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Mafia Slaying Site to Become Museum?

Mafia Slaying Site to Become Museum?

On first glance, the house at 719 South Decator Street, in the Elwyn Heights section of the city, doesn’t seem to be all that remarkable. It’s just another in a string of large brick twin houses that populate the neighborhood. However, the mere mention of the address is apt to flip a switch in those…

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Friday Facts: The Honorable Harold Ramis, No Batmobiles

Friday Facts: The Honorable Harold Ramis, No Batmobiles

:: On this day in 1889, boxer John Lawrence Sullivan punched Mayor John Overholt’s wife directly in the face, knocking her out instantly. No reason was ever given for the assault, and neither the mayor nor Sullivan ever chose to speak of it again. :: A 1971 city ordinance prohibits the display of the Batmobile…

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Friday Facts: Charlie’s Angels Lunchboxes, Roadside Cabbage, Fake Squid

Friday Facts: Charlie’s Angels Lunchboxes, Roadside Cabbage, Fake Squid

:: A City Council ordinance passed on this date in 1975 expressly prohibited the “display of images of a licentious, erotic, salient or pornographic nature, or which otherwise arouse the prurient interest for the sole purpose of titillation” on children’s metal lunchboxes. :: The Seventh of the Eight Great Zoo Hoaxes was committed on this…

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Museum’s Ford Thrives on Bailouts

Museum’s Ford Thrives on Bailouts

One of the many historical treasures of the Keets Harbor area, the Maritime Military Museum has thus far avoided the budget shortfall common to many other municipal, civic and cultural institutions around the city. No small contributor to the museum’s fiscal health has been its Development Director, Albert Ford, who took over fundraising efforts in…

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Museum’s Warhol Masterpiece a Fake?

Museum’s Warhol Masterpiece a Fake?

At one time or another, most residents of our city have visited the Museum of Modern American and Canadian Art at the corner of 26th Street and Smith. What most visitors don’t know is the real story behind one of the museum’s most famous works. The controversy started in 1998, when experts began a conservation…

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Friday Facts: Discount Pork Credit Rebate A.M.

Friday Facts: Discount Pork Credit Rebate A.M.

:: Mayor Wilders’ recent initiative to “clean up” the city’s catalog of archaic, outdated, obtuse or redundant ordinances begins in earnest next Wednesday when he plans to unveil his self-authored C.O.M.B. (Consolidate Our Municipal Bylaws) Initiative. Among the ordinances targeted by the measure are a 1988 ban on prostitution services for pets, last year’s activist…

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Snapshots: President William Howard Taft (1911)

Snapshots: President William Howard Taft (1911)

Caption on the reverse of the photo: “Tuesday- During festivities, President William Howard Taft laughs heartily with Mayor Woolsey at a joke making sport of the intelligence of those in the Arizona Territory.” During this May 1911 visit, there was an embarrassing incident in which Taft broke a chair in the mayor’s office. After decades…

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Go There: Future Christmas Wonderland

Go There: Future Christmas Wonderland

Go There is a feature in which our writers tell you about tourist attractions and other places of interest around the city. In 1960, the downtown Osberger’s Department Store unveiled the Future Christmas Wonderland, an audio animatronic attraction that took up half of its sixth floor shopping space. Visitors were directed by temporary holiday employees…

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Marathon Men

Marathon Men

In a bid to clumsily localize the story of the disastrous Chicago Marathon this week, the News made a passing mention of one of this city’s most problematic racing stories. But, they didn’t go quite as deep as the story deserves. Long-time residents of the city may remember the tale of Erlin Degrassi, runner-up in…

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Go There: Xavier Torres Museum of Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices

Go There: Xavier Torres Museum of Prosthetic and Orthotic Devices

Go There is a feature in which our writers tell you about tourist attractions and other places of interest around the city. Have you ever been tempted to try on someone else’s glasses to see how the world looks through their eyes? Did you ever contemplate if – given only two options – you’d rather…

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