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Chicago Tribune

Scrapbooking 'rock star' gets drummed off stage

Ah, another (niche) case where people turn on someone who is succeeding because they're simply jealous and resentful. As a species we seem to be unable to decide whether we admire people who succeed or hate them... we sure do seem to like it when they take a dive.  (Jan 13, 2008 | post #21)

Chicago Tribune

South Side woman, age 24 and mother of 8, held in son's f...

DCFS is horribly, horribly overworked with caseloads that are unmanageable. They need more money, not less so that they can hire enough people to supervise their many clients. I realize this women represents a nightmare scenario for a lot of people, exactly what "poor people are like". Thing is, if you aren't willing to adopt or foster or donate time to help break the cycle, the criticism seems a little bit weak. I hope the schools are allowing people to lecture about birth control. So many aren't anymore. When I was in high school, there was a place you could go to anonymously pick up condoms from a bin.  (Dec 19, 2007 | post #269)

Chicago Tribune

Federal authorities charge 16 in drug ring at Cabrini-Gre...

Anyone seen "The Wire" ;P Oh, and Traver's line about the gifts? Priceless.  (Dec 18, 2007 | post #12)

Chicago Tribune

Mom charged in beating death of boy, 2

Sigh, all those kids into the foster care system. This is why adoption and fostering are so important- so many need good homes. I hope the father can be reunited with his children if he's deserving and if they're his.  (Dec 17, 2007 | post #62)

Chicago Tribune

Man found dead on West Side

Homer, why do you post that about every death? Some are gang and drug related :/  (Nov 21, 2007 | post #10)

Chicago Tribune

U. of C. reels from hour of violence

Argh, this article made me cry. I wonder though, if profiles like this were done of anyone shot in the city, if people would be more compelled to take action. Just seeing the face of the poor guy makes so much of a greater impact than the short "person shot" blurbs we get. I noticed substantially more university police out last night... I live a block away from the shooting and once the news crews left, it was just us the the U police cars. Of course, as I mentioned in another posting, this happened across the street from the giant new dorm in progress.  (Nov 20, 2007 | post #23)

Chicago Tribune

South Side man killed in drive-by shooting

I'm sure he did nothing wrong. None of these people who were targeted last night did. I live up the street and you just cannot go out past midnight... predators everywhere. It's awful! The University needs to protect south campus better if they're going to expand to 61st.  (Nov 19, 2007 | post #27)

Chicago Tribune

South Side man killed in drive-by shooting

The University is particularly unhappy about this considering they're putting in a dorm right there on 61st and S. Ellis. An undergraduate dorm, geared towards underclassmen. :/ My heart goes out to this man's family.  (Nov 19, 2007 | post #26)

Chicago Tribune

Police look for links in 2 slayings

Honestly, I'm surprised this didn't get more press considering how close it is to where a ton of University of Chicago students live. Cynical, of course, but I think we all know how the media goes.  (Nov 18, 2007 | post #32)

Chicago Tribune

Mail carrier recounts getting shot on route

That poor postal carrier. He has what can really be a thankless job, probably didn't have control over his route, and to get shot on top of this? People are crazy. It saddens me to see commenters lashing out with racial epithets. These same selfish people probably would never think of engaging in community service or attempting to use their advantages in life to help others. It's too easy to dismiss situations like this as being "someone else's problem" (the old cliche). I wish people wouldn't post anything on here that they wouldn't say to the victims' families.  (Nov 18, 2007 | post #27)

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