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  • Larry Zanoff's aim: Teach actors to bear arms for the film's sake

    Larry Zanoff's aim: Teach actors to bear arms for the film's sake
    For Larry Zanoff, the armorer who lent Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" its firepower, fake blood can be a serious occupational hazard. "The gun gets splattered with fake blood," he said. "Now it's all gummed up; it doesn't want to work anymore....
  • Lawyer: Former Hartford Mayor Perez Deserves Two New Trials

     Lawyer: Former Hartford Mayor Perez Deserves Two New Trials
    Former Mayor Eddie A. Perez's lawyer reiterated his argument Tuesday that Perez's bribery and extortion cases should not have been combined, and that as a result the jury was unfairly prejudiced against Perez. Evidence from both cases was shown to the...
  • Pill-mill docs often avoid prison, but street-level dealers get locked up

    Pill-mill docs often avoid prison, but street-level dealers get locked up
    In June 2010, Margaret Schoendorf was arrested after she sold an undercover detective 47 painkillers in Orange County. The same day, agents arrested doctors Roman Mosai and Michael Moyer on charges they were illegally doling out addictive painkillers...
  • Year in Review: John Drayman indicted, 'Knock-knock' burglaries, Kim Kardashian's mayoral ambitions and much more

    Year in Review: John Drayman indicted, 'Knock-knock' burglaries, Kim Kardashian's mayoral ambitions and much more
    Glendale got introduced to a whole a new meaning for "knock knock" in 2012, and became the focus of international media coverage after becoming the object of desire for two television stars — Kim Kardashian and a black bear with a taste for...
  • Tonight's top show: Swedish House Mafia at UIC Pavilion

    Swedish House Mafia: It’s last call for the DJ supergroup of Axwell, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso, on the heels of last year’s “Until Now” album, which featured rave-fueled collaborations with Coldplay and Knife Party....
  • 17 face federal drug, weapons charges

    17 face federal drug, weapons charges
    Federal authorities today announced a series of indictments on drug and weapons charges against 17 people following a multiple-agency investigation underway since 2012. Chicago police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents used federal wiretaps on at...
  • 'Variety' coffee-table book displays the evolution of an iconic magazine

    'Variety' coffee-table book displays the evolution of an iconic magazine
    As it says here, on page 64 of the glossily fascinating coffee-table book "Variety: An Illustrated History of the World From the Most Important Magazine in Hollywood," Al Capone, interviewed in his Chicago home, told Variety he was approached often to...
  • When policy kings ruled

    When policy kings ruled
    Long before the state of Illinois figured out how to make big money from gambling, mobsters devised "a 50 million dollar a year business in nickels and dimes," as the Tribune reported in 1950. Called "policy" — the game took bets for as little...
  • Charges 'best birthday present' says murder victim's daughter

    Charges 'best birthday present' says murder victim's daughter
    It was bittersweet when Tanya R. Thomas picked up the phone Friday night and heard a Chicago police detective's voice: “I’m calling to inform you of good news. We’ve made three arrests in your father’s murder.’’...
  • Glendale police: Packaged drugs found during body search of jailed man

    A 30-year-old Glendale man was arrested this week on suspicion of dealing narcotics in Glendale and smuggling several grams of drugs into the local jail in his rectum, police said. Narcotics detectives had taken Leyvi Dawson into custody on Monday for...
  • 'Scent of Scandal' no garden-variety tale

    'Scent of Scandal' no garden-variety tale
    Sordid stories about illegal smuggling and the resulting felony charges are as common as cloudless skies in the Sunshine State. But this bizarre tale is not about drugs. It's about orchids. Craig Pittman, author of "The Scent of Scandal" ($24.95,...