Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Wednesday, March 29

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Finance Committee Chairman Ed Burke would like to see the cigarettes being sold in Chicago to have a self-extinguishing technology that prevents the cig from burning all the way down. The aim of the technology, already required in the state of New York, is to decrease the 900 fire deaths, 2,500 injuries and $400 million in damages caused each year by smoking-related accidents. If passed, the law would go into effect on January 1, 2007.

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