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Meat Lover's Lament: A Pledge to Eat Humanely

(12) Comments | Posted July 26, 2011 | 12:42 PM

"Where does your meat come from?"

It's a question that grocers, restaurateurs, deli counters, and cafeterias should know the answer to, and it's a question you should ask freely... yet few of us do.

As a lifelong animal lover, yet a passionate foodie, I...

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To Live Like Teddy

(2) Comments | Posted August 27, 2009 | 12:39 PM

When a man has lived as full a life and served his constituents and countrymen as loyally and as completely as Senator Ted Kennedy, we must ensure that every ounce of sadness felt in mourning is matched by equal parts pride, gratitude, and promise.

Pride that we were all...

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Move Over, Iron Chef: Chicago Culinary Stars Tackle 'Green' Challenge

(4) Comments | Posted June 25, 2009 | 1:54 PM

Six of Chicago's own top chefs and their teams arrived at the Calphalon Culinary Center in the early hours Wednesday morning, eager to prepare three dishes using fresh local ingredients from the Green City Market.

They did not, however, have a clue what ingredients they were to use....

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Which "Mom-Do" Are You?

(7) Comments | Posted June 9, 2009 | 3:53 PM

Moms looking to make a bolder statement with their tresses have no shortage of celebrity "Mom-Do's" to pull inspiration from this year. From tousled and low-maintenance looks to skull sculptures requiring a live-in stylist, there's something for every mom, from the campaign trail to Hollywood; from celebrity to wannabe. Before...

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ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball: Time for a Call to the Bullpen

(25) Comments | Posted June 1, 2009 | 1:46 PM

When the Chicago Cubs' Sunday night ball games are televised on ESPN, my husband and I have two choices:

1. Watch the game on mute and turn on WGN radio, hearing every play happen five seconds before it's actually shown on TV or --

2. Suffer through three or...

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Roland W. Burris Will You Please Go Now!

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2009 | 7:16 PM

In the words of the infinitely wise Dr. Seuss (with a twist):

The time has come.
The time is now.
Just go. Go. GO!
We don't care how.

You can go by foot
You can go by cow.
Roland W. Burris,
...

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Languedoc: Superb, Affordable French Wines Not to Be Missed

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2009 | 2:39 PM

Crisp sparkling wines, oak-aged whites, mild rosés, and spicy reds were center stage when the first Languedoc Ambassadors Tour, hosted by the Conseil Interprofessionel du Vin de Languedoc, arrived in Chicago. Hosted at the famously vino-friendly Avec Restaurant, the Tour presented 28 distinctive wines, selected in a blind tasting by...

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Chicago Style: Looking Good Year-Round Takes Confidence, Not Cash

(5) Comments | Posted February 10, 2009 | 7:34 PM

Michelle Obama's stylistic choices face as much scrutiny today as Sarah Jessica Parker's did in the actress's "Sex and the City" heyday. Many bloggers panned her red and black Narcisco Rodriquez election night shift as a "dress misstep," and her Inaugural gown, a one-shoulder white chiffon dress designed by...

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Chicago Dog Lovers: Time to Step Up

(11) Comments | Posted January 30, 2009 | 8:53 PM

Last week, a pit bull in my neighborhood viciously attacked a small dog, nearly killing it. A neighbor informed me that about a year ago, the same pit bull actually killed another small dog, and that no charges had been pressed because the owners had been friends with one another....

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Bienvenue, Obama! Why Loving France is "Très Cool" Again

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 5:29 PM

In 2003 and 2004, prior to the swift-boating and the widespread criticism of his wife, Senator John Kerry's opponents attempted to discredit and defeat him by drawing attention to his French relatives, and referring to him as "French-looking." Rush Limbaugh got a big kick out of calling the junior senator...

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Michelle: And Tall Women the World Over Rejoiced

(40) Comments | Posted January 21, 2009 | 1:24 PM

Up close, the First Lady's yellow Isabel Toledo sheath and matching jacket revealed an intricate wool guipure detail, a choice which reflected both her enviable confidence and her bold approach to fashion. From afar, as she walked Pennsylvania Avenue, her J. Crew green leather-gloved hands clasping her husband's, the outfit...

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Your Wines for '09 Guide to Toasting the Inauguration

(3) Comments | Posted January 12, 2009 | 12:42 PM

Raise a glass to our new president and his administration on January 20th with five very different, surprisingly presidential wines from around the globe. Whether you're attending an inaugural ball in D.C. or simply catching the celebration on TV, these diverse yet inspired, accessible selections will help you toast this...

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Mr. Burris Goes to Washington

(15) Comments | Posted January 6, 2009 | 10:04 AM

Perhaps it is because the founding fathers of Illinois could not yet fathom corruption of this nature that they did not offer an alternative solution for filling a vacant Senate seat when they ratified our state's first constitution in 1818. Certainly, it would seem placing the governance of such affairs...

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The Blagojevich Scandal: No, It is NOT My Fault

(3) Comments | Posted December 16, 2008 | 4:27 PM

This morning, CNN.com posted a commentary by Kent Redfield, director of the Sunshine Project and professor emeritus of political studies at the University of Illinois, titled "Illinois Voters Should Blame Themselves." He writes:

"Two years ago, most Illinois citizens suspected what they now know about Rod Blagojevich. But...
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America's New Political Capital: Don't Judge Chicago by Its Crooks

(4) Comments | Posted December 10, 2008 | 11:53 PM

It was Chicago-native and future Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that once said:

"Being a [Chicago] Cubs fan prepares you for life -- and Washington."

What the events of this week have shown us is that while Chicago may prepare politicians for Washington, nothing can adequately prepare a politician for...

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Chorus of Illinois Elected Officials Call for Governor's Resignation

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2008 | 6:36 PM

In the wake of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's arrest this morning on federal charges relating to fraud, extortion, and efforts to "sell" President-elect Obama's vacated Senate seat, a chorus of Chicago and Illinois officials, Democrats and Republicans alike, have called for his resignation.

If convicted, Blagojevich will be...

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Woman in Labor Received Ticket, Forced to "Prove" She's Pregnant

(9) Comments | Posted December 5, 2008 | 4:22 PM

This is more than slightly ridiculous.

As the Boston Globe reports today, a pregnant woman in labor and her husband, en route to the hospital in a traffic jam, pulled over in the "breakdown lane" to ask a state trooper for permission to remain in that lane until the...

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The "American Dream" Needs a Reality Check

(5) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 4:21 PM

During the presidential campaign and throughout this economically tumultuous time, the phrase "the American Dream" is tossed about with increased frequency. Yet when you ask various people to define the American Dream, you seldom get the same answer.

The Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFP) hosted their first "Defending the...

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Hearing Justin: A Boy with Autism Finds His Own Voice

(2) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 4:05 PM

My cousin Justin and I are speaking to each other for the first time in a decade. He tells me about the usual things that interest ten-year-old boys: his favorite restaurants, karate class, his new haircut, and Nintendo games. I find myself enjoying our conversation and hearing about the activities...

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Facing Foreclosure? 3 Reasons Not To Abandon Your Pets

(11) Comments | Posted November 25, 2008 | 9:49 AM

As a pet owner, I understand how the costs of feeding and caring for a pet can add up. But the CNN.com story "Mortgage meltdown results in pets going to pound" just about broke my heart.

MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- Furry signs of a down-trending economy peer dolefully...
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