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Its National Pancake Day 2011: Take the Kids for FREE Pancakes at IHOP Today. How? – Babble (blog)

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Sunny Chanel resides in San Francisco with her husband, daughter, beagle and a tarantula named Lulu. She has strung words together for the SF Weekly, Bust, and Jane among others and currently writes for Babble’s Famecrawler and Strollerderby blog.

Danielle Sullivan is the mom of three, editor by trade, writer at heart, and native New Yorker. She has worked in the parenting magazine world for over 10 years, is the former Managing Editor of NYMetroParents, and has written for NY Family, Midwifery Today and Long Island Woman. She lives with her husband and children in Brooklyn, NY. When not on the little league field, at a school event or in a pediatrician’s waiting room, Danielle can be found listening to a Dave Matthews song and writing away at her computer. Visit her at Just Write Mom.

Meredith Carroll is an Aspen, Colo.-based writer and editor whose award-winning column, Meredith Pro Tem, appears weekly in newspapers across the West, and whom Rush Limbaugh once called a babe (although not in a nice way, if there is one). She also contributes to The Huffington Post and has written for such publications as The New York Times and Town and Country. More at

Katie Allison Granju is the married mother of five kids ranging in age from infancy to high school. She works full time as the Social Media Manager with a large cable network. When not trying to find someone’s socks, she enjoys political debate, powerpop and Indian food. After losing her oldest child to drug addiction, Katie is passionate about raising parental awareness of teenage addiction and overdose.

John Cave Osborne was baptized by fire, when it comes to the institution of parenting. In a span of just thirteen months, he morphed from consummate bachelor into father of four thanks to marrying a single mom, then quickly conceiving triplets. The author and freelance writer lives with his loud and delightfully dysfunctional brood in Knoxville, TN. On the rare occasions when he is not with his family, you can most certainly find him somewhere in the woods, most likely backpacking along the Appalachian Trail.

Sierra Black is a blogger, writer and mother. Her personal essays have appeared in Mothering Magazine, the New York Times and Babble. Sierra writes primarily about parenting, personal finance and green living. When she’s not chasing deadlines or toddlers, Sierra spends her time gardening, crafting and finding new non-toxic ways to get crayon off the walls. Before she answered to Mommy, Sierra was a features reporter for the Eagle-Tribune newspaper. To follow her adventures parenting three kids in the Boston area check out her personal blog, ChildWild.

Heather Turgeon is a psychotherapist and science writer. She authors the weekly Science of Kids column for Babble and is a regular contributor to Strollerderby. Heather also runs groups for new moms at the Pump Station in Los Angeles. Follow the science of kids to keep up with the latest research in child development and parenting.

Carolyn Castiglia is a comedian and writer based in New York who is known for wowing audiences with her high-energy stand-up and brilliantly funny freestyle rap. You may recognize her hip-hop alter ego, Miss CKC, from Comedy Central, VH1 and MTV2. Carolyn’s web videos have been nominated for an ECNY Award and featured in two issues of Entertainment Weekly magazine. Her jokes have appeared in Time Out New York, The New York Post, The Idiot’s Guide to Jokes and Life & Style magazine. You can find Carolyn’s writing elsewhere on online at and The Huffington Post. She blogs at

Madeline Holler, writer and freelance journalist, has contributed essays to Babble since the site’s launch in 2006 and has blogged for Strollerderby since 2007. Her work has appeared elsewhere in print and on the web, including Salon. A native of the Midwest, she lives in Long Beach, Calif., where she’s raising two daughters and a son.

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Libya evacuations…Looking for survivors…Chicago’s next mayor – 9&10 News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has made arrangements for Americans who want to get out of Libya today. They can board a ferry at a port in Tripoli and be transported to the Mediterranean island of Malta. Meanwhile, longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said in a televised speech that he’s prepared to fight to his “last drop of blood” against anti-government protesters.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Rescuers are using everything from heavy machines to their hands to look for earthquake survivors in Christchurch, New Zealand. Officials say at least 75 people have been killed. But some 300 people are listed as missing. And there are fears that some downtown buildings could be brought down by aftershocks.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has warned that state workers could start getting layoff notices next week. Walker says it will happen unless Democrats allow a vote on a bill that would bar most public workers from being able to form unions. A similar debate in Ohio drew thousands of union protesters Tuesday, prompting officials there to lock the doors to the Statehouse.

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate committee has narrowly approved a sweeping bill that would target illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace. But the leader of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce says the measure could hurt the state, and that lawmakers should focus on job creation.

CHICAGO (AP) — Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has a new job. He’ll be the next mayor of Chicago. Emanuel easily out-polled five rivals to win without a runoff. And Grammy-award winning rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith has made it into a runoff for a Chicago City Council seat.

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A rapper and the son of a late Chicago mayor may face runoffs – Chicago Sun-Times

A rapper and the son of a late Chicago mayor may face runoffs

By mark konkol
Staff Reporter

Feb 23, 2011 01:30AM

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Chicago 7th Ward Alderman Sandi Jackson talks with James Jackson in her Ward office, Election day, Tuesday, February 22, 2011. | John H. White~Sun-Times

An award-winning rapper and the son of a late Chicago mayor picked up just enough support Tuesday to force incumbent aldermen into an April runoff election.

Che “Rhymefest” Smith — who co-wrote Kanye West’s Grammy Award-winning hit “Jesus Walks” — got 20 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting in the 20th Ward. That was enough to set up a showdown with Ald. Willie Cochran, who received 46 percent of the vote in a five-candidate field.

Smith said he thinks some voters may have been confused by the “other” Smith on the ballot — Andre Smith, who got 15 percent of the vote. George Davis came in third place with 16 percent of the vote.

“A lot of people didn’t vote for Cochran. People want change, and those who voted for Andre and George Davis will join up with me for change,” Che Smith said. “I’m having a revolution of love. We want the 20th Ward to be a village again.”

Cochran said Tuesday he was “disappointed that we didn’t finish it off,” but predicted victory in April.

“We’re going to make sure there will be no question in the future,” he said.

In the 6th Ward, Roderick Sawyer, son of former Mayor Eugene Sawyer, picked up 25 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting. That was apparently enough to force Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, who got 45 percent of the vote, into a head-to-head showdown.

“I’m happy to be alive to fight another day. Now, we need to attract those people who are dissatisfied with [Lyle] and try to capitalize on that,” Sawyer said. Chicago Police Officer Richard Wooten had 20 percent of the vote. Lyle said her opponents put out negative mailings and stole or destroyed thousands of signs.

“This was the dirtiest campaign I’ve ever been on,” Lyle said. “Now I focus on Sawyer. Now, I know this will be an unethical campaign because it’s been an unethical campaign so far.”

In the 21st Ward, Ald. Howard Brookins Jr. bested his family friend, Sheldon Sherman, whose father is a former alderman, to apparently avoid a runoff election. Brookins got 56 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

“It seems I’ve been vindicated. People in the ward wanted Wal-Mart. They like my stances when I have spoken out against the mayor or the unions,” Brookins said. “I think we can finally close the door on that chapter and move on to something else.”

In the 7th Ward, Ald. Sandi Jackson also had an outright win over rival Darcel Beavers, daughter of former 7th Ward Ald. William Beavers. Jackson got 53 percent of the vote with 100 percent of precincts reporting.

Beavers came in second in the six-candidate field with 26 percent of the vote.

“This was a hard-fought campaign, but tonight the people of the 7th Ward spoke and spoke clearly,” Jackson said. “The 7th Ward moved forward and not backward.”

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Gery Chico concedes mayor’s race to Rahm Emanuel

Runner-up Gery Chico tonight called Rahm Emauel to acknowledge Emanuel’s lead is insurmountable and he will be Chicago’s next mayor.

“We’ve elected a mayor tonight,” Chico told supporters. “I want with all of my heart for Rahm Emanuel to be successful as mayor. We need that, ladies and gentlemen.”

While Emanuel has yet to declare victory, he was well above the 50 percent benchmark he needed to avoid a runoff election.

With 89 percent of precincts counted, Emanuel had 54.9 percent to 24.3 percent for Gery Chico.

City Clerk Miguel del Valle had 9.4 percent and former U.S. Sen. Carol Moseley Braun was at 8.7 percent.

Braun conceded defeat, saying she didn’t know whether there’d be a runoff.

“I believe that hope flames eternal,” she told supporters. “We will continue to try to inspire people, to get them engaged in government….I wish the victor in this race all the success in the taking of the reins of government.”

Emanuel is holding his election night party at a Near West Side union hall. The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” played in the background as early election results came in.

A small crowd cheered as returns showed Emanuel over 50 percent and leading competitors with a wide margin.

Emanuel and his family were gathered in a room above the hall’s main floor. They sat on a small red couch as they watched returns come in on a flat screen television. Emanuel seemed giddy as he watched his lead grow.

At Chico’s election night headquarters at a River North hotel, the crowd was subdued as results rolled in showing Emanuel with a commanding lead. The campaign sent U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez, a staunch supporter, to speak to reporters. Gutierrez said he was “upbeat” because early results did not show where votes had been counted. But campaign staffers acknowledged Chico was making plans to come downstairs and address supporters “pretty soon.”

At Braun’s campaign party at a South Side ballroom, a 10-man gospel chorus was on stage belting out a song with the chorus “We are the chosen generation.”

Many in attendance turned away from the TV on one side of the room and clapped for the group or waved their hands to the music. Some held up smart phones to get quick videos of the performance.

A few dozen “Carol for Chicago” signs were stacked just outside the room for Braun’s eventual appearance before a bank of news cameras. Some on the campaign were signaling it will be an early night.

Earlier today, the major contenders fanned out across the city on Election Day looking for last-minute votes.

Despite a tremendous amount of attention on the mayor’s race and a slew of hotly-contested aldermanic races, election officials say turnout could be as low as 40 percent. That’s far less than the 50 percent turnout officials were hoping for on Monday.

If no candidate scores a majority tonight, the top two finishers will square off for six more weeks of campaigning. A runoff election will be held to determine Chicago’s next mayor.

Mayor Richard Daley, who is out of town today, isn’t on the ballot for the first time since 1989. He’ll leave office on May 16 when his successor is sworn in.

Emanuel is at a Near West Side union hall, Chico at a downtown hotel, Braun at a South Side ballroom and del Valle at a microbrewery.

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