Category: In the news

Author Sue Grafton: M is for Missing you already

Sue Grafton died the other day. The author of 25 detective novels, she’s been with me since 1982 when A is for Alibi came out. Her books took me from life as a young mother through two careers to present day where I am reading her most recent, and it turns out last, Y is... Read more »

School Shootings: 4 things that should be obvious by now

18 school shootings so far in 2018, and it is only Valentine’s Day. Where will we be by July 4th, Veterans”s Day, Christmas? One thing we can all agree on, children should not be giving up their lives for our inaction on problems we continue to avoid. Here’s what looks obvious to me: To identify likely... Read more »

Call them survivors not victims: the power of language in sexual harassment

These women who have suffered sexual harassment or assault, these “accusers,”  these women  (and men) harmed by powerful men with no restraints – either internal or external – have been waiting for acknowledgement for a long time. Some spoke up and were ignored or sidelined. Others turned inward, embarrassed or ashamed or silently enraged, to deal with the trauma... Read more »
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The public face and private cluelessness of the sexual harasser

The current deluge of sexual harassment stories is a real opportunity for all of us to come to understand the sexual predator in a whole new way. As we hear story after story, we can begin to see patterns, even as we retch at the details, from gropes and grabs to full-on assault. I see a natural... Read more »

Matt Lauer: The problem with your sexual harassment apology statement

Memo to Matt Lauer:: Re: Your sexual harassment apology Matt, nice statement but maybe you should have had someone look it over one more time before your people launched it. The emotional tone works, The line about getting past this issue being your full-time job now is a nice touch. But there is one glaring... Read more »

Dave's Mom, the Everymom

I miss Letterman at night when I used to take those last minutes of the day to settle in with someone with a bad attitude after I had spent all day being pleasant and positive and therapeutic. But I might miss Dave’s Mom more. Lately, oddly, I’ve been wondering about her, before I found out that... Read more »
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Who Will Win the Last Super Bowl, CTE or Lady Gaga?

Imagine February, 2067. It’s the 101st Super Bowl; the pregame shows share clips of Lady Gaga’s spectacular 2017 half-time show (right in there with the other ancient notables like the Rolling Stones, Beyonce, and Michael Jackson), Super Bowl commercials vie to be in all the day-after highlights reels; reporters struggle to come up with anything at all to report... Read more »

Things to Love about Chicago: Why we are more than crime statistics

Chicago is not as bad as its growing reputation as a city more dangerous than the others. I understand that statistics confirm that while we are worse than some,we are far better than others. We have serious challenges, no doubt there, with crime, and Illinois has problems with certain state politicians who undermine everything by running our civic checkbook as... Read more »

The 1967 Chicago Blizzard: The day I walked down the middle of 111th Street all alone

January 25, 1967, Blizzard Day: I was home from college waiting for second semester to start in a few days, kicking back, spending time with my mom and friends back home when it started snowing, and didn’t stop until 111th St was impassable except by the occasional brave soul who early on figured they could get... Read more »
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Obama's welcome letter to Trump: A few tips on being President

It is traditional for the outgoing president to leave a letter for his successor.  All the bloggers around here at ChicagoNow were invited to imagine what that letter might say. Here’s what I picture waiting on the desk in the Oval Office. Dear Donald: You and I started out in very different places, but both of... Read more »