Second City is on the auction block. Why Chicago has much to lose.

So Second City, Chicago’s beloved comedy theater in Old Town, is up for sale. This has happened once before. But the possible loss of local ownership, or any diminishment of the institution as a whole, should set off alarm bells within the business community, tourism agencies and the offices of both the governor and the mayor. Not to mention the hearts of ordinary Chicagoans.



Keegan-Michael Key et al. posing for the camera: Newly arrived from Detroit, Second City's Keegan-Michael Key creates a Pakistani taxi driver who has turned his Chicago vehicle into a patriotic shrine full of flags and paraphernalia, and who answers awkward questions about his ancestry by turning up the Lee Greenwood or Neil Diamond and lip-syncing.


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Newly arrived from Detroit, Second City’s Keegan-Michael Key creates a Pakistani taxi driver who has turned his Chicago vehicle into a patriotic shrine full of flags and paraphernalia, and who answers awkward questions about his ancestry by turning up the Lee Greenwood or Neil Diamond and lip-syncing.

In America, most entertainment is developed, packaged and produced in either Los Angeles or New York City; the coastal elites designate the rest of the country merely as marketplaces to sell their stuff. Unless some

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Delta now a tropical storm; nearly 500K Louisiana homes lose power

Nearly a half-million Louisiana homes were reportedly without electrical power early Saturday morning, hours after Hurricane Delta made landfall in the Gulf Coast state.

As of 11:30 p.m. CT Friday, nearly 465,000 Louisiana households were affected by the outage, according to poweroutage.us. The number rose to more than 480,000 households shortly after midnight.

By 1 a.m. CT Saturday, the hurricane was downgraded to a tropical storm, according to an advisory from the National Hurricane Center. At that time, the storm was located 15 miles east-southeast of Alexandria, La., with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, the NHS advisory said.

By 4 a.m. CT Saturday, the tropical storm was about 45 miles south-southeast of Monroe, La., with maximum sustained winds down to 45 mph, the NHS said in an advisory.

Delta had hit land around 6 p.m. CT Friday near Creole, La., with heavy rainfall and strong winds in a region

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