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Chris Krapek

The Scene-Stealer in The Avengers Is... Cobie Smulders?

Chris Krapek | Posted May 10, 2012

If you haven't seen The Avengers yet, what, do you not like America or something?

If you have seen the movie, I'd imagine afterwards you had a discussion face-to-face, on a Facebook status or through tweets regarding who you thought stole the show. Did you like Robert Downey Jr.'s sarcastic...

Gino Vicci

Critics Weigh in on High-Frequency Trading on Flash Crash Anniversary

Gino Vicci | Posted May 10, 2012

Two years ago in early May, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged nearly 1,000 points within just a few minutes before recovering, an event known as the "Flash Crash."

Since then, critics charge, little has been done by regulators or the exchanges to prevent a similar event, which many blame...

Terrence Chappell

Open Letter on Race Relations Follow-Up

Terrence Chappell | Posted May 9, 2012

Since the publishing of my open letter to the LGBT community on race relations in Boystown, there have been some intriguing takes on the matter. Readers have thanked me for coming forward about my personal experiences. Other readers have shunned the matter and my experience as just another nondescript problem,...

Joshua Hale

Neighborhood Schools: An Answer to Chicago's Supply and Demand Problem

Joshua Hale | Posted May 9, 2012

I live on a quiet, residential street with my wife and two young boys on the north side of Chicago. We've had an unseasonably warm winter and spring, and as a result the opportunities for neighborly sidewalk talks have come earlier than usual. While my neighborhood is lucky to have...

David Protess

Jury Foreman in McKinney Case: "Justice Was Perverted"

David Protess | Posted May 9, 2012

It is a saga of murder and injustice that spans three decades, and even now a surprising new chapter is being written.

Anthony McKinney, a black teenager, was convicted of the 1978 shotgun slaying of white security guard Donald Lundahl in South Suburban Harvey. Prosecutors sought the death penalty, but...

Doug Ibendahl

Will the Illinois GOP Confirm There's a War on Women?

Doug Ibendahl | Posted May 9, 2012

Democrats have been trying to make political hay by spinning the idea that Republicans are engaged in "a war on women." Obviously I think that caricature is an absolute bum rap. It's just empty rhetoric one expects during a heated campaign year.

But there's a situation...

Robert Bullen

Rent and Tick, Tick... Boom Rock Out Chicago (Well, Almost...)

Robert Bullen | Posted May 9, 2012

It's a Jonathan Larson summer in Chicago. Currently, the genre-defining musical theatre composer is receiving productions of his two major shows by a trio of distinguished local theatre companies.

Tick, Tick... Boom!, which is essentially the precursor to Rent, is a largely autobiographical musical about the late composer's artistic...

Patrick Hughes, Jr

Remembering Brian Hughes - Innocence, Prison, Mental Illness, AIDS and Family

Patrick Hughes, Jr | Posted May 9, 2012

My parents Pat and Brigid Hughes sat down with me to discuss what it was like to raise a child with mental illness. It has been five years since my brother Brian died and today (April 24th) would have been his 43rd birthday. I felt compelled to share his story...