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Screening for bombs protects commuters

By Editorial Board

November 3, 2014

The Chicago Police Department is set to begin random screenings for explosives at public transit stations Nov. 3, joining other major cities that have adopted similar programs, such as New York City.CPD officers will choose one Chicago Transit Authority rail station every day and randomly select which passengers to screen by using a number system. The CPD will initiate the program during peak usage times and at least four off...

Trading privacy for ‘security’

By Luke Wilusz

February 13, 2012

The Transportation Security Administration recently announced that it would be expanding its Pre-Check program that allows certain passengers a chance to bypass some of the more time-consuming security measures at airports. The TSA has been testing the program for a few years, and it is set to expand it to several more national airports, including O’Hare, by the end of March.Pre-Check is designed to allow the TSA to focus o...

LGBTQ face more challenges with age

By Emily Fasold

January 17, 2012

Recent decades may have seen homosexuality brought “out of the closet,” but research from the University of Washington suggests that the health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered seniors has been left in the shadows.The study, named Disparities and Resilience among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Older Adults found that LGBTQ elderly—a population expected to double by 2030—face higher disability rate...

World’s Finest Chocolate creates world’s largest chocolate bar

By Sophia Coleman

September 25, 2011

Chocolate lovers, start drooling.World’s Finest Chocolate, 4801 S. Lawndale Ave., Chicago’s family-owned fundraising and confectionery gift company, has made it into the “Guinness Book of World Records” with the world’s largest chocolate bar. Weighing 12,000 pounds, the candy bar beat the previous record—held by an Armenian company—by one ton.There may be something even more shocking about this monstrous hun...

TSA focuses too much on T and A

By BenitaZepeda

November 29, 2010

Full-body scan or pat down, that is the question. The practices of the Transportation Security Administration in airports are making headlines lately. On Nov. 24, groups of travelers across the country protested by opting out of the scanning process.National Opt Out Day took place on one of the busiest flying days of the year, the day before Thanksgiving. Although as of press time this column cannot reflect the outcome of...

A peek at increasing airport security

By Editorial Board

April 11, 2010

Traveling used to be simple.  There was a time when it wasn’t necessary to remove personal belongings, including sweaters, scarves, hats and shoes. Now it is the duty of all travelers to endure several minutes of humiliation by stripping down from their outdoor attire and waiting in line to walk through a scanner in their socks.This process was supposed to ensure safety after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. However, the weapon-dete...

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