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I'm the Chicago writer Neil Steinberg, not the Los Angeles film producer Neil Steinberg, though I've meet him and he's a nice guy.
I'm the Chicago writer Neil Steinberg, not the Los Angeles film producer Neil Steinberg, though I've meet him and he's a nice guy.

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The humdrum life is thrilling enough
          Last week was a particularly lethal on Mount Everest—four climbers killed—which made me think of this column, written—ack!—over 20 years ago. It has the shades of immaturity upon it. I don't think I would quite so readily mock a man who had just d...

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Trumpet the good news, mutter the bad
     Listen to Pat Gengler, spokesman for the Kane County Sheriff's Office, telling CNN on May 13 how a SWAT team took down Tywon Salters after he grabbed a correctional officer's gun and took a pair of nurses hostage at Delnor Hospital in Geneva, and you'd...

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Del Close: In the midst of tragedy, always the possibility of laughter
"Slaughter of the Innocents," The Vatican Museum      Last week I went to the opening of the American Writers Museum , which I appreciated more in reality than I had in concept. They have a Hall of Fame, of sorts, of Chicago writers, cleverly presented on m...

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The humdrum life is thrilling enough
      This has been a particularly lethal week on Mount Everest, which made me think of this column, written—ack!—over 20 years ago. It has the shades of immaturity upon it. I don't think I would quite so readily mock a man who had just died in a mountainee...

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Barrel of Monkeys makes reading more fun
     Children want to talk. The third-graders in Mrs. Javor’s class at the Chalmers School of Excellence strain their twig arms toward the sky, fingers fluttering, desperate for permission to say what’s on their minds.      They have the desire but, at 8 ye...

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The circus has left town
      Readers wondered why I had two columns in Monday's paper. One about federal judges helping ex-cons , which I posted yesterday. And this, about the final performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus performing for the final time Sund...

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Federal judges lend helping hand to ex-cons
Federal Judge Sara L. Ellis, from left, Judge Susan E. Cox and Jennifer Colanese, a U.S. probation officer, review cases at a meeting of the intensive supervised re-entry program run by the U.S. District Court in Chicago. The program is designed to help ex-...

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"Clothes make the man"
       As I mentioned a few years back , I spent a summer learning Latin with my older boy. One of the phrases ground into my mind, vestis virum reddit was particularly memorable because it was particularly difficult -- you trill "R"s Latin, as in Russian, ...

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Saturday fun activity: Where IS this?
         At first I thought this might be unfair. An older man against a dark background. How could anyone figure out a location from that? Even King Dale.      But someone might be familiar. He isn't a famous man, but he has been in the press. And it's mor...

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Insisting you are best is part of the being worst
"Reception du Grand Conde par Louis XIV" by Jean-Louis Gerome (1674)      Buckle up. You’re about to read the best column ever written, penned by the greatest columnist Chicago has ever known.      Kidding. Let’s talk about grandiosity.      Even if I thoug...
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