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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Net Migration from Mexico Falls to Zero—and Perhaps Less. Poverty high among American Mexican youth. What exactly does it mean to be Hispanic? Latino?

The largest wave of immigration in history from a single country to the United States has come to a standstill. After four decades that brought 12 million current immigrants—more than half of whom came illegally—the net migration flow from Mexico to the U.S. has stopped and may have reversed. 

The standstill appears to result from the weakened U.S. job market, heightened border enforcement, a rise in deportations, the growing dangers associated with illegal border crossings, and changing economic and demographic conditions in Mexico. In addition Mexican households are becoming smaller, with fewer births per capita. Money made in the US can stretch further in Mexico, contributing to the advantages of returning home for both legal and undocumented immigrants.

Mexican immigration exceeded Italian immigration in numbers, but not in the percentage of the contemporary American population, so the largest percentage immigration remains from Italy.

Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010

When Labels Don’t Fit: Hispanics and Their Views of Identity

Nearly four decades after the U.S. government mandated the use of the terms “Hispanic” or “Latino” to categorize Americans who trace their roots to Spanish-speaking countries, a new nationwide survey of Hispanics finds that these terms still haven’t been fully embraced by Hispanics themselves. A majority says they most often identify themselves by their family’s country of origin while just one-quarter says they prefer a pan-ethnic label.

Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America

Now I am homesick...Deep Dish Chicago Pizza

Best Deep Dish & Chicago Style Pizza

 Best Deep Dish & Chicago Style Pizza
Connie's Pizza being prepared (credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Alternate title: obligatory pizza article.
It’s hard to write about Chicago style and deep dish pizza. It’s just heavy dough, some cheese, and a whole lotta sauce, correct? How do you even set one decent pie against another? How do you know the difference? It has to be impossible, right?
WRONG. What are we, laymen? Maybe. Possibly. I’m really not too sure. I don’t even know what that word means, to be honest. Regardless, here’s the plan: to go over some of the best pizza in Chicago, here and now, and to talk about what makes THEM great.
Here we go…
 Best Deep Dish & Chicago Style Pizza


223 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60606

What? Did you think we were going to name a bunch of places you’ve never heard of? The best is the best, even if everybody and their mother already knows ‘em, and that’s why Giordano’s is on this list, because they’re the best. They’ve got the sauciest, the doughiest, the cheesiest pizza, hands down. You’ll feel sick after eating there – ready to burst or vomit – but that’s a good thing.
Wonder if it tastes as good coming back up as it does going down…
bacinos Best Deep Dish & Chicago Style Pizza
My heart goes out to you... (credit:


2204 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

Bacino’s stuffed pizza comes with a sauce thicker than most, with gigantic tomato chunks that’ll fill your mouth up. Their pies are ideal for veggie lovers, with superb spinach and mushroom pizzas (vegetables? Gross! Am I right, or what?). Their sauce is also more spiced than most stuffed pizzas, adding extra tastes along with the usual tanginess of tomato that can, if we’re being truthful here, sometimes be a bit too much.

Pizzeria Uno

29 East Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

The inventors of the deep dish gotta be mentioned, so here they are. Thick crust and mountains of sauce – they started it. They’re not quite as heavy as places like Giordano’s, so those who find some deep dish to be a bit much, this might be the spot for you. They also have a few menu of fine Italian fare. You know, in case you’re a wuss.

Art of Pizza

3033 North Ashland Avenue
Chicago, IL

Art of Pizza is a hole in the wall. Literally. But that doesn’t hurt the taste of their thick and tasty pizza pies. With enough room to pretty much just stand, show up one afternoon and have a quick bite (that’s right, you can buy deep dish by the slice here). Or! Order out and pick it up. Personally, I like to eat at home. That way I can catch up on my Tivo’d soaps.
 Best Deep Dish & Chicago Style Pizza

Lou Malnati's

805 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60605
Founded by original chef of Pizzeria Uno Rudy Malnati’s son, Lou Malnati’s holds true to a family tradition of great pizza. Their restaurants are top notch and all over the place. Their sauce, instead of relying on quantity and thickness (because people love their sauce to be viscus… actually, I mean viscous… I’d correct that mistake, but it’s too funny), is a bit thinner than some deep dish. If anything, this just makes their quality ingredients stand out.
Also, it’s my parent’s favorite. (But, let’s face it, their decisions are questionable at best.)
So there ya go! A little guided tour of pizza-dom in Chicago. What should you do now? First: comment here. Tell me what I missed. Tell me how generic this article is. THEN… go eat some pizza. That’s all.
Mason Johnson, CBS Local Chicago (Glutton)
Other great pizza lists include: Best Cracker Thin Pizza and Best Pizza in Chicago. Check ‘em out!

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Obama Takes Multistate Trip To Woo College Voters

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President Obama kicked off a three university tour on Tuesday at UNC-Chapel Hill. Student debt now surpasses credit card debt in the U.S., and Obama is pressing Congress to pass an act that would keep interest rates on those loans from doubling this summer. Robert Siegel talks to Scott Horsley.

More on NPR's All Things Considered (click here)...

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List of Cut Programs...Fight for your education and do not support Governor Sandoval

If you believe that Sandoval’s starving of education in this state was designed only to eliminate inefficiencies in the higher education system, Sandoval completely misled you.  You fell for this old “inefficiency” political game. 

Believe it or not, the Nevada System of Higher Education has been efficiently operated for years.  I know because I spent five years of my life looking at its financial structure.  I understand money.  I understand how to make it and how to keep it.  I understand how to invest it and how to use it efficiently. 

Sandoval’s budget cuts went far beyond reducing inefficiencies in the system.  They destroyed programs.  They left students stranded in the middle of their education with little or no hope of finishing because courses disappeared.  These are some of the programs eliminated:

Master of Education – Physical Education
Bachelor of Science in Education – Physical Education
Master of Science – Physical Education
Bachelor of Science in Education – Workforce Education
Bachelor of Science - Social Work 
Educational Specialist – Special Education
Master of Science – Special Education
Doctor of Education – Special Education
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership
Education Specialist – Educational Leadership
Master of Science – Sport and Leisure Services Management
BSHA – Hospitality Management
BSHA – Food Service Management
BSHA – Lodging and Resort Management
BSHA – Meetings and Events Management
Bachelor of Science – Culinary Arts Management
Bachelor of Science – Culinary Arts Management – Beverage Management
Bachelor of Science – Recreation

How would you like to look at a catalogue of a college and learn that the school is withering away?  Do you believe that it would make you eager to go to that school?

Ann Romney: ‘I Love The Fact That There Are Women Out There Who Don’t Have A Choice’ And ‘Must Go To Work’

The Romneys don’t understand average Americans, given their enormous wealth. Women's career should be their children.
In an emotional speech about the difficulty of motherhood and life on the campaign trail, Ann Romney used an odd choice of words to discuss mothers who are forced to work while raising their children.

Ann Romney was at the center of a national discussion recently after a Democratic consultant charged that the would-be future first lady couldn’t possibly understand the plight of working mothers because she had the luxury to stay home and devote herself full time to raising her kids. The Romney campaign fired back, accusing Democrats of lacking respect for stay at home moms.

The issue was largely dismissed after a few days as a ginned-up “silly season” controversy, but Ann Romney’s comments last night at the Connecticut Republican Party’s Prescott Bush Awards Dinner could potentially reignite the issue. After discussing how she understands the challenges mothers face, Romney said, according to BuzzFeed:
Romney alluded to the fact that not all women can stay at home saying, “I love the fact that there are women out there who don’t have a choice and they must go to work and they still have to raise the kids. Thank goodness that we value those people too. And sometimes life isn’t easy for any of us.”
It seems Romney was trying to express empathy for women who don’t have the option to stay at home, as she did. But the comment that she “love[s]” that some women “don’t have a choice” and must work is unusual, to say the least, and could lead to a new round of charges that the Romneys don’t understand average Americans, given their enormous wealth.

Nearly two-thirds of women are the breadwinner or co-bread winner in their households. Nonetheless, the gender pay gap remains. And while Mitt Romney has broken with most Republicans to support the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, he has still not yet taken a position on the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Obama Tries To Charm Youth Vote With College Stops

President Obama sets off on a two-day tour of college campuses Tuesday to tout a plan to keep student loans more affordable.

The stops include an appearance on Jimmy Fallon's late night talk show tonight, and stops on several major college campus's.

Student loans exceed one trillion dollars, with an increasing default rate.

College cost more than twice what it did, on average, only five years ago. The ranks of the uninsured are highest among college students, more than any other group in America. The interests rates on Stafford Loans will double in July for all new loans.

Obama's trip is billed as official business, but it has a political flavor. Stops include: North Carolina, where Democrats hold their national convention this summer; Colorado, where Obama accepted his party's nomination four years ago; and Iowa, where his White House campaign was launched in 2008.

All three states are expected to be hard-fought battlegrounds in November.

Obama is rolling out an economic message that's squarely aimed at college students and their parents. He's urging Congress to preserve the low interest rate on subsidized student loans. Unless lawmakers act, the rate is scheduled to double July 1.

Obama says that would mean higher college bills for more than 7 million students: "At a time when the unemployment rate for Americans with at least a college degree is about half the national average, it's never been more important. But here's the thing: It's also never been more expensive."

After delivering that argument Saturday in his weekly radio address, Obama is taking it on the road — to college basketball arenas, where he'll be speaking to thousands of people.

Republicans are not expected to allow any extension of the current lower loan rates, which would cost about six billion tax payer dollars to extend. Debt payments now go as high as $1,700 a month per student, with most students paying $400 or more each month after graduation. Most students fail to see how their degree will equal enough initial income to take on the high payments.

Lauren Hovis, who's with the Young Democrats at the University of North Carolina, says fans began queuing up Saturday night.

"The line was extremely long to get tickets," she says. "So I think it's actually, we're really pumped and we're really excited about Obama."

The president needs that kind of excitement this fall, if he's to come anywhere close to matching the support he got from young voters four years ago.

"These folks were so, so, so enthusiastic for Barack Obama in 2008," says Charlie Cook, a political forecaster. He adds that Obama not only won the youth vote by 34 points that year, but young voters also turned out in near-record numbers — with a passion that will be hard to replicate this year.
"It was such a historic thing; it really galvanized young voters. And I don't sense that electricity is there," Cook says.

Katherine Valde heads the student Democrats at the University of Iowa, where Obama speaks Wednesday. She admits that some of the high hopes from four years ago — for immigration overhaul or climate change policy, for example — have not been met. What's more, the tough economic climate has put a damper on college activism.

"People just don't necessarily have the time to go out and volunteer for campaigns right now," she says. "People are worried about finding jobs after they graduate, and a lot of people are having trouble finding jobs."

The job market for new college graduates is improving, though, and a college degree is still a big plus for anyone looking for work.

A couple of weeks ago, the Obama campaign hosted an organizational meeting in Iowa City. Valde says about 200 students showed up, and they're busy making plans for outreach efforts this fall.
Tuesday night, the president speaks at the University of Colorado. Tyler Quick, who just stepped down as head of the college Democrats there, anticipates another close contest, much like the Senate race in Colorado two years ago.

"It was just a few thousand votes that helped Michael Bennet win his Senate seat. If we can get the same people that turned out for Sen. Bennet to turn out for President Obama, we can make sure that Colorado stays blue this year," Quick says.

It wasn't just young voters that helped elect Bennet. His winning coalition, like the president's, also included Latinos and African-Americans.

Demographer Ruy Teixeira of the left-leaning Center for American Progress says that's a growing pool of potential voters around the country. But he warns that potential alone is not enough.

"There's no doubt that demographic shifts are by and large in Obama's favor. But if the share of voters is to increase among minorities, for example, they have to show up," Teixeira says.

The president's supporters say that takes hard work — when the economy is soft and some of the promise of four years ago has gone unfilled.

Meanwhile, Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney is not about to yield the youth vote to Obama. On Monday, Romney joined the president in supporting low interest rates on college loans.

Additional coverage at, including today's All Things Considered.

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Lord of Las Vegas book reading Friday

Come participate in a reading from the gripping new hit political thriller, “Lords of Las Vegas,” by author Kurt Divich on Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in Rm. D101 at the Charleston campus.  Hear from the author, a Las Vegas native and one of CSN’s own alumnus, about this exciting fictional tale of two ambitious young men immersed in the criminal underbelly of Sin City.

Industry News

You can set up a screening of any film through Tugg. Seacest to remain with America Idol. News Corps Younger Murdock can't get out of hot water.

After the coffee. Before hiring Ryan Seacrest's agent for my next negotiation.
The Skinny: I'm trying to eat healthier. It's not fun, but it is cheaper. Tuesday's headlines include a tough start to the week for Netflix, a new executive team at CBS News, and James Murdoch back in the hot seat. Also, Ryan Seacrest signed a deal to stay with Fox's "American Idol."

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News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son, Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch, are this week appearing before a judicial inquiry into the ethics and behavior of the British media
Photo: James Murdoch. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

On the hot seat. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son, Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch, are this week appearing before a judicial inquiry into the ethics and behavior of the British media to answer questions regarding the phone-hacking scandal at the company's newspapers the News of the World and the Sun. James Murdoch is being grilled today, and his father is scheduled to be questioned Wednesday. Early reports on James Murdoch's appearance from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and the Guardian, which has a live stream of the event.

New team. CBS Films is the tiny movie production company that CBS launched in 2010. It has struggled to find its way, but now has a new executive team. Terry Press, a former Disney and DreamWorks executive who has been consulting for CBS Films, and the movie company's chief operating officer, Wolfgang Hammer, have been named co-presidents. More from the Los Angeles Times and Variety.

Theater audience
An audience gathers to see the documentary “One Day on Earth” at the Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. The screening was organized through Tugg. (Lawrence K. Ho, Los Angeles Times / April 22, 2012)  

Tugg a film into your local theater. Anyone can select a film and a theater; if enough tickets sell in advance, the movie is shown. Tugg's library includes independent, foreign and specialty films as well as repertory titles.

The sold-out screening Sunday afternoon was organized not by the theater or a major studio, but by filmmakers who promoted the movie to their fans through a new service called Tugg Inc. The Austin, Texas, start-up has launched a grass-roots movie distribution business that enables consumers to select the movies they want to see at local theaters.

Since its formal launch last month, Tugg has formed partnerships with several major theater circuits, including AMC, Regal, Cinemark and Rave Cinemas. It has hosted more than 50 "Tugg events" nationwide, filling auditoriums with specialty films — movies like Fox Searchlight's "The Tree of Life" and the Stanley Kubrick classic "Dr. Strangelove" and documentaries such as "One Day on Earth" and Morgan Spurlock's "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope."

"In the past, movie theaters have been forced to be somewhat narrow in their programming," said Nicolas Gonda, chief executive and co-founder of Tugg. "Now, with Tugg, they can be as diverse as the interests and the imaginations of the people in their communities."

As more theaters convert from film to digital, there is growing interest in using services like Tugg to program so-called alternative content and attract new customers to the multiplex at a time when long-term attendance in the U.S. has been on the decline, in part because consumers have more entertainment options.

The subject of how theaters can marshal the forces of social media to grow their business will be a hot topic this week at CinemaCon, the annual trade show in Las Vegas hosted by the National Assn. of Theatre Owners. Tugg will be among the participants at a panel discussion Thursday called Social Networking and Marketing in the Digital Age.

"It really seems like they have an innovative platform to reach people through social media in a way that we haven't done before as exhibitors," said Spencer Klein, senior vice president for alternative content at Rave and Bow Tie Cinemas.

Klein said was he particularly surprised when a group of architecture students at the University of Pennsylvania organized a sold-out Thursday night screening of "The Pruitt-Igoe Myth," a new and relatively unknown documentary about the decline of American cities.

"It was pretty eye-opening," he said.

AMC has hosted Tugg events in cities across the country, including one in Austin for a film called "Crazy Wisdom" about the Buddhist leader Chogyam Trungpa, which was organized by the Austin Shambhala Meditation Center. The tickets were sold out within a few hours and AMC had to move to a larger auditorium for the screening, held at 10 a.m. on a Thursday.

"It showed that there are guests out there who want to see some of this content that is not accessible through normal channels and who will mobilize if given the opportunity," said Robert Lenihan, president of programming for AMC Theatres.

Each Tugg event is promoted by an "organizer" — which can be anyone, including a director, film blogger, film festival director, schoolteacher, church group leader or environmental activist — who chooses a film he or she would like to see in the local community. The organizers draw from a list of more than 300 titles on Tugg's website, which includes independent, foreign and specialty films as well as repertory titles.

The organizer selects a local theater, locks in a date and then aggressively promotes the event using Facebook, Twitter or other social media. If people reserve enough tickets — a screening typically requires a minimum of 50 advance ticket purchases —- Tugg then books the film in one of the theaters that have signed up for its service.

Because tickets are purchased in advance, theater owners have a guarantee that they won't be left holding the bag if no one shows up to see the film.

"It eliminates a huge question mark" for theater owners, said Gonda, whose company receives a fee for each ticket sold.

A film producer, Gonda got the idea for Tugg several years ago while working with filmmakers Steven Soderbergh and Terrence Malick. Gonda grew frustrated that many small communities around the country never had an opportunity to watch Malick's "The New World" or "The Tree of Life" in their local theaters. Malick is among a group of advisors to Tugg, along with Ben Affleck and writer-director Richard Linklater, who serve on the company's board.

"The genesis was asking the question: What is keeping films that people want to see in their local theaters from being seen in their local theaters?" Gonda said.

Tugg holds particular appeal in smaller, regional markets where it has become harder to screen independent or special films in theaters in recent years.

Spencer Howard, a 25-year-old college student who writes a movie blog in Columbus, Ga., is organizing a Tugg screening this Thursday of "Comic-Con Episode IV." He posted a notice on his Facebook page encouraging people to reserve seats and handed out fliers at a local bookstore. Within a few days he had sold 57 tickets. He expects to have a nearly full house for the screening at a Carmike theater in Columbus.

"The feedback I've gotten is that people are delighted because they feel like they are part of creating this event," said Howard, who already is organizing his next Tugg screening — for "Rocky" and a Spanish sci-fi movie. "The attitude is, 'We don't get anything cool here.' By doing an event like this we can prove that wrong."

Daily Dose: On Monday in this space, I wrote an item about how NBC's "Meet the Press" was engaging in a little bit of corporate promotion during Sunday's show -- on what's supposed to be a serious news magazine. On Monday night when I went online, Facebook was suggesting I subscribe to the feed of "Meet the Press" executive producer Betsy Fisher. A coincidence? No, just another example of how the gang at Facebook is watching everything you do online. Scary.

Netflix doubters. Netflix had its first net loss since 2005, and investors punished the company's stock. For the first quarter of 2012, the video subscription giant lost $5 million, which was attributed to efforts to grow its business abroad. Then information Netflix gave analysts during a conference call made investors nervous that the company will not meet its goal of adding an additional 7 million subscribers here. Analysis from the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal.

Seacrest sticking around. "American Idol's" ratings may be on the decline, but the show's host, Ryan Seacrest, is getting a raise. Seacrest signed a new two-year deal that will take his annual salary from $10 million a year to $15 million. Details from the Los Angeles Times and the Hollywood Reporter.

There's an idea. After NBC's morning news program "Today" goofed and put up an edited transcript of George Zimmerman's phone call to police regarding Trayvon Martin, it fired the producer and acknowledged the mistake to the media. The only people the show forgot to tell were its actual viewers. New York Times columnist David Carr on how NBC missed doing the obvious in its efforts to clean up after itself.

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Man Dies After Peeing On Chicago's famed ‘L’ Tracks

Photo Of CTA Purple Line South Blvd. Station. (CTA Photo)
Photo Of CTA Purple Line South Blvd. Station. (CTA Photo)

EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — An Indiana man died overnight, after coming into contact with the electrified third rail as he urinated on the Purple Line ‘L’ tracks in Evanston.

The man was at the South Boulevard Purple Line stop around 11 p.m. Sunday with two other people when he came into contact with the third rail, according to CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis.

The man, Zachary McKee, 27, of Ossian, Ind., was pronounced dead at Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston at 11:52 p.m., according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.

It turned out that the man had climbed down to the tracks to urinate when he fell onto the third rail, according to a news release from the Evanston Police Department.

Authorities have not said whether the man urinated on the third rail.

One of the two people the man was with ran down stairs to the booth at the entrance at the station and alerted the security guard on duty to the situation, Lukidis said. The security guard then called Evanston Police and Fire officials.

The London Daily Mail reported that McKee had served four years with the U.S. Marines, in the Anbar province in Iraq and in Iwakuni, Japan. He served in the Marines for four years, until 2010, the Daily Mail reported.

At the time of his death, McKee was working toward his undergraduate degree in political science and government at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, the Daily Mail reported.

McKee’s Twitter page indicated that he was in Chicago for the weekend, and that he had attended a Cubs game at Wrigley Field and visited restaurants in Chinatown. He also tweeted that he stayed in a “jank ass” hotel in Chinatown.

Before his death, McKee tweeted, “There’s no stopping us right now.”

Contrary to legends and lore, the program “Mythbusters” has concluded that urinating directly onto the third rail is unlikely to cause death in itself. In fact, some purported cases of such deaths are actually believed to have involved direct bodily contact with the rail, as appears to be the case in the Sunday night incident.

The Straight Dope reported a couple of years ago that there have been two other local cases of people coming into contact with the third rail after urinating on the ‘L’ tracks.

In 1991, a 14-year-old boy was killed after urinating on the Red Line ‘L’ tracks at the Morse Avenue stop in Rogers Park. While some reports say the cause was urination on the third rail, the Straight Dope concludes that he likely suffered electrocution from direct contact.

In 1977, a man named Sang Yeul Lee trespassed onto the ground-level Brown Line tracks at Kedzie Avenue to urinate. Based on autopsy findings, the Straight Dope says he too likely died by coming into direct contact with the electrified rail.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.