…by Meg White
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I recently asked WBEZ’s Curious City a question. (If you’re not familiar with the program, Curious City is part of Chicago Public Radio’s attempts to get more crowd-sourced reporting to cover for all the bloggers and other staff they recently axed.) I have always wanted to know who pays for the biweekly fireworks displays at [...]

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Chicago has officially stripped every ounce of “dog person” from my soul. For those of you who don’t live in Chicago, you may not be aware that this place is absolutely teeming with dogs. Every trixie with a 300-square-foot sky-rise condo or family of seventeen living in a three-bedroom garden level feels the need to [...]

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Apples, Bacon and Cheese. Now I know my ABCs. Here’s a great fall grilling recipe to try before the worst winter in the nation hits our lovely city. Ingredients: 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 large, firm apples; skinned, quartered and thinly sliced 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 4 slices of bacon, roughly chopped nutmeg [...]

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The newberrys are in season for one weekend only.   Yes, this weekend saw the 26th annual Newberry Library book fair, home of the famous Bughouse Square debates. Back before we were all afraid of crazy people ranting in a public park, Washington Square was home to soapbox debaters of every stripe. The red scare killed [...]

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There are some nefarious farmers out there. I’m not talking about the factory farmers, or the weirdos who think it’s a good idea to feed fish heads to chickens. I’m talking about the folks hawking their wares at the North Center Farmers Market, which takes place every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. But, [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT by Meg White As the venerable comedic institution of Second City turns 50 years old this week, we at BuzzFlash are once again reminded of how much we love calling Chicago home. Not only did Second City bring a new art form to the highest echelons of comedy, but also it brought [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White Yesterday when I was downtown interviewing protesters at the Showdown in Chicago, which continues today, I asked Keith Scribner, president of UE local 1174, how the protests against the big banks were different from the healthcare protests earlier this year. He looked at me with this surprised expression and [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT by Meg White Though the stretch of South Wacker Drive is more Wall Street than it is Wild West, this week it is the scene of what is billed as a “Showdown in Chicago.” Monday morning, a large group of protesters crowded the block surrounding the downtown Chicago headquarters of Goldman Sachs. [...]

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BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS by Meg White Anyone who has spent any time in Chicago this summer knows what Mayor Richard M. Daley wants for an early Christmas present. Chicago 2016 posters are plastered all over the city, urging residents to “let friendship shine.” Public school students were recently roped into the act with a full [...]