December

The Thrill and the Agony This week in sports by Chas Walker

Giving thanks for touchdowns In many households, football is as much a part of the Thanksgiving tradition as is turkey. Sitting down to watch Thursday’s games gives us the chance to bond with (or in some cases, escape from) our families and to cheer on our favorite team. Here is how the games panned out.

John Donahue, fighter for the homeless

John Donahue, the executive director of the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, died on Nov. 17. Donahue – known to his many friends as Juancho – was hospitalized at Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. He was 64.

Documentaries speak truth to power

Toronto Film Festival 2003 – part 3 As mentioned in my last column, the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival provided a wealth of excellent documentaries for progressive film enthusiasts. While this reviewer was unable to see all the films of significance, and intentionally avoided some of those that will be shown in local theaters, the following highlights offer an amazing visual feast and mind-altering experience.

Protest, police, tear gas then and now

Opinion Two weeks ago in Miami I got a face full of tear gas or pepper spray in the demonstrations against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). The last time I was gassed by police was in October 1967 at “Stop the Draft Week” in Oakland, Calif.