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You can be arrested for DUI (driving under the influence) for driving while you are using marijuana. Having a doctor’s recommendation is not a defense to driving under the influence. Find out some legal tips for every medical marijuana user.
Feds Train Cops Around Ferguson On 'Impartial Policing' -
Feds Train Cops Around Ferguson On 'Impartial Policing'
WASHINGTON -- A Department of Justice office is hosting a session for police officers in the St. Louis region on "Fair and Impartial Policing," federal authorities announced Thursday. The training session comes as police in the area prepare for possible protests in and around Ferguson, Missouri, following the grand jury's decision on whether to indict the police officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown back in August. DOJ's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services is leading the sessions for the St. Louis County Police Department -- which has entered into a collaborative reform effort with DOJ -- as well as the St. Louis Metropolitan Police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The sessions are taking place on Thursday and Friday. The Justice Department said in a press release that the training "is specifically designed to enhance officers' understanding of how bias -- including implicit or unconscious bias -- affects officer behavior, and the impact that biased policing...
An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling -
An Open Letter From a Syrian Activist: America's Anti-ISIS Strategy Is Unraveling
America's multi-year strategy against ISIS lies on the cusp of collapse. Within six months, ISIS could begin operations near major Jordanian cities and the border with Israel. Within six months, America's ground partners against ISIS -- the moderate Syrian opposition, which has suffered thousands of casualties to push ISIS back -- could soon be expelled from all territories near ISIS's de facto capital of Raqqa. At that point, an international ground force may be necessary to remove ISIS sanctuaries. Time is running short for a Syrian "train and equip" program. To remain viable, moderate Syrian rebels need weapons now. The situation has become so dire because Syrian Revolutionaries' Front, the main anti-ISIS fighting unit in the U.S.-endorsed Free Syrian Army, was expelled from most of its strongholds over the weekend by Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Nusra. While most Syrian rebels fight both ISIS and the Assad regime, the Syrian Revolutionaries' Front is among the few fighting...
Moderate Senate Democrats Plot Ways To Make Their Chamber Function Better -
Moderate Senate Democrats Plot Ways To Make Their Chamber Function Better
WASHINGTON -- Two moderate senators have been in talks for several months with a handful of Republicans on ways to improve the functioning of the Senate, according to several sources familiar with the talks. The informal discussions don't rise to the level of what's often referred to as a "gang" in the Senate, but rather have been in an exploratory phase. Along with Sen. Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, the talks have been led by Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democrat from the red state of North Dakota. The group is separate from the "common sense caucus," which was started after the government shutdown last year. That caucus has included, at various junctures, Democratic Sens. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) and Mark Pryor (Ark.), who will be out of office this January given his landslide loss on Tuesday, with Republican Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.) and Johnny Isakson (Ga.). Whether conservative Democrats can find a way forward within the Senate may...
A Look Back On Women's Political Leadership After An Election Of Female 'Firsts' -
Tuesday's midterm elections resulted in multiple wins for female candidates -- there are now 100 women in Congress for the first time ever -- and a new documentary is highlighting the leaps and bounds women have made in politics over the years. Grace Lee, the director of "Makers: Women in Politics," discussed women's involvement in political leadership since the 1920s with HuffPost Live's Marc Lamont Hill. "Even in the '50s ... the most efficient way for a woman to get into Congress was to follow in the steps of her dead husband's," Lee said. The director also praised the "really inspiring" new generation of women getting into politics. Among them are some of the women who secured big wins in Tuesday's midterms, including Gina Raimondo, the first female governor of Rhode Island, Shelley Moore Capito, West Virginia's first female senator; and Massachusetts winner Maura Healey, the first openly gay attorney general in the country's history. The "Makers" series has also profiled powerful...
Broken Windows, Broken Trust -
Broken Windows, Broken Trust
Twenty years after his son was fatally shot by a police officer, Nicholas Heyward Sr stares out the kitchen window of his Brooklyn apartment, one hand distractedly placed on a stack of newspaper clippings related to the death of then-13-year-old Nicholas N. Heyward Jr, an honors student who loved to play basketball. In a New York Times article dated September 29, 1994, days after the shooting, is a black and white photograph of Nicholas Jr's toy gun that Officer Brian George claimed he mistook for a real firearm. "Why didn't [the New York Times] put it in color so the public could see that what my son was carrying didn't look anything like a real weapon?" Nicholas Sr points out. When [Nicholas Jr] was killed, the media blamed the toy gun for his death, not the officer." A Daily News article from the same month features a picture of the cop who shot Nicholas Jr, accompanied by the headline: "Distraught Officer's Tearful Dad: He Won't Be A Cop Again." But Officer George was only...
Sankara Ghost Hangs Over Burkina Faso Turmoil -
Sankara Ghost Hangs Over Burkina Faso Turmoil
Only seven world leaders held office longer than Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaoré before his ouster late last week, following chaotic protests in the capital city of Ouagadougou, when protesters set the parliament on fire before the Burkinabé military, in the person of Isaac Zida, asserted control of the country. For the entirety of Compaoré's 27-year rule in the Sahelian country, the specter of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, hung over his reign -- the equatorial Banquo to Compaoré's Macbeth. Now, with an uncertain future, Sankara's ghost looms even stronger for a country that could face years of coups and countercoups. Sankara took power, like every single one of his predecessors, in a coup. He did so, in 1983, with Compaoré's help, and with the charisma of a post-independence African 'Che' Guevara, promising to bring an honest and socialist government to his country, which he renamed 'Burkina Faso,' or 'the land of the honest people,' instead of the more colonial Upper...
In 3 Key States, A Breakdown Of The Asian-American Vote -
In 3 Key States, A Breakdown Of The Asian-American Vote
Asian Americans favored Democratic candidates over Republicans by a two-to-one margin in the Midterm Congressional elections, according to a unique multi-language, multi-ethnic election eve poll targeting Asian Americans in California, Texas and Virginia.
How An Undercover Investigator Smuggled Heroin Into America's Second-Largest Jail -
How An Undercover Investigator Smuggled Heroin Into America's Second-Largest Jail
An undercover investigator posing as a guard at the country’s second-largest jail was able to easily smuggle $22,000 worth of contraband into the facility on multiple occasions, a new report reveals. The report, released Thursday by the New York City Department of Investigations, exposes what the department says are “serious problems with security screening protocols” at New York's sprawling Rikers Island jail complex. For each security test, the report says, the DOI's undercover investigator stuffed his cargo pants pockets with “one plastic bag containing 250 glassine envelopes of heroin; one plastic bag containing 24 packaged strips of suboxone [a prescription opiate substitute similar to methadone]; two plastic bags containing a total weight of one-half-pound of marijuana [...] and one razor blade.” Additionally, the investigator carried “one 16-ounce water bottle containing vodka” in his hand. Together, all of that contraband had an estimated resale value inside Rikers of over...
Amendment 1: What Lies Ahead for Abortion in Tennessee? -
Amendment 1: What Lies Ahead for Abortion in Tennessee?
On November 4, Tennessee's Amendment 1 passed with 53% of the vote. The Amendment is designed to give the Tennessee legislature broader power to regulate and restrict abortion. The assumption that more regulation is a public health priority deserves scrutiny. Supporters of the Amendment now plan to roll out several regulations that have been used elsewhere to restrict access to abortion. Mandatory waiting period: Currently 26 states require a "cooling off" period between counseling and performance of an abortion; in ten, this is constructed to require two separate visits. Underlying assumption: Women are flighty and capricious about such decisions. Net effect: This requirement delays abortions to later, more risky gestational ages and drives up the cost and inconvenience. For example, if I have a pregnant patient who is found late Monday afternoon to have fetal anencephaly (no brain), I cannot take care of her in my Tuesday morning abortion clinic, which meets weekly. Twenty-four...
Victoria's Secret 'Perfect Body' Campaign Changes Slogan After Backlash -
Victoria's Secret 'Perfect Body' Campaign Changes Slogan After Backlash
A Victoria's Secret ad featuring the tagline "the perfect body" has come under fire -- but maybe the company has been listening to its critics. Last week, shoppers in the UK were put off by in-store and online advertisements for the VS "body" bra, which featured a series of similarly-built (read: impossibly thin, leggy and large-busted) supermodels. A petition requesting that Victoria's Secret apologize and change the campaign had over 27,000 signatures at the time of writing. "Every day women are bombarded with advertisements aimed at making them feel insecure about their bodies in the hope that they will spend money on products that will supposedly make them happier and more beautiful," the petition reads. "All this does is perpetuate low self-esteem among women who are made to feel that their bodies are inadequate and unattractive because they do not fit into a narrow standard of beauty. It contributes to a culture that encourages serious health problems such as negative...
Court Reverses Rulings In Four States, Upholds Marriage Bans -
Court Reverses Rulings In Four States, Upholds Marriage Bans
A circuit court reversed federal rulings legalizing gay marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky on Thursday. Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, who wrote the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals' majority opinion, said the court does not have "a sweeping grant of authority" that allows it to determine "whether gay marriage is a good idea" for the residents of those states. "Is this a matter that the National Constitution commits to resolution by the federal courts or leaves to the less expedient, but usually reliable, work of the state democratic processes?" Sutton wrote. The AP reports on the ruling: It followed more than 20 court victories for supporters of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. A federal judge in Louisiana recently upheld that state's ban, but four U.S. appeals courts ruled against state bans. The issue appears likely to return to the Supreme Court so the nation's highest court can settle whether...
Unhappy With The Election Results? Just Look At The People Your Neighbors Voted Into Office -
Unhappy With The Election Results? Just Look At The People Your Neighbors Voted Into Office
As the dust settles and we take a closer look at Tuesday night's election results, we can't help but wonder what the hell some voters were thinking. As with every election, there were the incumbents who somehow remained able to win re-election, like Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), who just won a 23rd term in Congress despite being found guilty of a number of ethics violations in 2010, and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who joked about suicide just weeks before the election. And that's just the tip of the iceberg in Congress. All hail the power of incumbency. But there are some even stranger figures who got elected across the nation this week. Here are our top picks for elected officials we still can't believe ended up on the ballot, let alone in office. Jody 'Abortion Is Worse Than Hitler' Hice Republican Jody Hice of Georgia had no problem winning his state's deep-red 10th Congressional District on Tuesday....
Former North Carolina Mayor Patrick Cannon Gets House Arrest For Voting -
Former North Carolina Mayor Patrick Cannon Gets House Arrest For Voting
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the former mayor of North Carolina's largest city under house arrest until he begins serving time for taking bribes because the ex-politician cast an illegal ballot in Tuesday's election. Under North Carolina law, a convicted felon loses the right to vote. At a bond revocation hearing Thursday, Patrick Cannon told a judge that he didn't realize that. Still, U.S. District court Judge Frank Whitney ordered him to home detention until the former mayor reports to federal prison on Nov. 18 for a nearly four-year sentence. Cannon will have to wear an electronic monitoring device. As part of his annual election routine, Cannon said he and his wife went together to a nearby school on Oct. 30 and voted. Federal probation officers this week were alerted of Cannon's illegal vote. "The light simply didn't go off on that day. This was something that I did without thinking," Cannon said, adding that he was "embarrassed" and wanted to apologize for...
Amazon's Latest Effort To Get You Shopping Is This Speaker -
Amazon's Latest Effort To Get You Shopping Is This Speaker
Amazon wants to make it as easy as possible for you to buy every single thing it sells, from diapers to groceries to streaming movies. The company's latest effort to get you shopping comes in the form of a voice-controlled wireless speaker, called Echo, that's always listening for you to utter the phrase "Alexa." When you do, the speaker perks up and awaits for your question or command. The company quietly announced Echo on Thursday. Echo costs $199, but it's $99 for members of Amazon Prime, the company's free-shipping loyalty program. But it's not even for sale yet -- you have to request an invitation. Kinley Pearsall, an Amazon spokesperson, wrote in an email that the company will start sending invitations and shipping the speaker "in the coming weeks." Think of Echo, which connects to your wireless network at home, as similar to personal assistants like Google Now and Siri. In the promotional video, Amazon shows Echo responding to questions -- from multiple members of the family --...
The Climate Post: Climate Change Risks, Impacts Focus of Reports -
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Fifth Assessment Synthesis Report warning that greenhouse gas levels are at the highest they have been in 800,000 years. "We have little time before the window of opportunity to stay within the 2C of warming closes," said IPCC chairman Rajendra Pachauri. "To keep a good chance of staying below the 2C, and at manageable costs, our emissions should drop by 40 to 70 percent globally between 2010 and 2050, and falling to zero or below by 2100." To have a 66 percent chance of limiting total average warming to the U.N.-set threshold of less than 2 degrees Celsius relative to preindustrial levels, the world's population can emit no more than one trillion tons of carbon dioxide. But we've already emitted more than half that much. The report includes conclusions of three previous IPCC reports on the science, impacts of climate change and on ways to address it. One key finding: It's "extremely likely" that humans...
Producing a Gay Web Series: Dos and Don'ts -
Producing a Gay Web Series: Dos and Don'ts
I used to say, "Every actor should produce his own Web series." I don't say that anymore, as it now seems almost every actor in Los Angeles is! But if you're an actor or writer with a gay story, the Web is the best place to tell it. There's no censorship, other than YouTube's general rules against nudity. No network will tell you to water the characters down or make it more palatable for straight audiences. When I created Old Dogs & New Tricks three years ago, I'd never produced a Web show before. I had no idea what to expect. Despite a very steep learning curve, it's been the most rewarding creative experience I have had. It's completely changed my life and given me a "profile" in this town that I never had before. It is exhausting but so worth it. In my three years of writing/acting/producing/show-running ODNT, I feel as though I've earned a master's degree in show business. You will never work so hard, but you will never learn as much. You'll also have newfound respect for writers,...
Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Look Back On Near-Death Family Photo -
Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Look Back On Near-Death Family Photo
TANAUAN, Philippines (AP) — The Saavedras waited for death as Typhoon Haiyan tore at their roof, knocked down walls and unleashed torrents of seawater below them. All they could do was pray, say "I love you" one last time and take a picture. David Saavedra raised his cellphone in the chaos to snap a group selfie to record their final moments. He took it for his eldest sister in Manila, hoping to show that at the end, her family was together — even serene. That explains his smile, incongruous against the wind-ripped scene and the terror-stricken faces of his younger sister, Veronica, and their mother. The picture was intended to go on top of David's coffin, but instead it is a reminder of the family's immense luck, and of the obligation they feel to help neighbors who weren't nearly as fortunate when the massive typhoon hit Nov. 8, 2013. More than 7,300 people died or went missing when Haiyan slammed the central Philippines, including the Saavedras' laidback farming town of Tanauan, as...
Democrats Actually Gained Women's Support Since Last Midterm Election -
Democrats Actually Gained Women's Support Since Last Midterm Election
After Republicans swept the midterm elections on Tuesday, conservatives triumphantly declared the death of Democrats' strategy to appeal to women voters, pointing to the fact that Democrats appear to have lost ground among women voters between 2012 and 2014. "The bottom has fallen out of the abortion-centered ‘war on women’ strategy," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. "Why is that? Women just don’t agree with the shrinking ranks of the feminist left like EMILY’s List and NARAL that unlimited abortion is the great liberator for women." But women's rights groups have come to the opposite conclusion. Democrats usually do not fare as well in midterm election years as they do in presidential election years due to a significant decrease in voter turnout among single women and young and minority voters. But comparing 2014 to the last midterm election in 2010 -- a more "apples to apples" comparison -- Democrats have actually gained 6...
We Won't Get Drug Reform Unless We Demand (& Recognize) It: Marijuana Is Not Enough -
We Won't Get Drug Reform Unless We Demand (& Recognize) It: Marijuana Is Not Enough
Democrats suffered bruising and humiliating defeats on election day, and, despite reassurances from professionals that such losses were structural and "in the cards," this outcome stands in contrast to victories for progressives on almost every single ballot measure of note. Democratic issues won, but Democratic candidates did not. Foremost among the policy success stories were the record-setting votes to legalize marijuana in Washington DC, Alaska, and Oregon. Added to these victories is growing realization that criminal justice reform is one of very issues upon which it is plausible to imagine agreement between the new Congress and the President that would be both meaningful and progressive. Yet I worry whether Democrats will be able to steer events in this direction, in large part because I doubt their commitment to progressive advocacy, or any kind of fight at all. So far, their modus operandi has been to take the most minimal of concession offered by opponents and declare it a...
Like Internet, Distributed Democracy Routes Around Gridlock -
Like Internet, Distributed Democracy Routes Around Gridlock
Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, as Republicans were shoring up their midterm victories, Ben Casselman, chief economics reporter for the statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight tweeted, "So voters want a higher minimum wage, legal pot, abortion access and GOP representation. Ok then." His tongue-in-cheek observation, which as of this writing received more than 16,000 retweets, makes an important point as Campaign 2014 fades from view and our focus turns to 2016: Elections are not just about political candidates - elections show that citizens will take direct action when political candidates fail to address issues that matter most to them. To Casselman's point, voters supported a minimum wage hike in all four states where the question was on the ballot (Arkansas, Alaska, Nebraska and South Dakota); marijuana legalization supporters scored wins in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC; and voters rejected proposals in Colorado and North Dakota that would have redefined life to extend...
Environmental Groups Look Forward To A Long Two (Or More) Years Of A GOP Congress -
Environmental Groups Look Forward To A Long Two (Or More) Years Of A GOP Congress
WASHINGTON -– To say Tuesday was a bad day for environmental groups would be an understatement. In his opening remarks at a National Press Club event recapping the election results Wednesday afternoon, League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski joked that environmental groups had thought twice about even holding the event. "It wasn't the best night for us," he said. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, was even more blunt in an interview Wednesday morning. First, he recounted some of the ways 2014 was a success: It elevated the issue of climate change generally and made candidates in a number of key races change the way they talked about the issue. But when it came to electing a slate of pro-environment candidates, which environmental groups spent an unprecedented amount of money on this year, "on that," Brune said, "there's been a miserable fucking failure." Environmental groups are mourning the loss of several key allies in the Senate, such as North...
The Perils of Conflating ISIS and Al Qaeda -
The Perils of Conflating ISIS and Al Qaeda
Since the inception of ISIS's campaign of terror in Syria and Iraq, many Western policymakers have assumed that ISIS employs similar strategies to and harbors ambitions akin to those of al-Qaeda. Barack Obama recently declared that al-Qaeda and ISIS are "one and the same," a statement that hearkened back to the erroneous linkage promoted by the Bush administration between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks. The tendency of the Obama administration to conflate the threats posed by ISIS and al-Qaeda is further evidenced by his claim that anti-al-Qaeda operations in Yemen and Somalia provide a model for the US to follow in its efforts to defeat ISIS. Obama's Yemen and Somalia parallel immediately drew the ire of Republicans and US foreign policy critics alike because of the continued prevalence of Islamic extremism and woefully inadequate political institutions in both countries. Yet many of these critics still subscribe to the prevailing opinion that the anti-ISIS campaign is just the...
Unleashing the Democratic Tsunami in 2016 -
Since I have been involved in politics as a full-time job, there have been five times where I had a really bad election night, where the Republicans kicked our ass and won most of the important races: 1980, 1994, 2004, 2010, and of course this year. Every single time was awful. Every single time the country suffered a great deal as a result. But every single time, Democrats came storming back the very next election and had a great year. It's not too surprising, really: Republicans are an arrogant bunch with really bad and unpopular policy ideas that don't work out well when they are enacted. And of course, we know that the voting pool in a presidential year tends to look more like the actual population of the country -- younger, more people of color, more unmarried voters -- and that is a very good thing for Democrats. So while I take absolutely nothing for granted, and know that we will have to work our collective Democratic asses off, I go into 2016 with some confidence. The key,...
9 Stats That Will Make You Want To Hug A Republican (Or Maybe A Democrat) -
9 Stats That Will Make You Want To Hug A Republican (Or Maybe A Democrat)
Tuesday's midterm elections handed Republicans full control of Congress, which will soon include an increasing number of extremely conservative (and liberal) members, a trend that reflects the nation as a whole. Studies have shown that the moderate middle is shrinking as more of the citizenry really leans further right or left into the political playing field. Lately there's been a lot of talk about "a divided America," but it's all been a few decades in the making. One particularly ambitious Harvard undergraduate was even able to illustrate the Senate's growing polarization from 1989 to 2013. And now, the people the Senate represents are split on pretty much everything (including how split we are) -- except the National Park Service. Because parks are awesome and everyone knows it. As for why we're so divided, we really can't say with certainty. But we can tell you what it's doing to us -- aside from, like, all the Congress stuff. Polarization in American politics is bleeding over...
Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois? -
Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois?
When Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is sworn in in January, state government will have two-party power sharing -- a Republican governor and Democratic legislature -- for the first time in 12 years. Rauner said that Illinoisans voted for this divide Nov. 4 -- but did we really? Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek examines the difference between divided and divisive: Divided government. That's what voters wanted, Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner told us in his victory speech. We'll get it and then some in Illinois and we have it now nationally with President Obama in the White House and Republicans running everything soon in Congress. Here in Illinois it will be back to the old days of a Republican governor and Democrat-dominated Legislature like we had for so many years with former governors Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan at the helm and Madigan and, often, various Democrats running the Illinois Senate. Except this time, the preceding months before the vote for divided government...
For a few days last week Gaza Strip turned into a large prison. Ever since October 24, the Rafah crossing point has been closed by the Egyptians following the huge attack on the army in north Sinai. Israel has also closed all its crossings with Gaza on November 2, allegedly following the launch from Gaza on that same day of a single rocket that landed in a deserted area. The Israelis reopened their crossing points Tuesday, but Rafah continues to be closed. Egypt, which was stunned by a horrific series of attacks that caused the death of over 30 soldiers, has been searching for answers, and the army argues that the problem lies in Gaza. Not only has the Rafah crossing been totally and completely closed since then, but Egyptian engineers have also been busy destroying houses on the Egyptian side of Rafah in order to create a 500-metre buffer zone that they hope will forever end the problem of the tunnels to Gaza. The closures come at a time the reconstruction process is moving at a very...
Guggenheim Protesters Somehow Snuck A 40-Foot Banner Into The Legendary Museum -
Guggenheim Protesters Somehow Snuck A 40-Foot Banner Into The Legendary Museum
The Guggenheim's Abu Dhabi museum isn't going up without a fight. On Tuesday evening, members of the protest group Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.) unfurled their latest denouncement of labor conditions on Saadiyat Island, the ritzy enclave where the Frank Gehry-designed branch is slated to rise. This time, the protest mechanism was a 40-foot banner that was reportedly snuck in via a baby stroller. Reading "Stop Labor Abuse" and "Countdown to Guggenheim Abu Dhabi," it hung briefly down the museum's famed conical core before two male guards tore it away. For months, G.U.L.F. members have pulled off "a series of unsanctioned displays," as The New York Times puts it, inside the museum. Amidst inundating the museum with leaflets and sneaking in provocative paintings, the group has managed to meet with museum representatives, including Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong, to discuss their concerns. "We've heard nothing since," one activist, NYU professor Andrew Ross, told The Times...
These Vintage Images Show Just How Much Department Stores Have Changed -
These Vintage Images Show Just How Much Department Stores Have Changed
One of the fondest memories from my childhood was going to the Wanamaker's store in Philadelphia for lunch with my grandmother. We'd go right around every holiday to find me a frilly holiday dress, then visit the store's tea room for a light snack. When I tell this story to others, it's as if I told them that my grandmother and I regularly traveled to the moon. Their brains cannot compute that a department store would have anything but a sad food counter (anyone ever been to a Target?). And frilly holiday dresses? Who am I, Shirley Temple? A view of the famous organ at the former Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia. It's now a Macy's. To say that department stores have changed since my ladies luncheon days is an understatement. First of all, Wanamaker's is long gone, along with other regional stores that gave character to other cities. Second, shopping habits have shifted. Specialty chain stores and, of course, the Internet have transformed the way we shop. We don't go to a...
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