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Jordanian Dream

McDonald’s moved into the neighborhood, in the 1400 block of North Clybourn on the edge of Cabrini-Green, in 1971 but pulled down its yellow plastic arches in 1977. The company claimed poor revenues were the reason for the rare failure. It’s not often that Big Mac suffers a black eye. But denizens of this all-night […]

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Ukraine Cowboy

When Slavko Nowytski came to America, he says he wanted to be a cowboy. When he learned that wasn’t possible, he decided he wanted to be an actor who played cowboys. He’s settled for a career as a filmmaker. “I’m still fascinated by cowboy movies,” says the Ukrainian-born artist. “There’s something about this idea of […]

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Vampire’s Kiss

A Manhattan literary agent (Nicolas Cage) who has problems with women imagines that he’s turning into a vampire. This is the first script by Joseph Minion to be produced since After Hours, and it reflects some of the same obsession with predatory and/or defenseless females and New York perceived as an expressionist landscape; the variable […]

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Terms of Adoption

To the editors: We were very pleased to see a discussion of open adoption in Bryan Miller’s “Babies Wanted” (5/12/89). Unfortunately, the article contains some misinformation. Specifically, I must correct Ms. Miller’s statement, “If they want an open adoption . . . they must adopt privately.” This is simply not true. Lutheran Social Services of […]

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Feminists Against Abortion

To the editors: Achy Obejas’s piece on the prolife picketers at Lutheran General Hospital [Our Town, May 19] leaves the impression that abortion opponents are motivated by a horror of nonprocreative sex. As a representative of a prolife group which contains a goodly number of gays, lesbians, and contraceptive users, I can safely say that […]

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The Straight Dope

Here’s a question that’s bugged me for all eternity–is time travel possible, even in theory? –Jan K., Baltimore, Maryland Cecil’s gut feeling on this question, Jan, was no, based on the following unbeatable logic: if it were possible, the people of the future would have done it; and if they have, why the hell haven’t […]

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Sheehan the Slasher

To the editors: Re: “The Gospel According to Thomas Sheehan,” April 21, 1989 Thomas Sheehan of Loyola U. is first and foremost a social activist. Everything he writes or says professionally must be taken in that context. His major goal is to move the status quo from Christian belief into Christian action. All well and […]

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The City File

Good news if you don’t like to eat pesticides: Illinois farmers who use small amounts of commercial fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides actually make more money per acre than heavy users of such chemicals, according to University of Illinois research. Sorry, sir. Does Fido have his Indiana passport? “Moving with pets takes careful planning,” warns United […]

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Doubting Thomas

To the editors: I read Thomas Sheehan’s interview with great interest [April 21]. He is quite right in insisting that liberal theologians are inconsistent–they want to disbelieve the miracles of the New Testament and still hold to the uniqueness of Christ; they want to demythologize the New Testament and still have a savior of sorts. […]

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Field & Street

So where was the greenhouse effect when we needed it? This year’s statewide spring bird count ran directly into a snowstorm that in some places reduced visibility to near zero. One participant, trying futilely to count birds along the North Shore Channel, reported plaintively: “Because of the snowstorm, there was no bird activity in trees […]

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Laughable Lapses

To the editors: After reading Dennis Polkow’s recent review of Benjamin Britten’s Albert Herring as performed by Chicago Opera Theater [April 14], I find myself with severe doubts regarding his qualifications to critique opera. I found a number of things with which to disagree–and only one of them was a purely subjective judgement. Item. Subjective […]