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Home run

By Eli Kaberon

October 5, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 24, 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...

MetraMarket plans unveiled

By Meha Ahmad

September 22, 2008

Metra commuters will soon be able to sample foods from France, order coffee from Italy and even buy groceries from CVS in a new European-style market before taking a ride on the commuter line rail trains.Metra, city leaders and project developer U.S. Equities Realty broke ground on Sept. 18 in the West Loop on a multimillion dollar retail development project slated to be completed by summer 2009.Seeking to bring a European fee...

Parents weigh pros and cons of measles vaccine

By Eve Fuller

September 22, 2008

Illinois ranks higher than any other state in the country for measles cases, and public health authorities believe a decrease in child vaccinations could be to blame.Chicago, specifically, has reported 32 cases of measles, more than any other year since 1994, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Illinois.Citing religious or philosophical reasons, parents are not getting their children vaccinated, according to fin...

Washed out

Washed out

September 22, 2008

While strong storms battered the Chicagoland area on the weekend of Sept. 13-14, many city events, festivals and their vendors suffered.Amid the storm's record rainfall, topping off at 8 inches of rain ...

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