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These Vegetarian Meatballs Are Made With Eggplant, And They're The Real Deal

Mon, 2014-11-17 06:00
By their name alone, meatballs subtly hint at their main ingredient -- meat. And yet, these vegetarian meatballs are made with no meat at all, and they pull off the good work that a good meatball does. Who woulda thunk? Check these out:

The secret is eggplant. Yes, marvelous eggplant gives these balls a "savory, meaty vibe," says blogger Ciao Veggie, who masterminded this recipe. Pulse breadcrumbs, cooked eggplant and a few other spices in the food processor and once the mixture sets, roll them into balls to pan fry. When they're brown and ready, eat 'em on their own, douse them in marinara or top them on spaghetti with a little bit of feta for a smart, Italian twist. Mama Mia, these meatballs are destined for tastiness. Get the whole recipe here.

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'It's On Us' Week Of Action Aims To Raise Awareness Of College Sexual Assault

Sun, 2014-11-16 07:57
The White House's campaign against college sexual assault will launch a "Week of Action" on campuses nationwide on Monday, coordinated by the progressive interest group Generation Progress.

The "It's On Us" campaign was launched by the White House in September. The campaign aims to get students -- especially men -- to make an effort to prevent sexual violence by changing their own attitudes and intervening in risky situations.

The week of activism comes on the heels of a new White House Public Service Announcement, which was released on Nov. 13. The PSA calls on men to practice bystander intervention, which refers to noticing when a sexual assault is about to occur and stepping in to stop it.

"The Week of Action is building on the momentum from this fall and getting more people involved so we can include them next year and in the spring," said Kristin Avery, who is managing the It's On Us campaign at Generation Progress. "Our goal is to really spark as many conversations as we can."

Generation Progress said that it has planned at least 150 events in 35 states, ranging from holding round-table discussions about sexual violence to collecting signatures for the It's On Us pledge, a commitment to helping stop sexual assault on campus. The group hopes that the Week of Action will get more people in college to sign the pledge.

Northern Illinois University, for example, will have self-defense and bystander intervention training, and events discussing what it's like to be a survivor. The school will also screen a student-filmed documentary about sexual assault, called "Red Blooded Men":

At least 40 colleges and universities have also created their own It's On Us PSAs, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University and UCLA.

Some universities have specifically highlighted Greek life in their promotional materials, like George Washington University:

The fraternities Pi Kappa Alpha and Tau Kappa Epsilon have signed on as sponsors of the It's On Us Campaign. Generation Progress officials said the fraternities actually reached out to them, looking to get involved. Pi Kappa Alpha, often referred to as Pike, is also providing each of its chapters with an educational program, entitled "Taking a Stand: Preventing Sexual Assault on Campus," during the current academic year.

The NCAA is another sponsor of the Week of Action.

Generation Progress used regional staffers and coordinated with the National Collegiate Leadership Conference to organize the effort on campuses around the country. The White House announced when It's On Us was launched in September that student leaders from 233 campuses had signed up to endorse the campaign.

The Marshall Project Aims Spotlight On 'Abysmal Status' Of Criminal Justice

Sun, 2014-11-16 07:05
NEW YORK –- Neil Barsky has taken on varied roles over the years, from Wall Street Journal reporter to Wall Street analyst, hedge fund manager to documentary filmmaker. Now he has returned to the newsroom as founder and chairman of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization covering criminal justice and edited by New York Times veteran Bill Keller.

Barsky’s interest in criminal justice and the inequities of the U.S. system was ignited in recent years by two books: The New Jim Crow, which tackles mass incarceration and the over-representation of African-Americans in prison, and Devil in the Grove, which focuses on a 1949 rape case fought by Thurgood Marshall, then head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and later the first black Supreme Court justice. The project gets its name from Marshall -- and for Barsky, its inspiration.

In an interview at The Marshall Project’s midtown New York offices before Sunday’s launch, Barsky said he wants to push criminal justice issues into the national spotlight. There's a lack of urgency in dealing with the system's flaws, he said, despite “how abysmal the status quo is.”

“Nobody in their right mind, if they had to start a criminal justice system from scratch, would come up with what we have in America. Nobody,” Barsky said. “And yet ... it is not front and center of the national debate. For me, journalism is a great way to break through not only the complacency but the tolerance we as a society seem to have.”

Barsky, who is funding about 20 percent of The Marshall Project's budget himself, is now focused on raising several million dollars from foundations and individual philanthropists to pay for a staff of roughly two dozen. In February, he tapped Keller, a former top editor of The New York Times and most recently an op-ed columnist, to oversee the project's journalism. The media industry suddenly took notice of the venture, and according to Barsky, so did potential backers.

Keller, seated next to Barsky under a framed poster from the latter's 2013 film “Koch," joked that he’s just “the arm candy.”

The Marshall Project is nonpartisan but mission-driven in looking to shed light on injustices that could spark calls for reform. Keller said part of the appeal of joining the project was that criminal justice “is one area where there is a little common ground and therefore the potential to see things change.” For instance, he said, there’s already broad consensus among many Democrats and Republicans about reducing prison sentences for low-level drug offenders.

The Huffington Post reported last week how, even in gridlocked Washington, the Democratic White House and Republican Congress could come to the table over criminal justice reform. In one example of bipartisanship, Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a likely contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, teamed up this past summer to introduce sentencing reform legislation.

“I would hope that by 2016, no matter who the candidates are -- whether it's Hillary Clinton or Rand Paul or Jeb Bush or anybody -- that criminal justice would be one of the more pressing and important topics,” Barsky said. He also hopes The Marshall Project can play a role in making that happen.

Like the investigative journalism nonprofit ProPublica, The Marshall Project plans to partner with more established news organizations to maximize the impact of its reporting. Before officially launching, it had already published two deeply reported pieces through partnerships with Slate and The Washington Post, the latter of which is also involved in Sunday’s full rollout.

On Sunday's front page, the Post published the first part of reporter Ken Armstrong's two-part series detailing the harm caused by a 1996 law intended to speed up the time between a person's being sentenced to death and being executed. Since then, lawyers in some 80 cases have ended up missing deadlines to make final appeals for their clients. "People are going to die as a result of those blown deadlines,” Keller said.

Keller said he likes coming out of the gate with Armstrong's piece because it shows readers that The Marshall Project won't expose flaws in the system only when they concern the wrongly convicted.

“The easiest way to get reader sympathy is to write about people who are innocent,” Keller said. “Everybody feels a sense of unfairness if the law sends somebody away to jail for something they didn’t commit.”

Keller recalled how early on, he and Barsky visited different advocacy organizations, including the Innocence Project, which fights to exonerate those wrongly convicted through DNA evidence. After their meeting, Keller recalled that Barsky said, "You know, we’re sort of the Guilt Project."

“Most of what we’re going to write about is people who are not innocent,” Keller said. “But people who are not innocent are entitled to a fair trial. They’re entitled to not being raped when they get to prison. They’re entitled to competent defense. They’re entitled to prosecutors who don’t withhold exonerating information. They’re entitled to cops who follow Miranda. All these things that are built into our criminal justice system are there for the guilty as well as the innocent. That’s one of the reasons I particularly liked this piece as a debut.”

Beyond lengthier investigations, Keller said he wants The Marshall Project to become part of the ongoing conversation on criminal justice. There will be a daily email newsletter that mostly aggregates stories, and staffers will be expected at times to follow up with quick reported pieces. Gabriel Dance, a highly regarded digital journalist who joined from The Guardian in May, is overseeing a team that will produce interactive and multimedia projects.

With only a handful of reporters, Keller will have to pick and choose where to put his resources. For instance, he said he wouldn't have flown a reporter to Ferguson, Missouri, in August to cover the unrest in real time alongside a flock of other journalists. He suggested that The Marshall Project would have followed up on topics like the militarization of police forces in America or the history of unrest in predominately African-American communities with largely white police forces. By focusing exclusively on criminal justice, Keller said, the project could be "a jump ahead of the rest of the press [on a story like the Michael Brown shooting] in identifying the issues that are at the heart of it.”

Keller said he has spoken to television outlets such as “60 Minutes,” “Frontline” and “48 Hours" about potential partnerships, but for now, The Marshall Project isn't doing original video. Barsky noted that the organization is still being built “brick by brick,” and he guessed it would have a video component in a year.

“There’s no template for doing what we’re doing,” Barsky said. “There was no template for Vox or FiveThirtyEight or First Look. There are all these new enterprises that I feel, maybe I feel, some kindred spirit with them, but everybody should be given a little time because it's difficult. It’s not like a newspaper where, for the last hundred years, all newspapers more or less had the same model.”

Keller, who spent 30 years at The New York Times before joining the journalism start-up, said he's enjoying “being part of the great experiment that our business has become.”

This Rescued Bunny's Incredible Recovery Is Testament To Hard Work Of Pet Shelters Everywhere

Sat, 2014-11-15 09:31
Had it taken even one more day for little Ping to be discovered, it certainly would have been too late.

Instead, the tiny rabbit, found among tall grass in Chicago’s Ping Tom Park, will be ready for adoption in a matter of weeks, thanks to the animal shelter that rescued him and the donors who chipped in more than $1,000 to cover the cost of his treatment.

The rabbit was just 3 or 4 weeks old when a group of volunteers and employees from the Red Door Animal Shelter found him in the park, located in the city's Chinatown neighborhood, after receiving a tip.

He was in terrible shape.

The rabbit, who has since been named Ping Tom, was severely dehydrated, overheated and covered in a sticky, dried-up “fly slime,” as well as more than 200 ticks and “a fountain of fleas.” Ten bot fly larvae had burrowed under his skin, and he required surgery at Chicago Exotics Animal Hospital.

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Ping was found in very rough shape, and immediately ready for a snack.

On a scale of 1 to 10, in terms of the worst condition she’s ever seen a rescued rabbit come to her shelter, Red Door President Marcia Coburn said the animal, whom she simply calls Ping, was definitely “a 10.”

In addition to getting the parasites removed, Ping required a bath -- almost always not recommended for rabbits, unless under the supervision of a veterinary professional -- to help remove the dry slime he was covered in. A final surgery took care of an abscess that occurred at the site of where one of the larvae was removed.

Ping cooperates while being washed in order to remove the slime he was covered with.

“He was so debilitated; we really wondered if he was going to be able to turn around, but we and the veterinarians both thought there was a good possibility -- and, knock wood, he has made it,” Coburn told The Huffington Post.

While Ping was among the worse-off rabbits Coburn says her shelter has taken in, it’s not that rare for a domesticated rabbit be found abandoned.

Red Door, one of Chicago’s few no-kill shelters that deals with rabbits, has captured 42 domesticated rabbits this year alone -- an increase from years past. Coburn attributes the number to the public's growing awareness of the differences between a wild rabbit, which can usually fend for itself, and a domesticated one accustomed to provided food and a predator-free life.

Still, Coburn is aware that some families who adopt domesticated rabbits like Ping do so without understanding the responsibility. A rabbit is more high maintenance than most cats, many dogs and almost all of the gerbils, mice and hamsters some people incorrectly associate them with, she said.

“Rabbits are not an easy pet -- certainly not a starter pet,” Coburn said, noting the creatures require a special diet, exercise and attention. “They are very misunderstood animals.”

Ping beginning to recover from his surgeries.

Coburn’s shelter is attempting educate the public about rabbits’ unique needs and characteristics, including -- most adorably -- that they “dance” when they’re happy. The first time Ping came out of an isolation cage, where he was recovering from surgery, and was brought into an exercise pen, Coburn says he literally “jumped for joy.”

“He picked up his feet, shook his head and soon he was doing 180-degree turns in the air,” she said. “When we saw that, we knew it’d all been worth it. It reaffirms everything we hope for and everything we try to do for animal.”

Today, Ping has a clean bill of health and, against all odds, should be ready for adoption in four to six weeks. Coburn thinks this little survivor will make one family very happy.

“Animals are not lost causes,” she said. “Sometimes we don’t get there in time, but when we do we want to give them the chance they deserve.”

Ping is well on the road to recovery.

10 Most Affordable Housing Markets In America

Sat, 2014-11-15 07:00
So you're looking to buy a new house. Congratulations! While you're probably going to want to check out schools and make sure the neighborhood is safe, you're also going to want to know -- you know, because -- what neighboring homes are going for.

That's where the Coldwell Banker Home Listing 2014 Report comes in. The group compared 51,000 listings of "similar-sized four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes" in markets across America between January and June 2014. The national average of a house that size is $295,317, which means the difference between the most and least affordable markets is extraordinary.

Cleveland is the country's most affordable market, where the average price of a four-bed, two-bath homes comes in around $64,993. California, which lays claim 9 out of the 10 most expensive markets, also has the most expensive market in the U.S. with Los Altos (aka Silicon Valley), California as the most expensive market, as average houses list for about $1.963 million. Big surprise -- San Francisco is only the 6th most expensive market.

Just to put things in perspective, for the price of just that one "average" Los Altos home Coldwell estimates that a home owner could purchase about 25 homes in Cleveland. Yikes.

Without further ado, here are the most affordable markets in the U.S.:

10. Utica, New York

9. Cheektowaga, New York

8. Augusta, Georgia

7. Waukegan, Illinois

6. Buffalo, New York

5. Lithonia, Georgia

4. Lake Wales, Florida

3. Park Forest, Illinois

2. Riverdale, Georgia

1.Cleveland, Ohio

To see the most expensive markets in the U.S., take a look at the slideshow below:

10 Most Affordable Housing Markets In America

Sat, 2014-11-15 07:00
So you're looking to buy a new house. Congratulations! While you're probably going to want to check out schools and make sure the neighborhood is safe, you're also going to want to know -- you know, because -- what neighboring homes are going for.

That's where the Coldwell Banker Home Listing 2014 Report comes in. The group compared 51,000 listings of "similar-sized four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes" in markets across America between January and June 2014. The national average of a house that size is $295,317, which means the difference between the most and least affordable markets is extraordinary.

Cleveland is the country's most affordable market, where the average price of a four-bed, two-bath homes comes in around $64,993. California, which lays claim 9 out of the 10 most expensive markets, also has the most expensive market in the U.S. with Los Altos (aka Silicon Valley), California as the most expensive market, as average houses list for about $1.963 million. Big surprise -- San Francisco is only the 6th most expensive market.

Just to put things in perspective, for the price of just that one "average" Los Altos home Caldwell estimates that a home owner could purchase about 25 homes in Cleveland. Yikes.

Without further ado, here are the most affordable markets in the U.S.:

10. Utica, New York

9. Cheektowaga, New York

8. Augusta, Georgia

7. Waukegan, Illinois

6. Buffalo, New York

5. Lithonia, Georgia

4. Lake Wales, Florida

3. Park Forest, Illinois

2. Riverdale, Georgia

1.Cleveland, Ohio

To see the most expensive markets in the U.S., take a look at the slideshow below:

How Much Did the Illinois Gubernatorial Candidates Pay for Your Vote?

Fri, 2014-11-14 17:45
The 2014 Illinois governor's race broke all previous records for campaign spending in a statewide race. Both candidates poured millions of dollars into convincing Illinoisans to vote for them.

While fourth quarter expenditures won't be filed until the Jan. 15 deadline, more than $100 million is believed to have been spent throughout the course of the campaign. Just as impressive is the total amount raised by Gov. Pat Quinn and Governor-elect Bruce Rauner. Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 4, Quinn reported $9.3 million in contributions; Rauner reaped $20.6 million -- mostly from his own bank account.

A tremendous sum of money was required to win votes in governor's election, especially when a wealthy businessman is pit against a long-time politician backed by unions and progressive political action committees in a historically blue state. All this begets the question: how much did it cost per vote for each candidate?

Although the final campaign finance reports for expenditures are not yet available, by using spending figures from the third quarter, combined with the aforementioned contributions between Oct. 1 and Nov. 4, we're able to get a ballpark estimate of what it cost each candidate per vote.

[Note: The cost per vote amounts below are rough estimates and won't be 100 percent accurate until fourth quarter spending figures are released in January.]

Data from the Illinois State Board of Elections' website and poll results from the Chicago Sun-Times' "Election Central" were used to come up with these dollar amounts.

During the third quarter, Quinn spent $15.2 million and received $9.3 million in contributions between Oct. 1 and Election Day. Together, those two figures add up to roughly $24.5 million. Quinn received a little more than 1.60 million votes. Once the number of votes is divided by the dollar figure, it comes out to $15.26 per vote.

Now let's apply the same formula for Rauner. The governor-elect reported $20.4 million in expenses and $20.6 million in contributions during the 35 days leading up to the election, totaling $41 million. Rauner garnered 1.78 million votes, costing him about $22.96 per ballot.

Voter turnout also plays a role in determining cost per ballot. With a measly 47 percent of the state's 7.5 million registered voters showing up to the polls, the cost per vote increased.

Paul Merrion, the Washington bureau chief for Crain's Chicago Business did a similar calculation on election day, using data from the Illinois State Board of Elections and input from Emeritus Professer Kent Redfield at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The estimate assumes that the two candidates finish in a tie, with each candidate receiving the average number of votes cast for the two leading candidates in the 2010 governor's race, Mr. Quinn and state Sen. Bill Brady. The estimate also assumes the candidates spend all the money they have raised.

Check out Reboot Illinois to see how previous gubernatorial elections in Illinois broke along fundraising-prowess lines. Plus, find out which gubernatorial candidate spent more than his or her opponent but still lost.

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This App Can Track Your Drunk Night Out And Recover Snapchats

Fri, 2014-11-14 17:07
It all started with a drunk dial.

When Joshua Anton was at his first party at the University of Virginia, having recently transferred from Northern Virginia Community College, he received a call from a drunk friend.

This call would eventually lead to the creation of Drunk Mode, an app now available in beta on iTunes and Android.

The app's main purposes are to stop drunk students from making calls they wish they never made, and to help students look out for themselves and each other. If used correctly, the app is meant to make intoxicated outings safer -- both physically and socially.

"Students will party. This will not change," Anton, 23, told The Huffington Post. "It is the nature of being young in college to want to be a bit ‘rebellious’ and do crazy stuff. All we are trying to do is create an easy button for certain questions."

Drunk Mode aims to be "your new best friend," according to an Indiegogo campaign intended to raise funds for further development and marketing of the app. Among other things, you can use Drunk Mode to track your friends, keep yourself from calling certain numbers and create a "breadcrumb" trail showing you where you went during a night out.

One of the current features of the app is "Find My Drunk," where users can share their location with a friend on the app. The idea for this feature came when one of the app's co-founders spent over an hour trying to find two intoxicated friends who'd called him and asked for a ride home.

The find-a-friend feature has particular resonance given to the app's origins at UVA, where student Hannah Graham, 18, disappeared in September after a night out. Graham's remains were found some weeks later, about 12 miles from campus, and a man has been charged with her abduction. Around the time of Graham's disappearance, UVA students began an awareness campaign called "Hoos Got Your Back" that urged students to look out for each other. The creators of Drunk Mode say their app is meant to be used in the same spirit.

Drinking is a major problem on college campuses. About half of students who drink alcohol participate in binge drinking, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism -- a behavior that can lead to deaths, assaults and injuries. The creators of Drunk Mode say their aim is to make situations involving alcohol become less dangerous. In addition to helping users find parties and retrace their steps the next day, the app is meant to steer users toward food, missing friends and safe rides home.

There are already many apps on the market for keeping young people safe, but they're usually downloaded by people who have been in dangerous situations at least once before, "or the parents made them download it," Anton told HuffPost.

On the other hand, he said, Drunk Mode is for people who "believe they are downloading a drunk app, but they are really downloading an app with safety components." The "Find My Drunk" feature, for example, is not very different from some GPS-based apps that parents use to track their kids.

"I would make the statement that our application makes you more aware of certain behaviors you practice, while not making you feel judged in any way, which is important for many folks," said Anton.

Though the app is easy enough to use while drunk, the creators say they envision people turning it on before they go out, while they're still relatively sober. Once activated, the app stays on for three to 12 hours, tracking your location and running its other features.

With funding from the Indiegogo campaign, the team is developing new features for the app. Some possible future additions include a feature for finding a ride home -- whether through public transportation or an Uber or Lyft car -- and a feature that would inform you of real-time deals from restaurants and bars. Drunk Mode is also working on a feature that would save all the Snapchats you send over the course of a night. No more wondering how embarrassing that 3 a.m. Snap was -- you'd be able to see it in all its glory.

Right now, Drunk Mode has 91,000 users, Anton said, and he predicts it will reach 100,000 by the end of next week. The company is marketing the app to the college crowd, with Drunk Mode representatives currently at schools like Ohio University, the University of Alabama, San Diego State University, Syracuse University and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. UVA and the University of Alabama did not respond to a request for comment for this story. San Diego State declined to comment.

While the other features of the app are for real-time drunk help, the "Breadcrumbs" feature was made for sober reminiscence. The team created this feature because they had one friend in particular who would borrow their dress shirts and, over the course of a night out, mysteriously lose them.

"We won't know where he put our dress shirt, and we've lost a lot of shirts to him," Anton said. But with Drunk Mode, you can retrace your steps from the night before. More than just a helpful tool, this feature can be used to relive the memories from that night and help you tell the story to your buddies, Anton said.

Right-To-Carry Gun Laws Linked To Rise In Violent Crimes: Study

Fri, 2014-11-14 16:48
Laws in all 50 states permitting people to carry concealed firearms in public have been connected to a rise in violent crimes, according to a new report from researchers at Stanford and Johns Hopkins universities.

The report, published in September and issued as a National Bureau of Economic Research Working Paper last week, adds to a series of studies over the last decade tending to discredit the "more guns, less crime" hypothesis, which argues that right-to-carry laws serve as crime deterrents by allowing ordinary Americans to better protect themselves.

The new findings suggest that right-to-carry laws are "associated with substantially higher rates" of aggravated assault, rape and robbery, Stanford law professor John J. Donohue III, one of the study’s three authors, explained in a press release on Friday. Stanford law student Abhay Aneja and Johns Hopkins doctoral student Alexandria Zhang co-authored the report.

Among violent crimes, the most significant increase came in aggravated assault, which may have risen by nearly 33 percent, according to the report. The researchers also found that from 1999 to 2010, murder rates rose in eight states that adopted right-to-carry laws.

In 2012, there were nearly 9,000 firearm homicides in the United States. A year earlier, more than 21 percent of an estimated 751,131 aggravated assaults in the nation were committed with firearms.

A decade ago, the National Research Council found "no credible evidence" associating concealed-carry laws with either a drop or a rise in violent crimes. It cited weak research models and a lack of sufficient data at the time.

While the NRC panel relied on county-level crime data from 1977 to 2000, the latest report used data from 1979 to 2010, covering an additional 10 years in which right-to-carry laws expanded and adding a net six more years of county and state records.

The report also "corrected a number of flaws in the data" with new statistical methods, Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, told The Huffington Post.

Based on the new research, Webster concluded that "right-to-carry laws increase firearm-related assaults" -- though he noted that "the exact magnitude of that effect is uncertain."

'No Control' Documentary Explores Layered Absurdity Of The Gun Control Debate

Fri, 2014-11-14 13:55
In "No Control," an arresting documentary debuting at DOC NYC, director Jessica Solce aims her camera at a contentious debate roaring in America. Solce explores the murky waters of gun rights, giving voice to advocates from both sides.

"'No Control' is about carving out a moment to listen to all ideas, ideas that we'd never encounter," Solce explained to The Huffington Post. "It's about providing a place to step outside our immediate environment and thought circles."

On one side, Shaina Harrison, director of youth programming for New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, dismantles the argument that gun control laws only serve to inconvenience law-abiding gun owners.

"All illegal guns were once legal," she said. "We already know that these guns are coming from states where they have very lax gun laws and are coming down this iron pipeline and being littered upon these communities that can't afford the violence."

A staunch advocate of background checks, she's seeking accountability amongst legal firearm owners. "When those guns end up on 125th Street in Harlem, guess what? Now [they] have to explain how those guns got from [them] to Harlem. Somebody's accountable," Harrison said.

On another side, Solce's interviews with Cody Wilson, who is working to make 3D-printed semi-automatic weapons readily available to the general public, provide some of the most provocative footage, punctuated by gunfire on a range in the background. Wilson, director of Defense Distributed and self-described crypto-anarchist, would like you to be able to create guns in your living room with ease.

"Everything has the capacity for abuse," he said, citing the public's "massive intolerance" of risk. "If I represent any kind of danger, it's just in thought practice."

"What I want is to participate in this ongoing debate by highlighting the grayness of it, by providing fair portraits and therefore showing that this isn't about a homogenized rant," said Solce. "Where's this grayness and what do we need to listen to in order to close the door on this debate, if that's even possible."

Threaded neatly throughout the film, the development of graphic artist Greg Boker's installation "Erase" examines a unique approach to the gun control debate. His 20-foot pencil drawing of an AR-15 rifle gave viewers an opportunity to destroy the work using erasers stamped with the name of a gun-violence victim. "I drew it to be erased," said Boker. "To me, the finished piece is an erased drawing."

"Nobody wants death. Nobody," said Solce, in an attempt to find common ground. "If we're all fighting against violence, what does that mean? I don't think the movie is meant to provide an answer, but to ask more questions and create an open framework for debate."

In an exclusive clip from the documentary, Victor Head, a plumber who helped to spearhead the recall of Colorado Sens. Angela Giron and John Morse, explains what he sees as the arbitrary serial number requirements for firearms:

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"No Control" premieres Saturday, Nov. 15, at 9:30 p.m. as part of DOC NYC at IFC Center in the West Village. Catch it again Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 12:45 p.m.

Woman Sues Chicago For Right To Bare Breasts

Fri, 2014-11-14 12:34
In August, Sonoko Tagami was ticketed for daring to go topless -- save for some strategically-placed body paint -- on the Chicago lakefront. Now the bare breast activist is now suing the city, claiming its indecent exposure laws are unconstitutional.

According to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Tagami was given a ticket for violating the city's indecent exposure ordinance while participating in an event with GoTopless, a group that advocates for women's right to go topless in public on the basis of gender equality. In a recent administrative hearing, she had been fined $100 plus $40 in fees.

Her lawsuit slams Chicago's ordinance as "impermissibly vague" and an "unconstitutional infringement on rights secured by the First and Fourteenth Amendments."

Tagami is seeking unspecified punitive damages, according to court filings, but her suit may be part of a larger GoTopless strategy to take down Chicago's anti-bare breast ordinance altogether.

Tagami was ticketed on Aug. 24 at Chicago's North Avenue Beach during a "GoTopless Day" event.

A recent statement from GoTopless said that Chicago Cook County Court Judge Marcia K. Johnson "purposefully found [Tagami] ... guilty of indecent exposure so Tagami can appeal the case and challenge the constitutionality of the local law."

"Judge Johnson explained that constitutionality cannot be legally challenged at the municipal court level," GoTopless spokeswoman Nadine Gary said in the statement, adding, in part:

"[Judge Johnson] explained that by finding her liable, Sonoko could take this matter up to a higher court and argue the constitutionality of the ordinance and municipal code," Gary explained. "She said she would indeed find her liable because she thought Sonoko should take it further. In fact, she said the municipal law's vague reference to opacity [regarding the covering of women's nipples in public] is a very interesting question. She said she's curious to see what will happen with this case, especially if it gets to a Superior Court after being in her courtroom."

Johnson is not allowed to comment on the case, her office told The Huffington Post. According to her lawsuit, Tagami has appealed her ticket.

A YouTube video of the incident (may be NSFW) shows Tagami at the August event, with her top of her dress pulled down and white body paint on her breasts. According to the lawsuit, Tagami and other women had taken part in previous GoTopless Day events while wearing opaque body paint and were not found to be in violation of the laws.

"She was out there for several years making a statement about the absurdity of the law, and each time she had opaque body paint and the cops thought it was cute," Tagami's attorney Kenneth Flaxman told the Chicago Tribune. "l guess this time the cops didn't think it was OK."

Illinois state law allows women to bare their breasts while breastfeeding and doesn't restrict women from going topless unless it's "a lewd exposure of the body done with intent to arouse or to satisfy the sexual desire of the person."

The Municipal Code of Chicago, meanwhile, prohibits "the showing of the female breast with less than a full opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple."

Flaxman told CBS Chicago the city's ordinance is among the strictest in the country concerning female breasts.

"It's a poorly written, very very old ordinance that would, I think, make illegal many of the fashions that women wear today," Flaxman told CBS.

Advocates of female toplessness argue that anti-female nudity laws only reinforce gender inequality and a negative view of women's bodies.

In Utah, Indiana and Tennessee, it's illegal for women to display their naked breasts in public unless breastfeeding, according to Go Topless. Thirty-three states allow toplessness, and others have ambiguous laws.

In San Francisco, public nudity was banned altogether in November of 2012. In places like New York City where bare-breastedness is allowed, police have ticketed women for "disorderly conduct;" in 2013, the NYPD issued a reminder not to ticket women for exposing their breasts in public.

Illinois' Business Climate Needs a Re-start, Says Business Leader

Fri, 2014-11-14 12:25
With the election of a businessman-turned-governor in Governor-elect Bruce Rauner, Elliot Richardson, president of the Small Business Advocacy Council of Illinois, hopes business and small business owners will have an important part in shaping the state's policy in the coming year.

And he wants to see that influence translate into the following business reforms in the state:

Lowering LLC Fees
Eliminating EDGE tax breaks
Eliminate Wasteful Regulations for Contractors
Coming together to improve the business environment

Check out Reboot Illinois to see Richardson expound on these ideas, including how Rauner can eliminate "corporate welfare" and what a positive business environment could mean for Illinois.

Educating Illinois' future small-business owners could be a starting point in moving the business climate forward. There are several Masters of Business Administration programs in Illinois, three of which made Businessweek's list of the top 85 business schools in the country. The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business was ranked number three, Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management was ranked number seven and the University of Illinois' business school was ranked number 45. But despite these high rankings, all three Illinois schools have slipped in the ratings since the last time this list was released. Check out this chart at Reboot Illinois to see just how much Booth's and Kellogg's rankings have changed over the last 20 years.

Joakim Noah Tells Derrick Rose's Critics To 'Chill The F--k Out'

Fri, 2014-11-14 11:48
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah understands that the injury bug keeps biting Derrick Rose. He knows it's frustrating for everyone, including Rose. But he had an impassioned, profane message for those criticizing Rose or doubting his commitment.

"Every time something happens to him, people act like it's the end of the world. And that's fucking so lame to me. Relax. Like, okay, he's coming back from two crazy surgeries. Obviously we're being conservative with him, and when things aren't going right, he's got to listen to his body more than anybody. So everybody needs to chill the fuck out," Noah said following Chicago's 100-93 win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, via James Herbert of CBS Sports. "I mean, I'm sorry for cursing, but I'm really passionate. I don't like to see him down. And he doesn't say that he's down. But I don't like it when, like, people portray him and judge him. 'Cause it's not fair to him. It's not."

The comments came after Rose left the Bulls' win with a hamstring injury. Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP, has missed four of the Bulls first nine games during the 2014-2015 season and come under fire for his comments about his cautious approach to playing. Rose talked on Tuesday about how he's thinking about life after his basketball career is over when it comes to sitting out. Rose's remarks caused some to question his commitment to leading the Bulls to an NBA title.

Rose told TNT's Rachel Nichols that he "could care less" about his critics.

Jane Byrne, Chicago's First Female Mayor, Dead At 81

Fri, 2014-11-14 11:39
Chicago’s first and, to date, only female mayor Jane Byrne has died, according to reports.

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed reported late Friday morning that Byrne had died. The Chicago Tribune also reported the news of Byrne's death.

Byrne was 81 years old and had suffered from health problems in recent years, including a hospitalization following a stroke in 2013.

Byrne served as the mayor of Chicago from 1979 until 1983. She defeated incumbent Michael Bilandic, who had been considered part of the city’s “Democratic machine,” and was succeeded in office by Harold Washington.

Earlier this year, Byrne made a rare public appearance at a Chicago ceremony commemorating the city’s Circle Interchange being renamed in her honor. The City Council also moved to rename Water Tower Park after Byrne this summer.

Byrne’s legacy as mayor included a tough stance on gun control and the spearheading of popular Chicago attractions like the Taste of Chicago and the redevelopment of Navy Pier. Byrne also appointed the first black superintendent of Chicago Public Schools and was the first mayor to participate in the city’s Gay Pride Parade.

Reactions to Byrne’s death came rolling in Friday. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described Byrne as “a great trailblazer” and “a Chicago icon.”

Other Chicago-connected elected officials and community leaders mourned Byrne’s death:

Rev. Jesse Jackson statement on Jane Byrne:

— HuffPost Chicago (@HuffPostChicago) November 14, 2014

Jane Byrne leaves a legacy of tireless service to Chicago that will never be forgotten. She will be missed.

— Governor Pat Quinn (@GovernorQuinn) November 14, 2014

As a young City Hall reporter, I often parried with Mayor Jane Byrne. But she was never dull; an indelible part of Chicago history. RIP.

— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 14, 2014

Statement from Governor-Elect @BruceRauner on Mayor Byrne...

— Dan Lopez (@4danlopez) November 14, 2014

I’m a history teacher by profession, and I know that Jane Byrne will have a significant place in this history of our great City.

— Toni Preckwinkle (@ToniPreckwinkle) November 14, 2014

Chicago's 1st female mayor will be remembered for her guts, authenticity & fierce love for our city - she was one of kind #JaneByrne

— Bridget Gainer (@BridgetGainer) November 14, 2014

Naming an interchange after Jane Byrne falls far short of giving her the recognition she deserves as Chicago's female mayor. RIP

— John Fritchey (@johnfritchey) November 14, 2014

It's Time to Stop Babying Derrick Rose

Fri, 2014-11-14 11:12
"I don't think it's that serious," said Derek Rose to reporters following Chicago's November 14 100-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Rose fell to the ground with just over two minutes remaining in the game, in obvious discomfort, as he allegedly pulled his hamstring... the most recent of his assortment of injuries. Missing 43 regular-season games in the 2011-2012 season, the entire 2012-2013 year, and 72 regular-season tilts last season, Rose has now been defined by the 6-letter word i-n-j-u-r-y, which has led Bulls fans to use a few four-letter words that I can't write here. You catch my drift.

This season, Rose has played in five of his team's nine games so far, having already missed games due to spraining both of his ankles (how do you even do that in the same game?). Now suffering this hamstring issue, Rose can be in line to miss more games. This raised the question: what is Rose worth right now?

I'd argue that he's not worth much. My reasoning is based on a few points.

1. His Salary Is Among The Highest In The NBA
Rose's contract eats approximately 30 percent of Chicago's salary cap. His five-year, $94,314,376 contract extension that began in 2012-2013 was so high and unprecedented that they named the type of deal after him. Last year, he made roughly $1.7 million per game played, due to his season-ending knee injury. He's making $18,862,876 this season. He's on the books for increasing sallies over the next two seasons as well. And oh yeah, he signed a 13-year, $185 million shoe deal with Adidas back in 2012. Think Adidas and the Bulls want those deals back? Might be hard selling shoes of a guy who's constantly in street clothes sitting out games. Might as well come out with a line of slippers or something comfortable for lounging.

2. He's Reckless On The Court
No one in the media has really touched on this point, but I think it's obviously apparent that Rose has to change his style of play if he wants to stay on the court. Coming off of multiple lower-body, and in particular, joint injuries, can someone rationally explain why he still tries to dribble to the rack, through defenders, and tries to draw contact to head to the free throw line? I understand that this is how he's played the game up until now, but such a physical style of play is not suitable for someone as injury-prone as Rose. Turning on a Bulls game, it seems as though Rose is getting up off the floor almost as much as he's running on it. Think of it the same way as mobile quarterbacks are taught to slide in football. The same deal applies here. He would be much more effective transforming himself into a mid-range shooter and facilitator, similar to Rajon Rondo.

3. He's Holding Up Progress Of The Franchise
Each year, the Bulls put together strong records. They have a very talented and smart head coach. But, they're burdened with Rose's salary, and also damaged by the false hope that he will stay on the court. His teammates, the fans, the media, everybody watches him play on pins and needles, knowing that in an instant, his season can be cut short, and the team will once again be let down. Enough is enough. On paper, the Bulls came into this season as one of the best teams in the NBA, based solely on Rose being back and healthy. He's already proven through the first nine games that he likely won't be able to stay on the court for the majority of the season. How much can a fan-base take of this?

4. He Really Doesn't Seem To Care
After last night's game, Rose actually had the audacity to smile and even chuckle a few times in his post-game interview session. (Whether or not these were sarcastic, are you kidding me?) Also, he recently admitted that when he sits out of games, he constantly thinks about life after basketball, which is as idiotic of a statement to make as you can imagine, catching the attention of TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who agrees with my sentiment on the matter. If you can remember a few years back, Rose famously didn't play in the NBA Playoffs, despite most people believing he could compete. This seems to be a case of a guy who got his money, got his endorsement deals, and is content with sitting back and watching his bank account rise, regardless of if or not he steps foot on the court. He's not a competitor, he's not a leader, and he's not someone who fans or his teammates and organization can trust. It's time for members of the media and fans alike to stop babying him.

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These People Actually Took The Onion's Story About Jay Cutler Literally

Fri, 2014-11-14 10:25
By Reva Friedel, Awful Announcing

The Onion is known for its satire. This is not news to anyone. The Chicago Bears are having an abysmal season. This is also not news. But, after Chicago was humiliated at Green Bay, 55-14, on Sunday, abysmal and anger won out over logic and reason, because some people took The Onion’s story, “Jay Cutler: ‘I’ll Be The First Person To Admit We Need A New Punter,” literally. That story included excerpts such as:

“It’s certainly not an easy thing to say, but at the end of the day, someone has to step up and accept that mistakes were made by our punter, Pat O’Donnell,” said Cutler, who pointed to O’Donnell’s blocked punt in the third quarter as playing a major role in the team’s unraveling and conceded that blame for the team’s loss rested squarely on the rookie punter. “Going forward, there will have to be some serious adjustments made to our punt unit—when individual players aren’t doing their part out there, we’re going to fall short as a team. Pat didn’t play well, and he needs to accept responsibility for that.”

The resulting tweets, via ThePostGame, were hilarious.

Jay Cutler gets interviewed after getting killed 55-14 and first thing he said is they need a new punter... Bro get some first downs then

— Sam Foltz (@samfoltz27) November 11, 2014

Someone inform Jay Cutler that they wouldn't need to use the punter if he could perform at his own position as quarterback @ChicagoBears

— Steven Mirizzi (@SJM_Rizz) November 12, 2014

I can't believe Jay Cutler seriously blamed the punter and long snapper for blocked punt in 3rd quarter! UH JAY, it was already 48-0??

— Logan Callahan (@CallahanLogan) November 12, 2014

In other non related D.Rose news.. Jay Cutler said "we need a new punter" HOW ABOUT WE NEED A NEW QB!!! #AintThatAB*tch

— L-Matic (@LRashard36) November 11, 2014

Jay Cutler blamed his punter. I didn't expect anything less

— Tyler Serino (@TySerino) November 12, 2014

Things Cutler actually said during his post-game press conference:

“I think we’re all searching for answers right now. As players, we need to figure this out and look inside each player and find out what’s really going on inside.”

“We lost as a team.”

“We didn’t make enough plays to win.”


Bears fans are beyond frustrated, and rightfully so. It’s frustrating to see your $100 million quarterback struggling, however it’s the defense who helped give up 50+ points in consecutive games, which hasn’t been done since 1923.

While it’s ridiculous to think that people took The Onion seriously, it is also understandable to get swept away by emotions and tweet before you fact check. We’ve all been there, especially when our teams are putting up performances that are historically bad.


Court Dismisses Lawsuit Against Northwestern Over Professor's Alleged Sex Assault

Fri, 2014-11-14 10:23
A federal judge dismissed Thursday a Medill senior’s Title IX lawsuit against Northwestern, ruling the University is not liable because it “took timely, reasonable, and successful measures” in the aftermath of her alleged sexual assault by philosophy Prof. Peter Ludlow.

Citing a “laundry list of actions” the University took against Ludlow, the court found NU is not culpable under the federal gender equity law Title IX.

The Definitive Guide To Making Your Pet Famous On The Internet

Fri, 2014-11-14 09:44
Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub, two felines with no concept of wealth or celebrity, have already reached a level of success more lofty than the rest of us will probably ever see. Because the world has never been -- nor ever will be -- fair, each cat nets its owner six-to-seven figures of real American dollars, all in exchange for living, breathing and doing cat stuff.

But they didn't make it on their own! They had a lot of help (duh, because they're cats) from their owners -- the real heroes of this story. They're the ones devoting an unfathomable number of hours to bravely documenting the inspirational lives of their pets, armed only with smartphones and a deep sense of purpose. They're the ones who keep their pets' schedules. They're the ones who sacrifice real jobs for their furry friends who don't actually give a damn. This life could be yours!

Admittedly, it is much easier to achieve supreme secondhand Internet fame when your animal friend was born with some unique quirk, like Grumpy's perma-scowl or Bub's goofy tongue. But there are plenty of average-looking pets enjoying the thrill of Internet fame, as well. So, after making profiles for your pet on Tumblr, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Vine, Ello, Emojli and Yo, ready your smartphone. Here's all you need to do to make him or her a star.

For those with average Internet connections like us, these happy corgis will keep you entertained as the photos load below.

Photograph your pet under the covers.

A photo posted by tomiinya (@tomiinya) on Sep 9, 2014 at 6:43pm PDT

A photo posted by jiff (@jiffpom) on Dec 12, 2013 at 3:41pm PST

A photo posted by Tuna {breed:chiweenie} (@tunameltsmyheart) on Sep 9, 2014 at 4:01pm PDT

A photo posted by Pudge (@pudgethecat) on Oct 10, 2014 at 11:17am PDT

Photograph only part of your pet.

A photo posted by Trotter (@trotterpup) on Mar 3, 2012 at 12:24pm PST

A photo posted by Jeremy Veach (@jermzlee) on Mar 3, 2014 at 6:12pm PDT

A photo posted by Sir Charles Barkley (@barkleysircharles) on Oct 10, 2014 at 7:09pm PDT

A photo posted by Jazzy Cooper Fosters (@bordernerd) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:11pm PDT

Photograph your pet enjoying the outdoors.

A photo posted by Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat) on Apr 4, 2014 at 8:00am PDT

A photo posted by Jazzy Cooper Fosters (@bordernerd) on Sep 9, 2014 at 8:54am PDT

A photo posted by Harlow, Sage and Indiana (@harlowandsage) on Oct 10, 2014 at 1:27pm PDT

A photo posted by Biddy (@biddythehedgehog) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:41pm PDT

Photograph your pet getting a bath

A photo posted by Lil BUB (@iamlilbub) on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:27am PST

A photo posted by Ginny's World. (@ginny_jrt) on Nov 11, 2014 at 7:09am PST

A photo posted by Harlow, Sage and Indiana (@harlowandsage) on Nov 11, 2014 at 6:56am PST

A photo posted by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Nov 11, 2014 at 11:58am PST

Photograph your pet super close up.

A photo posted by tomiinya (@tomiinya) on Jul 7, 2014 at 8:26am PDT

A photo posted by - Hamilton The Hipster Cat - (@hamilton_the_hipster_cat) on Mar 3, 2014 at 12:46pm PDT

A photo posted by Biddy (@biddythehedgehog) on Oct 10, 2013 at 12:17pm PDT

A photo posted by Shinjiro Ono (@marutaro) on Aug 8, 2014 at 8:01am PDT

Photograph your pet in a costume.

A photo posted by Biddy (@biddythehedgehog) on May 5, 2014 at 8:48am PDT

A photo posted by Menswear Dog (@mensweardog) on Feb 2, 2014 at 6:16pm PST

A photo posted by Trotter (@trotterpup) on Feb 2, 2014 at 4:31pm PST

A photo posted by Yogurt The Pirate Dog (@yogurt_thepirate) on May 5, 2013 at 6:19am PDT

Photograph your pet from the side.

A photo posted by Mr. Bagel (@chinnybuddy) on Mar 3, 2014 at 12:01am PDT

A photo posted by Steph McCombie (@ifitwags) on Oct 10, 2014 at 3:45pm PDT

A photo posted by Jeremy Veach (@jermzlee) on Apr 4, 2014 at 7:30pm PDT

A photo posted by Biddy (@biddythehedgehog) on Jun 6, 2014 at 1:24pm PDT

Photograph your pet trying to sleep.

A photo posted by Shinjiro Ono (@marutaro) on Oct 10, 2014 at 8:18am PDT

A photo posted by Grumpy Cat (@realgrumpycat) on Oct 10, 2012 at 8:30am PDT

A photo posted by Buddy Boo (@buddyboowaggytails) on Sep 9, 2014 at 11:10am PDT

A photo posted by Sir Charles Barkley (@barkleysircharles) on Sep 9, 2014 at 6:52am PDT

Photograph your pet in a ray of sunshine.

A photo posted by Buddy Boo (@buddyboowaggytails) on Dec 12, 2012 at 8:11pm PST

A photo posted by Menswear Dog (@mensweardog) on Jul 7, 2014 at 6:03am PDT

A photo posted by Lil BUB (@iamlilbub) on Dec 12, 2013 at 9:32am PST

A photo posted by jiff (@jiffpom) on Sep 9, 2014 at 8:10pm PDT

Photograph your pet in a hat.

A photo posted by Sam (@samhaseyebrows) on Mar 3, 2013 at 7:29am PDT

A photo posted by Jazzy Cooper Fosters (@bordernerd) on Oct 10, 2014 at 10:25am PDT

A photo posted by Jeremy Veach (@jermzlee) on Mar 3, 2014 at 7:46pm PDT

A photo posted by Yogurt The Pirate Dog (@yogurt_thepirate) on Feb 2, 2014 at 9:55pm PST

Photograph your pet doing something human. Silly pet!

A photo posted by Sir Charles Barkley (@barkleysircharles) on Jun 6, 2014 at 11:02am PDT

A photo posted by Marnie The Dog (@marniethedog) on Aug 8, 2014 at 4:35pm PDT

A photo posted by jiff (@jiffpom) on Apr 4, 2014 at 10:06am PDT

A photo posted by Lil BUB (@iamlilbub) on Sep 9, 2014 at 10:58am PDT

On the Response to My <i>OUT 100</i> Interview

Fri, 2014-11-14 09:36
I am thrilled that the comments I made in my cover interview for OUT 100 have generated a spirited dialogue about HIV/AIDS -- and the advent of a whole new class of preventative life saving medication. I am less thrilled that they were almost entirely misconstrued. Perhaps I could have been more articulate -- but my comments were never meant to be incendiary or judgmental.

I am a staunch advocate for the rights and well-being of the LGBT community. I have deep compassion and empathy for people living with HIV/AIDS. I am assuredly not internally homophobic or poz-phobic or willfully ignorant regarding this issue. I am a well-adjusted and well-educated gay man. I have read and understand the way PrEP works, and at least the most basic science behind its practical applications -- although I am always open to learning more. I support and encourage the amazing work done by HIV/AIDS awareness organizations -- as well as the many research and treatment organizations that exist across the country and the world. I did not intend to make generalizations about the LGBT community at large -- or people living with HIV/AIDS or people in love with someone living with HIV/AIDS.

What troubles me -- and what I was trying to speak to in my interview -- is an attitude among (some of) the younger generation of gay men -- that we can let our guard down against this still very real threat to our collective well-being. I have had numerous conversations in my travels with young gay people who see the threat of HIV as diminished to the point of near irrelevance. I have heard too many stories of young people taking PrEP as an insurance policy against their tendency toward unprotected non-monogamous sex. THAT is my only outrage.

How gay men have sex with each other was unilaterally redefined for nearly two generations as a result of AIDS. I was simply trying to assert my belief that we need to be especially vigilant and accountable to ourselves and one another at this moment in our evolution. It is a tremendous advancement in the fight against the disease that scientists have developed this particular medication. But it's still early -- that's all. So if what I said -- however misconstrued -- plays some small part in generating more meaningful informative and passionate conversations -- particularly among the younger generation -- then I am grateful. And I can almost see it as a way of further serving the community that I deeply admire and respect -- and from which I am so proud to hail.

J.C. Penney's Black Friday Sale Has The Best Doorbusters We've Seen Yet

Fri, 2014-11-14 09:21
The store: J.C. Penney

The time: The sale is starting three hours earlier this year at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27). (Be sure to check your local store's hours before setting your alarm.) You can also shop all day Thursday, Nov. 27 through Saturday, Nov. 29 on

The deals: From 5 p.m. Thursday through 1 p.m. Friday, J.C. Penney is offering doorbusters, including:
  • $9.99 JCP Thermal Women's Tees (Reg. $44)

  • $17.99 Liz Claiborne Cardigans (Reg. $45)

  • $19.99 Women's boots by 9 & Co. and Arizona a.n.a (Reg. $49.99-$89.99)

  • 60 percent off Women's Outerwear priced at $29.99-$119.99 (Reg. $75-$300)

  • $9.99 St. John's Bay Polar Fleece for men (Reg. $34)

  • 60-70 percent off Suit Separates, Sports Coats and Dress Pants

Besides doorbusters, there are tons of other perks:
  • Thanksgiving Day Coupon Giveaway: $10 off $10 or more coupon (Valid Thursday and Friday only) or 1 in every 100 coupon giveaway is $100 off $100 or more Super-Savings Coupon (Valid Thanksgiving Day through Dec. 24 in-store or on

  • Earn $20 Bonus Cash on Friday, Nov. 26 from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. when you spend $75 in store. (Must use in-store from Tuesday, Dec. 2- Wednesday, Dec. 24.)

What we love: