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Farmstand in the city

Farmstand in the city

October 12, 2008

Crunched between towering skyscrapers and bustling traffic sits a small shop in the Loop specializing in serving fresh, locally grown food.Chicago's Farmstand market, 66 E. Randolph St., opened its door...

Organ donor registry challenges students

By Sean Stillmaker

October 12, 2008

While registering students to vote becomes prevalent before election time, health officials are seeking students to register a part of them closer to their heart-and other organs.Illinois college students began the second annual statewide competition last week, called Campus Challenge, to register students to be organ donors. The challenge is sponsored by Donate Life, which is a nonprofit agency that coordinates organ and ti...

Time to take out the trash

By Brett Marlow

October 12, 2008

Something smells funny in Chicago, and this time it's really the trash.A report released by the Inspector General's Office on Oct. 7 said an investigation from May to September found that workers, garbage truck drivers and laborers for the Bureau of Sanitation weren't working as many hours as they should in 10 city wards. Instead, they were working less than six out of the eight hours they were to work each day.The report sai...

New study aims to help schizophrenics

By Thomas Pardee

October 5, 2008

A new study aimed at improving the quality of life for patients suffering from the mental disorder schizophrenia is underway in the Chicago area. Researchers hope a new medication being tested will offer hope to those suffering from the crippling symptoms of mental illness.The independent Uptown Research Institute, sponsored by drug developer Sanofi-aventis, is looking for patients in Chicago to participate in the ongoing ...

Homeless get support to vote

By Kelly Rix

October 5, 2008

When working to get out the vote, Chicago's homeless population has typically been overlooked. But Cook County Clerk David Orr wants to change that.The Cook County Clerk's Office has been working with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless to mobilize staff and volunteers from 27 different organizations who serve the homeless in Chicago and suburban Cook County.On Sept. 16, about 60 people from these groups attended a train...

Fans, bars react to alcohol ban

By Kaylee King

October 5, 2008

Throughout the summer and fall months, bars around Wrigley Field are filled at least once a week with Cubs fans who either couldn’t get tickets to the game across the street or are watching their hometown heroes while they’re away. But this season is different.The bars are still full, especially during the playoffs, but according to the city’s new alcohol ban, spearheaded by Mayor Richard M. Daley, if the game happens to b...

Chicago goes gourmet

By Eve Fuller

October 5, 2008

Renowned chefs and restaurants were honored at the first annual Gourmet Food and Wine Festival in Chicago. From Sept. 26-28, Millennium Park was transformed into a mecca for food and wine lovers. Acclaimed chefs from all over the nation were invited to demonstrate their recipes and present their food specialties."We want to showcase to the world what a terrific dining destination Chicago is," said Jennifer Hefferly, director of...

Seeing red in a blue city

By Kelly Rix

October 5, 2008

Chicago is well-known as a Democratic Party stronghold, and neither presidential candidate is focusing much effort on reaching Illinois voters. But that isn't stopping Chicago's young Republicans from organizing and rallying behind their candidate, Sen. John McCain.Young conservatives are working to get McCain's Windy City supporters involved in his campaign and to keep the momentum up after the election and start challenging th...

Commuter-operated CTA Twitter launched

By John Lendman

October 5, 2008

One of the most common complaints commuters have with the CTA is its lack of communication, according to various Chicago-centric CTA bloggers-riders simply want real-time information.So it seems for CTA Twitter creator Dan O'Neil, if you want something done right, you've got to do it yourself.In an effort to deliver more efficient and timely updates to the average commuter, CTA-vigilante bloggers have teamed up with Dan O'...

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...

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