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Transition time

August 1, 2014 12:46 AM EDT

This will be the last Change of Subject post using this blogging platform -- the one I and so many of you have grown accustomed over most of the last 11 years. Like the rest of Tribune online content, my...


Medical pot shops are coming! Take a chill pill, folks.

August 1, 2014 12:19 AM EDT

Friday's print column You’d think licensed dispensaries for medical marijuana were all-ages opium dens from the wariness bordering on paranoia with which state and local officials are grudgingly preparing for them to open. A year ago Friday, Gov. Pat Quinn...


Open Thread: The Weeks In Review

July 31, 2014 5:01 PM EDT

Chicago Newsroom CAN TV: Ken Davis is joined by David Kidwell (Chicago Tribune) and Alex Richards (Chicago Tribune). They discuss the city's highly suspect red light camera system. i>You may subscribe to the audio version of the Chicago Newsroom podcast...


Fine lines final four

July 31, 2014 8:28 AM EDT

The Tweet of God, a popular parody feed, has two of the four finalists this week. Voting closes at noon Friday. Here is a direct link to the poll. Which of these tweets do you favor the most


Two takes on medical tokes

July 30, 2014 1:52 PM EDT

Opening paragraphs of the Tribune story on what the City Council plans to do about medical marijuana: Aldermen took steps Tuesday to further limit where medical marijuana dispensaries could be located in the city. The dispensaries would be banned from...


Missed it by <i>that</i> much

July 30, 2014 1:08 PM EDT

Story: An 86-year-old man who attempted to help police foil an armed robbery at a Crestwood phone store by firing at the fleeing suspect may not have broken the law, but firearms trainers say he ignored a basic rule of...


16 is the new 21

July 30, 2014 12:57 PM EDT

More proof that baseball needs to speed up its act last night at Wrigley Field: This game, which took six hours, 27 minutes, was the longest game (by time) in Cubs’ history. It surpassed the previous record of six hours,...


Fine lines

July 30, 2014 10:45 AM EDT

The week's finest lines, culled from Twitter and presented here for you to note, in comments, your favorites. We'll winnow down the set to a short list of finalists for a click vote tomorrow. 1. Parenthood is the joy of...


'As much as you love the bulldog, the fact that it exists at all is borderline animal abuse'

July 30, 2014 10:03 AM EDT

This new video from College Humor wittily makes an important point, one with which I, the owner of a purebred dog, resignedly concur: Everyone says our dog -- a Chesapeake Bay Retriever -- is gorgeous. She is. She's also loyal,...


Eight observations on the widely covered study in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control on how fist bumps are far more sanitary than handshakes

July 29, 2014 10:59 PM EDT

Wednesday's print column 1. The whole thing sounds like a middle-school science project. Using one rubber glove dipped into a "bacterial broth" (yum!), and a sterilized second glove, a biochemist and a doctoral candidate at Aberystwyth University, Wales, shook hands,...


Sullivan defends `decent, pragmatic' Obama

July 29, 2014 10:52 PM EDT

From Andrew Sullivan's blog essay, Why Am I Moving Left? From that first stimulus vote on, [Barack] Obama faced a unanimous and relentless nullification Congress. If he favored something, they opposed it. Despite Obama’s exemplary family life, public grace and...


Black and white is the new orange in MIchigan jail

July 29, 2014 5:11 PM EDT

Reuters: The Saginaw County Jail is replacing its orange prisoner jumpsuits with horizontal black and white striped jumpsuits because the popular prison life series "Orange Is the New Black" has led locals to make fashion choices inspired by the behind-bars...


Land of Linkin'

July 29, 2014 10:07 AM EDT

An occasional listing of intriguing, wacky, useful, provocative and otherwise interesting links that readers and I have come across and think you might want to see. Kafka's Joke Book: A horse walks into a bar. The bartender asks, “Why the...


Bump it up! Time to replace the handshake with a newer, more sanitary greeting ritual

July 28, 2014 10:47 AM EDT

Story: Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that a shake transfers more bacteria than other forms of hand-on-hand action. They are calling for the widespread adoption of the fist bump instead... The findings, published in the American Journal...


Because you don't have enough to worry about....

July 28, 2014 10:18 AM EDT

How a solar storm two years ago nearly caused a catastrophe on Earth (WaPo) On July 23, 2012, the sun unleashed two massive clouds of plasma that barely missed a catastrophic encounter with the Earth’s atmosphere.Had this event occurred a...


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