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Chicago Business Learns Little Leaguer Is Homeless, Offers To Pinch Hit And Pay Family's Rent

Kim Bellware | August 29, 2014 | Good News
When Jackie Robinson West players returned home to Chicago this week, seemingly everyone in the nation knew about the U.S. champions of this year's Little League World Series. What most people didn't know, however, was that 12-year-old Jaheim Benton -- No. 8 on the Jackie Robinson...

Airport's Incredibly Cute Lawn-Trimmers Are Back On The Job

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | August 29, 2014 | Green
Guess who's baaa-ck? The Chicago Department of Aviation announced Thursday that it has once again "hired" several dozen goats, sheep, burros and llamas to graze on the grounds of O'Hare International Airport. The airport first introduced the low-tech, eco-friendly initiative in 2013. The animals, all...

Illinois Issues Long-Awaited Fracking Rules For Oil And Gas Companies

AP | Nick Visser | August 29, 2014 | Green
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Stricter requirements for disclosing the use of chemicals are part of new proposed rules issued by the state Friday as part of the process of regulating fracking, the high-volume oil and gas drilling method that proponents hope will bring a surge of jobs to Illinois. The...

Feds Are Increasing Their Marijuana Growth Because Of Cannabinoid Research

Matt Ferner | August 29, 2014 | Politics
The federal government is currently growing a lot more marijuana than it has in the past because it expects higher demand from researchers for cannabidiol, or CBD, a non-psychoactive compound in marijuana that has shown tremendous promise for medical use. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, which "oversees...

At Least 14 Injured In Shuttle Bus Crash Outside Chicago Airport

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | August 29, 2014 | Crime
At least 14 people were injured when a shuttle bus traveling to Chicago O'Hare International Airport slammed into a concrete barrier Friday. A firefighter on his way to work at the O'Hare fire station happened to be just two cars behind the crash, which occurred at about...

Catcalling Comic Illustrates Street Harassment From The Very Beginning

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | August 29, 2014 | Women
Sometimes it's hard for even the most empathetic of men to understand the level of street harassment most women face. So if you ever need to explain it to someone, this comic may come in handy. Ursa Eyer, an artist based in New Orleans, was inspired to...

Why Dreaming About Failure Is Actually A Good Omen

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | August 29, 2014 | Healthy Living
Despite the stress and dread they can cause, dreams about failure could actually be a good omen -- especially if you have a big test coming up. That’s according to a new study by researchers at Sorbonne University and the Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière in Paris, France. Researchers, led...

5 Reasons Why Black Lives Matter

Colorlines | Danielle Cadet | August 28, 2014 | Black Voices
Stacia L. Brown wears a lot of hats. The Baltimore-based single mother of a 4-year-old serves as Colorlines’ Community Engagement Fellow, teaches writing at a local college, runs Beyond Baby Mamas and Bellow, and still finds the time and energy to write—beautifully. Over the past couple of weeks, sparked by...

Illinois Women Arrested After Meth Lab Found In Church

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | August 28, 2014 | Crime
It may not be one of the Ten Commandments, but it kind of goes without saying that thou shalt not cook meth in a house of worship. But two women were accused of cooking meth inside a rural southern Illinois church on Wednesday, the Associated Press reports....

Chicago Police Commander Relieved Of Duties After Allegedly Sticking Gun In Suspect's Mouth

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | August 28, 2014 | Crime
A department-lauded Chicago police veteran has been stripped of his authority and charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct for allegedly sticking his gun into the mouth of a suspect. Commander Glenn Evans, who oversaw the city's West Side Harrison District and has frequently been praised by Chicago Police Supt....

Privileged White Guys On Fox News Agree: There's No Such Thing As White Privilege

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | August 28, 2014 | Media
Isn't it funny how that works?

Explosion At BP's Largest Oil Refinery In The U.S. Rattles Indiana

AP | Nick Visser | August 28, 2014 | Green
WHITING, Ind. (AP) — An explosion at BP oil refinery in northwestern Indiana along Lake Michigan rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it didn't cause any major injuries or halt production at the facility, a company official said Thursday. The explosion Wednesday night at...

This Is What Everyone Talks About At America's Favorite Music Festivals

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | August 28, 2014 | Entertainment
Diving into the conversation surrounding the 2013-2014 music festival season, Eventbrite teamed up with social media research company Mashwork to put together a thorough examination of what it is that attendees have been buzzing about during the time period. Analyzing 20 million social media conversations, it was discovered...

The Most Legit Eiffel Tower Replicas You Didn't Know Existed

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling | August 28, 2014 | Travel
You don't need to go all the way to Paris just to see the Eiffel Tower these days. With all of the replicas that have popped up around the world an Eiffel Tower might be practically in your backyard. The Eiffel Tower A Few Brief Facts About The Original: Was built as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair 1,063 ft tall (or 324 meters) The engineer's name was Gustave Eiffel Initially Mr. Eiffel had little enthusiasm for the project but obviously eventually changed his mind The Replicas: Paris, Texas / 1:16 scale (USA) Constructed in 1993, this replica has found itself in a constant height battle with a replica in Paris, Tennessee, which was also completed in 1993. At first, Texas' tower was designed to be five feet taller than Tennessee's, but then the Tennessee tower took the lead. But to finish the battle once and for all Paris, Texas added a cowboy hat to their tower, and won the height battle, clocking in at 65 feet. You DO NOT MESS with Texas. Parizh, Russia / 1:6 scale Constructed in 2005, this replica serves the area as a cellular tower. Slobozia, Romania / 1:6 scale The story behind this is especially amazing... So as the legend goes, through a series of bribes and other "indelicate means," someone was able to get enough money to build a theme park in this remote/small Romanian town that not only has a huge Eiffel Tower replica but also recreated many of the buildings from the 1970s American TV show, "Dallas." That man is now in jail. Hangzhou, China / 1:3 scale China built this huge city with replica landmarks such as Mt. Rushmore and The White House, but now it is mostly an abandoned ghost town. The Eiffel Tower in Hangzhou was only built in 2007, and at the moment farmland still exists around the tower. China is hoping people will move into the city someday as the population continues to grow. In brighter times... Las Vegas, Nevada / 1:2 scale This is the largest true replica of the Eiffel Tower (there are bigger towers that simply have a resemblance such as the Tokyo Tower). This replica is fairly popular and widely known in the United States as it is part of the Paris Las Vegas Casino on the Vegas Strip. This replica also has its own Twitter account. Filiatra, Greece / 1:18 scale This replica at the entrance to the village of Filiatra. The artist who built this also built a fairy tale castle right outside of the town around the same time. Durango, Mexico / 1:6 scale This replica was donated by the French community in Durango. Apparently vandalism of the tower is a big problem and the legs have received much damage, however they still light the tower up at night and there's a giant rope swing attached to the bottom. Shenzhen, China / 1:3 scale This replica is part of a theme park called "Window of the World." Around 130 reproductions are featured at the theme park with their Eiffel Tower being the tallest. Paris, Tennessee (USA) / 1:20 scale Tennessee lost the height fight with the Paris, Texas replica. Originally built at Christian Brothers University, the campus had to give the replica up because students kept climbing on it. The tower has had many AMAZING stories happen there... "Weddings have taken place there, a group of state park employees were led to the site during a tour of Henry County, and one time a visitor from out of town took several of her young grandchildren to get their picture made in front of it. This Kodak moment was arranged because the woman knew that some of her older grandchildren were having their picture made in front of France's Eiffel Tower that very day." The Chamber's Assistant Executive Director from 1990-98 for Paris, Tennessee was quoted as saying, "We liked to say that it was the second tallest Eiffel Tower in a Paris." That of course wasn't true due to the Eiffel Tower is Paris, Texas. She also said, "When I tell people I'm from Paris, I'm used to hearing, 'Oh the home of the world's Biggest Fish Fry. More and more, I'm hearing, 'Oh, ya'll have that Eiffel Tower." Poor Tennessee. Other, smaller replicas around the world can be found in... Mini-Europe, Belgium / 1:25 scale Atlanta, Georgia (USA) / 1:30 scale Montmatre, Canada / 1:40 scale Austin, Texas (USA) / 1:45 scale Paris, Michigan (USA) / 1:110...

Scientific Proof That You Need A Vacation Right Now

The Huffington Post | Renee Jacques | August 28, 2014 | Healthy Living
Stop being afraid of taking time off. Science says vacations will make you a better worker.

Steve Carell And Stephen Colbert Perform 'The Obvious Song' Together At Second City In 1993

Andy McDonald | August 27, 2014 | Comedy
Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert are funny on their own, but put them together and they're truly sublime. (This should come as a surprise to exactly zero people.) Here's further proof that these two are an incredible comedic powerhouse. In 1993, they were both part of a revue called "Take...

Jackie Robinson West Returns To Hero's Welcome In Chicago

Joseph Erbentraut | August 27, 2014 | Sports
CHICAGO (AP) -- The ballpark gleams, exactly as the home of the Little League World Series national championship team should. Free of graffiti and absent so much as a kid's initials carved in the grandstand benches, Jackie Robinson Park is outfitted with a digital scoreboard and mechanical pitching machines. It...

19 Eerie Photos That Put America's Problems In Plain Sight

Harry Bradford | August 27, 2014 | Business
Seeing an abandoned home can be a bit creepy. But seeing one that represents the decline of an entire way of life? That should elicit an even more solemn reaction. Nineteen pictures of abandoned homes shared with The Huffington Post by photographer Seph Lawless offer just such a...

Yes, Race In The Little League World Series Matters

Kim Bellware | August 26, 2014 | Black Voices
Before Jackie Robinson West players took this year's Little League World Series by storm, it had been 31 years since an all-black team had participated in the tournament. Amid the Chicago team's soaring achievement -- earning the American championship before losing the world championship game to South Korea...

This Rapper Just Won The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge With Marijuana

Matt Ferner | August 26, 2014 | Politics
Just when you thought all variations on the Ice Bucket Challenge had been exhausted, rapper B-Real from Cypress Hill shows up with a bucket of marijuana. "I know we're going through a drought with water and all that stuff, so we're going to do it a little different, but I...
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