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Reader to Reader

A Brown Line train heads toward the Loop on a Thursday morning. It’s too crowded to move. “Is this man trying to pinch your butt?” a husky woman in a brown print dress asks a woman near her. “Excuse me?” says the man, who is between the two. “This jerk is grabbing her butt!” says […]

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I’m sitting near the entrance of a bar one Monday night when this guy–young, shaved head, wearing camouflage pants and a tank top–walks in. He approaches my table, mumbles something about being sorry to disturb me, and asks me to buy something. I’m expecting candy, cologne, StreetWise, or something equally innocuous. Instead he pulls out […]

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Critical Function

To the editor: While Kristin Ostberg dutifully reports all the advantages of bicycles over cars (“Joy Riders,” 8/20/99), she never quite sees the necessity for a radical biking group like Critical Mass. Let me suggest a political reason. Radical organizations extend the terms of the debate. They help cause change, if only by comparison with […]