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Chicago opera scene hits high note with loyal audiences

The plot summary of U.S. opera in recent years has unfolded like the last act of a Verdi tragedy: New York City Opera, dead; Opera Boston, dead; San Diego Opera, on its final aria.
In the Media by Mary Wisniewski (Reuters)

'Divergent' set to dominate

UPDATE #2: It looks like "Divergent" will reap around $53-58 million for the weekend as the next trilogy is born. It took in $22.8 million on Friday.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

Chicago River flows green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

The popular tradition of dying the Chicago River to celebrate the festive St. Patrick's Day has been copied at numerous locations — even The White House — but Chicago remains the most infamous.
In the Media by Jessica Jones-Langley

Op-Ed: The Price of Freedom — What are we sacrificing now?

The proposed budget cuts by the Secretary of Defense are nothing more than a red herring from an administration with out of control spending habits, desperate to make the Affordable Care Act work, and a habit of targeting the military.
In the Media by Donald Quinn

Op-Ed: Felonious throwing of a snowball

Chicago - A Chicago cop charged a 13-year-old boy with aggravated battery to a peace officer because the officer claims the boy hit him with a snowball.
In the Media by Justin King - 3 comments

Loyola University Chicago students simulate poverty at workshop

Chicago - Loyola University health sciences students, faculty and staff participated in a poverty simulation workshop Thursday. Activities included standing in an unemployment line, role-playing as a pregnant teen and serving a healthy, inexpensive lunch.

Life sentence for woman who killed policeman with his own gun

Chicago - Robin Johnson, 50, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday for killing Chicago police officer, Richard Francis, with his own gun in 2008.

'NATO 3' in court on terrorism charges, entrapment is alleged

Three protesters stopped by Chicago police before a 2012 NATO Summit protest, who posted video of what appears to be clear harassment, are in court on terrorism charges after nearly two years in police custody.
In the Media by Ralph Lopez - 1 comment

Viral photo sums up the subzero chill affecting 180 million Americans

Widely shared online right now is this chilly photo taken of Chicago during Tuesday's devastating cold. Residents of the Windy City are not alone: 180 million Americans are struggling through record-breaking freezing temperatures.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 3 comments

'Chiberia': Ghastly storm in the Midwest continues Special

Chicago - Everybody in Chicago and environs can now say they've encountered polar weather. It's actually colder here than at the world's farthest extremes.
Digital Journal Report by Sandy Dechert - 2 comments
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Roger Ebert is the reason I write about movies

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The company who makes the coveted Oscar statuettes will continue to produce them. It was announced earlier that R.S....
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Timber Lake Playhouse in Mt. Carroll, IL will be transformed into a sexy, hot, wild, mysterious, Berlin nightclub. If...
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Piranha bites off a little girl's fingertip.

On 6/23/12 in Chicago, Illinois an 18-month-old daughter was discovered that one of her fingertips had been devoured....
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