WBEZ | Super Bowl http://www.wbez.org/tags/super-bowl Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Rockford getting a boost from an Esty economy http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-03/morning-shift-rockford-getting-boost-esty-economy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Flickr Charles &amp; Hudson.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at how the online craft marketplace Etsy has teamed up with Rockford, Illinois. Plus, what&#39;s the real deal with e-cigarettes? We talk with smoking cessation expert Dr. Philip McAndrew to clear through some of the confusion.&nbsp;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-rockford-getting-a-boost-from-an-est/embed?header=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-rockford-getting-a-boost-from-an-est.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-rockford-getting-a-boost-from-an-est" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Rockford getting a boost from an Esty economy" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 08:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-02-03/morning-shift-rockford-getting-boost-esty-economy Shoe tax backer seeks quarter in Illinois http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/shoe-tax-backer-seeks-quarter-illinois-105371 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/shoes.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-shoe-tax-20130206,0,7935508.story" target="_blank" title="Shoes! by Keoni Cabral, on Flickr"><img alt="Shoes!" src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5209/5272762953_24eaf065bb_n.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 179px; float: right;" /></a><strong>THERE&#39;S NO BUSINESS LIKE SHOE BUSINESS ...</strong>&nbsp;At least, for Illinois lawmakers looking for new cash. A proposal in the House would stamp gym shoes with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-shoe-tax-20130206,0,7935508.story" target="_blank">an extra 25-cent tax</a>&nbsp;to help high-school dropouts get jobs. But that&#39;s not the sole issue on the General Assembly&#39;s agenda:<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-senate-committee-approves-gay-marriage-105354" target="_blank">Bill to legalize same-sex marriage</a>&nbsp;moves ahead.<br />* Governor to call for&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-quinn-speech-preview-20130206,0,3073392.story">online voter registration</a>.</p><p><strong>GROCERIES CLOSING.</strong>&nbsp;Life&#39;s not getting easier for traditional grocery chains, squeezed between big-box retailers like Wal-Mart and specialty chains like Whole Foods and Trader Joe&#39;s. Latest to bite the dust: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-jewel-to-close-3-stores-in-chicago-aurora-niles-20130205,0,6986361.story" target="_blank">Three Chicago-area Jewel stores</a>.<br />* Illinois companies warn of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130205/NEWS07/130209908/companies-warn-of-nearly-1-200-layoffs-in-illinois" target="_blank">almost 1,200 layoffs</a>&nbsp;to come.<br />* Chicago area home&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0206-foreclosure-auctions-20130206,0,4902617.story" target="_blank">foreclosure auctions hit post-crisis peak</a>.</p><p><strong>FAT LADY NOT SINGING. </strong>The case of the actor burned in a stunt at the Lyric Opera isn&#39;t closed. <a href="http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20130205/downtown/fire-breather-burned-during-lyric-opera-performance-come-home">The Occupational Safety and Health Administration</a> is talking to witnesses, performers and other employees.<br />* Injured performer is&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-lyric-opera-fire-victim-wesley-daniel-recovering-20130205,0,4857550.story" target="_blank">President Truman&#39;s great-grandson</a>.</p><p><strong>&#39;WHAT IF IT HAD BEEN TERRORISM?&#39; </strong>When the blackout hit the Super Bowl, <em>The New Yorker</em>&#39;s Steve Coll asks of CBS News, &quot;<a href="http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/comment/2013/02/super-bowl-blackout.html" target="_blank">Why was there no ... information at all available beyond the no-commenting, self-protecting public-relations arm of the N.F.L. juggernaut</a>, to which we have become all too accustomed during its systematic campaign of denial about football-related concussions?&quot;<br />* Next, <a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/02/newtown-students-call-me-maybe-grammys/61834/" target="_blank">kids who survived the Newtown school shooting</a> may play the Grammys.<br />*&nbsp;<em>Slate</em>&#39;s Laura Helmuth: &quot;<a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2013/02/danica_patrick_godaddy_ads_racing_s_fastest_female_is_throwing_the_women.html">People are right to be pissed at Danica Patrick</a>.&quot;<br />* WBEZ&#39;s Nico Lang:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/nico-lang/2013-02/catfishing-media-why-manti-teos-official-story-makes-no-sense-105344" target="_blank">Manti Te&#39;o&#39;s &quot;official&quot; story makes no sense</a>.</p><p><strong>STARTUP DREAMS UNLEASHED.</strong>&nbsp;&quot;For the first time in American history, <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130205/OPINION/130139925/why-obamacare-will-ignite-your-startup-life" target="_blank">your health insurance is going to get unhitched from your oversized, shuffling, bureaucratic employer</a>,&quot; according to lawyer Coco Soodek.<br />* <a href="http://observer.com/2013/02/journalists-take-refuge-in-the-world-of-branded-content/?show=all" target="_blank">Out-of-work journalists</a> taking jobs in world of &quot;branded content.&quot;</p><p><strong>FED HACKED.&nbsp;</strong>The Federal Reserve says <a href="http://news.cnet.com/8301-1009_3-57567824-83/federal-reserve-confirms-its-web-site-was-hacked/" target="_blank">one of its internal Web sites was hacked</a>. It&#39;s playing down the impact, but the incident -- which comes just a few days after reports <a href="http://www.zdnet.com/anonymous-posts-over-4000-u-s-bank-executive-credentials-7000010740/">thousands of U.S. bank executive accounts were compromised</a> -- raises questions about U.S. financial-system security.<br />* <a href="http://thenextweb.com/asia/2013/02/06/rupert-murdoch-claims-chinese-hackers-are-still-attacking-the-wall-street-journal/" target="_blank"><em>Wall Street Journal</em> still under attack</a>, Murdoch says.<br />* Fox News&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/02/dick-morris-out-at-fox-news-156210.html" target="_blank">cuts Dick Morris</a>&nbsp;loose.</p><p><strong>WHO TURNED OFF THE WATER?&nbsp;</strong>Lake Michigan&#39;s level is officially at&nbsp;<a href="http://www.jsonline.com/news/wisconsin/lakes-michigan-huron-hit-record-low-level-dq8loc2-189903561.html" target="_blank">an all-time low</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/what%E2%80%99s-causing-record-low-levels-lake-michigan-105262" target="_blank">Don&#39;t blame bottled drinks</a>.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* Music that got this edition out the door: The oeuvres of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_Light_Orchestra" target="_blank">Electric Light Orchestra</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foo_Fighters" target="_blank">Foo Fighters</a>.<br />* If you&#39;re not getting this blog by email, <a href="http://feedburner.google.com/fb/a/mailverify?uri=feedburner/AELk&amp;loc=en_US" target="_blank">sign up here</a>. Just think how easy it&#39;ll make the next <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-01/its-news-quizzin-time-105270" target="_blank">news quiz</a> Friday.</em></p></p> Wed, 06 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/shoe-tax-backer-seeks-quarter-illinois-105371 The enigma of Beyoncé http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/enigma-beyonc%C3%A9-105318 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Beyonce.jpg" title="Beyoncé wows the crowd during Sunday's Super Bowl XLVII halftime show. (Getty Images)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image ">Much to the befuddlement of my sports-loving Texas family, football has never been my thing. I&#39;d much rather watch feminist debates and class warfare on <a href="http://womensissues.about.com/od/television/a/Fashion-Passion-Class-Warfare-And-Feminism-Why-We-Love-Downton-Abbey.htm">Downton Abbey</a> than a bunch of dudes running around and tackling each other for reasons I do not care to understand.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">And yet, I was compelled to tune in to this year&#39;s Super Bowl halftime show. Why? Football may be <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/16/169441397/love-of-football-may-kick-america-down-the-path-of-ruination">America&#39;s sport</a>, but Beyoncé is a national treasure.&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Last night&#39;s performance was preceded by so much fanfare (Exhibit A: Gawker-issued&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5981034">Beyngo</a> cards) that I wondered if the actual show could possibly live up to the <a href="http://www.vibevixen.com/2013/02/gallery-of-beyonce-preparation-for-superbowl/">#BeyonceBowl</a> hype. Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and the Sandy Hook Elementary School choir began the evening on a high note, offering poignantly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/03/alicia-keys-national-anthem_n_2612496.html">soulful renditions</a> of The Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful. Still, Beyoncé&#39;s halftime extravaganza was the much-anticipated main event, and despite my jittery fears to the contrary, she <a href="http://rapfix.mtv.com/2013/02/03/beyonce-turns-super-bowl-halftime-show-into-beyonce-bowl/">did not disappoint</a>.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p>Fresh off the controversy of&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5978019/beyonce-lip+synched-the-star+spangled-banner-at-the-inauguration?popular=true">lip-syncing</a>&nbsp;the national anthem at President Obama&#39;s inaugaration, Beyoncé made an obvious effort to display her lovely live vocals on the Super Bowl stage. She panted audibly through her medley of hits (&quot;Love on Top,&quot; &quot;Crazy in Love,&quot;and &quot;Baby Boy&quot;), and turned her mic to the crowd whenever she ran out of breath. Did she always sound flawless? No, but she did manage to belt out some stellar riffs in between booty shakes. And flanked by an army of identically leather-clad dancers, she looked stunning per usual.&nbsp;</p><p>Then, as many <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1701263/beyonce-super-bowl-halftime-performance-predictions.jhtml">sources</a> had predicted, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1700011/destinys-child-beyonce-super-bowl-halftime-show.jhtml">Destiny&#39;s Child</a> groupmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams joined Beyoncé onstage for nostalgic three-part harmonies of &quot;Bootylicious,&quot; &quot;Bills Bills Bills,&quot; and &quot;Independent Women.&quot; They also sang and danced as her &quot;Single Ladies&quot; before quickly rushing aside, allowing Bey to close the show front and center with her hit power-ballad &quot;Halo.&quot; &nbsp;</p><p>The performance was an explosive success, aided even more so by a subsequent&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/03/super-bowl-power-outage-superdome-ravens-49ers_n_2612757.html">power outage</a>&nbsp;that left the stadium in darkness for an additonal 34 minutes. This triumph bodes well for Beyoncé&#39;s continued rise in 2013, drumming up even more positive publicity for the February 16 premiere of her HBO documentary <a href="http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1701203/beyonce-hbo-documentary.jhtml"><em>Life Is But A Dream</em> </a>and the January 29 release of <em><a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/music-arts/destiny-child-announces-new-music-article-1.1237461">Love Games</a></em>, her first Destiny&#39;s Child album in eight years.&nbsp;</p><p>But while Beyoncé&#39;s music has inspired legions of devoted fans, her offstage persona has been the subject of increased scandal and speculation. At the zenith of her fame, she has been accused of<a href="http://www.eonline.com/news/268757/beyonc-baby-hoax-what-s-the-deal-with-deflating-bump"> faking her pregnancy</a> with daughter Blue Ivy, worshipping Satan as a member of the <a href="http://gawker.com/5981088">Illuminati</a>&nbsp;alongside husband Jay-Z and being a straight-up&nbsp;<a href="http://gawker.com/5974853/gq-interview-confirms-that-beyonce-is-fucking-crazy-and-exactly-as-you-imagine-her">crazy person</a>&nbsp;in general. Perhaps people find it too hard to believe that one woman could embody such pristine vocal and physical perfection without the help of the devil and a good surrogate.&nbsp;</p><p>Maybe her new documentary, which includes deeply personal&nbsp;video diaries of her most <a href="http://www.wetpaint.com/network/video/beyonc-talks-pregnancy-in-hbo-documentary-sneak-peek-video">vulnerable moments</a>&nbsp;behind-the-scenes, will help to dispel at least some of the rumors surrounding her mysterious inner life. But will her meticulous self-direction still prevent fans from seeing the <em>real</em> Beyoncé, whoever that is?&nbsp;</p><p>Admittedly, <a href="http://www.gq.com/women/photos/201301/beyonce-cover-story-interview-gq-february-2013">this cover story</a>&nbsp;for GQ magazine&#39;s February issue did not&nbsp;do her any favors in the egomania department. But really, who cares if she&#39;s a diva? In my opinion, a 16-time <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_and_nominations_received_by_Beyoncé_Knowles">Grammy Award winner</a> and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyoncé_Knowles">international superstar</a>&nbsp;has earned the right to be a little full of herself. Beyoncé is an incredibly talented performer (with or without a backing track) and she owns it.</p><p>Oh, and she also just announced <a href="http://pitchfork.com/news/49407-beyonce-announces-the-mrs-carter-show-tour/">The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour</a>, coming to Chicago&#39;s United Center on July 17.&nbsp;Long live Queen Bey!</p><p><em><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/iniGJdFmy44" width="620"></iframe></em></p><p><em>Follow Leah on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/leahkpickett">@leahkpickett.</a></em></p></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 08:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/leah-pickett/2013-02/enigma-beyonc%C3%A9-105318 Can the Bears make it to the Super Bowl in 2014? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/can-bears-make-it-super-bowl-2014-105293 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rsz_1lombardi_trophy Michael Conroy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Bears new head coach Marc Trestman is on the clock&mdash;he and GM Phil Emery have a year to get the Bears prepared for the 2014 Super Bowl at the Meadowlands.</p><p>Can they do it?</p><p>It seems like a tall order, but Chicago Bear fans are restless since it has been twenty seven years since they have tasted victory. Fans have watched the New York Giants win it four times, Dallas three and New England has grabbed three Super Bowls. The Packers have two Vince Lombardi trophies. Last night they saw Baltimore capture it for a second time. Runner-up San Francisco has won four since Mike Ditka and the Bears beat New England for their only Super Bowl win. And the window of opportunity is closing with several players on defense. So what does Trestman and to a larger extent Phil Emery have to do between now and next February? There are more questions than answers at this point</p><p>-They need all sorts of help on the offensive line; it has been a patchwork quilt the way it was assembled the past few years. Have you ever bought your child a Lego set with 400 pieces and lose the instructions? That is how this unit of the Bears seems to be at this point. They have to make decisions on&nbsp; injured guard&nbsp;Lance Louis (free agent), he is their most athletic lineman. Is Gabe Carimi healthy and strong enough to play right tackle? Is Roberto Garza the answer at center or should he move back to guard? Let&#39;s not talk about J&#39;Marcus Webb, there has been way too much effort and attention paid to a player that handled the most difficult and demanding position on the line-and he just isn&#39;t good enough. I can go on and on about this problem, but the Bears have to solve it with the draft and free agency.</p><p>-In order to take on the next bit of business, Jay Cutler, the first area has to be addressed. Cutler has one year left on his contract, he has dealt with so many offensive coordinators and schemes the change will be entertaining to say the least. While Phil Emery calls him a &quot;franchise&quot; quarterback, that was not a label his new coach has given Cutler. Is it a ploy to spur the Bears quarterback or is it the real belief by the new coach? Sometimes when someone is the smartest person in the room (Jay Cutler), you need someone smarter to have the upper hand (Marc Trestman). One of the biggest problems for&nbsp; the Bears has been time management. How many times did we see the Bears QB call a time out due to poor communication? It was apparent that play calling was a big problem and Trestman will be handling that chore. If Jay Cutler could guide the Bears to a Super Bowl win, he would own this town the rest of his life. If he wants proof, just ask anyone from the &rsquo;85 team.&nbsp;</p><p>-The Bears defense did a great job last season, they were ranked at least in the top 10 in all the defensive categories. However, they are getting long in the tooth and Bears management has a difficult decision to make-what to do with free-agent linebacker Brian Urlacher? His age, his injury issues and what direction the team is going to take with new coordinator Mel Tucker will all weigh in with GM Phil Emery&rsquo;s decision.</p><p>Some other key defensemen that are free agents include, All Pro Henry Melton, Israel Idonjie, Nick Roach, Kelvin Hayden, Geno Hayes, DJ Moore and Nate Collins.</p><p>It may be disconcerting that with two starting&nbsp;linebackers and a back-up in that position someone could leave via free agency, but 26-year-old Melton&rsquo;s loss would be a bigger pill to swallow as his play has progressed on the defensive line.</p><p>-There are twenty free agents (two restricted) and the defensive players previously mentioned will have to be sorted out by Emery in March. Following that free agency period,&nbsp;the NFL draft will be&nbsp;April 25<sup>th</sup>-27<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and the Bears have the 20<sup>th</sup> selection in the first round.</p><p>Last year Emery made a huge acquisition when he dealt a pair of third round picks for All Pro wide receiver Brandon Marshall-it is easy to say that paid off.</p><p>-What to do with some of the current Bears? Already mentioned Brian Urlacher, but will Devin Hester return? Starting tight end Kellen Davis (that should be a no)? And does free agent Jason Campbell merit a return to back up Cutler?</p><p>&nbsp;Can the Bears make the Super Bowl next year? You straighten out the offensive line, get a tight end, change a poor offense, get the most out of an aging defense, stay healthy and have a team learn to play under a new coaching staff-with a first time NFL head coach--- possibly.</p><p>&nbsp;Circle next February&nbsp;2nd for the Super Bowl, that should be what the Bears are targeting. We&rsquo;ll see.</p><p>&nbsp;Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a></p></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-02/can-bears-make-it-super-bowl-2014-105293 'Football's death spiral' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/footballs-death-spiral-105319 <p><p><a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/03/footballs_death_spiral/" target="_blank"><img alt="The Ravens' Bobbie Williams with the Vince Lombardi Trophy (AP / Marcio Sanchez)" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/SuperBowl.jpg" style="float: right; height: 342px; width: 300px;" title="The Ravens' Bobbie Williams with the Vince Lombardi Trophy (AP / Marcio Sanchez)" /></a><strong>&#39;FOOTBALL&#39;S DEATH SPIRAL.&#39; </strong>Writing in <em>Salon</em>, Andrew O&#39;Hehir says &quot;<a href="http://www.salon.com/2013/02/03/footballs_death_spiral/">the writing is on the wall</a> for this bloated, behemoth sport.&quot;<br />* Obama: &quot;We want to make sure that&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/03/obama-scott-pelley-interview_n_2600368.html">after people play the game they&#39;re going to be okay</a>.&quot;</p><p><strong>WHAT TIME DID THE SUPER BOWL START?&nbsp;</strong>You can ridicule, as&nbsp;<em>The Atlantic</em>&nbsp;does expertly&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theatlanticwire.com/entertainment/2013/02/all-places-answering-what-time-does-super-bowl-start/61740/">here</a>, all the websites that tried to win your clicks by answering that simple question. But, as NYU&nbsp;journalism prof Jay Rosen says, &quot;<a href="http://pressthink.org/2013/02/look-youre-right-okay-but-youre-also-wrong/">Anyone who doesn&rsquo;t want to know what the numbers say shouldn&rsquo;t be trusted with editorial decisions</a>.&quot;<br />* Second graders&nbsp;<a href="http://deadspin.com/5980905/second-graders-correct-tweets-from-nfl-players-and-its-magical">proofread NFL players&#39; tweets</a>.</p><p><strong>WELL, HE CAN NAME THREE OF <em>THESE</em>.&nbsp;</strong>Texas Gov. Rick Perry, an Eagle Scout and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/09/rick-perry-forgets-agencies_n_1085249.html">former presidential candidate</a>, offers reasons&nbsp;<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/texas-gov-perry-says-boy-scouts-should-continue-to-exclude-gays-not-bow-to-popular-culture/2013/02/02/4ce8e218-6d7e-11e2-8f4f-2abd96162ba8_story.html">the Boy Scouts of America shouldn&#39;t admit gays</a>, including what he describes as the organization&#39;s everyday advocacy of &quot;tolerance and diversity,&quot; its&nbsp;&quot;historic position of keeping the Scouts strongly supportive of ... values,&quot; and the importance of not letting &quot;popular culture impact 100 years of their standards.&quot;<br />* Obama on &quot;<a href="http://baptistmessenger.com/call-to-prayer-boy-scouts-scouting-sunday/">Scouting Sunday</a>&quot;: <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-34222_162-57567357-10391739/obama-yes-boy-scouts-should-allow-gay-members/">Scouts should accept gays and lesbians</a>.<br />* Chicago-area minister: Scouting, &quot;which seeks the support of churches like ours&hellip; <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/arlington_heights/chi-church-steps-up-opposition-to-ban-against-gays-in-boy-scouts-20130203,0,7247142.story">stands against the very kind of welcome that we extend</a> to those folks.&quot;</p><p><strong>&#39;THAT&#39;S RIDICULOUS, AND YOU KNOW IT, SIR.&#39;</strong> Fox News host Chris Wallace didn&#39;t provide a friendly <a href="http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2013/02/03/chris_wallace_fox_news_skewers_nra_chief_ridiculous_and_you_know_it.html">forum for National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre</a>.<br />* Nobel winner Paul Krugman calls NRA &quot;<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/02/paul-krugman-nra-is-now-revealed-as-an-insane-organization/">an insane organization</a>.&quot;<br />* <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/us/chris-kyle-american-sniper-author-reported-killed.html">Acclaimed retired Navy SEAL sniper shot and killed</a> by fellow ex-soldier.</p><p><strong>&#39;A BIZARRE POLITICAL TWIST.&#39;</strong>&nbsp;Calling the Illinois race to replace Jesse Jackson Jr. in the House a &quot;proxy battle in the war for sane gun policy,&quot;&nbsp;the national liberal website Daily Kos is <a href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/02/01/1183967/-Fighting-the-NRA-in-Chicago-Robin-Kelly-for-Congress">backing candidate Robin Kelly</a>.<br />* Candidate Kelly challenging <a href="http://www.examiner.com/article/robin-kelly-endorsed-by-daily-kos-to-help-deal-a-blow-to-the-nra-congress">others to release their NRA questionnnaires</a>.<br />* Photos show <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/news/national/ap-photos-a-look-at-us-presidents-holding-guns/article_f1068e47-e430-546f-ad68-204309ebf78e.html">Obama, other U.S. presidents firing guns</a>.<br />* <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Maisto-Fresh-Metal-Tailwinds-Endurance/dp/B004JFMOGK/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top">Amazon.com listing for toy drone airplane</a> draws <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Maisto-Fresh-Metal-Tailwinds-Endurance/product-reviews/B004JFMOGK/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&amp;showViewpoints=1">dozens of satiric reviews</a>, like <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A155QJ0EHIXBIZ/ref=cm_pdp_rev_title_1?ie=UTF8&amp;sort_by=MostRecentReview#R1LSDSUHBH17OO">this one</a>: &quot;My son ... spent countless, blissful hours simulating massacres of weddings, funerals, and other family gatherings of brown skinned foreigners!&quot;</p><p><strong>ON TWITTER? CHANGE YOUR PASSWORD.&nbsp;</strong>That&#39;s one of the simplest precautions to take after&nbsp;<a href="http://digiphile.wordpress.com/2013/02/02/hacks-at-twitter-new-york-times-wsj-and-washington-post-highlight-need-for-better-security-hygiene/">revelation of a security break</a>.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/02/03/android-malware-emerges-on-google-play-which-installs-a-trojan-on-your-pc-uses-your-microphone-to-record-you/">Android &quot;malware&quot; app</a>&nbsp;has &quot;most extensive feature set&quot; security firm&#39;s seen -- including power to infect a computer, take control of its microphone, record you without your permission, and send the recordings to the attacker.<br />*&nbsp;<a href="http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2013/02/02/typing-these-eight-characters-will-crash-almost-any-application-on-your-mac/">Typing &quot;File:///&quot;</a>&nbsp;will crash apps under Apple&#39;s latest Macintosh operating system.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>NATION SHAKEN.&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-la-me-andre-cassagnes-20130203,0,6224784.story">The man who invented the Etch A Sketch</a>&nbsp;is dead.</p><hr /><p><em><strong>ANNOUNCEMENTS.</strong><br />* Song that helped get this edition out the door: Pete Yorn, &quot;<a href="http://rd.io/x/QWPzKjdyAUs">Alive</a>.&quot;</em></p></p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 05:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/charlie-meyerson/2013-02/footballs-death-spiral-105319 A pre-Harbaugh Super Bowl family affair http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/pre-harbaugh-super-bowl-family-affair-105231 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/2007%20bears%20Super%20Bowl%20rsz.jpg" style="width: 300px; float: right; height: 231px" title="When the Bears played in Super Bowl XLV it was a conflict for former Bear Emery Moorehead. (AP Photo)" />Between the snacks, the office pools and the Super Bowl ads, there is a game to be played on Sunday. One of the biggest storylines this week has been about one family.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">San Francisco head coach (and former Bear quarterback) Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers will face his older brother, John Harbaugh and his Baltimore Ravens.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">This is a first time in NFL history brothers are in these roles and the dilemma for their parents Jack and Jackie Harbaugh is whether to choose sides.</div><p>There was a Chicago story that had a similar complexity when the Bears lost to the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl six years ago.&nbsp;</p><p>The Colts had a young wide receiver Aaron Moorehead and his father, Emery an Evanston native was a member of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Bears. Aaron grew up in the Chicago-area, played ball at Deerfield High School and went to the University of Illinois. He was a Bear fan and can still remember as a kindergartener the experience of Super Bowl XX, &quot;You remember it being a very big deal,&rdquo; said Aaron.</p><p>According to his dad, his son was very popular with his young classmates. It was touching to learn that Aaron&rsquo;s class had made a paper mache bowl and the students filled it with &ldquo;good luck&rdquo; notes for the Bears tight end-- Emery still has it.</p><p>For Aaron, his childhood was filled with the legendary players from that Bear team that taught him life lessons, &quot;My goals are never unreachable and no moment was too big for me&mdash;these guys were it.&rdquo; He maintains friendships with some of the player&rsquo;s children.</p><p>The Bears-- a team that was a huge factor in this family would play a different role for the younger Moorehead-- as an opponent. As an undrafted wide receiver from Illinois, he was signed by Indianapolis in 2003. His dad said Aaron cemented his roster spot by having a good pre-season game---against the Bears.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_bears_super_bowl_1-27-1986.jpg" style="width: 250px; float: left; height: 167px" title="Emery Moorehead stand to the right of Coach Ditka Super Bowl XX. (AP Photo/Jeff Robbins)" />The real glory would come in Miami when the Colts and Bears meet for the Super Bowl XLV. Here was a kid that grew up as a Bear fan, his dad was a Bear and all of his friends loved the Bears. &ldquo;It was a conflict for me-none of my friends rooted for me,&rdquo; says Aaron, &ldquo;The one chance I get to go to the Super Bowl it is against the team rooted for my entire life.&rdquo; Both Mooreheads enjoyed the week before the Super Bowl, Aaron said his father advised him to refrain from partying before the game, but enjoy the experience. They had dinner on Friday&nbsp;and Aaron sort of felt his Dad was sitting on the fence and told him he had to choose a team. Emery did, but it had to be difficult, &ldquo;Playing the Bears splits your feelings; you always pull for your family.&rdquo; &nbsp;The outcome was great for Aaron; he had five catches for 41 yards in the 29-17 win for Indianapolis. While his former team lost the game, Emery thought they would have more opportunities for the Bears&nbsp;to return to the title game&mdash;of course it has not happened.</div><p>After the Super Bowl, the elder Moorehead said it was &ldquo;very emotion and very draining.&rdquo; He added it is very hard to watch and not be able to help his son.</p><p>Schedules make it difficult for Emery to spend time with his son during the Super Bowl, Aaron landed a new job as the wide receiver coach for Virginia Tech and has to recruit players. Nice that he has Super Bowl credentials talking to players.</p><p>Emery and Aaron know Sunday will have a difficult time for the Harbaugh family cheering during this game (you can bet the TV cameras will be focused on them).&nbsp;The Mooreheads are familiar with this close-knit family; Aaron was one of Jim&rsquo;s assistants at Stanford. Emery&nbsp; was Jim&#39;s former teammate, &ldquo;I can only imagine the stress for the family, you can&rsquo;t pick a side, you love them equally.&rdquo; At least for the Mooreheads it was family and a team, not choosing between family members. They did make history of their own, they were the first father and son duo to become Super Bowl winners. Unfortunately, for the Harbaugh family, there will be one winner and one loser.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame </a></p></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/pre-harbaugh-super-bowl-family-affair-105231 Super Bowl will have a reporter turned fan next Sunday http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/super-bowl-will-have-reporter-turned-fan-next-sunday-105137 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/rsz_jim_harbaugh_and_mike_ditka_1989.jpg" style="width: 350px; float: right; height: 246px" title="Former Bear Jim Harbaugh and Mike Ditka during his Chicago playing days. (AP Photo/Fred Jewell)" />After decades of covering sports teams, players and coaches, you may have an opinion or feelings about someone not based on their accomplishments or the team they represent.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">But as a reporter you do your best to remain objective and neutral.</div><p>As the hype for the Super Bowl builds to a fever pitch, there is someone that this reporter is rooting for - San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh.</p><p>It is not because he was a former number one draft pick of the Bears. It is because of a simple act of kindness he showed me.</p><p>Several years ago there were very few women covering sports teams in Chicago. Jeanne Morris for television, Linda Kaye for the Chicago Tribune and me for WMAQ radio. Neither Jeanne nor Linda were going into the teams&#39; locker rooms. Chicago locker rooms were a territory just beginning to open up to women reporters.</p><p>I was beginning that obstacle alone and meeting some challenges along the way during the early to mid-&#39;80s.</p><p>The Bears were a huge challenge. There was no interference after games when I started covering them at Soldier Field in 1985.</p><p>I had entered the baseball and NBA locker rooms with some resistance, in previous years, but I learned football would be the more difficult.</p><p>The problem happened during the practices the week before games.</p><p>My role at the station changed and I was sent to cover the team during the week for their &ldquo;open&rdquo; locker room time. On Wednesdays and Thursdays the players were made available to talk to reporters before practice. This was the season following the Bears Super Bowl victory, which I did cover in New Orleans.</p><p>During training camp I ventured to Platteville, Wis. to cover the Bears without any incidents. There were no locker room interviews; it was done on the field or during lunch. So when my News Director Tom Webb told me to go to Halas Hall I wasn&rsquo;t concerned. I should have been.</p><p>My only concerns during the drive up to Lake Forest were to think about the match-ups of the upcoming game and who would be a good subject to talk to get a good story. I was trying to fit in without any fanfare, without being noticed and without any trouble.</p><p>The media relations person at Halas Hall announced that the locker room was open. There was a group of reporters, (very small compared to the numbers now) and I walked in the middle of the group. That is when I was greeted by angry, hurtful words and loud obnoxious screams. It was evident it was directed at me and the reporters all stepped away as I took the abuse. At that point, the Bears media person told me I had to leave and would not have access.</p><p>I walked out the door unsure as to what had just happened. I controlled my anger as the realization set in.</p><p>Remember the Bears were the darlings of the sports world, and I was an unwelcome intruder who had to figure out what to do next. No one wanted to come to my rescue. I had to find a different way of doing my job. From that point on, I would go up to Halas Hall and sit outside the locker room on the floor waiting for players to come talk to me. It singled me out, which was something I was trying to avoid.</p><p>The problem for me was that the players had already talked with other reporters, and some didn&rsquo;t want to do it again or perhaps they didn&rsquo;t want to talk to a woman.</p><p>There were no problems after games. As a reporter, you are part of a large group surrounding a player and you can go undetected even if you ask a question. The players are still in a zone from just getting off the field. So the routine became, cover the games and go to Halas Hall and sit on a floor and wait for players.</p><p>The Bears drafted Jim Harbaugh, a young quarterback out of the University of Michigan, during the 1987 season. A few weeks into the season I asked to talk to Jim as I sat on the floor. The media person went into the locker room and brought the rookie out for me. Jim looked at me and then said to the media person, &ldquo;Why can&rsquo;t she go in the locker room like she does after games?&rdquo;</p><p>He wasn&#39;t kidding. Jim had the firm look he shows now as&nbsp;San Francisco&#39;s coach.&nbsp;There was no answer that would be satisfactory to Harbaugh. There was more to the conversation, but for me, his first words were the most relevant.</p><p>Until that point, no one else had even challenged or really cared about my situation. Jim and I talked, and we walked into the locker room. There were no angry voices, there were no insults. (Now there was no red carpet or rose petals thrown either.) At times there were some other incidents, but this was a huge change at Halas Hall.</p><p>The funny thing, which Jim probably didn&rsquo;t realize it at the time and may not remember now, is that years later when he went to play for the Indianapolis Colts, I wrote him a thank you note. He had said something that was important for any woman in sports. It was just a simple act of kindness that altered a really tough situation. Maybe it would have changed a different way or with a different person, but for me, it changed because of Jim.</p><p>Next Sunday I will take off my reporter&rsquo;s hat and become a fan and root for the Niners. All female sports reporters should too.</p><p>Follow Cheryl on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout" target="_blank">@CRayeStout</a> and Facebook <a href="http://www.facebook.com/CherylAtTheGame" target="_blank">Cheryl Raye Stout #AtTheGame</a></p></p> Mon, 28 Jan 2013 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2013-01/super-bowl-will-have-reporter-turned-fan-next-sunday-105137 Chimps in Super Bowl ads cause controversy http://www.wbez.org/story/chimps-super-bowl-ads-cause-controversy-96057 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-03/career builder ad.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/ueQqhx3qfJ8" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Chicago-based CareerBuilder is coming under fire for <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/careerbuilder-super-bowl-ad-business-trip-031/2012/02/01/gIQApztWiQ_video.html">its latest Super Bowl ad</a> featuring chimpanzees. This is not the first year CareerBuilder has featured chimpanzees as actors in its ads, and it's not the first time Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo has spoken out against the ads.</p><p>But this is the first year <a href="http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0026048">a study</a> has been published showing that chimps used in entertainment has a negative impact. Brian Hare at Duke University led the study.</p><p>"Seeing chimpanzees in TV like this actually makes people think they're great pets - that they're not endangered," Hare said.</p><p>Hare said the bigger issue, though, is the international reach of Super Bowl ads. He said people watching in countries where endangered chimps live put the animals in further peril.</p><p>"If they see that there's a market, that there's people who are interested in these animals, that people in the United States dress them up and want to treat them as pets - it will not be but one second before they're out going to collect some so they can then sell them," Hare said.</p><p>Hare added that there is already a great apes trade active in Africa, but that this exposure does not help matters. Hare would like CareerBuilder to explore other options like using animation.</p><p>Career Builder said the chimps were treated humanely and that the ads are effective.</p></p> Thu, 02 Feb 2012 18:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chimps-super-bowl-ads-cause-controversy-96057 Examining the likelihood of a Super Bowl in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/examining-likelihood-super-bowl-chicago-95988 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-31/soldier field flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Sunday, thousands will descend on the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to watch the New York Giants and the New England Patriots vie for the NFL's championship title. City officials are bracing for the crowds--and the extra money that will flow through its coffers. It's a big deal and cities are always hoping to be selected to host the football extravaganza. Well, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered--what about Chicago? How come the Windy City has yet to host the big game?</p><p>Before tackling that question, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> checked in with WBEZ's Northwest Indiana reporter Mike Puente who's been <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/human-trafficking-bill-heads-indiana-governor-95922" target="_blank">reporting</a> on the buzz around the bowl in Indianapolis.</p><p>To tackle the Chicago question, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by Sam Stark, executive director of the <a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Sports Commission</a>, ESPN’s <a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a> and Marc Ganis, president of Sports Corp Ltd.</p></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/examining-likelihood-super-bowl-chicago-95988 Indiana Governor signs human trafficking bill http://www.wbez.org/story/human-trafficking-bill-heads-indiana-governor-95922 <p><p>A bill to toughen Indiana’s penalties for sex trafficking is now the law in Indiana.&nbsp;</p><p>Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the bill today, just in time for this Sunday’s Super Bowl, which officials fear could become a magnet for prostitution.&nbsp;The law gives greater latitude to prosecute those who force girls, some as young as 12, into the paid sex trade.</p><p>“Let’s hope that the law has the deterrent affect that we hope for, and that these criminals will decide to take their awful business somewhere else,” Daniels said from his office Monday morning. “But if they should try it here at least we know our prosecutor will be armed with a tough law much more certain of producing successful prosecutions and long jail sentences.”</p><p>As many as 150,000 people are expected to descend upon Indianapolis for this Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.&nbsp;Officials anticipate a substantial increase in prostitution, with out-of-town girls brought in to meet the demand.</p><p>Abby Kuzma, head of the Consumer Protection Division for the Indiana Attorney General’s office, said it's appropriate for the state to step in. “We need to be protecting our children,” she said.</p><p>Kumza spearheaded the office’s push in the Indiana legislature for passage of the bill. She said victims are often abused. Volunteers, including cab drivers, have been trained what to look for in those visiting the city.</p><p>“We will be working on the ground and through the Internet. We will have volunteers working very hard to try to identify victims and rescue them,” Kuzman told WBEZ in an interview earlier this month.</p><p>The law strengthens current state regulations in several ways:</p><ul><li style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; For Individuals who are arrested for human trafficking those under 16 years of age, prosecutors will no longer have to prove force or threat of force against the victim</li><li style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; The law amends who can be prosecuted. Indiana’s current statute limits prosecution to parents or guardians who sell their children. The law is expanded to include any individual who sells children.</li><li style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; Sexual conduct such as fondling, arousing or other activity that is otherwise not technically prostitution, will be subject to prosecution.</li><li style="margin-left: 40px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; The bill makes recruiting, transporting or harboring anyone younger than 16 for prostitution a Class A felony punishable by a prison lasting between 20 and 50 years.</li></ul><p><br> The Indiana House voted 93-0 in favor of the bill late last week. It cleared the state senate in a 48-0 vote, just days after the new legislative session began in early January.</p><p>Final action in the House was held up by several weeks while Democrats boycotted the House. They were protesting contentious right-to-work legislation proposed by House Republicans.</p><p>Daniels may also sign the right-to-work legislation this week once the Indiana Senate votes a final time on the measure on Wednesday. Daniels is hoping to ward off any potential picketing by pro-union members at Sunday’ Super Bowl.</p><p>The National Football League’s Players Association is contemplating some sort of demonstration leading up to the game. The NFLPA is on record opposing the right-to-work law in Indiana.</p></p> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 11:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/human-trafficking-bill-heads-indiana-governor-95922