The Columbia Chronicle

Banned books find support at annual event

By Lauren Kelly

October 5, 2008

In an effort to bring awareness to censorship issues and First Amendment rights, the American Library Association presented the Banned Books Week Readout, held on Sept. 27 at Pioneer Plaza, 435 N. Michigan Ave., next to Tribune Tower.The event, which featured author readings and book signings, kicked off the 27th year of Banned Books Week, an annual nation-wide event celebrating the freedom to read.The American Library Ass...

Home run

By Eli Kaberon

October 4, 2008

Temperatures peaked at 80 degrees for the Oct. 12 running of the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which are far from ideal conditions for the 26.2-mile race around the city.Despite concerns of a repeat of the excessive heat problems that occurred during last year's race-which was cancelled after four hours-very few mishaps resulted.Only 61 runners received medical aid following the marathon this year, the race's 31st. In comparison, more ...

Fire destroys Chinese artifacts

Fire destroys Chinese artifacts

By Meha Ahmad

September 28, 2008

Along a street lined with Chinese antique stores, past the Lucky Lantern shop and Emperor's Choice restaurant is a community that displays its culture and traditions with pride. But in the heart of Chic...

‘Die-In’ protests Iraqi civilian casualties

‘Die-In’ protests Iraqi civilian casualties

September 28, 2008

While business suit-clad employees carried on their daily routines passing through the buildings surrounding Federal Plaza, at the corner of West Adams and South Dearborn streets,  around noon on Sept. 22,...

New Obama HQ targets swing states

By Kelly Rix

September 28, 2008

With the presidential election on Nov. 4 less than two months away, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama and his campaign are urging their Chicagoland supporters to help win over adjacent swing-state neighbors.While Obama is projected to win his home state of Illinois on Election Day, many of his supporters are being commissioned to help out in other ways.Through its new Illinois Statewide Headquarters in the We...

Hitting the polls

Hitting the polls

September 28, 2008

While more young people are voting, the process seems to get more confusing once they get to college.There are more legal and administrative barriers occur as well as questions of where to register or wh...

Baseball beer ban built to fail

Baseball beer ban built to fail

By Sara Harvey

September 28, 2008

The most wonderful time of the year is approaching, and I don't mean the holiday season. I mean October-postseason baseball, peanuts and beer.The Chicago Cubs are now playoff-bound, and legions of fans ha...

Keeping Chicago’s beaches clean

By Sean Stillmaker

September 28, 2008

The Alliance for Great Lakes kicked off its annual inaugural beach cleanup on the North Shore on Sept. 20.Volunteers gathered along the coastal areas of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin and swept the beaches of garbage and debris. Last year alone, more than 4,100 volunteers participated, according to the Alliance's website.The 42nd Ward Democratic Party joined the Alliance, sponsoring the Oak Street Beach clea...

Streets become parks for a day

By Kelly Rix

September 28, 2008

This fall, some streets and historic tree-lined boulevards of Chicago will be temporarily transformed into public recreational space through a new program called Sunday Parkways.On Oct. 5 and 26, cars will temporarily take a backseat to bicyclists, walkers, joggers, skateboarders and stroller-pushers in an effort to promote physical fitness, family fun and a stronger sense of community."The street will be open to everyone, a...

Occupational hazards behind the lens

Occupational hazards behind the lens

September 23, 2008

Dan Thompson heard glass being shattered all around him. At first it was just empty storefronts, but then protesters started smashing bank windows, a Macy's storefront and marked and unmarked cop cars."They...

Boy wins $50,000 playground for school

Boy wins $50,000 playground for school

September 21, 2008

It's not every day a child says they left behind a legacy. But that's what happened on Sept. 15 when 11-year-old Jose Flores helped unveil the $50,000 playground he won for his former elementary school ...

Funding cuts hit substance abuse centers

Funding cuts hit substance abuse centers

September 21, 2008

Haymarket Center, 120 N. Sangamon St., is the largest nonprofit substance abuse treatment center in Chicago. In the past two months, however, the agency, which primarily serves Chicago's homeless popul...

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