The Columbia Chronicle

Gay-friendly school proposed

By Joel Alonzo

September 15, 2008

A new gay-friendly high school has been proposed for Chicago and, if accepted, will join the likes of New York’s Harvey Milk High School as a safe place for LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, transgendered, questioning and allied) students.“This is not simply a gay high school,” said William Greaves, Director and Community Liaison of the city of Chicago on Human Relations’ Advisory Council on LGBT Issues. “It is a place wher...

Center works to fill cultural health gap

By Meha Ahmad

September 15, 2008

When Jenny Patino went to therapy for the first time at the age of 15 for depression, she said the therapists didn't help her with her problems and only made them worse."The therapists didn't know how families work in the Latino community," said Patino, 22, a member and former political correspondent of Columbia's Latino Alliance. She said a patriarchal family and overbearing father were the root of her depression."Had we had...

City aims to curb pet problems

City aims to curb pet problems

By Meha Ahmad

September 13, 2008

A dog's bark might be worse than its bite, but it's the bite that is the motivation behind a proposed ordinance moving forward in the Chicago City Council.Proposed by city leaders, the Animal Populatio...

Shedd Oceanarium to get facelift

By Kelly Rix

September 8, 2008

The Shedd Aquarium has closed the Oceanarium section of the aquarium for renovations and enhancements, expected to be complete by June 2009, and began preparations to relocate some of its marine mammals to other zoos and aquariums during the construction.The Oceanarium, one of the Shedd's more popular features, is home to the aquarium's marine mammals. It was first opened in 1991 and it will be getting a bit of a makeover, said Rog...

Verizon on CTA subways gets varied reviews

By John Lendman

September 8, 2008

Verizon Wireless users can now use their cell phones underground in CTA subways, but some question if the accessibility outweighs the annoyances.Verizon signed a 10-year agreement to lease the CTA telecommunication infrastructure allowing Verizon users to send and receive phone calls and text messages as well as web-enabled data.The CTA will receive $27,950 monthly from the New York City-based company, according to a CTA press release...

Hybrid haven

By Kelly Rix

September 8, 2008

No longer just for tree huggers, hybrid cars are growing in popularity in Chicago and across Illinois due to rising gas prices, environmental concerns and a rebate program through the state treasurer's office.Chicago is now ranked fifth among U.S. cities in new hybrid car sales, according to a survey conducted from July 2007 to July 2008 by HybridCars.com, a website that provides consumer information about hybrid gas-elect...

Chicago inventors welcome

By John Lendman

September 8, 2008

Make Magazine and Science Chicago are seeking DIY-savvy Chicagoans to submit grassroots inventions and gadgets to American Maker, a day-long competition at the Museum of Science and Industry's Lab Fest, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, on Sept. 20.American Maker will be Make Magazine's first competition in Chicago but not their first innovation-celebrating event. For the past three years, Make Magazine has hosted Maker Fai...

Neither motorcycle nor bike

By Kelly Rix

September 2, 2008

With gas prices soaring and global warming becoming a major issue, some Chicagoans are looking for more fuel-efficient modes of transportation. Many are opting for bicycles, but some are choosing motorized scooters, which can go as fast as 30 mph and get about 60 to 70 miles per gallon.Though scooters may seem to have more in common with bicycles than cars, the city of Chicago views them as one and the same, making parking more...

Chicago Muslims fight hunger for Ramadan

By Meha Ahmad

September 2, 2008

With the start of September this year comes the start of Ramadan for Muslims, the month of fasting and charity. In the spirit of this holy month, Islamic organizations around the city are reaching out to fight hunger.With the downturn in the economy and the rise in food prices, many food pantries are seeing a decline in donations. In response, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago,  231 S. State St.,  is p...

2016 gets closer: Chicago’s bid intensifies

By John Lendman

September 2, 2008

It's safe to assume that few athletes have even thought of training for the 2016 Olympic Games, but four major cities across the globe are competing for the chance to host them-with much at stake.With the conclusion of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Chicago has officially begun its global bid as a host city finalist to the International Olympic Committee, vying against Tokyo, Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.The Chicago 2016...

EPA: It’s OK, drink tap water

By Kelly Rix

September 2, 2008

Trace amounts of 16 different drugs and personal care products were found in Illinois drinking water, but at such low levels that they do not pose a risk for public health at this time, according to a report from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency released in August.The Illinois EPA launched the study in March after media attention surrounding the issue prompted the state to take action. The Associated Press publishe...

From gelato to Beijing

By Kaylee King

September 2, 2008

Lawrence Langowski knew it was the biggest competition of his life before he stepped onto the wrestling mat. The 23-year-old Mexican-Polish-American freestyle wrestler was just trying to relax and appreciate where he was. He worked four hard years to get to the Beijing Olympics, competing internationally since high school and undergoing a painful knee injury that later led to surgery. Aug. 21 proved to be a memorable day in ...

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