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Kickass Woman Of The Day: Get To Know Amara Enyia, Chicago’s Iron Candidate

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Amara Enyia, Chicago's Iron Candidate

To understand why Amara Enyia is running for mayor of Chicago, you have to understand Chicago a little first: Chicago is one city made up of about 75 neighborhoods, and within those there are neighborhoods-within-neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods reflect the city’s vast diversity: Pilsen is a historically Mexican neighborhood, and is home to the National Museum of Mexican Art and the International Latino Cultural Center; Humboldt Park is historically Puerto Rican; Uptown, Garfield Park, Austin, Kenwood, Pullman, and Bronzeville are just a few of the historic African-American neighborhoods; Albany Park has a huge Korean population; Andersonville is historically Swedish while Lincoln Square is historically German; we have a Polish Corridor, a Ukranian Village, Greektown, Chinatown, Little India, and Little Italy. Lakeview is our GLBT hub, Wicker Park was gentrified 20 years ago and is where musicians, artists, artisans and hipster hang out. Within the metropolitan area, we have one of the largest Jewish populations. Keep reading »

High School Student With The Best Grades In His Class Forced To Fight For Valedictorian Title



Meet Ladarius Sapho. Tomorrow, the 18-year-old is graduating from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, with the best grades in his class. Having achieved a weighted grade-point average of 4.135 thanks to kicking ass in his honors classes, Sapho should be a shoe-in for Valedictorian and had even prepared his speech for the big day. But early last week, school Principal Tony Valente called Sapho and the expected Salutatorian (who has the second best grades in the class) into his office to deliver a crushing blow — neither was eligible for the titles after all, because they had both started at the school as sophomores after moving into the district. Allegedly, there’s a policy that requires that valedictorians/salutatorians must have attended the school for at least seven semesters to receive the honors.

“I was gonna be number one, valedictorian of 2014. I was going to be giving the speech at graduation,” said Sapho in an interview with FOX 32 Chicago. “You’re gonna tell me just two weeks before graduation? I had a speech ready, I was ready to give this speech, practicing and he tells me I can’t be number one.” Keep reading »

Are You Living In The Funniest City In America?

Are You Living In The Funniest City In America?

The University of Colorado Boulder’s Humor Research Lab (yes, that’s an actual thing) has created a Humor Algorithm to determine which cities in America are most likely to leave you giggling — and what type of humor makes residents of that city laugh the most. Every major city has a personality of its own, so it would only make sense that this would bleed into the city’s taste for comedy.

Scientist Peter McGraw, the Humor Lab’s director, teamed up with journalist Joel Warner to collect nine months’ worth of data on individual cities’ Internet usage and comedy industries. The team measured patterns like the number of visits to Cheezburger websites, comedy clubs per square mile, touring comedians’ ratings of comedy club audiences, the percentage funny tweeters and famous comedians born in each city, and the number of humor-related web searches in the city. Once they had a top 10, the team surveyed over 900 residents to understand the types of humor they relate to and each city’s local flavor of laughs.

Check out the top-ranking cities after the jump! Keep reading »

An Unexpected Spin On Teen Pregnancy

Teen Stands Up To Sex Ed
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Katelyn Campbell just said no to her school's abstinence-only sex ed. Read More »
Teen Pregnancy Drops
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American teens are slightly less pregnant than in years past. Read More »
Pregnant Man
Judge won't grant him a divorce. Read More »
Teen Sues To Keep Baby
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A Texas teen sues her parents for the right not to have an abortion. Read More »

I’m having a moment with Chicago. First, the deep dish pizza, and now, an “unexpected” ad campaign to help prevent teen pregnancy. Some people are calling the ads featuring teen boys Photoshopped to look preggo “disturbing” — but the so are the teenage pregnancy rates in the city. So, touché. I think they’re genius.

“We wanted to create an ad campaign that would cut through the clutter and get people thinking about teen pregnancy and teen births, and how it can affect more than just teen girls. The daughters of teen mothers are more likely to become teen moms themselves. And the sons of teen moms are more likely to go to prison. These are challenges that go beyond one girl or one woman,” explained a spokesman from Chicago Department of Health.

Well played, Chicago. I hope it works. [Sun UK]

This High School Hot Sauce Prank Is Too Hot To Handle

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10 ridiculous things that happen at rural high schools. Read More »
Amber's Prank
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Amber Tamblyn punked Tyrese and it was awesome. Read More »
Breaking Up: Pepper Spray
We're dumping this t-shirt. Read More »
Comedian's DBag Prank
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Comedian takes on doucebag Abercrombie & Fitch. Read More »
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It’s prank season and a student at Highland Park High School in the suburbs of Chicago pulled off a doozy. Last month, a kid allegedly poured hot sauce into the marinara sauce in the school’s cafeteria. Sounds standard enough, but this particularly brilliant specimen happened to use hot sauce so hot that it sent three staff members to the hospital after inhaling the potent fumes. According to the school’s representative, students and staff that had eaten the marinara or inhaled the fumes from the sauce reported symptoms including “coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, and skin rashes.” Keep reading »

Hadiya Pendleton, 15, Performed At Obama’s Inauguration And Was Killed By Gun Violence Yesterday

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This is disgraceful: a 15-year-old Chicago high school sophomore named Hadiya Pendleton died yesterday in a park where she was murdered as a bystander to gang violence. Less than two weeks prior, Hadiya and her classmates performed in Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s Inauguration ceremony. The Chicago Tribune reports that Hadiya and other students from King College Prep School (one of the top prep schools in the city), were dismissed from class early on Tuesday and so they went to hang out in a park. A gang war broke out and Hadiya, a majorette and volleyball player, was caught in the fray. In addition to her death, a 16-year-old male classmate was also injured and is in serious condition. [Think Progress]

One Damn Good Reason To Plan An Impromptu Trip To Chicago…

Missoni Condos
For just $82,000, you can live in a condo designed by Missoni. Read More »
Stay in a chocolate hotel!
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Yep, you can eat the furniture. Read More »
IKEA House
Now you can live in a scene from 500 Days of Summer. Read More »

Okay, so it may not be an entire Missoni-designed condominium tower, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t impressive: renowned Italian fashion house Bottega Veneta was given carte blanche to design a 1,400-square-foot suite in Chicago’s Park Hyatt Hotel. The Lake Suite by Bottega Veneta boasts a master bedroom, separate living and dining areas, a kitchen, an office, and two bathrooms, all decorated in their trademark understated, unfussy luxury. Of course, the room wouldn’t be complete without touches of the brand’s signature woven leather, which embellishes the furniture drawn from their home collection. The press release states that the “warm and light” palette is composed of signature Bottega Veneta neutrals, “like pergamena and noce.” Pergamena and noce! Imagine that. [Refinery29, Park Hyatt Chicago]

Update: Jason Segel Fan Gets Her Dream Date

Jason Segel Karaokes
Along with his buddy, Jim Krasinski. Read More »
Jason Segel's Proposal?
Chelsea Gill asks Jason Segel out on a date -- via YouTube. Watch »
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Here are 18 guys you should give a shot in 2012. Read More »

Last week we told you about Chelsea Gill, the perky girl who wrote her main celeb crush Jason Segel an adorable ditty and posted it on YouTube. Gill asked Segel out on a date — just a drink or coffee, she suggested. And amazingly, her online plea worked! Segel invited the Chicago-based Gill to attend the Chicago Film Critic Awards with him — and she could bring her best friend and identical twin sister along, too.

So what was Segel really like?

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18-Year-Old Woman Raped & Beaten By As Many As 6 Men In Chicago

An 18-year-old woman was raped and beaten by as many as six men on New Year’s Eve in Chicago. The young woman, described by the Chicago Sun-Times as a Highland Park High School senior from the suburbs, went to a concert by British DJ “Rusko” at the Congress Theater and was turned away because she had no ID. Security cameras caught the woman inside a Mexican restaurant walking away with six young men. The woman was found naked, beaten and bleeding at 9:30 p.m. that night. On Sunday morning, she was listed in critical condition and in a coma. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Chicago-Area Campus Sex Assaults Rarely Prosecuted

Today's Lady News
  • Campus sexual assaults are rarely prosecuted as felonies at Chicago schools, according to a depressing piece in the Chicago Tribune. Many sexual assaults that police agree are rapes are prosecuted as misdemeanor battery charges, allegedly because they are easier to prosecute. [Chicago Tribune]
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry is decrying President Obama’s international promotion of gay butt sex. What, you didn’t know that the president promotes gay butt sex in other countries? WELL HE DOES. [Think Progress]
  • Blogger Sady Doyle on the new feminist genre the “lady loser comedy,” where ladies like Kristen Wiig in “Bridesmaids” and Charlize Theron in “Young Adult” are allowed to be not perfect. [In These Times]
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