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  1. Back to School: Not Just a Celebration for ParentsRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Aug 20 | The Huffington Post

    I don't have tiny humans of my own, yet, and I probably won't have them for a while. What may surprise you parents out there, though, is that I get just as excited for back-to-school as they do.


  2. 10 Ideas for Last-Minute Labor Day GetawaysRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 19 | Switched

    As the long, lazy days of summer drift away, it's time to fit in one last vacation before hectic and demanding fall schedules take over, and the extended Labor Day weekend is the ideal time for that last hurrah. Thanks to's 2015 Travel Hacker Guide, which revealed this year's most popular destination for the holiday weekend, we've got ten great cities where you can celebrate the unofficial end of summer.


  3. Great Lakes, Amazing Connections: Rest, Relaxation and a Respect for RecreationRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 17 | The Huffington Post

    Through all four seasons, the Great Lakes provides a vast array of recreational opportunities that connect more than 40 million people who live in its basin, and the countless others who flock to its shores from around the world. While public policy, a trillion dollar economy and critical conservation issues connect all who take pride in the Great Lakes, this month we take a look at how the five bodies of water foster fun, inspiration and relaxation through a host of recreational opportunities.


  4. U.S. Army Skydiver Dies From Injuries Suffered In Midair Collision At Chicago Air ShowRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday Aug 16 | The Huffington Post

    A U.S. Army skydiver who had served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan died Sunday from injuries suffered in a midair collision with another jumper during a stunt at the Chicago Air & Water Show, authorities said. Sgt. 1st Class Corey Hood of Cincinnati, Ohio, who had recently turned 32, was pronounced dead Sunday afternoon at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, said Mario Johnson, a Cook County medical examiner's investigator.


  5. Long layover? More like mini vacationRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 14 | The Huffington Post

    Long layovers can be a real drag, but they certainly don't need to ruin the trip . Venturing out of the airport can add leaps and bounds of enjoyment to your travels, and it's pretty easy to keep the cost down on your hiatus from the terminal.


  6. Fright Night, Tales of Halloween and the Art of Horrible People: An Interview With John SkippRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Aug 12 | The Huffington Post

    John Skipp is a New York Times bestselling author and editor, whose 25 books have sold millions of copies in a dozen languages worldwide. His first anthology, Book of the Dead , laid the foundation in 1989 for modern zombie literature.


  7. 8 Tricked-Out Sundaes Around the U.S.Read the original story w/Photo

    Monday Aug 10 | The Huffington Post

    With this summer's smoldering temps, we'll take a simple hot fudge-drenched cup of soft-serve from Dairy Queen any chance we'll get. But it's far more satisfying digging a metal spoon into a real sundae as reward for wading through the oppressive humidity.


  8. Reviving Pre-Citizen SuffrageRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Aug 7 | The Huffington Post

    "When a foreigner left his old life behind and traveled thousands of miles to start a new life in Wisconsin, that effort alone was more than adequate to demonstrate his loyalty and commitment to Wisconsin." This sentiment , expressed at Wisconsin's 1848 Constitutional Convention, once reflected the mainstream American attitude towards immigrants.


  9. Know Place Like Home: Manuevering Midlife Meltdowns Via Divine InterventionRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 3, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    So, there I was minding my own business when, from nowhere--well, that's debatable--I received "a sign" from The Universe to write about my Polish family's odyssey surviving Joseph Stalin's mass deportation of approximately 1 million Poles during the 1940s. You know, light stuff.


  10. Things I've Learned About Sharks From Swimming With ThemRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 21, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    Postdoctoral Research Associate at the John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago focused on spawning aggregations of Nassau grouper in the Bahamas. Dr. Kristine Stump swims alongside, and holds onto, a tiger shark during one of her research trips.


  11. 54 Stingrays Die At Chicago ZooRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 13, 2015 | Switched

    More than 50 stingrays in a popular exhibit at a Chicago zoo died on Friday after oxygen levels suddenly dropped in the tank where the animals lived. Chicago Brookfield Zoo said an equipment malfunction caused the dip in oxygen at the Stingray Bay habitat -- a shallow pool where visitors were allowed to touch and feed the 50 cownose rays and four southern stingrays that lived there.


  12. Jon Stewart Wanted Names Of 9/11 Bill Opponents. Here They Are.Read the original story w/Photo

    Jul 2, 2015 | Switched

    With the health treatment program for 9/11 responders set to expire this fall and Congress moving slowly to reauthorize it, Jon Stewart demanded to know on his show Wednesday night who is responsible for all that "bullshit." A 9/11 advocacy group, Citizens for the Extension of the James Zadroga Act, rolled out a website Thursday that lets people look up any member of Congress and find out where they stand on the new Zadroga Act as well as what they've said about 9/11 in the past.


  13. What Life Is Like With A Disfigured FaceRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 26, 2015 | The Huffington Post

    In a world obsessed with beauty, living with a facial disfigurement can be hard. Neil Steinberg explores the past and present to find out what it's like to look different.


  14. Standing Out in the Crowd: 10 Summer Solo Shows Around the World in 2015Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 25, 2015 | Switched

    The summer group show : it is an art world standard, a simple placeholder for the slower months, and, increasingly, a clichA ripe for parody and subversion. But as the art world grows and grows, and the 24/7 art news cycle keeps spinning year round, galleries are packing their calendars with big solo shows in the hot months.


  15. 10 Types of Seafood You Really Shouldn't EatRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 23, 2015 | Switched

    It may seem like the ocean is just a bottomless pit of fish sticks and sushi, but the reality is that our supply of seafood is finite. Through rampant overfishing and just generally treating the ocean like a cheap buffet, we've depleted the populations and ruined the habitats of some truly delicious fish.


  16. As Kelo turns 10, meet the new victims of eminent domainRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 23, 2015 | Switched

    Ten years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the city of New London, Connecticut, could bulldoze residential property so a private business group could build an office park. Today, a Chicago university is trying to bulldoze six properties so a private developer can build and operate dorms and retail stores.


  17. As Illinois suspends big tax breaks, it's time to recognize how...Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 8, 2015 | Switched

    In the wake of Illinois state lawmakers passing a budget with a nearly $4 billion deficit, Gov. Bruce Rauner on June 2 froze two flagship tax-credit programs administered by Illinois' Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. Proponents of the Economic Development for a Growing Economy , or EDGE , and Illinois Film Tax Credit programs say they're necessary to make the state competitive - acknowledging that lower tax burdens boost growth.


  18. Could a Baltimore Happen in Chicago?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jun 3, 2015 | Switched

    Recently we have witnessed the unfortunate sequence of legitimate and responsible protest actions being hijacked by those who use the crowd effect of many marchers as a cover for their criminal activities of looting and burning. This same juxtaposition occurred 50 years ago this summer in Chicago and there are some lessons to be learned - so history does not need to repeat itself.


  19. Jesse Eisenberg Is A Stone(d) Cold Killer In Awesome 'American Ultra' TrailerRead the original story w/Photo

    May 28, 2015 | Switched

    Imagine Viggo Mortensen in "A History of Violence" meets Jason Bourne meets a ton of weed. What do you get? Jesse Eisenberg's Mike Howell in " American Ultra ."


  20. Fred Armisen, Zosia Mamet And Vanessa Bayer Are 'Golden Girls' In Jenny Lewis' New VideoRead the original story w/Photo

    May 27, 2015 | Switched

    You can always count on Jenny Lewis to release awesome music videos with the best celebrity cameos. Last year, the singer brought us the gender-bending " Just One of the Guys " video with Anne Hathaway and Kristen Stewart, and now she's enlisted Fred Armisen, Zosia Mamet, Vanessa Bayer and Leo Fitzpatrick to recreate her acting career in a new video.


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