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Be your own karaoke hero

Be your own karaoke hero

You know what I'm sick of? People telling me that singing ability has ANYTHING to do with being good at karaoke. It doesn't.

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Groomzillas better tread carefully

Groomzillas better tread carefully

Wedding season is upon us. The proof is in the save-the-dates—including my own—that cover my fridge. Not that I need the reminder. Ever since I got engaged, it has been all wedding, all the time.

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Let the band be your date

Let the band be your date

How many times have you passed up the chance to go to a mind-blowing concert because you couldn't find anyone to go with? My guess: too many. Doing normal things in public alone is not social suicide; it's actually quite refreshing.

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To Spanx or not to Spanx?

To Spanx or not to Spanx?

I stood up in my first wedding this spring, an experience that was delightful, harrowing and made me deeply question my feminist sensibilities. It wasn't the traditional virgin-white dress or the "giving away of the bride" that gave me such angst—it was the gut-wrenching decision of whether or...

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Let the players join the party

Let the players join the party

You know what would have been better than Connecticut winning the NCAA tournament the other night? It would have been better—and I say this as a college basketball fan—if Florida, Wisconsin, UConn and Kentucky had taken to the middle of the court Saturday, sat down and refused to play in...

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Nicki Minaj, Lil' Herb team up on 'Chi-raq,' shed light on Chicago violence

Nicki Minaj, Lil' Herb team up on 'Chi-raq,' shed light on Chicago violence

"Chi-raq" is a loaded word, isn't it? The term, made popular by the Chicago rap scene in 2012 (but most likely hit mainstream consciousness in Kanye West's "Black Skinhead") and the name of Nicki Minaj's newest track, is a byproduct of the nation's obsession with Chicago's ridiculously high number...

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Your diet drink needs butter

Your diet drink needs butter

Don't you get so tired of the same old flavors of diet drinks and shakes? Come on, people, it's 2014. The weight-loss world needs to expand beyond the traditional chocolate, vanilla and strawberry routine. If scientists can split atoms, they can surely invent some tasty new artificial flavorings for...

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Where did that first date go?

Where did that first date go?

What's worse than a bad first date? A great first date that doesn't go anywhere afterward.

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April Fools' Day worse than pulled groin

April Fools' Day worse than pulled groin

Early yesterday morning, I played a pretty terrible April Fools’ Day prank on myself. Nursing a lingering groin pull, I accidentally applied Icy Hot to my nether region.

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Your phone is not your drinking buddy

Your phone is not your drinking buddy

An iPhone will function after being splashed with half a shot of Four Roses Small Batch bourbon, but not after swimming in a pool of Three Floyds Alpha King pale ale. How do I know this? Because I was a compulsive phone-on-bar person.

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Kim Kardashian isn't the problem

Kim Kardashian isn't the problem

Friday afternoon is supposed to be the holiest time of the workweek, the express ramp to another wonderful weekend of not having to wear pants. Unfortunately, last week was spoiled by the Internet's ridiculous response to the new Vogue cover featuring Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

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Dating and you don't know it?

Dating and you don't know it?

It can happen to any of us, male or female. It comes when you least expect it. But eventually, something will tip you off that things just aren't adding up.

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Uber overstates Chicago economic impact

Uber overstates Chicago economic impact

Rideshare in Chicago is already kind of a hot mess. Think 4 a.m. pickups by strangers ghost-riding their pink-mustache-adorned whips. And now it's sloppier: lawsuits, regulatory proposals and threats of outing secretly gay aldermen. (If you don’t know all the facts, RedEye reporter...

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Trust kids to speak

Trust kids to speak

Last month a high school publication in Wisconsin published a bravely graphic and honest six-page spread about rape culture in their school. "The Rape Joke," which was featured in the February issue of Fond du Lac High's Cardinal Columns, not only chronicled in detail the experience of three student...

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HBO's 'Paycheck' doc examines plight of those treading water

HBO's 'Paycheck' doc examines plight of those treading water

Near the beginning of the film "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert," a teacher at a day care center asks her charges: "Good choices get you what?"

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The everyman's wedding playlist

The everyman's wedding playlist

We're only weeks away from the annual Hunger Games of our twenties: wedding season. Fortunately in this case, the only thing being massacred is your bank account.

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With love, from an app

With love, from an app

Over the past few years, an explosion of smartphone apps have arguably made our lives a tad easier. They help us get a cheaper cab, make it seem totally normal to photograph all your meals or even monitor how well you are performing in the bedroom.

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What Chicago's credit downgrade means for you

What Chicago's credit downgrade means for you

On Tuesday, Moody’s Investors Service bumped its rating of Chicago down from A3 to Baa1 with a “negative outlook.”

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Editor's Note: Introducing RedEye's new series, Young Money

Editor's Note: Introducing RedEye's new series, Young Money

If there’s anything people think they know about Millennials, it’s how irresponsible we are when it comes to money. No one in their 20s contributes to a 401(k), right? We’d rather work two part-time jobs than a full-time one that offers health insurance and a retirement plan; we...

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Lessons from my late uncle

Lessons from my late uncle

On a Monday night in January, Florida State rallied to an incredible victory in the BCS championship game. I drank and screamed and, yeah, even shed some tears for my alma mater until 2:45 a.m. A few hours later, I woke up to a phone call delivering some terrible news: My uncle had died.

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