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The Straight Dope

Since Alexander Litvinenko’s death there’s been a lot of talk about polonium-210, the radioactive material that killed him. This brought to light another issue seldom discussed in the media–that tobacco contains high levels of the stuff, due to chemical fertilizers. In 1990 Surgeon General C. Everett Koop went on record stating that radiation from tobacco […]

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September 21, 2007

Lead Story Urban sprawl, meet agriculture: The East Valley Herald of Mesa, Arizona, reported in July on Phoenix-area home owners who paid an extra $80,000 to developers for the view from their back patio only to find they get a particularly good look at sites 300 feet away where manure is dumped all summer before […]

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Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Taste of Lincoln Avenue, on Lincoln between Fullerton and Wrightwood, features music on four stages along with children’s activities and a wine-tasting tent. A donation of $7 (before 5 PM) or $10 (after 5 PM) is suggested for admission. For more info call 773-868-3010. SATURDAY28 Main Stage 1:45 Ides of March 4:15 Geoff Achison & […]

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LEE BOYS

This Florida-based family act (three brothers and three of their nephews) rocked the crowd at last year’s Blues Festival with the gospel of Jacksonville’s House of God church, birthplace of the “sacred steel” tradition, which adorns crowd-pleasing R & B shout-alongs with lap and pedal steel guitar. Its pioneers were inspired by the Hawaiian steel […]

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I’m a Bug

Matt Jenkins, 19, just finished his freshman year at the School of the Art Institute, where he was studying sculpture, and is now living in Western Springs. He makes music under the name Life Under a Tree and runs a label called Playground’s Greatest Records! with friends. Tell me about your outfit. This is my […]

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Dress for the Mess

Meg McCarville, 26, is a writer and unemployed outreach worker. She performs music under the name Little Princess. Describe your style. I like Japanese freak clothes and stuffed animals and kids’ stuff. And messes. I like masks and costumes. I like things that don’t go together, and stripes. I like the way clowns look. So […]

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The InPrint Project

Who knew that 50 pounds of recycled Readers (with a few New York Times pages thrown in) could be so attractive? Erica Mott opens her piece, InPrint, with her back to us, wearing what appears to be a bridal gown with a gigantic skirt. In fact all the costumes and set pieces in InPrint, a […]

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STEPHEN GAUCI

You might expect profound hearing loss to rule out a career in music, but it had the opposite effect on Stephen Gauci. At nine he discovered that while he couldn’t always make out what his friends were saying, he could hear the saxophone just fine and embarked upon years of intensive practice and study on […]