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Why Even Small, Progressive Grinnell College Has Trouble Dealing With Sexual Assault On Campus

Tyler Kingkade | March 3, 2015 | College
On April 10, 2012, Emily Bartlett received a few text messages from a guy who had left her Grinnell College dorm room about 10 minutes earlier. "If you ever tell anyone God help you," one read. Bartlett did tell someone: That night she told a confidential...

Olive Garden's New 'Buy One, Take One' Deal Sends Diners Home With A Free Meal

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | March 3, 2015 | Taste
Unlimited breadsticks AND a free meal?!

More Than 1,000 Requests From Colleges For Screenings Of 'The Hunting Ground'

Tyler Kingkade | March 3, 2015 | College
More than 1,000 requests from colleges and universities have come in to host screenings of "The Hunting Ground," a new documentary examining how higher education institutions handle sexual assault on campus, the filmmakers told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. Fifty-two higher education institutions already confirmed with RADiUS,...

Blizzard Conditions Hit Parts Of Upper Midwest

AP | James Gerken | March 3, 2015 | Green
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A fast-moving storm dumped several inches of snow across the Upper Midwest on Tuesday, making travel treacherous in some areas and leading to at least several traffic-related fatalities. The storm dropped up to 6.5 inches of snow in western Minnesota, while far eastern South Dakota got 3...

Oprah's Harpo Studios Closing In December

AP | Joseph Erbentraut | March 3, 2015 | Media
CHICAGO (AP) -- Oprah Winfrey will close Harpo Studios in Chicago, where she filmed "The Oprah Winfrey Show" for more than 20 years, this December, and will transition production for her cable network to a studio in California. Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network made the announcement Tuesday. OWN...

New Cannes Award Called 'The Glass Lion' Created To Honor Work That Challenges Gender Bias

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | March 3, 2015 | Women
With the support of LeanIn.org, Cannes Lions created the Glass Lion award to recognize progressive work that promotes more inclusive and equal representations of all genders. "The Glass Lion will award highly creative, positive and progressive contributions to gender representation within creative advertising and communications," Senta Slingerland,...

Chicago Could Wind Up Broke Like Detroit If Rahm Emanuel Isn't Re-Elected, Sen. Mark Kirk Warns

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | March 3, 2015 | Politics
Chicago must re-elect Rahm Emanuel as mayor, or else the city could collapse into bankruptcy and wind up like Detroit, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) warned Monday. At a ceremonial event for Casimir Pulaski Day in Chicago, Kirk said Emanuel's challengers "don't have the gravitas with the bond...

Jeremy Roenick: Patrick Sharp 'Doesn't Deserve' To Be Treated Like This

Jordan Schultz | March 3, 2015 | Sports
Jeremy Roenick is one of just three American-born players in NHL history to reach the coveted 500-goal mark. Over his decorated career, Roenick earned nine All-Star appearances as well as a silver medal with Team USA during the 2002 Olympics. The 45-year-old Roenick caught up with me on HuffPost...

Prescription Drug Abuse Linked To Indiana HIV Outbreak

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | March 3, 2015 | Healthy Living
Indiana is grappling with an outbreak of HIV that local health officials say is connected to prescription drug abuse. Since mid-December, there have been 27 confirmed and 10 preliminary -- meaning they need to be confirmed with further testing -- HIV-positive cases in the state, according to...

Chicago's Retired Cardinal Francis George Admitted To Hospital

Associated Press | Jaweed Kaleem | March 3, 2015 | Religion
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's retired Cardinal Francis George has been admitted to the hospital for evaluation after he stopped treatment for kidney cancer more than a month ago. The Archdiocese of Chicago said Tuesday morning that George was admitted to Loyola University Medical Center on Sunday. Archdiocese officials say he'll...

The Dinner Recipe Your State Googles The Most

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | March 3, 2015 | Taste
Our recipe searches aren't so united.

IHOP Dishes Out Free Pancakes Today, March 3, 2015

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | March 3, 2015 | Taste
Breakfast for dinner tonight?

Drew Peterson Returns To Court For Allegedly Plotting To Kill Prosecutor

AP | Michael McLaughlin | March 3, 2015 | Crime
CHESTER, Ill. (AP) — Drew Peterson, a former suburban Chicago police officer convicted of killing his third wife and suspected in his fourth wife's disappearance, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to trying to hire someone to kill the prosecutor who helped put him in prison. Peterson's feet were shackled as he...

Courting Disaster: Obamacare Is Back At The Supreme Court, And These 6 Lives Hang In The Balance

Jeffrey Young | March 3, 2015 | Politics
Obamacare is back before the Supreme Court in a case that could gut the health care law and leave millions of Americans facing severe consequences. King v. Burwell, a lawsuit that originated in conservative and libertarian think tanks, alleges that a stray phrase in the Affordable...

Courting Disaster: Going Without Health Insurance Could 'Bankrupt Me,' Chicago Man With Skin Cancer Says

Jeffrey Young | March 3, 2015 | Politics
Press play to hear Dave Price tell his story. Over the last eight years, Dave Price has beaten skin cancer, struggled with the transition into a new career in his 50s and eaten away at the savings he worked decades to build. What happens next is in the hands of the nine justices on the Supreme Court. Price, 59, is covered by a health insurance plan he bought from an Obamacare exchange. Under the Affordable Care Act, he couldn’t be turned down because of his pre-existing condition. His family income of less than $30,000 a year means he and his wife, who live in Chicago, qualify for tax credits that make the coverage affordable. If the Supreme Court invalidates those subsidies in Illinois and more than 30 other states, Price faces a decision: tap even deeper into his retirement fund to pay for health insurance, or leave the cancer unchecked. It’s not much of a choice, he said. “If they pull the subsidy, we’re going to have to stay in ACA and pay the full cost,” Price said. That would mean more than $13,000 a year in health insurance premiums and out-of-pocket costs. Price said his twice-yearly cancer checkups cost $2,000 each, and having new melanomas removed costs up to $5,000. “I joke around with my kids that with the cancer, they’re burying me a piece at a time,” he said. Price was diagnosed with melanoma in 2007. At the time, he had health insurance from his job, where he worked as an operations director for a manufacturing company. That coverage paid for $85,000 worth of cancer treatments. Price left his job in 2010 to go to graduate school to become an adult educator. He currently works part-time as a job trainer at a community college. Before Obamacare, health insurance and out-of-pocket costs came to about $10,000 a year, and Price spent down his savings and tapped his retirement fund to get by. When he signed up for insurance on the exchange, his costs went way down. “The difference was, my premiums went from $5,600 a year to $1,800 -- basically saving $3,800 a year,” Price said. “Most of that savings is from the ACA subsidy.” Price and his wife receive a tax credit worth a little under $300 a month. Their insurance plan is comparable, and in some ways better, than what he had prior to Obamacare, he said. “I have to keep insurance,” Price said. “The melanomas, if I catch them early, are three to five grand apiece. If I were to have anything like the one I had before, it would bankrupt me.” For more personal stories about the real-life effects of the Supreme Court case, go to Courting Disaster: Obamacare Is Back At The Supreme Court, And These Six Lives Hang In The Balance. The audio interviews in this feature were produced and edited by Ibrahim Balkhy and Brad...

Rep. Aaron Schock To Repay Taxpayer Funds Used For Flight To Football Game

Sam Levine | March 2, 2015 | Politics
PEORIA – Scrambling to contain the damage for billing taxpayers for a private plane ride to Chicago to attend a Bears game, revealed in the Chicago Sun-Times, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., on Monday wrote a check for $1,237 to repay the U.S. government.

Benham Brother Says Gay Man Abandoned His 'Lifestyle' After He Bought Him Cubs Tickets

Ron Dicker | March 2, 2015 | Gay Voices
Those must have been some seats. David Benham, one of the twin brothers who lost their HGTV reality show after their anti-gay views came to light, says a gay man decided to "walk away from [his] lifestyle" after he gave him Chicago Cubs tickets. According to the Blaze and other...

Kurt Braunohler Talks 'Roustabout,' Stand-Up & Goats On 'Too Long; Didn't Listen' Episode 13

Katla McGlynn | March 3, 2015 | Comedy
What happens when you ride a personal watercraft from Chicago to New Orleans? If you're comedian Kurt Braunohler, the answer is biker gang comedy shows, severe wet suit rash and raising a bunch of money for charity. On the 13th episode of "Too Long; Didn't Listen," Braunohler discusses the nine-part Comedy Central digital series, "Roustabout," a week-long Jet Skiing comedy mission to raise $50,000 for Heifer International to send 500 goats and 1,000 chickens to Africa. The hope is to create sustainable mini-economies for families in need, plus, as Kurt says, goats and chickens just happen to be "The funniest animals out there." We also talk about his new direction in stand-up -- "It's a mix of absurd stupidness and then also heartfelt concern for the world" -- his work on "Bob's Burgers" and the biggest lesson he learned on his trip, which included more electrified rivers than one might expect. Don't miss an episode! Subscribe to HuffPost Comedy's "Too Long; Didn't Listen" on iTunes, SoundCloud or Stitcher...

The Route To See The Apostle Islands Ice Caves Is Treacherous, But The Views Are Totally Worth It

Kate Abbey-Lambertz | March 2, 2015 | Green
More than 11,000 people traveled to the far reaches of chilly Wisconsin this weekend, trekking for miles down a road and across the treacherous ice of Lake Superior. It was all for a glimpse of the jaw-dropping ice caves at the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.

Taste Test: The Best (And Worst) Brandy To Use In A Sidecar

Joe Satran | March 2, 2015 | Taste
The results of our taste test are in.
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