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Meet treatment houses halfway

May 5, 2014

A group of residents in the West Town and Bucktown neighborhoods have filed complaints against A Fresh Start Sober Living Environments Inc., which operates eight halfway houses across the city, claiming that the facilities attract drugs and crime to otherwise quiet neighborhoods. While the houses may attract residents who engage in questionable behavior, the courts should consider the residents’ motivations for the compla...

Punk Flock: Uncovering Chicago’s subculture of eccentric nomads

September 3, 2013

At 18 years old, D.J. Pommerville was eating pizza out of the trash, sneaking onto cross-country rail cars and getting drunk under highway bridges. Now, he's 33 and still dumpster diving. The only thing that's changed is he gets asked for his autograph. Pommerville is known as the crust lord, the figurative leader of a community of young panhandling travelers called crusties.Every summer, packs of crusties—mostly white, reb...

Yoko No-no

By Sophia Coleman

December 3, 2012

Exploiting the legacy of John Lennon is commonplace for Yoko Ono, but this time she’s taken it too far with her new fashion line inspired by her late husband’s naughty bits.Ono launched her debut collection, “Fashions for Men: 1969–2012,” Nov. 27 in New York for global retailer Opening Ceremony. She told Women’s Wear Daily that her inspirations included Lennon’s “very sexy bod” and his most admired attributes, which based ...

Rolling the ‘Dice’ at Columbia

By Alex Stedman

November 12, 2012

German disc jockey and electronic music producer Loco Dice has undergone a significant evolution since his start in the early ’90s. He was initially a rapper playing support slots for Usher, Ice Cube, and R. Kelly. He’s since taken a turn to techno, releasing two electronic albums, several remixes and seven EPs, including his latest, “Toxic,” which drops Nov. 12.The Düsseldorf-based musician’s latest project is the...

High art: Artists explore link between drugs, creativity

By Emily Ornberg

November 5, 2012

The first drawing in Bryan Lewis Saunders’ sketchbook was a self-portrait created for a design course during his sophomore year at East Tennessee State University. When he was finished, he decided the remaining class assignments were pointless because he had discovered what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.Since March 30, 1995, Saunders, 43, has created more than 8,700 self-portraits using varied textures, tools ...

Athlete Profile: Rebecca Christensen

By Nader Ihmoud

October 22, 2012

College/Team: Columbia RenegadesSport: CheerleadingAge/Major: junior, art & designRebecca Christensen’s cheering career dates back to her middle school days, before she joined the local Cheer Illinois Athletics chapter in Bensenville during her senior year of high school. Christensen said she learned the most about the sport during her time in the cheer program.Now the captain of Columbia’s cheer team is working to ...

Free speech turns deadly

By Luke Wilusz

November 14, 2011

Here in the U.S., we enjoy the privilege of criticizing or speaking out against whomever or whatever we want. We can feel free to decry corruption in our political system and denounce criminal activity and violence in our communities.Unfortunately, our neighbors to the south do not enjoy these same luxuries. Drug cartel-related violence in Mexico has been on the rise recently with a string of high-profile murders targeting...

From Burlesque to Bookstores

By Gregory Cappis

September 6, 2011

After having a couple of drinks at a bar on South State Street, a man wakes up naked in an alley without his belongings. He has no recollection of the past several hours except for talking to a woman in a dark bar and drinking a strange-tasting cocktail.This was a common occurrence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when the South Loop was known as the largest red-light district in the country. During the past 100 y...

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