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The Straight Dope

Thanks for quoting me twice in More of the Straight Dope. I notice you discuss the alleged practice of gerbil stuffing. [The gerbil is supposedly inserted into the keester for purposes of sexual stimulation.] Have you found any evidence yet that this has ever actually occurred? I ask because the compilers of News of the […]

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The City File

Dept. of animal wrongs. Raccoons living in Illinois state parks are suffering from gum disease, according to U. of I. veterinary epidemiologist Laura Hungerford: “These raccoons are eating the remains of human food and getting dental problems that look just like those seen in humans.” Some are suffering other injuries known to be suffered by […]

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Poland Slandered

To the editors: Your otherwise excellent and moving article by Robert McClory [“Children of the Holocaust,” July 6] contains an outrageous falsehood. Two quotations included in the article imply that Poles were equally responsible with the Germans for the Holocaust of WWII. It’s incredible that a conscientious journalist uses quotations which slander an entire nation, […]

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Crimes of Public Enemy

To the editors: I’m not sure which I found more distressing, Bill Wyman’s account of the homophobia and anti-Semitism that have characterized Public Enemy’s career, or his blase attitude toward these views [“Bringing the noise: Public Enemy on the front lines,” August 31]. Mr. Wyman proposes that because the group’s former “minister of information,” Professor […]

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Family Affairs

RITUAL Chicago Theatre Company VERONICA’S ROOM Avenue Productions and the Kinetic Theatre Company It’s more than you / It is more than me / No matter what we are / We are a family . . . –from “Family,” in Dreamgirls, by Tom Eyen and Henry Krieger “Family values,” to appropriate a favorite expression of […]

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Movie Queens

MOVIE QUEENS Zebra Crossing Theatre at the Edgewater Theatre Center One scene in Claudia Allen’s new play says it all. Two famous Hollywood film stars of the 30s have just come home with their male companions from a studio-approved double date. Suddenly the conventional couples break apart, whirl around, and the newly formed same-sex couples […]

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The Sports Section

Decades make for arbitrary divisions, but there’s no denying 1990 was the year Wrigley Field became an upscale, yuppie ballpark. Wrigley could be forgiven before for attracting college kids to its bleachers and suit-and-tie types to its box seats, but this year they took over. Combining with others of their ilk, known by their fondness […]

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News of the Weird

Lead Story Six U.S. soldiers who recently deserted sensitive intelligence positions in West Germany were found in Gulf Breeze, Florida, in July, and under questioning revealed that they had been spiritually chosen to greet spaceships and to work toward achieving world nirvana. (Gulf Breeze was the location of a large number of UFO sightings in […]

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Hot Spot

PS ’91 at Puszh Studios September 13 Most people have big dreams they fantasize about turning into reality. Occasionally, the rare individual has enough talent and force of personality to make such dreams come true. At Puszh Studios, director David Puszczewicz and managing director Terry James have turned ambition into fact. Not content to offer […]

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Tiny Alice

TINY ALICE Touchstone Theatre Edward Albee contends that his play Tiny Alice is actually very simple. Everyone but the critics seems to understand it just fine, he says. In fact he blames the critics for confusing people. Audiences who saw the play in previews in 1964 had little trouble deciphering the meaning, Albee said recently. […]