Arts & Life

3:23pm

Sat May 12, 2012
Author Interviews

The 12 Days Of Disaster That Made Modern Chicago

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 4:05 pm

In 1919, Chicago was called the "youngest great city in the world." World War I had just come to a close, troops were coming home, industry was booming and crime was down. Chicago's mayor at the time, William Hale Thompson — known as Big Bill — had just been re-elected and was spearheading an ambitious urban improvement program.

But in mid-July of 1919, just about everything that could go wrong in Chicago did. Among the headlines were a deadly dirigible crash, a bizarre kidnapping, race riots and a major public transit strike.

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2:30pm

Sat May 12, 2012
Television

How TV Brought Gay People Into Our Homes

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 4:05 pm

The hit TV show Modern Family features a gay couple trying to adopt their second child.
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In one of the most talked-about moments from the hit TV show Glee, Blaine declared his love for Kurt and then — they kissed.

Glee is just one of many popular shows on television right now that feature gay characters. Those characters aren't just entertaining us, they're changing Americans' attitudes toward homosexuality.

In five separate studies, professor Edward Schiappa and his colleagues at the University of Minnesota have found that the presence of gay characters on television programs decreases prejudices among viewers.

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6:00am

Sat May 12, 2012
Garden Report

Dandelion Whine: One Man's Quest to Be a Good Neighbor

photo by Sudoking Creative Commons/Flickr

Is there anything more frustrating than seeing your perfect green lawn suddenly sprouting with yellow dandelions? They're pretty but pesky, and controlling them isn’t an easy thing.

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4:58am

Sat May 12, 2012
The Salt

Black Pepper May Give You A Kick, But Don't Count On It For Weight Loss

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 5:02 am

Can you fight fat with a spoonful of these?
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Is black pepper the new secret weapon against fat? A recent paper in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry claims that the piperine, an ingredient in black pepper, has the power to stop the body from making new fat cells, and could be used to treat obesity.

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4:19am

Sat May 12, 2012
Author Interviews

'In One Person': A Tangled Gender-Bender

Originally published on Sat May 12, 2012 7:25 am

Simon & Schuster

The star of John Irving's new novel, In One Person, is Billy Abbott. Billy is a character at the mercy of his own teenage crushes, which are visited upon by a whole repertory company of gender-bending characters.

It's a repertory company in the most literal sense, too. Billy spends many days backstage at the local theater — where gender can also fluctuate and where his family members are regulars.

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