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Group Efforts: stay on the grass

Who says marijuana destroys motivation? Pot activist Rich Byrne has made dope one of the driving forces in his life. As the 25-year-old current president of the Illinois Marijuana Initiative, he hopes the budding war on the war on drugs can get its act together and become a potent political force. Of course, putting a […]

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On Exhibit: big boys’ toys

“I’ve been sneaking into abandoned buildings ever since I’ve been a photographer,” says M.Y.S. Smith, a founding member of the guerrilla art group Environmental Encroachment. Smith, who’s also a ceramist, and cohort Dave Christensen, a welder, have been taking their artistic inspirations–not to mention free materials–from Chicago’s burned-out, boarded-up, and barbed-wired industrial sites. For the […]