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Electric bikes could zoom through bike lanes

Electric bikes could zoom through bike lanes

May 12, 2014

Bicycle paths may soon welcome electric bikes with a proposal by two aldermen looking to clarify the city’s transportation laws.Aldermen Scott Waguespack (32nd Ward) and Joe Moreno (1st Ward) introduced an ordina...


By Managing Editor

May 5, 2014

A song Michae Jackson recorded 31 years ago was released May 2 as the first single from the upcoming Xscape album, the second release since his 2009 passing. Although fans might be excited to moonwalk to unheard material from the King of Pop—it makes you wonder why Jackson might have kept these tracks under wraps to begin with.Eight previously unheard Michael Jackson songs, originally recorded between 1983—1999, including the...

Cutler’s concussion causes concern

By Lindsey Woods

November 19, 2012

I am not the biggest Jay Cutler fan, but since I don’t generally wish harm on people, I was genuinely concerned when Cutler was injured during the Bears Nov. 11 game against the Houston Texans.The bad news of Cutler’s concussion, the result of a helmet-to-helmet hit with Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins, was offset slightly by news of the $30,000 fine Dobbins had to pay the NFL, but it was still disturbing.Two other quart...

Running like a girl

By Lindsey Woods

November 12, 2012

I am jealous of a 9-year-old.Her name is Samantha “Sam” Gordon, and she has become the latest Internet sensation via a video her dad posted of her playing peewee football in an all-boys—well, formerly all-boys—league in Utah. The mini quarterback is distinguishable from the rest of the players in the highlight reel, not because she’s a girl, but because she’s clearly an incredible football player.Gordon is a co...

Craft beer catches on in Chicago

By Matt Watson

February 7, 2011

The bartender dashes back and forth, filling drinks and sliding them across the counter to eagerly waiting customers. Roughly 30 people crowd around the bar, laughing and trying to talk above the person squeezed in next to them. The dining area, filled with a mix of young hipsters and older professionals, is completely full. Glass windows cover the back wall, revealing giant fermenters and a man skimming sediment from a vat of...

Jazz’d Up

By Jazzy Davenport

December 14, 2009

Last week the world watched as Serena Williams, the best female tennis player in the world, lost her cool after being called for a foot-fault during the U.S. Open. The younger Williams sister has been criticized so much during the past week for her verbal attack on the lineswoman. She virtually had a meltdown in front of viewers worldwide and exposed us all to her potty mouth.I admit Serena was wrong and crossed the line. She should have never threatened to shove the tennis ball down the woman’s throat, and we don’t even know what else was said. However, athletes of all sports have meltdowns all of the time and rarely does it cost them the match, or in some sports, the game. The loss of temper is rarely the deciding factor in who wins or loses. So was Serena’s meltdown enough to cause her to be penalized to the extent that she would lose the match?Not taking anything away from Kim Clijsters, she’s a talented player and I think it’s incredible that she was able to win just 18 months after giving birth. However, was Serena’s meltdown such a big deal because of her actions or because of who she is? I’ll go with the latter. There have been several tennis players who have done things of that nature. Competitive, passionate athletes do it all of the time. It’s a part of the game. Those who are the best are often the ones who are seen arguing a call. They’re supposed to—especially when a seemingly bad call is made at a crucial point in the game. In Serena’s case, it was match point.So should Serena really be fined $10,500 for “aggravated behavior?” I understand that $10,500 is not much to her, especially because she received $350,000 in prize money for even reaching the semi-finals, but what exactly determines “aggravated behavior?” Beside the fact that Serena apologized for her behavior several times, Roger Federer had a run-in with a referee just two days later and was only fined $1,500.Unfair? I believe so. There is no way that Serena should have been fined nearly ten times as much as Federer was. Although Federer is the No. 1 male tennis player in the world, Serena is more popular and has a greater marketability than Federer.  So, because of her talent, appeal and influence, she must be held to greater standards, thus facing a greater penalty.At first this sounded a bit contradictory to me. However, I then realized that this is how things are supposed to operate. We sports fans are just used to seeing the superstar athletes get off easily.  I guess it doesn’t work like that in tennis.

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