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Snapshots: Jack Johnson in Training Camp, 1911

Snapshots: Jack Johnson in Training Camp, 1911

June 1911- Legendary boxer Jack Johnson trains briefly at a facility set up in a corner of a former Methodist retreat camp, about ten miles east of the city. 96 years later, musician and former surfer Jack Johnson would play a concert at the QuadstatesEC Ampitheatre, part of an entertainment complex (including a small skiing…

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Friday Facts: Peelers, It’s the Humidity, Blood

Friday Facts: Peelers, It’s the Humidity, Blood

:: When the new Southside High School opens at the end of the month, it will be the first high school in the city built without an Olympic-sized swimming pool in 46 years, after the school district was finally able to override the requirements of Elanor Jean Hapsworth’s will. :: Number of days (so far)…

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Odds-On Favorite Retires From Column

Odds-On Favorite Retires From Column

This week, the News celebrates the 50th anniversary of its longest-running feature, the “I Make the Odds” column penned since July of 1958 by Harvey Preakston. Preakston, a graduate of City College and the son of former rugby impresario Reginald Preakston, joined the paper in 1955 as a young sports reporter who was assigned to…

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Local Clippings: Barriers Still Unbroken

Local Clippings: Barriers Still Unbroken

In Local Clippings, we bring you what we feel are notable items from the city’s newspapers. Today, we bring you the special Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day column from longtime sportswriter Mike Harvey, in today’s Evening Press. NOTE: The inexplicable edit of a certain word toward the end isn’t ours, but that of the…

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Friday Facts: Bag of Chips, Bunco Squad

Friday Facts: Bag of Chips, Bunco Squad

:: Flavor of potato chips being eaten by Mayor Wilders in a photo on the front page of the News the day he unveiled the Mayoral Citywide Nutrition and Fitness Initiative: Utz Carolina BBQ :: A correction- in last week’s Friday Facts, we incorrectly listed a 6-month subscription to The Evening Press as one of…

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Friday Facts: Halloweeeeennnnn

Friday Facts: Halloweeeeennnnn

:: The plug has been pulled on the traditional giant electric pumpkin atop the 49th floor setback on the Chandler Building downtown. Vandals had redrawn the pumpkin’s face with triangular eyes and a gap-toothed grin that presented an uncomfortably near likeness of the mayor’s wife, Jean Arroyo-Wilders. :: It remains illegal to sell or purchase…

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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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Friday Facts: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

Friday Facts: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

:: The “Guess Your Weight” game at the Kowalski Piers Carnival (through August 6) was finally shut down Monday after repeated complaints; a statute barring such midway attractions was famously introduced in 1938 following an incident involving fat lady “Alice from Dallas” and has been fiercely enforced since. :: Champion of the 11-and-under tournament at…

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Go There: Your Local Library

Go There: Your Local Library

Go There is a feature in which our writers tell you about tourist attractions and other places of interest around the city. Wednesdays at 7 pm the Central Branch of the Municipal Public Library System (Johnston and Walker Streets, diagonally across from the City Hall Annex) hosts a variety of events, free of charge, in…

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Not In Tournament

Not In Tournament

For the 29th consecutive year, none of the area’s colleges or universities made it into the NCAA tournament or NIT. Our condolences, but at least for the 30th anniversary next year, there should be some sort of dinner or party. As everyone is probably busy with their brackets today, here are some links: :: Complete…

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