Lou Rawls dies
You'll never find... A "velvety baritone" like Lou Rawls, who died Friday of lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai in LA. He moved with his mother from Chicago in the 1950s, was a friend of Sam Cooke, and sang the National Anthem at Game 2 of the 2005 World Series in Chicago
. Rawls sang with Sam Cooke
, was awarded three Grammys, sold one platinum and five gold albums. He said: There are no limits to music, so why should I limit myself
posted by SeeAych4
on Jan 6, 2006 -
sung by Mahalia Jackson (mp3)
No artist brought more acclaim to gospel music than Mahalia Jackson
(October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972). Beginning in 1950, her divine
(.wav) talents were featured weekly on Studs Turkel
's radio program, and through her music
and gentle personality she became so beloved worldwide that her funeral
rivaled that of royalty. Mahalia sang "Precious Lord" at Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s funeral -- at Mahalia's funeral, Aretha Franklin did the honors. Mahalia
was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame posthumously in 1997
. Word has it she also made a mean okra gumbo
posted by miss lynnster
on Jan 27, 2005 -
The Chicago River
was essentially the city of Chicago's cesspool until the construction of the Chicago Ship & Sanitary Canal, which connected the Chicago River to the Mississippi Basin in 1900. Now there's serious talk
of intentionally returning a section of the river to a cesspool-like state, by dumping untreated sewage and (possibly) toxic chemicals into the river. The purpose: to prevent invasive species such as the Asian Carp
and the Round Goby
from using this connection to cross between the Great Lakes and Mississippi basins. Is it ever possible to avoid unintended consequences in environmental engineering? And is it necessary to "go nuclear", so to speak, to try to correct them?
[Second link RealAudio; transcript here.]
posted by Johnny Assay
on Mar 4, 2003 -
Reality catches up a bit with scifi
through a new Chicago startup called Arryx, who is developing the first commercial tractor beam. Tractor beams are nothing new
at mefi, but this is a major step up from last year's story
. One, it's graduated the technology from the nanoscopic application to cellular-level microscopic levels. Two, this is destined to be an actual commercial product. The technology is licensed to the company from the university where it was developed, my very own alma-mater, The University of Chicago
:) [link via ArsTechnica]
posted by LuxFX
on Sep 1, 2002 -
Stories like this one
always seems to bring a smile to my face. For the record, this is the second time in the last few years that some stupid (or very desperate) criminal has tried to rob a doughnut shop in the Chicago land area. You'd think that the concept alone would stop a would-be assailant, but I guess truth is
stranger than fiction.
posted by Bag Man
on Jul 31, 2001 -
And I thought Florida only had this problem.
The Chicago Tribune reports that nearly 8% of votes in Illinois' 1st Congressional District went uncounted in the 2000 presidential election. It also adds: voters in low-income, high-minority districts nationwide were more likely to have undercounted ballots than were those in affluent, predominantly white districts, the study showed.
Is there a nation-wide epidemic of undercounting? Or is it a problem limited to few localized areas? Or is it an underhanded way to deny the underprivileged of their vote? From the looks of it, at least additional investigation needs to be done.
posted by Bag Man
on Jul 9, 2001 -
Well, there's no Webistics, and Big Pussy hasn't turned up floating down the Fox River, but here's your modern American mob family, suburban style. Betty Loren-Maltese, longtime mayor of the Town of Cicero, which abuts Chicago's West Side, has been indicted for looting the town's health insurance system to the tune of at least $10 million. The US Attorney says it is the largest dollar amount in any single organized crime investigation. [more inside]
posted by dhartung
on Jun 16, 2001 -
Chicago invaded by Bunim-Murray Productions.
Well, we can either take this opportunity to culture jam, or spend the next several months griping about camera crews taking up too much space on the El during rush hour. Any bets on what neighborhood they'll be in?
posted by gsh
on May 9, 2001 -
Bozo to hang up his nose.
After 40 years on the air in Chicago, the final episode of The Bozo Show
will air in August. One of the personalities ingrained into the head of every Chicago kid is going away.
posted by hijinx
on Mar 25, 2001 -
Chicago to enlist graphic designers for friendlier ballots.
[free reg may be req'd] There's been a bunch of discussion about the usability problems with various voting systems, notably punch-card ballots. Chicago didn't have anything as dramatic as a "butterfly" prexy ballot or two pages' worth of candidates, but we still had close to 120,000 discards from 2.1 million votes
-- and when compared with jurisdictions using other systems, there's little evidence to suggest that voters are skipping the presidential ballot. That's just how bad manual punch card technology is. Even if we can't get rid of them just yet, at least we can make sure they aren't confusing.
Did I just post the twenty-sixth
link on Metafilter today? GO AWAY. METAFILTER IS FULL. :)
posted by dhartung
on Nov 29, 2000 -
scheming she-devils, alive and well.
the lincoln park trixie society (based in chicago) sounds like a joke: how to bed a rich man, where to find the best puppy-groomer, where to live, ad nauseum. but unfortunately...it's not. good for a laugh (or a cringe).
posted by patricking
on Sep 25, 2000 -