Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Protess on Leave

Posted By on 03.29.11 at 11:13 AM

David Protess, embattled director of the Medill Innocence Project, is on leave — a leave that as described by Northwestern University, sounds a lot like Coventry. The following statement comes Tuesday from Alan Cubbage, Northwestern University's vice president for university relations:

"Professor David Protess will be on leave from Northwestern University for Spring Quarter 2011. While on leave, Professor Protess will have no faculty responsibilities, including teaching or serving as Director of the Medill Innocence Project. During the Spring Quarter, the important work of both the class on investigative journalism and of the Innocence Project will continue under the direction of Medill investigative journalist and tenured full professor Alec Klein."

But news that Protess isn't teaching this semester isn't new. Here's the Sun-Times saying so on March 18.

Meanwhile, the Daily Northwestern reported Tuesday what Protess says he will be doing: establishing an "autonomous Innocence Project." This will be "a nonprofit organization devoted to investigative reporting of criminal justice issues," and it will "closely resemble that of the Medill Innocence Project, which has freed 12 innocent men from prison, including five from death row, since Protess started it in 1996."

The Daily Northwestern continued:

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So There's This Thing Called Baconfest

Posted By on 03.29.11 at 10:54 AM

This says it all:

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Morning Newsfeed: Rogue Cops, Who Cares About Charlie Sheen?, Goose Ice, Aldermanic Patronage, and More

Posted By on 03.29.11 at 09:34 AM

New allegations have surfaced against a rogue unit of Chicago cops. (Tribune)

The city making dramatic cuts to its forestry and rat patrol divisions, in order to keep garbage pickup moving smoothly. (Sun-Times)

Interest in Charlie Sheen's live tour seems to be, uh, #waning, duh. (Sun-Times)

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Ads From the Past: June 6, 1975

Posted By on 03.29.11 at 09:00 AM

Chicago Reader @ Forty ads from the past: Quiet Night

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Morning Art: Surabhi Ghosh

Posted By on 03.29.11 at 08:51 AM

Earthwork, Skywork, a painting by Surabhi Ghosh, part of a spring painting show with Leslie Baum opening Tue 3/29, 6-9 PM, at Lula Cafe, 2537 N. Kedzie, 773-489-9554.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Nick Lowe's Classic Labour of Lust Finally Available Again

Posted By on 03.28.11 at 04:52 PM

I'm certainly dating myself by saying this, but I've been a fan of Nick Lowe ever since I got stuck on "Cruel to Be Kind," a fluke American hit for Lowe, in 1979. Several years later I got a copy of the album that contained that song, Labour of Lust. He earned extra cool points at the time when I discovered that he'd produced the debut album by the Damned—those early Elvis Costello records he worked on didn't seem quite as hip, though they've aged better—and I've enjoyed just about everything he's done since.

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The Common Review Is Ceasing Print Publication, Going Online Only

Posted By on 03.28.11 at 02:04 PM

The Common Review, the literary magazine of the Chicago-based Great Books Foundation, will 86 its print edition with the upcoming fall/winter issue.

Per the website:

"With the Fall/Winter issue of The Common Review, after ten years, we will cease print publication and shift all our attention to developing a full-fledged online version of the magazine, to premiere in Fall, 2011. In the coming months, as we make the transition to the online version, we will continue to post new articles here. Visit often to keep pace with the stimulating new features we are planning, including many opportunities to engage with the content and authors of The Common Review through online discussion forums."

Bummer. I always looked forward to seeing the latest issue arrive in the office.

In 2003 the Reader profiled the fledgling magazine and its editor at the time, Dan Born.

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Lupe's Buzzkill of a "Concert"

Posted By on 03.28.11 at 02:02 PM

Lupe Fiasco fans buying tickets for the show at House of Blues on Saturday night could be forgiven for expecting it to be a Lupe Fiasco concert—ads for the event prominently featured Lupe, and tickets started at $27.50 and went all the way up to $97.50 for VIP packages. Given that the night's entertainment consisted mostly of a DJ and a bunch of rappers who weren't Lupe Fiasco, it's not surprising that things turned ugly.

I wasn't there, but according to reports from attendees, during the five or so hours between the start of the show and Lupe's eventual appearance, numerous fights broke out in the general-admission area of the venue, the stage was piled with bottles thrown in protest, and at one point an unidentified man claiming to be part of the Black P. Stones gang came out and threatened the crowd on the mike. Lupe finally took the stage around 1 AM and delivered a 25-minute set that included a couple of songs he cut off after the first verse.

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No Charges in Reported Hate Crime Against Alshaibi

Posted By on 03.28.11 at 12:15 PM

Jefferson County attorney Tim Dille announced today that no charges will be filed in the case of the reported beating of Iraqi American filmmaker Usama Alshaibi, which Alshaibi initially called a hate crime.

Update: The Demoines Register posted a video interview with Alshaibi after the announcement.

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Men's Style Don'ts

Posted By on 03.28.11 at 10:47 AM

Britain's Telegraph has an amusing slide show illustrating the ten things women hate about men's wardrobes (apparently "vest" is UK-speak for wife-beater). Guys, if you take away one lesson from this, let it be this one: "If there's no beach within a 100 metre radius then men should never ever be seen in flip flops. Full stop." Tom Ford doesn't like flip-flops or shorts on men, either.

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