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posted by zerobyproxy
on May 22, 2007 -
The Black Youth Project,
"will examine the attitudes, resources, and culture of African American youth ages 15 to 25, exploring how these factors and others influence their decision-making, norms, and behavior in critical domains such as sex, health, and politics." The project is run by University of Chicago professor Cathy J. Cohen
. The sitemap
may help you get a handle on what is a tremendous amount of information. Or you could read the press release
for a succint summary and links to mentions in the media
posted by The Straightener
on Feb 5, 2007 -
Creativity, Inc: Dave Eggers
is a proprietor. A shopkeeper. Perhaps even a franchise magnate! It was his keen perception of unmet needs in niche markets that led to the opening of a growing array of supply houses across the country. Among them: The Pirate Store
, for the well-outfitted swashbuckler;
The Boring Store
, a subtle, unassuming purveyor of goods for secret agents; the Superhero Supply Store
, in Brooklyn, carrying all the eyewear and accessories today's world-savers require; and Greenwood Space Travel Supply
, where customers are reminded of the space-travel axiom "A lack of preparation is a prescription for mishaps." If these sound like curious business ventures for a celebrated author, there's a reason: the storefronts
, though real, are just that - fronts
. They're the streetside faces (and fundraising arms) of the nonprofit 826National
, a family of learning centers for kids ages 6-18. The 826 'stores' provide free field trips
, creatively themed writing workshops
, and one-on-one instruction
. Supported by an impressive field of cultural types
(including Ira Glass, Sarah Vowell, Sherman Alexie, and others), the program is growing. Coming soon: Michigan 826 will open Monster Union Local 826
, and 826LA
will open the Echo Park Time Travel Mart.
posted by Miko
on Jan 11, 2007 -
Milton Friedman has died.
One of the most famous economists to come out of the Chicago school
, his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom
was a straightforward challenge to the predominant Keynesian model
that government intervention was frequently necessary to prevent market failures, arguing instead that the way to true political freedom was through economic freedom. He was a devout monetarist
and although conventional wisdom conflates conservatism with laissez-faire economics, he described his own philosophy as liberal
in the Enlightenment sense of the word. His 1980 book Free to Choose
, written with his wife Rose in conjunction with the PBS series
of the same name, explained in layman's term his philosophy of how a truly free market works for the benefit of society.
posted by Doofus Magoo
on Nov 16, 2006 -
Who Killed Ryan Harris?
Eight years ago the body of eleven-year-old Ryan Harris was discovered in a poor neighbourhood
on the South Side of Chicago. What followed was a saga involving the youngest children in U.S. history
to be charged with murder; the subsequent dropping of the charges after exculpatory evidence surfaced and allegations of coerced confessions
; another (adult) suspect allegedly faking a low IQ and entering an Alford plea
; lawsuits against the prosecutors on behalf of the boys, later settled out of court
; and, earlier this year, one of the boys coming back into the news after being charged in connection with a double shooting
, with lawyers insinuating that his earlier ordeal was to blame for his criminal activity. One of the sadder stories I've heard in some time.
posted by Johnny Assay
on Oct 31, 2006 -
2 years ago
I FPP'd FlavorPill
, a company that sends out permission-based emails for books (Boldtype
), music (Earplug
), and fashion (the JC Report
). They've since added ArtKrush
(it's art, stupid! - nsfw) and Activate
(world events) to their aresenal. In addition to the topic-specific mailing lists, they offer city-specific lists for London
, New York
, and Chicago
. Sample issues are archived on the site.
posted by dobbs
on Aug 11, 2006 -
The Chicago Tribune special report
on peak oil. Includes a documentary and reporting by Pulitzer-Prize winner Paul Salopek.
posted by stbalbach
on Jul 31, 2006 -
A growing crop of towers pushing 2,000 feet: though just shy itself, the much-redesigned Freedom Tower
is finally under construction for completion in 2011; but there is also the stunning Fordham Spire
, approved in Chicago
, that will rise to 2,000 feet by 2010. Moscow is planning the tallest tower in Europe
, while there are a number of sightseeing
towers under construction in Asia. In Dubai, two towers under construction (despite worker protests
) are racing
to be the world's tallest, both are keeping their final heights secret, but will likely be over half a mile in height -- the Burj Dubai
and the Al Burj
. As previously discussed
, there are great illustrations comparing buildings both built
and under construction
. Bring on Frank Lloyd Wright's The Illinois
posted by blahblahblah
on May 16, 2006 -
Kicking the Pigeon:
On Sunday, April 13, 2003, at about 5:00 p.m., Diane Bond, a 48 year-old mother of three, stepped out of her eighth floor apartment in 3651 South Federal, the last remaining high-rise at the Stateway Gardens public housing development, and encountered three white men. Although not in uniform, they were immediately recognizable by their postures, body language, and bulletproof vests as police officers. Bond gave me the following account of what happened next.
“Where do you live at?” one of the officers asked. He had a round face and closely cropped hair. Bond later identified him as Christ Savickas.
“Right there,” she pointed to her door.
He put his gun to her right temple and snatched her keys from her hand.
posted by jennyb
on Feb 17, 2006 -
The Almighty Gaylords "...To our first time visitors or people with little understanding of street gangs in general, the web site probably appears a little weird or creepy at first glance..."
Gang violence - Chicago Gaylord style...
posted by longbaugh
on Jan 11, 2006 -
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 -
In the summer of 1995 there was a week-long heat wave in Chicago
. Over 700 people died. Most of them were the elderly, poor, and African-Americans. Link above is a Slate article by Eric Klinberg who wrote the definitive Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago
(2003) in which he concludes that "a city, in its decision to operate like a corporation, experienced the breakdown of massive social services" and the resulting "widening cracks in the social foundations of America's cities".
posted by stbalbach
on Sep 9, 2005 -
Gary Skoien terminated for putting a bounty on Da Mayor's head
Skoien was fired from his high powered day job at Prime Group by his boss - a Daley democrat apparently - for putting a $10K bounty on Mayor Daley for information leading to his arrest.
Doug Ibendahl, founder and coordinator of the Republican Young Professionals, said the bounty is unprofessional and Skoien should be removed as heaqd of the GOP in Cook County.
Yeah, but fired?
Prime Group CEO Michael Reschke said Friday that Skoien fatally blunted his effectiveness in the company and that the Daley administration did not influence his firing.
"Gary positioned himself where he can no longer be an effective executive officer of our company," said Reschke, who has made political contributions mostly to Democrats, including at least $2,000 to Daley, but also to a few Republicans, including at least $250 to Skoien.
Truly, Chicago is not the most corrupt American city. It's the most theatrically corrupt
posted by Smedleyman
on Aug 1, 2005 -
Dick "Two Ton" Baker
is a Chicago legend who had a long career in radio, records, and children's television. He was a child prodigy
, a beloved radio host
, and looked upon with favor by none other than Duke Ellington
. He also made some really terrifically funny music
. Check out mp3 versions of "I Like Stinky Cheese," "Civilization"
(a hit for Danny Kaye), the classic "I'm a Little Weenie,"
and many others, all sung in Two Ton's terrifically expressive baritone. Go easy on this site's bandwidth, though.
Check out also the collection of press clippings and articles about Two Ton
, a lovingly compiled discography
(.PDF), and then, because you know you want 'em, buy some CDs of the great man's music.
Oh, and did I mention that it's Two Ton's voice you hear on the classic piece of Cold War "let's make nuclear annihilation palatable to the kiddies!" Americana "Duck and Cover"? Well, it is!
posted by Dr. Wu
on May 17, 2005 -
The Velvet is moving! Fred Anderson
's Velvet Lounge, one of the best places in Chicago to see avant garde jazz, has to move. To help fund the construction of a new club, they're having a couple of fundraisers
(pdf) at the Hot House and at the Velvet in late May. If you don't know Fred, you should get to know him
. If you find yourself in Chicago in May, check him out at the 40th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
, which he helped found. If you find yourself far from Chicago, a lot of his music is available
on CD, including my favorite, the 2003 disc Back at the Velvet Lounge
posted by goatdog
on Apr 25, 2005 -
Dixie Square Mall
, in the mostly-blighted "inner ring
" Chicago suburb of Harvey, Illinois
, opened in 1966. It suffered gradual decline, until it closed in 1978. A year later, film crews gave the mall a brief makeover and Jake and Elwood Blues drove through the place
. Then, nothing. For 20-plus years, the mall sat and decayed. Renovation plans
(even a planned baseball stadium for the White Sox
) were popular
over the years
, but never panned out. In 1993, a rape and murder took place
in the JC Penney's space.
, the mall looks beat up. From the ground, it looks even worse
. Human fascination with deserted space has borne a number of websites
and spelunking trips
(along with some excellent
), and a documentary
is apparently in the works. Finally, at long last, there's renewed hope
for the site. Previously seen here
posted by AgentRocket
on Apr 18, 2005 -
Gas Pump Hacker.
"CHICAGO -- In a bold and outrageous theft staged in broad daylight, a driver pumped about $900 worth of gasoline at a suburban gas station.
The man removed the panel of a pump in Country Club Hills and manipulated the mechanics of the pump so that it would continue to pump gas without registering inside the station...
Other cars then pulled up to the pump and, apparently, cut deals with the thief, who then filled up their tanks and took off..."
posted by azul
on Apr 16, 2005 -
Chicago's current archetectual and artistic showcase, Millenium Park
seems to be causing some problems. The pedestrian bridge
was closed because the hardwood used to build it can not take the salt used to remove ice from pedestrian walkways. But it also seems that the massive sculpture Cloud Gate
aka "The Bean" is a copyright elephant in public space. Park security are shaking down
photographers for permits. As is typical, the copyright shakedown appears to be less about protecting the rights of the original artists, and more about the rights of the distributor
(in this case, the city's desired monopoly on postcards and prints). See boing boing
for editorializing and Slashdot
for the typical herd reaction.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Feb 12, 2005 -
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 -