Red Stars defeat the Pride — and the heat

By Sye Bennefield Jr.

The only thing hotter than Christen Press Saturday afternoon was the Toyota Park grounds as the Chicago Red Stars defeated the Orlando Pride 2-1.

Press netted a brace for the Red Stars (8-3-4, 28 points) as temperatures were as high as 91 degrees with humidity. Head referee Farhad Dadkho stopped the contest so players could hydrate and cool down.

Yet, that hardly bothered Press as she opened up the scoring in the 29th minute with a lovely Sofia Huerta ball over the top of the Pride’s back line.

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Saint John the Baptist gets a makeover at the Art Institute

By Puja Bhattacharjee

A newly restored “Scenes from the life of Saint John the Baptist” by Bartolommeo di Giovanni is among the paintings and objects on display in “Saints and Heroes: Art of Medieval and Renaissance Europe,” which opened on March 20 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Scholars believe the painting adorned a Florentine home in the late 1400s. It was a spalliera painting– a painting hung at shoulder height. It was originally part of a series of paintings that would have decorated a room.

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Building a better tornado warning system

By Puja Bhattacharjee

People start trickling into the National Severe Storms Laboratory holding coffee cups and laptops. By 8 a.m., eight people fill a room for the Spring Experiment. The laboratory in Norman, Okla., is open all year. But now it’s tornado season.

Researchers, forecasters, software developers, IT personnel and scientists from different parts of the country have come together for the annual experimental program held during the spring severe weather season to test and evaluate new techniques and tools for hazardous weather forecasting.

One of the goals this year is to continue testing software that could possibly eradicate false alarms, issue more accurate and detailed warnings for tornadoes and other severe weather. “The false alarm ratio of a one-hour forecast of a tornado should be smaller in the future if the research pans out – meaning fewer one-hour forecasts of tornadoes will be wrong,” says Greg Stumpf, who heads this program.

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Why the Cavs’ future depends on these NBA Finals…

By Allie Burger

It’s now…or maybe not for a long time for the Cleveland Cavaliers if they don’t win the 2017 NBA Finals. Here’s a breakdown of all the moving parts in their organization that could be affected if they lose.

Photo at top: The Cleveland Cavaliers are tied for the oldest team in the NBA and do not have a draft pick until 2019. (Allie Burger/MEDILL)

Mole brings Pilsen community together

By Alissa Anderegg

At the annual Mole de Mayo Festival, thousands of hungry Chicagoans come to explore the authentic Mexican flavors of the Pilsen neighborhood. This year’s festival marks the eighth anniversary of the event, where locals and visitors come to taste some of the best mole dishes in Chicago. Each year Mole de Mayo features a mole contest, where restaurants compete with their versions of the Mexican staple. The festival is organized by the Eighteenth Street Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that has been serving the Pilsen neighborhood for more than three decades.

Mole tacos are served at the eighth annual Mole de Mayo Festival. (Alissa Anderegg/MEDILL)

Chicago Youth Stands Against Gun Violence

By Lauren Baker

For the past five years, Chicago has been painted as a war zone where gun violence has taken over the city. Friends and family members have lost loved ones to the epidemic of gun violence. A local west side high school sees the impact that gun violence has had on its community and has decided to take a stand for a safer Chicago.

A sign is posted on a car in the North Lawndale neighborhood. (Medill/ Lauren Baker)

Gig Economy Meets Chorerelief App To Connect With Customers

By Beixi(Bessie) Xu

Chorerelief is a Chicago based company that connects customers and workers who do chores and small projects such as cleaning and handy work around the home. It now serves more than 17 hundred users across the country, and most of its customers are in the Chicago and New York City areas.

Customers can use this mobile app to set their own price, own time and add photos and different locations. These selections will screen different providers and call the nearby workers in less than 30 minutes.

​Photo at top:Victoria Diouf(left) is talking to worker Cesar Ledezma(right) and his helper Selene Tub(middle), they are helping her clean the apartment. (Beixi Xu/MEDILL)​

Bombobar uses social media to attract customers

By Beixi(Bessie) Xu

Bombobar is a walkby window in the heart of the West Loop neighborhood. It serves customers doughnuts, coffee, gelato and more. Bombobar is active on all social media platforms. It has 23,000 followers on Instagram, 17,425 followers on Facebook and 2,129 followers on Twitter. Vivid photographs attract customers from all over the country.​

According to Jennifer Falbo, general manager of Bombobar, it serves 1,000 doughnuts week days, and 3,000 doughnuts on weekends. It also sells 2,000 hot chocolates a week. Be prepared to stand in line because of the social media effect, there is usually a 45 minute to one hour wait on weekends.

​Photo at top:Customers from Atlanta are taking selfies in front of the wall.(Beixi Xu/MEDILL)​

Evanston High School Student fosters entrepreneurial spirit with ChoreBug

By Mike Davis

Avante Price smiles when classmates call him “ChoreBug.” Being a 16-year-old with his very own business, Price understands the importance of self-promotion.

The Evanston High School junior and founder of ChoreBug, a service that takes odd jobs off the to-do list, grew from a small landscaping business. Now, Price has 25 contracted workers and is operating almost daily in Evanston.

ChoreBug offers services from yard work, cleaning, moving, and even babysitting, all for $25 and under. In the future, Price hopes to expand outside Evanston.


Photo at top: ChoreBug helps trim the to-do list.(Mike Davis/MEDILL)

Street performer brings music, joy to Lincoln Park

By Xufei Geng

Families and children at the Lincoln Park Zoo are greeted daily by a street musician who sings, plays the guitar, and shares small children’s instruments so that her young audience can participate in the music.
Nancy Namest began performing in Lincoln Park following the death of her long-time partner, and says the children’s enjoyment is all the payment she needs.

Photo at top: Several kids join Nancy for a song. (Xufei Geng/MEDILL)