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  1. 5 Stories You've Never Heard Before About Heath Ledger As The JokerRead the original story w/Photo

    Saturday Apr 4 | Switched

    Legendary makeup artist John Caglione Jr. worked closely with Heath Ledger over the course of shooting "The Dark Knight," helping the actor transform into the role that would posthumously win him an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Caglione had his work cut out for him: Tasked with creating a terrifying Joker that would be distinct from all previous iterations, Caglione had to maintain Christopher Nolan's wishes for the character to be "dirty" and "realistic."


  2. Rahm Emanuel Seeks To Avoid Second Embarrassment In Runoff ElectionRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Apr 3 | Switched

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the stage in an ornate hotel ballroom in downtown Chicago one day this week where roughly 1,400 African-American women had gathered for a lunch and campaign rally. Playing to the crowd, he stressed the important role women had played in his life, his voice cracking when he got to his immigrant grandmother.


  3. St. Patrick's Day 2015: Photos, Parade, History, Facts And Religious Significance Of The CelebrationRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 16, 2015 | Switched

    MARCH 15: A member of the Lapel High School Marching Band and Guard marches during the St. Patrick's Day Parade in the South Boston neighborhood on March 15, 2015. St. Patrick's Day is best known for parades, beer, and turning rivers green, but the holiday has a long history that's more somber than its current incarnation.


  4. Manipulated Satellite Photos Reveal A Multicolored Universe Exploding With GeometryRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 11, 2015 | Switched

    "There are many ways of traveling. With the body. With the mind. Moving physically or not moving at all.


  5. Rahm Emanuel's Office Denies Mayor Screamed At Mental Health AdvocatesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 5, 2015 | Switched

    Two Chicago mental health activists contend Mayor Rahm Emanuel placed himself nearly "nose to nose" with one of them in a private meeting and yelled, "You're gonna respect me!" after the pair disrupted a public meeting with the mayor. Matt Ginsberg-Jaeckle, 33, and Debbie Delgado, 55, advocates with Mental Health Movement , said they were invited to speak privately with the mayor after they confronted him over the closure of mental health facilities during a Wednesday night meeting with a Wicker Park neighborhood association.


  6. Chicago's Black Voters Key As Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia Battles To Defeat Rahm Emanuel In Mayoral RaceRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 2, 2015 | Switched

    Winning more support from Chicago's black community, which makes up about one third of the electorate, will be essential if Jesus "Chuy" Garcia is to cause one of the biggest political upsets of recent years by defeating incumbent Rahm Emanuel in a run-off and become Chicago's first Hispanic mayor. He will need to overcome tensions between the black and Hispanic communities in the city, aggravated under the 22-year term of Mayor Richard M. Daley, which ended in 2011.


  7. Meet The Man Who Might Make Chicago Mayoral HistoryRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 26, 2015 | Switched

    With his wife Evelyn by his side, Chicago Mayoral candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia speaks to the press after casting his ballot on election day Feb. 24, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was dealt a surprising result in his reelection bid: Despite a massive campaign war-chest and the backing of President Barack Obama , he fell short of the number of votes he needed to avoid a runoff election against his closest rival.


  8. When Public Officials Threaten The Reporters Just Trying To Keep Them HonestRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 26, 2015 | Switched

    You'd think that Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, who holds a master's degree in broadcast journalism, would appreciate a good investigative story. Last week, Mother Jones published a piece with accusations that O'Reilly had embellished key details about his reporting on the Falklands War.


  9. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Aims To Avoid Runoff In Push For Second TermRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 23, 2015 | Switched

    In a city where the voters like tough-talking politicians, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's pugnacious style is being put to the test Tuesday as he tries to win a second term without having to go through a runoff. After raising more than $15 million, or roughly quadruple the combined total of his four rivals, the former White House chief of staff is the clear favorite.


  10. Seasonal Solutions For A Budget-Social LifeRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 20, 2014 | Switched

    The age-old question "What do you want to do?" has plagued humanity since the dawn of civilized social interactions. When a small budget is involved, this question becomes even more daunting.


  11. Chef Teaches Inmates At Cook County Jail How To Cook, How To LiveRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 2, 2015 | Switched

    When it comes to getting a fresh start in life, a jail is probably just about the last place that comes to mind - particularly one as large and with as storied a past as Illinois' Cook County Jail. But a new beginning is exactly what's being served up these days in Division 11. Bruno Abate, chef and owner of Tocco , a popular Italian restaurant in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood, has been teaching a cooking class to inmates.


  12. "Let's Play Two"Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 1, 2015 | Switched

    The title of this piece is no less than a ringing church bell at Christmas, the explosiveness of a cannon firing on the 4th of July with the playing of the 1812 Overture, or the words of a "saint" scribed at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago---certainly to all to those in Chicago and its neighboring towns, cities and communities, but to all baseball fans nationwide. These three words epitomized the life and times of one Ernest Banks, "Mr. Cub " after his playing days concluded.


  13. Ernie Banks Statue Moved To Downtown Chicago For Fans To Pay TributeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 28, 2015 | Switched

    The statue of Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer Ernie Banks was placed next to the Picasso statue in Daley Plaza, as baseball fans get their first chance to pay their respects, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, in Chicago. The city and the Cubs took the unprecedented step of taking the statue out of storage, where it was being held while the ballpark is renovated, and put it on public display away from its usual home at Wrigley Field.


  14. The Perfect Family-Friendly Recipe Under 800 CaloriesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 28, 2015 | Switched

    Like so many other parents of picky eaters, Victoria Phillips cooked two dinners every night: one with "kid foods" like chicken nuggets or macaroni and cheese, and then a more grown-up dish for her and her husband once the children had gone to bed. It had fresh vegetables and healthy proteins in it, but was finished way too late in the evening for the couple to feel nourished and relaxed after work.


  15. How A Mother With Amputated Arms Became An Angel In Her Daughter's EyesRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 26, 2014 | Switched

    Martina Bacigalup o was on assignment for the United Nations in Burundi when she heard about a woman whose brother-in-law had amputated both of her arms because she had given birth to a girl instead of a boy. The story stuck with Bacigalupo.


  16. Japan's Taiga Ishikawa Aims To Become His Country's Only Openly Gay Parliament MemberRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 14, 2014 | Switched

    TO GO WITH by Harumi OzawaThis photo taken on June 2, 2012 shows Koyuki Higashi holding hands with her partner Hiroko during an interview with AFP in Tokyo. Despite the increasing tolerance of gay marriage in much of the developed world, especially in Europe, and a gradual acceptance of the issue in more liberal states in the US, the subject is not on the radar in Japan or in many parts of Asia.


  17. Sandy Hook Anniversary Vigils Shine Light On A Nation Plagued By Gun ViolenceRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 13, 2014 | Switched

    This Sunday marks two years since 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children and six teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, before turning his gun on himself. For the loved ones of gun violence victims across America, the anniversary of the tragedy serves as a grim reminder of how little has changed since then.


  18. Protests Over Eric Garner Grand Jury Decision Shut Down Major Chicago RoadwaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 5, 2014 | Switched

    As protesters nationwide took to the streets Thursday night in continued demonstrations against the grand jury decision this week not to indict the New York City police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, protests in Chicago took on an especially impassioned tone as hundreds of demonstrators temporarily blocked multiple major roadways. Protests began around 5 p.m. in the Loop, the city's business district, and lasted for several hours, as participants briefly marched onto the Dan Ryan Expressway before walking up Michigan Avenue and later onto Lake Shore Drive, where protesters temporarily shut down both directions of the major roadway.


  19. Woman Shot By Ex-Boyfriend At Chicago Nordstrom Store DiesRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 29, 2014 | Switched

    Chicago police secure the Wabash and Grand Avenues entrance to the Nordstrom store on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, where two people were shot Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. CHICAGO, Nov 29 - A Nordstrom worker shot by her former boyfriend in a Chicago store died on Saturday, police sources said.


  20. REPORTS: Shooting At Chicago Nordstrom Leaves 1 Dead, 1 InjuredRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 28, 2014 | Switched

    One man is reportedly dead and a woman critically injured in a shooting at a Nordstrom store in Chicago on Friday night. UPDATE: Chicago Fire Dept.


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