eugene took ballet in his spare time and had aspirations of one day becoming a dancer and escaping the drudgery of life in a conservative, religious town in the Midwest. Known affectionately as Gina when he occasionally did drag, Eugene was very much in touch with his feminine side, and not afraid to show it. I think that's part of what I loved and admired about him most, as I was often trying to suppress that part of myself and "butch it up," as they say -- probably because I was so teased and bullied throughout school. But I'm sure Eugene was teased and bullied too, not only for being gay but because he was also part Native American (Ottawa/Chippawa).

When I moved to Chicago in 1981 to DJ at Dugan's Bistro, I would see Eugene from time to time when I would go back to Grand Rapids to visit family and friends, but eventually we lost touch. Then one day I heard he'd gotten sick and had moved back north to Traverse City to be with his family. Every now and then I would get a call from Eugene, and we would have long talks about what he was doing and everything he was going through. I remember sometimes he would repeat himself; I don't know if AIDS was affecting his brain with dementia or if he was just lonely or bored, or a combination. But the thing that sticks with me the most, and what I've always felt guilty about, was that sometimes I would get a little impatient during those calls. Here my friend was dying, and all I could think about was myself.

Crewing for the ride, I was told beforehand, was actually harder than riding. I don't know if that's true, but I do know that getting up at 4 a.m., jumping and cheering on riders for hours at a time in the middle of cornfields in the hot sun, wearing a tutu with mosquitos biting at you, is exhausting, both for me and for my partner Stephen, who crewed alongside me. But the reaction from the riders made it all worthwhile: They were so appreciative to have us there that any discomfort or fatigue we felt was immediately erased by their smiles and laughter. They needed us as much as we needed them.

After that first day I was exhausted but exhilarated and couldn't wait until day two. I looked forward to the closing ceremonies and thought about how emotional I would probably get. But as I lay in bed that night, tears started flowing down my cheeks, and at first I didn't quite understand why. It wasn't a sad cry; it was more a joyful one. It was as though life had suddenly come full circle, and I was exactly where I was supposed to be, at the right time. I literally cried myself to sleep.

After the second day, and during the closing ceremonies of the ride, I walked quietly through the crowd, hand-in-hand with the other Positive Pedalers, all of us who had displayed orange bandanas and flags during the ride to symbolize being open about our HIV status. As we neared the end of the procession, we hugged each other, but surprisingly no tears came to me then, just a close bond with all my fellow riders and crew. Afterwards my partner and I made our way over to the Quilt display and silently looked at Eugene's panel. (We'd been asked months in advance if we wanted a panel of someone we knew at the ceremony.) "May you always dance in beauty," it read, and there were a pair of ballet shoes, a peace pipe, and gold stars on a black-and-red background. As my eyes fell upon the date of his death, I realized it was just four months later that I would test positive for HIV.

It dawned on me then that during those conversations with Eugene, HIV/AIDS was only peripherally a part of my world. I did not yet know that I was HIV-positive; all I knew was that some of my friends were dying, and I had been one of the lucky ones, at least so far. While others had chosen to become activists, I came late to the game. I had found a way to push HIV and AIDS out of my mind, and out of my life, by working in the clubs (and all that came with it), not realizing that sooner or later I would be forced to take notice when my own diagnosis was staring me in the face.

This has been a hard thing for me to come to terms with over the years, and something I still struggle with from time to time. There are some days when I embrace the work, my activism, and keeping up with the latest about HIV/AIDS. And there are other days when I want to forget about it all and just escape. Because no matter what I do it never seems like it's enough, or that I could somehow be doing it better, or that maybe I waited too long to decide to act.

But the ride taught me an important and valuable lesson: It's never too late to make a difference and have an impact. It's incredibly freeing to be a part of something bigger than yourself, and it gets you out of your head. The support you receive from family and friends is humbling. Most importantly it has helped me to find peace with a part of my past, because even though I don't understand why Eugene had to die and I was allowed to live, I know now that he's looking down and smiling -- while doing a fabulous demi-plié.

Jeff Berry is the editor-in-chief of Positively Aware magazine.

WATCH: How A Team Of Deep-Sea Explorers Found One Of The Ocean's Most Elusive Creatures

Fri, 2014-07-18 10:50
Humans have been looking for the giant squid ever since we first started taking pictures underwater. But the elusive deep-sea predator could never be caught on film -- until now.

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This Time I Wonder, Will I Die Bald?

Fri, 2014-07-18 09:59
The first time I shaved my hair was about this same time last year. It was so different the first time. I was a 36-year-old Momma who was going to conquer this horrible disease I've come to know as Triple Negative Breast Cancer. The hair shave before my chemo began was an act of empowerment, my choice. My biggest fear was how I would look bald. Surrounded by friends and loved ones, we shaved my hair...

This time a year later, after being re-diagnosed to a Stage IV Triple Negative Breast Cancer, we were faced once again with having to shave my hair. This time was entirely different. My biggest fear was no longer how will I look bald?, but will I die bald?

It wasn't a celebration of empowerment. It was something that my entire family dreaded. You see, we have five children. For the younger ones, "Mommy has no hair," represents "Mommy is sick." I think for all of us, it represents that I am sick. That I have cancer.

I kept asking my husband to shave my hair. He kept putting it off. Finally upset with him, I yelled at him. "I'm just asking you to SUPPORT ME!" I looked in his eyes and saw the look on his face. He said to me, "I don't want to have to shave your hair." I understood. The effects of having to shave my hair again was so difficult on all of us... It was so much more than "my hair."

This time we decided to do it with just our immediate family. Josiah, our 5-year-old, had a particularly hard time with it. He was so sad. He sat on my lap wanting to comfort me. Our oldest son, Andrew, had a difficult time with it as well. He escaped behind the lens of the camera and photographed his mommy losing her hair again.

I didn't know how difficult this would be on me. I've done it before and embraced it with a smile and strength. This time was nothing like before. This time, I was told that this disease would rip me from the arms of my children and husband.

As my husband began to shave my hair, I took a deep breath and tried to keep a strong face on for my children. My little guy came and climbed into my lap, not only to comfort me, but needing comfort himself. Then my husband leaned into my ear and whispered softly, "I can't believe we're here again." I couldn't hold back the tears. We were grieving so much more than hair. We were grieving the peace that this disease was robbing us all of. We were grieving what this horrible disease has done and continues doing to our children.

My husband decided to support me, this time, by shaving his hair as well. So we celebrated our 14-year anniversary by shaving our hair together with the five loves of our lives. Together, we fight this disease with LOVE!

After we comforted one another, we walked down to the beach. The entire beach was empty, as if they knew we needed the time alone. We all snuggled each other under a blanket and prayed. One of the children looked up after we prayed with tears streaming down his face. It was cleansing for each of us.

We got up with a renewed strength and bond. This disease does not get to DESTROY Us. Again, I walk around, bald, hand in hand with my husband, with a smile on my face and a sense of peace not in the outcome of tomorrow, but in the LOVE we get to have today.

Cancer does not define us, we are REDEFINING cancer!

Please watch our video from the collection of photographs my son took here.

6 Bands Everyone Will Talk About This Time Next Year

Fri, 2014-07-18 07:04
Sure, there may be a lot of downside to the modern music festival experience. But there are a lot of plusses too, chief among them the chance to discover up-and-coming musical talents before they begin gigging at giant venues with top-dollar ticket prices and soundtracking Hollywood blockbusters.

With the Pitchfork Music Festival set to kick off in Chicago's Union Park on Friday, we wanted to highlight a half-dozen artists playing the fest we feel are most on the verge of a breakout at the music tastemaker's signature annual event. We're guessing that, come 2015, you'll be glad you gave them a listen before your parents were listening to them too.

Can't make the fest in Chicago? The entire thing will stream live all weekend, so there are no excuses for missing out on these rising talents:

Forget First Loves, How About First Jobs?

Fri, 2014-07-18 06:10
Before you know it, summer will be fading as fast as our tans and we'll all be planning our Labor Day barbecues. Labor Day is one of those holidays whose meaning -- to celebrate the labor force -- has gotten lost on the way to the perfect burger. But just to bring it home, we asked Huff/Post50 readers to tell us about their first jobs. Here's what a few of them had to say about their entry into the work force:

For many, like Amy Brunson Brooks, our first jobs were babysitting in the neighborhood. Brooks said she worked for a family every day after school, five days a week, and was paid a whooping $3.75 a week. "It was definitely not worth it," she notes. But it may have been a better deal than the one Judy Ruggles had. She "killed flies, a penny for every 10." (You were joking. Right, Judy?)

Suzanne Fluhr notes that the babysitting rates (50 cents an hour; 75 cents after midnight) never changed during her entire "childcare" career from about 1968 to 1975. But at her first college work-study job in 1972 in the freshman cafeteria she got $1.45 for a 45-minute shift. "This paid for extras like stamps and ice cream -- and I met my husbands at that job -- both of them," she notes.

Babysitting's first cousin -- camp counselor -- was another job many of us started out with. Melanie Gertz Springer was a junior counselor at a crafts day camp when she was 14, earning $25 for the eight-week season. But as she notes, it was the mid-1960s, "so I could actually buy two outfits for school with that large amount of money -- LOL!"

Ana Jones' first job was at a drugstore where she worked the soda fountain for 50 cents an hour. (Remember soda fountains?) Dickie Rosser fared a bit better working for his local Parks and Recreation Department for 75 cents an hour. That was back in 1967.

In terms of original first jobs, the award goes to Boni Turner Hills; she was "The girl that changes in to a gorilla at Circus Circus Hotel in Las Vegas, NV." Her pay? $2.50 an hour.

Judy Mollen Walters was one of the workers at the original Bed, Bath and Beyond -- before it went huge. She earned $3.35 an hour and reported directly to the CEO at the time. (So Judy, whose idea was it to send us those 20 percent off coupons in the mail every week?)

Don W. Powers had everybody's favorite summer job. He scooped ice cream cones and made ice cream sundaes when he was 15 for 50-cents an hour.

Flipping burgers was the entry job for many, like Laura Forte who worked at Burger King in 1975 for what she recalls was about $1.75 an hour. Debbie Shepherd Mendonca got $1.35 per hour to work for Arby's Roast Beef in 1972. Elaine Mullen Glanert was at Taco Bell for $1.55 an hour.

First jobs don't always lead to career paths, of course. When June Brewer was 13, she learned to repair men's and women's shoes and boots at a repair shop. "I'm talking the good leather heels, soles, heel tips, etc.," she noted. She said she did that for "about a year back in the mid-60s, made about $30 a week after school."

Lori A Doyle was paid $1.90 an hour as a nursing assistant when she was 16. And Gayle Tauger's first job was at Manhattan Life Insurance Company where she made $36 a week. It was during her co-op year in high school. Marcie Carroll Morrow worked at Ray's Hallmark in Columbus, Ohio where she made $3.35 an hour and says of the experience, "It's still the most enjoyable job I ever had."

Kimberly O'Bryan Wood was a candy striper at the local hospital. "It paid nothing then and still doesn't," she noted. But it instilled the importance of volunteering, we hope.

Whatever our first jobs, they clearly hold a place in our hearts. Greg McCallister made $3.35 an hour as a grocery store clerk in 1981. And how does he know this? He still has his first paycheck stub.

If Fashion Ads Treated Men And Women The Same Way

Thu, 2014-07-17 16:43
Hypersexualized advertisements showing women's bodies (or disembodied parts) are all too commonplace -- but would we react to these ads differently if they objectified men the same way they do women?

(Some images are NSFW.)

In a July 9 piece for TakePart, writers Holly Eagleson and Lauren Wade remade particularly controversial ads, replacing female models with male ones.

The pair focused on images related to men who have had an active hand in objectifying female models. For example, the pair used Sisley and Tom Ford campaigns shot by fashion photographer Terry Richardson, who has for almost a decade been accused of sexual harassment and taking advantage of models. They also used American Apparel ads, pointing to the company's recent controversy with former CEO Dov Charney as another example of sexism and objectification in the industry. Charney is accused of numerous work-related "sexual transgressions," including making one former employee his "sex slave" shortly after her 18th birthday.

Wade spoke to The Huffington Post about their decision to focus on images linked to Charney and Richardson. She said in an email:
Charney and Richardson are really representative of a specific form of sexism and objectification in media today. Their collaborations, in particular for American Apparel, depict women in sexually vulnerable, pornographic positions where a lot of the model's facial expressions look like they've been drugged or they're drunk. These images are predatory. They depict women being taken advantage of and it's supposed to look "sexy" and sell sweatshirts?

"I think photoshopping men's faces and bodies into these ads points a finger at how ridiculously demoralizing they really are," Wade told HuffPost. "My hope in pointing this finger is to spark and keep a conversation going—especially amongst women. I think as a whole we've just gotten used to seeing women depicted this way and the only way we can change it is if we stop staying silent and demand change."

The remade ads show us just how uncomfortable the originals are. Hopefully these images will inspire people to critically question the way advertisers are working -- and avoid brands that make a point of needlessly sexualizing women.

Feds Sending More Support To Combat Chicago Gun Violence

Thu, 2014-07-17 16:02
CHICAGO (AP) — Federal officials are sending more agents to Chicago to help the police department fight violence after the city experienced a bloody July 4 holiday weekend that left more than a dozen people dead and dozens more injured.

The Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assigning seven more agents to work in the city, upping the total number of agents to 52, to "bring more resources to Chicago to combat some of the gun violence."

Federal authorities have been discussing ways that FBI and other federal agents could help combat gun violence and street gangs — major reasons why Chicago led the nation in homicides in 2013.

A Department of Justice news release also says the FBI has temporarily assigned during the summer 20 agents to help the 100 agents already in Chicago.

In the release, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder linked the influx to a recent round-table discussion on youth violence that he participated in with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

"The Department of Justice will continue to do everything in its power to help the city of Chicago combat gun violence," Holder said in a statement. "These new agents are a sign of the federal government's ongoing commitment to helping local leaders ensure Chicago's streets are safe."

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who holds weekly news conferences to highlight the fact that the department seizes more illegal guns than any other police force in the country, welcomed the increased federal resources.

"We have enjoyed an ever-improving and increasingly productive relationship with our federal partners," he said in the statement.

Should Bruce Rauner Share an Illinois State Budget Proposal?

Thu, 2014-07-17 14:35
Ever since Bruce Rauner won the Republican gubernatorial nomination in March, his critics have demanded that he provide a detailed plan for how he'll cut the income tax without throwing state government into chaos. Republican public affairs strategist Chris Robling has a message to those critics: Get lost. Only Rauner's enemies want a "plan" and they only want it so they can bash it. But Democrat Dave Lundy says it's Robling who should get lost. Rauner owes voters some details.

This is the hottest, smartest and most entertaining online debate you'll find about the 2014 race for Illinois governor.

From Robling:

The absolute LAST thing Bruce Rauner should do is issue some kind of goofy "plan."


1. The only people who want a plan from Bruce Rauner are the folks who will never support him. Nothing he issues will satisfy them, they will nit-pick everything to death and demand "more." They will be "troubled" because his plan will "raise questions," and they will demand he "clarify..." In other words, plan issuance is a banana peel that leads to a descending defensive spiral.

From Lundy:

If "The absolute LAST thing Bruce Rauner should do is issue some kind of goofy "plan" to solve Illinois' fiscal woes, why did he do precisely that with his three chickens and a pamphlet press conference last month? The great Springfield journalist Rich Miller described the Rauner budget "Bring Back Blueprint" as "an almost total farce." Editorial writers from across the state savaged it for its lack of seriousness, this is the guy we're supposed to hire as CEO of the $36 billion enterprise known as the State of Illinois?

Read the rest of their debate at Reboot Illinois to see the other pros and cons of Rauner issuing a potential budget plan.

While Illinois tries to get its finances back on track, many Illinoisans are wondering if raising the state's minimum wage could help residents and the state itself on the road to economic recovery. Some lawmakers are looking to raise the state minimum wage from the current $8.25, and some are advocating raising Chicago's minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2018. A new report shows that may help create new jobs in the state.

'Would You Let Your Daughter Color Her Hair Blue?'

Thu, 2014-07-17 13:36
Rebekah McCloud
UCF Forum columnist

I recently took a ride on the new SunRail. I was among the throng onboard for a free ride and to see, as Dr. Seuss would say, "Oh, the places I could go." When I entered the overstuffed car, a young woman immediately stood up and said to me, "Here, Momma, take my seat." And I did. I thanked her and commented about the kindness of her gesture.

We chatted for a couple of stops and then she got off of the train. As soon as the doors closed and the train took off, the woman who was sitting directly in front of me said, "Did you see the color of her hair?" I did; it was blue. I pretended not to hear my fellow rider. She asked again and this time she tapped my foot with her cane and spoke in a slightly raised voice, "Did you see the color of her hair?" I did; it was blue.

Not getting a response from me a second time, she said to the woman sitting next to her, "She must be deaf."

I responded, "I'm not and I did; it was blue."

"Well, what color is that for hair? It's not natural."

"I imagine," I said, "that young woman selected a hair color she liked. Perhaps she chose a color that made her feel good, adventurous, rebellious, artsy, young...who knows. It was her choice."

"Would you let your daughter color her hair blue?"

"Maybe," I said, as I gave the bottle blonde who appeared to be in her 80s an appraising look.

"Well, I wouldn't. That's what's wrong with young people today."

And so it began. I listened to the woman and the one next to her talk about the woes of the world caused by young people. According to her, young people are slovenly, unpatriotic, uncouth, unkempt, not as smart as young people in her time, and many of them look weird.

I did my best to tune out the conversation, but I could not dismiss the prejudice of her words. Nor could I dismiss the thoughts of myself 40 years ago when I was about the same age as the young woman with the blue hair.

While my hair was not blue, my eye shadow was. Peacock blue was my favorite color. My lips were always colored a vibrant red with Revlon No. 440--Cherries in the Snow (which had replaced the white lipstick I had used prior). I guess you could say I looked weird. I wore micro-miniskirts, platform shoes (or go-go boots) and psychedelic shirts. When I looked in the mirror, it said I looked hot--not weird.

But I have to admit, now when I look at some of the television shows and movies from the 60s and 70s, what we called "high fashion" then just looks weird now. I often have laugh-out-loud moments when I look at old pictures of myself. I dare say that if my fellow train passenger would look back on herself 40, 50 or 60 years ago, she might have a laugh-out-loud moment, too.

Possibly 50 or 60 years ago she may have known a blue-haired woman. It may have been her grandmother. Older women in that era often had their beauticians use blue, green or pink ROUX Fanci-ful Hair Color Rinse. My grandma did; her hair was sometimes blue, but most often green.

As I tried to tune out the women's conversation, I also could not dismiss the thoughts of myself 20+ years ago when I was a high school teacher. I'll never forget the first four students who walked into my classroom on the first day of school one year.

The first one was dressed from head to toe in black, including a black dress, black lipstick, eye shadow and nail polish; and I could not tell if the student was a he or a she. He taught me all about the "goth" movement and the need for self-expression. I guess one could say he looked weird.

The second one was dressed in a kilt, complete with a sporran and a sgian-dubh (a traditional knife that was confiscated posthaste by the school dean). He fancied himself as a follower of Duncan MacLeod, a fictional character from the television show "Highlander." This student was creative and had a brilliant mind. I guess one could say he looked weird.

The third student was dressed like "RoboCop." He never ceased to amaze me. Every week he would come in dressed in some getup that he had assembled as a conversation starter. His outfits included a full cavalry uniform, Bip the Clown (made famous by French mime Marcel Marceau), and Pee-wee Herman. He was an extrovert with a capital E. He once told me that if people would talk, we could solve all of our problems. I guess one could say he looked weird.

The fourth student had spiked hair and an earring that was attached by a long chain to a nose ring. Midway through the year he wanted to play varsity basketball but needed to get rid of the spikes. He had to shave his head because he had rolled the spikes in Super Glue. He graduated with honors and went on to medical school. I guess one could say he looked weird.

After student four walked in that first day, I went into my closet to pray. I asked God to help me look past the exteriors, to help me not to look through the glass darkly. Instead, I wanted to see the interiors, the eager students waiting to learn.

I thought about sharing these memories with my train mates. I thought better of it. This chance encounter on a train was an opportunity to listen and to reflect. Through the years I have had many conversations with folks who say they "just don't understand young people." Sadly, I think they have forgotten at one time they were young. I don't agree with George Bernard Shaw who said: "Youth is wasted on the young." Without the young, we do not have the old. We need both, that's the beauty of the yin and yang of the human experience.

I have spent 40 years working with young people with a variety of hair colors: blue, green, pink, purple, rainbow. Some of them have been mine!

If I'm honest, before those four students walked into my life, I thought like the woman on the train. My micro-miniskirts and go-go boots had given way to pencil skirts, cardigan sweaters and high-heeled shoes. And my sense of freedom and adventure had been lost somewhere in the mix.

But that year, those four taught me a lot about daring to look weird, to think weird and to just be.

I was both the teacher and the student, and I am forever better for the experience.

Rebekah McCloud is director of the University of Central Florida's PRIME STEM/Student Support Services Program. She can be reached at

If Legalizing Marijuana Was Supposed To Cause More Crime, It's Not Doing A Very Good Job

Thu, 2014-07-17 13:34
When Colorado legalized weed six months ago, opponents of the move warned that crime would rise. But half a year after the first sales of recreational marijuana began, the state's biggest city has yet to see an increase in criminal activity.

During the first six months of 2014, violent crime in the city and county of Denver was down 3 percent from the same period in 2013, according to the most recent available data. Three of the four main categories of violent crime that are tracked in the data -- homicide, sexual assault and robbery -- are all down from the same six-month stretch last year. Aggravated assault, the fourth category, is up 2.2 percent.

Burglaries and robberies at the city's dispensaries of medical and/or recreational marijuana are on track to hit a three-year low, according to a separate report from Denver's Department of Safety, first reported by The Denver Post.

Overall, property crime in the city is down by more than 11 percent from the same six-month period of 2013.

Of course, Denver is just one city with legal weed. But as the first, albeit no longer only, large municipality in the U.S. with legal retail marijuana shops, Denver seems a worthy example. The state's second-largest city, Colorado Springs, banned the retail shops in 2013 as did more than two dozen other cities. While Washington state has also legalized recreational weed, sales began just this month and only a handful of shops have opened there.

Correlation does not imply causation, regardless of which way the crime data move, and after just six months, it may be too early to identify any strong social trends. But evidence of a crime wave simply has not materialized -- despite numerous dire warnings prior to legalization.

In 2012, before Amendment 64 legalized marijuana in Colorado for recreational sale and use, multiple members of the state's law enforcement community warned that the measure would bring "harmful" consequences.

"Expect more crime, more kids using marijuana and pot for sale everywhere," Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver said in 2012. "I think our entire state will pay the price."

Crime rates may not have gone up, but revenue is soaring. Since January, Colorado's dispensaries have sold about $90 million worth of retail cannabis. The state has collected about $35 million in taxes, licenses and fees from both the recreational and medical marijuana markets, according to the Colorado Department of Revenue's latest tax data. Colorado legalized medical marijuana in 2000.

Denver's crime statistics during the first six months of retail marijuana align with a report recently published in the peer-reviewed journal PLOS ONE showing that legalizing medical marijuana causes no increase in crime and may in fact be accompanied by a decrease in some violent crime, including homicide.

Just Colorado and Washington state permit retail marijuana. To date, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use, and about a dozen others are considering legalization in some form in the next few years.

The 10 Songs You Need To Know This Week

Thu, 2014-07-17 13:04
Each week, the HuffPost Entertainment team will compile and share some of our favorite tracks discovered across the web, whether they are brand new tunes, new music videos or newly discovered artists.

Viceroy - “The Life” ft. Penguin Prison

Viceroy's "The Life" is about as poppy as can be, but that isn't a bad thing. While the track may not be prime off-summer material, try not to imagine yourself drinking the finest liquor out of some awesome giant fruit you've never heard of in some tropical haven, having the best time with all of your friends. You can't, because "The Life" is that scenario.

Vic Mensa - “Feel That”

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Vic Mensa dropped the audio for "Feel That" back in February, and now he adds some tripped out visuals paired with a cameo appearance by his Save Money buddy, Chance The Rapper. If the rest of his "Street Lights" EP is as good as this track and "Down On My Luck," it will be more than a dose of fun.

From Indian Lakes - “Sleeping Limbs”

From Indian Lakes' "Able Bodies" was one of the most passionate, unique entrances to the indie rock scene in years. "Sleeping Limbs," the first release from the group's upcoming record, "Absent Sounds," proves again that the band can't write a bad song.

Bad Rabbits - “Can’t Back Down”

We didn't think it was possible for Bad Rabbits to be any more rousing, and then they go and release the "Dusted" EP, reimagining several of their songs in acoustic fashion.

There For Tomorrow - “Racing Blood”

There For Tomorrow is the band that you listened to several years back and then randomly remembered one day. While 2011's "The Verge" felt like they just hadn't fully found their sound, singles "Racing Blood" and "Dark Purple Sky" showcase a band that is ready to make the jump to a much wider audience.

B.o.B. - “Drunk AF” ft. Ty Dolla $ign

B.o.B. did not disappoint with his "No Genre 2" mixtape, and one of the best cuts being the string-and-piano laden "Drunk AF," the beat courtesy of Ty Dolla $ign.

Skrizzly Adams - "Me and You"

While hick-hop (aka country rap) just sounds like the most awful idea to have ever been introduced to music, Skrizzly Adams finds a balance that takes the best of both sounds and produces some extremely catchy tunes.

PARTYNEXTDOOR - “Recognize” ft. Drake

PARTYNEXTDOOR is less than two weeks from dropping his second album, and who better to recruit on his latest offering than his OVO Sound boss, Drake.

Doley Bernays - “Prey”

Doley Bernays is a rapper who you may not be familiar with, but with tracks like "Prey," the struggle will soon be over for this Bronx native.

Becky Hill - “Caution To The Wind”

After making her mark on "The Voice UK" back in 2012, Becky Hill is working hard to keep the buzz alive. "Caution To The Wind" has it all: powerful vocals, a danceable beat (one that is just begging to be remixed) and lyrics that can relate to everyone.

See 19-Year-Old Kanye West Rap In Unearthed 1996 Video

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:58
To celebrate #tbt, alerted the Internet to this previously unearthed video of Kanye West rapping in 1996. The video -- uploaded to YouTube by DJ Eclipse, who passed the clip on to Complex -- was filmed at Fat Beats' second New York location in August of 1996. West was 19 years old at the time of the recording. Watch below as he crushes some verses and references Alanis Morissette. Head to for the full story behind the video, as relayed by DJ Eclipse.

Come for the Music Festivals, Stay for Chicago

Thu, 2014-07-17 12:42
Festival season is officially underway in Chicago. If you're coming for Pitchfork or Lollapalooza, don't miss out on what the rest of the city has to offer. We wait all year for summer -- you may have heard that we just had an epically terrible winter -- and this is the best time to take in all that's awesome about Chicago.

Part of the Art In Public Places project on 16th Street. Image: Libby Lowe.

Go Ahead, Be a Tourist
There's no shame in getting your tourist fix-Chicago has some awesome things to see and do. If you want a break from the heat, The Art Institute is right near Lollapalooza and is home to some of the best art in the country (and the cleanest bathrooms). If you're more into street art, go directly to Pilsen. While there's amazing art to be found on almost every flat surface, the 16th street murals project sponsored by the neighborhood's Alderman features block and blocks of murals by famous and not-so-famous artists. While in Pilsen, eat at any Mexican restaurant, The Honky Tonk BBQ or Nightwood.

Take in a day game at Wrigley Field. (Do it even if you don't like baseball -- the Cubs are terrible and it's all about the people-watching anyway.) While you're in the neighborhood, drop into The Alley to get something pierced, or just check out the corner that made the '90s cool for many of us: Clark and Belmont.

People in Chicago like to go to the top of things. If that's your jam, head to The Sears Tower or to the Signature Lounge at the Hancock Center. To see the city's great architecture without spending a nice day inside, get on a boat. The Architectural Boat Tour is awesome. Locals use out-of-town guests as an excuse to go again. While you're downtown, check out Millennium Park, have yourself a little photoshoot at the Bean and splash around in the water with the kids.

Divvy bikes, conveniently located across from the Gold Star. Image: Libby Lowe.

Getting Around

With all of your festival reveling, you'll be glad to know that public transportation in Chicago is relatively safe, easy and -- in many cases -- available 24 hours a day. The Green Line El train will take you to Pitchfork (as will the Ashland bus if you are coming or going from Wicker Park), the Blue line will shuttle you between Logan Square, Wicker Park and downtown, and if you're here for Lollapalooza, you have your choice of trains and busses. Uber is everywhere, too.

Divvy, the city's bike sharing option, is a great way to get from here to there -- BYO Helmet. Tip: Google your route to check for bike lanes and avoid biking on Ashland. Cut a few blocks west to Wood Street where traffic is lighter and there's a bike lane in place. Milwaukee Avenue and Damen are also bike friendly. If you're going to and from the heart of the city for Lollapalooza, Kinzie (hello, protected bike lane!) is your best bet.

A beautiful selection of tacos at Big Star. Image: Bing.

Join the Taco Party
For post-festival eats, skip the hot dogs and pizza, and have some tacos. There are a number of neighborhoods where you can stumble across $2 taco bliss. But, let's focus on what's close to festival central.

If it's late and you want a quick fix, your best best is to head to West Town. On Chicago Avenue, you'll hit the goldmine of open-late, cheap taco shops. The best is Taqueria Traspasada (cash only, open until 1 a.m.).

The best place to be part of the hispter taco revolution that has swept the city in the last few years is Big Star in Wicker Park. If the patio is packed, order from the takeout window and plant yourself across the street on the grass in Wicker Park. Antique Taco (just down the street) is another local favorite. To beat the crowds, make your way to Bullhead Cantina in Humboldt Park. All offer relatively cheap tacos with interesting combinations, great drinks and solid chip and guac options. If Michelin Star Mexican is more to your liking, make a reservation at Mexique in West Town.

Rainbo, home of--maybe--Chicago's most made-out in photobooth. Image: Libby Lowe.

Drink Like a Local
Wicker Park is one of Chicago's main nightlife hubs and many festival-goers head to the neighborhood after the last act. Lots of locals complain about how much the area has changed over the last 15 years -- the Marc Jacobs store moving in on Damen a few years back really pushed people over the edge -- but there are still great places tucked in among the new sports bars to grab a drink.

If you want to get a taste of what the neighborhood was like back in the day, take a photo in the photobooth at Rainbo (Liz Phair did and it became the cover of Exile In Guyville), play pool at Gold Star, shoot hoops at Phyllis' Musical Inn, join a ping pong tournament at Happy Village and feel like you're drinking in the best creepy basement ever at The Innertown Pub.

Wooden postcards and other must-haves at Paper Doll. Image: Libby Lowe.

Pick Up Some Souvenirs
If you're taking a break from festival life and want to do some shopping, avoid Michigan Avenue -- there's not much there you can't find at your average mall.

If you don't know what you need, you will find it at RR#1 in West Town. Once your eyes adjust to all of the stuff in this small spot, feel free to go candle crazy, get a Chicago flag onesie for your pregnant friend or a new bag. Get old-school and send some postcards to your friends back home -- or pick up some easy-to-pack paper mementos. The happiest paper shop in Chicago is Paper Doll on Division.

And, while you're on Division, do some clothes shopping. Centrally located among lots of small boutiques, Penelope's was one of the first on this now-popular stretch and remains a great place to shop for clothes, accessories and more. Venture a little further north to Milwaukee Ave. and hit the Silver Room for super cool jewelry, Ragstock for resale and Una Mae's for a mix of new and vintage clothes.

From Wicker Park, hop the Blue Line El to Logan Square and stop in at Wolfbait & B-Girls. Logan Square is the next Wicker Park, so while you're there, have brunch at Lula and check out the scene at Longman & Eagle -- which also has a few rooms to rent if you're looking for a cool place to stay.

George Lucas Facing Possible Lawsuit Over Chicago Museum Build

Thu, 2014-07-17 11:53
The following article is provided by Rolling Stone.


Back in June, George Lucas announced plans to build a private museum in the Windy City, but he's facing some political opposition from Chicago open space advocates, who claim his $1 billion, 95,000-square-foot design for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art would be in violation of city ordinances created to protect public space adjacent to Lake Michigan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the advocates are threatening to file a lawsuit that would block the 70-year-old "Star Wars" creator from carrying out the build.

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The publication notes a variety of other opponents, including aldermen (who think the museum should be located downtown or in an economically disadvantaged area) and devoted Chicago Bears fans (who worry that losing two parking lots would interfere with their pre-game tailgating). But the city's mayor, Rahm Emanuel, reportedly shrugged off the lawsuit at a recent press conference: "Our contribution is two parking lots," he said, while noting the economic and employment benefits the build would bring.

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The facility – set to reside on lakefront real estate near football stadium Soldier Field – is set to include a variety of items from Lucas' personal collection, including film memorabilia, visual effects examples created by Industrial Light and Magic and paintings by American artists like Norman Rockwell. The filmmaker is aiming to open the museum in 2018.

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Lucas' original plan was to construct the facility in San Francisco (near the headquarters of Lucasfilm), but that proposal was rejected for interfering with the "historic character" of the area. However, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told THR that Lucas, whom he called "a perfect gentleman," is welcome to move construction to L.A. if the Chicago plans fall through.

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"I am humbled to be joining such an extraordinary museum community and to be creating the museum in a city that has a long tradition of embracing the arts," Lucas said last month in a statement announcing the Chicago build.

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