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'Cash for Clunkers' - Everyone's Doing It

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 8/8/09 (9:46am)
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You know, as someone living in the city who doesn't drive a car, I've been feeling kind of left out lately with all this talk about 'Cash for Clunkers'. Who should run to the rescue but local furniture retailer Walter E. Smithe?

In a pretty funny commercial I just heard on WBBM radio, they announced they were offering cash discounts of several hundred dollars on new purchases if you bring in your old couch or armoire.

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DePaul Makes It into Andrew Sullivan's 'Daily Dish' -- in Reverse

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 8/3/09 (5:54pm)
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Here's something interesting. Andrew Sullivan, on his blog, The Daily Dish, has been featuring a series of user-submitted photos called, 'The View From Your Window'. And wouldn't you know, Saturday, he ran a picture from DePaul!

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Annual Independence Day Cook Out

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 7/3/09 (8:56pm)

We had our annual Independence Day Cook Out in Lincoln Park near Addison. The weather was perfect and we didn't leave till 7pm -- to see the fireworks downtown.

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RIP - Koko Taylor

Submitted by Leo Klein on Wed, 6/3/09 (4:55pm)

Chicago Blues great Koko Taylor has passed away.

That's really sad. I remember seeing her at a club (probably on Lincoln Ave.) back in the day. I told her I was moving to Paris the next week. She hugged me and told me to take care of myself.

It was the best send-off a guy from Chicago, new to foreign countries, could have gotten.

RIP.

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End of the World: Kiddieland to Close

Submitted by Leo Klein on Thu, 5/21/09 (3:47pm)

kiddyland_logo.jpgIs nothing sacred? Kiddieland, the amusement park for Chicago's toddlers, is set to close after this season. It's the end of the world.

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Sneezing in the Time of Cholera

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 4/28/09 (4:59pm)

So of course at the moment I've come down with a cold. I'm sneezing and sniffling through much of the day. Needless to say, it's not exactly the best time to come down with such conditions.

Thank goodness, there's a nifty little guide "Is it a Cold or the Flu?" (pdf) put out by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) available on this page...

First Sign of Spring (Finally)

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 4/20/09 (2:11pm)
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The trees -- they are a-blooming (even in the 40 degree weather).

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Cub's Park: Official Mustard, Ketchup & Paper Cup

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 4/5/09 (9:23pm)

With opening day tomorrow, it's good to know where the Cubs stand on ketchup, mustard and paper cups.

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MPOW: Fear of Shooting Leads to UIC Building Evacuation

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 3/6/09 (11:18pm)
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It was a normal Friday afternoon. I heard a police siren outside. In fact, I heard a number of police sirens. I looked outside the window and more than half a dozen squad cars came to a screeching halt just outside.

Someone remarked that it might be a bank robbery from across the street. Then suddenly, one of the admin assistants came running in first telling us that someone was running around our building with a gun and that we should duck into one of the private offices for cover. Next came someone running in saying we should vacate the premises immediately.

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Obama a Lefty ?

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 2/22/09 (11:27am)
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Am I the last person on earth to realize that Obama writes with his left hand? You know us 'lefties' feel a kinship for one another. Notice he's wearing his watch on his left hand as well. A true lefty might wear it on his right -- to afford mobility to the dominant hand.

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