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Stay home, tune in: Zoos and animal shelters get creative to connect with animal lovers

Stay home, tune in: Zoos and animal shelters get creative to connect with animal lovers

April 7, 2020

While people in Illinois are remaining in their homes, penguins are waddling through empty aquariums, primates are going live on social media and animal shelter owners are finding creative ways for people...

This year, Lincoln Park Zoo will introduce its inaugural Dessert Fest at the zoo, using confections, entertainment and exhibits to raise funds for free admission to continue.

Coffee and donuts with your favorite furry friends at zoo’s first Dessert Fest

September 13, 2019

Lincoln Park Zoo lovers will be able to indulge their sweet tooth while spending time with their favorite animal as part of the zoo's latest fundraising effort. As one of only three free zoos l...

‘A Dog’s Purpose’ is not being a prop

'A Dog's Purpose' is not being a prop

By Managing Editor

January 23, 2017

Universal Pictures' newest heartwarming, family movie "A Dog's Purpose" had all the potential to be the next "Marley & Me" or "Turner & Hooch." The trailer perfectly portrayed the bond between...

James Van Manen, associate professor in the American Sign Language-English Interpretation Department, combined ASL and pop art in his solo art show displayed in room 404 of the 33 E. Congress Parkway Building.

Professor portrays Deaf culture through pop art

October 10, 2016

Acrylic paintings, wire sculptures and graphic design are the elements James Van Manen, associate professor in the American Sign Language-English Interpretation Department, uses to transform common ASL...

More than 10,000 audience members enjoyed the Internet Cat Video Festival’s reel at the 2013 Minnesota State Fair.

Internet Cat Video Festival will land on its feet in Chicago

September 8, 2015

Cat videos, adoptable cats and a personal appearance by a celebrity cat will highlight the third annual Internet Cat Video Festival, scheduled for Sept. 19 at Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave...

Minorities suffer from polluted communities

Minorities suffer from polluted communities

By Assistant Metro Editor

April 28, 2014

Chicago communities with large minority populations are more likely to experience poor air quality and high levels of pollution, according to a recent study.The report, released April 15 by the Universi...

'Animals' gets wild at SXSW

‘Animals’ gets wild at SXSW

February 10, 2014

As the annual South by Southwest film festival approaches, Collin Schiffli a 2005 film & video alumnus, is excited for his new film “Animals” to debut at the festival. “Animals,” a film set in Chicago follows a young homeless couple battling addiction while living o...

Off the leash: Chicago’s unregistered dogs

By Assistant Metro Editor

January 27, 2014

Although the majority of Chicago pet owners have dogs, most do not register their canines, which is a growing problem city officials are working to address.Chicago Municipal Code requires all dogs four months and older to be registered, but the number of dog licenses issued accounts for only 6 percent of the city’s 600,00-plus dogs, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.The majority of dog owners do not...

Research suggests sentience in animals

By Brandon Smith

October 15, 2012

Scientists have developed a database illustrating the growing body of work that suggests emotions and possibly consciousness exist in, a website run by the World Society for the Protection of Animals, recently added the Sentience Mosaic, an entire section devoted to demonstrating the enormous body of research done on animal intelligence and emotion.“We wanted to promote the [research saying] that animals ...

Acro Cats: Chicago’s local “cat show”

By Dannis Valera

September 24, 2012

Circuses often bring to mind bears, lions and elephants, but Chicago’s own Acro-Cats is proving pussy performers can be just as captivating.Ringleader and trainer Samantha Martin’s unique troupe of 13 housecats has been jumping through hoops, pretending to play musical instruments and ringing bells around the country for the past seven years with.Read the full story by our Assistant Arts & Culture Editor, Trevor Bal...

Bad medicine for meat

By Emily Fasold

January 30, 2012

Meat is a dietary staple for many Americans and often the centerpiece of barbeques, potlucks and family functions. However, new data confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration shows that 80 percent of antimicrobial drugs made in the U.S. end up in meat, meaning you might want to think twice before sinking your teeth into a burger.Earlier this month, the FDA banned the routine use of cephalosporin antibiotics in livestock feed, but r...

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