Third man alleges inappropriate behavior by beloved Chicago priest Pfleger
CHICAGO – As the Chicago Archdiocese investigates allegations that the Rev. Michael Pfleger molested two brothers in the 1970s, a third man has come forward to say the priest made an unwanted sexual advance when the accuser was 18. In an affidavit shared with church officials late Tuesday, the 59-year-old man alleges Pfleger once grabbed him in a sexual manner in the priest’s bedroom area at St. Sabina Church in summer 1979 while the teen pretended to sleep. Though he was not a minor at the time, the man said he did not consent to the alleged sexual contact with Pfleger, whom he said he met ab...
United Airlines to begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to employees at O’Hare
United Airlines will begin administering COVID-19 vaccines to eligible employees at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday. Vaccines will be available by appointment at the airline’s health clinic in Terminal 2, according to a letter to employees from Omar Idris, vice president of Chicago-based United’s O’Hare hub. Employees who live or work in Chicago and are at least 65 years old or are members of the flight crew are eligible and were expected to receive information on how to register as early as Tuesday evening, according to the letter. United, which is working with the city of Chicago an...
Kiss-off: Paul Stanley embraces love of vintage R&B with new Soul Station band and album: 'It's liberating!'
Say what? Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Paul Stanley, artistically reborn as a vintage soul-music crooner? The guitar-playing front man of the hard-rocking Kiss — minus his trademark makeup, glittery stage garb and eye-popping pyrotechnics — earnestly performing classics by Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Al Green and others, plus some new blue-eyed soul ballads of his own? “It’s liberating anytime you allow yourself out of the boundaries that other people set for you,” said Stanley, whose debut album with his 10-piece band, Soul Station, is due out March 19, after being pushed back from its Mar...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Welcome to Pennsylvania’s very progressive 2022 Democratic Senate primary
PHILADELPHIA — Both Pennsylvania Democrats in the state’s high-stakes Senate race support a $15 federal minimum wage and getting rid of the filibuster to make it happen. Both want student loan forgiveness and support some aspects of sweeping environmental legislation on par with the Green New Deal. One is a longtime advocate for marijuana legalization, the other a vocal champion for LGBTQ rights. And both regularly dish out snarky critiques of Republicans on MSNBC. Pennsylvania’s 2022 Democratic Senate primary is off to a pretty progressive start. That two progressive candidates — Lt. Gov. Joh...
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Scott Fowler: The inside story of the 'SNL' sketch about Charlotte and LaMelo Ball that went viral
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The uproarious "Saturday Night Live" sketch that skewered Charlotte, Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball and his proud papa LaVar Ball Saturday night went from conception to performance in 36 hours. It also left a hilarious line about LaMelo Ball and Cracker Barrel on the cutting-room floor — but don't worry, we've resurrected it at the bottom of this story. The SNL sketch everyone in Charlotte has been talking about was co-written by UNC graduate Bryan Tucker, a senior writer for the NBC comedy staple. He explained Monday in our interview how it was created, and also why it included ...
The Charlotte Observer
Editorial: A tough and good decision by Florida to rein in the spread of exotic snakes and lizards
For Florida's government, the danger posed by exotic reptiles has been harder to spot than a Burmese python hiding in the brush. But at last, wildlife commission has opened its eyes and decided to crack down on nonnative snakes and lizards whose presence in Florida ranges from destructive to deadly. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted last week to restrict owning or breeding pythons, anacondas, iguanas, tegus and Nile monitors — none of which have any legitimate place in Florida except in zoos and research facilities. As delighted as we are — the Sentinel’s Editorial Bo...
Kazuo Ishiguro talks about his first novel in 6 years, one of the most anticipated books of the season
"The paradox is that you can create quite a lot of emotion, when you have a voice that isn't inclined to express emotion." Kazuo Ishiguro, the Nobel Prize-winning novelist whose works include "The Remains of the Day" and "Never Let Me Go," could be talking about a number of his characters, but in this case he's describing the main character in his new novel, "Klara and the Sun." Klara, the book's first-person narrator, is not actually a person but an AF — an Artificial Friend, for sale in a shop window in a not-too-distant future society. She sits, hoping for sunlight and for a child to catch ...
The Seattle Times
‘The Kindest Lie’: Chicago novelist Nancy Johnson talks class, redemption and race
CHICAGO – Debut author Nancy Johnson wanted to tell human interest stories when she was a broadcast news journalist years ago, but she recalls there were too few opportunities to do that. Now, the Chicago native has all the opportunity she can handle with her first book, “The Kindest Lie.” The novel tells the story of Ruth Tuttle, a Black engineer living in Bronzeville with her husband. The couple are celebrating the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama when a truth from Ruth’s youth is revealed: Before she went off to get an Ivy League education, she had a child that she gave up for ado...
Women’s wars: From the American revolution to the sexual revolution
Whenever there’s been a war for freedom, women have helped wage it. They were on the battlefield in America’s struggle for independence and the fight to free the slaves. And, they were in the streets during the French Revolution. That their efforts were often ridiculed, or ignored, which explains why they’ve had to wage war for their equality, too. Helping amplify their voices is “The Women’s History of the Modern World: How Radicals, Rebels, and Everywomen Revolutionized the Last 200 Years.” It’s a tremendous job, and author Rosalind Miles rises to the challenge of the work’s scope. Chronolog...
New York Daily News
Trudy Rubin: Full justice for the murder of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi may never be achieved
I wanted the White House to sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman this week for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. I was delighted when the Biden administration released an unclassified intelligence report which confirmed that MBS (as the prince is popularly known) had “approved” the operation that killed the dissident in October 2018. Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, and Washington Post columnist, was chopped up by a Saudi hit team with a bone saw inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. So when the Biden team pulled its punches, only sanctioning MBS’s underlings, my first reaction...
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