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Making A Murderer – This covers the Netflix series.

 

Rebutting a Murderer – The podcast examines different issues and claims that are brought about in “Making a Murderer” and looks at the other side of the story. What can be said about hiding evidence, changing a story or claim, finding additional evidence, and why it is important to look at these things closely before trying to petition to set someone free. It’s also interesting to see just how things can get so twisted and taken out of context.

 

Bartender Journey – This covers mixologist competitions across the U.S. Interviews with bartenders and venue owners take place, cocktails are discussed and broken down, and new spirits are introduced [promoted]. It gives enthusiasts an idea of where to go when traveling and what to look for or avoid when bar hopping.

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Totes from the Auto Show

20160219_134550Most major auto makers drew in crowds with games, tests drives, and free tote bags. Totes were given away to carry all the random ads and flyers and brochures of cars and their features. Some reps wanted to get some information from you before rewarding you with a tote, others just threw them on tables and let people grab as many as they pleased.It seemed most people were drawn in by the giveaway or booth promising a test drive, rather than the car on display.

Dodge had a line wrapped around an indoor track that offered visitors a ride in one of their vehicles. The car would wait behind a gate until it was signaled in, then it sped off and quickly stopped, showing off the quick pick up of each car. 20160219_141328A crowd gathered around the line hoping to catch a free shirt or hat from the reps entertaining the long line of eager people. Don’t want to wait in the line? Head over to their booth and fill out a form so that a dealer can contact you about their fleet of vehicles. Your information is worth a nifty little flashlight or a Dodge beanie. Totes were available, but required more work than they were worth.

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Ford lured people in with a free raffle every hour, but people must be present in order to win their prize. It seemed simple enough, just write your name on a small piece of paper and show up for the drawing. But first, Ford wanted to talk to you about the 2017 F-150 Raptor, the presentation took about 15 minutes or so and then a name was drawn to win an oversized plush toy.

Henry the robot was also a nice touch to Ford, the robot who was controlled by a rep behind the scenes, cracked jokes and entertained the crowds with mini quizzes and witty remarks. The automaker also had a driving simulator, but for those who want the real deal, tests drives were offered right outside McCormick place. Don’t forget to pick up a free tote or two. 

Toyota had a prize dispenser that rewarded you for using their hashtag on Instagram. Just snap a picture and post it and a machine kindly thanks yo20160219_142043u and give you a random prize – I got a cardholder. Their totes were available at a mini kiosk, no sign up or humoring required. They too, had an indoor track for people who wanted to get a ride in one of their 2017 models. Reps pick up passengers and drove them around a small course that highlighted their different safety features and smooth driving.
They were supposed to have a simulator and Oculus Rift technology, maybe it was on select days because aimless wandering resulted in neither to be found.

Camp Jeep was one of the more impressive obstacle courses that drove over steep hills and rugged dirt tracks made to look like the great outdoors. While waiting in line, less than enthusiastic reps handed out drawstring bags to distracted visitors.20160219_141753_002

Most of the 2017 vehicles on display were unlocked, which allowed people to play with some features and touch the interior leather and custom trim. Other vehicles sat on glossy platforms or behind velvet ropes where curious hands were out of reach.

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  • Shell the gas company: car enthusiasts can spin a wheel to win some savings at the pump with discount cards (no totes).

 

  • State Farm: offered a lounge and a brief informational session about their services along with prizes. Fill out a short questionnaire and receive a card that revealed a prize for participating. Most people walked away with a tote bag, but a lucky few won: Beats headphones, Bose speaker, or phone charger that can jump-start a car battery.
  • Chicago Blackhawks: fans had the opportunity to meet the Ice Girls and sign up and win a limited edition Blackhawks Camero along with posters, rally towels, drawstring bags and more.

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If you are interested in actually buying a car, reps are available to talk to you about financing and leasing options. For those not willing to humor the sales representatives, pamphlets and informational booklets were scattered across desks and kiosks to fill your totes. Most opted to leave them behind and enjoy looking at just looking at cars while collecting freebies.

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The Chicago Auto Show is here

It’s the largest and longest running car show in the nation. The Chicago Auto show is back and there is still time to gawk at all the concept cars and 2017 models. The week long show, which opens each year with a ribbon cutting ceremony, will feature almost 1,000 vehicles at McCormick place and will run from February 13 until February 21st. This year is the 108th edition, but it has been around for 115 years.

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The first annual auto show debuted in 1901 at the Chicago Coliseum.

The car show is owned and operated by The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), which was founded in 1904 and has been in charge of the car show since 1935. Before CATA, the first show debuted March 23, 1901 at the Chicago Coliseum, which was the largest hall during that time. There were only 65 cars on display and the exhibit was visited by about 5,000 of the wealthiest people.

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Ford T-Model from 1908.

Seven years later, Henry Ford revolutionized the car industry with the first affordable automobile, the Model-T.

Today, crowds flock in by the thousands and roam the one million square foot space to look upon cars that Ford could only dream of. Some concept cars gaining hype at this year’s show are the Toyota Mirai, a contemporary take on the time machine from Back to the Future

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A modern take on the DeLorean DMC-12 from Back to the Future.

and the Buick Avista with 3D printed trim, carbon fiber accents, and touchscreen controls. Then of course we have all the redesigned cars and interactive booths that engage the audience.

Camp Jeep is a returning favorite, which offers a ride in one of four featured Jeep vehicles in a revamped obstacle course that offers an “off-road” experience.  Toyota is said to showcase new safety packages with the help of Oculus Rift and will also bring back the TeenDrive365, a simulator that shows the challenges of distracted driving.

If you were anticipating the show, you may have spotted the LivingSocial and Groupon deals offering discounted tickets. Otherwise, tickets are $12 for general admission available online or at the door. If you can’t make it to the show, you can check out their live webcams.

 

 

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Farewell MAP grant, Rauner promises you

If you are a low-income student who lives in the state of Illinois, you may have benefited from the Monetary Award Program (MAP) grant. The grant provides financial relief to students wanting to pursue a college education, but may not have the money to do so. The program has been around since 1967 and was funded in the late 50’s with only $600,000. Today, the MAP grant aids approximately 130,000 students in the state of Illinois by providing over $370 million in financial assistance.

According to the Chicago Tribune, 21 community colleges and 15 private colleges have already indicated that their MAP grant recipients will be held accountable for any unpaid balance if a budget is not established and funds are not disbursed by the state, that can be a maximum of $4,720.

The chart below is a small example of schools affected by the budget standstill that has many students wondering whether or not they will be footing the bill for a grant that was never supposed to be repaid. More so, students who cannot afford the cost may find themselves dropping out.

 

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On Monday January 25, Illinois lawmakers approved bill SB 2040 that would provide funding for the MAP grant, but it has been on hold and waiting the approval of Governor Bruce Rauner, who does not want to fund the MAP grant and has promised to veto the bill once it reaches his desk.

Rauner is also fighting CPS in an attempt to take over the Chicago school system calling it “failed”, referring to the work of Rahm Emanuel. Senate President John Cullerton expressed outrage along with House Speaker Michael Madigan who,

“each accused Rauner of using Chicago Public Schools’ financial crisis as a new avenue to push his efforts to curb union power while diverting attention from the lack of a state budget.”

 

As the bill sits and awaits its fate, approximately 466 Concordia River Forest students wonder if estimated funds of $2.4 million will be distributed to the university. Concordia’s Director of Financial Aid Aida Ascencio-Pinto said, “Degrees will not be held hostage,” and asked graduating seniors to have any balances outside the MAP grant settled in order to attend the graduation ceremony on May 7. This gave students hope: perhaps Concordia is willing to forgive the balance if the state does not pass a budget.

The bill is scheduled to arrive at Rauner’s desk for a decision on February 16.

Angel is gay and that’s ok.

“I’m gay, I love it,” said Angel Sanchez who is a biology major at Concordia University. He said his family has always been supportive and he couldn’t be happier. Since he was younger he knew he was gay, “It doesn’t bother me,” he says. In high school, Angel liked to run and play soccer. After college, he wants to go to dental school and then become an orthodontist. “I got a nose job,” he said in a serious voice, “can you tell?” After a brief pause he laughed and said he was just kidding, but he likes to engage in a lot of under aged drinking. He looked serious again, “I’m joking, I don’t do that. I like to joke.” It isn’t a bad thing after all, being gay.

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What happened in Flint, MI was negligence at its finest.

Flint, Michigan is in a state of emergency after residents complained of foul looking and smelling water for over a year without any resolution to their concerns. Now, it seems things are only going to get worse before they get better as the community begins to assess just how much lead poisoning they have been exposed to and what this means for the future of Flint.

Sadly, this isn’t the first time penny-pinching lead to water contamination. Crestwood, IL was exposed to cancer causing chemicals for more than two decades.

Flint’s water supply was switched in April 2014 after their 50-year-old deal with Detroit expired, but then switched back in October 2015: residents were getting their water from Lake Huron, rather than renewing the contract, officials decided to use a different source that would be much cheaper, the Flint River. Unfortunately, people began to experience problems with their health. In an effort to remedy the situation, chorine was added to disinfect the water, but that meant residents had to boil the water before using it, which made the lead concentration worse.

The water was never adequate for drinking and there were early warning signs indicating this was a poor and hastily made decision. The water supply from the Flint River was only meant to be used in case of an emergency because plants are not prepared to treat the water to the magnitude and time frame that is was used for.

Brent Wright, the water plant supervisor, stated, “We’re going to do the minimum upgrades we have to” and also noted that the Flint water had not been softened [for taste] since 2007.

In addition to this ominous foreshadowing of what was to come to the residents of Flint, Mark Edwards who is an expert on pipe corrosion said, “Any competent person should have seen this water will eat up iron and eat up lead,” and chemical tests could have easily proven that. Officials argue that not only is this sort of testing not required, also stating that the water was approved as a backup supply.

Residents are now looking at Governor Rick Snyder and demanding he resign, something he assures will not happen. The community feels he has done too little too late, declaring Flint a state of emergency two months after the water was switched back. According to Forbes, the effects of this may come at a cost to the rest of the nation if Michigan is not able to provide sufficient funding to fix and replace the lines.

Right now, residents still need help and a list of organizations where you can donate can be found here.

 

 

 

The True Story of a Seven Year Marriage

Source: The True Story of a Seven Year Marriage

Joel Quenneville Inks Three-Year Extension With Blackhawks

Quenneville is signed with the Blackhawks through the 2019-2020 season.

Source: Joel Quenneville Inks Three-Year Extension With Blackhawks

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