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‘Flight’ soars on strength of character

By Sam Flancher

October 29, 2012

After a hiatus from live-action filmmaking, Robert Zemeckis, acclaimed director of “Forrest Gump,” has returned with “Flight.” An engrossing, often thrilling portrait of a conflicted hero, “Flight” is proof of Zemeckis’ maturity asa filmmaker.The film chronicles the story of Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), an airline pilot who saves hundreds of lives by executing a miraculous crash landing. A toxicology repo...

Obama in Chicago to vote

By James Foster

October 27, 2012

President Barack Obama flew into Chicago Thursday afternoon to vote at this home polling station. The Obama campaign is focusing major efforts on getting people to the polls early this election cycle. Early voting in Illinois started October 22 and will continue until Nov. 3 at locations throughout the city.[kml_flashembed publishmethod="dynamic" fversion="10.1.8276" useexpressinstall="true" movie="https://columbiachronicle.com/soundslides/ob...

Why not comics?

By Senah Yeboah-Sampong

October 22, 2012

I used to catch all kinds of grief for my love of reading, especially when it came to comic books, which were associated with the once-shameful state of nerd-dom that my bookishness reflected. So when a Publishers Weekly article reported that Diamond Comic Distributors saw comic book sales this year jump 19.9 percent and graphic novel sales increase 16.9 percent, I felt a sense of validation.This literary form and the stores that serve...

Scores and Schedule

By Nader Ihmoud

October 12, 2012

10/11 ScoresMLB playoffsBaltimore Orioles 2 New York Yankees 1WP: Pedro Strep LP: David PhelpsSeries: Tied 2-2San Francisco Giants 6 Cincinnati Reds 4WP: Matt Cain LP:Mat LatosSave: Sergio RomoSeries: Giants win 3-2Detroit Tigers 6 Oakland Athletics 0WP: Justin Verlander LP: Jarrod ParkerSeries: Tigers win 3-2Washington Nationals 2 St. Louis Cardinals 1WP: Drew Storen LP: Lance LynnSeries: Tied 2-210/12 ScheduleMLB playoff...

Teachers strike displaces students

By Kaley Fowler

September 17, 2012

As the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools battled over contract negotiations, approximately 350,000 students were displaced when the teachers strike wore on.On Sept. 10, unionized teachers took to the streets following months of unsuccessful contract negotiations between CTU and CPS officials. As of press time, the teachers and school board were slated to reach an agreement on Sept. 16.“[CTU and CPS] are wor...

Manifest 2012 ‘pedal-powered’

By Heather Scroering

April 9, 2012

In a few weeks, the main topic of conversation is likely to shift from prioritization, with its many listening forums and layers of recommendations, to the college’s largest and most attractive event of the year, Manifest.This year’s celebration, pushed forward one week to May 4 because of the NATO summit, will see more than 75 showcases, a pedal-powered amusement park and countless other exhibitions featuring the work ...

City keeps peace with Nobel summit

By Vanessa Morton

March 5, 2012

While Chicago prepares for the G8 and NATO summits this May, there is another upcoming event that will mark new ground for the city.History will be made April 23–25 when Chicago is scheduled to host the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, an international gathering three weeks before world leaders and NATO officials make their appearance this spring.“They’ve had it every year for 12 years in a different city, bu...

Fall style runs down catwalk

By Lindsey Woods

November 7, 2011

The squeaking of sneakers is an unusual departure from the click of high heels on fashion show runways, but one Chicago store is bringing the two worlds together.On Nov. 9, Fleet Feet Chicago will host its fourth annual Fall Fashion Show, which features new lines from the world of running apparel. This year, it has teamed up with Nike, Mizuno and Saucony to put on its biggest show to date.“For a long time, running has been...

Securing Students’ Safety

By Gregory Cappis

October 10, 2011

In 2011, Chicago authorities have been receiving an average of 35 complaints about abandoned buildings per day. These vacant properties pose a threat to the safety of residents—especially children—and decrease property values of surrounding homes, according to public officials.Two proposed ordinances would impose stricter regulations on owners of vacant properties. Violaters would be subjected to fines ranging from $100–$500 p...

CPS leaders quarrel over schools

By Gregory Cappis

September 19, 2011

Hundreds of people crowded into an auditorium to watch what they thought would be a boxing match between the leaders on opposite sides of the education playing field. However, the spectators found the boxing match to be more of a pillow fight with both sides tending to agree with each other.Bruce Dold, Chicago Tribune’s Editorial Page Editor, hosted a discussion between John-Claude Brizard, Chicago Public Schools’ CEO, and...

City Council votes to extend Chicago school day

By Amanda Murphy

September 12, 2011

In a unanimous decision at a City Council meeting on Sept. 8, the mayor only votes to break ties the city’s 50 aldermen voted to extend Chicago’s school day. The change urged by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, will lengthen the day by 90 minutes, an alteration the members said will improve to the quality of education students receive.At the meeting, aldermen took turns contributing their thoughts on the matter. As the speakers shar...

Chicago Public Schools face future financial issues

By Editorial Board

September 6, 2011

The Chicago School Board recently approved a nearly $6 billion budget for2012 that closes the current revenue gap but does not plan for the $860 million deficit Chicago Public Schools officials expect by 2014.The new budget promises $100 million in not-yet-determined administrative cuts, which is a good place to start. But officials need to maintain transparency with the public about when and in what form these cuts will com...

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