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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 ...

 

City reflects on massive rainstorm

September 22, 2008

The largest rainstorm in Chicago's recorded history hit the city, northeastern Illinois  and northwestern Indiana on Sept. 12, 13 and 14,  when the flood gates were opened  billions of gallons of untre...

Cheating for charity

 

By John Lendman

September 15, 2008

Nonprofit writing and tutoring center 826CHI has a simple but effective mission: make a wide variety of services not only accessible to Chicago grade school students, but free of charge as well.Funding ...

 

Celeb chef helps fight child hunger

September 15, 2008

A West Side community center was full of energy on Sept. 9 as Kids Cafe, a program that will feed healthy meals to needy children, launched a new location at the Marillac Social Center.Award-winning ch...

Picket line displaces ‘Top Model’

By Kelly Rix

September 15, 2008

Auditions for the popular reality show "America's Next Top Model" were scheduled to be held at the Congress Plaza Hotel on Sept. 6, but were moved just days before the auditions after the show's producers learned they would have to cross a union picket line.Workers from the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S. Michigan Ave., have been on strike for more than five years. The union representing the strikers, Unite Here Local 1, pro...

 

Luxe home tour successful, despite housing crisis

September 15, 2008

The fifth annual Chicago Luxury Home Tour, displaying 22 lavish, custom homes ranging in value from $900,000 to $4 million throughout Chicagoland, kicked off Sept. 5 and will run throughout the weekend...

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

 

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...

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