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Patti Smith Tells It Like It Is In Riot Fest Rant, Continues To Be Our F*****g Hero

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | September 16, 2014 | Arts
If anyone was wondering whether 67-year-old "godmother of punk" Patti Smith has lost her rebellious edge, this video should put any doubts to rest. Capping off an emotional set at Riot Fest in Chicago's Humboldt Park as the sun set Sunday evening, the legendary singer-songwriter, poet and artist...

A Blood Test For Depression Proves The Illness Is Not A Matter Of Will

Anna Almendrala | September 16, 2014 | Healthy Living
Screening for depression might soon be as easy as a blood test. A new test that identifies particular molecules in the blood could help doctors diagnose patients with clinical depression, according to a new study published in the journal Translational Psychiatry. The blood test can also predict...

Obama Launches New Campaign Targeting Men To Stop Campus Sexual Assault

AP | Tyler Kingkade | September 16, 2014 | College
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to announce a campus sexual assault awareness campaign from the White House Friday, with a special focus on engaging men in the fight against a largely hidden problem. White House officials say the campaign, called "It's On Us,"...

Video Of GOP Lawmaker's Meltdown Resurfaces In House Race

AP | Igor Bobic | September 16, 2014 | Politics
DUQUOIN, Ill. (AP) — A red-faced Mike Bost showed little restraint when he took to the floor of the Illinois House in 2012 and unleashed a furious rant about the way Democrats run the state, complete with hollering, paper-throwing, fist-waving and an oddly placed reference to Moses. "I'm sick of...

Urban Wildlife Research Initiative Needs Your Help Spying On Animals

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | September 16, 2014 | Green
In an effort to better understand the animals around us, wildlife researchers in Chicago are reaching out to the public to help them make progress on a massive backlog of data. How can one help? Simply by doing what any Internet-using procrastinator is already very comfortable with: clicking through photos...

Playboy Names UPenn Top Party School For 2014

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | September 16, 2014 | College
Believe it or not, the University of Pennsylvania was named the top party school in the nation by Playboy magazine on Monday, making that the first time we can recall an Ivy League university claimed such a title. Syracuse University, this year's top party school...

These Major Cities Are On The Short List To Host The Obama Library

AP | Paige Lavender | September 15, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Chicago, New York and Honolulu are on the short list to host President Barack Obama's future presidential library. The Barack Obama Foundation says four of the 13 applications submitted earlier this year made the cut. New York's Columbia University and the University of Hawaii are being invited...

Pets And Owners Stay Together During Tough Times With These Groups' Help

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | September 15, 2014 | Good News
A Virginia veterinary clinic owner recently told USA Today that up to two-thirds of pet owners putting their animals to sleep were doing so because they couldn't afford to care for their pets. "I've never seen as many people lining up to turn over pets," Mark Kumpf, former...

Newly Released Documents Give Boozy Insight Into Prohibition Era (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | September 15, 2014 | Crime
Warning: some of these images may be disturbing to those who love beer. In newly released documents and photos obtained by and, the height of the Prohibition Era comes to life like never before. As agents knocked down doors and dumped and destroyed beer...

15 Things That Make Riot Fest The Freakiest Music Festival In America

Kim Bellware | September 15, 2014 | Entertainment
Large-scale music festivals have become a staple of summertime fun, but none of them get quite as weird or wonderful as Riot Fest. Among the marquee events for Riot Fest's 10-year-anniversary in Chicago over the weekend was a panel that featured the Russian activist band Pussy Riot, whose members...

11 Reasons Garfield Was Wrong About Mondays

The Huffington Post | Katla McGlynn | September 15, 2014 | Comedy
The first day of the week gets a pretty bad rap, but is Monday really the worst? Sure, you're probably a little bummed about returning to work or school, and maybe you're feeling somewhat daunted by the tasks that lie ahead of you, but when isn't that...

Coalition Of 50 Hispanic Groups Aims To 'Deliver Record Latino Turnout' For Midterms

Roque Planas | September 15, 2014 | Latino Voices
A coalition of 50 Latino groups announced the start of a monthlong drive to boost Hispanic voter registration Monday, vowing to raise turnout to record levels for the November midterm elections. Timed to coincide with Hispanic Heritage Month, which also began Monday, the announcement of...

Mesmerizing Photographs Prove Burning Man Has Far From 'Jumped The Shark'

The Huffington Post | Carly Schwartz | September 15, 2014 | Arts
Every year, roughly during the weeks before and after Labor Day, various members of the media pontificate on the mainstreamization of Burning Man. The art-speckled dream that materializes in middle-of-nowhere Nevada each August has gotten too big/loud/expensive/popular to stay true to its weirdo hippie roots, they argue.

Cecily Strong Responds To 'SNL' Change: 'I Don't See This As Me Leaving Update'

The Huffington Post | Carol Hartsell | September 13, 2014 | Comedy
Don't worry about Cecily Strong, y'all. The "SNL" cast member who anchored "Weekend Update" during the last season, has made it clear she's very happy to be stepping away from the desk when Michael Che takes over on September 27. Strong posted this message on...

Appeals Court Reinstates Wisconsin's Voter ID Law

AP | Alex Lazar | September 12, 2014 | Politics
CHICAGO (AP) — In a stunningly fast decision, a federal appeals court in Chicago reinstated Wisconsin's voter photo identification law on Friday — just hours after three Republican-appointed judges heard arguments on reactivating the hotly debated law in time for the November election. In a brief order, a three-judge panel...

Rarely Seen Photos Spotlight The 1970s Social Scene Of South Side Chicago

Joseph Erbentraut | September 15, 2014 | Arts
To say it was a different time is putting it lightly. In the 1970s on Chicago's South Side, revelers in their finest packed into nightclubs, dancing the night away to the soulful music of the era while knocking back a drink or three at now-extinct blues clubs like Perv's House,...

News Anchor Battling Cancer Tells Viewers He Only Has Months To Live

Catherine Taibi | September 12, 2014 | Media
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A television news anchorman fighting brain cancer in Illinois has told viewers he has only four to six months to live, but he hopes to work as long as he can. During a newscast Thursday, Dave Benton told viewers of WCIA-TV in Champaign that doctors recently...

Cardinal Francis George Says Catholics Are Forced To Live Under Pro-Gay 'State Religion' Akin To 'Sharia Law'

Curtis M. Wong | September 12, 2014 | Gay Voices
An Illinois-based Catholic leader is making headlines after penning a column arguing that members of his church are now being forced to live under a pro-gay, pro-choice "state religion" akin to those living in nations "governed by Sharia law." Cardinal Francis George, Head of the...

16-Year-Old Invents A New Way To Communicate -- Using Only Your Breath

Amanda Scherker | September 12, 2014 | Teen
Sixteen-year-old Arsh Shah Dilbagi has found a way to convert human breath into speech, and he says his invention could transform the lives of an estimated 1.4 percent of the world's population who have conditions that prevent them from communicating verbally. The Indian teen recently earned a spot...

Here's How A Six-Pack Of Craft Beer Ends Up Costing $12

Joe Satran | September 12, 2014 | Taste
Here's the real reason your craft brew costs so much more than a six-pack of Bud.
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