Give your kernels a kick

Think about this the next time you shell out $8 for a large tub at the movies: According to the experts at the U.S. Popcorn Board (and, yes, there is such a thing), the salty treat became a cinema staple during the Great Depression because, at five to ten cents a bag, everyone could afford it. Price tag aside, popcorn hasn’t changed much over the years, which is where Joe Doren, head chef at The Peasantry, a Chicago establishment specializing in haute street food, comes in. Ever the mad scientist, Doren grinds dehydrated kimchi — a pickled cabbage from Korea — into powder and dusts it on to spice things up. “The next time you go to the theater, sneak in some and toss it right on,” he said. Sharing, however, is entirely up to you.

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Life spans shrink for uneducated whites

For generations of Americans, it was a given that children would live longer than their parents. But there is now mounting evidence that this enduring trend has reversed itself for the country’s least-educated whites, an increasingly troubled group whose life expectancy has fallen by four years since 1990.

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Back to school… again

It was nice too see CPS students go back to school today, partly because I was tired of shooting people in red T-shirts and partly because with the help of my memory and google maps, I found a place on the west side where I could shoot students crossing the street with the Willis Tower (Sears Tower) in the background. I wanted to have the iconic building in the frame because it was the only way that I could visually convey students in Chicago. However, when I turned onto this street, I saw the blazing sun and I knew then that this location was going to result in an interesting silhouette.

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