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Umar Lee

Why Progressives Should Think Twice About Embracing Uber and Lyft

Umar Lee | April 19, 2014 | Business
St. Louis is already a city that has lost so many good-paying blue-collar jobs. Lyft and Uber are part of the Walmartization of America: part-time workers earning fast-food wages. These drivers are in a very real sense akin to scab workers, and like the companies they drive for, represent regression and not progression.
Jeff Biggers


Dear Mr. Peabody: No One's Loss of Life, Liberty and Health For Your Coal Profits Is Acceptable Collateral Damage

Jeff Biggers | April 18, 2014 | Green
In the tradition of King and the civil rights movement, students and community advocates at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale also held protests for divestment from Peabody yesterday.


WATCH: Does Penis Size Matter? Here's One Answer From The Animal Kingdom

TEDTalks | April 18, 2014 | TED Weekends
From a sea creature's detachable, swimming penis to violent bedbug sex, this is a tour of the animal kingdom as you've never seen it before. What can we learn about a species from how it has sex? Let's get it on
Matthew Dietrich


25 Best and Worst Illinois County February Unemployment Rates, Mapped Out

Matthew Dietrich | April 17, 2014 | Chicago
Illinois' unemployment rate in February was 8.7 percent, which was the second highest in the nation ahead of only Rhode Island. But when looking at the 102 counties in Illinois, only 18 counties actually had an unemployment rate lower than the state's rate of 8.7 percent.
Arianna Huffington


Congrats, Graduates: Now Go Out There and Redefine Success

Arianna Huffington | April 17, 2014 | College
We're coming up on one of my favorite times of the year: that time, just after spring breaks out but before summer begins, in which thousands of college graduates are released into the world. And as they go forth we give them lots of advice. The advice varies, sometimes conflicts, but the general idea is: Here is what you need to know in order to succeed in the world. This year my book tour is taking me to a lot of colleges, and my first piece of advice is to start by defining success for yourself -- by being clear about what you want, what you value and what you are about. But to do that, we need to abandon, or at least mitigate, some of the worst practices of the adult world that students are already mired in: burnout, sleep deprivation, stress and anxiety. This is all the more important because this generation is starting out their adult lives burdened with multiple deficits.
Robert Bullen


Interview with Buyer & Cellar Star, Michael Urie

Robert Bullen | April 17, 2014 | Chicago
Buyer & Cellar tells the story of a struggling actor who takes on the oddest of odd jobs by working in Barbra Streisand's basement mall (which is actually a real thing that exists in Ms. Streisand's Malibu home). In doing so, he encounters the star and awkwardness and hilarity ensues.
Robert Koehler


In Partnership With Mother Earth

Robert Koehler | April 17, 2014 | Green
If in one of the most defining religious-political texts of the human species we'd been charged with stewardship of the natural world, not some sort of adolescent, consequence-free control over it, what sort of spiritual understanding would have evolved over the millennia?
Andy Thayer


There Is Still Some Honor in This Country

Andy Thayer | April 17, 2014 | San Francisco
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Pride Committee, under a new board, did the LGBT community proud by finally conferring one of our community's highest honors upon one of its most courageous individuals, Private Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning.
Nancy A. Matthews

Taking Back the Night in Chicago

Nancy A. Matthews | April 17, 2014 | Chicago
The violence that doesn't get much attention in Chicago is the routine and relentless violence against women and girls that occurs every day -- dating violence, date rape, intimate partner violence, stalking.
Sen. Bernie Sanders


Who Are the Koch Brothers and What Do They Want?

Sen. Bernie Sanders | April 17, 2014 | Politics
The truth is that the agenda of the Koch brothers is to move this country from a democratic society with a strong middle class to an oligarchic form of society in which the economic and political life of the nation are controlled by a handful of billionaire families.
Lonna Saunders


Happy "Bridges" Birthday Kelli O'Hara!

Lonna Saunders | April 17, 2014 | Chicago
When I saw The Bridges of Madison County musical on Broadway last night, never would I have imagined a family connection nor a birthday connection. Yet there were both. I was prompted to see the musical for two reasons. I loved the film, starring a Vassar College classmate...
Kateri Allard

To the Mother of My Patient

Kateri Allard | April 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
Because of you, I am beginning again to believe in miracles. Because in the depth of despair over losing your beloved son you took me into your arms and guided me back onto a track where love is real, positive thinking is a choice that saves us, and miracles do happen.
Stephen Schwartz


Teaching the Judeo-Spanish Heritage to Chicago Seventh Graders

Stephen Schwartz | April 16, 2014 | Religion
I was impressed by the attainments of the Chicago students and I believe they, too, were affected by learning something new. It was a good day in a Chicago public school.
The Motley Fool

3 Things Wealthy People Do Differently

The Motley Fool | April 16, 2014 | Money
Napoleon's definition of a military genius was "The man who can do the average thing when all those around him are going crazy." Rich people are similar. They remain normal when everyone else can't.
Matthew Dietrich


Chicago Is the Fourth-Best City for Millennials

Matthew Dietrich | April 16, 2014 | Chicago
If you're part of the millennial demographic, you'll definitely want to read this. Especially if you live in Chicago, because that means you're a millennial living in the fourth-best city in the United States for millennials.
Donna Solomon, DVM


Dancing With the Devil: A Puppy Mill Retailer

Donna Solomon, DVM | April 16, 2014 | Chicago
I'm proud that I live in Chicago, a city that just banned the sale of dogs, cats and rabbits from commercial breeders (puppy mills) to Chicago retailers. I believe that this ban will be a great step toward the annihilation of the pet mill industry.
Reboot Illinois


Will You Use the New Illinois State Lottery App?

Reboot Illinois | April 16, 2014 | Chicago
So what do you think, lottery players? Is this the development that will please all those letter-to-the-editor writers who expect the lottery to pay for the state's education needs?
J. Peter Donald

One Lesson We Must Learn From the Boston Marathon Bombing

J. Peter Donald | April 16, 2014 | Crime
Despite warnings and near-constant reminders, many governments and first-responder agencies haven't thought thoroughly about communicating with the public during a crisis. In fact, most haven't even written a crisis communications plan.
Reboot Illinois


Which States Have the Most Millionaires?

Reboot Illinois | April 16, 2014 | Chicago
Ever wondered which state has the most millionaires living within its borders? Find out below! We've created lists for states with the most millionaires overall, and states which have the most millionaires per capita.
Greg Louganis


One Door Closes and Another One Opens

Greg Louganis | April 15, 2014 | Gay Voices
I have found myself thinking to myself, "Am I where I am supposed to be?" Once I get out of my head and let a little time pass, I realize, "Yes! I am exactly where I am supposed to be."
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